Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Issue of

InDigest
















Issue #22 features, well, a ton of stuff.
They were kind enough to include one of my poems.

Thank you, Dustin Luke Nelson.

Adventures in Publishing, a panel chat


















Interesting panel discussion at R&D's new creative space in Honolulu.  My two pals and I, novelist Tyler McMahon: How the Mistakes Were Made, and food writer Dabney Gough: Eat Good Food talked about the paths of our books to the bookshelf in our very different genres.  Those two have very good books.

The audience seemed to mostly want to talk numbers, which was a bit surprising to me.  I think (though I could be wrong) most of the audience weren't active in publishing, and, of all the possible directions the talk could have gone, the business aspect was what they decided to relate to the most.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

If you're in Honolulu on Saturday, Nov. 19th,

R&D:Ex Libris Presents:

Adventures in Publishing

How the Mistakes Were Made / Eat Good Food / Rambo Goes to Idaho
A novelist, a cook and a poet share their different paths to the bookstore shelf
Saturday / Nov19 / 3:00pm / Free / 691 Auahi St


R&D presents a panel discussion with 3 authors who work in 3 very different disciplines. Each will speak about the challenges and triumphs of their distinct literary realms, and discuss the present and future of writing and publishing.

DABNEY GOUGH is a food writer and recipe developer whose work has appeared in HAWAII Magazine, the Honolulu Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Fine Cooking Magazine, among others. She is co-author of the newly released book Eat Good Food, as well as the forthcoming Sweet Cream & Sugar Cones, the highly anticipated cookbook from San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Creamery.

SCOTT ABELS has an MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University. Rambo Goes to Idaho, just released by BlazeVOX [books], is his first book of poems. More of his poems can be found (or are forthcoming) with RealPoetik, Lungfull!, Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Sink Review, H_NGM_N, Word for/Word, and others. He currently lives and teaches in Honolulu, where he edits the online journal of experimental poetry Country Music.

TYLER MCMAHON is author of the novel How the Mistakes Were Made (St. Martin’s 2011) and a professor at Hawai‘i Pacific University. His short work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Three Penny Review, The Rumpus, and The Nervous Breakdown. He co-edited the nonfiction anthologies Surfing’s Greatest Misadventures and Fishing’s Greatest Misadventures from Casagrande Press.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Thesis Submitted by John Rambo Entitled Angel vs. Ghost is Hereby Approved


My first book of poems
Rambo Goes to Idaho
is now available with BlazeVOX [Books]!

























 In Rambo Goes to Idaho, Scott Abels has blurred the lines between pop culture and personal struggle, the east and the west, God and Gene Simmons. At once heroic and elegiac, these poems balance on a knife edge not unlike Rambo’s, and what’s most beautiful here is that they sometimes get cut. With additional cameos by Paul Bunyan, Karl Rove, and a transformative speaker that can make you laugh or break your heart, bring your popcorn to this one. Abels notes of Rambo in the first poem “He is good, / but he is a product of the world.” By the end, you’ll believe every word he says.
—Clay Matthews


Rambo Goes to Idaho is so funny your children will laugh. When every institution that trained him betrays him, Scott Abels harnesses strength, intelligence, and courage to the line. He charges these poems incredibly: "poetry means us." Rambo Goes to Idaho works so well on so many levels; the poems develop and implement countless strategies for understanding as survival. Also, this book prevents erections.
—Karena Youtz


Scott Abels' first book, Rambo Goes to Idaho, opens with the line "He is good,"—this is true—and finishes with the line "I could fly."—and nobody having read it can deny that this is also true. Abels is our camera panning the scene of a place at once familiarly unreal, hilariously true and banally dystopian. Sincerely ironic, this "fictitious involvement" is also nonetheless true. Celebrities and heroes like dreams are already alternative selves floating in their post-celluloid heavens—caught on reel—as real as anything else—this is a vision of a vision of America, a tragi-comic joke that means the world.
—Martin Corless-Smith