Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rose Metal Press and Barrelhouse Collaborate at Open Books

Join Rose Metal Press and Barrelhouse at Open Books as they present five fabulous Chicago writers of flash fiction and poetry…

What are Rose Metal Press and Barrelhouse? What’s flash fiction? Who will be there? Why does the earth rotate around the sun? Well, let me explain!

Rose metal is an alloy of 2-3 different metals. Rose Metal Press however, is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres (literary alloys!) and other works that transcend the typical classifications of poetry, fiction, and essay to create new forms of expression. While Rose Metal Press is busy with cross-bred works, Barrelhouse, a print and online journal, puts a funky spin on “music, art and the detritus of popular culture” via traditional publishing formats like interviews, poetry, and essays.

And flash fiction? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like, extremely brief fictional literature, also known as sudden fiction, microfiction, postcard fiction, prosetry and short short story. Still not sure what this means? Think of Ernest Hemingway’s powerful six-word tale- For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Joining forces at Open Books will be James Tadd Adcox, editor of Artifice Magazine; Mary Hamilton, author of the chapbook We Know What We Are; collaborative poets Philip Jenks and Simone Muench; and Tim Jones-Yelvington, author of the forthcoming short fiction chapbook, Evan’s House and the Other Boys Who Live There.

And finally, why does the Earth rotate around the Sun? Because of the pull of the Sun’s gravity, that’s why!

We hope to see you at Open Books for this wonderful evening on Wednesday July 28 at 7 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public!

Open Books
213 W. Institute Pl.