ISSUE #7 of Bird & Beckett’s literary magazine has at last arrived! This issue of AMERARCANA is guest edited by poets Steve Dickison and David Meltzer, erstwhile editors of SHUFFLE BOIL: A Magazine of Poets and Music, which ran four single issues (#1-4) from winter 2002 through fall 2003, with a double issue (#5/6) following in 2006, all published under Dickison’s Listening Chamber imprint. Another issue was planned, and some materials gathered, but it never came to be. Since 2010, a few pieces slated for publication therein have made their way into one or another of the first six issues of AMERARCANA; however, what appears here was gathered newly over the last several months. This, then, is #7 of both magazines: 160 pages of writing by Bill Berkson, David Boyce, Brandon Brown, Gerald Bryant (interviewed by Julie Rogers), Garrett Caples, Ornette Coleman (interviewed by Howard Shore and Zan Stewart), Justin Desmangles, Steve Dickison, Patrick James Dunagan, Howard Eiland, Stephen Emerson, Owen Hill, Ted Joans, Alastair Johnston, Andrew Joron, Ava Koohbor, Oliver Lake, Marina Lazzara, Brian Lucas, Francois Luong, Nathaniel Mackey, Jake Marmer, David Meltzer, Hafez Modirzadeh, Jason Morris, Joseph Noble, Linda Norton, Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, Julien Poirier, Rod Roland, Chris Stroffolino, and Marshall R. Trammell; with artwork by Alex Cruz, George Herms, and Julie Ezelle Patton; all bound in wrappers designed and printed from hand-set lead type once belonging to William Everson (aka Brother Antoninus) at Impart Ink, an errant studio, in Santa Cruz, CA.

If you’ve already ordered one, or are among the contributors, you’ll be receiving your copy soon. For the rest of you, come on down the Bird & Beckett to pick one up, or order online here.

Stay tuned for details of celebratory events, but mark your calendars now for March 16th!




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Ava Koohbor at Gallery Ex Libris


Join us Tuesday, August 2nd from 7–9pm for the opening reception of Ava Koohbor: Chromatic Sediments. The show will run through the end of August, open daily from 11–7.

Issue SIX now available

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The long overdue SIXTH issue of AMERARCANA: A Bird & Beckett Review is now available, featuring art by Will Yackulic and writing by Garrett Caples, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Derek Fenner, Jackqueline Frost, Evan Kennedy, Frank Lima, Jason Morris, Rod Roland, Aaron Shurin, Cedar Sigo, Syd Staiti, Richard Tagett, Tara Thomas, and the editor, along with translations of Hafez by Patrick James Dunagan and Ava Koohbor. Order now. And/or show your face and flash some cash at Bird & Beckett Books in San Francisco, 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 9th. Come join us for this oh-so-official celebration; enjoy readings by contributors along with libations and general near-year-end levity. Please help spread the word!

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Release Reading and Celebration
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 7 pm
& the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project
653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

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Issue SIX coming soon

After an extended hiatus from official AMERARCANA activities, occasioned by the editor’s wedding, followed immediately by his first year of doctoral work, at long last we’re back on track, expecting the new issue to find its way into the world within the next few weeks. Stay tuned for an announcement of an official release reading and celebration very soon.

In the meantime, we’d like to extend apologies to anyone who has been expecting to hear from us over the last 18-24 months and hasn’t. We’ve notified the many folks whose submissions didn’t make it into the new issue, but two individuals have recently reached out to inquire about submissions we can find neither hide nor hair of, so there may be others. We’d been terribly disorganized and distracted for quite a while, so it is quite likely our fault if anything was misplaced. We aim to improve, but can only offer our apologies for recent failings.

The forthcoming issue will feature art by Will Yackulic and writing by Garrett Caples, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Derek Fenner, Jackqueline Frost, Evan Kennedy, Frank Lima, Jason Morris, Rod Roland, Aaron Shurin, Cedar Sigo, Erika Staiti, Richard Tagett, Tara Thomas, and the editor, along with translations of Hafez by Patrick James Dunagan and Ava Koohbor. 128 pages bound in letterpress-printed covers. Pre-order now.

ECLIPSE BABEL – Brian Lucas / Jason Morris – TAKES
Tuesday, September 15th, 7 pm – Bird & Beckett Books
Come celebrate the publication of Eclipse Babel, text and drawings by Brian Lucas. We’ll be marking the occasion not only with a reading from the text, but also with an exhibition of the drawings at Gallery Ex Libris, in the bookshop’s back room (running through October). Joining us for the opening and release will be Jason Morris, reading from his brand new chapbook, Takes, published by Bootstrap PressEclipse Babel is co-published by Bird & Beckett and Bootstrap as the first Ensemble Edition, a new collaborative publishing project. Please help spread the word, and come on down.
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Tuesday, September 15th at 7 pm
Bird & Beckett / Gallery Ex Libris
653 Chenery Street, San Francisco
2 blocks from Glen Park BART Station
MUNI lines J, 23, 35, 36, 44 & 52
and ramps for Interstate 280
Brian Lucas is a self-taught artist, musician, and poet living in Oakland, CA. His books and chapbooks include: Circles Matter (2012, BlazeVox), Telepathic Bones (2010, Berkeley Neo-Baroque), Light House (2006, Meeting Eyes Bindery). and Force Fields (2010, Hooke Press), a poetry/art collaboration with Andrew Joron. He plays electric bass/tapes/electronics in CLOUD SHEPHERD and electric bass in DIRE WOLVES. Some of his artwork can be seen at: A recent interview is up here.
Jason Morris was raised in Vermont and has lived in San Francisco for many years, where he edited the magazine Big Bell and continues to publish small books under the PUSH imprint. His poems and essays have appeared in Vlak, The Can, Greetings, TRY!, Where Eagles Dare, Big Bell, The Tsatsawassans, Amerarcana, and elsewhere. Previous chapbooks include Local News (Bird & Beckett), From the Golden West Notebooks (Allone Co./Publication Studios), and Spirits & Anchors (Auguste Press).
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