With a name like PunksWritePoemsPress, you would think we would just be content to stick to poetry. You would think…but we’re not! Instead, we have been kicking around/mulling over/contemplating the idea of putting out a few different short story collections. One of the more interesting ideas was to dedicate a book to Medieval Fantasy short fiction. Perhaps you have a story idea in which Sean Bean has long hair, carries a sword and doesn’t get killed?
Maybe your damsel is the cause of distress?
Continue reading Does Anyone Write Medieval Fantasy Short Fiction?
What? you say.
How dare you say something like that about one of the long-standing pillars of writing!? you mean.
I said it is a lie! Well, perhaps it is more misnomer than outright lie, but an untruth nonetheless. If you, as you will be playing the role of “writer” in this production of a blog post, write for yourself, then how would I, as I will be playing the role of “reader”, even know that you are a writer?
You may write a diary or personal journal for yourself, but if you go to the significant trouble of concocting and writing out an entire story, then it is a good bet that you did so with the intention of someone else reading it. That intention may manifest as a fantasy in which your story is, by a series of unlikely but believable events, read by [fill in favorite author’s name] and [fifan] invites you to come with him/her on some crazy rock-n-roll book tour that [fifan] is currently on. In this fantasy you become wildly famous and rich and all the critics love you. Or, your intention might be to share your story with your Mom or best friend or to post it online or to send it to every lit mag listed on Duotrope. And those choices are all equally noble and can be equally frightening.
Continue reading "Write For Yourself" Is a Lie
I’m not a blogger. I do not know how to write a blog that will somehow capture an audience with wit and charm and possibly some profound insight. But I do know that PunksWritePoemsPress has existed for just about six months now and I’ve never felt more proud or accomplished regarding any personal achievements than I do right now.
Sure, the “wildest dreams” scenario hasn’t played out…yet! You haven’t seen my face all glossy and smooth on the cover of some indie publishing magazine, nor on one for savvy entrepreneurs. Our first title – This Is Not a Movement – has done well and I am happy to have been a part of making it a real book, printed on the screams of many a felled tree, but it will not get mention in conversations of breakthrough titles in poetry for 2015. (Side note: Is that a conversation that anyone actually has? If it is, we should all make a pact right now that if we overhear/are part of/read a conversation about the breakthrough titles in poetry for 2015, we will interject/say/comment that any such conversation that does not include This Is Not a Movement is a waste of everyone’s time. Can we agree to that? I won’t make you take a blood oath or even spit-shake. We can just agree to the TINaM Pact and use the trusted old honor system. Side note over.)
The point is: I love that book and will consider it a success even if it never sells another copy. Even if it never makes it into the aforementioned conversations about breakthrough poetry titles. Even if you think it is a mess. It is a success because publishing that title and founding this indie Press on the back of it means that we get to do more of it.
We get to read and publish Janelle Rainer’s Two Cups of Tomatoes. It is a beautiful collection of poems that hint at the larger stories beyond the words on the page.
We got to read hundreds of submissions for RoguePoetry and are extremely proud to publish the selections we’ve chosen. It is a strange mix of styles and perspectives, and that is how we like it.
So there it is…halfway through our first year and I’m happy. Now go read a post from a better blogger while I go do my publishing thing.
Recently, PunksWritePoemsPress was introduced to the poetry of Janelle Rainer. Even better than that, we had a manuscript from her sitting in our inbox…and it was good! Just the right mix of beautiful and ugly. And while we wait to drop “Two Cups of Tomatoes” on a largely unsuspecting poetry community, we thought it would be a good time to introduce you to poet, painter and teacher…Janelle Rainer.
PWP: Hi Janelle. Thanks for taking some time to talk to us.
JR: Thank you for the opportunity.
PWP: Why don’t we start with you giving us some quick background about yourself?
JR: I once took an online quiz that said I used 90% of the right side of my brain (the side dominated by creation and imagination and chaos), and only 10% of the left side of my brain (the side for logic and practicality), so this explains everything you need to know.
PWP: Fantastic! This should be a fun interview. Let’s dive right in. When you were growing up, what was your dream job?
JR: I wanted to be a children’s book author and illustrator. Recently, I found a book I cobbled together as a seven-year-old. It was about a trippy space expedition, and the main character was named Janelle (very original). Janelle ends up getting murdered by a deranged alien in the end. I’m not sure what that says about my seven-year-old mind, but the pencil illustrations were top notch. Continue reading An Interview with Janelle Rainer