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Little Red Leaves Textile Series is a tiny press with a mission to publish innovative writing in delightful little packages. 




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Submission season is always a dreadful time. It's a psychologically (and financially) expensive process. It's rife with re-edits, re-orders, re-thinks and general malaise. As a writer (with way more rejection letters than acceptances) I dread the submission fees and ensuing judgement. (I mean we pay someone to reject us!) I waffle between liking and hating my poems. I press "submit" and instantly second-guess my decisions. 

We are so happy to find these thoughts on David Hadbawnik's translations of the Aeneid! Please read the entire article by Joe Milutis at Jacket2

Please take a look at Elizabeth Kate Switaj's thoughtful review of Carrie Hunter's Scienza Nuova. The entire article can be found at Poet's Quarterly

Crane Giamo is a longtime favorite bookmaker of ours and we're happy to find that we are one of his! Below  is an excerpt from his interview with PSA...

Below is an interview excerpt of Hank Lazer explaining his notebooks project. Find the entire interview in the Tuscaloosa News. 

We're please to bring you Annmarie O'Connell's review of Sara Lefsyk's chapbook, A Small Man Looked At Me. For the entire article, please go to Up the Staircase Quarterly .

This year’s installment is books 3 and 4, Aeneas telling the story of his post-Troy wanderings followed by his abandoning of Dido and her suicide. The two slim volumes with their small pages and short lines have a miniaturizing force, compressing the hero’s wanderings and queen’s erotic tragedy into sharply turned phrases and shocking revelations...

Below is an excerpt from Laura Miller's fun article on sending chapbooks instead of greeting cards this year. Of course, we embrace this idea! She suggests some of our smaller chaps as they will put you back almost as much as hallmark would!

Hank Lazer’s new book, N24, continues his fascinating investigation into the relationship between poetry and philosophy. By turns—puzzling and revelatory, now contemplative, now celebratory—this slender volume is both a disciplined re-reading of Merleau-Ponty’s core texts and a visionary re-enchantment of the written page itself. - 

The recipe behind Gilmartin’s projects seems to be this:  take five Emily Dickinson poems and rewrite them in three different versions, while keeping Dickinson’s form intact.  The poems Gilmartin chooses are “Further in Summer than the Birds,” “I Dwell in Possibility,” “Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers,” “Sang from the Heart Sire,” and “The Soul Selects Her Own Society.”  All the poems (except for “Alabaster Chambers”) have Dickinson’s typical hymn stanza.  

The allegorical framework of Megan Kaminski’s wonderful chapbook Gemology is the theme of an informed guide leading a mortal through a kind of labyrinth.  In this case the guide is a cab driver who maintains his silence; the mortal is the poet in the back seat, watching the world go past. 

We'd like to thank Edric Mesmer for his always-thoughtful readings of the textile series. This time, he takes on the  Jared Schickling's textile series chapbook: Prospectus for a Stage. 

In David Hadbawnik's translation of the Aeneid, Aeneas describes the Trojans who flee after Priam's death as "pussies." He calls Helen of Troy "that bitch," and Hector, in a dream, says to Aeneas, "RUN / fuckhead." These are not the words of a stilted, archaic epic. This chapbook is faithful to the themes and plots of Virgil, but Hadbawnik's language makes the Aeneid entirely new, a la Anne Carson.  (Reviewed by Lisa Ampleman in Diagram 14.1)

Aditi Machado listed Textile Series chapbook, T's Alphabet in the best of 2013 reading list!

We're thrilled to point to the latest review of Front Page News by Marthe Reed, now available on Rain Taxi

"Political, ambitious, visual, and compact, Jen Hofer’s Front Page News pulls its readers out of quotidian distraction and into a heated cynosure, the clipped, cryptic language reconfiguring the blatant emotional manipulation of news media and our own hunger for its “sizzurp.” It’s a remarkable collection, and makes one long for the full-length manuscript to find its way into print soon."