The annual Reverse Fan Mail project is one of our favorite parts of APRIL. The process is simple: one person makes a donation to the festival, then we take their name and send it to one of our favorite small press authors. That author then writes a brand new, never-published piece of writing with the donor’s name as their ‘prompt’ or inspiration. Then we send a hard copy of that piece to the donor. It’s one direct way APRIL carries out our mission to connect readers with authors.
All Reverse Fan Mails this year will be printed as broadsides and feature a new print by Justin Duffus and it looks like this:
Donate on or before October 17 (the last day of this year’s fundraiser!) and get a Reverse Fan Mail from:
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 (Dzanc Books), is released this month.
Shya Scanlon is the author of the novels Forecast and Border Run (Artistically Declined Press, 2012), and the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse (Noemi, 2011). His novel, The Guild of St. Cooper, will be published in 2015 by Dzanc. He curates contributions for the Twin Peaks Project, a series of analyses, reflections, and reminiscences about the impact of Lynch’s seminal show. More info at www.twinpeaksproject.com.
Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and two chapbooks. She is the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly fellowship and co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books.
Arna Bontemps Hemenway Arna Bontemps Hemenway is the author of Elegy on Kinderklavier (Sarabande 2014), which was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for Summer 2014. His fiction has appeared in A Public Space, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, FiveChapters, The Missouri Review, The Seattle Review, Meridian Literary Review, Bat City Review,They Magazine, and Epilogue Magazine, and has been named a Notable/Distinguished Story of the Year in both the Best American Short Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies.
Rich Smith is the author of All Talk (Poor Claudia) and the chapbook Great Poem of Desire and Other Poems (Poor Claudia). His poems have appeared in Tin House, City Arts Magazine, Guernica, Southeast Review, Hobart, Barrow Street, The Bellingham Review, Pleiades, Verse Daily, and elsewhere.
Kate Lebo’s first cookbook, Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour and Butter was just released from Sasquatch Books. She is also the author of A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press, 2013) and The Pie Lady’s Manifesto, a zine republished by The Rumpus in 2014. Her poems, essays, commentary, and recipes have appeared in Best New Poets, New England Review, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, AGNI, The Washington Post, City Arts Magazine, 94.9 KUOW, Poetry Northwest and other places. She teaches poetry and food writing workshops across the nation, but especially at Richard Hugo House and The Pantry at Delancey. A graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program, she’s the recipient of a Nelson Bentley Fellowship, the Joan Grayston Poetry Prize, and a grant from 4Culture.
Mike Young is the author of Sprezzatura (Publishing Genius, 2014), Look! Look! Feathers (Word Riot Press, 2010), We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough (Publishing Genius, 2010), and Who Can Make It (Big Lucks, 2014). He’s also the publisher of NOÖ Journal and Magic Helicopter Press, and writes for HTMLGIANT.
Jane Wong holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and Kundiman Fellow. She is also the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Currently, she teaches literature and poetry at the University of Washington and the Richard Hugo House. The recipient of Meridian’s 2013 Editors’ Prize, poems have appeared in journals such as CutBank, Hayden’s Ferry Review, ZYZZYVA, Mid-American Review, The Volta, Salt Hill, The Journal, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2012 (The University of Virginia Press) and The Arcadia Project (Ahsahta Press). She has two chapbooks, including Dendrochronology (dancing girl press) and Kudzu Does Not Stop (Organic Weapon Arts). Her poetry reviews appear regularly in Warscapes, a journal providing a lens into current conflicts through literature.
More about our festival and our other thank you gifts at aprilfestival.com.