Performer Bio: Back to Bouvet (Zaqi Shraufl)

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folk punk for the disenfranchised


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Now Officially Available – Cutting Eyes from Ghosts by Ariana D. Den Bleyker – the first Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of 2017!

By Juliet Cook

The first Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of 2017 – “Cutting Eyes from Ghosts” by Ariana D. Den Bleyker is now officially available!

This chapbook contains 15 poems.

It is hand-bound and available in different colored covers and binding materials.

Pre-ordered copies will be mailed this week (before February 18) – and from here on out, any purchased copies will be heading your way within 1-3 business days


“bloodless, your mouth indefinitely, infinitely opening,
opening to commune with the dead, flood erasing you,

empty memory, willing, pliant, a body waiting
to say something, anything.”

(from the poem “When We Die, There Will Be No Words, Just the Earth Between Our Teeth”)

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Poet’s Haven to be at AWP Bookfair, debuts 4 new books


Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen - Ungrateful - A Paper DaughterJanet Snell - Twice Told Tale

The Poet’s Haven will launch its 20th Anniversary celebration with a table at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington DC! We will be debuting four new books (three Author Series titles and one Archive Series title) at table 144-T.

John Burroughs - Water Works

If you’re in DC for the conference, come meet publisher Vertigo Xavier and talk about what’s coming up from The Poet’s Haven!

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Masha Allah by And(y)i Line

By Writing Knights Press

$6.00 USD
Chapbook (plus Free PDF)

$0.99 USD
E-book (PDF)

“Were you proud of the way you turned them against me, as if I were the predator? This is not a poem about how much I hate you, or how broken I am; it’s a celebration of reclamation and budding wings! of not feeling sick to my stomach every time a new man touches me, of not running from soft music and lit candles as if they are the fires of hell.”
– Wing Buds [pt. 2]

“In a state of mind every bit as broken as 36 years of trampled eggshells, she told me she loved me. It was only the second time I’d ever seen her, but I had no doubt that those words were the closest things to truth that she owned.”
– For Teri

About the author:
If you were to ask
Andrew who he is,
the first word out of his mouth
would undoubtedly be “artist.”
More specifically, he is
a 20-something transgender *Hipster*
(shhhh! don’t tell!),
a proud mother
to the most brilliant and beautiful
Princess in the world,
a Queer Rights activist,
a lover and dreamer.
His current endeavors include
learning Arabic and staying clean.
Andrew spends his free time
reading books on philosophy
that are way over his head,
watching the movie “Rent”
(over and over),
singing in the shower,
studying the psychology
of serial killers and
tearing apart enchanted forests
while slaying dragons
with his galaxy-renowned Kung-Fu skills.
His biggest pipe dreams
are to one day get his PhD
and stop moving so !@#$ much.
He firmly believes that Oxford commas
are for
Publication Date:
Feb 04 2017
1542756065 / 9781542756068
Page Count:
Related Categories:
Poetry / LGBT

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The NEW Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook is almost ready for AWP 2017

By Juliet Cook

Getting semi-close to the final stages of designing the initial first round of the new Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook, “Cutting Eyes from Ghosts” by Ariana D. Den Bleyker, to take to AWP in less than a week (AND to give Ariana D. Den Bleyker her author copies).

Although Blood Pudding Press will not have a table at this year’s AWP, Blood Pudding Press editor and poet Juliet Cook will be there – with some copies of the new chapbook, a few copies of other Blood Pudding Press chapbooks, and a few copies of some of her own chapbooks/books (although since I won’t have a table, if you see me, you might need to let me know what chapbooks you might be interested in).

Juliet Cook will also be reading a few poems (along with lots of other writers reading poetry and fiction) at the Menacing Hedge Reading, the evening of Thursday February 9 from 6-10 PM at Johnny Pistolas.

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NEW in Drunk in a Midnight Choir – Juliet Cook’s “Dried Flowers and Spit Out Seeds” (Happy February)

By Juliet Cook

“The kind of bed I sleep on would taint the sunflower heads,
un-petal them with tiny parasites, invade other’s
happy lives. My great grandmother is now dead.
Cracked seeds thrown inside a sun-less casket.”
from Juliet Cook’s, “Dried Flowers and Spit Out Seeds”, newly appearing in Drunk in a Midnight Choir.
Read more HERE –

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#13 in the Singles Club of Lost, Long Gone, Forgotten Records

By Juliet Cook

“Nobody can enjoy me in these fits
and starts. Stars filled with teeth
broken from the molars. Blood in between.”

Blood Pudding Press editor and poet Juliet Cook is delighted to be #13 in the Singles Club of Lost, Long Gone, Forgotten Records!
Listen to me read two of my poems – “We Want Out” and “Bookmarks Stuck Inside Cracked Columns”. :)
The three lines at the top are the beginning of “Bookmarks…”

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How NOT to Submit to a Press: Arrogance (NSFW language)

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Despite the nature of the following, I try, as an editor, to not be petty. Consider these entries in the vein in which they are presented as an independent book publisher who is seeking clarity in entries sent in for consideration of publication. I will NEVER use a name or contact information in these entries. They offer a dual opportunity for me to vent about things that annoy me hopefully in an entertaining way and give our potential submitters knowledge on…
“How NOT to Submit to a Press”
Don’t you just hate it when you deal with someone who has utterly disrespected you, and yet you don’t really have time to deal with them right away, but you still want to so you write a poem, flaying them, and you share it with people for humorous effect, but you still want to share it in a more determinant way. Then you come across an equally ignorant foe who finally spurs you to the point of actually needing to write about the fools you come across so you can finally write about that person. Then in doing some recognizance work you realize the first ignorant foe died over a year before.
Yeah, that’s what this one is about.
I guess we poets are always more inspired by death.
The first entry of this series deals with Arrogance.
Most presses I reckon love an author with confidence. But Arrogance to the point of disrespect is something that I don’t know anyone who will put up with.
The following poem is almost direct word for word transcript from an email conversation with someone who submitted with Arrogance in mind.
Re: Chapbook Submission 02/14
Address: 51 Michael Hunt Drive
Los Huevos, California
31 page submission attached.
Please review our submission guidelines. We only ask for 10 pages as a sample. Here is the URL:

The Writing Knights Team
Writing Knights Team,
Review this.
No attachment
Dear Chris,
I can’t tell if you are being foul or just forgot the attachment.
Please clarify,
I can pretty well tell you’re foolish, but please try.
Thank you for the clarification.
You mean, thank you for the manuscript and you’re welcome.
Nope. There is a protocol you must follow before we can discuss.
Fuck your protocol and fuck you little winky face!
I hope your day/night gets better and whatever is causing you discomfort abates.
Thank you! That’s the highest form of compliment!
In Idiotsville.
You can rent my guest room.
You said that.
If your poetry is as repetitive as your insults, there is no way I can publish you.
It seems a shame you put so much time and effort into your submission.
Anyway, I’m gonna hit the sack.
I wish you good luck on all your future endeavors.
You know? You aren’t even worth my time.
Discard Draft

Rest In Peace – Arrogant Writers.

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“Cutting Eyes from Ghosts” by Ariana D. Den Bleyker now available for pre-order (Blood Pudding Press 2017)

By Juliet Cook

The first Blood Pudding Press poetry chapbook of 2017 – “Cutting Eyes from Ghosts” by Ariana D. Den Bleyker – is now available for pre-order HERE –

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Challenging Submissions — The Wayward Sword

By Writing Knights Press

The Wayward Sword:

Challenging Submissions

Submission Accepted:
February 1, 2017-March 15, 2017

Email Address:

After publication all rights return to Creator.

Slated for April 2017.

Creator receives a printable PDF of the issue where the piece is included, with which the Creator may do as they please (including sell or distribute for free).

Optional Inclusion:
A 10-20 word bio, a 300 dpi black and white photo 1.25″ x 1.25″

poetry should be subversive turning
your heart and mind against one another,
making them rivals and best friends
because of it. poetry should challenge
the reader without alienating them.
them without stringing them out.
it should be concise without being spare.
poetry should be a lover
you can never get enough of

Any form or variant of Haiku/Senryu is accepted.
2-3 lines 17 syllables. All else is yours.

Subject line:
“The Wayward Sword: Challenging Haiku – (Preferred Creator Name)”

Email Body:
Up to 5 pieces


no “Roses are Red / Violets are Blue” crap.
Send us your blood, sweat, tears, shit, mucus, broken bones, stitched hearts, brains ripped to shreds,
Swearing is fine if it works in context, but overuse isn’t edgy, it’s moronic.
Erotica/Nudity is fine, but gratuitous sex isn’t erotica it’s just pornography….
The only hard/fast rule is: NO condoning hate speech or nonconsensual abuse….

You can certainly represent these issues in your art, but condoning these only serve to trigger victims, not to break open peoples’ minds so they can grow and overcome.

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