Jul 202017
 

Pyriform Press is pleased to present a new book!

Keeping the X is a collection of poems that Laura-Marie Taylor and Ellen Redbird wrote and exchanged as winter gifts from 2009 to 2017. The poems are based on thematic prompts they offered each other. Tracking the exchange through time, this book offers a window into the playful and tender friendship between two poets.

From “song” by Laura-Marie Taylor:

For everything I bring in,
something’s got to go out.
Loose ends tie themselves,
pretend maps direct me
to plastic treasure.

From “Distance in Metaphor” by Ellen Redbird:

When I see you coming,
I want you to crash into me.
But I’m all lit up like a
medical building
near an airport.


Over 50 pages of poetry and drawings

Pyriform Press Catalog: www.pyriformpress.com/pyriform/catalog


 

Jun 062017
 

Pyriform Press invites you to take the Nerve Lantern Challenge: Round Robin Hood

This time the Challenge is about collaboration and metamorphosis in the spirit of Exquisite Corpse—with a special emphasis on environmental, social justice, and civil rights activism.

Step One: Submit up to five unpublished poems (10-50 lines each, or 200-500 words if a prose poem) for consideration. Also submit one polyvocal performance text that showcases your best writing for performance. It will not be published in Nerve Lantern but will serve as an example of what you can write and will affect whether one of your poems is accepted. Special consideration will be given to poems that in some way express environmental, social justice, or civil rights activism—e.g. to protest social injustice, call for change to help others or our planet, illuminate personal experience of injustice or oppression, celebrate diversity, etc., as long as the poem does not promote violence or cruelty. Complexity and innovation in form/language are welcome. Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017.

Step Two: If one of your poems is accepted, your poem will be given to another participant in the Challenge to transform into a poets theater piece. You will receive a poem from a different participant. Write a new poets theater piece, inspired by the poem you received and incorporating as many phrases from the poem as you can thoughtfully collage. The poets theater piece must be for more than one voice, the best writing you can muster, and 1-5 pages long. Special kudos for retaining and reinforcing any activist theme. Complexity and innovation in form/language are welcome. Submission Deadline: February 1, 2018 (but the sooner the better).

Step Three: If your performance text is in good order, it will be given to another participant in the Challenge to be performed. You will receive a poets theater piece from a different participant. Get your friends together and perform this piece in a public space (indoors or outdoors). You can add costumes, props, music, movement, etc. to the piece as long as your intent is to honor the text. Have a friend video this performance. The video can be low-tech, as on a smart phone, but feel free to edit the video if you think that’s wise. How to submit the video will be discussed at the time. Special congratulations for harnessing any activist theme in the performance—via how you manifest the text, where you perform it, and which audience you reach. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018 (but the sooner the better).

Step Four: As long as the editor finds them acceptable, all winning poems, poets theater pieces, and videos of performances will be published on the Pyriform Press website as an online issue of Nerve Lantern. In further appreciation, the editor will give each participant one free copy chosen from available past issues of Nerve Lantern.

Email your submission of poems and an example performance text (Word doc or pdf; include your name, email address, mailing address, bio, and a brief statement of interest) to Ellen Redbird. Find her email link here: www.pyriformpress.com/contact/

Notes: Poetry judges are yet to be determined. The Challenge will only go ahead if we can find at least three participants.

For more info about Nerve Lantern, visit www.pyriformpress.com/nervelantern/

Please share this call for submissions. In the spirit of Robin Hood: The more the merrier!


 

Mar 122017
 

Nerve Lantern 10 is available to order!

Enjoy 94 pages of exciting performance texts.

Contributors: Joel Chace • Marcus Civin • Ben Haddix • Stephanie Heit • Lucien Herzog • Dennis Leroy Kangalee • LuLu LoLo • Hannah Rodabaugh • Steven Salmoni • Barbara Schwartz • Laura-Marie Taylor • Zhang Er

Art by Krista Graham

$10 per printed book copy of the printed book
$5 per digital book (pdf) copy

For info on how to order, visit:
www.pyriformpress.com

Pyriform Press is, for all intents and purposes, a not-for-profit. All sales money for Nerve Lantern go to help cover the cost of its materials, printing, publicity, and postage. Thanks for your support!

Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, edited by Ellen Redbird and published by Pyriform Press, is a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, supporting a range of forms including poets’ theatre and page-as-stage. To learn more and participate in our growing performance writing community, visit: www.pyriformpress.com

Many thanks to the contributors and volunteers!


 

Oct 052016
 

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Announcing the release of a special digital issue of Nerve Lantern!

Dear Yoko: A Tribute to Yoko Ono
showcases performance texts inspired by the art and ideas of Yoko Ono.

Enjoy works by
Christine Choi Donald Zirilli Hannah Rodabaugh Harris Vitaliani Ioana Jucan James Sanders Jay Besemer Joel Allegretti John J. Trause Kevin Killian & Rex Ray Merridawn Duckler Stephanie Heit

Visual Art: Mary Kasimor and Jay Besemer

Guest Editors: Joel Allegretti and Jay Besemer

$5 per copy of the digital issue (pdf)

For info on how to order, visit:
www.pyriformpress.com/nervelantern/how-to-order

Pyriform Press is, for all intents and purposes, a not-for-profit. All sales money for Nerve Lantern go to help cover the cost of its materials, printing, publicity, and postage. Thanks for your support!

Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, edited by Ellen Redbird and published by Pyriform Press, is a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, supporting a range of forms including poets’ theatre and page-as-stage. To learn more and participate in our growing performance writing community, visit: www.pyriformpress.com

Many thanks to the contributors and volunteers!


 

Jul 162016
 

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Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature invites submissions of visual art for inclusion inside a special digital issue that pays tribute to Yoko Ono.

We are most excited to receive work that reflects an awareness or influence of Yoko Ono’s extensive work.

Images should be jpeg or tiff and at least 300dpi resolution. Color, grayscale, or black-and-white is fine. Five images maximum.

Please send your work with a brief introduction of yourself, your art, and your interest in this issue, along with any questions, to Ellen Redbird at: info at pyriformpress dot com

Learn more about Nerve Lantern at www.pyriformpress.com

Deadline: August 20, 2016

 

Jun 272016
 

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Nerve Lantern is accepting submissions for issue 10.

Especially of interest:
Poets theater texts
Experimental plays in which poetry is key
Texts particularly performative on the page
Interviews of performance writers
Reviews of poets theater shows
Statements of performance writing poetics
Essays on performance writing

Deadline: October 1, 2016

Maximum 10 pages. Please include a message with a brief introduction of yourself and your interest in Nerve Lantern.

Email submissions and queries to Ellen Redbird: info at pyriformpress dot com

More info: www.pyriformpress.com

Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature is a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, supporting a range of forms, including poets’ theatre and page-as-stage, published by Pyriform Press and edited by Ellen Redbird.

Oct 032015
 

AsProphCover9-1-15forPPwebPyriform Press is honored to present…

The Ascension Prophecy|{PAPER} #9

a performance ritual by
La Vonne Natasha Caesar

This handbound book is a new manifestation of the poetry-filled ritual originally performed by La Vonne Natasha Caesar and Joyce LeeAnn on October 3, 2012, at the Amarachi Lounge in Brooklyn, New York.

The performance begins and ends with the Vedic Agni Hotra ritual while, at its heart, light sparkles off the shards of a personal story. Two character versions of La Vonne’s self perform musically rich poetry that explores a shattering experience—waking from a coma and overcoming a traumatic brain injury—and transforms it into a resonant celebration of renewed perception and life.

To purchase a copy of The Ascension Prophecy|{PAPER} #9, please email a query to the author at TheLightHouseVibration at gmail dot com

Learn more about La Vonne Natasha Caesar at…

The Light House: http://www.thelighthousevibration.com/

Pyriform Press: http://www.pyriformpress.com/pyriform/catalog/ascension-prophecy/

May 292015
 

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Through which O of Yoko Ono will YOU spring?

No need to mimic her when you can let elements of her performance art crackle in your mind and take you to new places within your Own performance writing.

What will be the Ono Origin of your Originality?
Will you take a lingual chance Operation?
GO with the flOOOOw-uxus?
What is your anti-art of the Ordinary?
Where is the Onus of your activism? Open spaces of your Outrage?
What polyvocal Ocean pours Out of the quietest haiku moments?

The editors of this supplemental digital issue of Nerve Lantern are looking for innovative performance texts—poets theater, page-as-stage, instructional poetry, etc.—that are inspired by elements and concepts from Yoko Ono’s performance writings, visuals, and music and that develop those elements/concepts via inventive form and forum.

Editors Joel Allegretti and Jay Besemer are excited to see what you come up with!

Submit a maximum of 10 pages as an attachment (Doc or PDF) to NLsup1@nullhotmail.com.

Deadline: October 31, 2015

Visit www.pyriformpress.com for more info about Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature.

May 132015
 

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Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, is preparing a supplemental digital issue that will pay tribute to Yoko Ono, with guest editors Joel Allegretti and Jay Besemer.

The editors are seeking performance texts that interpret and respond to Ono’s Fluxus art, instruction pieces, and ideas.

Submit a maximum of 10 pages as an attachment (Doc or PDF) to NLsup1@nullhotmail.com.

The deadline is October 31, 2015.

Visit www.pyriformpress.com for information about Nerve Lantern.

May 122015
 

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Ellen Redbird is pleased to announce that

Joel Allegretti & Jay Besemer

will be guest editing a new supplemental digital issue of Nerve Lantern!

These two fine writers will bring fresh editorial perspective to the journal, which should enrich the community and broaden the scope of the Nerve Lantern vision.

Redbird looks forward to the issue they put together and encourages everyone to submit work.

A call for submissions will be posted soon.

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Joel Allegretti

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Jay Besemer