Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jacket2 launches "Global Conceptualisms"

New international commentary on conceptualisms
Read the first installment here. 
It began with a conversation. 

The publication of Notes on Conceptualisms in Danish drew Vanessa Place, who co-authored the book with Robert Fitterman, and Tania Ørum into discussion at a symposium held at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Ørum, Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, questions Place on the book, the concept of conceptualism, and Place's own conceptual practice. The complete dialogue comprises the first in a string of commentaries between conceptual writers from around the world—the "Global Conceptualisms" series initiated and curated by Vanessa Place.

Follow the commentary and map the role geography plays in conceptual writing.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Allemann wins the 2012 Heimrad Bäcker prize

Congratulations to Urs Allemann!

Allemann received the 2012 Heimrad Bäcker Prize, awarded annually for experimental literature written in German. 

The jury said of Allemann's work:

In Urs Allemann’s poetry, something universal becomes clear: the fact that construction and destruction are two sides of the same coin, just like tradition and innovation. Because producing something new means breaking down what one has been given into its elemental parts and precisely through this process reconstructing it. In this way, Urs Allemann maintains the tradition of the sonnet and the ode, breaking them down and putting them back together in new and unforeseeable ways. Allemann’s poetry is dialectical, and it allows us to be cognizant participants in what we can call, without any hyperbole, history.

For more, read Elizabeth Hall's interview with Urs Allemann, or check the Babyfucker Blog Project, a series of responses to babyfucker, published by Les Figues Pree.  You can also visit the Urs Allemann page on Facebook. 

You can also listen to the managing editor of Conjunctions read the beginning of Allemann's "Jo's Murder Game" from their most recent issue.

Congratulations again to Urs Allemann!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

4th Annual Les Figues Garden Party

"Oh no, I missed Les Figues' 4th Annual Garden Party.... I feel incomplete, like the me that went would have been a better, fuller me."

"Well I did go, and it was amazing, and I only wish that I could show you a fraction of what I experienced there."

I'm happy to report that there is finally a remedy to both problems. Four glorious videos from the Garden Party are now available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Watch or re-watch readings by Michael du Plessis, as well as the reading/performance of selections from I'll Drown My Book by NECKLINE. Click right here to see them!

Monday, June 4, 2012


At the Les Figues booth at the Pasadena Litfest, we asked visitors to annotate select Figues books by adding their own questions, concerns, footnotes, flights of fancy, and new narratives to the existing texts.
We had such a blast illustrating and notating that we decided to make the Annotations Project an ongoing adventure. Throughout the summer, we will continue posting selections from the project. Below you can check some of the additions made to Amina Cain's I Go to Some Hollow and aesthetic essays from TrenchArt: Surplus by Kim Rosenfield and Mark Rutkoski.

annotationsproject004  annotationsproject005



Friday, June 1, 2012

Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest 2012

We are now accepting submissions for the 2012 Les Figues NOS Book Contest

(NOS: not otherwise specified)

Sina Queyras will judge.

Send us your poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press.

There is a $25 entry fee; every entrant receives a TrenchArt title of her/his choice. Multiple entries allowed, though each entry requires a separate fee. Enter multiple times and receive multiple TrenchArt books!

Submit to Les Figues Press