Ellen Redbird

363 Cannon Green Dr. Apt. C
Goleta, CA, 93117

Feel free to email queries to Ellen Redbird.

Pyriform Press does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
You can, however, submit work to the journal Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature.

Volunteer Staff

Joel Allegretti, Guest Editor for the Yoko Ono tribute issue of Nerve Lantern

Jay Besemer, Guest Editor for the Yoko Ono tribute issue of Nerve Lantern

Karen Weiss, Materials and Sales

If you would like to volunteer to help out with Nerve Lantern, email Ellen Redbird about your interest. Thank you.

Curious about what goes into running the Nerve Lantern project of Pyriform Press?

Duties of the Editor-in-Chief include:


  • webpage design and maintenance
  • write blog posts and send out newsletter, e.g. to announce calls for submissions, issue releases, events, etc.
  • maintain pages on social networking sites
  • request to post announcements on literary blogs
  • request forwarding of announcements to email lists
  • request inclusion in newsletters
  • request being included in online listings of small presses and literary journals
  • trade links with other literary websites
  • trade announcements with other journals to place in Nerve Lantern or on the website
  • email college English departments
  • contact libraries
  • design, print, and distribute fliers
  • ask volunteers in other cities to put up fliers
  • ask writer contacts to spread the word
  • organize release parties and performance events


  • read and research writers
  • solicit work from amazing writers and artists
  • read, reply to, and select submissions
  • email and mail correspondence
  • book design and layout
  • edit and proof read issue content
  • ask questions about submission edits, send proofs to contributors, make changes to content, receive the final ok from contributors
  • select materials: paper, thread, ink cartridges, envelopes, etc.
  • print pages via inkjet printer
  • fold pages by hand
  • bind books by hand
  • take books to the print shop to be trimmed

Distribution & Sales

  • mail free copies to contributors
  • mail copies to libraries
  • process orders, mail copies
  • sell copies at release parties and performance events
  • research other ways to distribute and sell
  • budget and keep accounts


  • add links to the Community page
  • collaborate with writers to help promote their projects
  • encourage contributors to network and collaborate
  • request contributor bios for issue and website
  • organize release parties and performance events
  • create child projects, e.g. The Nerve Lantern Challenge
  • ask volunteers to help out as temporary Nerve Lantern staff members