Current/Recent Publicity projects
Isako Isako by Mia Ayumi Malhotra (debut poetry / Alice James Books, September 4, 2018)
“The personal pronoun ‘I’ has brinks on all sides, over which you can fall and become anyone and no one. Isako Isako deeply explores these soaring and dangerous precipices of identity through the magnetic voice of a Japanese-American internment camp survivor who is both an individual and collective, a citizen and a prisoner, broken and healing. Mia Ayumi Malhotra has written a brilliant and searing debut.” —Maria Hummel
Ghost, Like a Place by Iain Haley Pollock (poetry / Alice James Books, September 17, 2018)
“The ghosts that haunt Iain Haley Pollock’s poems have substance. Some have names: Tamir. Rex. Emmett. Black boys of Philadelphia. Their voices are ‘the chattering of crows in a distant sycamore.’ There is awe in these voices, and self-deprecation, and lament. Most—despite the fact that there is little comfort to offer here—there is a faith in the body, in humanity, to bear its burdens. Read Ghost, Like a Place, and ‘know, finally, the rapture and wildness of belief.” —Meg Kearney
Anaphora by Kevin Goodan (poetry / Alice James Books, October 2, 2018)
“Suicide is its own River Styx. Its grief, a particular and dangerous passage that requires of its journeyman something like a second kill, a letting go of the life once assumed as understood. In Anaphora, Kevin Goodan’s guide across is his dead cousin Jimmy, half-white, half-Salish, who, when he faced his terror of being gay, found his rescue in a noose. . . Each shocking turn of line and word found herein is not only a formal achievement on the highest order, but a rocking boat that carries us to hell and back, hell and back, until we have nothing left but what we ever had: the trip itself. Anaphora is a work of Art. Every time I read this book, I am left breathless, I am changed.” —Rebecca Gayle Howell, author of American Purgatory
Sketchtasy by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (novel / Arsenal Pulp, October 9, 2018)
"Sketchtasy is a vivid masterpiece that rivals the likes of Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. It’s dangerous, hilarious, scary and transcendentally beautiful. Sycamore’s prose is so searing, you might want to read it with sunglasses." —Jake Shears, musician and author of Boys Keep Swinging
Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock) on November 10, 2018 | Portland Art Museum & surrounding venues in Downtown Portland, OR
“Andrea is no stranger to confronting inequality with compassion. They continue to bring raw, confessional poetry to audiences throughout America, delivering powerful, heartfelt readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love and spirituality.” —Los Angeles Times
“The poetry of Andrés Cerpa gives startling dimension to the most profound experiences of human sadness; his words come from the ache of longing for what has been taken away or denied by loss and love. A remarkable and poignant debut that illuminates the dark rooms we all inhabit in our search for solace, beauty, or saving grace.” —Rigoberto González
Something Like Breathing by Angela Readman (debut novel / And Other Stories, January 15, 2019)
It’s the 1950s, and Lorrie is unimpressed when her family moves to the remote Scottish island where her grandad runs a whisky distillery. She befriends Sylvie, the shy girl next door: ‘The slightest smile from Sylvie was a fluffy elephant at the fair. It had to be won with a clear aim,’ writes Lorrie. Yet fun-loving Lorrie isn’t sure Sylvie’s is the friendship she wants to win. As the adults around them struggle to keep their lives on an even keel, the two young women are drawn into a series of events that leave the small town wondering who exactly Sylvie is and what strange gift she is hiding.
Readman’s feel for emotional nuance and flair for mixing strangeness with poignant detail make this long-awaited debut novel one to savour.
Soft Science by Franny Choi (poetry / Alice James Books / April 2, 2019)
“Wearing a crown of sonnets like a dime store tiara, Franny Choi’s cyborg cephalopod is a creature of unending amazements, unfurling tendril after tendril—some surgical, some sensual, some weaponized, some rubberized—brandishing hypodermics, vibrators, cigarettes, smartphones, or simply snapping in time to the beat. With uncanny tonal and technical dexterity, she can play upon your emotions, tickle your sweet spot, then press all of your buttons at once. At once raw and radiant, these brilliant poems are at their most human when they assert their alienness, at their most ferocious when they dare to be vulnerable.”
—Monica Youn, author of Blackacre
Monsters I Have Been by Kenji C. Liu (poetry / Alice James Books / April 16, 2019)
“Kenji C. Liu’s Monsters I Have Been writhes knotty tentacles through textual boneyards, disturbing screenplays, theoretical works, and literatures in their coffined-off sleeps. What it draws back are parts through which the poet might, as Lucille Clifton wrote, make up 'a kind of life' in the global slaughterhouse of heteropatriarchy and racism. Sharp, protean, dexterous, and discontent—Liu’s collection shows where the bodies have been buried, and that many won’t stay dead. No doubt, this book is alive as all hell.”
—Douglas Kearney, author of Buck Studies
China Dream by Ma Jian (novel / Counterpoint Press / May 7, 2019)
“Ma has a marksman’s eye for the contradictions of his country and his generation, and the responsibilities and buried dreams they carry. His perceptiveness, combined with a genius for capturing people who come from all classes, occupations, backgrounds and beliefs; for identifying the fallibility, comedy and despair of living in absurd times, has allowed him to compassionately detail China’s complex inner lives. Censoring his novels and banning his name have been Beijing’s cynical response to Ma’s artistry, and to the human lives that the novelist cannot forget, even as the Chinese Dream envelops them.”
—Madeleine Thien, The Guardian
Select Clients & Projects
Memphis Literary Arts Festival inaugural Festival in June 2018 (nonprofit, Memphis, TN)
Northern Spark Festival (nonprofit, Minneapolis, MN): 2014 & 2015 (pr & marketing director)
O, Miami (nonprofit, Miami, FL): 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016 (publicist)
Pop-Up Magazine (nonprofit, San Francisco, CA): Beck’s Song Reader Issue
Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock) presented by Literary Arts (nonprofit, Portland, OR): November 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 (publicist)
Song Reader sheet music by Beck (McSweeney’s)
Magic Hours essays by Tom Bissell (McSweeney’s)
Belly Up by Rita Bullwinkel (debut fiction / A Strange Object)
Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows (fiction / Harper Perennial)
How Music Works nonfiction by David Byrne (McSweeney’s) *NY Times best seller
Catapult's interim books publicist Spring-Fall 2016: including Jane Alison's nonfiction novel Nine Island, Peter Orner's nonfiction collection Am I Alone Here (NBCC Award Finalist), and Amy Kurzweil's graphic memoir Flying Couch.
Los Angeles Stories by Ry Cooder (City Lights) *LA Times best seller
A Hologram for the King a novel by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s) *National Book Award finalist **NY Times best seller
More Baths, Less Talking a collection of essays by Nick Hornby (McSweeney’s)
Brother in Ice, by Alicia Kopf and translated from Catalan by Mara Faye Lethem (hybrid fiction / And Other Stories)
People in the Room, by Norah Lange and translated from Spanish by Charlotte Whittle (novel / And Other Stories)
High Rise Stories edited by Audrey Petty (nonfiction from Voice of Witness/McSweeney’s)
At Home on the Range a narrative cookbook by Margaret Yardley Potter and Elizabeth Gilbert (McSweeney’s)
The Narrow Door a memoir by Paul Lisicky (Graywolf Press)
Captive Audience by Lucas Mann (nonfiction / Vintage)
Cities I've Never Lived In by Sara Majka (Graywolf Press & A Public Space)
Theatre nonfiction by David Mamet (FSG)
Killing and Dying a graphic short story collection by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance, & Area X by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG) **NY Times best seller
Borne & The Strange Bird by Jeff VanderMeer (MCD/FSG)
Vicky Swanky is a Beauty fiction by Diane Williams (McSweeney’s)
I'll Tell You in Person nonfiction release by Chloe Caldwell (Emily Books & Coffee House Press)
Give a Girl a Knife a culinary memoir by Amy Thielen (Clarkson Potter)
Everything is Flammable a graphic novel/memoir by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books)
Worlds from the Word's End by Joanna Walsh (fiction / And Other Stories)
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar (Alice James Books)
The Performance of Becoming Human poetry release by Daniel Borzutzky (Brooklyn Arts Press) *Winner of the 2016 National Book Award
Love, An Index by Rebecca Lindenberg (McSweeney’s)
Human Chain by Seamus Heaney (FSG)
War Horses by Yusef Komunyakaa (FSG)
Sleeping it Off in Rapid City *NBCC winner and The Hotel Oneira by August Kleinzahler (FSG)
Same Life by Maureen McLane (FSG)
Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Copper Canyon)
Fragile Acts by Allan Peterson (McSweeney’s) *NBCC finalist
Speak Low by Carl Phillips (FSG) *National Book Award finalist
Commune Editions: Red Epic by Joshua Clover, We Are Nothing and So Can You by Jasper Bernes, & That Winter the Wolf Came by Juliana Spahr
Lucky Peach (publicist, issues 1-6 / McSweeney’s)
Believer Magazine (publicist, 2011-2013 / McSweeney’s)
McSweeney’s Quarterly (publicist, 2011-2013)
Academy of American Poets / Poets.org (publicity for their 80th Anniversary in 2014). New York, NY.
Coffee House Press (communications and fundraising consultant). Minneapolis, MN.
Literary Arts / Portland Arts & Lectures (publicity for their 30th Anniversary year 2014/15). Portland, OR.
Shared Worlds (communications consulant). Spartanburg, SC.
Springboard for the Arts (fundraising and grant consultant for Minnesota artists and nonprofit arts + culture organizations). St. Paul, MN.
ScholarMatch (communications/fundraising consultant for their summer 2013 $50K fundraising campaign). San Francisco, CA.
Voice of Witness (publicity/communications consultant). San Francisco, CA.
Dislocate (founding editor & managing editor/grant writer)
University of Minnesota Edelstein-Keller reading series (logistics and promotion)
Places (architecture, landscape, and urbanism online publication)
The Organist (the Believer’s podcast on KCRW)
90 Days, 90 Reasons (political campaign)
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (humor website)
The Best Words in Their Best Order (FSG’s poetry website)
The Floating Library (publicity for an artist project by Sarah Peters, Summer 2014). Minneapolis, MN.