announcing the 2014 festival lineup

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Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL) is excited to announce the lineup for the 2014 festival.

This is our third annual festival, and it includes some old favorites (the competitive storytelling event, “A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen”) and new twists (the “APRIL Pizza Party”).

This year, the festival will also unveil two new programs:

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"There are small typewriters / that other people keep in their eyes / clicking away at all of our farewell parties" Wendy Xu writes in her poem "And Then It Was Less Bleak / Because We Said So" published in ILK. And she will write you a Reverse Fan Mail, especially for you, with the typewriters in her eyes, because she said so!
More great poems by Wendy full of rural states, forgiveness, the desert, horses and coyotes and many other varieties of livestock and wild animal, and varieties of incredible imagery can be found in Diagram and [PANK]. —And someday, maybe one full of you! (Get a Reverse Fan Mail! Support independent lit! Help us spread the word about authors like Wendy!)
Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013), and two chapbooks. Recently poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, The Volta, and elsewhere. She co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books, and lives in Western Massachusetts.

If you donate for a ‘Reverse Fan Mail' to APRIL, we'll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors who will write a short, original work using your name as inspiration and you'll get a good-looking hard copy to show off.  There are illustrated versions, too!
More about our festival and our other thank you gifts at aprilfestival.com.

"There are small typewriters / that other people keep in their eyes / clicking away at all of our farewell parties" Wendy Xu writes in her poem "And Then It Was Less Bleak / Because We Said So" published in ILK. And she will write you a Reverse Fan Mail, especially for you, with the typewriters in her eyes, because she said so!

More great poems by Wendy full of rural states, forgiveness, the desert, horses and coyotes and many other varieties of livestock and wild animal, and varieties of incredible imagery can be found in Diagram and [PANK]. —And someday, maybe one full of you! (Get a Reverse Fan Mail! Support independent lit! Help us spread the word about authors like Wendy!)

Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013), and two chapbooks. Recently poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, The Volta, and elsewhere. She co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books, and lives in Western Massachusetts.


If you donate for a ‘Reverse Fan Mail' to APRIL, we'll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors who will write a short, original work using your name as inspiration and you'll get a good-looking hard copy to show off.  There are illustrated versions, too!

More about our festival and our other thank you gifts at aprilfestival.com.

Jac Jemc and Matthew Rohrer will write you a Reverse Fan Mail! 


This must have been a reasonless act of love and I had come home late, hadn’t called.”check out an excerpt from Jac’s award-winning novelMy Only Wife or this story about answering the door when you’re not expecting anyone.

Jac Jemc’s My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. Her collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, is due out in October 2014.


"It was a good day and I was about to do something important
and good, but then I unscrewed the pen I was using”

—read Precision German Craftmanship by Matthew Rohrer, the author of seven books of poetry, most recently DESTROYER AND PRESERVER, published by Wave Books. 

If you donate for a ‘Reverse Fan Mail' to APRIL, we'll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors who will write a short, original work using your name as inspiration and you'll get a good-looking hard copy to show off.  There are illustrated versions, too!

More about our festival and our other thank you gifts at aprilfestival.com.

Reverse Fan Mails are back!

'Reverse Fan Mail' is a special way that APRIL thanks its donors while connecting authors and readers at the same time.

If you donate for a ‘Reverse Fan Mail' to APRIL, we'll send your name to one of our favorite small press authors who will write a short, original work using your name as inspiration and you'll get a good-looking hard copy to show off.  There are illustrated versions, too!

This year’s Reverse Fan Mails will be mailed in time for Valentine’s Day so you can send one to your sweetie.

Reverse Fan Mail authors include Jac Jemc, Matthew Rohrer, Stacey Levine, Ed Skoog, Joshua Beckman, Mark Leidner, Ryan Boudinot, Rebecca Bridge,Wendy Xu, Jane Wong, Rich Smith, Ted Powers, Peter Mountford, Drew Swenhaugen, Mike Young, Amber Nelson, Megan Kaminski, Richard Chiem, Matthew Simmons, and Doug Nufer.

More about our festival and our other thank you gifts at aprilfestival.com.

October’s Book Club suggested reads

Last Sunday, APRIL kicked-off its new Book Club at the Frye Art Museum with a discussion of Matthew Simmons’ HAPPY ROCK published by Dark Coast Press.


More suggested APRIL picks from Simmons and Dark Coast:

A Jello Horse by Matthew Simmons (Publishing Genius)

Hell Called Ohio by John Hamilton (Dark Coast Press)

League of Somebodies by Samuel Sattin (Dark Coast Press)

Thirteen Fugues by Jennifer Natalya Fink (Dark Coast Press)

Next month: Daniel Bailey’s DRUNK SONNETS (Magic Helicopter Press)!

Illustrated MVV Part I: Mission and Vision

the dreaded ask

With your support we’ve raised $1,385 to date for the 2013 festival! Thank you to those who have given to APRIL, purchased t-shirts or a reverse fan mail piece. We still have a handful of shirts available - consider supporting APRIL today to help us meet our goal by Feb 6th!

Our new friend Rosie, a masters student at Australian National University and intern at McSweeney’s, made us a stop on her very busy tour of the independent publishing scene in the Pacific Northwest.  Cheers for cross-continental collaboration!

Our new friend Rosie, a masters student at Australian National University and intern at McSweeney’s, made us a stop on her very busy tour of the independent publishing scene in the Pacific Northwest.  Cheers for cross-continental collaboration!