Happy New Year! 2018 Is Gonna ROCK

There’s SO MUCH good news already in 2018 – book releases galore (Burns, Chaney, O’Hare, to name just a few), new partnerships (including distributor SCB & The Big Smoke), and events at Powell’s, AWP18 Tampa, and the LA Times Festival of Books.

Buy a book! Support an author! Attend an event! We can’t wait to share great lit with you this year. See you soon – like at Powell’s Hawthorne on January 18th to celebrate the latest releases from Wryly McCutchen and Stephen M Park.


Bloody Hell: TWO Firey, Flamey Events in November

We’re gearing up for the Wordstock Book Festival in Portland with two terrific events. If you’re in town, we’d love to see you there!

First up, join us for rowdy LitCrawl antics at the Ace Hotel on Friday, November 10th with our celebrity slam-prov sessions.

After Wordstock on Saturday, November 11th (we’ll be sharing a table with pals from Write Bloody Publishing so please stop by to say hello), we’re co-hosting a terrific reading and book release party at The Waypost. No finer way to kick off your Saturday night.

Eager to share our authors’ finest with you, and hear about your fall inspirations, too, so show up, fine people!

 


UHell Press + Pals = Summer Showcase Sizzletime!

Please join us on July 6th at Literary Arts in Portland for a fantastic summer showcase of our authors and friends. All event details can be found on our FB event page. Featured authors Rob Gray and Wryly McCutchen will read from their latest and greatest; additional UHell Press authors and associates will also participate in this sure-to-be lively evening.

We’re thrilled to be part of the LitArts events line-up this summer.

See you in July, fine people!


AWP17 DC, Here We Come!

We’re packing our bags for DC this week and heading to the annual AWP conference. Some of our fine authors will be reading in the booth we share with Write Bloody Publishing (aptly named Bloody Hell = easy to find at the publisher’s / book fair).

We’re also unleashing TWO NEW TITLES this week, so really, people, come visit us. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for our #AWP17 antics.


Forged in the Night Fires of Hell & Related Literary Antics

We’ve already had a busy fall with readings and launchings and retreatings with all sorts of amazing people! Next up: LitCrawl on November 4th. Get all the event deets right here. Teaser: Come listen to our very own A.M. O’Malley, John Barrios, and Leah Noble Davidson. We’ve also teamed up with Anvil Press authors Kim Fu and Chris Gudgeon, and Write Bloody‘s Derrick Brown. Muses from Bergerette will add that special spark to our evening.

Next up: A fab and fine UHell Press showcase on November 5th at Mother Foucault‘s. Brian S Ellis, Leah, Derrick, and other lit celebs will be reading from new work. Added bonus: Cult of Orpheus offers up fresh pentameter with tasty quavers from their latest work Songs from Time-wise Animals. (Exactly.)

If you’re in town for Wordstock (hell, we know you’re just in town, livin’ your lives), please join us the weekend before the world changes. We’d love to hear about what gets you hot!

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What’s New in Hell

For starters, Leah Noble Davidson’s Door just landed and after only three days,  became the number one bestseller at Powell’s (small press, of course!). Join us as we celebrate with Leah and a few fine Portland lit celebs (Robyn Bateman, Brian S. Ellis, DeAngelo Gillispie, Brenna Twohy, Rob Gray, w/emcee Sean Aaron Bowers) at Circa 33 on Tuesday, September 20th.  Get all the deets here.

Next up, we’ve got additional rad events happening in October and November, including LitCrawl, Moved by Words lit art fest, and a writer’s retreat in coastal Washington.

Learn more right here as we get closer to GO time!

 


AWP News You Can Use

We’re super stoked to get to LA next week for AWP where we’ll be at booth #635 with our pals from Write Bloody Publishing. Aside from our newest releases (three amazing debuts this month!), we’ll have all titles from our current catalog, super hot tees, and a few author readings / signings events right there in the booth.

Our managing editor Eve is hosting a terrific panel – Women on the Verge – Authentic Voices from Outsider Lit – on Friday, April 1 with four of your new fave writers. We’ll also be co-hosting two rad author showcases that you won’t want to miss – the first on Wednesday, March 30 with our team and special guests from Moved By Words and Bergerette, and the second on Thursday, March 31 with three UHell writers and the exceptional crew from Punk Hostage Press.

See you in LA!

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FUSE Interview

Check this out! Another interview about editing and publishing and all kinds of cool related things in between. FUSE is a terrific resource for student editors and those interested in this wacky publishing world we inhabit.

Here are some juicy tidbits to pique your curiosity.

There are lots of other people on the University of Hell Press staff. Can you tell us a bit about who they are and what they do?

We boast a fantastic faculty made up of curious people who are each exceptional writers, thinkers, doers. Greg Gerding is the press’s founder, father, music lover, the reason we’re all doing this crazy thing. Tyler Atwood (UHell author) is creating a strong presence for the press in Denver, and editing the hell out of some great future work. John Barrios (UHell author) is using his social work, community outreach, and generally great guy / dad skills to vet new authors and host events in Portland with a giving back spin. Amy Chadwick is our masterful maven in San Diego. Tina Richardson is our latest addition as fact checker / copy editor extraordinaire.

Everyone’s cooler, smarter, more on-it than you could possibly imagine.

Our authors make the press what it is. Our indie punk / rock record label sensibility attracts the most creative, unique, wild and woolly individuals, each with something important to say about life and how we’re all muddling our way through it. While on different tracks, there’s certainly a common spirit. People notice this about the content we’re putting out there, and how we’re choosing to present it. We couldn’t do it without the writers. Obviously.

Our exceptional artists and graphic designers have helped honed the look and feel of the press. People always comment on logo and name, our amazing covers, interior artwork, and interesting layouts. Our current catalog enjoys definite supermodel status.

What do you think the future holds for Hell Press? Are there any big plans or changes in the works?

Boy oh boy, do we have BIG PLANS. We’re thrilled about so many recent releases, successes, and collaborations, and excited to participate in various local and national events like AWP, small press forums, and more. We love to merge great writing with great art; marry smart, compelling content with music and performance. You’re going to see more mash-ups with these elements heightened in the future.


Duotrope Editor Interview

For those of you who may not know, Duotrope is a terrific resource that assists writers manage the submissions process. It’s super cool! Check it out.

Managing Editor Eve Connell was recently interviewed for the Editor Interview feature, another great part of the Duotrope toolkit. Here you’ll find some juicy excerpts. Be sure to read the full interview.

Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: University of Hell Press authors offer a raw view of their varied world experiences. They expose themselves intimately, completely, often with humor and always with irreverence. They provide snapshots of the horrific, the sensory, the mundane, with beautifully constructed linguistic imagery.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission grabs our attention right away – and holds it throughout the manuscript. No matter the genre, no matter the style, it’s clear from the get-go that the author loves language and uses it to provoke, inspire, intimate, define, defend, entertain, feel, empathize, craft, build, suspend, and more. Work that catches our eyes derives from a strong point of view, offers a unique perspective, and demonstrates a voice or tone that perhaps is yet unheard. The ideal submission delivers interesting, well-developed ideas, is powerfully executed, is copy edited, and allows us to say WOW.

Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: Write Bloody Publishing, Punk Hostage Press, Civil Coping Mechanisms, HYPERtext Magazine, Nailed, Octopus Books, Black Ocean Press, H_NGM_N Books, Binary Star, Soft Skull, Manic D, TimberMouse, Elephant Rock Books, Dzanc, Akashic…and more.

Click here to read the full interview.