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Three Rooms Press is a New York-based publisher and performing arts producer, founded in 1993. Since its inception, it has served as a leading independent publisher of creative content, including poetry translations, drama and art sourced from the burgeoning international spoken word, music and underground art scenes. In 2011, it expanded its publishing line to include cutting edge work in fiction, creative historical nonfiction, memoir, photography and art. In addition, Three Rooms Press produces and promotes a variety of literary and cultural events in New York, Paris, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more, including readings, plays, workshops and concerts. Three Rooms Press books are distributed in the U.S. and internationally by PGW/Perseus.

The Writers Afterlife

a novel by Richard Vetere

The Writers Afterlife, a novel by Richard Vetere

The Writers Afterlife, a novel by Richard Vetere

“In this utterly unique story, novelist Vetere unfolds a caper of inter-dimensional scope. The scenes taking place in the afterlife are written with classic magic-realist gusto; those taking place on earth will have readers rooting for Chillo’s success.”Publishers Weekly

“An original, hilarious and poignant tale of second chances, the role of fate plays in our lives and the triumph of the creative spirit.”–Adriana Trigiani, author, The Shoemaker’s Wife and Cooking with My Sisters

The Writers Afterlife is the story of Tom Chillo, a 44-year-old writer on the verge of fame, who suddenly dies of a stroke and finds himself transported to a place where all writers are sent after they die. After mingling with “The Eternals”—including Shakespeare, Wilde, Keats, and Tolstoy—he discovers that his true “peers” in this new world are all haunted by the same regret: They never achieved the fame they felt they deserved during their lifetime. There’s still a chance, though. Every writer has the opportunity to return to Earth for exactly one week, and convince someone to set the wheels in motion to give their life’s work widespread notoriety. The trick is to come up with the perfect plan, the first time. Failure is not an option. The Writers Afterlife is brimming with warm humor and an underlying commentary about the drive for fame in contemporary culture. With a deft hand, Vetere explores the deceptions that people employ to achieve at all costs. A string of eccentric New York characters fly off the page, and make for a stunning, memorable book that is a delight to read. MORE


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Light of the Diddicoy

a novel by Eamon Loingsigh

Light of the Diddicoy, a novel by Eamon Loingsigh

Light of the Diddicoy, a novel by Eamon Loingsigh

“Eamon Loingsigh’s book Light of the Diddicoy is an amazing series of literary leaps from terra firma into the stratosphere above. Don’t leave the store without this book.”–Malachy McCourt, author, A Monk Swimming, Malachy McCourt’s History of Ireland

Light of the Diddicoy is written with tremendous flavor and panache, and within its pages is a profound understanding that history is most present when revealed through the lives of characters in a story well told. Historical fiction at its best.” –T.J. English, author, Paddy Whacked and The Westies

Light of the Diddicoy is the brutal saga of Irish-American gangs on the Brooklyn waterfront in the early part of the twentieth century, told through the eyes of Irish immigrant Liam Garrity. Forced at age 14 to travel alone to America on the eve of the 1916 Easter Rising, Garrity stumbles directly into the hard-knock streets of the Brooklyn pier neighborhoods run by Bridge District gang The White Hand. In the industrialized enclaves where Famine Irish settled a generation earlier, Garrity has no choice but to use any means necessary to survive within the clan-like loyalties of the gang, and carve out his place in a no-holds-barred world of a community living outside the law. MORE


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Tales from the Eternal Café

Stories by Janet Hamill

With an Introduction by Patti Smith

Tales from the Eternal Café stories by Janet Hamill, with an introduction by Patti Smith

Tales from the Eternal Café stories by Janet Hamill, with an introduction by Patti Smith

“Acclaimed poet Janet Hamill (Body of Water) uses the location of a cafe, a destination long associated with thinkers, dreamers, and conversationalists who dwell there, as the springboard for many of the stories in this rich and diverse debut story collection. Each of the 17 entries dazzles with virtuosity and uniqueness . . . Hamill’s dialogue tactfully embraces each setting and her keen eye for the detail is enthralling. Readers will be thoroughly drawn into scenes of love, redemption, belief and delusion as well as alienation and fear in this terrific collection.”–Publishers Weekly

“[Janet Hamill] conjures the atmosphere of a plethora of eras, laying out mysteries both decadent and divine . . . through these tales, we gain entrance to the history of a world where madams rub shoulders with mystics and visionaries with vagabonds.” –Patti Smith, musician, author, National Book Award winner

Tales from the Eternal Café, author Janet Hamill’s debut short story collection, offers a thrilling, unwinding trail of tales that excite and mystify, drift then deliver a powerful punch that readers will devour. Seventeen stories lure readers into a labyrinth of surprise and suspense, with humor lurking just on the other side of pathos, a tear just moments away from bright, well-deserved laughter. It is an unleashing of an incredible imagination through noir-like, neo-surrealistic tales of passion and mystery. In her introduction to the collection, musician and author Patti Smith raves, “The tales birthed in this glowing sphere speak not only of her expansive visionary power and well-traveled life but of her devotion to copious research. Her work ranges from cinematic tales that are fresh and present to those written in the tradition of storytellers throughout time. Her tales told within cafés conjure up the atmosphere of a plethora of eras, laying out mysteries both decadent and divine. We notice a different light falling on the complex movements of her characters, separate skies, separate stars.” MORE


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On This Borrowed Bike

Poems by Lisa Panepinto

On This Borrowed Bike, poems by Lisa Panepinto

On This Borrowed Bike, poems by Lisa Panepinto

“Lisa Panepinto’s abstract and lyrical vignettes serve as a wonderful introduction to a fresh new voice, bound to rattle the canon.” –Patricia Smith, poet, National Book Award for Poetry finalist

A stunning first collection full of lyrical, heartwarming poems by the remarkable Lisa Panepinto. Her remarkable words touch on the suffering of the disenfranchised was well as the beauty and power of nature. Award-winning Native America poet Joy Harjo (How We Became Human) praises: “These minimalist and imagistic poems in Lisa Panepinto’s new collection of poetry are woven with the gossamer of crow dreams and water from endangered rivers. In these pages Justice falls in love with the blues. There’s scuffling and dancing, and it’s all coming down to what happens in the dark. There is enough love for everyone. Lisa Panepinto sings.  You’ll want to be here.” And award-winning poet Annie Finch expands, “imply complex and universally individual, Lisa Panepinto’s poems encompass politics and the soul, nature and the body, paradox and the mind. Panepinto’s voice is so assured and pure, so confident and directed, that to follow it on its intricate and profound journeys can bring serious joy.  Far more ambitious than they might at first appear, influenced by Native American, beat, and experimental poetics alike, these are poems that do not shrink from the poet’s oldest task, the mighty healing work of the shaman.” MORE


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It Starts from the Belly and Blooms

Poems by Thomas Fucaloro

It Starts from the Belly and Blooms, poems by Thomas Fucaloro

It Starts from the Belly and Blooms, poems by Thomas Fucaloro

“Thomas Fucaloro is here and he is showing you his big messy heart. (Actually, if you’re looking for other body parts, you’ll find most of them in this book.) ‘Love is a napkin,’ he says, and I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s going to take. ” –Mark Bibbins, The Anxiety of Coincidence

A strong dose of Bukowski, Breaking Bad, and brilliance. Intense and gripping, with splashes of outlandish humor, it is a full frontal assault on the challenges of modern life for outsiders. Thomas Fucaloro’s poetry hits at a gut level and resonates with full-body beauty. Poet Corrina Bain (louderARTS project) applauds the work: “It Starts from the Belly and Blooms dives facefirst into the glory and wildness of life, combining fearless authenticity, humor, and a gut-punching ear for images. All the reader can do is hope that Fucaloro be accorded what he deserves: a lasting mark on the face of American poetics.” And Luna Luna Magazine writes, “The book immediately cuts into me like a hot knife, birthing me into the speaker’s world–the first poem is appropriately titled “Waking up in a bathtub full of ice cubes.” Throughout the collection, bodies, and body parts, are everywhere. Instead of the reader merely observing the speaker, the reader literally is electrified to life by the words . . . The loneliness, and desire for real human interaction, is so potent, it reminded me of the utter bleakness of Eraserhead.” MORE


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Mike Watt: On and Off Bass

by Mike Watt

Legendary Punk Bass Player Mike Watt’s 
Photography, Reflections and Diary Excerpts

Mike Watt: On and Off Bass

Mike Watt: On and Off Bass is sincere, funny, handmade, beautiful, totally idiosyncratic, and entirely original.” —Rick Moody, TheRumpus.net “Unusual and beautiful . . .” —The New Yorker LIMITED EDITION!!! SPECIAL OFFER: FREE SHIPPING!!! (U.S. orders only) And if you’re not in the U.S., go see Watt thumping the bass with Iggy and the Stooges during their european tour this summer 2013 (click here for dates)

  The New Yorker calls it “unusual and beautiful.” The LA Weekly raves, “the photos are strikingly inventive, revealing yet another side of this modern-day Renaissance man.” MTV calls it “a charming, well-shot document of a the legendary punk rocker’s photographic dabbling.” Detroit Metrotimes: “A unique insight into Watt’s mind.” “Mike Watt: On and Off Bass” is getting a lot of buzz. And for good reason, considering the author and photographer is the legendary punk bassist himself. Mike Watt got his musical start thumping the bass with legendary San Pedro punk trio, The Minutemen in 1980 and he has been at it ever since. Over the years, he’s toured with Dos, fIREHOSE, his own The Black Gang, The Secondmen, The Missingmen, and others, and he has worked bass as a sideman for Porno for Pyros, J Mascis and the Fog, as well as punk godfathers The Stooges. Off the road, at his beloved San Pedro, CA home base, Watt developed a deep interest in photography. In Spring 2010, Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, CA hosted an exhibit of his photos: “Mike Watt: Eye-Gifts from Pedro.” According to Track 16 executive director Laurie Steelink, who curated the exhibit, “He has this knack for finding the early morning sweet spots when venturing out alone on his bike or kayak. The resulting photographs never seem to dry: light, flight, salt, rust, and tide commingle in fiery sunrises, endless heavens, roiling waves and fog.” MORE


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Have a NYC 2: New York Short Stories

Edited by Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges

Have a NYC 2: New York Short Stories

More stories from the streets of New York, featuring work by famed crime novelist Lawrence Block, neo-surrealist Janet Hamill and Evergreen Review editor Ron Kolm

Taking on the streets. East or Westside. Uptown and Down. The pace quickens through the boroughs from necessity. Every move the most important. Too much competition. Looking at each other for someone to blame. Doing anything just to be part of the magnitude. An intense annual collection of modern short stories set in New York, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. Authors include acclaimed crime writer Lawrence Block (Eight Million Ways to Die, Hit Me), neo-surrealists Janet Hamill and Rae Bryant, and Evergreen Review editor Ron Kolm. Other authors include Jeb Gleason-Allured, Sion Dayson, Kofi Forson, Resa Alboher, L. Shapley Bassen, Michael Schwartz, Puma Perl, Thomas Pryor, Jackie Sheeler, Peter Marra, Maria Kranidis, Richard Vetere and Eric Stromsvold. MORE


Signature Play

lyrical poems by Jane LeCroy, with music by Tom Abbs

“to pop one of Jane LeCroy’s poems into my mouth is pure pleasure.” –Ani DiFranco, singer/songwriter

New York-based poet, singer and performance artist Jane LeCroy excels in this full-length poetry collection, Signature Play, an exquisite book of her lyrical work, paired with music by Tom Abbs, her partner in the experimental music group Transmitting. The work is lively, contemporary, strong, feminist and fragile at the same time, and sheet music included with the book makes for a unique mix of media. QR codes connect the user to listening and viewing and portals, and the book also features a mix of LeCroy’s collages and other art. Singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco says, “i think of Jane like blackberry brambles. juicy berries always ripening. to pop one of her poems into my mouth is pure pleasure.” MORE


Sharp Blue Stream

poems by David Lawton

“David Lawton is a fine poet and a terrific performer!” –John Sinclair, poet, former MC5 manager and White Panther leader

In this striking poetry collection, poet David Lawton surges and purrs in narrative poems touching on rock ‘n’ roll idols, beat icons, jazz and power, with a full-throated voice full of humor, warmth and soul. He explores Iggy Pop and other pop icons, as well as his own coming of age in Boston with startling insight and tender intimacy. Emmy-award winning actor Michael Chiklis explains: “David’s poetry is insightful and alive, funny and observant, melancholy, yet filled with love and hope. In a world rife with angry nihilists and third person narcissists, it’s actually a downright relief to read a soulful, mature poet whose humility and humanity leaves you in tears.” Poet, former MC5 manager and White Panther leader John Sinclair remarks, “I know David Lawton as a generous friend, a fine poet and a terrific performer of his and even others’ works, and it’s a happy day when his poems meet the outside world like this.” MORE


Maintenant 7: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art

edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges

Dada is Everything! Featuring Dada poetry, dada mailart, dada collages and more! Tout est Dada!

Maintenant 7: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art is the sixth edition of an annual collection of contemporary Dada work inspired by Dada instigator and Three Rooms Press spiritual advisor Arthur Cravan. Since 2008, the Three Rooms Press series has collected and published dada art, dada poetry, dada mail art, dada collages and more from around the world. This year’s issue, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, features an essay about Marcel Duchamp’s seminal work Fresh Widow by New York gallery owner Francis Naumann, poetry by American writers Gerard Malanga, A. D. Winans, Roger Conover, Charles Plymell, Mike Watt, W.K. Stratton and Jerome Rothenberg, and an expanded selection of work by leading European, Asian and Central American dadaists including Tomomi Adachi, Jaap Blonk, Lucille Calmel, Jelle Meander, Philip Meersman, Ulf Stolterfoht and MORE


I Fold With The Hand I Was Dealt

poems by Peter Carlaftes

I Fold With The Hand I Was Dealt, Poems by Peter Carlaftes

The second book of poems from the bare-fisted poet Peter Carlaftes

i fold with the hand i was dealt is the second book of poems from the bare-fisted poet Peter Carlaftes, and this insightful collection takes the reader on a thoroughly re-imagined joyride from birth through death via past and beyond. Carlaftes offers a brilliant poetic voice, filled with drop-dead humor, searing insight and resilient originality, even while resonating with overtones of Bukowski, Baudelaire and Vonnegut. MORE

 

 


Close to the Tree

poems by Robert Gibbons

Close to the Tree by Robert Gibbons

A breathtaking, lyrical poetry collection focusing on issues of social inequality, love, loss and family.

Close to the Tree is the first full-length collection of breathtaking, distinctive poetry from ROBERT GIBBONS, which surpasses his goal of commemorating the treasure of all who went before him. In this unique work, Gibbons paints so many different shades of color it becomes an art exhibit, according to author Leokadia Durmaj. Art curator and historian Marc Primus notes, “The poetry of Robert Gibbons flows from him like a mighty river. It is powerful lyrical, strong and hip.” And teacher/author Miriam Hipsh remarks, “Mr. Gibbons’ poetry is breathtaking in its imagery. His words paint a heart-wrenching canvas and haunt the reader with deeply emotional truth-telling.” MORE

 

 


Our Lady of the Hunger

poems by Kat Georges

Our Lady of the Hunger by Kat Georges

An uncompromising first full-length poetry collection by internationally renowned poet/publisher/designer Kat Georges.

Our Lady of the Hunger is the first full-length collection of poems by Kat Georges, whose work has been heard and published internationally for three decades. Often hilarious, always insightful, Kat Georges writes inspired narrative poems inspired by punk rock, pop culture, food and the driving need to create, all the while exploring what it is to be a woman in the modern world. MORE

 


EOS: Abductor of Men / ΗΩΣ Απαγωγεας Ανθρωπων

poems by / ποιήματα από George Wallace in Greek and English (translated to greek by Lina Sipitanou | μεταφραση απο το ελληνικο)

EOS: Abductor Of Men by George Wallace

A bilingual (English-Greek) poetry collection by phenomenal flow poet George Wallace, dedicated to the contemporary struggles of the Greek People.

In a bilingual collection (Greek-English) dedicated to the contemporary struggles of the Greek people, George Wallace rivets readers with his thoroughly original, modern day beat flow, elevating bakeries to the temples of gods and love to a powerful river. “Like no other poet you’ve read before…Wallace doesn’t want to simply remake the conventions of the contemporary free verse poems as we understand them; he seems to want to remake the reader herself, to alter her aesthetically and psychologically,” says Terri Brown-Davidson, Pedestal Magazine. MORE

 


Welcome to the Museum of Cattle

poems by Jane Ormerod

Welcome to the Museum of Cattle by Jane Ormerod

A powerful and visionary for in which Jane Ormerod firmly establishes herself as a master of a unique visual/language poetry stream.

Poet Jane Ormerod follows up her critically-acclaimed collection “Recreational Vehicles on Fire” (Three Rooms Press, 2009) with the powerful and visionary work, “Welcome to the Museum of Cattle,” in which her unique style firmly establishes her as a master of a unique visual/language poetry stream. Ormerod, a former visual artist, writes poetry that thrusts images into thought, juxtaposing the familiar with the peculiar, imposing emotion on a plastic world. Her poems offer startling new observations of the world, filled with both humor and deep insight. Reading Jane Ormerod is like experiencing your favorite music in a way you’ve never heard it before. MORE

 


Isula d’anima/Soul Island

puemi di/poems by Patrizia Gattaceca Corsu & inglese / Corsican & English Traduttu da/Translated by Frédérique Mattei Jordan

 

Isula d’Anima by Patrizia Gattaceca

The first bilingual (Corsican-English) poetry collection of beloved singer/songwriter and native Corsican Patrizia Gattaceca.

Well-known worldwide as a singer-songwriter, active in the Reacquistu (the Corsican cultural revival movement), and founder, with Patrizia Poli of the female polyphonic singing trio Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Courses, Patrizia Gattaceca’s poetry is remarkable: imagery of moons and mountains and sea and underneath it all, the taut sensation of loss and sorrow, the heartfelt exploration of the loneliness of the human condition, and, as her poetic teacher and mentor Ghjacumu Thiers describes, “the infinite within the finite.” Throughout her poetry, echoes are heard of Gattaceca’s modest and humanitarian nature. By publishing Isulu d’anima/Soul Island, we pay homage to a truly remarkable modern woman, her exquisite poetic voice, her language and the culture that continues to thrive and inspire. U cantu di Patrizia Gattaceca, a so puesia sempre atta à creà, u mondu ch’ella si abbraccia di amore generosu è u patrimoniu nustrale ch’ella cura cun primura, fighjate chì quesse e qualità neganu u tempu chì passa. Invece cun Patrizia hè tempu chì dura, inventa è face voce, cun quella arietta da fà vi crede ch’è vo site quì da sempre è ch’è vo ci starete à gode vi, seriu è felice, u chjuchjulime cuntinuu di u mondu. Sarà quessa a vita ghjusta, cù a cuscenza di e so cunfine ma u garbu di tamantu rigalu : un populu chì vi dà identità una è diversa. For Patrizia Gattaceca, singing, boundless poetic creativity, generosity embracing the world, and attentive loyalty to her heritage stem from the belief that if you’re not attentive, there is no before, there is no after. MORE

 

 


Atrium

Poems by Hala Alyan

Atrium, poems by Hala Alyan

Atrium, poems by Hala Alyan

A formidable volume: irreverent, clever, hyper-erudite and laugh-out-loud funny, with moments of arresting darkness and disturbing intensity to boot. . . Fierce originality, feeling and flair.Alex Rowell, NOW Lebanon

Winner of the 2013 Arab American Book of the Year for Poetry

In Atrium, Alyan traces lines of global issues in personal spaces, with fervently original imagery, and a fierce passion and intense intimacy that echoes long after initial reading. Alyan was recently tapped as a finalist in the Nazim Himet Poetry Competition, and has etched her mark on other award-winning poets who are universal in their praise: “Don’t miss the dazzling Hala Alyan. Wow. When she says ‘the poetry like a spear,’ she isn’t kidding.” —Naomi Shihab Nye; “Hala Alyan’s poems startle us with their beautiful, enigmatic images and capture us with their passionate engagement with the world. A powerful debut.” —Chitra Divakaruni; “For all the stunning angularity in this vision, we do not doubt that what we are seeing and sensing here is a surprising, sharp-edged sense of the real, of a world that had been there all along, just waiting for this poet and these poems to reveal. Start to finish, these poems convey a singular vision and represent an important new voice in the international poetry arena.” —Fred Marchant MORE


Maintenant 6: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art

Edited by Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges

Maintenant 6: Dada Writing & Art

The fifth annual edition of international contemporary Dada writing and art by more than 100 contributors.

When men ate in caves with their hands, the tools their hands made meant survival. And once the first faction became a lesser to itself, the template for the future became keep the faction lesser. Any faction kept the lesser has been the key to knowledge ever since. Every dada is one discarded massive pain. Maintenant 6: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art (ISBN 978-0-9835813-5-2, Three Rooms Press, 2012, 130 pages), is the fifth edition of an annual collection of contemporary Dada work inspired by Dada instigator and Three Rooms Press spiritual advisor Arthur Cravan. Includes bold poetry, cutting-edge visual art, essays and word art from more than 100 Neo-Dadaists worldwideincluding: Roger Conover, Mina Loy, Jerome Rothenberg, Giovanni Fontana, Fork Burke, Paolo Pelosini, Constantin Xenakis, Vittore Baroni, Scott Wannberg, Duska Vrhovac, Bart Verburg, and Mike Mollett. MORE


Have a NYC: New York Short Stories

Edited by Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges

Have a NYC: New York Short Stories

Day or night. Rain, heat or snow. The city streets are full of people seeking the path to a better life. Everybody learns the hard way. Some not soon enough. And even dreams must pay their dues. That’s just the nature of The City. That’s New York.

Welcome to Have a NYC< (Three Rooms Press, ISBN 978-0-985813-3-8, 2012, 162 pages), the first of a New York short stories series, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. In Have a NYC, Three Rooms Press aims to acknowlege that the energy that drives New York is still there, and not just in “hipster” neighborhoods or well-trodden streets. The stories are forming and reforming moment by moment. Drifters pass through and lend their ideas; natives look to cling to the things they see are ebbing away; the underbelly still writhes and reels to an urban beat. Authors include: Claus Ankersen, Larissa Shmailo, Adam R. Burnett, Darlene Cah, David R. Lincoln, Lawrence Block, Kofi Fosu Forson, Pedro Ponce, Ronald H. Bass, Jane Ormerod, Peter D. Marra, Puma Perl, Lisa Ferber, Keven Dupzyk and Janet Hamill. MORE


Hidden Wheel

by Michael T. Fournier

Hidden Wheel by Michael T. Fournier

Hidden Wheel by Michael T. Fournier

“Hidden Wheel is a compelling complement to Michael T. Fournier’s enthusiastic and informative 33 1/3 on the Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime. Fournier recognizes that scenes are forged by the energy of the people involved and remembered by the artistic tomes they leave behind, and nails both perspectives. It’s managed to make me excited . . .” —NewArtillery.com

“This is a philosophic novel which gives the reader insights into the nature of the creative impulse; as such, it ought to be required reading for that class of artisans who also consider themselves cognoscenti, members of a select tribe known to marketers as ‘influentials.’” —TheNoise.com

“Don’t be surprised if, upon finishing this book, you long for an art form you’ve never encountered.” — Selah Saterstrom; author of The Pink Institution

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A trust fund kid, posing as a drug dealer to maintain street cred, opens an art gallery designed to fail. A self-employed drummer sells sperm to raise funds for a new kit before his band embarks on their first-ever tour. A former chess prodigy-turned-dominatrix paints sixty words a day on a giant canvas to stave off the coming Singularity. A hipster blogs about his fictional tagger alter ego and bumbles into quick fame with a series of paintings on CD covers. Hidden Wheel, Michael T. Fournier’s debut novel, is an unflinching, yet hilarious, reflection of the growing complexities of navigating art, commerce, and the internet. Its use of intersecting plotlines illustrates the confusion and potential of the early 21st century and the evolving ways in which its inhabitants try to make a mark in the specter of financial upheaval and shifting technologies. MORE


Maintenant 5: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art

edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges

A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art

Editors: Kat Georges & Peter Carlaftes

MAINTENANT 5, A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, is a journal that represents a broad range of contemporary dada art and literature from an international group of poets and artists, all inspired by the tenets of the original dada movement of the early 20th century.

Maintenant 5 is named in honor of the mother of all dada magazines and all ’zines in general, Maintenant, edited by the man who inspired the dada movement before Breton’s infamous manifesto against manifestos existed: Arthur Cravan. This issue is dedicated to his enduring legacy. Maintenant 5: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art is the fourth edition of the Three Rooms Press Maintenant series, named in honor of Arthur Cravan’s original journal, Maintenant. MORE


Ism Is a Retrovirus

by Matthew Hupert

ISM is a Retrovirus, by Matthew Hupert

“Matthew Hupert has an eye, an ear (such an ear!), a heart and a tongue. He sees how the words work, listens to them working, feels their meaning and spits ’em out. I love his poetry.” –Dennis McNally, Author, A Long Strange Trip: The History of the Grateful Dead

Ism is a Retrovirus by Matthew Hupert (Three Rooms Press) is a rock solid collection of 87 poems that examine life, lust, love, religion and politics in a word play phantasmagoria in which, according to poet Dean Kostos, “sound is meaning and syntax is thrummed like strings on a guitar.” A native New Yorker, Hupert probes his subjects like an true urbanite—in short, accessible works that seem like passing glances, yet resonate and bring increasing pleasure on multiple readings. Mondo 2000 editor R.U. Sirius raves, “Matthew Hupert had me at ‘shell my pistachio eyes.’” Beat Generation and Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally enthusiastically applauds Hupert’s writing: “He sees how the words work, listens to them working, feels their meaning and spits ‘em out. I love his poetry.” Funny, insightful and to the point, Matthew Hupert’s Ism is a Retrovirus is a song in a true modern American style praising beauty and grit of life with new insights in a determined, fresh voice. MORE


Inheriting Craziness Is Like a Soft Halo of Light

by Thomas Fucaloro

Inheriting Craziness is Like a Soft Halo of Light by Thomas Fucaloro

“Thomas Fucaloro is a force. His poems are ball-peen hammers. Don’t be misled—they come at you politely, offer a warm smile, and when you least expect it, knock you senseless.” –Jeanann Verlee

Thomas Fucaloro’s spectacular first collection of poetry is a beautiful, raw, intense read. According to Emily Kagan Trenchard, curator of the louderARTS Project, “Thomas Fucaloro’s particular gift is to harness the crazed wisdom at the bottom of the bottle, to scrape a fleck of beauty from the underside of a binge, and to call madness by a name so familiar we can’t help but recognize it in ourselves.” In these 57 poems, Fucaloro brings to light new angles of perception of madness, addiction and modern urban living. Each poem takes risks in form and content. MORE


Drunkyard Dog

Poems by Peter Carlaftes

Drunkyard Dog, Poems, by Peter Carlaftes

“A brilliant poetic voice, filled with drop-dead humor, searing insight and resilient originality, even while resonating with overtones of Bukowski, Baudelaire and Bogart . . .”

DrunkYard Dog by Peter Carlaftes is a long-awaited collection by a poetic master who honed his intense, insightful and inspiring poetic voice on the playgrounds of the Bronx, and, after seeing the world, moved onto the bars of Manhattan. Tales of bartender blues and bliss, injected with hope in a milieu of madness. Lush portraits of urban personas like Goodtime Charlie, the Battling Brothers, Ronnie the Cop and Uncle Willie. Cinematic swirls of downtown denizens in stark raving shades of shot-infused clarity. A poetic pub crawl that picks up the pieces of a dismantled present and puts them back together in a brand new cocktail. “If the sun set in the East, Carlaftes would be Bukowski.” MORE


Triumph for Rent: 3 Plays

by Peter Carlaftes

Triumph for Rent: 3 Plays, by Peter Carlaftes

Three inventive and thoroughly enjoyable dramas by a new master of modern stagecraft. “As with STRINDBERG, BECKETT, or even SARTRE, PETER CARLAFTES’ message seems to be something we intuit . . . like music.” —SF Weekly

Playwright Peter Carlaftes presents three compelling, funny and biting dramas in TRIUMPH FOR RENT: Three Plays (Three Rooms Press, 184 pages, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-9840700-6-0). The plays include SPIN-DRY: An hilarious wild ride through a 90s rehab center for celebrities; HUNGER: a heartfelt drama—inspired by the Knut Hamsun novel—about a starving writer trying to survive and keep his integrity alive as the borders blur between fantasy and reality in a world of rocker chicks, hookers and convicts; and FRONTIER-A GO-GO, a tragi-comedy in which a man living on a man living on the Nebraska plains circa 1872 uses a time machine to summon a hippie drifter and a budding feminist who have just conceived a daughter at a rock concert in 1972, and then summons the daughter, aged 25, from her 1997 date with a cybergeek. MORE


A Year on Facebook

by Peter Carlaftes

A Year on Facebook, by Peter Carlaftes

A Year on Facebook, by Peter Carlaftes

Groucho Marx meets Kurt Vonnegut and they become BFFs in this irreverent, hilarious new book.

A Year on Facebook is a comical trajectory through modern American life via daily updates from the insightful and irreverent pontiff of pun—Peter Carlaftes.

In this day of the tell-all journal, Carlaftes’s book, exposing the foibles of our seemingly civilized sensibility, tells both how — and like — it is. Iconic from conception, A Year on Facebook is a one of a kind literary experience that raises the bar for the idealist in us all. MORE


Recreational Vehicles on Fire

by Jane Ormerod

Recreational Vehicles on Fire, New & Selected Poems by Jane Ormerod

A fresh, fearless, new poetic voice that challenges and transfixes. An extraordinary first full-length collection.

Recreational Vehicles on Fire by Jane Ormerod is an extraordinary first full-length collection of poetry by a completely original modern voice. Daring and innovative, yet remarkably accessible, Ormerod explores the psyche and reduced position of humanity in a world increasingly overtaken by corporate greed and faceless machines. She invites the reader to examine with her how—of if—basic human emotions such as grief, joy and love fit into the present, and ponders their place in relation to past and future. Each poem is a stunning example of language and thought, delivered in a variety of unique forms. Ormerod is indeed a force to be reckoned with. MORE


Poppin’ Johnny

New American Poems by George Wallace

Poppin\’ Johnny, New American Poems by George Wallace

A post-modern poetic “On the Road” that feels like music and offers a surreal trip into what’s left of the American heartland.

Poppin’ Johnny: New American Poems by George Wallace is a stunning collection by a poet whose work recalls the conversational diction of the Beatniks, but with an absolutely contemporary flavor. Known worldwide due to his broad-based internet following (for years, Wallace has posted his poems online almost daily), Wallace has selected more than 70 poems for this collection, presenting a panorama of modern-day Americana. As original Beatnik musician David Amram notes, “Jack Kerouac would have loved him.”

This new book has already received widespread critical praise throughout the online literary community. Zvi A. Sesling (dougholder.blogspot.com) notes, “Nitty-gritty, down in hole, Wallace rips life as if it were a piece of paper, leaving the edges jagged and the paper crumpled like so many lives he observes.” Jack Foley believes, “A George Wallace poem is a burst of articulation that carries us into the country of Talk. These poems—brilliant, funny, dangerous, cantankerous—announce the pure pleasure of speaking.” And Robert Peake sums up, “These are poems as rough and vulnerable as manhood, as full of hope and heartbreak as the new world. If you want to know what America feels like in your mouth, read George Wallace out loud.” MORE

Poppin Johnny; New American Poems, by George Wallace, Three Rooms Press ISBN: 978-0-9840700-2-2, $15.00, 6” x 9”, Territory: WE, 116 Pages,  September 2009, Trade Paper, Poetry





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