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Jacob Knabb wrote a pretty sweet little ditty, along with photos from last Saturday night’s event. I’ve included an excerpt below:

King Beer is Wasted: Green Lantern Press hosts a release party for *CLOPS* & *The Wasteland and Other Poems*

Chicago in Books, Readings Archived, Readings Rated by Jacob on Sunday 2 May 2010 at 12:30 pm

On Saturday, May 1st, Green Lantern Press hosted a release party for their current author Devin King’s book-length poem *CLOPS* and John Beer’s ‘best-selling’ Canarium Books release *The Wasteland and Other Poems*. A crowd of around 40 souls attended and were treated to Devin’s splendid singing, a nice sampling from CLOPS, and an experimental poem involving personal favorites Lux Interior and Skeeter Davis (among others). John Beer followed with a poetic cycle from his book (that originally appeared in Another Chicago Magazine #47) entitled “The Perfumed Crypt, or Four Quarters in Eight Bits,” which was accompanied by a slide-show featuring Uma Thurman and a ruinous castle. Afterward, drinks were had, conversations were held, and we were ushered forth into the spring night with red wine and Shiner Bock in our ‘broken mouths.’.

You can read the whole article, along with photographs taken by Jacob himself by going here.

we also got this write up in chicago now about the book release last weekend. i posted some of it below….

Tomorrow night Green Lantern Press will celebrate the release of three new titles. Devin Kings long poem CLOPS, a new translation of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell by Nick Sarno andThe Concrete of Tight Places by Justin Andrews. I’ve read both CLOPS and Andrews’ book, and there are both quality releases. Given the title of the book I knew there would be some “tight places” discussed, but Andrews finds himself surrounded by bodies, by boarders, by the struggles to survive. The moments that he chooses to describe give the book that feeling of being grounded in reality. What was most fascinating is that he is describing states with countries that I had to look up just to make sure they existed. These are places you would never dream of visiting, but now you have a guide to tell you how to visit and what to look out for. Even when he is discussing the gentler side of Guerrilla Armies you can feel the exotic realism in the work. The Concrete of Tight Places was printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer, this book is an adventure that has its own unwashed and unseen beauty.

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On Saturday, May 1st 2010 The Green Lantern will host a book release, celebrating three new titles from The Green Lantern Press: Devin Kings long poem CLOPS, a new translation of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell* by Nick Sarno and The Concrete of Tight Places, an unusual guidebook by Justin Andrews that provides a“halucinatory tour of the world.” To commemorate this release, you are cordially invited to readings by Devin King and John Beer (Canarium Books, The Wasteland and Other Poems) at 7pm at the former Green Lantern Gallery space, 1511 N Milwaukee Ave., second floor, Chicago IL 60622.

During this event, all Green Lantern Press books will be available at a $5 discount.

*Proceeds from A Season In Hell will go to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital

—about the readers—

As per CLOPS. : Using lyrical language, repetition and abstraction, King retells the Odyssey representing the original characters as surface icons who move in and out of the first person. Implicating the reader in the action of war, King reforms the epic. Printed in an edition of 250 with color plates by artist Brian McNearneyDevin King lives and works in Chicago.

John Beer’s first book, The Waste Land and Other Poems, was published by Canarium Books in April 2010.  His work has appeared in Verse, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Crowd, and elsewhere.

Other Forthcoming Events at 1511 N Milwaukee (whilst we keep looking for The New Space which will one day (fingers crossed) happen):

Friday April 23rd8pm

As part of the Robert Duncan Symposium, The Green Lantern hosts a reading organized by The Chicago Poetry Project featuring Stephen Collis, Joseph Donahue, Siobhán Scarry and Brian Teare

Tuesday May 4th 7pm

The Parlor, a monthly reading series and podcast, is pleased to have Rob Elder come and read excerpts from his forthcoming book, Last Words of The Executed, (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

May 18th 7:30 pm

Jenny Boully will read as part of The Chicago Poetry Project’s on-going series.

June 15th 7:30pm

Brenda Cardenas will read as part of The Chicago Poetry Project’s on-going             series.

for more information regarding any of these events please contact Caroline Picard at

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I wanted to send you all a shout out, since we’re very happy and fortunate and psyched to say that the catalogue has been updated! That means that you can buy our books on line, via the green lantern press website. Which is supersweet, right?

Go here to check it out. All you need is a paypal account-

Some of our latest titles include:


by Arthur Rimbaud
translated by Nick Sarno

A new translation of the groundbreaking work of French Symbolism. Featuring color plates by artist Gerald Bacasa. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer.



by Stephanie Brooks

Love Is a Certain Kind of Flower is an extensive index of love metaphors culled from poems ranging from the classics to sentimental greeting card verse. Continuing in Brooks’ deconstruction of Romance, Love Is… provides an amusing and sometimes poignant reference for emotive description.

Love Is a Certain Kind of Flower is number two in the Pocket Lantern Series.
Printed in an edition of 250.



nominated for the 2009 Lambda Literary Prize

by Terri Griffith

Liz is an employee at The Unified Telecommunications Credit Union, a job she has not missed a day of for three years. In between her daydreams of moving someplace warm, she peers at the bank account of her former lover, runs background checks on herself, attempts to dodge the young girl she has started an affair with, and hopes to reconnect with her missing sister. At first glance, it may seem as though very little happens over the course of the novel, but before long the minor events which seem so unimportant build upon one another until they collapse completely, as Liz forces herself to explore the depths a person will go to be alone.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer. Featuring a color plate by LA artist Zoe Crosher. 2009



by Ashley Donielle Murray

n. pl. fas·ci·ae 1. Anatomy A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body. 2. The debut collection of short fiction by Ashley Donielle Murray.

Like the tissues binding the heart to its arteries, the stories in Murray’s collection describe the threads, sometimes thin, sometimes strong, that connect daughter to father, husband to wife, and ourselves to our own histories. Each story is its own quiet revelation and has the ability to bind the reader to the book long after the covers have been closed.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer. 2009


I’m happy to announce that Two With Water, a new Chicago-based literary and art magazine is celebrating the release of its first print issue with a show at the Empty Bottle on Tuesday, December 8th, and we’d love to see you there!

Showcasing the talent of emerging authors and artists, Two With Water strives to engage a diverse audience through the dynamically integrated artwork and design.  The literature includes short fiction and creative nonfiction, poems, and an interview with the local rock poet Thax Douglas.

A diverse lineup of bands will play the release party: mixed media performer Rainbo Video, soul funk band The Right Now, rock-opera musicians Dead Superheroes Orchestra, and garage-rock band ten-speed.

Denise Dooley, Bobby Evers, and Nick Sarno will read their work.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door and can be purchased at  Copies of Two With Water will be available.

For more information visit

Please feel free to forward this information (and the attached flier) widely–we are hoping our release party can serve as a means to connect with others in the literary world and beyond.

As always, we are continuously seeking submissions for Issue 2 as well…


Becca Roberts
and Two With WaterTwo W

Our Forthcoming Catalogue

August 13, 2009



Details on release venues TBA please contact Caroline Picard : for more information


a reprint of an original 1821 newspaper with excerpts from Captain Parry’s log, an essay by John Huston & end notes by transcriber/poet Lily Robert-Foley printed in an edition of 250 w/ silkscreen covers & limited edition 7” record provided by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $30


by Stephanie Brooks. Released in tadem with The North Georgia Gazette, Love is Like a Kind of Flower lists the various nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs to which love is compared. Printed in an edition of 250 w/ color plates by author/artist 2009 $10


by Terri Griffith. A debut novel about a self-sabotaging Credit Union employee, a cold woman at odds with and alone in the world. In the absense of her lover, she seduces her lover’s sister, wades through old storage units and wonders after her own absent family. Printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $20


a collection of short stories by Ashley Donielle Murray printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $20


The ARC Digest is meant to archive in print, the activities of Chicago’s artist-run spaces between 1999-2009. Included are introductory essays by the curators; a set of interviews between Dan Gunn and the spaces participating in the Hyde Park Art Center’s summer exhibition Artists Run Chicago, short visual or text essays by additional spaces and a series of short essays and responses by participants, critics and historians of artist-run activities. Published w/ threewalls and scheduled for release at HPAC on October 30th. Printed in an edition of 500, 2009 $20


by Justin Andrews. An untraditional travel guide that re-inserts the exotic by way of abstraction. Printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $20


by Devin King. Using lyrical language, repetition and abstraction, King retells the Odyssey representing Penelope, Odysseus, the city and Patrokles at once. Printed in an edition of 250 w/ color plates by artist Brian McNearney 2009 $10


a new translation by Nick Sarno III. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Christmas. 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $20


GOD BLESS THE SQUIRREL CAGE by Nicholas Sarno III printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Mat Daly 2006 $20 URBESQUE a collection of short stories by Moshe Zvi Marvit printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Mat Daly 2006 $20 ARTS ADMINISTRATOR’S SKETCHBOOK edited by Elizabeth Chodos & Kerry Schneider printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Mat Daly 2007 $20 LUST & CASHMERE by A.E. Simns winner of the 2008 IPPY Independant Voice award printed in an edition of 500 with silk screen covers by Alana Bailey 2007 $20 FRAGMENTS by David Carl printed in an edition of 500 with silk screen covers by Alana Bailey 2008 $20 TALKING WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL with essays by Lori Waxman, Claire Pentecost & Carrie Lambert-Beattie printed in an edition of 250 2008 $10


PAPER & CARRIAGE VOLS. 1, 2 &3 a limited edition publication with silkscreen covers by Dan MacAdam of Crosshair, Sean Stuckey and Dan Wang. Published with threewalls $18/ea. Vol 1 nominated for the Utne Reader Award, Best New Publication 2008 PHONEBOOK 2007/2008 : ANNUAL INDEX OF ALTERNATIVE ART SPACESedited by Shannon Stratton & Caroline Picard $10 PHONEBOOK 2008/2009 : ANNUAL INDEX OF [….]  ARTSPACES edited by Shannon Stratton & Caroline Picard $15


August 12, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard


I’ll be the first to admit that blog posts have been pretty weak lately. While I don’t apologize for the Minutes (I’ve had a good time writing those), additional posts over the course of the day have been scarce at best. Rest assured, that only points to a rash of interior activitiy; that is, activity behind the scenes.

You see, Nick is moving out to Chicago with Paulina. The three of us are going to try to work out the next manifestation of the Green Lantern. That means finding a new space, getting all the licensing in place etc. The point is, they are moving this September, so they’ve been busy. Meantime, I’ve been looking at some new spaces and laying out our new books…all of that. So you see. It’s been busy.

The first books we’re going to release are the North Georgia Gazette and Stephanie Brooks’ “Love Is Like a A Flower.” What is awesome is that the Whistler is kind enough to host a release party on Tuesday September 1st. Lily Robert-Foley will be in town and will read from her excerpts, a second reader (TBA) will read excerpts from other parts of the book. Following that, Devin King and Mike Thibaut will do a reading/performance in response to the Gazette and following that, Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer will do a live music performace. This event will be free. It will start at 8pm and it should be amazing. I’m trying to convince John Huston to make it. Again, we’ll see.

Also that first week in September, 57th Street Books has also agreed to host a reading/release down in Hyde Park. Those details will be posted shortly, but if you’d rather check us out down in Hyde Park, the more the merrier.

The future is boring

July 25, 2009

Posted by Nick Sarno

It used to be that if I met a girl I  would ask for her phone number. Sometimes the girl would give it to me. To give me her number, she would have to write it on a scrap of paper. I didn’t always have a pen in my pocket, or scraps of paper either, and there was always a moment of tension as she poked through her purse, looking for something with which to write. If she wanted to give me her number, and had a pen, and a scrap of paper, she would write it down and give it to me. Then, a few days later, I would call. Sometimes she would pick and up and sometimes she wouldn’t. If she didn’t, I would leave a message on the answering machine or with her roommate. And then the waiting came. And the wondering. If she didn’t call back that evening or the next day, I would have to wonder if she got the message. Maybe her roommate forgot to give it to her. Maybe the message was accidentally deleted. Maybe to roommate wrote my number down and stuck it on the refrigerator but, later, getting herself a snack, she opened the refrigerator and the piece of paper with my number on it fell down and slipped between that dirty crack between the fridge and the cabinets. Maybe I should call again. But then she might think I’m coming on too strong, like I’m a stalker or something. I mean, who does she think she is? Was my message weird? I’m going to call again…no, wait, that would be weird. What would I say if the machine picked up again? I’ll call her Thursday. There’s that party on Friday…I could make it seem casual or something. Like, “just to let you know, there’s this party tomorrow night, maybe I’ll see you there.” Something like that. My roommate better get hang up that phone. He’s been on there for, like, a half hour already. Whose mother has that much to say? What if she’s calling now? Christ, why didn’t we get call waiting?

Good times. But those are all gone now.

Wired has a list of a hundred other things that are gone now, too.

Audio-Visual Entertainment

Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.

Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds.

Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to today’s teenager.

The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel.

Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room.

Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control.

High-speed dubbing.

8-track cartridges.

Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.

Betamax tapes.


Laserdisc: the LP of DVD.

Scanning the radio dial and hearing static between stations. (Digital tuners + HD radio b0rk this concept.)

Shortwave radio.

3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.

Watching TV when the networks say you should. Tivo and Sky+ are slowing killing this one.

That there was a time before ‘reality TV.’

Computers and Videogaming

Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long

The scream of a modem connecting.

The buzz of a dot-matrix printer

5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.

Using jumpers to set IRQs.


Terminals accessing the mainframe.

Screens being just green (or orange) on black.

Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it.

Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID.

Counting in kilobytes.

Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.

Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.

Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.


Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.

Booting your computer off of a floppy disk.

Recording a song in a studio.

Read the rest here.

Editing Sarah Palin

July 21, 2009

Posted by Nick Sarno

Okay, good. As many of you may already know, or have heard, Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska has resigned and is no longer the governor of Alaska. She had done many things for Alaskans and for Alaska, both in Alaska and as vice presidential nominee, none of which were politics as usual but, rather, looking forward to building the road to the future, a smaller government, and support our troops. In a speech outside of her home in the great state of Alaska, she gave her reasons for her resignation, such as wasteful spending, the success of her administration and continuing that administration’s success, and creating more special needs babies. While some may be content to see a big government wasting tax payer’s hard earned money, many of you are not, and neither is she. By stepping down, she has stood up to the waste and lies of false accusations, ethics and the liberal media bias. Now, yesterday, Vanity Fair, a member of such a liberal media, has printed a desecration of her speech, which has come to represent an iconic representation of a governor’s successful administration in a state such as Alaska and of stepping down as governor of such as state. Though the elite editors of the socialist magazine may have attempted to twist her words beyond recognition, using them to further fan the flames of their partisanism, the red felt of their elitist pens could never truly silence the words which were written, and then spoken, by Sarah Palin. So, please, read the speech and, if you can, set aside your politics and your partisan bias. See through the red ink of a big government and wasted spendings and, with your own heart, read the words as they were originally written. Also, God, troops, road to the future and no more politics as usual. Thank you and God bless.


The rest of which to be read can be found by clicking on and following the link which is here. Troops.

Posted by Nick Sarno

Via the New York Times:

BOOKSTORES are getting shipments of a significantly changed edition of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpiece, “A Moveable Feast,” first published posthumously by Scribner in 1964. This new edition, also published by Scribner, has been extensively reworked by a grandson who doesn’t like what the original said about his grandmother, Hemingway’s second wife.

The grandson has removed several sections of the book’s final chapter and replaced them with other writing of Hemingway’s that the grandson feels paints his grandma in a more sympathetic light. Ten other chapters that roused the grandson’s displeasure have been relegated to an appendix, thereby, according to the grandson, creating “a truer representation of the book my grandfather intended to publish.”

It is his claim that Mary Hemingway, Ernest’s fourth wife, cobbled the manuscript together from shards of an unfinished work and that she created the final chapter, “There Is Never Any End to Paris.”

Scribner’s involvement with this bowdlerized version should be examined as it relates to the book’s actual genesis, and to the ethics of publishing.

In 1956, Ernest and I were having lunch at the Ritz in Paris with Charles Ritz, the hotel’s chairman, when Charley asked if Ernest was aware that a trunk of his was in the basement storage room, left there in 1930. Ernest did not remember storing the trunk but he did recall that in the 1920s Louis Vuitton had made a special trunk for him. Ernest had wondered what had become of it.

Charley had the trunk brought up to his office, and after lunch Ernest opened it. It was filled with a ragtag collection of clothes, menus, receipts, memos, hunting and fishing paraphernalia, skiing equipment, racing forms, correspondence and, on the bottom, something that elicited a joyful reaction from Ernest: “The notebooks! So that’s where they were! Enfin!”

There were two stacks of lined notebooks like the ones used by schoolchildren in Paris when he lived there in the ’20s. Ernest had filled them with his careful handwriting while sitting in his favorite café, nursing a café crème. The notebooks described the places, the people, the events of his penurious life.

Read the rest here.