Carrie Mae Weems 30-year retrospective opens today at the Guggenheim. I studied with Weems my first two years at Hampshire. Enjoyed sharing a darkroom space with her and watching her work. She and Jerome Liebling (very different photographers!) shaped my college photo work and early academic life.
Unlike HRH QEII in nineteen-hunder-and-two, 2013 is a year I will look back on with pretty much “undiluted pleasure.” It was highlighted by the closeness and support of my loving partner, family and friends (old and new).
In September, after a quick second-in-a-row trip to DC, I returned home at 1am to discover that Nate and our friends had spent every waking moment while I was gone completely redoing my home office. They replaced the base white walls with fresh paint and the and dogerized white carpet with wood floors. The colors chosen are perfect, unbeknownst to all parties, being a subtle reflection of Tibetan Buddhist robes. The offering bowls on the meditation altar each had a lit tea-light. They even went to the length of taking a picture of each bookshelf to ensure that all books went back in the correct order.
In the midst of the overwhelming surprise, he got down on one knee and proposed. So above all else, thank you to my husband-to-be.
Rebel Satori Press issued five strong titles that I am very proud of: a new collection of poetry from Emanuel Xavier, Nefarious; the second book in LA Fields’ Disorder series, Dysfunction; J. Warren’s Silencing Orpheus sequel to Stealing Ganymede; Thomas Moore’s A Certain Kind of Light described by Dennis Cooper as “easily the most extraordinary, momentous work yet by this singular and sublime wordsmith”; and Peter Dubé’s unique modern grimoire Conjure: A Book of Spells.
Dubé’s Conjure was shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Poetry Prize of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. It was selected for several Best of the Year lists—in their list Out In Print described it as “the most challenging book I’ve read all year. Once its secrets were unlocked, however, I found it fascinating, enthralling reading…” and Barry Webster called it “the most original book I’ve read this year” in his selections for the Band of Thebes.
Emanuel Xavier’s fourth collection of poetry, Nefarious, was highlighted by the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation and recognized by the Poetry Foundation. Xavier took the book on the road with readings in San Antonio, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale and San Diego as well as his hometown New York.
Halloween and All Souls Day we (Nate, my mother and I) spent in New Orleans realizing our dream of gaining our first foothold in our heart-city: a classic 1860s double in the Faubourg Marigny, traditional bracket house in a arresting yellow. We met many new friends and discovered our new neighborhood. Shout out to Rusty, Don, George, Richy, Jose and the rest of the folks at Friendly Bar. And thank you Billy for sharing the journey with us.
Made a long overdue foray back to my own writing with my first published story in several years selected for Steve Berman’s queering Dracula anthology Suffering the Night—garnering the adjective “wonderful” in Anthony Cardno’s Lambda Literary review.
For 2014, the press has several exciting projects in the works including new works by Wayne Gregory, Craig L. Gidney, Kevin Killian (reprint), and Kyler James.
Day job going well and still incredibly rewarding. Helped organize the annual meeting the Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI). While in DC made my first new heart-city connection while conducting the fast-paced negotiations via Latter & Blum in New Orleans. There were a lot of three-way Maine-DC-NOLA phone calls.
Got my camera out a lot more in 2013 (portfolio at www.svendavisson.net) and looking forward to more shoots in the future…
And also working on two new writing projects of my own…
So tonight I lift a glass in toast tof family (mom and Nate), good friends old (Billy, Adam, Crystal, Eric, Lincoln, Anson, Jess, Emanuel, Justin, Peter, Steve, Leonidas) and new (read “NOLA” Don, Rusty, Richy, Jose, Steve and James). To 2013 and the year as yet to be created!
My story “A Closer Walk With Thee” will be included in the anthology Suffered from the Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula edited by Steve Berman and published by Lethe Press.
Here’s the full table of contents at SF Signal
I’ve been asked quite a bit recently as to what is happening with the press. Rebel released 7 titles in 2012, but we have had an admittedly quiet winter. Now we’re gearing up to kick off 2013 with announcing 10 upcoming releases! I’m exciting about all of them—focusing on quality, not quantity and maintaining the joy of publishing and working with authors I love and count as dear friends.
Conjure: A book of spells, Peter Dubé
Evoking hidden worlds, summoning visions and making magic happen, Conjure: a Book of Spells is filled with vivid image and tantalizing narrative fragments that stir the heart, mind and eye. Echoing the tone and structure of Medieval and Renaissance grimoires, Dubé’s unique collection joins surrealist automatism with rigorous formal discipline and offers readers a profound and complex work. Street date July 23.
Orpheus has vowed never to touch a woman, play music or sing again if he can’t be with his wife. Since he cannot cross the river Styx, he has spent millennia wandering. Others are watching him, though, and waiting to balance the natural order of things. Can a boy who was almost sold into a life of sexual slavery teach this immortal to love again before it’s too late? The sequel to the underground hit Stealing Ganymede.
Recent runaway Marley Kurtz (Maladaptation) is back home in Florida after a long road trip. He and his boyfriend Jesse get jobs, move into a loft above a mechanic’s garage, and start living the good life. They don’t stay free for long however; Marley is eventually pressured into reuniting with the family that sent him away. Far from being disowned, Marley soon finds himself pulled in too many directions at once.
Along with his sister, Lindsay, and his boss’s new foster son, Tristan, Marley must figure out what kind of family he’ll choose to call his own. Will it be the parents who raised and abandoned him, or the friends and adults in his life who have proven they really care? It should be an easy decision, but letting go is never easy.
Told through the eyes of a nameless teenage boy, A Certain Kind of Light sees the narrator attempt to find some kind cohesion in a life from which he feels increasingly disconnected. As his family, friendships, sexuality and even his taste in music and pornography begin to feel distant from him, his alienation expands. The things that once meant everything to him are stripped of an essence he begins to doubt they ever had. He fixates on a profile of a boy that he finds on the Internet, projecting illusory ideas upon a person that he has never met but feels a profound intimacy with. Feeling more and more lost, he attempts to work out the connection between a disparate set of coincidences, objects and events: a dead, mangled bird, the funeral of his best friend’s father, a horrific experience with LSD, obsessive sexual fantasies and the disintegrating suburban life in which he was raised. Intensely emotionally and disorientating, A Certain Kind of Light focuses on the intricacies of confusion. On Dennis Cooper’s “most eagerly anticipated books of 2013” list.
Also releasing later this year:
Nefarious, Emanuel Xavier
Weekend before last found Nate and I in the French Quarter enjoying the Tenth Anniversary Saints & Sinners/NOLA Literary Festival. It was great to see so many old (read cherished not aged) friends and colleagues! And making some new acquaintances (Justin Torres We the Animals).
Trebor and I were back organizing the reading at Otis’s Faubourg-Marigny Art and Books (FAB). Well more Trebor than me this year, but I did my little part keeping it alive in Treb’s absence. Rebel authors Emanuel Xavier and Peter Dubé read. Press plug: both have books coming out this year Peter a prose poem collection Conjure: a book of spells and Emanuel a collection of new poetry.
Also good to hang out with Sheri Johnson (DeVante’s Coven and DeVante’s Children) who was forever losing her ever-patient husband Dave. (Thank you for keeping my copy of Chulito safe. Looking forward to reading Charles’ inscription once the book makes its way back from NOLA via Minnesota.)
And as ever the food! Pim’s Cup at Napoleon House, shrimp po’boy at Magnolia Grill, burgers at Clover… Fried green tomatoes at Eat, amazing. The entire weekend washed down with happy hour ($2 rail) drinks served by the ever-present Aletha!
It’s been far too long since this site has been updated. So to relaunch the brand (as it were) I’ve nuked the old site and resurrected the blog to be front and center. I will be keeping this site regularly up to date with goings on in my own writing as well as the press’s publishing endeavors.
heresies by Raymond Luczak;
poetry by Stefanie Maclin, Lee M. Sloca, Anne Brooke, Raymond Luczak, Jaisyn Yemaya, Stephen R Killeen, Eric Halliwell, Ocean Vuong and Sven Davisson;
new fiction by John P. Hill, Michael P. McManus, Ray Blackwood and Thomas Fuchs.
Plus reviews and more
the Occult William Burroughs by Mitch Shenassa
does real Buddhism exist in the West by Brad Warner
encounters with the gods by Eric Scott, and
the Phenomenology of Maya by Manas Roy
plus new fiction by C. S. Fuqua and Terry Sanville:
and poetry by Joseph M. Gant, John Givens, Mary Lane Potter, George Moore, C. N. Bean, Don Phillips, KH Solomon, and J. J. Steinfeld.
Ashé Journal www.ashejournal.com
This new issue of the journal Ashe includes examinations of the Rise of Logos and the Fall of Eros by Dirk Dunbar, Mary in the Qur’an by Chelsea Luellon Bolton, the Sacred Geometry of the Resurrection of Christ by T.C. Eisele; essays on magick by Julian Vayne and Charlotte Rodgers; meditations on suffering and the divine by G. David Schwartz and Robert A. Kezer; new fiction by Clifford Garstang; and poetry by Adam Shechter.
My story “Dim Star Descried” was selected in Lethe Press’s Wilde Stories 2009 The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction Edited by Steve Berman. This story originally appeared in Rebel’s surreal anthology Madder Love. The anthology also includes Peter Dubé’s amazing story “Echo” (also from Madder Love).
MOJO WORD GUMBO
Queer Poets and Prose-ets Put Out
7 – 8 pm Sat. night at FAB – Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen Street at Chartres Street – 8 Blocks Downriver from Jackson Square, Open Everyday Noon till 10PM, 504.947.3700
The most ecstatically inspired saints and the lowliest down-and-dirty sinners share their best stuff at the funky not-to-be-missed FAB, a queer gathering place, museum, gallery and bookstore. Featured Readers include Lethe Press’ Steve Berman and Rebel Satori authors Sven Davisson, Peter Dubé and Trebor Healey, along with poets Kyle Conner and Steven Reigns. Bring a poem to share!
Fall is the time when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. It is the time when the dead walk among the living and pagan beasts are blurs in the shadows. The final harvest done, the fields are given over to the faery.
This issue of Ashe Journal brings together celebrations of the wild and pagan energies of this time featuring the poetry of Skadi meic Beorh, David Finn, Robert Walker, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Diana R. Thompson, David Finn, Lupercus Pagani and Jess Mann.
Also featured in issue #7.2 are a history of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence by Sister Soami; an essay on becoming yourself through your dreams by Dr. Jerrid P. Freeman and Angela Passarelli; new writing from Raymond Yeo and Sud Ram; and book reviews.
Check out the new issue of AshÃ© Journal.
Selections available online:
Kathleen Bradean recently reviewed Madder Love for the site Erotica Revealed.
Of Peter DubÃ©’s piece “Echo,” Braden writes:
Her overall impression:
Read the full review here
Toby Johnson reviewed The Starry Dynamo in the summer issue of White Crane Journal:
The most interesting and experimental piece, titled “Mutilations,” involves incest and child sexuality and abuse. It’s written in a way that violates all traditional unities: place, time, person. And, in doing so, poignantly and beautifully captures the feeling of being “mutilated” the author means to communicate in the story, whether fiction or non-fiction.
Following is a series of essays about a variety of topics: the Indian guru Rajneesh and the rise and fall of his compound in Oregon, the French Symbolist poets, Oscar Wilde, the Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs and several about the ideas of the French philosopher of sexuality Michael Foucault. I want to especially recommend this book for these specific chapters. I found I understood Foucault better while reading Sven Davisson than I have ever before (i.e. that at any given time and place in human history ideas about sex and sexual orientation are influenced by a vast array of factors of history, politics, culture, economics, etc. and so always have to be understood in context).
This is an interesting and to use Davisson’s own term, experimental book that deserves to be read, written by an important character in the long term history of Gay consciousness.
AshÃ© Journal 7.1
Paperback, 120 pages, 6×9, $12.95
Features an examination of the Buddhist influence on the artwork of Sylvain Bouthillette by Peter DubÃ©; new fiction from Riley McLeod; The Sutra of Immeasurable Life and Wisdom translated by Brendan Connell; excerpts from Brad Warner’s Sit Down and Shut Up; and writing from Darin Beasley, Tim Holmes, Iamba, Thomas Fuchs, Girish Menezes, Charles Suhor, Bob Makransky, Stephen Killeen, Toni Fergusson and Farrell Davisson; artwork by Garin Horner; plus books reviews.
With the release of 7.1 come some exciting changes in the direction of the journal. We have decided to expand the AshÃ© project by increasing our focus distribution of the print edition. In order to make this feasible, the Journal will be issued biannually around the spring and vernal equinoxes. The full table of contents and selected samples of each issue will be presented online immediately. The release of the full online edition will be embargoed for approximately twelve months.
The full print edition is available through your local bookseller or directly from Rebel Satori Press at http://www.rebelsatori.com/shop/
Many people have asked about journal subscriptions over the past several years. Now, with the move toward full print runs, we are introducing a subscription service.
Introductory subscription rates are $16.00/ year (2 issues) within the USA. That’s over 60% off the cover price and 20% off regular subscription rate.
Subscription information is available on the journal’s website. International readers should contact the journal for a custom quote.
Just out from Rebel Satori Press…
Dreams, desire, darkened streets and the sudden miracles that appear there, the deep places of the mind. Two groups made these the heart of a radical project of liberation: queers and surrealism.
Better than many others, queers understand the power of these dark areas. The rich, complicated culture we’ve created for ourselves is constantly ready to allow us to follow our dreams and fantasies, carried by the surging waves of sexuality into some pretty and magical places. It’s just as clear that the surrealists were chasing similar adventures as far back as the ‘Twenties and ‘Thirties. Given the similarity of their motivations, why have the two so often been in violent opposition to each other?
Madder Love is an anthology of cutting-edge writing that wants to look at that a little closer. It opens up the surreal possibilities of queer literature while simultaneously displacing the historic homophobia of Surrealism.
From dream states to erotic obsessions, from the muttering of the unconscious to parallel worlds (and the weirder cracks in this one) Madder Love tackles why surrealism can be so queer, and why being queer can be so surreal.
Contributions from Will Aitken, Stephen Beachy, Jeffery Beam, Stephen Boyer, Tom Cardamone, Sven Davisson, Peter DubÃ©, Craig L. Gidney, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Trebor Healey, Kevin Killian, Shaun Levin and Rob Stephenson help make the case.
Peter DubÃ© is the author of the chapbook Vortex Faction Manifesto (Vortex Editions, 2001), the novel Hovering World (DC Books 2002) and At the Bottom of the Sky, a collection of linked short fiction (DC Books, 2007). In addition to writing fiction, he is a widely published cultural critic with essays on books and the visual arts appearing in journals such as CV Photo, ESSE and Spirale, and in exhibition publications for various galleries, among them SKOL, Mercer Union and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery of Concordia University. Peter lives and works in Montreal.
Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism
Peter DubÃ©, Editor
ISBN 978-0-9790838-2-2, May 2008
Paperback, $14.95, 146 pages, 5.5 x 8.25.
The Saints and Sinners/New Orleans Literary Festival is just a month away… May 8-11.
I will be among the presenters again this year. My panel:
ITâ€™S NOT JUST NEW YORK, BABY
Outside the major publishers in New York, the university presses and the small presses are doing an excellent job of publishing LGBT work, picking up the slack that the bigger presses are dropping. What are the differences between publishing with a smaller publisher? What criterion do they use for selecting what to publish? Is this a better option than the mainstream for a LGBT writer? Join a distinguished panel of editors to see what they are looking for, what their missions are, and if this is the right venue for your work!
Other confirmed speakers include: Dorothy Allison, Mark Doty, Jewelle Gomez, Jim Grimsley, Aaron Hamburger, Stephen McCauley, Val McDermid, Tim Miller, Michelle Tea, and Elizabeth Whitney.
If you were ever looking for an excuse to visit New Orleans, this would be it!
For more information visit: www.sasfest.org
My Hero: A Wild Boys Tale
A Novel by Tristram Burden
ISBN 978-0-9790838-1-5, March 2008
Paperback, $16.95, 269 pages, 6 x 9.
â€œMy Hero is a Jungian tale that combines mythology, science fiction, and eroticism to create a brilliant hybrid unlike anything I’ve read before. Original, exciting, and transcendent. A bloody great read! Very unique.â€
â€”Douglas Ferguson author of The Forgotten Ones
â€œA brilliant fusion of William Burroughs and H.P. Lovecraft set in the post-apocalyptic wilderness of Mad Maxâ€¦â€
2006 Finalist Project: QueerLit
Set in a post-apocalyptic America, Tristram Burdenâ€™s novel tells the story of 17 year old Joshua My Hero. The youth lives out a humdrum existence, struggling to find truth and sense in a Christian-fundamentalist trailer park. But his psychic powers and sexual tastes leave him an outsider of his community, and forced to commit patricide in a final and desperate struggle for self-defence against his father’s rage, Joshua escapes into a wasted planet, armed only with an oracular penis, the patronage of an ancient earth spirit sent to rid the planet of all of its ills, and the wisdom of the Tao Teh Ching…
Tristram Burdenâ€™s short stories, poetry and articles on contemporary occultism and self-transformation have appeared internationally in a variety of journals and anthologies. This is his debut novel, a finalist in the 2006 Project: Queerlit contest. He currently resides in Bath, England where he’s recording his first album and writing a TV series in-between working on his second novel.
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