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.

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Diane di Prima in "enough," edited by Leslie Scalapino & Rick London and published by O-Books. The whole title is availa...
06/22/2021

Diane di Prima in "enough," edited by Leslie Scalapino & Rick London and published by O-Books. The whole title is available as a free PDF on Jacket2 Reissues! 😍

Tune in for tomorrow's Diane di Prima symposium hosted by the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics --- luminous readers and open to the public - yes, please.

https://bit.ly/3wOfeMB

As we are working through our inventory and archives we come across so many golden gems, so here's some more #ThrowbackT...
06/17/2021

As we are working through our inventory and archives we come across so many golden gems, so here's some more #ThrowbackThursday loving.

This is by Takako Arai, appearing in 𝘍𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘍𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘑𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘯: 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘱𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘺 & 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯, introduced and translated by Sawako Nakayasu.

"Fox, Appearing" tells the tale of a fox disguising itself as human, traversing the shape of a homolinguistically translated poem.

😍

"I really needed to understand futurity as a place of potential, not a place of collapse." — Youmna Chlala in conversati...
06/16/2021

"I really needed to understand futurity as a place of potential, not a place of collapse."
— Youmna Chlala in conversation with Mónica de la Torre, Sarah Riggs, and Alicia Mascarenhas for Tamaas's "Invitation to the Species" podcast

Listen to the hour-long episode, "The Tenses of Cultural Difference" at: https://bit.ly/3wsKe4K

Or on Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/3q3R0vA

& while you're there, check out all the other incredible conversations—by Mirene Arsanios and Celina Su, Safaa Fathy, Cecilia Vicuña and more! (& more to come.)

#poetrypodcast #translation #immigration #YoumnaChlala #MonicadelaTorre #SarahRiggs #Tamaas #ecopoetics #futurity

"I really needed to understand futurity as a place of potential, not a place of collapse."
— Youmna Chlala in conversation with Mónica de la Torre, Sarah Riggs, and Alicia Mascarenhas for Tamaas's "Invitation to the Species" podcast

Listen to the hour-long episode, "The Tenses of Cultural Difference" at: https://bit.ly/3wsKe4K

Or on Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/3q3R0vA

& while you're there, check out all the other incredible conversations—by Mirene Arsanios and Celina Su, Safaa Fathy, Cecilia Vicuña and more! (& more to come.)

#poetrypodcast #translation #immigration #YoumnaChlala #MonicadelaTorre #SarahRiggs #Tamaas #ecopoetics #futurity

Some stills from the virtual book launch of ᴄʟᴀᴍᴏʀ by Hocine Tandjaoui, translated by Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Vill...
06/11/2021

Some stills from the virtual book launch of ᴄʟᴀᴍᴏʀ by Hocine Tandjaoui, translated by Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio.
🥁 💫
Thank you and merci, especially to our three readers who brought us an extraordinary afternoon in French and English, allowing us to absorb ᴄʟᴀᴍᴏʀ in true stereo-fashion.

Don't fret if you missed it: you can watch the recording through @wendyssubway or the link in our bio!

[Image ID: Screenshots of the virtual reading for ᴄʟᴀᴍᴏʀ, slide one shows Teresa Villa-Ignacio holding up a copy of Clamor, slide two shows Hocine in his living room in Paris, slide three shows Olivia C. Harrison reading in her room in California, slide four shows Teresa Villa-Ignacio in her room in Massachusetts.]

What's happening this Sunday? Roberto Harrison is reading from his latest book, Tropical Lung exi(s)t(s), just out from ...
06/10/2021

What's happening this Sunday? Roberto Harrison is reading from his latest book, Tropical Lung exi(s)t(s), just out from Omnidawn! That's what!
@Omnidawn Publishing
#RobertoHarrison #poetryreading
https://bit.ly/3pEaHKg

You whet your appetite on Hearing, and now you're craving more Leslie Scalapino. If this describes you, PennSound has a ...
06/09/2021
Leslie Scalapino: Two Newly Segmented Recordings

You whet your appetite on Hearing, and now you're craving more Leslie Scalapino. If this describes you, PennSound has a treat for you! Two readings by Leslie Scalapino newly segmented into bite-size morsels for your satiation—including readings from "The Front Matter, Dead Souls," "New Time," and "Deer Night" on LINEbreak in 1996, and Leslie's final reading, from Floats Horse-Floats or Horse-Flows, in March 2010 at Small Press Traffic. Check it out!!

#LeslieScalapino #PennSound #LINEbreak #CharlesBernstein #CAConrad #SamanthaGiles #SmallPressTraffic #poetryreading #poetry #hearing

We're wrapping up this week with a pair of newly-segmented recordings from Leslie Scalapino , who passed away eleven years ago this month. F...

Loving these CLMP reading lists! Check out June's #pride list, featuring Aja Couchois Duncan's forthcoming 2nd poetry co...
06/08/2021

Loving these CLMP reading lists! Check out June's #pride list, featuring Aja Couchois Duncan's forthcoming 2nd poetry collection, Vestigial (August 2021), and a treasured volume from the vaults: @Belladonna and Litmus's 2009 co-publication *No Gender: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards*.

https://bit.ly/2SkSuov

#AjaCouchoisDuncan #kariedwards #transpoetry #pride #LGBTQ #poetry #newrelease #readinglist

Loving these CLMP reading lists! Check out June's #pride list, featuring Aja Couchois Duncan's forthcoming 2nd poetry collection, Vestigial (August 2021), and a treasured volume from the vaults: @Belladonna and Litmus's 2009 co-publication *No Gender: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards*.

https://bit.ly/2SkSuov

#AjaCouchoisDuncan #kariedwards #transpoetry #pride #LGBTQ #poetry #newrelease #readinglist

We never want to miss a chance to celebrate Will Alexander. Dia: has invited some amazing folks for an online tribute to...
06/06/2021

We never want to miss a chance to celebrate Will Alexander.
Dia: has invited some amazing folks for an online tribute to the poet, including Tongo Eisen-Martin, Paolo Javier, Janice Lee, and Uche Nduka - and of course, Alexander himself.
We cannot wait ⚡️

Tune in at 6pm EST / Tuesday June 8th
Register through the @Dia: Beacon

(& Keep your eyes peeled for Alexander's The Coming Mental Range -- out this October from Litmus! 💥)

Three Days until the launch reading of ᴄʟᴀᴍᴏʀ/ᴄʟᴀᴍᴇᴜʀ by Hocine Tandjaoui, Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio. ...
06/03/2021

Three Days until the launch reading of ᴄʟᴀᴍᴏʀ/ᴄʟᴀᴍᴇᴜʀ by Hocine Tandjaoui, Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio. 🥁 🥁

We are so excited to have Wendy's Subway as our co-host and hope you can come join us for a special bilingual celebration.

Access the event through Wendy's Subway or the link in our bio. No registration needed.

Three Days until the launch reading of ᴄʟᴀᴍᴏʀ/ᴄʟᴀᴍᴇᴜʀ by Hocine Tandjaoui, Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio. 🥁 🥁

We are so excited to have Wendy's Subway as our co-host and hope you can come join us for a special bilingual celebration.

Access the event through Wendy's Subway or the link in our bio. No registration needed.

Thanks, Rob McLennan for the lovely review of Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino's Hearing! "Given this is one of the fin...
06/02/2021
Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino, Hearing

Thanks, Rob McLennan for the lovely review of Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino's Hearing!

"Given this is one of the final, if not the final, possible volume of new work by the late beloved Bay Area poet Leslie Scalapino, seeing three pieces included that discuss the work within [Hejinian's Introduction, Judith Goldman's Afterword, and Michael Cross's Note on Provenance] seems both a gift and a rarity.
[...]
Theirs is a fascinating kind of call-and-response through the poems in Hearing, each short single-stanza lyric burst including author initials, so one doesn’t lose track of who composed which, from two poets deeply engaged with language, listening and experimentation. The crediting of each individual author is something I find interesting, suggesting the collection less a collaboration-per-se than a conversation in poetic form."

Read more at at Rob McLennan's Blog -

There’s a hole in the wall, but for this to be the case, the wall had to exist before the hole – as hearing. Hearing occur...

06/01/2021
Book Launch

We are stoked to announce a bilingual reading THIS SUNDAY to celebrate the launch of Clamor/Clameur by Hocine Tandjaoui, translated by Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio. 🥁

Clamor, is a gripping testimonial to the transnational solidarities forged across the decolonizing world in the 1950s and 60s, from the rarely heard perspective of a child. Set against the backdrop of one of the bloodiest wars of decolonization, Clamor offers an account of the colonial soundscape and a dazzling poetic evocation of Tandjaoui’s discovery of African-American music during his childhood in colonized Algeria.

We cannot wait to celebrate this book with you.

Sunday, June 6th at 11:30am PDT / 2:30pm EDT / 20:30h CET.

Check back in here for registration link. 🏹

Attention dear translators and poly-phonic poets. We will be closing our Translation Portal at the end of this month. Ha...
05/27/2021

Attention dear translators and poly-phonic poets. We will be closing our Translation Portal at the end of this month.
Have already been working on something ? Worry not, there is still time! Submit your proposals and manuscripts before June 1st at 12am EST to be considered for publication. Visit our submittable for details & guidelines.

Submissions will reopen in 2022! ⚡️

[Image ID: Litmus Press Graphic, differently colored columns holding the initials of Litmus Press, top left corner reads: Translation Proposals accepted until June 1st 2021. https://bit.ly/34lHPfW ]

Attention dear translators and poly-phonic poets. We will be closing our Translation Portal at the end of this month.
Have already been working on something ? Worry not, there is still time! Submit your proposals and manuscripts before June 1st at 12am EST to be considered for publication. Visit our submittable for details & guidelines.

Submissions will reopen in 2022! ⚡️

[Image ID: Litmus Press Graphic, differently colored columns holding the initials of Litmus Press, top left corner reads: Translation Proposals accepted until June 1st 2021. https://bit.ly/34lHPfW ]

Al-Madhafah (The Living Room) is a project by Palestinian artist Sandi Hilal, dedicated to the sociopolitical meaning of...
05/26/2021

Al-Madhafah (The Living Room) is a project by Palestinian artist Sandi Hilal, dedicated to the sociopolitical meaning of hospitality. Building on her experience working in Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps in Sweden, Hilal advocates for the right of displaced people to be a host and not to behave as eternal guests.

Hilal's subsequent “Decolonizing Architecture,” a thought experiment, realized in the construction of a unique public square in a West Bank refugee camp opened The Supposium — Thought Experiments & Poethical Play in Difficult Times, edited by Joan Retallack.

Check out the 10’ video documentation on her wonderful Living Room project as well as The Supposium through the links on our linktree. >>>>

https://bit.ly/3fIjxln

[IMAGE ID: Slide one is a screenshot of Sandi Hilal against the backdrop of a Living Room, floor pillows with arabic print, a window that shows a snowy Swedish landscape. Slide two is an image of page 3 of The Supposium: "Decolonizing Architecture" by Sandi Hilal. Slide three shows the bookcover of The Supposium, edited by Joan Retallack.]

...And speaking of Brigid McLeer's The Triumph of Crowds, you can now listen to reading extracts and an interview with M...
05/21/2021

...And speaking of Brigid McLeer's The Triumph of Crowds, you can now listen to reading extracts and an interview with McLeer on Montez Press Radio's archive!! This amazing resource is newly launched and is such an ear-wormhole for you to dive into.

Add shows to the public playlist to catch them when Montez isn't live broadcasting, or become a supporter and get instant access to all archival content. That's a lot of listening!

More here: https://bit.ly/348zHit

...And speaking of Brigid McLeer's The Triumph of Crowds, you can now listen to reading extracts and an interview with McLeer on Montez Press Radio's archive!! This amazing resource is newly launched and is such an ear-wormhole for you to dive into.

Add shows to the public playlist to catch them when Montez isn't live broadcasting, or become a supporter and get instant access to all archival content. That's a lot of listening!

More here: https://bit.ly/348zHit

We're so thrilled to have Brigid McLeer's THE TRIUMPH OF CROWDS featured on CLMP's Indie Lit Fair reading lists for the ...
05/20/2021

We're so thrilled to have Brigid McLeer's THE TRIUMPH OF CROWDS featured on CLMP's Indie Lit Fair reading lists for the PEN World Voices festival!! Check out the whole list ("Reckoning and Reconciliation" — just one of three) to get some summer reading inspiration. 🌸 ✨ https://pen.org/2021-indie-lit-fair-vol-3/

Images from the performance of The Triumph of Crowds at Downtown Art, NYC, in 2017. Image credit Hyung Seok.

"The intriguing second book in a series of collaborations by Hejinian and Scalapino (1944 – 2010), organized around each...
05/19/2021

"The intriguing second book in a series of collaborations by Hejinian and Scalapino (1944 – 2010), organized around each of the five senses (after 1999’s Sight), is more interested in the figurative powers of hearing than the sensory ones."

Thank you to Publishers Weekly for this lovely little review of Hearing.

& Pssst! We still have some book bundles of Hearing & Sight available through our website. 📬

La vache! Join us for this very special bilingual reading of Clamor hosted by the @ivywritersparis featuring Hocine Tand...
05/17/2021

La vache! Join us for this very special bilingual reading of Clamor hosted by the @ivywritersparis featuring Hocine Tandjaoui and translators Olivia C. Harrison & Teresa Villa-Ignacio.

Clamor is a dazzling poetic evocation of Tandjaoui’s discovery of African-American music during his childhood in colonized Algeria and we can't wait to hear excerpt of it read out loud >>

THIS Wednesday 2pm EST / 8pm CET
Register through Eventbrite here >>
https://bit.ly/3eRCiUu

Clamor is now available through our website 🎺 ✨

La vache! Join us for this very special bilingual reading of Clamor hosted by the @ivywritersparis featuring Hocine Tandjaoui and translators Olivia C. Harrison & Teresa Villa-Ignacio.

Clamor is a dazzling poetic evocation of Tandjaoui’s discovery of African-American music during his childhood in colonized Algeria and we can't wait to hear excerpt of it read out loud >>

THIS Wednesday 2pm EST / 8pm CET
Register through Eventbrite here >>
https://bit.ly/3eRCiUu

Clamor is now available through our website 🎺 ✨

Thanks @CLMP for putting together another fabulous reading list! — this month for May's Asian/Pacific American Heritage ...
05/16/2021

Thanks @CLMP for putting together another fabulous reading list! — this month for May's Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, with two featured Litmus titles: A Transpacific Poetics (2017), edited by Sawako Nakayasu and Lisa Samuels, and O Bon (2011) by Brandon Shimoda. 💞💥 Check it out: https://bit.ly/3tCnWeM

Thanks @CLMP for putting together another fabulous reading list! — this month for May's Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, with two featured Litmus titles: A Transpacific Poetics (2017), edited by Sawako Nakayasu and Lisa Samuels, and O Bon (2011) by Brandon Shimoda. 💞💥 Check it out: https://bit.ly/3tCnWeM

Eeeep! To celebrate tomorrow's launch of Hearing we're releasing a new book bundle!!! 🎉Hearing(2021) & Sight (1999), the...
05/14/2021

Eeeep! To celebrate tomorrow's launch of Hearing we're releasing a new book bundle!!! 🎉

Hearing(2021) & Sight (1999), the collaborative experiment by Leslie Scalapino & Lyn Hejinian, published by Edge Books & Litmus Press, is now available as a set through our shop: https://litmuspress.org/shop/#book-bundles.

Have a browse through our website and we hope to welcome you to tomorrow's star-studded online launch event for Hearing.✨

Yessssss. 😍 Aja Couchois Duncan's new poem in Wildness No. 26 from Platypus Press: from "The Intimacy Trials."Keep an ey...
05/13/2021

Yessssss. 😍 Aja Couchois Duncan's new poem in Wildness No. 26 from Platypus Press: from "The Intimacy Trials."

Keep an eye out for Duncan's sophomore poetry collection, Vestigial, out from Litmus this summer!
https://bit.ly/3fqD2z1

Yessssss. 😍 Aja Couchois Duncan's new poem in Wildness No. 26 from Platypus Press: from "The Intimacy Trials."

Keep an eye out for Duncan's sophomore poetry collection, Vestigial, out from Litmus this summer!
https://bit.ly/3fqD2z1

On our Zoom radar this week! Friday's BTW Reading Series with Litmus author Brenda Iljima as well as Leise Hook & Rebecc...
05/12/2021

On our Zoom radar this week! Friday's BTW Reading Series with Litmus author Brenda Iljima as well as Leise Hook & Rebecca Teich. ⚡️ ⚡️

On our Zoom radar this week! Friday's BTW Reading Series with Litmus author Brenda Iljima as well as Leise Hook & Rebecca Teich. ⚡️ ⚡️

Less than a week until this extraordinary book will be launched into the world. 🎉   Please come join us Saturday afterno...
05/09/2021

Less than a week until this extraordinary book will be launched into the world. 🎉 Please come join us Saturday afternoon as we celebrate HEARING with a dazzling line-up of readers:
Lyn Hejinian, Simone White, Lindsay Choi, Judith Goldman, Michael Cross, Renee Gladman, Myung Mi Kim, Eileen Myles, Eric Falci, Tom White, and our very own E. Tracy Grinnell.

in collaboration with The Poetry Center at SFSU⠀

RSVP through the link in our bio!

Congratulations to our beloved Cole Swensen (translator of Suzanne Doppelt's Lazy Suzie, 2014, and so much more!) on her...
05/08/2021

Congratulations to our beloved Cole Swensen (translator of Suzanne Doppelt's Lazy Suzie, 2014, and so much more!) on her newest volume of essays, Art in Time, just out from Nightboat Books. See you at the book party on June 5th!
https://nightboat.org/event/book-party-for-art-in-time-by-cole-swensen

Congratulations to our beloved Cole Swensen (translator of Suzanne Doppelt's Lazy Suzie, 2014, and so much more!) on her newest volume of essays, Art in Time, just out from Nightboat Books. See you at the book party on June 5th!
https://nightboat.org/event/book-party-for-art-in-time-by-cole-swensen

This Sunday: a virtual memorial tribute to the great Michael McClure, with West Coast celebrants and remembrances by man...
05/07/2021

This Sunday: a virtual memorial tribute to the great Michael McClure, with West Coast celebrants and remembrances by many dear friends including Litmus authors Lyn Hejinian, Forrest Gander, Amy McClure, and and...🌱 See you there in the spirit of co-memories and markings.
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