Really thrilled to tell you my chapbook, Summer, from Desert Pets Press, has just been announced as a finalist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. We launched this on Oct 29, 2016, so it’s really a lovely anniversary gift! I’m living in & going to school in New York right now, & it’s a challenging transition, so this nomination is a deeply appreciated tether to my hometown & the community of writers who’ve raised me up.
I tend not to be nostalgic, but I have an inordinate amount of nostalgia for this chapbook. I wrote about some painful personal things in it, but I also played a lot w/ form & space in a way that was also really joyous. But I think so much of my nostalgia is rooted in the wonderful work Desert Pets Press did on the flow & layout. Stuff I’m so grateful they imagined! Just like the cover itself is split between light & dark, the second half of this chapbook features black pages, w/ white text. That section contains one long poem, “Dew,” which I’ve described as a “children’s picture book w/o pictures.” I am still so awed at how Emma Dolan (designer) & Catriona Wright (editor) shaped this work into such a beautiful artifact.
It had a print run of 100 copies & is now sold out, & that’s sort of good in that it relieves me here from seeming like I’m writing some kind of advertorial for myself…
Superthrilled to share that my new chapbook, Summer, is now out from Desert Pets Press. It will be up in their Etsy store soon!
In the meantime, a few of the poems from the collection can be found here & here & here.
I wrote this chapbook called Summer, & it’s coming out shortly — the launch is October 27, 2016 (Facebook invite here). It’s a bit about what’s called, in psychology, being off “the social schedule,” so the temporal un-syncedness is so wrong it feels right. The publisher, Desert Pets Press, created a gorgeous design that I’ll keep a surprise till the launch. This picture, above, happens to be my favourite photo ever, and is somewhat apt. I don’t want to say TOO much so I’ll just post the epigraphs:
“A young man is afraid of his demon and puts his hand
over the demon’s mouth sometimes and speaks for him.
And the things the young man says are very rarely poetry.”
— D. H. Lawrence
“They think they are happy because they are not moving.”
— Tristan Bernard
Summer (Desert Pets Press, 2016)
“Stevie Howell’s new chapbook, Summer, explores the hazy summers of youth, where it is possible to slip free from the strict ‘time-bound’ world of high school & family & to try on, & perhaps reject, new identities. Through bike rides, séances, beach fires & ‘scrubbing a urinal at Arby’s,’ the speaker gains insight & self-awareness, slowly, fitfully transitioning from childhood to adulthood.”
~ 40 pages. 100 copies. ~
Available in Toronto at Type Books (on Queen) & Knife Fork Book (in Kensington Market). Available everywhere via the Desert Pets Press store on Etsy.
Desert Pets Press has put my new chapbook, Summer, up for sale on their Etsy page. $10. If you’re in Toronto, it’s also available at Type on Queen & the new poetry shop in Kensington Market, KnifeForkBook.