Ben Mirov

Ben Mirov grew up in Northern California. He is the author of Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010), and the chapbooks, Vortexts (SUPERMACHINE, 2011), I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010) and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010).

Subito Press is Open for Submissions…

Subito Press, publisher of Mathias Svalina’s The Explosions, and Sandra Doller’s Man Years, is having an open reading period. Subito is “a non-profit publisher of literary works. It is based in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.” You can submit work, here.

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July 9th, 2013 / 9:20 pm

Submit Your Chapbooks to Poor Claudia….


Details on the open reading period can be found, here.

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June 14th, 2013 / 8:44 pm

How do you feel about the writing scene in your city? Does it make you stronger, or does it sap your will to live like a giant lamprey?

Here Lies a Fuck Ton of Poets Whose Names Were Writ in Water…


I feel like it would be an honor to be left out of an anthology as much as it would be to be included in one (Ange Mlinko’s review of Paul Hoover’s Norton Anthology of Post Modern Literature from the Nation, follows. I expect this will get taken down soon, as the original article was behind a paywall…). Do you give a fuck about this? Or about being anthologized? Should I?


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April 5th, 2013 / 11:37 pm

Chateau Wichman IV and V by Ben Pease

Here are the latest installments of Ben Pease’s epic video poem, Chataeu Wichman. Previous installments in the series can be found below.


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March 4th, 2013 / 1:25 pm

East Bay Poetry Summit


Do you like summits? Do you like poetry? Do you live in or around the Bay Area? You’re in luck! Info provided by event organizer Andrew Kenower after the jump…


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March 1st, 2013 / 2:32 pm

Ben & Amy Read Chapbooks (Miscellaneous Stuff Edition)

Amy Lawless and I like to read chapbooks and review them on the internet. We used to write these together, while drinking wine and watching TV. We live in different cities now, so we do them over gchat. Here are our recent reviews:

Review 1: The Wikipedia Page for Tears


“boy with mullet, crying”

Amy:  HEY

Sent at 1:23 PM on Sunday

me:  yo

Amy:  we did it

me:  ya good job

Amy:  ha


me:  lets get into it. what’s the first item

Amy:  The Wikipedia Page for Tears:


Let’s both look at the page and go for it.


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February 11th, 2013 / 5:42 pm

The Many Tentacles of Octopus Books


I’m in Portland. I read at Bad Blood XVI last night with Elaine Kahn, Brian Foley, and Rebecca Farivar. Portland seems full of rad people. 99% of them are poets. I had a really great time at the reading. Here are 3 items of interest related to Portland, Bad Blood and Octopus Books:


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January 11th, 2013 / 5:50 pm

Dark Matter #3

Dark Matter is a publication made of poems and songs from other places on the internet.


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January 2nd, 2013 / 1:48 am

Gene Wolfe Chosen as SFWA Grand Master

The SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) has named one of my favorite writers, Gene Wolfe as the 2012 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. Which is like being the Chaos Lord of American sci-fi/fantasy writers.


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December 14th, 2012 / 1:50 pm

You Should Catch Up

Catch Up Issue 3 is available for preorder. You can read/hear work from past contributors in their rad Bonus Round. Brought to you by the hard working folks at Gold County Paper Mill.

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October 18th, 2012 / 12:35 pm

Chateau Wichman: Parts 1, 2 and 3 of ???

Watch the Wichman Overture and read poet/video artist Ben Pease’s explanation about the process of making his video-poem series.

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September 28th, 2012 / 1:41 pm

Chateau Wichman: Part 1 of ???

Chateau Wichman is a book-length poem focused on a would be-hero as ambitious as he is aimless. Luckily, a mysterious group known as the Sage Editors uses everything from Rilke to The Terminator to turn The Wichman into a mythological celebrity. The Wichman doesn’t mind the transition until he begins to notice how little of himself others see in him. Epic visions, rushed romance, harebrained escapes, and the most sublime chicken cordon bleu recipe—all within one epic saga: Chateau Wichman: Blockbuster in Verse.

(poet/video artist Ben Pease talks about the process of making this video poem):


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August 11th, 2012 / 2:28 pm

Brooklyn based, small press Augury Books has extended its Editor’s Prize deadline until August 15th. DetailsHEEREREREREREREREREREeeeee


I found this video linked from a post on Gawker. Here are some notes I took while watching it several times in a row:


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July 25th, 2012 / 1:25 pm

A Li$t of Our Fucking Demand$

The Feeling is Mutual: A Li$t of Our Fucking Demand$ is an anthology edited by Sara Wintz, designed by Michael Cross and Stephen Novotny. All proceeds from the purchase of the anthology go towards supporting Small Press Traffic, the esteemed Bay Area nonprofit organization.


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July 9th, 2012 / 6:13 pm

“Steak Night” by Melissa Broder

Steak Night from Daniel Lichtenberg on Vimeo.

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June 29th, 2012 / 4:49 pm

Crystalographers’ Ars Poetica

"Untitled" (1980-1998) by Lee Bontecou

 …the epigraph from the 2nd edition of Christian Bök’s, Crystalography:


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June 19th, 2012 / 5:53 pm