THE NEXT BIG THING: Madeline McDonnell

R+P is happy to host Madeline McDonnell's NBT interview in which she discusses her new novella/lexicographic experiment, Penny, n., to be released by Rescue later this spring. Stop by Rescue's table at AWP to pick up an early copy and then join us Thursday night at The Harvard Advocate's Sanctum to see Madeline read as part of this amazing line-up. Penny.Cover

What is the working title of the book?

Penny, n.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I don't know!? I wrote the first draft so long ago (my fertility had not even begun to wane!)—where did I get any of my ideas back in those hopeful, hopeless days? Where did I get the idea, for example, that I'd teach my cheap boyfriend not to be so cheap by buying us a miniscule $30 bed with a broken spring—a miniscule $30 bed with a broken spring that I, too, would have to sleep on for the next five years? Where did I get the idea that gummy bears and Chablis make a “nice pairing”? (Obviously, gummy worms would have more effectively brought out the flinty notes!)

What genre does your book fall under?

Fiction. Lexicography. Suicide Note. (Just kidding, Mom!)

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Obviously, Katie Holmes would play Penny, and Tom Cruise would play her depressive and manic lexicographer*-lover, Guy. Suri Cruise would—duh!—play Penny's hallucinatory child**. In the final section, which takes place at the wedding of Penny's childhood friend, Bridey, several other stars would make brief but crucial appearances: Nicole Kidman as Bridey; Keith Urban as Brent, the software engineer Bridey marries; and Mimi Rogers as Moira, a bridesmaid. Meanwhile, the casts of Dawson's Creek and Top Gun would feature in the background as extras/wedding guests. (Thus, a new strain of tragedy would play through the final scenes each time Penny and Pacey shared the frame without acknowledging each other or their fated love.)

*Don't worry. He would wear glasses. **Her fertility is waning. She fantasizes.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

People should not talk to each other.

How long did it take to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Four to six months?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

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What else about your book might peak the reader's interest?

It has wild, beautiful, and hilarious illustrations by Benjamin Mackey, not to mention the most elegant design in the history of man- and designkind, conceived by the most elegant young man in the history of youngmankind, Sevy Perez.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will be rescued by Rescue Press!

February News from Rescue

Have you been wondering what the Rescue crew is up to? Here are a few updates and a bunch of new work from Rescue Press authors and editors: Marc Rahe has new poems up at Petri Press.

Madeline McDonnell’s new book, PENNY, N., will be published by Rescue this spring. You can find the first copies at this year’s AWP, where Madeline will be reading here with fellow Rescue authors Zach Savich and Mary Hickman. She’ll also be reading at Prairie Lights in Iowa City on April 16th.

Shane McCrae’s second book, BLOOD, will be released this month by Noemi Press. He will be reading at Prairie Lights on April 10th with Carmen Gimenez Smith. Check out these lovely interviews with Shane at VOLTA and PEN/America.

Zach Savich is currently judging Rescue Press’ first annual Open Prose Series with Hilary Plum. He reviews C.P. Cavafy’s “Half an Hour” here.

Andrea Rexilius is interviewed as part of “The Next Big Thing” series and at 12 or 20 Questions.

Danielle Rosen (aka Patricia Rose) continues with new research and experiments at the Institute for Species Systemization. An interview about her scientific and linguistic interests can be found in jubilat 22.

Vinnie Wilhelm’s collection of stories, IN THE ABSENCE OF PREDATORS, was reviewed at Front Porch journal.

Melissa Dickey has new poems up at Propeller magazine.

Phil Sorenson will read on April 5th at the SPECTRA reading series in the Quad Cities.

Blueberry Morningsnow reads a divination poem (as part of a collaboration with the visual artist Aleta Lanier) at jubilat 22.

Managing Editor Danny Khalastchi talks about the forthcoming R+P poetry anthology, THE NEW CENSUS, in his “Next Big Thing” interview.

THE NEW CENSUS editor Lauren Shapiro’s first book of poetry, EASY MATH, has just been released by Sarabande Books (read a poem from it at Verse Daily).

Open Prose Series editor Hilary Plum’s first novel, THEY DRAGGED THEM THROUGH THE STREETS, will be out this month from FC2; read an excerpt at berfrois.

Also, come find us at AWP at the Rescue table and this reading!!! And look for upcoming collections by Mary Hickman, Jonathan Blum, Todd Melicker, and Hannah Brooks-Motl!

2012 Black Box Poetry Prize Results:

Rescue Press is excited to announce Todd Melicker as the winner of this year's Black Box Poetry Prize. Todd's manuscript, rendezvous, was chosen by our judge, Zach Savich, and will be published in Fall 2013. Todd Melicker daily wanders the streets of Petaluma, CA, gathering data as a GPS technician. He is the author of the chapbooks day collects (Woodland Editions), the immaculate autopsy (Achiote Press), and king & queen (LRL Textile Editions). Recently, he was managing editor of VOLT and his work has appeared in Ambush Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and New American Writing.

Rescue Press has also selected Hannah Brooks-Motl's The New Years for publication in Spring 2014 as our Editor's Choice.

Hannah Brooks-Motl was born and raised in Wisconsin and now lives in western Massachusetts. Her poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming from places such as Everyday Genius, FENCE, Sixth Finch, the Song Cave, Typo, the Kenyon Review Online, and the New Republic, among others.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who entered. We would also like to remind you that last year's Black Box books--Blueberry Morningsnow's Whale in the Woods and Philip Sorenson's Of Embodies--are available for purchase on our website or at SPD.

Also, we're excited for our two Spring publications: Madeline McDonnell's novella, Penny, n., and an anthology of contemporary poetry, The New Census. Check back in for more details about these books, author readings, and our AWP events, as well as an open reading period for prose in the winter of 2013.

Love, Rescue Press

Caryl Pagel Danny Khalastchi

Rescue Press & Friends at AWP:

RESCUE EVENTS AT THE 2012 AWP IN CHICAGO: 1. On Wednesday evening Rescue Press will pair up with Parlor Press and Shearsman Books at Columbia College for a reading featuring:

Rosa Alcalá, Jennifer Atkinson, Molly Bendall, Blueberry Morningsnow, Shira Dentz, Lisa Fishman, Carol Guess, Jill Magi, Becka Mara McKay, Caryl Pagel, Philip Sorensen, Andrea Rexilius and Jon Thompson.

2. Rescue Press, Canarium Books, Factory Hollow Press, and Transom Journal invite you to an offsite reading on Friday night, March 2nd, starting at 7:00pm. It'll be a big old party with poetry, fiction, a film, a dream, and an open bar.

The address is: 656 West Randolph, #5E.

Dream: Kevin Gonzalez (Rescue) Poetry: Darcie Dennigan (Canarium) Poetry: Marc Rahe (Rescue) Poetry: Ata Moharreri (Factory Hollow) Poetry: Kaethe Schwehn (Transom) Fiction: Madeline McDonnell (Rescue) Poetry: MA Vizsolyi (Transom) Poetry: Anthony Madrid (Canarium) Poetry: Alex Phillips (Factory Hollow) Short Film: Nick Twemlow (Canarium)