We published this book and so we love it. Here is what the experts say:
"At once a hybrid text and a compendium of tales related more or less loosely tWe published this book and so we love it. Here is what the experts say:
"At once a hybrid text and a compendium of tales related more or less loosely to the theme of sleep, this generously sized volume edited by C. James Bye and Jessica Bye offers flash-length tidbits and short stories by well-known and less well-known writers, interviews with movie and TV directors, and a healthy dose of comics."
-- Los Angeles Review
"The Way We Sleep represents the very best of what a book can do that no other narrative medium can touch; it's part anthology, part art-book, part interview, part graphic novel, part confessional, part essay, part sociological study. The subject matter here ranges from sex to family to coming-of-age, all rendered with a delightful wit, brevity, and charm. From Mary Roach's study of insomnia to Tony Millionaire's depiction of epic torpor to the Resident's exploration of sleepwalking, The Way We Sleep is as intimate, poignant, and humorous as anything whispered beneath the sheets."
-- Joe Meno, author of best-selling novel Hairstyles of the Damned
We're publishing this book in September 2012. Amber Sparks' short stories have been widley published in literary journals. We're pulling her work togeWe're publishing this book in September 2012. Amber Sparks' short stories have been widley published in literary journals. We're pulling her work together to show it off. It will punch you in the face, and you'll be thanful for it. You'll thank us. Thank the universe. Thank America. Enjoy.
“In May We Shed These Human Bodies, Amber Sparks proves herself not only a fine writer but also a high scientist of imaginative bliss: This is a collection of marvelous inventions, each one a wonder-machine propelled by fairy tale and dream and humor and hope, ready to carry us off into new adventure."
-- Matt Bell, author of Cataclysm Baby (Mud Luscious Press), How They Were Found (Keyhole Press, October 2010), as well as three chapbooks.
ACM Issue 50.1 and 50.2 are beautiful books featuring the best in contemporary Chicago literature, a city that's booming these days when it comes to wACM Issue 50.1 and 50.2 are beautiful books featuring the best in contemporary Chicago literature, a city that's booming these days when it comes to words. We're biased as we're now publishing ACM. But really this is great, which is why we took it on as a project. Our goal is provide ACM the financial and operational support it needs to execute its artistic vision. Here's looking forward to issue 100!
Issue 2 in our semi-annual print journal of short stories, poetry, and photography that celebrate urbanism. Work from award-winning authors such as ChIssue 2 in our semi-annual print journal of short stories, poetry, and photography that celebrate urbanism. Work from award-winning authors such as Chicagoan Christine Sneed to never before published voices like Dan Melling from the UK.
"Everything in this issue begs to have the reader understand what it means to share stories (tragedies or successes) with people that are close to us. They also show how strangers can influence our lives. That's what being an urbanite is all about, lives intersecting other lives. The casualness of the issue gleams what all of us are looking for: meaning in the obvious, the routine, and the fascination in the behavior of people. Curbside Splendor focuses on appreciating the substance of what it means to be urban." - Another Chicago Magazine (ACM). Read full review: ACM Digs Curbside
"May I be blunt? I love Curbside Splendor. I have almost despaired of university literary journals – I can feel the boredom of the great plains and the drudgery of academic work through every line. Where did the art of engagement go? Curbside is refreshingly free of political correctness and the strictures academic hot house. It's even run by people with day jobs in the real world -- imagine that! 'Curb' stories, poems, and short shorts are punchy, direct, often hyperbolic – reflecting the mind-set and communication style of city life." - Christina Gombar, acclaimed author and editor. ...more
The most beautiful book of classic, romantic poetry we have ever made.
"Charles Bane Jr.'s work does not only stand on the shoulders of giants, it shriThe most beautiful book of classic, romantic poetry we have ever made.
"Charles Bane Jr.'s work does not only stand on the shoulders of giants, it shrinks them, makes them less daunting and more manageable, and translates their seemingly forgotten ideology into a modern tongue. He accomplishes an extraordinary task in balancing the past with the present, all the while communicating a sense of unison and heartfelt understanding between poet and reader. In a time where we have all seemed to lose sight of one another in pursuit of personal gain, this connection--one that is genuine, unselfish, and even divine--almost seems impossible, something to be admired but never experienced."
"Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the p"Sometimes I run across a poem that makes me second guess my opinion on poetry. It could be a line in the poem that impresses me. Or a person in the poem that makes me wonder what he'd be like in another situation. Or a relationship that makes me want to know if it worked out. Or a memory I have while reading the poem. For me, Piano Rats by Franki Elliot had all of the above."
~Shamontiel L. Vaughn, Chicago Tribune.
"The book is a collection of deeply personal pieces, arranged as free verse poems, though Elliot calls them “stories.” And they do read as stories, the kind told around a kitchen table—or even, in the case of “Nothing,” a recounting of a story that happened while a story was being told around a kitchen table. Most of them detail a down-and-out cast with unbroken spirits, people who predict early deaths but live as if they don’t believe it."
~Jonathan Messinger, books editor of Timeout Chicago.
"The 44 pieces in Franki Elliott’s Piano Rats are like the best kind of chance meetings—weird and unsettling, specific and transformative. They are Frank O’Hara meets Ellen Kennedy, “first kiss” meets “fuck off,” “hell” meets “rainstorm,” poetry meets prose, narrative meets lyric, trailer park meets city street. But they are also entirely themselves, places where you “remember who you wanted to be.””
~Kathleen Rooney, author of Oneiromance (an epithalamion), managing editor of Rose Metal Press.
Coming-of-age, Mexican-American style. Dazed and confused meets High Fidelity meets Gone With the Wind, and a touch of The Wonderous Life of Oscar WaoComing-of-age, Mexican-American style. Dazed and confused meets High Fidelity meets Gone With the Wind, and a touch of The Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.
"Victor knows small towns, and definitely knows drugs and chicks. He also knows what we listened to, watched and read in the eighties and nineties, adding a layer of time and place that is both uniquely Chicagoland and full of pop culture awareness. All of this is done with wit and nuance, but what allows Victor and this novel to transcend, and expand, on the genre is the exploration of the immigrant experience, specifically being first generation Americans navigating American culture, and frankly the sense that this is where literature is heading...” – Ben Tanzer, author of Lucky Man, Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine, 99 Problems, Cool, Not Removed, and You Can Make Him Like You.
“Even Accountants Need Philosophy: This Gen X Mexican American college grad tackles the prickly world of easy assimilation in Chicago. He, bookish, shy, athletically ok, but caught between the old world of the family and the nerve wracking skirt chasing he is obsessed with, He's on a quest for meaning, what ever the fuck that might be. This book is perfect for soul searchers and girls that want them to man up. Decent foray into the world of ‘I don’t know if I can take this job anymore but can’t give up the money either.’ Does he get anything he wants? Or does he want it because it’s there?” - Paul Hasegawa Overacker (Paul HO), Co-Owner/Director/Producer of Filmlike Films, Producer/Director of GalleryBeat Media
"It seems easy to abandon one's dreams for security. "Sophomoric Philosophy" is a novel of the life of one Alejandro Lopez, an artist who abandoned his art to become an accountant. As midlife approaches, he reflects on his choices that led him down this route, and the possibility of pursing the dreams and choices he left behind. "Sophomoric Philosophy" is a thoughtful read that will resonate strongly with many readers, highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review