University Hosts Literary Festival

Beaumont, TX–Lamar University hosts a two-day literary festival, and this one promises to be the biggest yet.

According to the newspaper of Lamar University:
The Lamar Literary Festival begins today on the sixth floor of Gray Library. The festival continues Friday and starts at 10 a.m. both days. The festival will honor Jerry Craven for starting Ink Brush Press and Lamar University Press, LU’s literary publishing house. Writers from Angelina River Press and TCU Press will also be in attendance.

Garry Richards, administrative assistant for English and modern languages, began coordinating the literary festival six months ago. “The first thing we did was figure out which writers were coming, we sent out letters officially inviting these people to attend,” he said. “We’ve had literary festivals in the past, but this is the first year to have the scope that we have.” There are a lot more writers involved in the festival this year compared to prior years, Richards said. Normally, three or four writers participate, but this year 13 are expected.

To read more, see: Literary fest set for today in library.

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New Publication Presents Book Reviews for Independent Presses

The Mimeograph, a new online magazine dedicated to reviews of books by small presses aims to present a venue for independent publishers that often get overlooked my more mainstream literary periodicals. According to the editorial staff, The Mimeograph anticipates an official go-live date of January 1, 2015, but they also hope to begin covering publishing news sooner and perhaps even produce a few reviews of 2014 books. The magazine plans to cover primarily novels and short-story collections with hopes to branch out to non-fiction and poetry in the future. While the staff could not estimate a date for early reviews prior to the scheduled go-live date, they confirmed that The Mimeograph is now open to submissions.

Prolific Oklahoma Small Press Hosts 3 Launches

Norman, OK–Mongrel Empire Press added to their impressive catalog of fine books with the launch of two new releases.

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From the publisher:

Mongrel Empire Press recently hosted three successful book launches, one for James Murray’s short story collection entitled The Long Rifle Season and two for The Walmart Republic, a collaborative poetry collection by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Christopher Stewart.

The Long Rifle Season book launch was held in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and generously and graciously hosted by Isaac at Chapel Books. The author, James Murray, read from the collection.

The second launch for The Walmart Republic was held at Oklahoma City University, where Lansana is on the faculty of The Red Earth MFA.

To read more, visit: Mongrel Empire Press | News, Reviews, and Events from Mongrel Empire Press.

Author Honored and New Writers Sought

Lamar University–An anonymous donor has funded an upcoming literary festival. On Thursday and Friday, November 13 & 14, Lamar University Press will honor widely published novelist and poet Jerry Craven. Craven’s latest work, the novel Women of Thunder (TCU Press, 2014), follows a long stream of accomplishments and contributions to literature. The festival will also promote the Writing Texas literary journal and the New Writer Series of Lamar University Press.

For more information about the upcoming festival and the New Writer Series, visit Lamar University Press.

New Books from Ink Brush Press

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Shattering and Bricolage  David Bowles

The title of David Bowles’s first book of original poetry, Shattering and Bricolage, suggests the artistic technique of creating by combining in a mosaic the shards of previous, broken works. The volume explores the idea of psychological growth as a sort of bursting apart and reintegration of the ego, examining the illusions and deceptions that humans can free themselves from if they are willing to undo their personas in order to expand themselves.

IBP-AG-poetryAdventures of the Clumsy Juggler  Alan Gann

“The Juggler of the book’s title can be viewed as a literal image—a performer—a busker you might say–but the image is even more effective as a shared metaphor, many of the poems describing scenes we understand far too well. This shared metaphor is where this book gets its strength—from Alan Gann telling us his experiences, letting us learn with him along the way (and practice)—and, then, finally, letting us all ask retrospective questions.”  —Alan Birkelbach, Texas Poet Laureate 2005

Available at major online book sellers, or visit the publisher for these and other fine books.