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Upcoming books by Gabriel Don, Jessica Slote, Melanie Maria Goodreaux, Melanie Best, and Vipin Bharathan, more details to follow soon!


By: Steve Cannon

Annette, the heroine of Steve Cannon’s underground classic Groove, Bang, and Jive Around, is a black New Orleans teenager with serious family troubles and a recently acquired appetite for sex. In Cannon’s hands her story becomes a satire on every aspect of American culture: race politics, religion, and sexual freedom. In its opening chapters Groove is almost a conventional erotic novel, with the more frenzied sexual activity set against a backdrop of jazz and voodoo; but halfway through, Cannon takes his heroine to the Oz-like Oo-bla-dee, an idyllic country – supposedly founded by Dizzy Gillespie – where “people ran their own lives.” There, after witnessing much revelry and payback, Annette meets her real mother, who reveals to her the true circumstances of her birth. Although Groove, Bang, and Jive Around sold more than 150,000 copies when it first appeared, it was not available for twenty years, and copies of the 1997 printing have rarely stayed in one place long. This is the first eBook publication, aiming to make the book widely available while providing some much-needed income to its author and his organization.

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One-Bedroom Solo

By: Sheila Maldonado

Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. "In Sheila Maldonado's work, it's as if the great voices of Latin American poetry are speaking through a contemporary American woman and remixed to the beat of her own particular urban swagger and wit. It's a song that can contain pop culture, social satire, linguistic hi-jinx, and a funky sense of form. Read this powerful and often hilarious book as a source of self-help to get you through the city's frustrations. It will leave you refreshed, restored, and ready to 'tear out a heart / if you have to.'"—Elaine Equi

"If you're ever lost in the beguiling and fractured translation of being Latin@ in America, Sheila Maldonado's ONE-BEDROOM SOLO is just the book you need. These poems bring you into a conversation that is drop-dead funny and cunningly tragic. Maldonado draws a self-portrait in an active mirror; an x-ray of love, despair, homeland, and good ole' signifyin'. ONE-BEDROOM SOLO is a memorable first collection."—Willie Perdomo

Author Hometown: NEW YORK, NY USA

About the author: Sheila Maldonado grew up in Coney Island, New York, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Her family hails from Honduras. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from The City College of New York. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. ONE-BEDROOM SOLO (Fly By Night Press, 2011) is her first book of poems. She lives in a one-bedroom in uptown Manhattan.


Unpious Pilgrim

By: George Spencer

George Spencer’s third book of poetry, Unpious Pilgrim, published by Fly By Night Press, a subsidiary of A Gathering of the Tribes, has just come out.


In addition to writing poetry he is the producer of three cable shows: Poetry Thin Air with Mitch Corber, The Arts(Performing)@Tribes with Steve Cannon and a new show, also with Steve Cannon, featuring emerging multi-media artists in the Czech Republic, India, South Africa and Argentina.

Susan Scutti says his “verse cross-dresses as prose yet sometimes not.”

Bill Kushner says “This wondrous unpious book contains wit and wisdom aplenty.”

Michael Graves says “It continues the gentle, but often brilliant satire begun in his second collection.”

Karen Randolph says “Wry, sophisticated with a touch of Rabelais.”


Dead Birds or Avian Blues

by Howard Pflanzer

Howard Pflanzer’s new work “Dead Birds or Avian Blues” is now available for $15 from Fly-by-Night Press. Contact for details on purchasing the book.

HOWARD PFLANZER is a playwright, poet, lyricist and director. His plays and musicals have been performed at La MaMa ETC, Playwrights Horizons, Symphony Space, Medicine Show Theater, Kraine Theater and The Living Theatre and broadcast over WNYC and WBAI FM. He has received fellowships and commissioning grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, ASCAP, the Puffin Foundation, the NEA (Media Arts co-winner), the National Foundation for Jewish Culture as well as a Fulbright Scholar award to conduct theatre workshops and direct in India. Playwriting residencies include Fundacion Valparaiso, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Ragdale Foundation. His play, On the Border, was premiered at Medicine Show in 2007 where his new play, Living With History: Camus Sartre De Beauvoir will be presented.

JULIANE PIEPER was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1975 and works as an illustrator, graphic designer and author for newspapers, magazines and publishing houses. She received her degree in Communication Design at the Art and Design School Berlin (KHB) in 2009. She holds a Master’s in Politics and Literature. Her work was also selected and has been featured in 3 x 3 Magazine and American Illustration Magazine. In addition to her freelance-work, she is currently enrolled as a full-time student in the Master’s Program in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. She also received a Fulbright scholarship for 2009/2010. She currently lives in New York. For more information, go to:


I Dream About You Baby

By: Lester Afflick

Poetry. African American Studies. This posthumous collection of Lester Afflick's finest poems has been compiled by his dearest friends and most discerning readers. Born in Jamaica, Afflick was a vital force and fixture on the New York poetry scene from the early 1980s until his untimely death in January 2000. "Afflick's death at 43 cut short a literary voice that was just beginning to find its maturity, a force that had just begun to hurricane density, that spoke to desert and crag, the heat of an unforgiving sun and maudlin existence, rendering the maudlin with a tool both dry and sharp. The poems in this collection represent Afflick's vision: Island culture and alienation in an urbane and witty top hat"--John Farris.



By: Barbara Purcell

Poetry. "In BLACK ICE: POEMS you will discover Barbara Purcell's charged landscape of edgy recollections and journeys. . . she writes straightforwardly of bulimia, nude modeling, love betrayed, and early warning signs of things amiss. There are no fake notes here"-Colette Inez. "Barbara Purcell puts 'Directness' back into poetry, which is not to say she lacks metaphors, but rather they're made even more powerful by her allegiance to the truth. She's able to achieve something unique among writers--self-expression that never sounds confessional"--Hal Sirowitz. The author received her B.A. from Skidmore College in 2001 and currently lives in New York City.



By: Brett Axel

Selected poems previously published in Princeton Arts Review, Heaven Bone, Temple, Snark, Fertile Ground, Hart, Orange Review, and elsewhere as well as selected, previously unpublished poems. All of Brett Axel's best loved poems to date appear in this, his first full length collection in 25 years.



By: Luis Chaluisan

The rules of poetry are created by its author, much as a criminal operates both within and away from society, as he or she sees fit. Thus, it’s no wonder so many poets past and present have dabbled in crime and have written about these adventures of subculture. Luis Chaluisan’s poems are odes—both celebratory and regretful—to his experiences as a New York-born Puerto Rican surviving on the streets of New York. And I’m not talking about the well-heeled New York of today, but of the smoldering 1970s and 1980s. (I remember living in the East Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx during the late 1970s, and anyone involved in crime who survived to write about it gets instant applause for that alone).



by: Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer Murphy was born in Bakersfield, California, in 1975 and educated at Syracuse University and the University of Chicago. She lives in New York City.

Jennifer Murphy. . . gives proof that beauty and truth can still be found once we get through the wreckage. --Willie Perdomo, author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime

Remain is sardonic, lyric, sad, and ultimately cathartic. --Todd Swift, author of Rue Du Regard

Murphy knows that what doesn't break you will make you one fierce warrior. --Edwin Torres, author of Fractured Humorous



By: Patrick Kosiewicz

Poetry. "In this age of confessional poems or political poetics, the poet of THE GEOGLYPH has given us a long poem about the nature of nature, the trees that are in our memory, the eternal sunrise, the tribal sense of ceremony, the mysteries of deepest waters. It is not a scientific diatribe, but a song, indeed it feels like incantation as he makes us imagine the shamans, the cycles celestial, something geological coming from the heart of New York. I cannot help of thinking of some of the movements of Michael McClure, of his use of logos. Mr. Kosiewicz makes his own language of disparate influences. I felt many poetic intuitions turning these pages, a wise bird flies out of its words"--Victor Hernandez Cruz, Chancellor, the Academy of American Poets.



By: John Ranard


Exquisite Poop: Blind Reproduction

By: Janet Bruesselbach

Exquisite Poop combines the names for two communication games, Exquisite Corpse and Ipupyukat (Eat Poop You Cat). Inspired by the different descriptions Steve Cannon s visitors would give of the art on the walls, and by taking the blind professor to art openings, the curator organized an elaborate art and writing project in blind reproduction between over two dozen artists and writers. The artists were invited to contribute a small two-dimensional work, and commit to another. Images, titles, size and media information were then assigned to the writers, who were charged with describing the art as thoroughly and sincerely as possible. These descriptions were nearly randomly assigned to the contributing artists, who were tasked with recreating the artwork they thought the writer had described, without knowing the artist or seeing the original image. The first stage of translation from visual to verbal varies hugely in style and focus, even given stylistic restrictions. The artist s job is even harder and even more subject to the variations of personality and style. The difficulty of supposed representation opens a dialogue on visual literacy. The resulting illustration of mis/communication varies from wondrous to farcical and demonstrates the impossibility of conversion.