All posts by: Sammy Greenspan

Dear Bernie

Not everything is income inequality. Race is still an issue in 2016, and your resistance to examining this as distinct and worthy of your focus is why you are losing big right now. Don’t listen because it’s politically expedient—though it... Read More

With Friends Like These

Kelly Fordon’s chapbook, The Witness, is getting a lot of press. Here’s Kelly in Minerva Rising, talking about writing on the difficult subject of the pedophilia scandals in the Catholic church. She’s also interviewed in Speaking of Marvels, offering thoughts on... Read More

Skeletons & Celebrations

Two skeleton covers on the homepage, on chapbooks by Kelly Fordon and Bonne de Blas. You should read them both, and then for comic relief, try Chris Howey’s chap. (Click on the links to read Kelly’s description of writing The Witness;... Read More

respect your colleagues

Kerfuffle around AWP: it made the news in Publisher’s Weekly, Huff Post picked it up, and it’s apparently all over Facebook, but if you want a cogent breakdown try Rich Villar’s blog, “Allies, Firefighters, and the Genesis of Representation Anxiety in Big... Read More

Black Lives Matter; Reviews; Carrying On

Yes, we are repeating ourselves, in light of repetitious events. I don’t really care what her tox screen shows or whether she had prior suicidal ideation, or even so much what the local coroner finds. I want a federal investigation,... Read More

Booth 307

We’ll be in Minneapolis next week for the annual cluster-book known as AWP. You can find us in the book fair at Booth 307. And we’ll be out to play Thursday evening, from 8 till 10 at the Poets Corner of... Read More

Selma & Oslo

Our staff is down at the moment, so submissions are closed, and a few other things are moving slower than normal for the wompus. That’s life in the small press lane. We saw Selma in a downtown theater in Boston,... Read More

Alistair & the $20 coffee

I couldn’t find a book for my friend’s kid. I scoured the children’s section of the bookstore and left empty-handed. I’d seen the guy when I went in, bundled beside the bookstore entrance with his cardboard sign, and I knew... Read More

God View, Jeff Shotts, Torture apologists

Disruptive technologies like e-publishing and Uber taxis continue to reshape the marketplace. It’s still the wild west of tech innovation, which makes for apps that can’t talk to each other on the one hand, like when we drop manuscripts sent... Read More


We have arrived at a series of stark moments in our national narrative. Drones, climate-change-deniers, divesting fossil fuel investments, Tom Magliozzi, Francesca Lia Block, a friend’s new baby, and paying it forward at the holidays: these were some of the things I was writing about when... Read More