Friday, February 16, 2018

Feb 21st: Small Fires Press Matchbook Release Celebration!

Celebrating the release of Matchbook Volume Four from Small Fires Press

Blood Jet Spring Season of 2018 kicks off celebrating one of our own local print makers and publishers as they celebrate the release of Matchbook journal Vol 4, proving once and for all that small packages yield tremendous results!! Also, Matchbox dioramas by local poet and artist Madeleine Lavoie will be on display. We will have tiny treats for your hands and mouths and big love for all of your other senses. 

Small Fires Press celebrates the release of Matchbook Vol 4. 

Yes, it a poetry and fiction journal the size of a matchbook!

Readers: Michael Jeffrey Lee, Elizabeth Gross, Isabelle Whitman, and Andrew Nicholson.

Every issue is bound in a different vintage Matchbook Cover.

Text printed digitally with letterpress illustrations. Edition of 500.

Guest Editor: Jessica Elsaesser

Featuring artwork by Sarah McDermott, Jared Wright, Sophie Lucido Johnson, & Caesar Meadows. Poetry from Kristin Case, Patton Halliday Quinn, Stephen McClurg, Jeanne Morel, Andrew S. Nicholson, John Kane, Carol Szamatowicz, Abraham Smith, Cassondra Windwalker, Alex Patrick Dyck, Karolina Pawlik, & Miho Kinnas.

Reader Bios: 
Elizabeth Gross is a poet/translator/teacher/karaoke enthusiast from New Orleans. She co-translated and produced a new adaptation of Euripides' Bakkhai at the Marigny Opera House in 2015. Her chapbook Dear Escape Artist, a collaboration with artist Sara White, was published by Antenna in 2016. More poems have recently appeared in Okey-Panky, White Stag, TENDERLOIN, and Fairy Tale Review.

Michael Jeffrey Lee received an MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama. His book of short stories, Something in My Eye, received the Mary McCarthy Prize and was published by Sarabande. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in N+1, BOMB, and The Southern Review, among others. His album with Budokan Boys, That's How You Become a Clown, will see release this summer via Tymbal Tapes. He teaches at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Andrew S. Nicholson is the author of A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Colorado Review, Bitter Oleander, and Western Humanities Review. A former Schaeffer Fellow in Poetry, he is Assistant Editor at Interm: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His poetry has been anthologized in New Poetry from the Midwest 2014, and he has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Palazzo Rinaldi in Noepoli, Italy.

Isabelle Whitman grew up in Alabama and France, and has an M.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. She has written for Bayou Magazine, published an academic paper in the Cambridge Scholars Publishing book Media, Technology, and the Imagination, and is currently an assistant editor at Negative Capability Press. She lives in New Orleans, LA, with her dogs.

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