The Borfski Press

The Borfski Press The Borfski Press is an independent publishing company located in Hamilton, Virginia. We currently publish poems, short stories, reviews, and more.
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The Borfski Press is a brand new magazine and small publishing company. We publish poetry, short stories, lyrics, articles, reviews, photos, art, and music compositions. However, we are open to bizarre queries. The Borfski Press welcomes art of all kinds and is a place to say what you want. We believe in the first amendment and want to hear the good sh*t, so don't hold back. That said, please, NO racist, discriminating, hateful, or religious material. The Borfski Press accepts work by both emerging and established artists. As a new company, we have a high acceptance rate. Above all else: keep writing and creating.

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In 1967, a young musician named Mike Matthews was working at IBM (International Business Machines) in New York City when...
07/07/2020
The Big Muff: Early Years

In 1967, a young musician named Mike Matthews was working at IBM (International Business Machines) in New York City when he was asked to take over production on a stompbox called “Foxey Lady” with Guild Guitars. He had recently finished a masters program at Cornell University EE and wasn’t exactly looking to get into electrical engineering, but made an obvious choice.

Read the full article below to learn the early history of fuzz, Electro-Harmonix, and an in depth demo of the Vintage LPB-1!

Featuring a 2016 Fender Jazzmaster and Orange Amplifiers Micro Dark from Melodee Music and the vintage E-H LPB-1 and 1979 Big Muff Pi V5 Op Amp w/ Tone Bypass from Action Music

#bigmuff #lpb1 #electroharmonix #electro #foxeylady #guild #jimihendrix #stompbox #ibm #newyorkcity #theborfskipress #book #shawnhatfield

In 1967, a young musician named Mike Matthews was working at IBM (International Business Machines) in New York City when he was asked to take over production on a stompbox called “Foxey Lady&…

The Big Muff: An Introduction“What the heck is that?” You might say. Well the short answer is that Big Muffs are fuzz gu...
06/17/2020
The Big Muff: An Introduction

The Big Muff: An Introduction

“What the heck is that?” You might say. Well the short answer is that Big Muffs are fuzz guitar pedals designed and released by a company called Electro-Harmonix.

My wife, Dagney, came up with the lovely idea of me writing articles and short pieces on my field research of the Big Muff that would ultimately lead to a book… with hopes of a thumbs up from Mike Matthews. I’ll be posting weekly about the history of Big Muffs, my own collection, video demos, audio samples, and watching my collection grow to an unmanageable size.

My goal with these articles is to give the long answer, breakdown, thesis, dissertation, and eternal search for the best sounding fuzz pedal.

-Shawn

#bigmuff #vintage #vintageguitar #vintageguitarpedal #vintagepedals #transistor #nyc #greenrussian #tallfont #bubblefont #blackrussian #classic #shawnhatfield #theborfskipress

“What the heck is that?” You might say. Well the short answer is that Big Muffs are fuzz guitar pedals designed and released by a company called Electro Harmonix. Mike Matthews started …

06/04/2020
Christine Sloan Stoddard - Oración (Official Video)

We really appreciate all these amazing submissions folks. Please keep up the great work and we'll keep publishing.

Oración
By: Christine Sloan Stoddard

From the Director: “I directed a short music video that was done completely in quarantine. My collaborators are the musician John Davis and the still photographer Dmitriy Kosoy.”

It’s nice to see that folks are able to collaborate from a distance during quarantine and isolation. Three artists came together to make something from three different angles and successfully grabbed our attention. Oración is a fantastic piece of work and should be shared appropriately!

Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American author, artist, and film/theatre-maker based in Brooklyn. She is the founder of Quail Bell Press & Productions, which recently released Her Plumage: An Anthology of Women’s Writings From Quail Bell Magazine. Her single author books include Naomi & The Reckoning, Desert Fox by the Sea, Belladonna Magic, and other titles.

#borfskipress #theborfskipress #tbp #theborfskiblog #blog #director #shawnhatfield #christinesloanstoddard #american

From the Director: "I directed a short music video that was done completely in quarantine. My collaborators are the musician John Davis and the still photogr...

Please check out our latest blog post featuring artist Francesca Badea and her piece, 'Spiral.'We can all relate to the ...
05/25/2020
The Borfki Blog: Francesca Badea

Please check out our latest blog post featuring artist Francesca Badea and her piece, 'Spiral.'

We can all relate to the idea of coming out of the darkness to find oour own light. If we build a spiral of our own, we can get ourselves sturdy again by climbing from the depths to a bright new optimism. Like Badea says, we may have to be patient in order to receive the things we want and need. Climbing an intimidating, lengthly, and spiraling staircase takes patience and breaks.

#art #artwork #artist #borfskiblog #theborfskipress #tbp #borfski #francescabadea #shawnhatfield

Spiral By: Francesca Badea From the Artist: “The spirals I’ve painted are about leaving darkness in order to find light. The spiral represents a time in my life in which I had to leave …

Check out the latest Borfski Blog featuring Peter Shaheen and his original poetry!#poetry #borfskipress #borfski #borfsk...
05/22/2020
The Borfski Blog: Peter Shaheen

Check out the latest Borfski Blog featuring Peter Shaheen and his original poetry!

#poetry #borfskipress #borfski #borfskiblog #poem #petershaheen #shawnhatfield

Ekphrasis By: Peter Shaheen From the Author: “Readers of the Iliad will note that the shield Hephaestus made for Achilles is perhaps the greatest example of ekphrasis in western literature. H…

What is particularly interesting about Edward Supranowicz’s piece, is the clashing of red and blue with yellow, purple, ...
04/27/2020
The Borfski Blog: Edward Supranowicz

What is particularly interesting about Edward Supranowicz’s piece, is the clashing of red and blue with yellow, purple, black, and turquoise peppered in. It’s possible that these kindergarteners have already taken sides; creating first, second, and third pizza parties of their own. Supranowicz is able to capture elements of chaos with the idea of a “rational adult” imposed upon young children.

Looking at this piece another way brings us all back to recess: the most awaited activity of the entire day. For the most fortunate this meant up to fifteen minutes of outside playing. Again, a cosmic and largely enjoyable experience for students but a massively stressful situation for some teachers. Perhaps this could be an elementary school teacher’s point of view of the playground, basketball courts, and baseball fields at recess time.

#theborfskipress #publication #magazine #borfski #borfskipress #borfskies #playtime #edwardsupranowicz #edward #art #artist

Playtime 2 By: Edward Supranowicz From the Arist: “Playtime 2 came about on one of those days when the whole world seemed to be run by mean kindergarteners pretending to be rational adults, w…

Check out the latest Borfski Blog featuring artist, Paula DeStafanis!#artwork #theborfskipress #borfski #blog #quarantin...
04/24/2020
The Borfski Blog: Paula DeStefanis

Check out the latest Borfski Blog featuring artist, Paula DeStafanis!

#artwork #theborfskipress #borfski #blog #quarantine #pauladestafanis #art #artist

Home Alone By: Paula DeStefanis From the artist: “Home Alone is a large scale acrylic painting (36″ x 36” on canvas) that I created in my home studio during the Covid-19 crisis. I…

Send us your blog pitches to shawnhatfield88@gmail.com (please read the whole post for details!)As we mentioned before, ...
04/07/2020
A Blog for You

Send us your blog pitches to [email protected] (please read the whole post for details!)

As we mentioned before, we're taking a break from publishing volumes of The Borfski Press. That said, Lulu is offering 15% off all print products through April 9th. Apply the coupon code ONEFIVE at checkout to save on your purchase. As we push into the unknown with COVID-19, we're going to try to take advantage of being stuck at home.

In this blog post I'm going to focus mostly on music. I've recently announced my 3rd album, Beach Nugs, will release on April 17th. The record is primarily fuzzed out beach tunes and I composed, performed, and produced all tracks myself. The first single, "Tasty Cakes" released on March 1st so give it a listen and let me know what you think.

#blog #newmusic #guitar #poetry #prose #film #covid #f**kcovid #april #coupon #magazine #journal #composer #producer #audioengineer #art #artist #visualart #writer

Hey Borfski Folks, As we mentioned before, we’re taking a break from publishing volumes of The Borfski Press. That said, Lulu is offering 15% off all print products through April 9th. Apply t…

New article featuring a brand new art gallery in Purcellville! Go check this rad place out. I am not one to often pick u...
08/24/2019
The Purcellville Art Gallery

New article featuring a brand new art gallery in Purcellville! Go check this rad place out.

I am not one to often pick up a newspaper, but I just happened to see a friend of mine, Dave Levinson, in the newspaper with his associates at their new art gallery. Purcellville Art Gallery opened on July 31st, and after reading the Loudoun Now article I immediately got in contact with Dave.

-Shawn Hatfield

I am not one to often pick up a newspaper, but I just happened to see a friend of mine, Dave Levinson, in the newspaper with his associates at their new art gallery. The Purcellville Art Gallery op…

Success can mean so many different things to individuals, groups, and society, which makes it tough to define it for our...
04/26/2019
Success in Poetry

Success can mean so many different things to individuals, groups, and society, which makes it tough to define it for ourselves. As a poet, success could mean that you wrote a few poems and have some pieces published, or a book deal in the works and a decent advance on the way. [ 812 more words ]
http://theborfskipress.com/2019/04/26/success-in-poetry/

Bob Donlon (Rob Donnelly), Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Robert LaVigne, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti (L-R) stand outside City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, 1956   Success can mean so many d…

Celebrating 6 months of marriage today! #TheBorfskiPress #blueridgegrill #brambleton #anniversary #sixmonths #drinks #wh...
04/14/2019

Celebrating 6 months of marriage today!

#TheBorfskiPress #blueridgegrill #brambleton #anniversary #sixmonths #drinks #whiskey #margarita #today #sunday #marriage

You've heard of Zappa, but have you heard of his influences? If you have heard Frank Zappa (1940-1993) and his music, it...
04/12/2019
The Borfski Blog : Zappa’s Influences

You've heard of Zappa, but have you heard of his influences? If you have heard Frank Zappa (1940-1993) and his music, it is likely that on your first listen you thought it was weird. That's because it is. Zappa's music is about as far from normal as you can get. Shocking lyrics and melodies are not everyone's cup of tea. That said, he rode the top of the charts on occasion as he appealed to rock, jazz, funk, and classical crowds. [ 916 more words ]
http://theborfskipress.com/2019/04/12/the-borfski-blog-zappas-influences/

You’ve heard of Zappa, but have you heard of his influences? If you have heard Frank Zappa (1940-1993) and his music, it is likely that on your first listen you thought it was weird. ThatR…

Hi Borfski Folks! Shawn from TBP here, just wanted to let you all know that we are starting a weekly blog. Dagney and I ...
04/11/2019
The Borfski Blog

Hi Borfski Folks! Shawn from TBP here, just wanted to let you all know that we are starting a weekly blog. Dagney and I will be covering literature, art, music, and more. We have some exciting interviews setup, articles written, and we are excited to share! Our first blog will be out this Friday, April 12th and will focus on the music of Frank Zappa and his influences. Please give it a read and let us know what you think in the comments!
http://theborfskipress.com/2019/04/11/the-borfski-blog/

Hi Borfski Folks! Shawn from TBP here, just wanted to let you all know that we are starting a weekly blog. Dagney and I will be covering literature, art, music, and more. We have some exciting inte…

We finished up 'The Broom of the System' last night! Any Borfski Folks have thoughts on this book/the ending??#DavidFost...
02/22/2019

We finished up 'The Broom of the System' last night! Any Borfski Folks have thoughts on this book/the ending??

#DavidFosterWallace #PostModern #literature #PostModernism #HystericalRealism

w/ Rufus, Dagney, and Shawn

Hi Borfski Folks! Shawn from TBP here. I am interested in what you are reading this Winter. I recently jumped into the D...
02/19/2019

Hi Borfski Folks! Shawn from TBP here. I am interested in what you are reading this Winter. I recently jumped into the David Foster Wallace world with 'The Broom of the System.' Although there is a significant amount of re-reading, I am really digging this one. The dialogue is incredible. Comment something new that you are reading or a favorite, especially for the cold times!

#reading #DavidFosterWallace #novel #books #winter #system #dialogue #theborfskipress #TBP

Hey Borfski Folks!, Hoping that everyone had a great new year! We are very excited and proud to have published four issu...
01/14/2019
TBP 2019

Hey Borfski Folks!, Hoping that everyone had a great new year! We are very excited and proud to have published four issues of amazing material by contributors all over the world. As two young newlywed art and literature lovers, we never imagined making something so cool. We are only able to create The Borfski Press due to your prose, poetry, art, and other astounding material.
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Hey Borfski Folks!, Hoping that everyone had a great new year! We are very excited and proud to have published four issues of amazing material by contributors all over the world. As two young newly…

Black Friday is just a few days away but our sales start early at The Borfski Press! Coupon code below! Starting right n...
11/20/2018
Black Friday Sales!

Black Friday is just a few days away but our sales start early at The Borfski Press! Coupon code below! Starting right now all eBook and paperback copies of Issues I-IV are 50% off. Contributors from all issues get 60% off. These savings apply to Shawn Hatfield's poetry book, Waking Up Is a Disgusting Habit, as well. [ 63 more words ]
http://theborfskipress.com/2018/11/19/black-friday-sales/

#TheBorfskiPress #TBP #magazine #issue #journal #book #poetry #poem #poets #art #artist #photo #photography #photographers

Black Friday is just a few days away but our sales start early at The Borfski Press! Coupon code below! Starting right now all eBook and paperback copies of Issues I-IV are 50% off. Contributors fr…

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11/16/2018

The Borfski Press

We are happy to announce that Issue IV is out now and available for purchase! Click Here to get your hard copy – 114 pag...
11/16/2018
Issue IV Out Now!!!

We are happy to announce that Issue IV is out now and available for purchase! Click Here to get your hard copy – 114 pages of full color content printed on sturdy, high-gloss paper (only the best to showcase our amazing artists and photographers). It’s on sale for 30% off for a limited time – so get your copy soon! We'll keep you all posted for upcoming coupon codes. [ 64 more words ]
http://theborfskipress.com/2018/11/15/issue-iv-out-now/

We are happy to announce that Issue IV is out now and available for purchase! Click Here to get your hard copy – 114 pages of full color content printed on sturdy, high-gloss paper (only the best t…

We are proud to announce that we are finally releasing The Borfski Press this Friday, November 16th! Thank you so much f...
11/14/2018
TBP Issue IV Out This Friday!

We are proud to announce that we are finally releasing The Borfski Press this Friday, November 16th! Thank you so much for your patience as we finalize the print copy. Really fantastic poetry, fiction, art, and photography from creators around the world in our fourth issue. Contributors to the magazine receive 50% off all TBP magazines for life, so keep an eye out for an email with your special access link to purchase your discount copy of the print book – and if you don’t get an email on Friday, send us a message and we can send you your special access link!
http://theborfskipress.com/2018/11/14/tbp-issue-iv-out-this-friday/

We are proud to announce that we are finally releasing The Borfski Press this Friday, November 16th! Thank you so much for your patience as we finalize the print copy. Really fantastic poetry, fict…

After nearly two months of silence, your friends at the Borfski Press want to first and foremost apologize for our lack ...
10/27/2018
Good News, and Apologies

After nearly two months of silence, your friends at the Borfski Press want to first and foremost apologize for our lack of communication and updates. More on that below.

But more urgently, we want to announce that the Borfski Press Magazine: Issue IV eBook is AVAILABLE NOW via the link below! And the paperback version will be available very soon.

Contributors to the magazine receive 50% off all TBP magazines for life, so keep an eye out for an email with your special access link to purchase your discount copy of the eBook - and if you don't get an email this weekend, send us a message and we can send you your special access link!
http://theborfskipress.com/2018/10/27/good-news-and-apologies/

After nearly two months of silence, your friends at the Borfski Press want to first and foremost apologize for our lack of communication and updates. More on that below. But more urgently, we want …

Hey Borfski Folks, Shawn from TBP here! Don't worry we haven't forgotten about you or Issue IV. In fact we plan wrapping...
08/31/2018

Hey Borfski Folks,
Shawn from TBP here! Don't worry we haven't forgotten about you or Issue IV. In fact we plan wrapping up a huge chunk of the editing process this coming weekend. We really appreciate your patience as we finalize your work.

Dagney and I are getting married in about 6 weeks so we're dedicating a lot of time to that! We also got a new dog - his name is Rufus Stallone and he's great.

#writers #TBP #writing #poet #poetry #art #photography #visualart #shortstory #story #fiction #writer #artist #photographer #smallbiz #publishing

We want to thank everyone for all the amazing submissions we received this spring/summer. It has been a challenge to nar...
07/29/2018
The Borfski Press: Issue IV Coming Soon

We want to thank everyone for all the amazing submissions we received this spring/summer. It has been a challenge to narrow them down! We'll be working hard over the next month to design, format, and release Issue IV, which will be available in print and electronic form in September (specific date TBD). In the meantime, feel free to peruse our… [ 26 more words ]
http://theborfskipress.com/2018/07/29/the-borfski-press-issue-iv-coming-soon/

We want to thank everyone for all the amazing submissions we received this spring/summer. It has been a challenge to narrow them down! We’ll be working hard over the next month to design, for…

If you want your work published and have not submitted to Issue IV yet, SUBMIT TODAY!  Submissions close TOMORROW for th...
06/30/2018
LAST DAY TO SUBMIT!

If you want your work published and have not submitted to Issue IV yet, SUBMIT TODAY! Submissions close TOMORROW for the fourth issue of The Borfski Press Magazine: Issue IV. Submit your work via submittable today! Art, poetry, photography, and short fiction will be accepted through Saturday June 30 2018 and Issue IV will be released by the end of the summer. [ 77 more words ]
http://theborfskipress.com/2018/06/30/last-day-to-submit/

If you want your work published and have not submitted to Issue IV yet, SUBMIT TODAY! Submissions close TOMORROW for the fourth issue of The Borfski Press Magazine: Issue IV. Submit your work via …

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