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AMERICAN BARRICADE author Danniel Schoonebeek talks with Darby Laine at Ampersand!

AMERICAN BARRICADE author Danniel Schoonebeek talks with Darby Laine at Ampersand!

coming soon from YesYes:

new books from Aricka Foreman, Meghan Privitello, Nicholas Gulig, and Danez Smith.

coming soon from YesYes:
new books from Aricka Foreman, Meghan Privitello, Nicholas Gulig, and Danez Smith.
coming soon from YesYes:
new books from Aricka Foreman, Meghan Privitello, Nicholas Gulig, and Danez Smith.
coming soon from YesYes:
new books from Aricka Foreman, Meghan Privitello, Nicholas Gulig, and Danez Smith.
coming soon from YesYes:
new books from Aricka Foreman, Meghan Privitello, Nicholas Gulig, and Danez Smith.

We are so excited to share that the fourth full-length title still to come in 2014 will also be the inaugural collection in the Pamet River Prize Series, a nomination-based contest created to showcase the work of emerging female poets (cis, trans, and gender-identifying). We couldn’t be more thrilled that Emily O’Neill’s collection, Pelican, has been awarded this year’s prize and will be published in November of 2014. Watch for 2015 nominations guidelines on our website soon!

We are so excited to share that the fourth full-length title still to come in 2014 will also be the inaugural collection in the Pamet River Prize Series, a nomination-based contest created to showcase the work of emerging female poets (cis, trans, and gender-identifying). We couldn’t be more thrilled that Emily O’Neill’s collection, Pelican, has been awarded this year’s prize and will be published in November of 2014. Watch for 2015 nominations guidelines on our website soon!

alternate names for black boys
by Danez Smith


1. smoke above the burning bush
2. archnemesis of summer night
3. first son of soil
4. coal awaiting spark & wind
5. guilty until proven dead
6. oil heavy starlight
7. monster until proven ghost
8. gone
9. phoenix who forgets to un-ash
10. going, going, gone
11. gods of shovels & black veils
12. what once passed for kindling
13. fireworks at dawn
14. brilliant, shadow hued coral
15. (I thought to leave this blank
but who am I to name us nothing?)
16. prayer who learned to bite & sprint
17. a mother’s joy & clutched breath

As the world watched the tumultuous events in Ferguson, Mo., over the last week, a new hashtag was born: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. The meme was photographic: what images would the media use if I died? But the question, at its heart, was one of naming.

Kid or criminal? Victim or threat? Brother, son, friend — or thug? One of us, or other?

Danez Smith grapples with the power of naming, and the powerlessness of being named, in this poem. Poetry Magazine tweeted it out earlier today, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

— Camila

(via nprbooks)

Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest Results!

Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest Results!

More thanks and another look at the art of THE BONES OF US. Please spread the word! Thank you to Bryce Emley, Leah Angstman, Leah Ward, Anna May Villaluz, Eddie Selover, Raina Fields, Jill Kolongowski and Arlene Kim for helping us make this project happen!

More thanks and another look at the art of THE BONES OF US. Please spread the word! Thank you to Bryce Emley, Leah Angstman, Leah Ward, Anna May Villaluz, Eddie Selover, Raina Fields, Jill Kolongowski and Arlene Kim for helping us make this project happen!

34% funded thanks to amazing folks like Natalie Eilbert, Laura Cole, Dan Sullivan, Lia Tamborra, Garnet, Dese’Rae L. State, Miri Gabriel and Luke Goebel. Thank you for helping bring THE BONES OF US to life. Let’s make it happen together!

34% funded thanks to amazing folks like Natalie Eilbert, Laura Cole, Dan Sullivan, Lia Tamborra, Garnet, Dese’Rae L. State, Miri Gabriel and Luke Goebel. Thank you for helping bring THE BONES OF US to life. Let’s make it happen together!
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