Andrew Shuta — MontevidayoSpork

We've got an interview about publishing and genre on Joyelle McSweeney's most recent article on Montevidayo. Check it out here.
05.04.11 @ 08:21 AM CST [read]

Drew Burk — I get in arguments sometimes (Sorry, Jules. Sorry HG)

In the course of rejecting submissions, I get to points where I'm arguing that it's not the form that's the problem. Despite the fact that I generally dislike the form in question, I dislike it less when done properly... but I wouldn't feel the loss were I to never see it again. And the reply I most often get is that the form in question's time-honored and valid and wondrous and was used to great effect by so and so, and then I, sometimes (times when I'm still saying things, where I feel like for some reason it's really really important that I get this point across, so I say it and I say it and I) say No, I get that—it's a preference on my part, I know, I'm so fully aware of that and that's not what this is about anyway (that I'm arguing at all, ever, mystifies me—what's the point of it? By this point I've usually looked up the person and yeah, it's happened enough that it's meaningful for me to say usually, and I've often gathered that they're undergrads or early-grads and so this is to be expected and I'm not gonna win anyway. Post-grads and non-students don't argue, in my experience, they converse, and it's nice. But there's these times where I feel it's important, if nothing else, to stand my ground and if nothing else, put some little seed in there that maybe hopefully makes them pause a little and question themselves, if only privately, if only silently, and maybe they'll revisit this bad thing they've done, maybe revise, maybe honestly acknowledge that they half-assed it, or maybe find a legitimate justification for doing the shit they did—I'm all about the legitimate justification... might not make me like a thing any better, but I'll feel less bad about the whole thing and maybe even give a Right On [though never a high-five]).

Forget that I dislike the form, I say, what I'm saying is despite the fact that I dislike it, you done went and fucked it up. You did it wrong. That's what I'm saying. I'm saying you did it wrong. But folk feel that since I'm no fan of it I'm just gonna hate anything where it's attempted. And then I'm thinking that my bias and preference is gonna make me more sensitive to its success or failure.

So, folk that I argued with about it, despite the fact that you're not reading this, I'm saying that I. Fontana, in this week's piece, he did that thing I hate so much (or at least dislike so strongly), and he did it well, in a calm and translucent kind of way, as though he was just writing it, like that's how a thing should be written... rather than what y'all seem to do, with your hyperawareness of intent and shit understanding of form... like all you gotta do on the rez is pop a few feathers in your trucker cap (your post-post-post ironic trucker cap, yeah you fucking win already) and give a palm-up "How" to everyone you meet and you'll fit in just fine.

Stuffy dead white folk, they got feelings too, you know? Show some fucking respect.
04.10.11 @ 10:36 PM CST [read]

Drew Burk — New Podcast -- "When God Came Back I Became Alone" by James DiGiovanna, performed by Steve Krolikowski

The story: "When God Came Back I Became Alone" by James DiGiovanna

The performer: Steve Krolikowski of Repeater and Fear and the Nervous System.

This is one of my favorites. We've been not doing podcasts for a while, in part due to the prevalence of simple readings of pieces, and my lack of interest in doing the same thing that everyone else is doing. Also, there's the idea that I don't really like doing anything simple anyway, except, of course, when I do.

Our intent is to be more regular about these things. Subscribe to our podcast here.
04.09.11 @ 01:05 AM CST [read]

Andrew Shuta — G-lectroGothmo show

We've got a show coming up and you should go. Summer time vinyl... give us funds.

03.28.11 @ 08:26 AM CST [read]

Drew Burk — Weekly Fiction, two weeks ago.

I like this piece: Three Animals by Colin Winnette.

I'm keeping it up front. Read it again.
03.27.11 @ 11:09 PM CST [read]

Drew Burk — Two new chapbooks for release March 26


On March 26th we're releasing (in alphabetical order) Joyelle McSweeney's "The Necropastoral" and Heather Palmer's "Complements, Of Us"

Both are available for pre-order now. All pre-orders will ship on or before the 26th. Get yours here.
03.16.11 @ 07:24 PM CST [read]

Drew Burk — Higher and higher. We movin on up.

Dear Sir/Ma
We are Pinnacle Trading International, we deal with books in local and foreign languages, we found your website and we would like to purchase books from you ASAP. We selected some books from your online catalog, We would like you to make an invoice for payment and deliver the books to Dubai . Here is the list of books needed :

Jake Levine "The Threshold of Erasure" x 250 copies
Gordon Massman "Core Sample" x 200 copies

Best Regards,

Carson James(Managing Director)
Pinnacle Trading LLC
TEL:Tel: +971554957000


Hi. This is Drew Burk, the publisher and lead binder for Spork Press.

We are more than happy to fill your order, but as we are a small press dealing only in handbound books, such an undertaking would need, at minimum, a 50% deposit, which would be, at 7 dollars per book, $3150.

If this arrangement is suitable for you, we will gladly begin production.


Drew Burk


Hello Drew,
we are willing to pay the cost in full to enable us get the items ASAP. we also want them to be sent to us via UPS, so you can include the shipping cost too. However, we will be making payments via bank transfer, so we will need your bank details for payment. Hope to hear from you soonest.

Best regards,

Carson James(Managing Director)
Pinnacle Trading LLC
TEL:Tel: +971554957000


Hi, you are my friend, I feel this, and I'm writing you in need of your trust and assurance in friendship and love of reading.

My father was an official in a large US press during the Bush years. In his time as capacitator he amassed a substantial library but before he was able to shelve all his books he was tragically crushed in a remainderlanche of Vollman and Pynchon and it is in this our friendship hinges our opportunity.

All that is required is that you make a small deposit of two full sets of the OED upon my shelves, in which boxes I will be enabled fully to begin, via 'return to sender' protocols, the transfer of my family's vast library. As my friend in this endeavor I will give you all the extra Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl, plus redundant Batman titles

Sincerely in anticipation of our continued friendship,

Drew Burk
Spork Press
03.01.11 @ 01:10 AM CST [read]