Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bloof at AWP#14 in Seattle

Updates to come, maybe.


  • 7:00 PM  Offsite: Natalie Eilbert reading at Re-Bar (details here


  • 8:30 AM–6:00 PM Bookfair Table, #D38 (WSCC Level 4, South Hall)
  • 10:00 AM Broadside signing, #D38: Dawn Sueoka, author of Little Uglies
  • 2:00 PM  Book signing, #D38: Shanna Compton, author of Brink 
  • 5:30 PM Offsite: Daniel Borzutzky & Jackie Clark reading at Moe Bar (details here)
  • 8:00 PM  Offsite: Jennifer Tamayo reading at Velocity Dance Center (details here)

  • 8:30 AM–5:00 PM* Bookfair table, #D38 (WSCC Level 4, South Hall)
  • 10:30 AM–11:45 AM Panel #F164: Daniel Borzutzky, Are We Latino? (WNE MFA Annex Level 3, Room 305) 
  • 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Panel #F176: Danielle Pafunda, Shaplesse Flame (WSCC Level 4, South Hall Stage)
  • 12:00 noon–2:00 PM Offsite: Danielle Pafunda reading at Hedreen Gallery (details here)
  • 1:00 PM–3:00 PM Book signing, #608 New School Writing: Danielle Pafunda (WSCC Level 4, South Hall)
  • 5:30 PM Offsite: Pattie McCarthy reading at Doug Baley Studio (details here)
  • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM OffsiteBloof + Saturnalia at The Jewelbox Theater at Rendezvous (multiple authors)
  • 7:00 PM  Offsite: Ben Fama reading at The Highline (details here)
  • 8:00 PM  Offsite: Sandra Simonds reading at Seattle Unity Church (details here)
  • 8:30 PM  Offsite: Jennifer Tamayo reading at Shitluck (details here)


  • 8:30 AM–5:00 PM* Bookfair Table, #D38 (WSCC Level 4, South Hall)
  • 12:00 noon  Book signing, #608 New School Writing: Ben Fama (WSCC Level 4, South Hall)
  • 6:00 PM–9:00 PM OffsiteAlice Blue + Bloof + Coconut at The Pine Box (multiple authors)
  • 8:00 PM Offsite: Natalie Eilbert reading at Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar (details here)

*Note early bookfair closings Friday and Saturday. Our offsite events those nights start at 6:00PM. Books will also be available at these public events. 

In addition, check out bookfair tables and offsite events hosted by Bloof authors Natalie Eilbert (The Atlas Review table #BB16 and this event), Ben Fama (Wonder table #K15, and this event), and Amanda Montei (Bon Aire table #TBD).

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Update: SOLD OUT. ODALISQUE by Ben Fama

 As of March 3, 2014 this book is sold out.
Orders are being filled in the order they were received.
(If you placed an order, you're good.)

Odalisque by Ben Fama
February 2014
Limited-edition handmade chapbook
7 x 8.5 inches
16 pages
Full-color inkjet cover on glossy stock
Translucent flyleaves in pastel yellow
Machine-stitched single-sheet binding

$8.00 via Square
$8.00 via PayPal
Here is the free ebook

"Forever is the saddest word
The poem’s not worth it
I’d like to read to you
What Andy Warhol said
About the traps of the rich
But my tastes are changing
This is a love note
To a Fire Island lifeguard
Tuscano shearling
And mauve champagne
I should never talk
Even after two sips
Though that’s when I can
I hate the George V hotel
But I would take you there
Then walk to the open market
Some thoughts are not that great 
The Internet is my home
Where it’s easy to be beautiful 
And seen and new
In the glow
In the spell"

—from "Fantasy"

Read this great review of Odalisque in The Small Press Book Review by Erik Noonan.

Ben Fama is the author of Fantasy (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), Mall Witch (Wonder, 2012), and the chapbook Cool Memories (Spork Books, 2013). He lives in New York City.

Odalisque is the first chapbook in the 2014 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series will be released in a limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release. 

"Ocean Drive," the flamingo pattern on the cover, was created by London-based textile designer Francesca Lahiri-Langley. The glossy large format and multi-column layout were inspired by magazine design.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Natural History Rape Museum now available!

Danielle Pafunda
6 x 9, 80 pages
Trade paper original
ISBN: 978-0-9826587-5-8


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“It feels good,” says Danielle Pafunda, “to conduct the world’s violence on the page. It’s my response to violence without doing or incurring much violence. It’s how I navigate through it.”

The fifth poetry collection by Danielle Pafunda, Natural History Rape Musuem centers around an unnamed speaker and her intimate/adversary, the fuckwad, in pieces interrupted (or violated) by their boxed-in titles. Further interrupting this narrative are a prose sequence and a menagerie of objects/animals/elements borne as totems by the speaker—a lump of coal, a stingray, a cord of wood, a wolf spider, an earthworm, the fly. The volume culminates in four linked essays on the subject of pain: The Bid for Pain, The Manner in Which Pain Becomes Me, Pain Beak-Pecks a Figurine, and Extraterrestrial Painsake.

Exploring the more grotesque corners of the Gurlesque aesthetic, in Natural History Rape Museum Pafunda ventriloquizes through the unstable identities of her characters to create creepy tableaux that resemble—despite their vivid, violent excesses—the world we know. 

Danielle Pafunda is the author of Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press, 2010), My Zorba (Bloof Books 2008), and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press, 2005). Her poems have appeared in three editions of The Best American Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Beauty Is a Verb: The Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011), Gurlesque: The New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics (Saturnalia Books, 2010), and Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting & Child Rearing (Fence Books, 2007). She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wyoming.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Our events at #AWP14: Friday 2/28 and Saturday 3/1

Poetry performances by Daniel Borzutzky, Kendra DeColo, Natalie Eilbert, Dorothea Lasky, Timothy Liu, Rebecca Loudon, Danielle Pafunda, Martha Silano, Sandra Simonds & Elisabeth Workman. Music by poet-violinist Rebecca Loudon. Hosted by Shanna Compton & Henry Israeli.

The Jewelbox Theater is a gorgeously restored 1927 screening room attached to an underground speakeasy, in Belltown. (Read about its history—from Jimmy Stewart to contemporary burlesque—here.) It's an easy walk from the conference. Hope to see you there (or somewhere).

FB event page

*Please note: Rendezvous is a multispace venue. We are in the Jewelbox Theater, not the Grotto, not the Red Velvet Lounge. All share the same address, and other events are happening simultaneously.*

Poetry performances by Tyler Brewington, Jackie Clark, Shanna Compton, Mel Coyle, Bruce Covey, Ben Fama, Hailey Higdon, Megan Kaminski, Jiyoon Lee, Joseph Mains, Pattie McCarthy, Amanda Montei, Amber Nelson, Jenn Marie Nunes, Alexis Pope, Dawn Sueoka, Jennifer Tamayo, Ellen Welcker, Joseph P Wood, and Wendy Xu + Nick Sturm. Hosted by Shanna Compton, Bruce Covey & Amber Nelson. 

The Pine Box is a lofty, renovated former funeral parlor, with an incredible beer selection on 33 taps, making it one of Seattle's top bars. Dinner menu also available. 

And we'll be at the bookfair Thursday, Friday, and Saturday sharing a table with Coconut Poetry. Stop by to check out new releases by Danielle Pafunda and Ben Fama, all of our backlist titles, a special series of broadsides from our chapbook authors, and a hotly anticipated stash of Advance Reading Copies of Elisabeth Workman's Ultramegaprairieland. 

Look for us at D-38. Here's a map of the madness. We're in row D, just beyond the sponsors' booths, not too far from the registration area and main entrance.