Matthew Rohrer

Matthew Rohrer will be reading live on HTMLGIANT tomorrow (Thursday) at 9PM eastern. Check it. Rohrer also blurbed Jack Boettcher's debut novel Theater-State which drops in August. He liked it.


Blue Square Press Supports books

Blue Square Press will buy a copy of Darby Larson's The Iguana Complex (published by Nephew) for the first two people who purchase- and leave a comment on this post- both Flowing in the Gossamer Fold and Theater-State for $20 at the following link, here. The first two people who follow the (here) link, purchase and comment will receive Darby Larson's book for free. Darby Larson is awesome. Check out Abjective if you don't already.

About Nephew: "Nephew, an imprint of Mud Luscious Press, publishes raw & aggressive pocket-sized titles in limited-editions of 150 copies or for a sales period of 90 days, whichever comes first. There will be no subsequent editions."

As I type this there are 50 copies or 34 days left, whichever comes first.

Have a good day.


What is Theater-State?

If you pre-order Jack Boettcher's debut novel Theater-State you will not only be supporting Blue Square Press but you'll also have a nice surprise in your mailbox when it arrives this upcoming August.

Not familiar with Jack? Read these: Jack in SLEEPiNGFISH, Jack in DIAGRAM.


by j.a. tyler

coming may 15th from

warm milk press/ greying ghost press/ new lights press/ the collagist

thanks to truett dietz for the cover


There was a write up of Theater-State on HTMLGIANT yesterday, here.


I live in a city. About an hour and a half ago I was walking home from the bookstore. I was on the sidewalk and noticed two individuals on the same side of the street walking toward me and then casually off of the sidewalk to the side of a condo. This struck me as odd so I crossed the street. As I became parallel to where those two people were I heard a gun shot. I looked quickly in their direction. The man was holding a gun at a 45 degree angle and said something like "fuck." I began running home.

I do not know if he was aiming at me, probably not.


Theater-State by Jack Boettcher Pre-Order

Cover design by the incredible Chi Birmingham.

I am excited to announce that Blue Square Press is taking pre-orders for its sophomore release Theater-State by Jack Boettcher. Theater-State is one of the best books that I've ever read and I cannot wait for people to have it in their hands. You can read an excerpt and pre-order it, here.

The book was blurbed by Joyelle McSweeney and Matthre Rorher. Here's what they said:

Theater State reveals the panopticon not as an instrument of surveillance but as a mesmerizing holograph from which we prisoners of “reality” (and of high school) cannot tear our eyes. In this inside-out world, violence is an encircling Megahighway and the center mutable, vulnerable, and virtual, always flowing somewhere else. As young Janus negotiates the heights and sinkholes of adolescence, including an affair with a regional pop-avatar, servitude to a morphing, megalomaniacal principal, and a class project managing a convulsive neocolony, Jack Boettcher’s reticulated sentences themselves contract and unfurl with sometimes enticing, sometimes ensnaring beauty. As the civics teacher Ms. Denton TX threatens: “Learning is an adventure.

–Joyelle McSweeney, author of Nylund, the Sarcographer, The Red Bird, and The Commandrine and Other Poems

Even though the principal in Boettcher’s Theater-State has a white tiger slumbering in his office, the school that Janus and Katydid and Cassie attend, with Ms. Denton, TX as their teacher, is all too familiar – terrifyingly familiar. The mind-bending cross over between the world of statecraft and a private science academy becomes all too real for Janus…when it is revealed that it is drivers that shape the roads and not the other way around…and when the general paranoid lyricism of Boettcher’s odd and compelling novel, like the Mayan ceremonial white roads, leads you not necessarily to a destination but on a journey. It’s an amazing journey. I don’t think you have any choice but to take it.”

–Matthew Rohrer, author of Destroyer and Preserver, Rise up, and A Green Light

Pre-order Jack's book by following this link.

If you take a second and help spread the word in whatever way you like to spread words that would be greatly appreciated.