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A Walk Through the Memory Palace

September 14, 2009

order A Walk Through the Memory PalaceWe’re very pleased to announce the publication of the first-place winner of our 2009 poetry chapbook contest, A Walk Through the Memory Palace, by Pamela Johnson Parker, in dual print and electronic versions.

The print edition, published in collaboration with Phoenicia Publishing in Montreal, is 28 pages long and has a full-color, glossy cover with a black-and-white interior. The list price is $5.95.

The online version features a simple-yet-elegant design with an easy-to-use navigation system, and includes audio files of the author’s reading alongside each poem. It’s Creative Commons-licensed (Attribution-Noncommercial) to encourage the sharing of its content. Let us know if you write a review, translate any of the poems, or make videos of them, for possible inclusion in the news blog associated with the site (as well as in qarrtsiluni’s own news blog).

In case you missed it, we wrote about the chapbook contest selection process in the announcement of the contest results on August 1. If you entered the contest, you’ll be receiving a copy of A Walk Through the Memory Palace in a few weeks (to allow for shipping and handling).

Also today, our print division has a new page (which includes the link to our at-cost CafePress store, since t-shirts, hats and mugs are printed items of a sort). Beth plans to continue designing print editions of recent qarrtsiluni issues, now that her chaotic summer of selling her old house and moving is behind her, but this may depend in part on how well the chapbook does. So read it, buy it, donate it to your local library. Thanks.

—Dave and Beth

  1. September 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Oh, this is beautiful. We can’t wait to have it featured on the Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour! Gimme, gimme. ;)

  2. September 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks, Dana! We’re so happy that Read Write Poem will be featuring it, and even though we’re so big on online poetry here at qarrtsiluni, we really wish everybody could hold a copy of this one in their hands. We hope these chapbooks and our in-print editions are yet another indication of how seriously Dave and I take our mission of publishing the written word in all forms — online, in print, and aloud. We want to take advantage of all the means now available to publishers for economical publishing and distribution, breaking down the old barriers formerly faced by so many talented writers, while keeping to a very high standard of quality in editing, design, reproduction and printing. It’s very exciting to be able to do this today!

  3. September 14, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    “We hope these chapbooks and our in-print editions are yet another indication of how seriously Dave and I take our mission of publishing the written word in all forms — online, in print, and aloud.”

    It’s amazingly done, from the attention to detail on the cover and in the print issue (which I *will* hold in my hands) to the online version and its layout and navigation to the fact that each poem has accompanying audio. It’s all very, very impressive. You are raising the bar. I love seeing things done right, and from start to finish, this was done right.

  4. September 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Hooray!

    Will those of us who judged the contest get a trib copy, or should I order myself one?

    • September 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm

      Yes, you all get copies, of course. Which doesn’t mean you can’t order additional ones if you like. :)

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