25 March 2007

1 + 1

Just a note to reintroduce myself into this conversation, albeit briefly for now—me, pleasantly encumbered by two new projects in which you all can share. They're of equal importance, so I hate to announce one above the other, but here goes.

I'm now a co-founding editor of a bouncing new baby press called Ninebark, based in Rome, Georgia, where I teach at Berry College. My co-editors are Mindy Wilson, managing editor of The Georgia Review (and my wife); poet Sandra Meek, my colleague at Berry College; and Ray Marsocci, formerly of Elixir Press. As some of you know, our first book, Deep Travel, an anthology of American poets whose work has been significantly informed by their time living abroad, debuted at AWP this year and did so pretty nicely. The book was edited by Sandra Meek (with excellent cover design by Lou Robinson) and includes work by established poets as well as several new names. If you or someone you know might be interested in using such a title in a course, please get in touch with me.

But all this is to say, that the press is interested in prose, as well, and we're currently on the lookout for a prose manuscript to be our second title. While we generally have an interest in international work, that's not our exclusive focus, and, furthermore, while the press is not strictly about avant work, as a reader, that's where my heart is, and, well, yes. So. If you've got a manuscript or know a colleague or even a promising student who does, again, please get in touch with me. I'd love to see anything by this crowd and its associates.

A word about the name Ninebark (from our press release): The press takes its name from a genus of flowering shrubs, Ninebark, named for the way the plant’s bark peels away in many layers. Ninebark occurs naturally both inside and outside the United States in diverse varieties. Both as natural object and as word, Ninebark suggests that complexity is not antithetical to beauty, but necessary to its creation.


I'm on the clock as the editor for the Fictions Present thread at electronic book review:


And, again, I'd love to look at any work you or your associates might have that speaks to the concerns of this currently short thread. Some of you have either contributed to it already, or mostly to other threads of the review, but this link here, from Joe Tabbi:


gives a nice intro to what's going on at Fictions Present, or at least where it starts. Where it stops, if it stops, is another question. I'm just learning to drive this thing. Regardless, as I say, please get in touch with me if you have something to contribute now or in the future, and in the meantime, I'm sure I'll be nudging you all individually about this as well. And, hey, if you presented at AWP, you know, come on now, give it up to ebr, yeah?

Fight the power.


marc lowe said...

Dear Michael:

How would one endeavor to get in touch with you privately? I do not see an e-mail address listed under your "blogger" profile. Without taking up too much space here at NowWhat, I'll briefly say that my first completed novel (I've recently finished a second) takes place in Japan -- where I had been living at the time -- and is a fragmentary jumble of narratives told from different perspectives revolving around a series of disappearences/possible murders; it is, one might say, an anti-story in the vein of the metaphysical detective novels of Kobo Abe, Paul Auster, Alain Robbe-Grillet, etc., with a structure somewhat akin to that of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's "In a Grove/Rashomon" (as one reader once commented). If this sounds remotely of interest, I'd appreciate it if you could e-mail me at malo23web@yahoo.com. If not, well, that's okay, too...

Best of luck to you with your new press. I will have a look at the "fictions present" thread later this week and, if I've anything intelligent to say, will perhaps contribute a few words (give or take).


Michael Mejia said...

Hey, Marc. Thanks for your response. My email's visible in my profile now. Appreciate the best wishes and you've mentioned some favorite authors of mine above. Email me off-list and we'll talk. M.