Friday, July 24, 2009


BRAVE MEN PRESS is excited to announce the release of our first book, NO THEATER by Chris Tonelli.

Considering the responsibilities of the social world with a disconnected eye, NO THEATER is a collection of meticulously crafted poems that perform outside of time, but remain intuitively familiar and profound. Chris Tonelli reveals the artificialities of the everyday self with a language stalked by loss yet driven by possibility. Here, these poems come prepared in an armature of many masks and invested with an insight sure to move around the mental furniture of any reader.

Chris Tonelli co-curates The So and So Series and is the author of four chapbooks, most recently For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press, forthcoming). He teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife Allison.

Read a sample poem here.

Cover is letterpressed with black ink on black paper.
Printed in a limited edition of 123.
25 pages.

Buy it.

If you have a blog, please share this information with others. We want to make lots of books.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rad Lines in the Sand

An excerpt from Sampson Starkweathers' mega poem LA LA LA up at Real Poetik

every poem should begin
I’m kinda of in a dunebuggy
it’s a fact
feelings of powelessness
lead to killing and shopping
sprees weeeeeeee
oh there’s more
where that came from
a growing demand
for designer vaginas

The hardest working woman in small press biz destroys his new book to death growls, proving once again he controls.

Scorch Atlas (destroyed) by Blake Butler from featherproof books on Vimeo.

SCORCH ATLAS is now available for preorder for only $10. You can order your copy "destroyed" if you like. I can't wait to read this beast.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Moderate Fools

This past weekends' DEEP MOAT was something to behold,and many people did. Who were all those people? I wish I knew. But the ones I did know I worship. I hope to see you all again soon. Brave Men sold enough copies of NO THEATER to buy some Slayer tickets. And if anyone saw the recent coinsides you'd know Emily's hard work deserves some sweet release. My one regret is not organizing the whiffle ball game I'd promised. NO THEATER will be for sale online in the next day or so. (Above photo by the crucial Paige T)

Today I have three poems up at
The Raleigh Quarterly. These poems are from THE BLACK EYE. They're a bit wintery. A big thanks to Chris and Chris for letting me hang.

Mathias and Julia have some bitchin' poems at
Dear Camera. I like the title Force, Proximity, Repulsion.

Emily and I were approved for this apartment in Northampton. 2 Bedroom, a private backyard w/ porch.

Watch this robot read Mark Leidner.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Last night Nicholas Cage's son's black metal band played a show in a shitty little club down the street from my house. I forgot about it. Word is Dad was there in full form punching air and banging heads. I really really regret not being there to see that.

New Coinsides are available a Brave Men Press.

(NAPOLEON) by Chris Tonelli:


PINK JELLYBEANS by Jon Woodward:

and XXIX by Sampson Starkweather:

and as always, the set of three is available for a slight discount:

Also we are happy to announce the Brave Men Press Coinside Accordion Book is now available again with full set of 5 Coinsides:

When you buy this package you will recieve:

1 Accordion Book

& CoinSides by:
Justin Marks
Julia Cohen
Chris Tonelli
Jon Woodward
Sampson Starkweather


Friday, July 10, 2009


I wanted to keep a year round open door, but I've had to close submissions at SIR! for a while. I received way more submissions than I ever expected to and I really need to catch up with things. My apologies to those who've been waiting for a response. You'll hopefully receive something soon. in the meantime, watch this incredible video taken from Mathias's blog -

The new issue is near complete and looking pretty rad. Wonder if we can get Pushead to do the "cover"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Only 20 more days (or so) left to pre-order a hardcover copy of Zach Schomburg's Scary, No Scary and receive a limited edition coinside (above) designed and printed from Brave Men Press. The design is above, but it is only a small taste of what you'll actually receive.

Next Up at The Deep Moat Reading Series,
Saturday July 18th, 7:00 P.M.

located at the Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow st, Cambridge, MA 02138.

The Deep Moat Reading Series celebrates the release of Chris Tonelli's NO THEATER, the first chapbook available from new local publisher Brave Men Press. We are extremely excited about the release of this book, as it is some of the best poetry written this decade or any other, and hope you will join us for a night that will not soon be forgotten.

Chris Tonelli co-curates The So and So Series and is the author of four chapbooks, most recently For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press, forthcoming). He teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife Allison.

A poem from NO THEATER from Sixth Finch.
Another poem from NO THEATER in Sixth Finch.
Three poems from NO THEATER in SIR! Magazine.

Jon Woodward was born in Wichita, Kansas and grew up in Wichita and in Denver, Colorado. His two published books are Rain (Wave Books, 2006) and Mister Goodbye Easter Island (Alice James Books, 2003). He lives in Boston and works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

A review of RAIN in The Believer.
Five Poems from La Petite Zine.
Two Poems in Octopus.

Sampson Starkweather is the author of three chapbooks, The Heart is Green from So Much Waiting forthcoming from Immaculate Disciples Press, City of Moths a Rope-a-Dope Press production, and The Photograph from horse less press. He dwells deep within da Qua.

A review of CITY OF MONTHS in Coldfront magazine
A poem from Typo Magazine
A poem from Sixth Finch

As always, limited edition coinsides (tiny broadsides) will be available at the reading and through the Brave Men Press website.