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!

Hunting License:

“[The characters] are a strange and deluded and self-important and typically damaged bunch. They speak in ridiculous idioms. They crack flat jokes and clever jokes and jokes that only they find funny. They frequently feel terrible for themselves and, less frequently, for others. They lie to one another elaborately...” Read this smart, lovely new review by Nate Brown of Vinnie Wilhelm’s IN THE ABSENCE OF PREDATORS.

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Fall 2011 Catalogue & Subscriptions:

Rescue Press is excited to announce our Fall 2011 publications, all three of which are available for purchase immediately on our website (rescue-press.org) and in the next few days at Small Press Distribution (spdbooks.org). Read below for more information on the books, and check our webpage for details concerning our yearly subscription deals. Also, check back soon for news about The Black Box Poetry Prize--we will announce the winner (chosen by our judge, Sabrina Orah Mark) in the upcoming weeks.

Melissa Dickey: The Lily Will A book-length collection of poems $14, (shipping included), Purchase HERE.

Oblique, intelligent, and sad, THE LILY WILL introduces readers to a voice beautifully sustained through compressed lyrics and long, meticulous sequences. The geography of this book is one of thistles and ice, love flashed with fear, and frail bodies seeking safety in heavy weather. In its warped miniatures (here an eye, there a red leaf, seen distended through iced glass) there is a commitment to smallness, vulnerability marked by precision, and intimations, too, of the eternal: "What is earthly?/An impulse to paradise."

Melissa Dickey attended the University of Washington and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She co-edits Thermos magazine and teaches at Tulane University. She is from New Orleans.

Danielle Rosen (a.k.a. Patricia Rose): The Institute for Species Systemization: An Experimental Archive Research, Data, and Writing from the ISS $14, (shipping included), Purchase HERE.

THE INSTITUTE FOR SPECIES SYSTEMIZATION: AN EXPERIMENTAL ARCHIVE documents the past projects and ongoing experimental processes of the ISS. This groundbreaking work of research, investigative scientific studies, never-before collected data, and interpreted evidence from the Institute for Species Systemization is concerned with the psychological, literal, and linguistic spaces between animals and humans. The archive cites theories of proxemics and zoosemiotics--as well as the infamous psychological studies of Skinner and Harlow--as both precedent and provocation.

Danielle Rosen (a.k.a. Patricia Rose) was born and raised in Iron Mountain, MI and is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Fine Art program at the University of Chicago. Language is at the core of Rosen's investigative practice, where she often employs visual poetics and letterpress techniques. She has exhibited nationally in New York, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee.

Patricia Rose is the head researcher for the ISS and a leading scientist in the study of linguistics and human evolution.

Vinnie Wilhelm: In the Absence of Predators A Collection of 5 Short Stories $14, (shipping included), Purchase HERE.

Shot through with dark humor, desolate landscapes, and seemingly impossible plot turns, IN THE ABSENCE OF PREDATORS is a striking collection that haunts long after the stories have reached their outlandish conclusions. Here we discover the most captivating of human forms: dreamers, liars, thieves, murderers, and lovers--characters provoked to search, and those abandoned by their own fates and identities. Wilhelm's narrative crescendos disclose the most terrifying corners of this world; there are wrecks, blizzards, asylums, agents, road trips, and an army of ghosts. IN THE ABSENCE OF PREDATORS is a masterful debut of five cracked and astonishing stories.

Vinnie Wilhelm was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the recipient of literary fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilhelm's fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia.