Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SleuthSayers: The very best stories of 2016

SleuthSayers: The very best stories of 2016: by Robert Lopresti

So thrilled to see that 2 stories from CRIME PLUS MUSIC were picked for this notable list. Congratulations to VAL McDERMID for her story "The Long Black Veil" and to MARK HASKELL SMITH for his tale "1968 Pelham Blue SG Jr." as well as to editor Jim Fusilli for picking such winners throughout the book!

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Dada100 European Tour Dates

Hey, Europe! Get ready: Three Rooms Press is hitting the road for a Dada 100 European Tour!

Here's the deets:

September 3: 2nd Annual Dada London Invasion, Horse Hospital, London
September 6: 4th Annual Entrez Dada Paris, Au Chat Noir, Paris
September 8–11: Third Annual Brussels Poetry Fest, Various locations, Brussels

All events are open to the public. Check out flyers for details. Pick a town, pick a date and stop by and say hello!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Three Rooms Press presents
A Highly Eclectic Performance Event Hell-Bent on Blowing Minds 


plus the Hudson Valley launch of
MAINTENANT 10: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art

Sunday, July 31, 2016 | 3:30–6:00 pm
at the former Church of the Sacred Heart
88 Station Hill Road, Barrytown, NY 12507

Prepare for an afternoon of incredibly provocative, eclectic art and performance on as Three Rooms Press presents DADA ON THE HUDSON, featuring an array of contemporary dada performance and poetry by leading maverick artists. The event includes the Hudson Valley  launch of the internationally-renowned MAINTENANT 10: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art (2016, Three Rooms Press), featuring more than 150 visual and literary works by artists and writers from around the world, in full color. DADA ON THE HUDSON takes place Sunday, July 31, 3:30–6:00 pm at the former Church of the Sacred Heart at 88 Station Hill Road in Barrytown, NY. The church is recognized for its role as a performance outpost of the Fluxus movement. Costumes encouraged. Come as you aren’t.

Featured performers include renowned poet and essayist Charles Plymell, surrealist poet and writer Janet Hamill, NPR social commentator and poet Andrei Codrescu, editor and poet Djelloul Marbrook, neo-conceptual artist Heide Hatry, avant-garde poet and New York Group founder Yuriy Tarnawsky, photographer Phil Scalia, dada poetry scholar William Seaton, performance artists Franco Götte and Martina Salisbury, letterpress publisher/poet Bill Roberts, and performance poets Sophie Malleret, Ann Firestone Ungar, and Patricia Leonard. Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges will host the event.

Admission is free. For additional information and reservations, please email

NOTE: As a special added treat, Bill Roberts from will have a letterpress printer ON-SITE and will print a special commemorative piece celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dada exclusively for those attending the event!

About Maintenant 10
Maintenant 10: A Journal of Contemporary DaDa Writing and Art (Three Rooms Press, 2016) is the most recent installment of an annual series published since 2005. The current issue features work by Andrei Cordrescu, Jerome Rothenberg, Anne Waldman, Charles Plymell, Mike Watt, Grant Hart, A.D. Winans, Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, John M. Bennett, S.A. Griffin, Claude Pelieu, Mary Beach, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Joel Hubaut, Philip Meersman, Renaat Ramon, Patrice Lerochereuil and many more. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

About Three Rooms Press
Three Rooms Press is a fiercely independent New York-based publisher inspired by dada, punk and passion. Founded in 1993, it serves as a leading independent publisher of cut-the-edge creative, including fiction, memoir, poetry translations, drama and art. In addition, Three Rooms Press produces and promotes a variety of literary and cultural events in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more, including readings, plays, workshops and concerts. Three Rooms Press books are distributed in the U.S. and internationally by PGW.

Friday, January 29, 2016

02/05/16: 3rd Annual NYC William S. Burroughs Birthday Tribute featuring Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Three Rooms Press presents BURROUGHS 10.2, the third annual celebration of the birthday of Beat icon and postmodern trailblazer William S. Burroughs, plus a special tribute to fellow wild boy David Bowie, on Friday, February 5, at Cornelia Street Cafe

The event will be highlighted by work from renowned performance artist Genesis P-Orridge, Burroughs readings by poet Aimee Herman and jazz poet/collagist Steve Dalachinsky; a re-enactment of the 1974 Rolling Stone Magazine conversation between William Burroughs and David Bowie, plus a moving singalong to favorite Bowie songs led by (direct from The Late Show) singer/guitarist Davey Patterson. Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host. 

Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $12 which includes a free drink. Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, in the West Village, between W. 4th Street at Bleecker (  Additional details:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Independent Publishers: Thriving with Creative Visions


Co-Director, Three Rooms Press 

It’s a strange time in the world of publishing. The giant publishers continue to merge. Independent bookstores continue the struggle to keep their doors open. New technology has made it easy for authors to publish their own books. 

Yet, somehow, independent publishers are thriving. According to Jeff Herman, author of Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Agents, independent publishers make up half of the $29 billion annual revenue of the publishing world. 

Many small presses are well-known and quite successful, even with out-of-the-ordinary literary titles. Grove Press’ recent release of Helen McDonald’s fabulous memoir H Is For Hawk began with a print run of 5,000 and has sold a staggering 62,000 copies since its March release—a year before the paperback is due out. 

Other small presses are “micro” in their size—under twenty releases per year—yet “macro” in their enthusiasm and commitment to publishing the highest quality work. These micro presses are fueled by passion and commitment to a vision. Three Rooms Press featured five of these New York-based, fiercely independent publishers on July 3 at its third annual “That’s Independents!” celebration of small presses at Cornelia Street Cafe, and discussed the state of the industry with them. 

It’s All About the Vision 

If one thing unites the small presses, it is their dedication to their unique vision. 

For example, Great Weather for Media, which publishes solo poetry collections as well as a cross-genre annual anthology, is committed to “the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright , the dark, and the innovative,” according to co-founder Jane Ormerod. This vision is clearly visible in their most recent release, Debridement, a poetry collection by Corrina Bain, whose poems, as described by NEA fellow and poet Sam Sax “have no qualm reaching down your throat and pulling out your living heart just to say look at it, look. Look.” 

By contrast, the vision can be very broad in scope. Dustin Nelson, founder of InDigest, a magazine and book publisher focusing on “good story-telling in all forms and artists whose curiosity drives them to push beyond the conventions of their media,” incorporates digital work into their publishing scope. "We've published lots of stories and poems, but we've also published videos, GIFs, scripts, podcasts, audio stories, pamphlets, centos built from the Wikileaks Centos, broadsides, games, reviews, rants, diatribes, broadcasts about the apocalypse, memoir, we've told lies about Shakespeare and passed them off as truth, published round table discussions, and have always been open to doing anything that's been created that you can make an argument for calling literary." With so much potential variety, the publisher's role has greatly expanded. 

A Curatorial Role 

In an age where anyone can publish their own book, and the Big Five could publish everything else, small presses have had to find a way to continue make themselves necessary. While they lack the resources to match the six- to eight-figure advances of the major publishers (let alone four- to five-figure advances!), they have the advantage of being willing to take chances on unknown authors and new formats. Small presses have developed into a role of “curator”—presenting consistently high quality work from a variety of authors to an audience carefully cultivated over a number of years. 

Nelson from InDigest notes that “Publishers offer curation and a voice you can trust at a time when there’s so much available that sifting through it would be a full time job.” He adds, “Publishers are still a reader’s most valuable ally.” 

Ron Kolm, founder of The Unbearables—a publisher of “avant-garde writing that attacks the status quo by using the weapon of noir humor”—agrees with Nelson, noting that when independent publishers consistently produce high-quality, good-looking books, “a sort of trust develops between the press and potential buyers or readers . . . And in a world as out of focus as the one we live in, that is not a bad thing at all.” 

Okay, But How Do I Get Published By Them? 

With all this vision and curation, independent publishers might seem to be a perfect fit for all authors who consider themselves to be on the “cutting edge.” But every vision has its boundaries. So how does the aspiring writer hop onto the small press train? 

Start by reading the guidelines, Ormerod notes. “A 50,000 word story will not fit into an anthology. That 30 page epic poem is a ‘no’ as well. We understand the odd typo, but please review your work before sending it to us.” 

Research helps, adds Nelson. “Start a conversation . . . Start talking to people and read other presses. It’s often easiest to define something by figuring out what it’s not . . . . Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Watch TV. Have a beer. Make popcorn. Read again. Talk to a publisher. They don’t really know more than you . . . We all just like books, right?” 

And Kolm recommends networking. “We are very open; we add ‘members’ all the time,” he says. “All one really has to do is come to one of our readings and hang out. We like to drink in downtown bars, such as the Parkside Lounge and the Sidewalk Café, and occasionally, we even shoot pool! Chalk up your cue stick!” 

Three Rooms Press has been hosting annual celebrations of Independent Presses since 2010. According to co-director Peter Carlaftes, it’s a great way for authors to hear readers from a number of presses, and informally meet with them to discover more about what they’re looking for. For Three Rooms, the genre is less important than the style. “We’re publish cut-the-edge creations,” says Carlaftes. “Everything we do has a certain distinctive twist that makes it stand apart from other books in the field.” Forthcoming works include Meagan Brothers’ Weird Girl and What’s His Name, an LGBTQ young adult novel, and Aram Saroyan’s Still Night in L.A. a detective novel by the famed concrete poet. 

“We publish because we want to add fresh ideas to an increasingly homogenized world,” Carlaftes muses. “It’s our way of saving the planet.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

052015: Another Awesome Launch for Last Boat to Yokohama

The second launch celebration of LAST BOAT TO YOKOHAMA: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon was an extraordinary affair, set against the backdrop of ancient statues, paintings and tapestries of Himalayan Asia in the gorgeous Rubin Museum in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. 

Six speakers/performers included authors Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman, Beate's son and daughter Nicole Gordon and Geoffrey Paul Gordon, Rubin Museum trustee Richard Lanier, and Japanese performance artist/dancer Eiko. The event was followed by a reception in the very cool Rubin cafe on the first floor, with authors signing books to the sounds of live Nepalese musicians. Enjoy the photos from the event!

Peter Carlaftes, Three Rooms Press co-director, introduces Last Boat to Yokohama.

Carlaftes continues his introduction,

Richard Lanier, Rubin Museum trustee, speaks.

Richard Lanier.

Author Nassrine Azimi explains how she became interested in Beate Sirota Gordon.

Author Nassrine Azimi shares a story of Beate.

Author Michel Wasserman explains his part in the project.

Michel Wasserman shares moments from the authors interviews with Beate.

Nicole Gordon, Beate's daughter, offers memories of her mother.

Nicole Gordon.

Japanese performance artist/dancer Eiko (of Eiko and Komo).

Niko's dance, performed for the first time.

Eiko concludes her dance.

Playwright/actor Geoffrey Paul Gordon, Beate's son.

Geoffrey Paul Gordon, Eiko, and Nicole Gordon.

Authors sign books following the presentation.

At the book signing.

Signing copies of LAST BOAT TO YOKOHAMA.

LAST BOAT TO YOKOHAMA authors Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman.