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Sammy’s Blog

Sammy’s Blog

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

Ebola and Denial

A Hospital From Hell, Adam Nossiter’s devastatingly intimate portrait of one Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone, takes us inside the epidemic, where “treatment centers” turn into filthy prison warehouses for the miserable and dying, where Ebola sufferers lie untended, and those exposed but not actually... Read More

Showing Up

Tiananmen Square haunts Hong Kong. I watched an interview with one of the Hong Kong students staked out in protest of their imminent loss of democracy. “Aren’t you afraid?” asked the journalist. “No,” replied the student, “I am not afraid. My... Read More

Steel Toe, Dark Snow

Tom C. Hunley, over at Steel Toe Books, has an open reading period this month and next: order one of their titles direct from the press, and pay no submission fee for your full length manuscript. Shivani Mehta’s strange, evocative prose... Read More