The winner of The Blasted Tree's fourth flash haiku contest, held on social media earlier this week, is Johannes S. H. Bjerg! We've published the haiku into 2.5" x 2.5" mini-leaflets in a limited run of 60 copies. Johannes’ poem was selected for the zen-like irreverence befitting a true haiku master. The twisting grammar of this poem takes us to the brink and leaves us “there beneath a duck.” This was a very hard decision to make, lots of funny and thought-provoking entries this time around, so thanks very much to everyone who participated in the contest! Copies of the haiku are available from The Blasted Tree Store on antique grey Classic Laid paper.
The winner of The Blasted Tree's third flash haiku contest, held on Facebook last Sunday, is Amanda Earl! We've published her haiku into 2.5" x 2.5" mini-leaflets in a limited run of 80 copies. Amanda's poem was selected for its elegiac tone, multivalent natural imagery, and deeply moving turn. (It's another trick entirely to land an earnest "fuck" in a poem, let alone haiku; bonus points awarded.) We loved so many of the entries this round, thanks to everyone who participated in the contest! Copies of the haiku are available from The Blasted Tree Store on metallic grey paper.
The Blasted Tree's first foray into the publication of spoken word recordings, Verbal Vol. 1, is complete! Each of the eight tracks can be listened to and read on our website, plus now you can download the entire anthology from our Bandcamp. Thanks for listening, and thanks especially to the poets, musicians, and recording experts who contributed to putting this thing together: Audrey Lane Cockett, Anthony J. Gavin, Ilona Martonfi, Laine Pineo, Prairie Chola Ayatollah, Ian San Agustin, Adrien Smart, Michael Smilovitch, Alec Panikian, SHIGETO, and Josh Cunningham.
Tomorrow begins our eight-week series on Canadian spoken word poetry, Verbal Vol. 1, showcasing audio recordings of poetry performances delivered all across the country. Each track is unique, from the topic chosen to the method of recording - some are even set to music! The series forward, penned by Blasted Tree editor Kyle Flemmer, provides a quick introduction into spoken word and the challenge of "publishing" literary audio. Verbal Vol. 1 opens on Sunday, March 25, 2018 with a track by Calgary-based artist Audrey Lane Cockett, and will proceed one track per week throughout spring. Be sure to check back every Sunday for a new adventure into spoken word!
The winner of The Blasted Tree's second flash haiku contest, held on Facebook earlier this week, is Jesse Anger! We've published his haiku into 2.5" x 2.5" mini-leaflets in a limited run of 60 copies. Jesse's poem was selected for its unconventional structure, loading the last line with contemplative images that lend retroactive meaning to the first two. While we usually go for haiku that open up, this one zooms right in, a surprising move, and a turn in its own right.
The winner of The Blasted Tree's Flash Haiku Contest, held on Facebook last Monday, is Ryan Tellier! We've published his haiku into 2.5" x 2.5" mini-leaflets in a limited run of 60 copies. Ryan's poem jumped out for its simplicity and gentle humor, faithfulness to traditional haiku (in spirit if not in syllable), and its surprising turn. A great haiku that bears up to playful contemplation!
We are putting together a compilation album of spoken word recordings by poets from across the country, and there is still time/space (spacetime) to submit! There is no theme for the project; instead, we're looking to showcase the diversity of voices and techniques used within our thriving spoken word community.
Send a recording of your spoken word performance, along with written lyrics, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 28th!
Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about the project. We know "compilation album of spoken word recordings" is perhaps a little vague, but that's to encourage your interpretation of what might qualify. We're primarily looking for audio content, but we will also accept the submission of any accompanying visual art, like illustrations or video, or other supplementary media.
Two weeks, poets - let's hear what you got!!!
A new year is fast approaching, and for us that means an exciting new batch of projects! In 2017 we will begin publishing more than just our trusty chapbooks, including cool print media like leaflets, broadsheets, and longsheets. Of course, we will continue to publish boundary-pushing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction online. We're also looking to diversify our visual media collection by exploring everything from artist prints to video content.
With that in mind, we've put our entire back catalogue on sale! All remaining chapbooks are now only $3 to make room for our incoming projects. We have a very limited number of chapbooks by Jesse Anger, Laura Rojas, James W. Jesso, Ivan Fischer, Olivia Alexander, and several other fantastic authors, so DROP BY OUR STORE NOW to get the last copies around!
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Blasted Tree is currently accepting submission of unpublished short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual media, and reviews. We're looking for sharp, experimental, subversive, challenging, or otherwise out-there writing and art of all types. Surprise us! We want innovative material we can publish in innovative forms, both physical and digital. Send your most daring work to email@example.com.
As always, thanks for the support, and we look forward to another year of exceptional Canadian artistry!
Exciting news! Our six-part creative non-fiction series FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES begins Wednesday, March 30th with a prefatory Forward by series co-editor Bea Keeler and a short piece by Sammy Fogel on everyday activism, Note to an Airline Pilot. New entries will be posted every Wednesday for six weeks, aiming to sketch a portrait of the many-faceted movement that is contemporary feminism. Make sure you follow The Blasted Tree on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on this series and more from rising Canadian authors and artists!
The Blasted Tree is looking for creative non-fiction for a new series on FEMINISM! The series, to be published online in the coming months, will approach this issue from several perspectives, and we welcome all styles of non-fiction writing, from academic essays to autobiography and beyond. Help us celebrate feminist voices by sharing your wisdom and experience! Please send your original work to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on February 29 for consideration.
Feel free to share this call with the feminists in your life. We'd love to hear from as many people as possible!