New Thomas Bernhard translation, James Carr and prison reform, millennials sing "Songs of my selfie," and more!
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New In Translation:

The First English Translation of Thomas Bernhard's First Book

November 13 marks the release date of one of our proudest moments here at Three Rooms Press: the release of the first English translation ever of world-renowned Austrian author Thomas Bernhard's first book, ON EARTH AND IN HELL, early poems, translated from the German by the remarkable Vienna-based poet Peter Waugh. 

The book caught the attention of famed poet Edward Hirsch, who raves, "These hard won-poems, these furious convulsions, by turns savage and tender, mark the beginning of Thomas Bernhard’s true work, his first startling blows. It is deeply illuminating to have them so wonderfully translated into English." 

National Book Award Winner Jaimy Gordon (Lord of Misrule) was likewise impressed. In her introduction, she writes, "In these poems, written in Bernhard’s mid-twenties . . . all the matter of the subsequent malicious laughter is there—the self-splitting disgust and nostalgia, the hyperbolic despair, the failed (desired but also scorned) glory, the juxtaposition of village idyll and doom, of scathing superiority and terminal degradation, of sex and nauseated frailty and exhaustion."

Official release date is November 10. But you can purchase your copy now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells Books, or your favorite Indie retailer. And if you're in the New York area, be sure to join 3RP Thursday, November 12, for the official launch event at Cornelia Street Cafe, featuring reading by Dale Peck, Lisa Dierbeck, Joshua Furst, Sophie Malleret, Choire Sicha, and hosts Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes. Details here

For more insight into Bernhard's work, read Dale Peck's excellent New York Times article Thomas Bernhard, the Alienator. And be sure to read the insightful review of ON EARTH AND IN HELL by Thomas Gagnon.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Three Rooms Press seeks creative works on the theme of "WARM/HUNGER" for MAINTENANT 10: A Journal of DADA Writing and Art. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of DADA. Deadline: December 31, 2015.

Contest Winners and Cover Reveal!

Songs of My Selfie:

A new anthology of short stories by and for millennial writers!

Millennials. Twenty-somethings. Unique little snowflakes. Taking selfies and Instagraming food, and on a particularly eventful day maybe live-Tweeting someone else’s breakup. Can’t exactly blame anyone for thinking it: millennials certainly sound obnoxious, right? Wrong.

Enter SONGS OF MY SELFIE: An Anthology of Millennial Stories edited by Constance Renfrow with Meagan Brothers (Three Rooms Press, 978-1-941110-40-9, April 2016). Last Spring 3RP held a contest and received a ton of compelling stories by edgy new writers all under age 26. Using a blind judging process, we selected the best 17 stories for the anthology, and worked with YA author Meagan Brothers to pick the top three for cash prizes. 

And the winners are . . .
1st Prize: ANGUS McLINN, for "Baby Teeth"
2nd Prize: JARED SHAFFER, for "Use without Pity"
3rd Prize: JOSHUA TUTTLE, for "On Call"

Big congratulations to the winners and ALL of those authors selected for this brilliant new anthology! Stay tuned for details about events in upcoming issues of News and Notes. And how about that fantastic cover, designed by up-and-coming millennial cover designer Victoria Bellavia (who also designed Weird Girl and What's His Name). This is gonna be fun! Preorder now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

The Writer's Life

Author Richard Vetere Reveals Secrets of Champagne and Cocaine and Hipster Zombies

By Constance Renfrow

Richard Vetere directs Hipster Zombie ApocalypseNovember is upon us once more—the month of Thanksgiving! We at 3RP are thankful for a plethora of things—like getting to work with veteran author and playwright, Richard Vetere. Vetere is the author of The Writers Afterlife (Three Rooms Press, 978-0988400887, 2014) and The Third Miracle (Carroll and Graf), which was adapted into a film starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche, and produced by renowned film maestro Francis Ford Coppola. Richard’s latest play Lady Macbeth and Her Lover was staged in this summer’s NYC International Fringe Festival. He is currently directing his a film of his screenplay The Hipster Zombie Apocalypse with principal photography beginning in 2016.
3RP: So, Richard, what are you reading right now?
RV: Nothing specific.  However I do look forward to the Arena section of the Wall Street Journal every Saturday/Sunday for the book reviews.
Do you have a favorite book?
Books on my shelf are John Keegan’s A History of Warfare, Caravaggio: A Life by Helen Langdon, How We Die by Sherwin B. Nuland, A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester, The World’s Religions by Huston Smith, Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean, Delmore Schwartz by James Atlas, and Smiley’s People by John Le Carre.  Read more

Save the Dates

Upcoming Three Rooms Press events:


Tribute to Thomas Bernhard
Thursday, November 12, 6 pm
Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

Three Rooms Press, with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum presents the New York City launch of the first English translation of maverick Austrian author Thomas Bernhard's first book, ON EARTH AND IN HELL (ISBN 978-1-94110-23-2, Three Rooms Press, bilingual (German-English)), which poet Edward Hirsch describes as “furious convulsions, by turns savage and tender.” Readers include author and cultural critic Dale Peck (The Law of Enclosures); novelist and nonfiction author Lisa Dierbeck (One Pill Makes You Smaller); award-winning novelist and playwright Joshua Furst (The Sabotage Cafe); poet and performance artist Sophie Malleret, and cultural commentator and editor Choire Sicha (Gawker, Radar, The Awl). Additional guest readers to be announced. 3RP co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host. Admission $9 includes a drink. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street between W. 4th and Bleecker, (212) 989-9319. Click here for more details.

Sunday, November 22, 6 pm
SPECS', San Francisco

Come to SPEC'S in North Beach, San Francisco, for an evening of disruptive Dada Performance Art featuring Bay Area contributors to 3RP's annual contemporary DADA journal, MAINTENANT (ISSN: 2333-2034). Hosted by 3RP co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. SPECS: 12 Saroyan Place (across from City Lights), San Francisco, (415) 421-4112

Prose! Poetry! Party! 3!
Friday, December 4, 6 pm
Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

Join us for the annual Three Rooms Press holiday party, featuring readings by a plethora of authors published by our fiercely independent selves! Great readings, fun door prizes, free drink with $9 admission. Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street between W. 4th and Bleecker, (212) 989-9319.

For additional information on any event, please visit our website at or drop us a line at

Coming soon: BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr. An unapologetic, brutal memoir from notorious 60s career criminal James Carr. A savage indictment of the American prison system, this classic release has new significance as part of a growing, urgent demand for prison reform. Preorder now.

Weird Girl and What's His Name
Are You a Weird?
Foreword Reviews loves Weird Girl and What's His Name:  This is a novel that transcends the LGBTQ genre, and it holds universal lessons for all. It is reminiscent of Judy Bloom’s Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret and Tiger Eyes in the way it tackles somewhat taboo subjects within a smoothly written narrative. It has all the makings to become a classic of this generation!! Now available on amazon, Barnes & Noble, & your favorite indie bookstore
"An edgy and urgent mystery in which the more that is left out, the more we are caught up in wonder. Therein lies the tension of the novel. The need to know and the author's smart dodge, leaking only what he wants known, one page at a time." —G.A. Hausman. Now available from amazon, Barnes & Noble, & your fave indie bookstore. LA launch Oct. 13 @ Skylight Books
“A magical diary: pithy, salient. Shows the great arc of an ever radiant revolutionary artist and activist. Judith Malina is still out in the vast sky of our Utopian Living Theatre hearts and minds.” —Anne Waldman, award-winning poet and performer. LA Launch: Oct. 14 @ Beyond Baroque; NYC Launch Oct. 26 @ Le Poisson Rouge. Pre-order now.

We Are So Grateful!

Giving Thanks from the Folks at Three Rooms Press

From left:
Kat Georges, Co-Director: "I am thankful for the chance to publish incredible books by brilliant authors and change the world. I am truly thankful for the ongoing support of my wonderful family and friends, as they watch dreams become reality."

Peter Carlaftes, Co-Director: "I am most thankful for the many rewards of being involved in a creative business geared toward keeping the legacy of literature alive in the world. I am also thankful for the many gifted authors and editors and our dedicated marketing team at PGW who generously help us enable the ability to fulfill our goals."

Constance Renfrow, Editor-in-Chief: "I'm super thankful for Kat and Peter, who are the best bosses an editor could ask for. And for all our wonderful, passionate authors, who have trusted us with their courageous words and stories."

Megan Zimlich, Media Outreach Coordinator: "I am thankful for the chance to publish incredible books by brilliant authors and change the world. I am truly thankful for the ongoing support of my wonderful family and friends, as they watch dreams become reality."

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