Check back at the end of October 2016/beginning of November 2016 for the results!

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Exit Theater by Mike Lala

September 15, 2016

Congratulations to Mike Lala, the brilliant author behind In the Gun Cabinet, for his award-winning debut poetry collection, Exit Theater, forthcoming from the University Press of Colorado’s Center for Literary Publishing. It is now available for preorder. To celebrate Mike and his extraordinary achievements, we are pleased to offer a free epub of In the Gun Cabinet to anybody who preorders Exit Theater. In the Gun Cabinet is part of the larger collection of Exit Theater, but the chapbook published with TAR also has its own unique elements apart from the main book—scattered images, a one-act play, an immersive multimedia performance on the page. When you preorder Exit Theater, send the receipt to us at theatlasreview [at] gmail [dot] com and we will send you an epub of this heartstoppingly good chapbook. It will be just what you need to prepare yourself for the politically gutted expanse of Exit Theater.
You may purchase it from any of the following vendors:
UPC (publisher and distributor)
Barnes & Noble
Read a sample of In the Gun Cabinet, a brief interview with Mike, and a trailer documenting the printing process of this beautiful chapbook here. And make sure you preorder the crap out of his book! Congrats, Mike!
Cover design by Emily Raw

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Selfless: a preview

July 7, 2016

To call Zoe Dzunko’s poems wild is a temptation I have fallen for so many times and it would not be inaccurate to describe them as such. But these words and their bevy of applications occasionally miss the point, misrepresenting a complex and cerebral journey as a feral wilderness, removing agency (re our heroine) from the epic, and presuming an analog between the natural and the inscrutable darkness of the troubled mind. Nothing wrong with that, except that in being captivated by the frenzied lyric, one might not hear the knotted thread of her rhetoric and academic insistence. It is true that you experience these poems from your guts outward and it is true that you experience a deliciously rare sublime rush while reading, but it is also true that Zoe writes hard, with unequivocal precision and might. She is smart as hell, and the medium of the poem only demonstrates one small surface on which she capitulates and recapitulates her intellectual grievances. Insofar as these poems also address trauma, hunger, consumption, and a quasi-religious disbelief, Selfless is a chapbook of remarkable trouble. It is with the utmost pleasure that we present a small preview of Zoe Dzunko’s Selfless by publishing one of her most harrowing emblematic poems, “Pudendum.” In addition, Zoe and I had a great conversation about her chapbook, which follows the featured poem. Also included in this blog post is a chapbook trailer conceived of and edited by Emily Raw, a transpacific collaboration between Emily and Zoe (Zoe lives in Australia; Emily, Brooklyn). If, upon experiencing this trailer, the hairs stand straight up on your neck and you feel you have become a bereft witness of the private life lived, that’s a completely normal sensation. Emily, n.b., is also the cover designer of this gorgeous book. I hope you have the opportunity to pick up Zoe’s chapbook before they disappear. This is a poet of extreme talents. Remember her name.
—Natalie Eilbert, publisher of TAR Chapbook Series/The Atlas Review

Yes, I have crawled. Splayed the bed,
been fucked or flushed to red-raw
by the domestic. I’ve had my finest ideas turning
dishes in the sink. I dry them off.
Take my sleep on silk to stave the sagging. I did
I do because of guilt — a shame I can never sever,
a limb I cannot cut from limbs
of which it ballasts: one for my mother,
another for my daughter, already blushing
at the thought of her own life. Did I gape,
breathe in time with the bleeding? Did I tear
with the tear when I birthed her,
this notion of mine, or was it yours all along?
i.e. stay very hungry, i.e. remain on the brink
crumbling with starvation. I have housed
and wifed and tried to grasp within the loop.
You do not wish to hear the truth,
the ways it might ruin for you the taste of meat.
We have not always been willing. By we:
your girls. By you: the world. I did not elect you
president, I did not, although I did invite you
to the party of my body. You looked at me,
you saw a hole. A void from which you might be
filled, unfledged, or unfleshed — a […]

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Dear readers,
We are excited to release our inaugural online issue—and you’ll notice a feature right away, and that is, we made the decision to divide Issue 6 into many “episodes” over a period of time. Think of it like a Netflix drama. Or perhaps more precise, like a pre–Netflix television series on cable, where you must wait for the next installment with bated breath. Whatever your preferred metaphor, the germ of this idea is simple. For Issue 6, we accepted approximately thirty pieces of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. As had been our heretofore process, we wrote rich letters to all accepted contributors and switched gears from readers to production staff. Unlike previous iterations, we had already determined we would no longer be in print. Printed matter tends to languish, only being savored by the few. This is an unfortunate reality to any paper effort and one struggle we decided was an unnecessary one to continue battle. Why vote once when you can vote twice? So we compromised on our desire for the physical object by announcing our new project, TAR Chapbook Series. We would create beautiful, small-print runs of already-immaculate chapbooks, establishing the urgency of artifact; we would create a gorgeous and completely visible online platform for our journal contributors, establishing the urgency of voice; and, with the money saved in not printing hundreds of issues, we would pay (albeit a nominal amount) all of our contributors. It’s a superb win on all fronts, we think, and we hope you feel this too
Now, onward the actual contents of Issue 6, episode 1. Our technologist, Jue Yang, worked tirelessly after many awesome conversations over the last few months with web designer extraordinaire Angela Protzman and myself to produce the looks and feels of the new interface. We wanted readers to feel entirely immersed in the experience of reading this innovative, often genre-melting work. And with this immersion, we did not want readers to feel at any point daunted by the mass quantity of extraordinary work (and to be sure, it is all extraordinary). That is the most essential of desideratum—our desire for others to truly engage the work, the internalize and meditate on art with space still to breathe. Think of it as a museum made up of many galleries, should the Netflix metaphor not be adequate (and of course, it’s not). In these lavender and orange and pink and green and blue rooms, we present you with our first episode’s contributors, Kofi Opam, Tafisha Edwards, Diane Exavier, Shauna Barbosa, Adrian Silbernagel, Theis Ørnthopf (translated by Julia Cohen and Jens Bjering), and Ruth Baumann. It is absolutely a curated house—each of these pieces travel our senses down the body’s viscera, the alien village, the intentional animal of our curiosities. As Kofi Opam tells us in their heartbreaking essay, “Dating Dysphoric,” “Let me tell you about bodies, and about blood.” “Take your bloodless / body back to bed and forget // you have a voice,” Tafisha Edwards seems to reply in “How to Drain […]

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As a very new chapbook press, we couldn’t be more ecstatic to convey the multitude of ways in which our first chapbook, Mike Lala’s In the Gun Cabinet, operates. It is a book arranged by lyric urgings, lush images of static and lips, and even a one-act play. To communicate all the mediums of the book in time for its release, we decided to show you In the Gun Cabinet three ways: a sampling of the first section of In the Gun Cabinet, an interview with Mike Lala about the chapbook process, and a stunning book trailer created and edited by chapbook cover designer Emily Raw. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you might not have insides, and that might make you a robot. As a robot with the sophistication to process and read language, we should all be very concerned about the future of humanity. Just kidding, we should all be very concerned about the future of humanity anyway. Here’s Mike Lala with more on that . . . :

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Introducing TAR Podcast!

March 7, 2016

We are excited to announce TAR’s first-ever podcast, edited by madam podcast-a-lot Amy Brinker (we really need to figure out a clever title name—tweet @theatlasreview with your bright ideas [but also know that Amy is precious to me and the publisher will break your nose if it isn’t 100 percent complimentary]). We will be interviewing TAR contributors near and far who have recently come out with books. This will also be a time for Amy and Natalie to drink wine and talk into a mic and generally do whatever we (I mean they) want with whomever. Anyway.
For our first episode on TAR’s podcast, Amy and TAR publisher Natalie Eilbert sit down and chat with issue 2 contributor Jay Deshpande, whose first book Love the Stranger is out now from YesYes Books. Buy your copy here!
I updated one of the tags of this post to include “great poet wedged between two goobers on a couch” and, well, here is a literal depiction of that tag (with special guest Meeko from Pocahontas):
Great Poet Wedged Between Two Goobers on a Couch.
On this podcast, we talk about Chet Baker, Denis Johnson, Kim Kardashian, quiet poems, academia, and Vin Diesel. We can’t think of a better list of characters and themes to sum up this episode. Also, Jay’s pretty brilliant. Have a listen!
Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. A Kundiman fellow, he has held residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony and the Vermont Studio Center, was a fellowship finalist for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and was selected by Billy Collins for the 2015 Scotti Merrill Memorial Award at the Key West Literary Seminar. His poems have appeared in Narrative, Boston Review, Sixth Finch, Atlas Review, Handsome, Spork, Prelude, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in Brooklyn.

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A Tribute to PJ Horoszko

March 4, 2016

In honor and in tribute to his brief but spectacular time with us, we have designed broadsides based on PJ Horoszko’s two poems published in issue 4 of The Atlas Review. For friends, loved ones, or anybody in admiration of his work, we will print and ship both “Neighborhoods” and “Poplars” free of charge.

The linework in PJ’s poems is always so clean and geometrical, but within that crispness belies a subject matter that dismantles as it dazzles over time. We wanted to communicate his methods by utilizing an inspired minimalism for the broadside.
We are thankful for his gift and we want as many to have that gift as possible. While we are sorry to say this is a limited offer, we want to be sure we do right to the legacy of his art. Rest in peace, PJ.
To order one or both broadsides, simply email theatlasreview [at] gmail [dot] com with your name and shipping address. We will need time to order your print and ship it, so we ask for your patience.

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Heartbreaking News

March 3, 2016

We are extremely saddened to learn that issue 4 poetry contributor P.J. Horoszko passed away suddenly last night, March 2nd. He was a fantastic writer and editor, and our correspondence throughout the years was nothing short of sincere and earnest. I worked with P.J. for many years when I was employed by Macmillan Publishing, and I admired the graceful way he could switch hats between Picador editor and poet. He was a magnificent human being as well as burgeoning and ambitious writer, and this news is such a blow to our community.
In honor of his life and in honor of his lyric probings and curiosities, here are the two poems of his we published in issue 4. Each poem has a very clear and definite relationship to metaphor, without needing to launch into pyrotechnics. The poems are wonderfully wrought, and wonderfully complicated as they navigated this duplex of worlds within one town, within one tree. Their singularity sharpened clarity, and their neat frameworks gave nothing away to P.J.’s dark and twisting effort. Neither resolution is grand, because what precedes the resolution is so much more pronounced: “…words // From deckhands and secret service men / who had learned what they learned from / lives circumscribed like all necessarily are / by the finite number of streets… .” Just exquisite. “Poplars” is rife with epiphany and provenance, and what once might have read as whim beats with a more ominous urgency. The fabulist has met its captain, its shipwreck, its poplars. “The sun is a nuisance, / It kills the leaves. / I don’t think that my heart is healthy. // I wait for it to happen. / This wind carries that life. / The eye is a student of nothing at all.” Thank you, P.J., for this and so much more.
Natalie Eilbert, Publisher


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Still Looking For...

July 6, 2015

Events Coordinator
We are seeking a big personality and total ham to be our new Events Coordinator! The Events Coordinator would organize and host our monthly reading series, the Atlas Reading Series, a text-art collaboration that takes place at 61 Local in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. They would also organize and host upcoming launches, special events and festivals, and whatever else might come our way! Big ups if you have attended our events. Maybe you heard about the Solaris marathon we co-organized with Marina Abramovic Institute two summers ago? Yeah, that was a lot of work! But we did it as a team. So you would also be someone open to collaboration who doesn’t hold their cards too close to their chest! You are also someone who is pleased as plums to uphold our reader rules: No event can be majority men; no event can be all white. 
As with every position on staff, this is a volunteer position, but you would be part of a great group of thinkers, plus free pizza/fun at our meetings! Send a brief intro about yourself our way that demonstrates your past as an events coordinator and your ideas about how you envision reading spaces. Tell us about some literary events you’ve recently attended and some of your recent book lists. Send this and your contact info to theatlasreview [at] gmail [dot] com. 

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What is July without heat and explosions and celebrating an America we never asked for? On Wednesday, July 8th, swing over to 61 Local for an amazing night of poems and stories and volcanic eruptions. This is going to be really really really good. Be sure to check out Jesse Kohn’s stories featured in issue 3, and Roberto Montes’ poem, featured in issue 5!
RSVP on Facebook!

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