Magic Helicopter Press


• 3 7 2016 •

!!! March 7 2016 is here and that means the official release of our first 2016 title:
DISTRESS TOLERANCE by Kamden Hilliard!


Distress Tolerance is the chapbook for running into your own shadow. It is 7.25x8.5. It is poems that glitch and solidus through form and heart, "funnysad/charming," human-to-bursting, humming with the embodiment and canopy of love and fear and race and money, sparkling with unpolished nails and small fluorescent woodpeckers.

Natalie Eilbert says:

"In Distress Tolerance’s world building, Hilliard infests language itself with a self-aware brutality, and their forms are slanted, stunned, and ripped by a geography wherein 'to mark is to destroy is to court danger.'

Even the destroyed body can flirt with how we’ve ruined one another. But in the wreckage, something—a Yonkers star, a Virginia Slim, a small salmon, a pigeonhole—is glimmering. And it’s remarkable, remarkable."

Click the video below to see and hear two interactive spinning poems from Distress Tolerance!

That's the newest news, but it's not the only news. We're still rocked far and wide for Simon Joyner's Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics (1990-2014). We received the following mysterious alien tape to our office, and by some lucky coincidence it turned out to be a book trailer:

This book features a handsome, focused collection of Simon's lyrics, a foreword by Dennis Callaci, illustrations, and some other surprises.

Click the cover below to learn more and to order!

Back in the ancient days of 2015, we held an open reading period with some categories. It was fun! Here are the open reading period selections!

First off, thank you to everyone who sent us manuscripts! Wow—so much great stuff out there, and it was so great to read work by people we've never read before, as well as discover new work by folks who turned out to be old friends.

And special thanks to Assistant Editor Rebekah Hewitt for her help reading poetry and chapbook manuscripts!

And we also had a satisfying time putting together approximately 4,863,453,629 custom PDF catalog samplers as thanks for everyone's reading fee support. Our reading fees were a choice of $2 to $5, and in turn everyone got to choose three MHP titles to form a 30 to 60 page sampler of excerpts.

Our series selections below will form the bulk of our 2016 catalog, which we couldn't be happier about! Instead of having one "winner" for each series and then a list of "finalists," we decided to embrace the fact this was never a contest and just publish all our favorites as series selections.

We hope to introduce each author and manuscript to you with a special interview series that we'll be running through the rest of this year.

Without further ado, the selections (and a little about the people behind the names of each series):

Phew, that's all pretty exciting! What else is exciting? Mike Krutel's chapbook Fogland!

I'll let Catherine Wing describe this sucker:

Fogland is about making music and it’s about making noise, and it’s where the seams of music and noise and making come together. The book percusses and plumbs us as it spreads its quiver-nerves from brain to spine to hand. Full of streak and wonder-ridden, it bleats, it burns, it lights, and it lightnings. The poem resonates as it reverbs. Using Hopkins and Stein as a launch site, Krutel chooses sound over sense as his primary tool for making meaning and in the full sense of the transitive he fathoms the world as he fashions it.”

It's out now! Order it!

Finally, what was it like tabling at the Pitchfork Music Festival from July 17th through July 19th under the grand tent of the Book Fort?

Well, we had a lot of fun, we saw great music we already knew we were going to like (hi Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, New Pornos, and Chance the Rapper), and we discovered new music (hi Bully and Natalie Prass)!

We also had books from some of our Portland press friends who couldn't make it:

Burnside Books
Future Tense Books
Perfect Day Publishing
Octopus Books
YesYes Books

In fact, we had so many books that MHP Art Director Jenelle Stafford bought two new fancy blankets from a thrift store in Louisville, KY to display them.

Hey, if you're still here, you might want to read about another 2016 release we're stoked about, Ben Hersey's The Autograph of Steve Industry, coming Fall 2016.

Of Ben Hersey's debut novel, I can't give away too much yet, but what if I say "North Shore Massachusetts Barry Hannah doing jumping jacks in his own heart?"

What if I drop this teaser link?

What if, for now, until the official press release, I just invite you to click the picture below and see a video of the legendary Ben Hersey, performer, poet, professor, novelist, resident of Easthampton, MA:

There you have it. See you in the olive grove!

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