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2016 Chapbook Contest: Week 14 Review

Hi everyone! Small updates this week about shipping + reloading, plus some pictures of beautiful people with chapbooks that have already arrived last week!

Shipping Chaps!!

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Since last week, I’ve been to the post office twice, sending out two different sets of ~25 bundles–as such, all orders as of 7/15 have now been fulfilled!

Furthermore, all first edition chaps have been sent out, or are waiting with Jeremiah for NYC:) I’ve already placed another order with Bottlecap Press, getting ready to reload in a week or so, which I’ll use for Denver’s This Lil Lit Fest + any new orders that have come in these last few days. I’ll also be sending along some extra contributor copies to some of our writers, passing along chaps at-cost.

Happy Faces!

And now the fun part: as your orders arrive, please tag Nostrovia! in any pictures of you with the chapbooks–we can’t wait to share your smiling faces:)

What a bunch of cuties❤

Much love, and see you next week!
-Christopher

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We’ll have a new Tavern post each Wednesday, giving an inside look at the N! process, so stay tuned for more updates!

Here’s the Week Thirteen Review of our Chapbook Contest (shipments + upcoming readings)
The Week Twelve Review (chaps + giving thanks!)
The Week Eleven Review (Bob’s video poem)
The Week Ten Review (Emily’s video poem)
The Week Nine Review (Elle’s video poem)
The Week Eight Review (covers revealed + presales!)
The Week Seven Review
(final editing for proofs)
The Week Six Review
 (major editing)
The Week Five Review
 (featured finalists)
The Week Four Review (judging winners)
The Week Three Review  (judging finalists)
The Week Two Review (reading chapbooks)
The Week One Review (initial contest results)

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Four Poems – Catch Business

Catch Business is the author of “GHOST GFS” (Electric Cereal, 2015) and “ABLE TO / ALWAYS WILL” (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) as well as the chapbook “Bye, Product” (Be About It, 2015). She is the Founding Poetry Editor of Witch Craft Magazine and Chapbook Coordinator at Sad Spell Press.

**Shout out to Catch as a Featured Finalist of our 2016 Chapbook Contest!

“Sonnet” + “Sonnet” + “West Coast Slow” + “New Eyes,” featured below, are previously published in Fuck Art, Let’s Dance, Issue #012.

Sonnet

answers assuming you didn’t
commit to a number
the price of pills staggered
without anyone else to text
i can’t stop staring
into the gap of your teeth
meditating there
ego unfolded a reminder
i owe you into capsules
out loud with a loose neck
drop off half eaten sundays
pills afford us honestly
my curiosity strokes
only the you exposed to me

Sonnet

those golden eyes swallowed
prescription drugs and
self-consciousness my
collection of crystals
we could go anywhere
we could be interruptions
we could look forward
without seeing each other first
a canyon bed
a sweat stained hallway
wearing each like a robe
i walk thru every death we made
to explain the expanse
my limbs lengthening

West Coast Slow

morning i desire so much
your spare key you’re beautiful
i become deadly i say
in the cutest way i want to die
because idk those letters
you left me imagining myself as
words skimmed over distracted
by an idea kissing shaped
a site that won’t reload
accepting the stale fear of
nothing left i want to see
laptop light across patient skin

New Eyes

i’m a windmill in wyoming
when i wake angry
wanting you to soothe
with words unspoken
a hay pile of muscle
on the ridge of your tongue
she climbs onto it
a capturing cradle
the center of living rooms
i want to be a silver spoon
i want you to look
with flooded eyes
in the morning
limbs dew and breezed
open to angles
rearranged by eyelashes

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One Poem – Sonya Vatomsky

Sonya Vatomsky is a Moscow-born, Seattle-raised poet and the author of “Salt is for Curing” (Sator Press) & “My Heart in Aspic” (Porkbelly Press). Find them by saying their name five times in front of a bathroom mirror or at sonyavatomsky.tumblr.com and @coolniceghost.

“Mourning Hair, Don’t Care” by Sonya, featured below, is previously published in Fuck Art, Let’s Dance, Issue #012.

Mourning Hair, Don’t Care

Hot kiss of overwhelming anxiety
on my neck’s nape and the sun
out its room a punished teenager
shrieking and cursing and swearing
it’ll be better this time or at least
it’ll be different and we’re somewhat
optimistic because who isn’t when
the wind goes warm and one’s chest
opens up and anticipation runs
impulse control off the road, ethical
killing, teeth and taxidermy and
wet specimens, the sinewy heartache
preserved in a jar that means I’ve
won, I’ve imbued a faint trace of
meaning into this inanimate
vodka world by leaving life in a
dark cupboard all those years and
I am rising, like a phoenix or like
bile, throat and ashes everywhere.

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2016 Chapbook Contest: Week 13 Review

Hi everyone! Small updates this week about shipping chaps, our second print run, and upcoming readings:)

Shipping Chaps!!

As of now, all of the 1st edition chapbooks at my house (or Jeremiah’s) have been hand-numbered and inspected. I’ve also begun firing stuff out:

1st Shipment Bundle (cropped address)

This first batch of shipments had chaps bundled up for all 3 cover artists, anyone who provided a back-cover blurb, or a presales reviewer.

2nd Shipment Bundle

This second bundle of chaps was sent out yesterday, focused on everyone who ordered during the first two days!! But fear not, as I’m printing another 30 packing slips today, and will be bundling + shipping another huge batch of chapbooks either this afternoon or early tomorrow. I hope to have chapbook presale orders for EVERYONE fulfilled by the weekend:) So keep an eye on your mailbox❤

Second Print Run (continued)

As I’ve already nearly exhausted those nice stacks of chaps from last week’s review, I’ve gone and ordered more from our 2nd print run for all 3 writers. Bottlecap will be shipping those to me, which should arrive before the end of the month! So the shipments will continue as new orders come in.

Upcoming Readings

Nostrovia! has a lot in the works. Beyond our usual NYC Poetry Festival reading, which will take place later this month (full details here), we’re also attending a new event, This Lil Lit Fest (full details here), as one of four featured presses!!

This Lil Lit Fest banner

Beyond that, we’ll be hosting another online reading later this year (thinking October or so), so stay tuned–we’ll have lots of footage and pictures from these events, which we’ll be sure to share with all of you!

Much love, and see you next week❤
-Christopher

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We’ll have a new Tavern post each Wednesday, giving an inside look at the N! process, so stay tuned for more updates!

Here’s the Week Twelve Review of our Chapbook Contest (chaps + giving thanks!)
The Week Eleven Review (Bob’s video poem)
The Week Ten Review (Emily’s video poem)
The Week Nine Review (Elle’s video poem)
The Week Eight Review (covers revealed + presales!)
The Week Seven Review
(final editing for proofs)
The Week Six Review
 (major editing)
The Week Five Review
 (featured finalists)
The Week Four Review (judging winners)
The Week Three Review  (judging finalists)
The Week Two Review (reading chapbooks)
The Week One Review (initial contest results)

 

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Four Pieces – Carabella Sands

Carabella Sands is a photo editor at Hobart, the art editor at Witch Craft Magazine, and the author and illustrator of THEEEEL‘s weekly column, “Mermaids Doing Things”. Born and raised in Baltimore, she grew up in the foster system and didn’t wear shoes until she was 23. Someday she will be a fly girl like Jennifer Lopez.

The four pieces featured below are previously in N!‘s Fuck Art, Let’s Dance, Issue #012.

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