From Our Friends at (formerly) GlitterPony, Now “Natural History Press”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2013 by ndemske

Rest in peace, GlitterPony.  You were a wonderful online journal–one of the first I really got into and enjoyed.  I look forward to seeing where you go as Natural History Press (see newsletter they sent out below for details):

Natural History Press

Dear GlitterPony Friends,

Hello! It’s been a long while since we’ve contacted you with an GP update. We have a few things we’d like to share with you:

  • The future of GlitterPony and the new Natural History Press.
  • Our first book!
  • Kickstarter
  • The future of this mailing list.

As some of you know, we have ceased active publication of the magazine. Jon and I made this decision after thirteen awesome issues and seven awesome years as co-editors. We are not sure, what if anything, will happen to GlitterPony, but we definitely felt that it was time to move on to the next chapter in our publishing endeavor.

So, it is with great pride that we announce the start of Natural History Press. Natural History will publish poetry books beginning in Spring of 2013. Andy Morgan’s book will be our first book, and we are super excited to bring his writing to you all.

We feel that Natural History is the logical next step in our work together, and we hope you will join us as we begin this process. If you feel so inclined, please take a look at our KickStarter campaign. We are on our way to raising the funds to properly put together Andy’s book and begin our press, but we have a long way to go. We hope you consider making a small contribution to or efforts.

We will be converting this list over to our new Natural History Press list. If you wish to be removed, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Thanks for your continued support and consideration. We could not have made it this far without you!

All the best,

Jon Link & Natalie Lyalin

News from Woodland Pattern

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2012 by ndemske

Hey friends,


just wanted to bring some quick attention to Woodland Pattern Book Center.  It’s my favorite bookstore anywhere (it’s in Milwaukee) and it’s an especially important time of year for them because their annual poetry marathon is happening next month.  Not only will I be a part of that, but I have helped gether an hour of all-Racine (Wisconsin) poets to read from the hour of 9-10pm.  If you’re willing to sponsor me for that–and help Woodland Pattern sustain their fantastic mission–check out the poetry marathon web page, here.  And, if you’re a Racine poet reading this and you want to be part of the marathon with our group, just drop me a line.  Thanks, happy holidays and yay poetry; yay Woodland Pattern.

From Fence Mag/Books

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2012 by ndemske


Tremendous thanks for the overwhelming response to our new Prize in Prose, to be judged this year by Rivka Galchen, and awarded this year to a novel. We look forward to diving into the many entries received. A long, coldish winter of novel-reading lies ahead, and we love it.


Writer-people, Fence is again accepting new submissions in Poetry, Fiction, & Other. Submit online through January 10, 2013. We want to read you, love you, render you in ink & pressed wood.


  • Eyelid Lick, Donald Dunbar: Winner of the Fence Modern Poets Prize, this collation of psychedelia & collective intimacy continues to impress. Seth Abramson: “Few books of poetry cavort as gleefully as Eyelid Lick…and it’s for this reason that few books of poetry, or indeed few objects of literary art, are as immediately enjoyable.”
  • Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, Hannah Gamble: Tony Hoagland calls this book “a poetic joy” while Bruce Smith says Gamble is “a domestic mystic along the lines of Emily Dickinson, Anne Bradstreet, or Gaston Bachelard.” The poems expose the viscera of the everyday, its familiarity & absurdity remade through language. Selected by Bernadette Mayer for the National Poetry Series.
  • Mellow Actions, Brandon Downing: Whispering down the wind on the heels of his beguiling collage & found poem masterpiece Lake Antiquity, this highly-anticipated new modern classic from Brandon Downing limns the vernacular with supernatural canniness—canines—& dreamlike cultural excess.
  • 88 Sonnets, Clark Coolidge: Rebecca Wolff’s favorite poet Clark Coolidge’s embrace of the sonnet form is a gemlike amalgam of narrative urge, poppy name-dropping, & pure visuality. Coolidge’s legendary proliferation—as many as ten sonnets in a single day—marries the stunning variety of his intellect on the mountaintop of formal inquiry.


The Motherwell Prize—which recently and in its earliest incarnation as the Alberta Prize has brought to light some of the brightest-shining women poets, including Chelsey Minnis, Sasha Steensen, Laura Sims, Ariana Reines, and Harmony Holiday—has shed its skin yet again to emerge as the Ottoline Morrell Prize. All hail Lady Ottoline, beloved undersung patron of the Bloomsbury Group. The Ottoline Morrell Prize will award publication and a cash prize to a book of poems by a woman writing in English who has previously published one or more full-length collections of poetry. Ears peeled for more details.


Fence editor Rebecca Wolff & mega-alien rockstar genius-girlchild poet Ariana Reines will be teaching in the Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania, from July 14 through July 27. These two join Eileen Myles, Glyn Maxwell, José Manuel Prieto, Alex Halberstadt & more. For more information or to apply, visit the Summer Literary Seminars. Every applicant receives a complimentary year of Fence.

Yours ever,

Rebecca Wolff & Rob Arnold
Fence Editors Speaking as One

Jane Yeh poems are good. Poetry events in Racine are good.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2012 by ndemske

Here’s a very immediately enjoyable poem by Jane Yeh, who I’ve never heard of before, in the Boston Review.  It’s called “On Ninjas.”  The first line is “They eat four-cheese pizzas with three of the cheeses removed.”  Yes.

Hey, do you like really fun things?  Come to this tonight:

7PM (doors open 6:30)
Sarah Towle (Racine)
Dan Nielsen (Racine)
Kathleen Rooney  (Chicago)
Joel Craig (Chicago)
& Nick Twemlow (Iowa City)
Killer.  I’ll see you there.  I can’t wait.  I love you.

I read in Cleveland/ Dan Nielsen writes in Wisconsin

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2012 by ndemske

Yo Fam,
I have done nearly no readings lately, but I am really excited to be going to Ohio soon to do two next week.  Here is the info for one, at John Caroll University.  My poetry hero Phil metres is hosting it, and I get to read with another writer and publisher I have mad love for, Matvei Yankelevich:

Nick Demske and Matvei Yankelevich

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    • 7:00pm in EDT
  • Join us for two dynamite poets… who will detonate your mind.
    Rodman Hall A, John Carroll Universit

And here’s info for the reading right after that, which I get to do with another killer, rather insane writer, Frank Giampietro:

    • Thursday, October 11, 2012
    • 7:30pm until 9:30pm in EDT
      Cleveland State University Student Center Room 313/315, 2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH 44115
      Please join the Cleveland State University Poetry Center for an evening of poetry with Nick Demske and Frank Giampietro.

      This event is free and open to the public.

      So go to those, if you’re anywhere near Cleveland.
      One other thing I wanted to post–Dan Nielsen, a writer who lives here in my fine city of Racine Wisconsin, has been writing and publishing like a fiend lately, and I just wanted to share the most recent thing I read of his.  It’s a short short called “Frozen Pizza,” published by the online mag Frostwriting.  It takes nanoseconds to read.  It, indeed, made me laugh out loud.  But, while all of Dan’s writing is really strong with humor, it’s also always really sad and simple and strange.  So go into the story having impossibly high expectations.  Thank you.
      Here’s a video of Dan reading in the BONK! series I help run:
      And I highly suggest buying his chapbook, which is mentioned in his bio there, below Frozen Pizza.  It’s really great, takes about ten minutes to read and is somewhere in between Basho and a 21st century Henny Youngman.  Weird, hilarious, twisted little snippet poem jokes.  It’s great.  One of my favorite chapbooks of the last few years.
      Okay, see you in Cleveland.

New Melissa Czarnik Video

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2012 by ndemske

Do you know who the Milwaukee feminist hip hop emcee Melissa Czarnik is? You do now. This is one of my favorite songs and videos of hers to date, so give it four minutes of your day. And there you go. Life is better already.

Bill Murray reading Wallace Stevens

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 28, 2012 by ndemske

I submit to the fact that I love this completely. Thanks to Boston Review for bringing my attentions to it. Enjoy.