Category Archives: Dzanc Books

Tomorrow: Jen Michalski

Baltimore: Jen Michalski, author of the widely acclaimed novella Could You Be With Her Now, is reading in your city tomorrow! Click here for details. (And keep an eye out for Jen’s forthcoming Big Moose Prize-winning novel, The Tide King; pre-order your copy here.)

The Great Write Off Starts Tomorrow!

Starting October 3, BLP and Dzanc Books will participate in the 2012 Great Write Off,  a fundraiser to support a bunch of worth literary non-profits, including the Dzanc Prize and the Writer in Residence Program. Both Diane Goettel and Angela Leroux-Lindsey will represent BLP, and would love your sponsorship (even $5 makes a difference). Click here to sponsor the Dzanc/BLP writer of your choice. Thanks in advance for your support!

The Best Literary Weekend, Period.

We may be geographically biased, but we think the Brooklyn Book Festival is the absolute–and this year’s was better than ever! We rocked a reading at BookCourt; we stopped by the BBF Gala; we met thousands of new friends at the book fair; and we sold lots of books. All on one of the most gorgeous fall weekends a New Yorker could ask for. Winwinwin. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and to the talented and superfun BLP authors who made this weekend a success! ‘Til 2013!

Dzanc Books Write a Thon!

Yo, all ya all,

Again, like last year, I am participating in the Dzanc Books Write-A-Thon which will take place July 21st through July 24th.   I plan to spend twenty hours on those days, writing away with the same furious obsession that Captain Ahab had when pursuing the elusive white whale of fate. 

Not only will it be a treat for me to have a dedicated time for my writing, but hopefully this will also benefit Dzanc.  Last year I produced two stories during the four days, both which I quickly placed in established literary journals: Fiction International and The Indiana Review. This year I may attempt a novella, depending on the writing prompt theme.

Dzanc is a wonderful non-profit independent publishing company that supports literary magazines, small presses, and publishes fantastic work; after all, their imprint, Black Lawrence Press, published my collection of stories, Pictures of Houses with Water Damage, last year. Also, Dzanc funds writing programs in public schools where creative writing classes are not offered. They also sponsor the Dzanc Prize which benefits not only the writer awarded it, but pays for a community based project like writing workshops in prisons, cancer centers, or working with immigrant populations.

I would be honored if you would sponsor my writing this year. Your dollars will help Dzanc Books to continue to support great writing and foster the creative talent of public school kids. If you’d like to pitch in, please click on the following link that will take you to a page where you can make a donation:

 http://www.dzancbooks.org/write-a-thon-2011/ 

Hit the donate button to the left and make it in my name. You will need a Paypal account. Paypal is a wonderful online method of virtual currency with zero gold or silver backing up the symboligy of what we deem money.  A sign of the end times? What they hey…and please remember to do so in my name, and good luck with the big drawing they’ll have for all people that donate!

Thanks for your time!

Sincerely,

Michael Hemmingson

“Ten Very Fine Neo-Westerns” by Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins–whose poetry collection, Killing the Murnion Dogs, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press–has contributed to Dzanc’s “Best of 2010” series with a list of excellent Neo-Western films and books. Enjoy!

The Story of Dzanc Books

Black Lawrence Press could not exist as it does today if it were not for two guys, Steven Gillis and Dan Wickett, the founders of Dzanc Books. To learn more about their story and about the company that Publishers Weekly called “the future of publishing”, read this article from Poets & Writers.