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Collateral Reading + Salon

admin—February 11, 2016

East coast Octopus readers– “To celebrate the release of the chapbook, Simone John and Intelligent Mischief are collaborating on a night of poetry, performances, and conversations centering on police brutality and other issues affecting women of color. (Keep an eye on this invite for a list of performers!) The event will be hosted by none other Read More »


admin—February 8, 2016

We are very excited to announce the release of Collateral, the first chapbook by Simone John. Collateral centers on the police stop of Sandra Bland that led to her death while in police custody on July 13, 2015. With documentary poetic techniques that reframe the transcript of Bland’s stop alongside poems of personal experience, John critiques the speech Read More »

Serenade and Testify: Our Two Picks from April’s Open Reading Period.

admin—October 13, 2015

After 6 long months of arm wrestling, we’ve picked out two books of poems to publish in 2017 from this year’s open reading period. Serenade by Brooke Ellsworth + Testify by Simone John. We picked them out just for you, for all of us. BROOKE ELLSWORTH is the author of the chapbooks Thrown (The New Megaphone, 2014) and Mud (dancing Read More »

DeWeese DeWeek is here! Aug. 17-21

admin—August 16, 2015

Pre-Order The Father of the Arrow is the Thought by Christopher DeWeese here. Next week’s release of Chistopher DeWeese’s second book, The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, is making us crazy down here at Octopus Books. We’re offering insane daily deals if you pre-order the book this week. Like: MONDAY: Money Back Monday! Every purchase Read More »

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