Thursday, August 18, 2011

4 new broadsides just out

Just a quick note to let you know that we received 4 new broadsides from our printer here in Portland--"Be Careful" by Natan Zach; [The rat can't resist] by Yosa Buson; "Shaving" by Zubair Ahmed, and an excerpt from "Notes on Sea & Shore" by Greta Wrolstad. We love these broadsides. They showcase the talents of our authors as well as the vision of our in-house designer, Cecilia Yang.

Also, we'll be getting proofs for Zubair Ahmed's book Ashulia this week. We'll let you know when this hits the shelves.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Many many thanks!

Dear Tavern fans--just a quick thank-you note for the support you've given the press lately. There are many myths in the book world that we've always found ridiculous. One of the big ones is that nobody buys poetry books. Well, the proof is in the pudding--this is just one mail day at the Tavern Books home office. And most of these are limited-edition pamphlets. We have faith in the books we publish, and we're delighted to see that you do, too! Cheers, and many thanks!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book drive for rural libraries, 501(c)(3), and the future!

Greetings, Tavern fans. Just a quick update to let you know that, as of last week, we filed our 501(c)(3) application for charitable, not-for-profit status with the IRS. We're excited to transition into the nonprofit world, and we have a ton of plans for both future publishing and community outreach.

One project we're particularly excited about is building and sustaining the poetry collections in rural Oregon libraries as well as the libraries and/or community centers of Oregon’s indigenous peoples. You can help us get these projects rolling by sending us your used or new poetry books, poetry anthologies, and books pertaining to poetry and poetics. No donation is too large or too small. Every book counts! We will acquire these books and redistribute them to rural libraries and indigenous communities. Tavern Books is committed to making great works of poetry available to the reading public.

Feel free to send your book donations to:

attn: Carl Adamshick
20 NE 30th Avenue
Portland, Oregon

Many thanks! Feel free to forward this link to anyone who might take an interest. Cheers, and happy reading!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

George Hitchcock, The Last Poems

George Hitchcock (1914-2010) is one of the true inspirations in the landscape of postwar poetry in the United States. If you haven't already, head down to your local antiquarian bookseller or rare books librarian and check out some back issues of Hitchcock's kayak magazine (1964-1984). Take a seat, because these issues of kayak are, bar none, the most forward-thinking and brilliantly edited (and decorated) magazines in recent poetic history.

We are thrilled to announce that we'll be printing Hitchcock's posthumous work 6-Minute Poems sometime this fall. 6-Minute Poems will collect the final poems George was writing as he entered his 96th year.

For further reading, check out the Hitchcock omnibus One-Man Boat edited by Robert McDowell and Joseph Bednarik (Story Line Press, 2003). Click here to read Mr. Hitchcock's New York Times obituary.