Thursday, April 29, 2010

This weekend is the One Year Anniversary of The Deep Moat Reading Series. We'll have Lara Glenum, Sandy Florian, & Ben Kopel representing. See the invite here fore more info.


Hannah features collaborations between poets from UMass Amherst, 10 poets from University of Iowa, and 17 paintings from artists from the University of Iowa. I responded to an artists named Michael Perrone. He creates awe. See the painting above. The collaborations are now collected in book you can buy. Below is more info.

hannah (han’na) n. 1. A book of collaborations between painters at the University of Iowa & poets from the University of Iowa & University of Massachusetts Amherst Artists and Authors Included: Jeff Downey, Crystal Roethlisberger, Alan Felsenthal, Philip Miller, Genevieve Lawrence, Youngsoon Chon, Ben Estes, Douglas Degges, Brian Foley, Patrick Haas, Micah Bloom, Charity Stebbins, Chris Reno, Rawaan Alkhatib, Megan Dirks, Zach Savich, Mariah Dekkenga, Jono Tosch, David Dunlap, Amanda Nadelberg, Travis Head, Kiki Petrosino, Pete Schulte, Daniel Poppick, Michael Perrone, Cole Swensen, Mary Laube, Sarah Boyer, Ellen Siebers, Elaine Kahn, Zach Stensen, Adam Roberts, Danielle Kimzey

See what Amanda Nadelberg did with Phillip Miller.

Then buy a copy here. Enter this code FREEMAIL305 by May 1st and get free shipping.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Black Eye & Whatever You Love of Weapons You Love For Weapons

Now Available for purchase from Brave Men Press



Brian Foley

Brian Foley has had poems appear or are forthcoming in Typo, Fou, Glitterpony, No Tell Motel, Sixth Finch, and others. He edits SIR! Magazine and was recently selected by Pam Rehm for the Academy of American Poets prize. He lives in Massachusetts where he attends the MFA for Poets and Writers at Umass Amherst.

Cover is letterpressed with black ink on red paper.
Printed in a limited edition of 150.
22 pages.

read sample poems


Mathias Svalina

Author's Artist Statement:

"This poem comes from a manuscript of serial poems exploring what it means to be influenced by an artist. They are ekphrastic in the basic sense that they respond to artists or works of art. Beyond that they attempt to understand, via the lyric, how the art that matters to us continues to be present long after we’ve stopped thinking about the color, form & content of an individual work. This poem is a response to Caravaggio’s The Calling of St. Matthew, a painting that I have never been able to get out of my head."

Author's artist statement originally written for The Tusculum Review.

read excerpt

Cover is letterpressed with copper and black ink on blue paper.
Printed in a limited edition of 150.
27 pages.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Notnostrums issue 4 is out. Three poems by me. Awesome drawings by Ben Estes.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Yesterday I won the Academy of American Poets Award. It was judged by Pam Rehm. I don't know much about it, but if theres money involved I buying one of these for us.

If your in the area, Im reading at Nat Ottings House on Sunday at 3pm.

Its to celebrate the release of this, which will be available in the next day or so.

AWP was a total wonder. It was good to make the world smaller for a few days.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Mike Young did an excellent job on the last issue of NOO. Now he's made it into a weekly and has others curate. Check out these poems by Sarah Boyer.

and 5 were solitary
getting their thumbs into onions

I want to yell go
be a gym teacher

take him easy on a pleated couch
we are drying out at Orange

with the bikers
the whole place smells

like macing yourself
it gets better when you do it

Doesn't she kinda look like Jessica Hynes from Spaced?

Friday, April 2, 2010


I wrote a poem this morning. Because it NaPoMo, I immediately put it up on Ink Node. Was this a good idea? It doesnt matter. Its so nice outside today I cant worry about it, but you can see it here.

Thanks to all those who submitted chapbooks for Brave Men Press's open reading period. We got a lot more than expected. We'll have answers for you immediately following AWP and no later than MAY 31st.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I posted this on htmlgiant, but Im reposting it here.

Do you fear style in poetry?

Do you skeptic it?

Once the style is figured out, does it become less impactful?

My favorite writers are styled.

Their words have good hair.

Lack of style seems to be what keeps good words from becoming distinguished words.

I still look for things that I think are "cool"

"Cool" I think appeals to the mind more than the heart.

It doesn't need to be overt.

"Cool" is the neon sign that comes to mind when reading Cows by Frederic Boyer just published in the new Puerto Del Sol