Sampson Starkweather - PAIN: The Board Game

The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said Life is Pain. Poet Sampson Starkweather says PAIN: The Board Game. Third Man Books’ fourth title has, evidently, caused pain in a few lives already: four printing presses in Nashville, TN, refused the book due to objections over content! PAIN: The Board Game is 160 pages of poetry, 15 full color illustrations by Jon-Michael Frank, and the first book of poetry that is both page-turning-analog and online interactive. Find out why some describe Starkweather as, "Not only thrillingly accessible, not only deeply thought-provoking, but also, and without exaggeration, historically important."—The Huffington Post

PAIN: The Board Game available NOW at a special pre-order price of $15, street date October 13. A limited edition will also be available featuring a board game insert.

* The first analog plus online interactive book of poetry
* Features 15 color illustration by Jon-Michael Frank
* 160 pages of poetry as visual as readable
* Starkweather sold out TMR's live venue of 400 and sold out his books.
* Sampson Starkweather’s previous title First Four Books was a best seller for Small Press Distribution.
* Even comes with content deemed inappropriate by modern-age printing presses!

when I die
will someone please
keep me alive
in Second Life
my password
to all things
is pipedream!
don’t forget
the exclamation
point and feel
free to bring
the sniper
in the mall
I leave
a hole
in everything


The Emily Dickinson Tarot Deck has been re-printed and is now back in stock!

I have an errand imminent
To an adjoining Zone

The Emily Dickinson Tarot Deck. Each suit designed by a different artist.

Phoebe Harris, swords, is an illustrator living and working in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Emily Pettit, pentacles, lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where she edits for Factory Hollow Press; her book, Goat In The Snow, comes from Birds, LLC.

Bianca Stone, wands, is a poet and artist who lives in Brooklyn.

Halie Theoharides, major arcana, lives in Western Massachusetts and studies poetry, wildlife, and other mysteries; her favorite insects are dragonflies and damselflies.

Haley Rene Thompson, cups, is a maker who studies poetry in the MFA for Poets and Writers University of Massachusetts Amherst; she lives above a suspect antique shop in Northampton, Massachusetts--of both she is fond. 




Friday, April 10 at 8:00pm - 11:00pm in CDT

Lunalux 1618 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Kelin Loe
Shane McCrae 

Jon Ruseski
Halie Theoharides 

Christine Neacole Kanownik
Alina Gregorian 
Ben Pease

Chris Martin and Mary Austin Speaker
Anders Nilsen
Bianca Stone


review of These Are The Gloria Stories by Kelin Loe in Publishers Weekly

Loe's hip, energetic, and bodily debut is a frenetic trip through the messy, the psychosexual, and our almost-ordinary internal and external worlds. Inhabited by a singular but splitting voice, these worlds collide, ebb, and fight through four series of prose fragments where "Biochemically, I am more alive/ than you// and when/ the kitchen light cuts// out I become/ more to you// I mean I can candle." What these series lack in traditional sense, they exploit with energy, association, and colloquial smarts ("if you TRY TO SLOW me DOWN i will FRACTURE your comprehension of CHILL/ though I don't want to.") As it moves from mundane humor ("I just found your ring in the shower./ The water's back?") to the weird ("I put my best boob forward./ I could go for a breast blitz.") to the aggressive ("you/ will taste/ the wheel// with your throat."), the work remains full of surprises. Yet readers will also catch glimpses of the familiar: "i keep opening the internet like there is food in there." Loe's willingness to push the limits results in a strange pleasure that never overwhelms, thanks to the consistency of her deliriousness and to the work's simple and elegant form.  - Publishers Weekly


FORGIVENESS FORGIVENESS by Shane McCrae is #3 on COLDFRONT's Top 40 Poetry Books of 2014

FORGIVENESS FORGIVENESS by Shane McCrae is #3 on COLDFRONT's Top 40 Poetry Books of 2014!

Shane McCrae’s latest, Forgiveness Forgiveness, is a stunning follow-up to his 2013 collection Blood. This book draws on a similar inherited trauma as Blood, but it also dilates the issue to zoom in on moments of personal violence. McCrae probes memory, both collective and individual, and uncovers violence associated with racism as well as physical and sexual abuse. The struggle, however, is not to achieve vengeance, but to forgive. McCrae’s speaker seeks to better understand and to move beyond rage or even apathy.  - Melinda Wilson 


A FANTASTIC ESSAY BY CARYL PAGEL in the new issue of Wave Composition

Out of Nowhere Into Nothing by Caryl Pagel

Check out this great essay by Caryl Pagel in the new issue of Wave Composition. Find Sherwood Anderson, trains, and Lauren Haldeman on SCIENCE about FEELINGS. 

Also in this issue of Wave Composition is wonderful work by Dorothea Lasky and Lauren Shapiro among others!


new MOODS review! in new Sink Review!

“Mood,” by definition, is a varying and elusive term, much like Rachel Glaser’s collection of poems that leaves anyone who is fortunate enough to pick it up, piqued with not only interest but also self-examination. Again when re-examining the book’s title, in order to better understand the collection as a whole, the word mood in old English denotes military courage, though it more commonly refers to a person’s humor, temper, or disposition at a particular time. The word’s etymological definition rings throughout the book. -  Jake Mariani


Bianca Stone’s IDIOT SAVANT is a collection of fragments: poetry, comics, collage and commentary in the spirit of a comic book “Christmas special.” Twenty pages of darkly humorous comics, IDIOT SAVANT tells a bittersweet winter story of a woman in crisis through a disintegrating narrative, and odd japes. It is a perfectly imperfect addition to any holiday shelf.

jubilat Jones presents: Caryl Pagel and Shane McCrae! 11/9/14

Join us for the second jubilat / Jones reading of the fall!

Sunday, November 9th @ 3pm
Goodwin Room (formerly the Trustees Room), Jones Library

With Caryl Pagel and Shane McCrae!

Caryl Pagel’s first collection of poetry, Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death, was published in 2012 by Factory Hollow Press and her second, Twice Told, was published last summer by H_NG M_N Books. Caryl teaches in the NEOMFA program in eastern Ohio and is the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She is also the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat.

Shane McCrae is the author of Mule, Blood, Forgiveness Forgiveness, and The Animal Too Big to Kill (forthcoming from Persea Books). His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Best American Poetry, Seattle Review, Pleiades, LIT and elsewhere, and he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship from the NEA. He teaches at Oberlin College and in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University.

flowers of rad Release Party

Join Sampson Starkweather & friends for the launch party of Flowers of Rad from Factory Hollow Press. 

Kelin Loe
Charles Baudelaire
Lauren Hunter
Guy Pettit
Bridget Talone
Ben Pease
Snoop Dogg
Emily Pettit
MC Amy Lawless

Over the Eight
594 Union Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11211

5 - 7:30 Saturday 9/27/14

There will be flowers, dranking, rap battles, friendship, jokes, emotional twerking and rad chapbooks. 

✨✨Followed by spiritual karaoke ✨✨✨✨✨✨, somewhere, somehow