Books

Last copy! The fourth issue of our favorite literary journal, Big Big Wednesday, works around the theme "Partial." Poetry, fiction, essays, illustrations, and photography from 24 contributors, including Ben Lerner, Jennifer Williams, Claudia Lars, Haley Rene Thompson, Emily Carr, and Francesca Capone. 

120 pages, oversized trade paperback. Pull-out mini-poster by Maren Jensen. Cover art by Sarah Daegling. 

 

Set between the public outdoor pools of the UK and the mountain lakes of the Pacific Northwest, Body of Water is a brilliant series of essays about swimming by Alexis Wolf. Whether she's plunging into frigid water on her wedding day or considering ecological collapse while swimming through wildfire smoke, creating her own mikvah or dealing with chronic illness, Wolf's journey in Body of Water makes you appreciate all the beauty and difficulty of being in a human body on earth. 

84 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press.

Everyday Mythologies is a sideways glance at the mundane myths that make up our lives. Or: three personal essays about collecting, cars, and dads (that are also about gender, masculinity, and strength). 

66 pages, tall pocket-size, letter-pressed covers. Published by Two Plum Press. ISBN #9781732159129.

Michael Heald's strong voice and humor shine through in everything he writes. Eleven playful essays about insecurities, relationships, and obsessions.

"After a decade of failed relationships, estranged siblings, and abandoned hopes, he may or may not have learned his lesson. Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension is not nearly as depressing as any of this sounds."

192 pages, trade paperback. Released on Perfect Day Publishing. ISBN #9780983632733

In the new issue of Selfish: tension. Under the banner of "Hot & Bothered," a couple dozen artists from around the country chime in. From poems to film stills, conversations to collages, this issue is full of the unexpected.

Work from: Delilah Jones, Hannah M. Owens, Bonnilee Kaufman, A. Nicole Kelly, Kelsey Nolan, Chloe Isabella Parks, Regina Schilling (of the great Hey Lady zine!), and many more.

80 pages, full-color

Slip of the Tongue is writer Katie Haegele's personal dive into everyday linguistics. Essays that go unexpected places and extend from the poetry of sewing to a feminist journey through hair metal.

It's in many ways about the perpetual challenge of figuring out how to put our thoughts, feelings, and experiences into words. "For brief moments I'm able to capture the wonder and pain of my puny experience," Haegele writes, "using only words—the same words I use to scold my cat or tell my sister what time the movie starts—and then, just as quickly, it gets away from me again."

160 pages, trade paperback.

A collection of pieces from the We’ll Never Have Paris literary zine. Creative nonfiction that often ends up somewhere between heartbreaking and hilarious.

“Each short story featured in the collection focuses on the theme of things which were ill-fated, star-crossed, or just plain bad ideas…Tales of regret, poor decisions, and disappointment find their way to the pages of this collection of true stories that reflect the human condition.”

Small trade paperback, 4.25 × 7, 80 Pages. ISBN# 9781621064602.

Compiling stories from over 25 contributors, this issue is about being a "greenhorn" (AKA: a newbie) to commercial fishing. A wide range of voices chime in on the hilarious and the painful tales from their first time out.

"Some stories are from toe-dippers, people who deckhanded one season and then hung a scale-speckled hat on a rusty nail in some wayside outhouse and never turned back. Others are long backward looks from fishing folk who barely bother to scrape the silver off their elbows." -Moe Bowstern, from the introduction.

160 pages, half-legal size.