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Women On Top: Five Fiesty Females



To celebrate National Women’s History Month, Three Rooms Press presents “WOMEN ON TOP: Five Feisty Females” at Cornelia Street Cafe Friday, March 6 at 6 p.m. The event features readings and performances by five passionate, irreverent, and intense women writers, artists, and cultural leaders including poet and activist Hettie Jones; New York Times health and science writer Pam Belluck; post-punk, post-modern, post-traumatic prose artist Margot Olavarria; poet, novelist, and avid cyclist Marci Blackman; and writer, storyteller, and performer Beth Lisick. Three Rooms Press co-director Kat Georges hosts. MORE
 

Watery Self Event


Join Three Rooms Press and Mote Marine Laboratory at OUR WATERY SELVES, an evening with Dr. Stephen Spotte, to celebrate the release of his powerful new autobiography MY WATERY SELF: Memoirs of a Marine Scientist with special guest Mary Lou Johnson, award-winning photographer and author of THE LURE OF LONGBOAT KEY.
RSVP here

Under 26?

We Want Your Writing!


Hate your job? Unsure about your finances? Wonder where you’re going in life? Are you 26 or under? Sounds like you’re in the throes of your very own quarter-life crisis—which, coincidentally, is the name of our Short Story Competition for Writers 26 and Under! Send us your energy and your ambition, your emotion and your edgiest prose. We want characters who are indebted, who are Internet addicts, who work three jobs to support their art, or who still live with their moms—or who are moms. We want characters of all genders, nationalities, sexualities, ideologies, creeds, experiences, histories. We want the strong and the weak, the self-aware and those who reject reality. We’re celebrating the millennial—it’s time to proclaim who we are with our own damn voices. For full guidelines and to submit, click here

In the News . . .

 

ANTI: A theater review
by Ann Firestone Ungar

ANTI, an avant-garde one-act play by Peter Carlaftes, premiered in New York City to strong and sustained applause on February 23 at the Barrow Street Theatre.  Portrayed by skilled actresses, the characters Ave (an unfulfilled dreamer), Riddle (a subsidized rebel), and Pierce (a government stooge), meet backstage in a theater where there’s no show.   They live in a totalitarian society marked by sirens and sounds of chaos penetrating from outside.  Every action is observed, and yet the characters manage to retain their humanity.  Societal control is so strong that if you want to rob a bank, for example, there’s a bank you can go to and rob.  No problem.  You’re being watched, and, well, have a good time.  Read more  
 

Congratulations to our Goodreads Giveaway winners for My Watery Self and Teatrophy!

 

You still have a chance to win a free Advanced Reader Copy of Dark City Lights here.

Author Profile

Mwa ha ha! All Your Ron Dakron Are Ours

Ron Dakron talks books, lilacs, and Hello Devilfish! with 3RP editor Constance Renfrow

Hello Devilfish! began as a Tokyo bildungsroman that wandered into stasis. Meanwhile, the taboo-tweaking Hello Devilfish! narrator nudged his perky way through my sleeping brain slime—one of those rare writing coups where a character leaps up fully formed and raring to rave, mwah ha ha. I gave my monster from the Id (a la Forbidden Planet) free rein. Geeraa!
 
Read the full interview here.

Save the Date

Upcoming Three Rooms Press events

Friday, March 6: Women on Top: A celebration of Women in honor of National Women’s History Month, featuring Margot Olivierra (founding member of the Go-Go’s), Alice Bag (L.A. performance artist), Beth Lisick (author, Yokohama Three Way), Marci Blackman (author, Po Man’s Child), and Hettie Jones. 6 pm, Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC, $12 (includes free drink).

Thursday, March 12: Official launch for MY WATERY SELF: Memoirs of a Marine Scientist, by Stephen Spotte, with special guest Mary Lou Johnson, photographer and author of The Lure of Longboat Key. 5:30 pm, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Sarasota, Florida. Free admission.

Friday, April 3: 2nd annual CODE POETRY FESTIVAL, in honor of National Poetry Month. Details to come. 6 pm, Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC. $12 (includes free drink).

April 8-11, AWP Conference. Three Rooms Press will be at booth 204, with special offers on upcoming titles and our terrific backlist. Stop by the booth, mention this newsletter and win a free, super-cool gift! Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN.

“Spotte is a master storyteller, bringing to life the coal miners, gang members, and Inuits he meets on his travels . . . As an ode to watery places, this book is sometimes reminiscent of work by writers such as David James Duncan . . .” —Library Journal, Feb 2015
“New York is certainly the city of bright lights. No wonder it’s the city that never sleeps. How could it, without earplugs and a sleep mask? And yet it’s also the capital of Noir. Thus Dark City Lights.”
—Lawrence Block, from the Intro

All of us have a lot to learn from Beate Gordon--a woman with the courage to match her convictions..”
— Yoko Ono

Tech-No Prisoners. In full color. Includes work from Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Charles Plymell, Joel Hubaut, Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Alice Bag, Exene Cervenka, Giovanni Fontana, Fausto Grossi and more.
"Three joyously absurd plays"-Israel Horovitz. 

"Imagine Samuel Beckett staging Escape From New York"- SF Weekly


What's Up?

 

Events, Tidbits, and Highlights from 3RP Family and Friends


Richard Vetere will begin shooting the opening scenes of his new screenplay The Hipster Zombie Apocalypse this Spring. He will be making his directorial debut! In addition, a short film of his published poem On My 45th Birthday is currently being shot. He also just learned his poem Caravaggio, written in 1975, will be published in the Fall issue of 2 Bridges Review.
 
Lisa Panepinto says, "My poem 'elegy' was published in Pittsburgh City Paper on February 11, 2015." Check it out here.
 
Jane Ormerod is pleased to announce that she will be reading at Bluestockings on Tuesday, March 24, with Aimee Herman and Chavisa Woods. The free event goes from 7 to 9 p.m. at 172 Allen St, New York, NY 10002. She hopes to see you there!
 
Philip Meersman and his family welcomed a beautiful baby girl on February 19th. Kalina Meersman is 3,530 kg and 50,5 cm and is loud and kicking! Congrats to the family! 

Michael Fournier will be touring the West Coast. He writes, “San Francisco finds me on a bill with poet/comedian Bucky Sinister, as well as novelist Frank Portman, aka Dr. Frank of the Mr. T Experience, a band I saw play the Elvis Room in Portsmouth NH a bunch of times. All this will go down at Adobe Books.” He’ll also be making stops in Las Vegas and San Pedro, and finishing up in Minneapolis at AWP. Read more about Michael’s fantastic travels here
 
Constance Renfrow’s poem “I-5” was published in Restless at the start of February. Check it out here.
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