A happy day for the Chicago literary community: My friend Jason Behrends, runner of both the cultural website What To Wear During An Orange Alert and its sister company Orange Alert Press, has just announced their latest project, an experimental manuscript called Prose. Poems. A Novel. by Atlanta-based Jamie Iredell. Jamie was born in California, moved to Reno, Nevada for his Bachelor's and Master's degrees, then headed to Atlanta for his PhD; apparently this newest manuscript of his is exactly as it sounds, a series of prose poems that all add up by the end to tell one overarching book-length narrative tale. You can preorder the book at the Orange Alert website for a mere twelve bucks, which I highly encourage you to do; Jason has proved himself over the last few years to be a great arbiter of taste and high-quality work, and I'm positive that his latest project will be well worth your time.
And don't forget, by the way, that CCLaP Publishing is mere weeks away from releasing its latest original book too, the novella Too Young to Fall Asleep by local author Sally Weigel, concerning a poetry-writing female high-school senior and Radiohead fan in the Chicago suburbs who ends up volunteering for the Iraq War, and all the complicated reasons why a person in that position might do such a thing. As always, I'm on the search for people who wouldn't mind doing a volunteer proofreading of the manuscript in the week before its publication, to help catch all the typos that might've slipped both Sally's and my attention; if interested, please just drop me a line at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com and let me know.