Justin Sirois is founder and codirector of Narrow House, an experimental writing publishing collective. He received individual Maryland State Art Council grants in 2003, 2007, and 2010. His books include Secondary Sound (BlazeVOX Books) and MLKNG SCKLS (Publishing Genius). His first novel, Falcons on the Floor, written in collaboration with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy, will be published sometime next summer. Haneen and Justin also started the Understanding Campaign ( http://www.understandingcampaign.org/ ) earlier this year.
More info about Justin: http://secondarysound.blogspot.com/
“Sirois’ MLKNG SCKLS reads like what might happen if you crossed Gus Van Sant’s ‘Gerry’ with the parts of an Iraq war documentary that the Bush administration had censored. A tight, spare and quietly tense gem of a book.”
Author of Last Days and The Open Curtain
“Clean and visceral like few others. Sentences like nails. MLKNG SCKLS is an intense new vision and strong argument for literature still being essential in our modern world. I can’t wait for Falcons on the Floor.”
author of Radiant Days
Dorothea Lasky is the author of two full-length collections of poetry: AWE (Wave Books, 2007), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010) & most recently-Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Born in St. Louis in 1978, her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Laurel Review, Crowd, 6×6, the Boston Review, Delmar, Phoebe, Filter, Knock, Drill, Lungfull!, and Octopus, among others. She is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and also has been educated at Harvard University and Washington University. Currently, she lives in New York City and researches creativity and education at the University of Pennsylvania.
“In a style much like her poetry—expansive, vulnerable, and never without fire—Dorothea Lasky delivers a theory of writing based as much in the Humanist tradition as Hermeticism. Calling poets away from civilization, back towards the wilderness, Lasky brazenly urges artists away from conceptual programs, resurrecting imagination and faith-in-the-uncertain as saviors from mediocrity.”
-on Poetry Is Not a Process from Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010