Aug. 17, 2015 – FAIRFAX, VA – Stillhouse Press, a student-run small press, announces plans to publish four new books in 2016, including two debut works.
Forthcoming in March 2016 is POP!, a hybrid of memoir and fiction from first-time novelist Mark Polanzak. Told partly through fictionalized stories born of real events, POP! centers on the sudden death of his father, when Polanzak was 17. Set nearly a decade after his death, the book uses a mosaic of recreated and embellished stories to explore Polanzak’s grief. The result is a beautiful cross-genre narrative, which Polanzak characterizes as “ultimately non-fiction, [and] ultimately a memoir, because I never lie about what isn’t true.”
In partnership with the Fall for the Book festival in Sept. 2016, Stillhouse will further broaden its list of titles with two additional publications: DIG, a collection of poems from poet-publisher Bryan Borland; and a book of short fiction, Maybe Mermaids & Robots Are Lonely: Stories from debut author Matthew Fogarty.
DIG is Stillhouse Press’ first book of poetry, and the third collection from Borland, a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow and founding publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press. Sensual and evocative, Borland’s collection reads like a love letter to his husband and to the craft of poetry itself. “I had to push myself with these poems. I had to dig down to the story beneath the story, which inspired the title of the collection,” says Borland. His first book, My Life As Adam (Sibling Rivalry Press 2010), was one of five books of poetry selected by the American Library Association for its first annual “Over the Rainbow” list of recommended LGBT-themed publications.
As diverse as it is original, Fogarty’s first collection of short fiction, Maybe Mermaids & Robots Are Lonely includes a host of exceptional characters, from the title’s star-crossed lovers to popes, pirates, and Bigfoot; stories Fogarty says are “inspired by or involve figures that have become almost legendary in American culture.” Though several of Fogarty’s stories adhere to a more traditional—albeit quirky—realism, he has an obvious affinity for the fabulist, often exploring elements of magical realism, the ethereal and slipstream.
Rounding out the year, Stillhouse Press will debut its second book of poetry, Terminal Human Velocity: Poems by Christina Olson, in Dec. 2016. Olson’s poetry explores a range of topics through various personae, from strange natural and scientific phenomena to “Last Suppers” on death row. “Whether it’s exploring the harvesting of horseshoe crab blood, or adopting the voice as the failed Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, my work aims to make sense of the natural world and our human role within it,” says Olson. This is her second collection of poetry.
Stillhouse Press (www.stillhousepress.org) is a collaboration between graduate students in George Mason University’s MFA Creative Writing Program and the annual Fall for the Book festival. Our goal is to publish writers, both emerging and established, whose work affirms the enduring power of the written word, with a focus on craft publishing. We combine traditional print methods with new technologies and work closely with our authors to promote their works.
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