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“A Murder of Crows” Now Available

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: BLOG, NEWS

Our latest title A Murder of Crows by Michael N. Thompson is now available. Read selections from the book and link to where you can buy it online by clicking here: A Murder of Crows

If you’re in Portland, you can get your copies now directly from Powell’s City of Books on Burnside or Powell’s Books on Hawthorne or St. Johns Booksellers at a discounted price.




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“An Electric Sheep Jumps to Greener Pasture” and “Here Comes the New Joy” Now Available

Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Filed under: BLOG, NEWS

Our two newest titles are now available. Read selections from both books and link to where you can buy them online by clicking here:

an electric sheep jumps to greener pasture by Tyler Atwood

Here Comes the New Joy by John W Barrios

If you’re in Portland, you can get your copies now directly from Powell’s City of Books on Burnside or Powell’s Books on Hawthorne at a discounted price.

Stay tuned for news regarding a joint book release party at the IPRC and an in-store appearance at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne.




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UHell Press Partners Up with Merch Lackey

Posted: March 5th, 2014 | Filed under: BLOG, NEWS

Fresh back from AWP in Seattle, and knowing that people are anxious to get their hands on the new T-shirts we unveiled there, University of Hell Press is PROUD to announce our partnership with San Diego-based distribution company Merch Lackey. We literally want to GUSH how stoked we are about this, so we will give you two versions of this announcement:

THE SHORT VERSION
University of Hell Press now has a way of selling books and shirts directly to you from our University of Hell Press Store.

THE LONG VERSION
We are beyond thrilled about this partnership with Merch Lackey. With our operations divided between Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California, we always try to make decisions that benefit local businesses. To date, we never had a way for people to get merchandise directly from us online; partnering with Merch Lackey allows us to do that.

We have purchased merchandise from Merch Lackey over the years, they mostly represent rock bands, bars, and clubs. They’re a solid business with quality merchandise and great customer service. Plus, Merch Lackey is run by rock star Pete Reichert, a.k.a. Petey X, guitarist with Rocket from the Crypt, which, to us, just makes it even cooler.

University of Hell Press is the only publisher on their impressive roster, placing us among the many artists and businesses we admire and love and want to be aligned with. A short list includes: The Album Leaf, Bar Pink, The Black Heart Procession, The Casbah, Drag The River, Drive Like Jehu, Fistful of Mercy, G. Love and Special Sauce, Ghetto Blaster, The Hives, John Meeks, Josh Higgins, Live Wire Bar, Night Marchers, OFF!, Pinback, Rob Crow, Rocket from the Crypt, Swami Records, and Three Mile Pilot. Click here for a complete listing.

University of Hell Press has a roster full of rock stars (and punks), so it felt only fitting that we partner up with the same. You can now purchase books and T-shirts at a lower cost than anywhere else directly from us through our store, visit it now.

Merch Lackey




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Letter from Hell 2013

Posted: January 1st, 2014 | Filed under: BLOG, NEWS

Happy New Year, Hellions!

2013 was a great year. We published four books and all four are (or were, several times) among the top 25 bestselling small press poetry books at Powell’s. Since UHell Press expanded two years ago, every book we have published has landed in the top 25, as well as made climbs towards the top spot. Poetic Scientifica occupied the #1 spot for several months this year and was recently announced as the #3 top seller for 2013 among all of Powell’s Small Press Section, not just poetry. While we don’t solely measure our success as a press against this, it confirms that our books are finding audiences outside of our inner circle. (Our “inner circle” is you, close friends and fans of us and our authors.)

While we only produced four titles this year (we hoped for at least six; by comparison, we produced five in 2012), we took big strides forward as a publishing venture. We exhibited for the first time at Wordstock. We also partnered up with Write Bloody Publishing, Portland Poetry Slam, Antler Gallery, IPRC, and the new PDX Magazine for a huge blowout literary event at the White Owl Social Club. If you missed that, you missed IT. And IT was special. We look forward to participating in Wordstock again. And we look forward to continued partnerships in the future, we value all of them. And more great events.

2013 saw all of our current (and future) authors published and exposed through myriad periodicals. A few highlights include: 1) The year kicked off with the Willamette Week naming Johnny No Bueno as one of six voices in Oregon to watch out for (along with the mayor and Fred Armisen). 2) Nailed Magazine published Brian S. Ellis’ article on the Boston Marathon that remains their most popular story, a poetry suite by Leah Noble Davidson, a revealing article by Johnny No Bueno, and ongoing contributions from John Barrios. 3) Perpetually Twelve (a zine created and curated by one of our favorite and contributing artists, McHank) published pieces by myself and Tyler Atwood.

2013 also saw us expanding the things we are doing on behalf of our authors. We selected and submitted our nominations for the Pushcart Prize. We also submitted qualifying titles for consideration for the Oregon Book Awards, as well as some other awards and recognitions.

We are looking ahead to a blistering 2014. Here are six forthcoming titles, all of which are scheduled to be released in 2014:

an electric sheep jumps to greener pasture by Tyler Atwood
Here Comes the New Joy by John Barrios
A Murder of Crows by Michael N. Thompson
i want love so great it makes nicholas sparks cream in his pants by Calvero
The Most Fun You’ll Have at a Cage Fight by Rory Douglas
Learn to Swim by Joseph Edwin Haeger

These are the titles we have greenlit so far. We had to suspend open submissions, for the time being, so we could unbury ourselves from the manuscripts we have been inundated with. And there are many promising ones among them; this current production list of six will quickly grow, especially once we reopen submissions.

We will be exhibiting at AWP in Seattle, February 27 – March 1, 2014. In addition to selling our books and passing out more stickers and post cards, we will have University of Hell Press T-shirts! Oooo, aahhh. Shiny. Trust me, you’re gonna want one.

And, even if you’re not at AWP, stay tuned for a really HUGE announcement that includes the availability of said T-shirts online. We’re in the middle of a deal that’s going to change everything. I CANNOT wait to make this announcement, I am chomping at the bit.

Anyway, I really just wanted to take the time to thank you. THANK YOU for your support, THANK YOU for championing us, and THANK YOU for just being rad. From all of us here in Hell, we truly hope you had a great 2013 and are looking forward to an even hotter 2014.

Your Managing Editor from Hell,
Greg Gerding

University of Hell Press




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UHell Press Pushcart Prize Nominations

Posted: November 28th, 2013 | Filed under: BLOG, NEWS

We are proud to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize. It was difficult choosing which pieces to nominate from among these four outstanding books. Congratulations to our nominees and their nominations (click the arrows to read each piece):

Eirean Bradley (from The Little Big Book of Go Kill Yourself)

the population of glendale, az dropped by one person for nine hours in the spring of 1989

the population of glendale, az dropped by one person for nine hours in the spring of 1989

when I was 13
I committed suicide.

this was not an attempt.

I popped all 87 sominex
that I had stolen from albertsons
one at a time.

I let my tongue memorize
the smoothness of each capsule.

my mouth so full,
that even if a cry for help was to
happen
no one would have heard it.

I tucked myself in
and laid the note across my chest
under my not-trembling chin
after the proofreading was done.

I did not want to be misunderstood.

I did not want sloppy syntax
to cause undue pain.

I slipped off silently.

I did not dream.

when my eyes opened the next day,
relief was not the correct word,
neither was regret.

I hid the note
and joined my parents at the
breakfast table.

I said very little, but was not
impolite.
I made as little eye contact as
possible.

I didn’t want my father
to see the new man I had become.

Calvero (from someday i’m going to marry Katy Perry)

energy drinks and diet sodas

energy drinks and diet sodas

I like energy drinks.
    I like diet sodas too.

They both taste good
and therefore I drink both of them
quite frequently,
    especially diet soda.

Because I drink so many
energy drinks
    and because I drink
        so many diet sodas
I have to pee quite a bit
throughout the day.

Pissing so much
throughout the day
might annoy most people
but I really don’t mind it.
    I don’t mind it at all
        actually.

I like taking pisses,
    especially long ones.

Sometimes when I have to pee
I hold it in
for as long as I can.
This way my pisses last longer
coming out.
I like taking long pisses.
They feel extra good
as they spray out of me
and into the toilet.

I spend most of my day
feeling nothing at all,
and when I do finally feel something
it’s usually something
pretty horrible like
sadness,
frustration,
hopelessness,
embarrassment,
aggravation,
anxiety,
shame,
dread.

But the long pisses make me feel good.
    They’re an amazing release.
They’re like a longer
but much more mild orgasm.
Plus I don’t have to chase
or beg
or buy some girl dinner
or drinks
to get one.
That and I don’t need to repay the favor
and have my face
stuck between her legs
for forty-five minutes,
tracing designs
all over her crotch
with the tip of my tongue
as she squirms
and writhes
and continually tells me how close she is.
    (I’m either really bad at it
    or really good at it.
    I’m not sure yet
    which one
    though.)

No,
all I need to do
to feel good
when I don’t have any other reason
to feel good
is drink an energy drink
    or a diet soda
and then eventually
I’ll take a piss
and feel good again
inside.

It’s never much
and it never lasts for long
but only when you’re able
to find small amounts
of happiness
loitering in the shadows
and cowering in the darkness
will you ever be able to find it
anywhere else.

That’s why I drink
energy drinks
and diet sodas.

    That and they taste
        really good
            too.

Brian S. Ellis (from American Dust Revisited)

The Things I Don’t Have

The Things I Don’t Have

Hunger does all the writing.
Hunger is the hardest worker.
Hunger is the only part of me clean-shaven.

At night, Hunger sits on my chest.
Stares into my open mouth,
paws my face like a cat.
Wakes me up from dreams about coffee
asks, Why are we so poor?

We are poor because we are defined
by what we don’t have.
The poor paint their mirror-selves
in the ichor of nothing.

At night we wander hallways of kitchens.
Every door is a dead refrigerator filled with teeth.
Hunger is always willing to walk with me.
He asks, Is the opposite of parents sex? Or children?

The opposite of parents is strangers
who take our names.
People who use up the color
of the words that mean us.
Who make our names hollow.
The way that some make the word love hollow.

I make everything hollow.
Hunger tells me,
It is my magic. I make everything taste beautiful.
He gives me a handful of teeth,
I swallow them all at once
each incisor and molar bursting into sand as I chew.

I will always be your friend.
When all else leaves you.

Hunger smiles,
removing my right hand
and climbing back into my mouth.

Leah Noble Davidson (from Poetic Scientifica)

have

have

The depression begins with you fingering hand towels you can’t afford in a store you’ll never remember the name of because you’re consumed with how they remind you of the ones you dried the dishes with when you quit working to stay home with the baby while he started his career at the job that you got for him so he wouldn’t have to work nights at the bookstore, pretended to be him, wrote the résumé and answered the emails. You researched how to ace an interview, picked out and ironed his clothes.

He could buy you these towels if you hadn’t left because he threw you across the kitchen floor, told you how much you owed him, but that money is for flowers now, for a woman much prettier than you, someone he’s learned to be thankful for.

Pushcart_Prize_Nominations




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Open Submissions Suspended Until Early Spring 2014

Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Filed under: BLOG, NEWS

Dear Hellions Around The World–

It has been one Hell of a wild ride this year with four new titles, dozens of public events and readings with our rad authors, a massive book tour with Eirean Bradley and Leah Noble Davidson, and our big splash at Wordstock. We’re thrilled with all the attention we continue to receive, and have BIG PLANS brewing for even more antics in 2014.

Starting with AWP at the end of February, those BIG PLANS include cranking out many more titillating titles in 2014. We have SIX different titles already inching through various stages of production that we know you’re just gonna love to get your hot little hands on. Given that, and our focus on AWP, we are suspending open submissions for now with only a couple exceptions (read our Submission Guidelines for more info). Just for now!

In the meantime, this will allow us to catch up on all the submissions that we have received to date, and there are a LOT of them. If you have submitted to us and haven’t heard back yet, you will soon. This also gives you time to really tighten up your manuscript for submission to us.

Keep up with us here on the University of Hell Press blog and on our FB page to be informed about our open call for manuscript submissions in early spring. Until then, keep writin’, keep talkin’, and keep raisin’ Hell.

Love,
University of Hell Press

University of Hell Press




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UHell Press Weekend @ Wordstock 2013 + Special Event w/ Write Bloody & PDX Slam

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: BLOG, EVENTS, NEWS

This Saturday, October 5th, and Sunday, October 6th, University of Hell Press will be exhibiting at the Wordstock Festival 2013 (Oregon Convention Center, 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232). Hours are 10:00am – 6:00pm each day.

Our entire catalog of books will be on sale for $10 each. Credit cards accepted. Plus, we will give a free book, while supplies last, to everyone who gives us their email address.

There will be author and artist appearances in our booth each day. On Saturday, meet John Barrios at noon discussing his upcoming book with us; McHank will be there at 1:00pm to sign and discuss the artwork he has done for us; then, Johnny No Bueno at 2:00pm, Leah Noble Davidson at 3:00pm, and Eirean Bradley at 4:00pm will each be available for book signing, reading, and greeting. On Sunday, we will have more author and artist appearances TBA.

On Saturday night, please join us at the White Owl Social Club for a HUGE blowout After Hours Party. We have teamed up with Write Bloody Publishing and the Portland Poetry Slam to put on one spectacular literary event. Also on hand will be the IPRC, Antler Gallery, and PDX Magazine. Doors are at 8:00pm, but we will be there early to eat and drink, please join us! The event is FREE, the venue is 21+. For more information, CLICK HERE.

And last, but certainly not least, this weekend also marks the first time you can get your hot little hands on Eirean Bradley’s latest book, The Little Big Book of Go Kill Yourself. This book is little, but it BURNS BIG!!!




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Book Release Party for “Poetic Scientifica”

Posted: June 17th, 2013 | Filed under: BLOG, EVENTS, NEWS

This Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, Leah Noble Davidson and University of Hell Press will be having a book release party at Circa 33 (3348 SE Belmont Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214) celebrating Leah’s book Poetic Scientifica.

Show begins at 7:30pm. Books are $10. Credit cards accepted.

The evening will be hosted by Johnny No Bueno and features Brian S. Ellis, Tommy Gaffney, Robyn Bateman, Carrie Seitzinger, and musical guest Robert Duncan Gray.

For more information, CLICK HERE.




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Interview with Calvero

Posted: June 15th, 2013 | Filed under: BLOG, INTERVIEW, NEWS

by Johnny No Bueno

When I was asked to interview Calvero, after the release of someday i’m going to marry Katy Perry by University of Hell Press, I hadn’t read his book yet. I had been given a copy but it got lost under a stack of homework and a pile of exorcised energy drink cans. So I dug out the barely soiled book and began to read it. At first, I was baffled that it had been published. It seemed to have been written from a child’s point of view, with very little bearing on larger poetics. But then I saw it. I saw Calvero’s style, his voice, and his intentions. I saw that I was in the presence of something new and quite brilliant.

I wanted my interview to highlight Calvero’s playful expression, maybe with iPhone text bubble chat or Skype. Unfortunately, neither of us were mechanically or technologically equipped to figure out how to do any of that, so I just emailed him the questions and let him at it.

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Leah Noble Davidson’s Book “Poetic Scientifica” Cover Art Preview

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 | Filed under: BLOG, NEWS

Check out a sneak peek at the cover art for Leah Noble Davidson’s book Poetic Scientifica published by University of Hell Press and coming soon. We will post when and where it will be available so you can get yours.

Cover design by Vince Norris.




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