Litmus Press

Litmus Press Publisher of innovative, cross-genre, and interdisciplinary work by poets, writers, translators, and artists.
Litmus Press publishes 2-3 single-author books a year and, from 2000-2014, published Aufgabe, an annual journal of poetry, translations, essays, reviews, and art.

Follow us! Twitter: @LitmusPress Tumblr: litmuspress.tumblr.com Instagram: @litmuspress Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/litmuspress/ Small Press Distribution: http://www.spdbooks.org/Search/?publisherName=Litmus+Press Forthcoming: Daydream by Jean Day Cross Cultural Poetics: Interviews With Women, transcribed interviews from Leonard Schwartz’s radio program KAOS-FM, Olympia, Washington New in 2017: A TransPacific Poetics edited by Sawako Nakayasu and Lisa Samuels, a collection of poetry, essays, and poetics committed to transcultural experimental witness in both hemispheres of the Pacific and Oceania New in 2016: Well Well Reality by Rosmarie Waldrop and Keith Waldrop, a collection of poems written in collaboration (second edition) Restless Continent by Aja Couchois Duncan, the debut collection of the author New in 2015: Non-Sequitur by Khadijah Queen, winner of the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers Fabulas Feminae by Johanna Drucker and Susan Bee, a poet-artist collaboration in full color Companion Animal by Magdalena Zurawski, the first full-length collection of poetry by the author Actualities by Norma Cole, a collaborative artist book of poetry in full color with Marina Adams Anti-Humboldt: A Reading of the North American Free Trade Agreement by Hugo García Manríquez, a bilingual erasure project of the NAFTA treaty, co-published with Aldus Editorial (Mexico) New in 2014: Dead Youth, or, The Leaks by Joyelle McSweeney, winner of the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playrights Lazy Suzie by Suzanne Doppelt, translated from French by Cole Swensen Towards the Primeval Lightning Field by Will Alexander (second edition)

Mission: Litmus Press is the publishing program of Ether Sea Projects, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit literature and arts organization dedicated to supporting innovative, cross-genre writing, with an emphasis on poetry and international works in translation.

Recommending this recent interview with Jenny Odell in The Creative Independent
05/15/2020
On taking the time you need to notice, think, and grow

Recommending this recent interview with Jenny Odell in The Creative Independent

Writer and artist Jenny Odell on giving yourself permission to stay quiet, what it feels like to become a bestselling author, and the mysterious cycles of the creative process.

🔥Throwback Thursday  ⠀Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible on...
05/14/2020

🔥Throwback Thursday

Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible online at Jacket2: https://bit.ly/2SXHs5N

Excerpts from Chora, by Sandra Miller, from Aufgabe 6 (2007)

05/13/2020
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s “Art Mother” Practice

For Mother’s Day, SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art shared a video tour of Litmus author Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s studio in Oakland, and peak into her practice, which frequently involves her son.

Watch here:

Artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle offers a tour of her Oakland studio. See where the 2019 SECA art award winner and her son draw, paint, dance, experiment, and ins...

#readindie, but while you’re at it, write indie too! submit to our open call until June 1st!! Details here: https://bit....
05/12/2020

#readindie, but while you’re at it, write indie too! submit to our open call until June 1st!! Details here: https://bit.ly/2WKne0x

Founder/Creative Director of our indie press friend The Operating System & Liminal Lab, Elæ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson], has...
05/11/2020

Founder/Creative Director of our indie press friend The Operating System & Liminal Lab, Elæ [Lynne DeSilva-Johnson], has some stunning writing/design published online via Tagvverk Journal's Temp Editions, their guest-curated micro-issues (this edition curated by Robert Balun). give it a read at https://bit.ly/2YDisVa

05/09/2020
The Maynard

Check out @maynardpoetry’s short review of Youmna Chlala’s The Paper Camera by its Co-founder and Editor Jami Macarty!

https://bit.ly/3fvQzV6

The Maynard is an online poetry magazine that publishes exciting work from new and established poets.

Always nice to receive a lovely shoutout in our inboxes from @spddbooks! head over to SPD to get your own copy of Joan R...
05/08/2020

Always nice to receive a lovely shoutout in our inboxes from @spddbooks! head over to SPD to get your own copy of Joan Retallack’s BOSCH’D!

https://bit.ly/2WvUaty

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥 ⠀Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible o...
05/07/2020

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥

Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible online at Jacket2: https://bit.ly/3dcVyIj

“a waltz in 4/4 time” by Justyna Bargielska, translated by Katarzyna Szuster, from Aufgabe 9 (2010)

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop hosts a Virtual Write Night, where you can read and comment on poetry by incarce...
05/06/2020

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop hosts a Virtual Write Night, where you can read and comment on poetry by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and adult participants. The next Write Night is happening on May 27 from 6:30-8:00pm EST.

Visit their site for more info: https://bit.ly/2SDNLvk

MIcroreview of Youmna Chlala's The Paper Camera The Maynard!
05/06/2020

MIcroreview of Youmna Chlala's The Paper Camera The Maynard!

THE MAYNARD | Short-form Shout Out
THE PAPER CAMERA. Youmna Chlala
(Litmus Press, 2019)
by Jami Macarty, The Maynard Co-founder & Editor

Kiss and checkpoint; “the souls of drivers” and car bombs, a coffin and a rabbit’s foot, a wedding cake and a “sunken city” are the simultaneous juxtapositions of memory, language, and place in Lebanese artist and writer, Youmna Chlala’s THE PAPER CAMERA. Chlala’s is a page that sees, that takes like camera. The poet herself is “a timer,” filming locale after locale from city to city to village, from various perspectives—roof, theater, sofa, café—discovering “no matter / / how wide / the frame,” “the 10000 incomprehensible / streets went on forever.” Whether architectural, mechanical, industrial, political, national, urban, linguistic, recollective, or corporeal, location is everything to these poems where “[s]paces [are] like dismembered limbs” and “there is no difference between inside and out.” From “sandstone walls,” “the corner of your misconstrued street,” and “dry olive groves” the poems record memory—“of what was”—and also comment on memory, asking: “Is all memory nostalgia”? “Language is” acknowledged as “a game”: “Un jeu de société.” But, what are the rules, “what are the symbols of language?” One can “tug too hard” at meaning. After “we … fill the voids / anticipate desire,” we arrive at “Language : Energy / / → speed + simultaneous = no place.” We arrive at “the cameraless photograph,” an empty “memorial square.” This is a book that acknowledges thought-boundaries, a book that acknowledges “there is always construction going on … to undo presence.”

#TheMaynard #TMViewsSeries #TMreview #TMShortformShoutout #LitmusPress #poetry #readpoetry

from “Episode” in Hyperglossia, by Stacy Szymaszek
05/05/2020

from “Episode” in Hyperglossia, by Stacy Szymaszek

Small Press Traffic has been releasing a weekly collection of commissioned videos made by Bay Area poets and artists for...
05/04/2020

Small Press Traffic has been releasing a weekly collection of commissioned videos made by Bay Area poets and artists for your viewing pleasure!

check out the project here: https://bit.ly/2yMIFG0

TODAY / 4PM EST: a reading hosted by @TierraNarrative by NYC Central American writers benefiting the mutual aid efforts ...
05/03/2020

TODAY / 4PM EST: a reading hosted by @TierraNarrative by NYC Central American writers benefiting the mutual aid efforts at @centrocorona in Queens. RSVP here (donations optional): https://bit.ly/3aPVbBE

This Sunday (5/3) at 4pm EST, join @TierraNarrative for a reading by NYC Central American writers benefitting the mutual...
05/01/2020

This Sunday (5/3) at 4pm EST, join @TierraNarrative for a reading by NYC Central American writers benefitting the mutual aid efforts at @CentroCorona in Queens. RSVP here (donations optional): https://bit.ly/3aPVWdY

We are so excited to read your work! Our Open Call for poetry MSS is now live, through June 1st. Visit our submittable p...
05/01/2020

We are so excited to read your work! Our Open Call for poetry MSS is now live, through June 1st. Visit our submittable page at https://litmuspress.submittable.com/submit for details. #poetry #opencall #submit

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥 ⠀Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible o...
04/30/2020

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥

Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible online at Jacket2: https://bit.ly/3aJcDaZ

“Enhanced Density,” by Rosmarie Walrop, from Aufgabe 3 (2003)

In just under 2 weeks you’ve helped Small Press Distribution raise over 75% of what they need to continue to properly su...
04/29/2020
Help Small Press Distribution Survive! organized by Trisha Low

In just under 2 weeks you’ve helped Small Press Distribution raise over 75% of what they need to continue to properly support their employees, and consequently support small presses like us. Can you help them reach their goal?

https://bit.ly/3bU9czy

Ever since SPD was founded in 1969 with just five independent publishers, we’ve grow… Trisha Low needs your support for Help Small Press Distribution Survive!

3 days 'til our Open Call for 1st or 2nd poetry books opens for submissions! May 1st through June 1st! Visit our submitt...
04/28/2020

3 days 'til our Open Call for 1st or 2nd poetry books opens for submissions! May 1st through June 1st! Visit our submittable page on Friday for full details. #poetry #opencall

“This is pollination, this is translation in bloom” writes Lyric Hunter in her review of The Paper Camera by Youmna Chla...
04/27/2020

“This is pollination, this is translation in bloom” writes Lyric Hunter in her review of The Paper Camera by Youmna Chlala, on Brazos Bookstore's website

https://bit.ly/3bHOPG3

It's a trying time for all, but we hope this news puts spring in your step & fire in your pen/pencil/keyboard: Litmus wi...
04/24/2020

It's a trying time for all, but we hope this news puts spring in your step & fire in your pen/pencil/keyboard: Litmus will open for book-length poetry submissions May 1st - June 1st, for authors for whom this would be a 1st or 2nd book. More details to come MAY 1st at https://litmuspress.submittable.com/submit.

ATTN Brooklyn area folks! Work Heights is partnering with and The LEE Initiative to create a safe and contactless weekly...
04/24/2020

ATTN Brooklyn area folks! Work Heights is partnering with and The LEE Initiative to create a safe and contactless weekly Food Donation Pop-Up Center. Olmsted Restaurant will prepare meals for laid off restaurant workers and in need hospital staff. Saturday’s from 1-5pm @ 650 Franklin Ave, volunteers will be on site to receive donations at scheduled appointment times. Visit their site to schedule a drop-off time, or to donate money to the Lee Initiative

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥 ⠀Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible o...
04/23/2020

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥

Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible online at Jacket2: https://bit.ly/2XNzY8N

"OH," by Jennifer Kronovet from Aufgabe 12

If you follow any of our other small press friends, you may have seen that Small Press Distribution is raising money to ...
04/22/2020
Help Small Press Distribution Survive! organized by Trisha Low

If you follow any of our other small press friends, you may have seen that Small Press Distribution is raising money to continue paying their employees and the presses whose books they distribute during this pandemic. In just 5 days they've raised over half of their goal, with the help of over 1000 donors! Please consider contributing, as helping SPD helps many more than you may realize. If you can't, give their gofundme a share to spread the word! https://bit.ly/2KrlcMY

Ever since SPD was founded in 1969 with just five independent publishers, we’ve grow… Trisha Low needs your support for Help Small Press Distribution Survive!

from "Words Worth Less" in Well Well Reality, by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop
04/21/2020

from "Words Worth Less" in Well Well Reality, by Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop

Giving a spotlight to Make the Road New York who are continuing to support immigrant and working class communities in Ne...
04/20/2020

Giving a spotlight to Make the Road New York who are continuing to support immigrant and working class communities in New York, during the COVID-19 crisis. Whether or not you are in the New York area, visit their website for their services and other resources (https://bit.ly/2RPA3Vt), and if you can, consider donating to their emergency response fund! (https://bit.ly/2xAm2o4)

Jack Halberstam's lecture, “After All: on Dereliction, Destitution and Dispossession” is available on vimeo, as part of ...
04/17/2020

Jack Halberstam's lecture, “After All: on Dereliction, Destitution and Dispossession” is available on vimeo, as part of Cooper Union’s 2020 IDS Lecture Series, curated/organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada.

Watch it here: https://bit.ly/2yfnAUg

Follow Cooper Union IDS to keep up to date on when future lectures get released!

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥 ⠀Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible o...
04/16/2020

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥

Your weekly reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible online at Jacket2: https://bit.ly/2RGyARn

Take with you today a poem by kari edwards, published in Aufgabe 2 in 2002

If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and move CAConrad’s stunning essay featured in Poetry Foundation & Poetr...
04/15/2020
SIN BUG: AIDS, Poetry, and Queer Resilience in… | Poetry Foundation

If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and move CAConrad’s stunning essay featured in Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine's blog to the top of your to-read list!

for Penny Arcade INTRODUCTORY NOTE Thirty thousand nurses and doctors just came out of retirement in the United States to help with the Coronavirus pandemic, which is extraordinary news! During the early...

Take a virtual trip with excerpts of Khadijah Queen’s travel journals as part of her term as Blogger-in-Residence for Fu...
04/14/2020

Take a virtual trip with excerpts of Khadijah Queen’s travel journals as part of her term as Blogger-in-Residence for Futurepoem’s futurefeed!

https://bit.ly/2V7GOV0

The Paper Camera, by Youmna Chlala, reviewed yesterday by Mark Scroggins in Hyperallergic:
04/13/2020
Two Poets Search for Home

The Paper Camera, by Youmna Chlala, reviewed yesterday by Mark Scroggins in Hyperallergic:

In their latest volumes, poets Youmna Chlala and Chris Nealon confront the notion of home and the emotional challenges of our own tentative, pre- or post-apocalyptic moment.

Looking Inward, from Portrait of Colon Dash Parenthesis, by Jeffrey Jullich
04/10/2020

Looking Inward, from Portrait of Colon Dash Parenthesis, by Jeffrey Jullich

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥 a reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible on Jacket2 h...
04/09/2020

🔥Throwback Thursday 🔥

a reminder that all 13 issues of Aufgabe have been archived and made fully accessible on Jacket2 https://bit.ly/2UL8K0E

poems by Chika Sagawa translated by Sawako Nakayasu as part of her guest edited feature of Japanese poetry in Aufgaube 4

those looking to get lost in a sea of beautiful(ly edited) writing should immediately direct themselves to periodicities...
04/08/2020

those looking to get lost in a sea of beautiful(ly edited) writing should immediately direct themselves to periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics, edited by rob mclennan. having just launched a month ago, the site is a sprawling network of both new and older work, existing as “a curious extension of above/ground press,” as well as past journals also edited by rob mclennan, PLUS, a virtual reading series!

follow along at https://bit.ly/34kY6kl or via twitter @ PeriodicityJ

Two If by Land, I Do, by Amy King, from I Want to Make You Safe
04/07/2020

Two If by Land, I Do, by Amy King, from I Want to Make You Safe

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