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What Beach Sloth has to say about Nostrovia!’s 2015 NYC Chapbook Series

The wonderful soul that is Beach Sloth​ reviewed all three of Nostrovia Poetry​’s chapbook contest winners!  Review excerpts + links are incorporated below, along with links to purchase the publications, all available at the ‘pay-what-you-can’ + shipping rate, to avoid denying anyone of literature due to monetary reasons.

MOON FACTS by Bob Schofield​

“From the moon’s perspective the world is a sitcom. It is always changing though there appear to be similar themes throughout history. A lot of the earlier seasons of the world were a little atmospheric, not enough going on hence the moon kept it on in the background. Unfortunately the world gets a little too melodramatic for the moon’s tastes which is when the moon opts to stare out into the infinite space.”

Read the full review here

BIRD LIZARD HORSE by August Smith​

“Babyhood happened to everyone. People try to forget that long ago they were mere babies. Adults are always upset by babies. They forget what it means to be a baby: the confusion, the illogical situations, the things that adults simply deem “part of life”. Babies see right through that nonsense which is why they cry. Everywhere there are plenty of things that should drive people crazy: product placement, crass consumer sensibility, etc. Yes everyone can eat fresh but the question remains: should they? If Subway is eating fresh, if Quiznos is toasty, then what is the point of doing anything. What differentiates a slogan from a lie is repetition.”

Read the full review here

JULIET II by Sarah Xerta​

“Unfortunately it does not end so peacefully. Those who desire possession refuse to admit wrongdoing. Even when it would be the only human thing they could do, those who desire possession want to always be in control, to never admit that their actions were deplorable, that they destroy people. If those who desire possession admitted wrongdoing then they would feel remorse and would be force to stop their aggression, their preying on the innocent. A person dies and a person is born again, out of the hurt ready to start anew.”

Read the full review here

All three collections are available for pre-sale as a bundle deal, $12 + $5 shipping for all three. Each are individually available at a ‘pay-what-you-can’ rate. We aren’t going to deny anyone lit due to monetary reasons. Passionate Living > Making a Living.


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Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Presale Updates

Heyyyyo, friends! Only one week into presales, and we’ve already had twenty purchases–tremendous thanks to all of you for your support! We’re excited to see so many of you enjoying our bundle offer. If you haven’t already, be sure to swing by the Nostrovia! Store–we’re still doing presales at a “pay-what-you-can + $5 shipping” model for these limited edition print copies. Jeremiah and I can’t wait to fire out all this great writing in early July.

I’m also so excited to let you all know that starting this Wednesday, we’ll be sharing video performances from our talented winners each week–come see + hear Bob, Sarah, and August share their work in their own unique way. Stay tuned for our first video <3

Lastly, our friends at Probably Crying Review (Beyza Ozer, Katie Burke, and Dalton Day) each have a thoughtful review for our chapbooks! <3 Check out some excerpts below!!

“the mixture of the funny, sometimes self-deprecating tone, pop culture references and all too real comprehensions generate one of my favorite chapbooks of 2015 so far…. life is a psychology course, honestly, and BIRD LIZARD HORSE is the textbook.” –Beyza Ozer  (read more here)

“In order to understand the moon, one (a person // body // animal // anything really, that has blood & or eats light) must be able to visualize the moon. Here are some steps to do that: / 1. Place your hand on a flat surface. This surface can be a piece of paper, or a table, or the floor, or the roof, or a wall, or a washing machine, or the screen of a television, or a tiny door to a secret room inside your home. / 2. Do you feel that pulse? That’s the moon. The moon is in everything. The moon controls everything. Even you. Especially you.” –Dalton Day  (read more here)

“It would feel wrong to call this chapbook beautiful, but it would be a disservice to deny the way she manipulates gorgeous language to describe something so ugly. Sarah lets the subject of the chapbook, Juliet, take over. The reader is weaving through the intricacies of the kind of mess you are forced to make sense of on your own. We can’t leave the mess, it is ours now.” –Katie Burke   (read more here)