We have just sent out the following Press Release:
Absinthe: New European Writing Joins Dzanc Books
November 18, 2009 - Ann
Arbor, MI—In an effort to further our mission for bringing
great writing to a broader audience, Dzanc Books is proud to announce that the literary journal, Absinthe:
New European Literature (www.absinthenew.com),
has become an imprint of Dzanc. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit publisher
dedicated to publishing top drawer literarure and sponsoring free readings
and workshops across the country, Dzanc is excited by the opportunity to
work with the editors of Absinthe, Dwayne Hayes and Jessica Bomarito. Absinthe will serve as an invaluable
addition to Dzanc, bringing the work of European writers and artists to North American audiences for the first time.
Dzanc is committed to finding the absolute best literature
to publish. We believe publishing works from around the world is important on
two fronts – a) there is some incredible work being done in Europe that has not been made available to those who
only read English, and b) reading work from different
world view points is essential to having a better understanding of the
world we live in, and our own place in it.
Dwayne and Jessica have published
twelve fantastic issues of Absinthe and Dzanc looks forward to being a part of their
publishing dozens more. Readers of Absinthe may have noticed the Dzanc Books
logo on the past few issues as we've had an informal arrangement helping out
with some printing aspects. Dzanc is now excited to formalize our relationship
with Absinthe and
looks forward to doing many wonderful things with Absinthe in the future.
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About Dzanc Books
Dzanc Books is a 501(c)3
non-profit literary publisher based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you would like to learn
more about books and programs, or make a donation, please visit our website at www.dzancbooks.org.
Many of you may recall the article in a recent Poets & Writers about how the recent raise in U.S. Postal rates was going to hurt smaller magazines and literary journals - Dzanc Books has stepped in and made a difference for one such journal.
A bit from the article:
"As the Alaska QuarterlyReview (AQR) moves into its twenty-sixth year of publication, having celebrated its quarter-century mark with a double issue last fall, founding editor Ronald Spatz should be all smiles. Instead, he is understandably worried that new postal rates, which have increased his mailing costs by around 50 percent, could mean that some small literary publications like AQR might not make it to their next big anniversaries."
At the time, Dzanc's Steven Gillis, wondering what could be done to help, contacted Ronald Spatz and had AQR determine just how much of an effect, monetarily, this Postal increase would have on the journal. Once Ronald came back with his reply, Dzanc decided to send AQR a donation that would cover that difference for the 2008 mailings of the journal. The reply?
"The donation will really help AQR! With gratitude for your extraordinary generosity." - Ronald Spatz
If any Dzanc Books readers would like to help out other literary journals undergoing the same issues as AQR, visit our Support page and make a donation - in the notes section of either a PayPal donation, or a check, list "Lit Journal Postage Issue" and we'll earmark that donation for this ongoing problem literary journals are facing. And, as a reminder, any such donation is being made to a 501(c)3 non-profit and you'll receive a receipt for tax purposes at the end of the year.
We are happy to note that the first major project with (print) literary journals is in the very early stages - we will be helping the journals who have shown interest in our aid to develop a large library subscriber base. We are in the process of gathering the necessary information to go to a list of libraries over 3500 large with special offers that we believe will provoke a great deal of interest from the libraries.
We look forward to updating this within a month or so with some results.
While we here at Dzanc Books have many ideas on how we plan on aiding literary journals, we also realize that it would be silly to jump in without getting some input from those out there on the front lines.
We've sent a survey of 20 questions out to over 100 literary journals editors and the replies have begun to come in. If you are affiliated with a literary journal, print or online, and don't believe your journal has received the survey, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be sure to add your information to our database and get the survey right out to you.