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Octopus Books and Tin House Join Forces

By Harriet Staff

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Remember last month when we announced the mutual buy-out between Octopus Books and Poor Claudia? Well, looks like Octopus Books has its sticky tentacles in more than one tryst! Tin House and Octopus Books are joining forces and embarking on a new collaborative series of poetry books. Here’s how Matthew Dickman, poetry editor at Tin House magazine, and Zachary Schomburg, editor at Octopus Books, describe the venture:

We represent two different types of small presses, with two different aesthetics, and two different audiences, but we’re both based in a city that has a palpable collaborative energy that is proving itself every day. And at a time when many larger presses are thinning their poetry rosters, we wonder if publishing collaboratively is a model that presses are missing out on, a model that smaller independent presses are capable of, because there is nothing to lose in teaming up to publish books for a multiplied and overlapped audience. This is a model that is necessary for a new kind of conversation to begin, not to see how we can meet in the middle, but how we can meet at the edges.

Dickman and Schomburg have chosen Brandon Shimoda’s Portuguese as the inaugural book. It’ll be published March 12, 2013. And in 2014, Portuguese will be followed by Bianca Stone’s Someone Else’s Wedding Vows.

These first two books signal a great partnership between Tin House and Octopus. New conversations. Meeting at the edges. Look out for more to come. And hop over to read more on the rich, electric Portuguese and prepare for its arrival!

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.