Stephen Danos

STEPHEN DANOS is author of the poetry chapbooks Playhouse State (H_NGM_N Books, 2012) and Gravitational (The New Megaphone, forthcoming 2014). His manuscript Based on a Book Based on a True Story was a finalist for The Akron Poetry Prize and the Joanna Cargill Coconut Book Prize for a First Book (twice). He earned a BA in English from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online poetry journal Pinwheel.

New poem in NOÖ Journal #15!

My poem "Burning the Candle at Both Ends" is in the newest issue of NOÖ Journal. Please check out all the other excellent contributors here

Pinwheel 6 is live and receiving a lot of love. This makes me a VERY happy editor. Pinwheel would be lost in the woods without its staff: Dolly Lemke, Holly Amos, Mike Krutel, & Thomas Patrick Levy. 
The issue features fearless artwork by Devan Shimoyama, a recent MFA graduate from the Yale University School of Art, and poems/colossuses by: James Shea, Jane Wong, Natalie Eilbert, Carrie Lorig, Mark Leidner, JoAnna Novak, Kelin Loe, Sampson Starkweather, Amy King, Alina Gregorian, Hannah Kucharzak, Amanda Smeltz, Mark Cugini, Emily Toder, Dawn Sueoka, BJ Love, Jen Tynes, & Ellen Welcker.

Pinwheel 6 is live and receiving a lot of love. This makes me a VERY happy editor. Pinwheel would be lost in the woods without its staff: Dolly Lemke, Holly Amos, Mike Krutel, & Thomas Patrick Levy. 

The issue features fearless artwork by Devan Shimoyama, a recent MFA graduate from the Yale University School of Art, and poems/colossuses by: James SheaJane WongNatalie EilbertCarrie LorigMark LeidnerJoAnna NovakKelin LoeSampson StarkweatherAmy KingAlina GregorianHannah KucharzakAmanda SmeltzMark CuginiEmily ToderDawn SueokaBJ LoveJen Tynes, & Ellen Welcker.

Poet Rich Smith wrote a fine roundup of my literary exploits, and then some. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Poet Rich Smith wrote a fine roundup of my literary exploits, and then some. READ FULL ARTICLE.

Video reading of the poem “Waterlogged” (published in BOAAT Volume 1).Filmed near Shilshole Bay in Seattle, WA. Watch others from the first volume read their work here.

Books Read or Re-read Since AWP 2014

Below is mid-year list of contemporary books & chapbooks that I’ve read since March, 2014. I am inspired to share because I haven’t noticed writers consistently sharing in list-form, with the exception of Danniel Schoonebeek, what they are reading via social media what-have-you. I recommend all of these books for summer reading. In addition, this will be a regular segment that will include issues of journals/individual poems in future posts. Commence humblebrag:

American Barricade  by Danniel Schoonebeek (re-read) (YesYes Books)

The First 4 Books of Sampson Starkweather  by Sampson Starkweather (Birds LLC)

Trances of the Blast  (re-read) by Mary Ruefle

Lions, Remonstrance  by Shelly Taylor (Coconut Books) 

A Naked Singularity  by Sergio De La Pava (University Of Chicago Press)

Science  by Emily Toder (Coconut Books)

Chugwater  by Mathias Svalina & Julia Cohen (The New Megaphone)

King Me  by Roger Reeves (Copper Canyon)

Supper & Repair Kit  by Nicole Wilson (The Lettered Street Press) 

Demolition of the Promised Land  by Erin Keane (Typecast) 

Talkativeness   by Michael Earl Craig (Wave Books)

 The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover by Mark Leidner (re-read) (Sator Press) 

In Anima: Urgency  by Amber Nelson (Coconut Books)

Sun Bear  by Matthew Zapruder (Copper Canyon)

This Is How You Lose Her  by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Trade)

Essential Nature  by Leora Fridman (The New Megaphone) 

You Private Person  by Richard Chiem (Scrambler Books) 

Predatory  by Glenn Shaheen (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Break the Glass  by Jean Valentine (Copper Canyon) 

nods  by Carrie Lorig (Magic Helicopter Press)

Warm Morning  by Russ Woods (The New Megaphone)

Patter  by Douglas Kearney (Red Hen Press) 

The Revolution Was Televised  by Alan Sepinwall (Touchstone)

     “Chapter 2: All due respect…The Sopranos Changes Everything”

     “Chapter 6: Do you want to know a secret? The perfect storm of       LOST 

Cutthroat Glamours  by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (Phantom Limb Press)

Tenth of December  by George Saunders (Random House)

An Untamed State  by Roxane Gay (Grove Press, Black Cat)

Together We Will Talk Right Down to Earth  by Eszter Takacs (The New Megaphone)

The Constitution  by Brian Foley (Black Ocean)

Helix  by Kelly Forsythe (Floating Wolf Quarterly)

Four poems up at the brand new journal/vessel BOAAT: http://www.boaatpress.com/stephen-danos
If you have some poems or photographs floating around, consider sending them their way: http://www.boaatpress.com/submit/

Four poems up at the brand new journal/vessel BOAAThttp://www.boaatpress.com/stephen-danos

If you have some poems or photographs floating around, consider sending them their way: http://www.boaatpress.com/submit/

markcugini:

biglucks:

THE BIG LUCKS KICKSTARTER


Every night, I work on this magazine. I’m either formatting pieces or reading submissions or laying out manuscripts or concepting/designing covers or setting up readings. Most nights, I’m lucky to get four hours of sleep. Most mornings, I wake up early and get right back at to work. I send 50 emails a day. I go to the post office three times a week. I have neglected family obligations, personal aspirations, and social gatherings. I have favored faceless strangers over lifelong friends, all to make this thing bigger and better than it was ever supposed to be. 

Every night. For five years. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Laura and I started Big Lucks five years ago. We thought we were getting a hobby. Instead, we ended up with a family. When I think about all the brilliant people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and publishing and hosting…I mean, I crying right now. I wish I wasn’t, but when I think about how far we’ve come, I just can’t help it. Starting this magazine was the best decision we’ve ever made. It’s grown bigger than we could ever imagine, and haven’t even gotten started yet.


We’re about to launch a press. We’ve already accepted 11 books for publication. We have plans to do more, but I can’t talk about that yet. 

What I have to talk about is this Kickstarter. We’re trying to raise $2,500. That will cover the simple stuff—the ISBNs, the distribution, the bookfairs. The bullshit. If we get past the bullshit, we can get to the magic.

I believe that poetry is its own sort of magic. I believe that, when the world’s gone to shit, poetry will be there. I believe that this press is going to be huge, and it’s going to happen organically. I’m excited to take this next step. I hope you take it with us.

I love you. I hope you know I mean that.

markcugini:

biglucks:

THE BIG LUCKS KICKSTARTER

Every night, I work on this magazine. I’m either formatting pieces or reading submissions or laying out manuscripts or concepting/designing covers or setting up readings. Most nights, I’m lucky to get four hours of sleep. Most mornings, I wake up early and get right back at to work. I send 50 emails a day. I go to the post office three times a week. I have neglected family obligations, personal aspirations, and social gatherings. I have favored faceless strangers over lifelong friends, all to make this thing bigger and better than it was ever supposed to be. 
Every night. For five years. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Laura and I started Big Lucks five years ago. We thought we were getting a hobby. Instead, we ended up with a family. When I think about all the brilliant people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and publishing and hosting…I mean, I crying right now. I wish I wasn’t, but when I think about how far we’ve come, I just can’t help it. Starting this magazine was the best decision we’ve ever made. It’s grown bigger than we could ever imagine, and haven’t even gotten started yet.
We’re about to launch a press. We’ve already accepted 11 books for publication. We have plans to do more, but I can’t talk about that yet. 
I believe that poetry is its own sort of magic. I believe that, when the world’s gone to shit, poetry will be there. I believe that this press is going to be huge, and it’s going to happen organically. I’m excited to take this next step. I hope you take it with us.
I love you. I hope you know I mean that.

(via whatmountains)

I have one poem in the spring 2014 issue of Sixth Finch, an online poetry journal I really admire.
Read the whole issue here: http://sixthfinch.com/mainspring14.html
Skip to my poem “Family Drawn As Circle” here: http://sixthfinch.com/danos1.html

I have one poem in the spring 2014 issue of Sixth Finch, an online poetry journal I really admire.

Read the whole issue here: http://sixthfinch.com/mainspring14.html

Skip to my poem “Family Drawn As Circle” here: http://sixthfinch.com/danos1.html

extrahumanarchitecture:

Issue 12 of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry is here, in honor of spring and weather, of driving out of winter, with new work by CHRISTINE SHAN SHAN HOU / ERIC CONROE / HALEY RENE THEMPSON / HANNAH STEPHENSON / JAMES HAUG / JESSICA FJELD / JORDAN STEMPLEMAN / M.G. MARTIN / MICHAEL LEVAN / STEVEN D. SCHROEDER
www.iopoetry.org

extrahumanarchitecture:

Issue 12 of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry is here, in honor of spring and weather, of driving out of winter, with new work by CHRISTINE SHAN SHAN HOU / ERIC CONROE / HALEY RENE THEMPSON / HANNAH STEPHENSON / JAMES HAUG / JESSICA FJELD / JORDAN STEMPLEMAN / M.G. MARTIN / MICHAEL LEVAN / STEVEN D. SCHROEDER

www.iopoetry.org

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