THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A TORONTO BOOK-LAUNCH STORY

FRIENDS!

This past weekend was a whirlwind of an experience. As you know, Friday the 10th marked the release of Stanford Cheung's first full-length poetry collection, STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL. And, as you may have guessed, Stanford lives in Toronto. And, as you have no doubt intuited, i do not. So, early Friday morning, i packed up my car with books, snacks, and a friend (Maria, i will road-trip with you anytime!), and hoofed it up to the i think birthplace of my pops (it's either Toronto or Montreal, i can never remember).
On the drive up, i made note of a few interesting things:

  • rural Pennsylvania/New York feels like most of the other rural US i've visited, just with more hills
  • my car's defrost will default to AC-level cold air even when the AC is off
  • my cell plan covers international roaming
  • bear roadkill and cryptid roadkill look almost indistinguishable
  • Toronto itself felt like an unusual, albeit viable, pastiche of US cities (of note: Seattle, Miami, and a dash of 80s era New Orleans). Montreal also felt like this, which makes me wonder if all Canadian cities do.

Almost as soon as we got to the city, it was time for the launch. If you ever visit Toronto, i highly, HIGHLY recommend a visit to knife | fork | book. The store is situated in a corner of a sizable belly-dance studio and is resplendent with wood floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and heaps of large, inviting, and nestle-able chairs.
And Kirby, the founder/owner of knife | fork| book as well as a poet and publisher, is someone you ABSOLUTELY need to meet and forge a friendship with. He is a consummate curator of space and one of the major hubs of and beacons for the Toronto poetry scene.

As for the launch, what can be said? The intimate group that braved the incredibly pleasant summer evening to be a part of the evening were treated to a powerhouse reading: JC Bouchard primed us and Stanford caught us in a wholly new, collective dreamscape. It was hand's down one of the best readings i have ever been to.

I posted a few videos on my instagram, but they don't do the evening justice.
And, after the reading and talkback, the after-mingling and book sales, the launch was over. We all went our separate ways: to home, to the Night Market, to dinner, to an airbnb. . .
It's fitting, i think, that this launch happened in the middle of August. The best image i can muster for the event is a breathtaking summer sunset: the mountainous clouds dyed the soft yet magnetic tones of the vanishing sun, the sky itself stacked and striated with colors that have no right to exists so well together, to blend so seamlessly into each other, but somehow do, somehow gradient this miraculous way every evening, and then they're gone, then everything is gentle and blue and at peace.

It was a everything befitting of Stanford's book, and so much more than anything i could have hoped for.

STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL is out now and can be purchased here.
Kirby's beautiful photos from and write-up of the event can be found here.

 

–mz

BOOKS ON BOOKS

Friends!

I am so incredibly excited to announce the imminent launch of akinoga press' next book/first full-length collection of poetry: STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL by Stanford Cheung.

I have been working with Stanford off and on for years and i am so thrilled to finally be publishing his poetry. I've never read anything quite like it, and yet, on some deep dream-level, i have encountered his poetry everywhere.

Head on over to the spotlight page to read some advance praise of and an excerpt from the collection, and then head over to the akinoga press store and preorder yourself a copy!

STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL will be launching on August 10 at Knife Fork Book in Kensington Market in Toronto, so you're around/out that way, please join us for a night of poetry and book releasing!
More details/a facebook event link will follow!

 

–mz

spring and summer 2018 releases

Hello, friends!

It is with unimaginable excitement and gratitude that i can now announce the first batch of akinoga's 2018 publishing slate!!!:

springTO TRACY LIKE / TO LIKE / LIKE by Tracy Dimond

summerStructures from the Still by Stanford Cheung


Tracy Dimond is a powerhouse of a poet and publisher: she co-curates Ink Press Productions; is the author of three chapbooks: I WANT YOUR TAN (Ink Press 2015), Grind My Bones Into Glitter, Then Swim Through The Shimmer (NAP 2014), and Sorry I Wrote So Many Sad Poems Today (Ink Press 2013); and was a 2016 Baker Artist Award finalist.

TO TRACY LIKE / TO LIKE / LIKE, her first single-poem chapbook, is set to be published in the March-April corridor.

Stanford Cheung is an exceptional poet and pianist from Toronto. His poetry has appeared in Nomadic PressRicepaper Magazine, and X-Peri. He is the author of three chapbooks: Comfort of Malice (Inspiritus, 2018), Kite Extension (Words(on)Pages, 2017), and Any Seam or Needlework (The Operating System, 2016). 

Structures from the Still, his first full-length collection, will be published in the late-August corridor.


Be sure to check out the SPOTLIGHT page for more details as the launch dates get closer.
And if you happen to bump into Tracy at AWP this year, she may just have a mock-up or two of her book on hand...

boooooooook news!

Hello, friends!

It's that time again! That's right: tis the season for autumnal literary festivals!
I am honored to announce that akinoga press will have a presence at the Baltimore Book Festival (september 22-24) AND the Frostburg Indie Lit Festival (october 13-14).

This will be my second year at the BBF and my first at the Indie Lit Fest, and i could not be more excited for either. I should be at both for their respective duration (aside from a brief absence to sit on a panel at the Indie Lit Fest), so if you're in the area, PLEASE STOP BY, be it for chapbooks, shop talk, or general conversing.

I will be in the red rectangle for the BBF:

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and when i get a map of the layout of the Indie Lit Fest/find out where my table will be, i'll make a new post about it.

Hope to see y'all there!

 

–mz

TWO BIG OL' PIECES OF NEWS

hello, friends! i apologize that it's been a bit since i posted any updates. to make up for it, have two AMAZING PIECES OF NEWS!

AMAZING PIECE OF NEWS NUMBER 1 — AKINOGA PRESS WILL BE SELLING BOOKS AT AWP2017!!!!!!!!!!
i know! i'm as shocked as you probably are! this is an unbelievable opportunity and i am so deeply grateful to Dayana Stetco it's kind of ridiculous. I had Dayana for a few wonderful classes in undergrad (i passed out in one of them; ask me about it when you see me at AWP) and she was gracious enough to offer me space on her exhibitor's table to sell my wares.

SO, when you get to the book fair, look for table 739, which is here:

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and i will be somewhere behind it trying to not hyperventilate because I'M SELLING MY BOOKS AT AWP!!!!!1

AMAZING PIECE OF NEWS NUMBER 2 — AKINOGA PRESS WILL BE PUBLISHING IN PLACE OF THIS IN PROBABLY LESS THAN A MONTH!
yep, that's right: in all of this radio silence, i worked up another book for y'all! It is written by Dayana Stetco (yep, the SAME ONE) and Shannon Miller, and is:

a hybrid of illuminated facebook posts, emails, real and imaginary exchanges, and brief meditations on the nature of theatre, nostalgia, unhappiness, and inevitable encounters — a conversation in the shape of a tango, an ending, a beginning

i am so excited for y'all to read this book. i love it. i love everything about it, and hopefully you will, too. if you JUST CAN'T WAIT, i can help in two ways.

1) i can point you in the direction of THIS READING, thursday, feb. 9th, at the george washington university textile museum. the reading is off-site and runs from 4-6. Dayana will be taking the stage at some point and will FOR SURE be giving all who attend a sneak peak of what In Place of This has in store

and 2) i can point you in the direction of this, oh briefest taste of excerpt

there will be a pre-order signup/email sheet at the table, so please, COME ON BY AND PRE-ORDER ONE OF THESE BOOKS!
it's worth it.

– mz

more news!

FRIENDS! MORE NEWS!

firstly, i have the location! akinoga press, along with Mason Jar Press, will be at booth P 09 on Light St (between the Visitor's Center and the Science Center). PLAN YOUR ROUTES ACCORDINGLY!

secondly, i am thrilled to announce that akinoga press will be publishing its FIRST-EVER ANTHOLOGY!!! head over the the on the other hand page for all the deets. submissions open THIS FRIDAY!!!

-mz

TONIGHT IS THE TONIGHT

FRIENDS TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!

if you are in the baltimore area, please join akinoga press at Charmington's at 7 for the release of anthony moll's debut poetry chapbook, Go to the Ant, O Sluggard! local writers drew robison and michelle dwyer gerlowski will also be reading and selling their wares.

Go to the Ant will be $10 at the release (plus a boh), and i will be accepting credit cards (i would actually prefer credit).

there will also be boh available for donation (starting at $3 cash).

come on out and show some support for an amazing local poet, teacher, and all around great person! it will be a blast of a time!

–mz

bright and shiny kind of news!

hello, friends!

i am thrilled to announce that, in a little over a month, akinoga press will be publishing Go to the Ant, O Sluggard, anthony molls's debut poetry chapbook. anthony and i have been working on the book for about a year, if not longer, and i am so incredibly impatient to share this wonderful collection with everyone.

if you are in baltimore on may 23rd, please consider coming to the book release! as soon as we figure out a venue and a time, i will disseminate that information like nobody's business.

for now, though, please check back in for in-process pictures of the Great Chapbook Binding of 2016, aka mychael gets to stitch and glue together sixty books.

–mz

once more unto the breech

hello, friends!

welcome to the brand new akinoga press website. i am still getting my sea legs with squarespace, so please bear with me if anything is not up to whatever it should be up to.

that being said, this saturday i will be back with some exciting official press news (here's a hint: the press has a new book coming out...finally).

more details to follow!


–mz