Ed Steck Brings The Garden (and American Books) to NYC—Saturday!
Yes, oh yes! Up-and-coming writers Ed Steck and Jeremy Hoevenaar celebrate new books this Saturday at Brooklyn's Pierogi Gallery.
That's right, this Saturday, November 2nd, American Books and UDP co-present the release party for Ed Steck's The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (UDP) as well as the first full-length book of poetry from American Books--Jeremy Hoevenaar's Cold Mountain Mirror Displacement.
The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation, published by Ugly Duckling Presse's "Dossier Series," is, as the ducks put it, "Composed in part from technical military intelligence text... a formally complex representation of cultural brain damage, the damage left by war in language and thought."
From The Garden--
The garden is a figment simultaneously in chorus as synthetic, marketable and utopist; materialist, naturalist, and public; melancholic, solid, and minimal; baroque, isolated, and somnambulant; one-dimensional, inaccessible, and stationary; architectural, serial, and regulatory. The garden is an entrance. The garden is a complicated hinge.
Cold Mountain Mirror Displacement is the first full-length book of poetry published by American Books, a new publishing collaborative that Steck contributes to, with Brett Price (Brooklyn) and Natalie Haeusler (Berlin, Paris). Jeremy Hoevenaar is a poet residing in Baltimore, MD.
From Cold Mountain Mirror Displacement--
Difficult the path that leads
to the home I’ve chosen, flayed by neon
greetings, hithering flights
of technomancy, invisible progressive
deteriorations, and the sub-audible
groveling of infant interiorities. Put on
your genius pants and welcome the future
captions of America. Prepare the warm
embrace. The world does love
a lumbering consensus. Your resolution’s current
cruising altitude proves the ceiling.
About American Books
American Books is a press started by Natalie Haeusler, Brett Price, and Ed Steck in 2011. American Books will make visible and legible the work of a wide range of contemporary artists and writers and will take a variety of forms, from books and other physical objects of critical and creative work, to interviews, reviews, and more.
We wish to facilitate a contemporary conversation by putting forth art and writing that re-positions the term “American” . It is a statement of re-visioning national identity by promoting a counter-conversation that is not necessarily counterculture but is countering in its creative execution. “American” as a template.
American Books is operated by three individuals without financial backing – all of the money made from the books, events, and projects is used to fund future books, events, and projects.
Brooklyn, Berlin/Paris, Pittsburgh
Come to Pierogi Gallery this Saturday at 8:00 PM to celebrate Hoevenaar and Steck's new books in the world! Pierogi Gallery is located at 177 North 9th Street in Brooklyn. More info here.