Sunday, May 31, 2009

seeing that today, May 31st, is a postal day of rest...

Zoiks!! We have decided that it's o.k. to post yr Meddlin' manuscripts on June 1st.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

More about The Meddling Kids Series

The Meddling Kids Series is the name of the first-ever open reading period for Pilot Books, and the subsequent manuscript that will choose from those we receive to be published in this semi-annual series.

Poems submitted should be written by poets ages 18 and older (not by kids). The audience for the poems is the same audience for the rest of the books we publish (ie: not really kids, though of course we're not opposed to kids reading our books!).

Short explanation: Pilot Books is reading chapbook manuscripts, and will choose one to be published in The Meddling Kids Series. We have a fondness for Scooby Doo, and sometimes feel like the meddling kids of the poetry world. And we like it that way.

Sorry for any confusion!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Introducing: The Meddling Kids Series

Just wait'll we get our hands on those books!

Pilot Books will hold our first open reading period in May of 2009 to select a manuscript to be published in our new Meddling Kids Series. Please submit 2 printed copies of your original poetry manuscript (10-25 pages of verse) postmarked between May 1st -May 31st , 2009. Include two cover pages--one with manuscript title, your name, address, email and phone; another with manuscript title only. Manuscripts will be logged in by an impartial third party, read anonymously by the editors and a panel of outside readers. A selection of finalists may be asked to submit their manuscript electronically. No SASE necessary, we will communicate via email. Post your entries, along with a $10 reading fee to the address below. (All entry $$ will fund the production of the selected manuscript.)

Pilot Books
39 Lilly Street
Florence, MA 01020

Please help us spread the word... post this on your blogs, websites, etc.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Celebration of the Chapbook

We at Pilot Books are very excited to be a part of this great event in NYC this week. If you are in the area, come on by! We'll have copies of our Season Three titles available for sale:

FOR YOU IN FULL BLOOM by Matthew Zapruder and Chris Uphues
3 MOVEMENTS by Karla Kelsey
DEAFENING LEAFENING by Matt Hart and Ethan Paquin

along with other Pilot Books titles.

Hope to see you there!


A Celebration of the Chapbook festival calls attention to the rich history of the chapbook and highlights its essential place in poetry publishing today as a vehicle for alternative poetry projects and for emerging authors and editors to gain entry into the literary marketplace. The festival will forge a new platform for the study of the chapbook inside and outside the academy and celebrate the importance of chapbooks to America’s cultural heritage and future.

Thursday, April 23
at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue & 34th St

Chapbook Fair
10:00am-6:00pm, The Elebash Recital Hall Lobby

Brief History of Chapbooks
3:00-4:30pm, The Elebash Recital Hall
With Isaac Gewirtz, Curator of the New York Public Library’s Berg Collection; Eric Lorberer, Editor of Rain Taxi; and Michael Ryan, Director of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University. Moderated by Richard Kaye, Hunter College, CUNY

Chapbooks in the 20th and 21st Centuries
4:30-6:00pm, The Elebash Recital Hall
With Michael Basinski, Curator of the Poetry/Rare Books Collection of the University Libraries, SUNY at Buffalo; Anne Waldman, Chair and Artistic Director of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program; and Kevin Young, Emory University. Moderated by Ammiel Alcalay, Queens College, CUNY.

Keynote Reading
6:00pm, The Elebash Recital Hall
Readings by Lytton Smith, Gerald Stern, Judith Vollmer, Kevin Young and others, with an introduction by Kimiko Hahn.

Friday, April 24
at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue & 34th St

Chapbook Fair
10:00am-4:00pm, Rooms 8301/8304

Chapbook Now: Producing Chapbooks
A Workshop for Poets
10:00-11:30am, Room 8400
With Rachel Levitsky (Belladonna*); Sharon Dolin (The Center for Book Arts); and Ryan Murphy (North Beach Yacht Club). Moderated by Alice Quinn (Poetry Society of America). WORKSHOP FULL

Chapbook Now: Producing Chapbooks
A Workshop for Publishers
11:30am-1:00pm, Room 8402
With Mark Wagner (Booklyn); Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse); and Brenda Iijima
(Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs). Moderated by Rob Casper (Poetry Society of America). WORKSHOP FULL

Friday, April 24
at The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor

Bookmaking for Writers: A Studio Workshop
With Susan Mills and Karen Randall

Bookmaking for Publishers: A Studio Workshop
With Susan Mills and Karen Randall

To register, call (212) 481-0295 or – registration is
offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. There's a $20 materials fee for each workshop.

at The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
6:00 pm
All are welcome! Visit the exhibitions at The Center for Book Arts: \’fl \:art, text, new media,
Roni Gross: Zitouna at 20, and Spotlight: 2008 Artists-in-Residence.

Saturday, April 25
at The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A

Collector’s Show-and-Tell:
The Secret History of Asian American Literature
Patricia Wakida

Publishing from the Margins
With Tan Lin; Dawn Lundy Martin (Third Wave Foundation, Black Took Collective); and Bushra Rehman. Moderated by Ken Chen (The Asian American Writers’ Workshop). Followed by a brief reading from the Workshop's Postcard Poetry Project.

at The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
6:00 pm

Participating Publishers
Achiote Press
Book Thug
Cuneiform Press
Dancing Girl Press
Diagram/New Michigan Press
dusie chapbook kollektiv
ellectrique press
Finishing Line Press
Flying Guillotine Press
Forklift, Ohio
Interlude Editions
NewLights Press
Noemi Press
North Beach Yacht Club
Octopus Books
Pilot Books
Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs
Rain Taxi
Sarabande Books
Slapering Hol
Small Anchor Press
Small Fires Press
TinFish Press
Toadlily Press
Ubu Editions
Ugly Duckling Presse
Web del Sol’s World Voices
X-ing Press
and others

Co-sponsored by The Office of Academic Affairs, The Graduate Center and MFA Programs in Creative Writing of the City University of New York, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, The Center for Book Arts and Poetry Society of America

a shift in flight plan

Hello, dear readers. As some of you may have heard, we at Pilot Poetry have decided to cease publication of the online magazine so that we can focus our attention on the happenings at Pilot Books. Thanks for your readership, we hope you'll keep checking in on the happenings at the press. We're in the process of revamping our website, so for the time being you can find the most up-to-date info here on the Pilot blog.

Yours in Pilotry,
The eds