Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sandra Simonds: Mini tour in NY State

Thursday, October 29: BUFFALO, NY

Sandra Simonds 

Visiting Poets Series
St. Bonaventure University
The Loft at Quick Center for the Arts
Cornelius Welch Drive
St. Bonaventure, NY 
5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 31: NEW YORK, NY

Sandra Simonds with Mel Nichols

Segue Series
Zinc Bar
82 W. 3rd Street
New York, NY
4:30 p.m.

(Hint: See lots more readings by Bloof poets on our Events calendar!)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

WINDOWBOXING by Kirsten Kaschock, now in free ebook formats

Interactive PDF for online reading  (above or here)
Color cover image, black-and-white interior

PDF for printing (2.1 MB, illustrations)
Color cover image, black-and-white interior

WINDOWBOXING: A Dance with Saints in Three Acts

Kirsten Kaschock

Gray textured 80 lb cover 
Three die cut windows with cream vellum insets
Cream 70 lb text interior
Hand-sewn binding in natural twine
7 x 7 inches • 44 pages
Includes 6 black-and-white drawings by Koen Kaschock-Marenda

"You would have my explosions be localized and armed against themselves.
You would prefer I not discuss 'men' or 'women.' The genres.
It would be better to prevent the spread of the insurgency."

A sequence of twenty-four interlinked pieces, WINDOWBOXING: A Dance with Saints in Three Acts by Kirsten Kaschock moves with both muscle and grace through its three acts of steadfast looking—at dance, grief, abuse, the streets of Philadelphia, and especially "the elaboration of woman."

Excerpts from this work appeared in Antioch Review, BOMBMagazine, Chicago Review, Everyday Genius, Many Mountains Moving, and Otoliths.

Kirsten Kaschock is the author of three books of poetry: The Dottery (Pitt Poetry, Donald Hall Prize, 2014), Unfathoms (Slope Editions) and A Beautiful Name for a Girl (Ahsahta Press). Her debut novel, Sleight, a work of speculative fiction, was published by Coffee House Press. She has earned a PhD in English from the University of Georgia and a PhD in dance from Temple University. Kirsten resides in Philadelphia with Dan Marenda and their three children. More at
WINDOWBOXING: A Dance with Saints in Three Acts is the fifth chapbook in the 2012–2013 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. Each chapbook is also included in full in our annual compilation volume, Bound.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Danielle Pafunda mini tour begins October 23: Durham NC, Casper WY, Boulder CO

Friday, October 23: DURHAM, NC

Danielle Pafunda

Work V. 5
Duke University
East Duke Building, Parlors
1304 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
8:00 p.m.
The Work Series is designed to give a writer/filmmaker/painter a chance to read from/show a longer suite/work in progress. Hosted by David Need, Depts. of Religion & Women's Studies.
Monday, October 26: CASPER, WY

Danielle Pafunda with Mathias Svalina
University of Wyoming
Details TK

Tuesday, October 27: BOULDER, CO

Danielle Pafunda with Harmony Holiday & Carolina Ebeid

Naropa University
Performing Arts Center
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
7:30 p.m.

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.

Danielle's latest book, The Dead Girls Speak in Unison is available from SPD, and Bloof will be offering it in new edition later this year.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Reprints in Progress: Bound, Drunk by Noon & The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway

We're working on it.

Bound: The First Array + Drunk by Noon  and The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway by Jennifer L. Knox are temporarily out of stock, but reprints are being ordered.

We'll leave them active in the store, but know that if you order this week or next there will be a slight delay. We'll keep you posted via email. (Thank you for loving our books!)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Knotted. by Alyssa Lynee

New! The third issue of the Bloof Books 2015 chapbook series is here. We are so excited to bring you Alyssa Lynee's debut, Knotted.

Sorry, this chapbook is sold out. A free PDF version is coming soon.

Alyssa Lynee

Hand sewn in natural twine
Antique Gray Linen covers with full-color ink jet print
White or natural 60 lb. text interior
7 x 8 inches
36 pages

*Domestic shipping for US and Canada only. For international shipping, contact us at sales at bloof books dot com.

Bloof Books Chapbook Series
Vol. 3: Issue 3 (2015)
ISSN: 2373-163x

"There is no known treatment." Part fantasy and part autobiography, the tender, tentative, and brutally perceptive poems in Knotted. explore what common humanity might be shared between a young woman poet and an infamous killer, whose lives and circumstances overlap in some ways, diverge in others. What does it mean to suspect oneself of the worst, to compare oneself to an extreme example of depravity, to be simultaneously compassionate and complicit?



I found out twenty-five people are writing about him
after I sent a poem to try and be published.
I got rejected but how weird that so many
submissions were about Gacy right?
All these words can be arranged
better I get that. But this apartment
is so quiet and no one has called me
today and yesterday I watched a
documentary about a woman the world
forgot. Her bones found four years later,
sunk into a rotting couch,
tv still on and bowls in the sink.

I wonder about their names
their intentions:

Did Sufjan Stevens have any bearing in your decision of subject?

If so, what line in particular stood out to you?

What interests you the most about John Wayne Gacy, Jr.?

What is poem attempting to say?

Do you feel he is speaking to you at all?

                                                            [would you do that?]

Read more at PANK.

Cover illustrations: Engraving of three monsters from De monstrorum causis, natura et differentiis by Fortunio Liceti, first published in Padua, Italy in 1616. Artist unknown. Public domain.

Knotted. is the third chapbook in the 2015 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series is released in a limited edition of one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release, and a year-end combination volume called Bound.

Alyssa Lynee teaches and lives in Chicago. Her work can be found in PANK magazine and forthcoming in Bloom.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Quotidian Bee: our new poem-a-day publication at Medium

The Quotidian Bee

Sandra Simonds has a new author website (and a new book!)

Please visit Sandra at her new online home, and update your old bookmarks and links:

While checking out her new site, be sure to read up on Sandra's new book, Steal It Back, coming soon from our friends Saturnalia. (It's actually already available via SPD, but officially in stores in December.)