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Tin House+Octopus Books
Tin House Books and Octopus Books are thrilled to announce a new collaborative series of poetry books. Matthew Dickman, poetry editor at Tin House magazine, and Zachary Schomburg, editor at Octopus Books, are acquiring, and the first book they’ve chosen is Brandon Shimoda’s Portuguese. Dickman and Schomburg discuss the reasons for the collaboration in their editors’ note:
We represent two different types of small presses, with two different aesthetics, and two different audiences, but we’re both based in a city that has a palpable collaborative energy that is proving itself every day. And at a time when many larger presses are thinning their poetry rosters, we wonder if publishing collaboratively is a model that presses are missing out on, a model that smaller independent presses are capable of, because there is nothing to lose in teaming up to publish books for a multiplied and overlapped audience. This is a model that is necessary for a new kind of conversation to begin, not to see how we can meet in the middle, but how we can meet at the edges.
Portuguese will be published by Tin House Books and Octopus Books on March 12, 2013, and distributed by Publishers Group West. Shimoda is the author of three previous books of poetry—O Bon (Litmus Press, 2011), The Girl Without Arms (Black Ocean, 2011), and The Alps (Flim Forum, 2008)—among other solo and collaborative works in print, on cassette, online, and on vinyl. He is currently coediting, with poet Thom Donovan, a retrospective collection of writings by Lebanese-American poet Etel Adnan (Nightboat Books, forthcoming). He was born in California, and has lived most recently in Maine, Taiwan, and Arizona.
In 2014, Tin House and Octopus Books will again collaborate to publish Bianca Stone’s new collection, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows.