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All Movies Love the Moon
All Movies Love the Moon
By Gregory Robinson

Liliane's Balcony
Liliane's Balcony
By Kelcey Parker

But Our Princess Is in Another Castle
But Our Princess
Is in Another Castle
By B.J. Best


Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction
Edited by Dinty W. Moore

Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry
Edited by Gary L. McDowell
and F. Daniel Rzicznek

Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
Edited by Tara L. Masih


Readings and Events


Friday, April 11
Gregory Robinson reading from All Movies Love the Moon at the Caffeine Corridor Poetry Series at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

The Caffiene Corridor Series
9 The Gallery
1229 Grand Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona

Thursday, April 17
Nicelle Davis reading in a pre-tour for In the Circus of You at the Seminary Co-op at 6:00 p.m. With Kate Gale. Free and open to the public.

Seminary Co-op
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Monday, April 21
Nicelle Davis reading in a pre-tour for In the Circus of You at the University of Dubuque at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

University of Dubuque
2000 University Ave.
Alumni Chapel

Dubuque, Iowa

Saturday, April 26
Kelcey Parker will speak about Liliane's Balcony on a Fiction panel at the Southern Kentucky Book Festival at 12:00 p.m. With Gina Frangello, Angela Jackson-Brown, and Alma Katsu.

Southern Kentucky Book Festival
Knicely Conference Center
654 Campbell Lane
Bowling Green, Kentucky



Saturday, May 3
Gregory Robinson reading from All Movies Love the Moon at Malvern Books at 7:00 p.m. With Adeena Reitberger. Free and open to the public.

Malvern Books
613 W. 29th Street
Austin, Texas



Saturday, September 13
Nicelle Davis reading in a pre-tour for In the Circus of You at Poets House. Time TBD. With Gregory Orr. Free and open to the public.

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, New York

Saturday, September 27
Rose Metal Press will take part in the Pygmalion Lit Fest Book Fair. Free and open to the public.

Pygmalion Lit Fest 2014
September 26-28, 2014
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois



Thursday, October 9
Todd Seabrook reading from The Imagination of Lewis Carroll at The Book Cellar at 7:00 p.m.Free and open to the public.

The Book Cellar
4736 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois




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Upcoming Publications

The Imagination of Lewis Carroll
By William Todd Seabrook
Winner of the RMP 8th Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest

My Very End of the Universe: Five
Mini-Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the Form
Chris Bower, Margaret Patton Chapman, Tiff Holland, Meg Pokrass, and Aaron Teel
FALL 2014

In the Circus of You
Poems and Artwork
By Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross

Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres
Edited by Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov
FALL 2015

The Voyager Record
By Anthony Michael Morena

The Bitter Life of Božena Nemcová
By Kelcey Parker
FALL 2016

Reviews, Interviews, and Other Press

Liliane's Balcony gets a starred review in Publisher's Weekly!

Poets and Writers lists The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction on its list of best books for writers.

Kurt Caswell of The Rumpus reviews The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction.

Sean Lovelace reviews Shampoo Horns on HTML GIANT and shoots it with an arrow

Shampoo Horns reviewed by The Next Best Book Blog

Dinty W. Moore interview Aaron Teel about Shampoo Horns on the Brevity blog

NewPages reviews I Take Back the Sponge Cake

Spencer Dew's fun review of I Take Back the Sponge Cake for decomp magazine

Praise for Tinderbox Lawn by Carol Guess 

"Writers Recommend," Poets & Writers, December 2008:

“Carol Guess: The Write Stuff,” The Western Front by Jory M. Mickelson, July 22, 2008

Seattle Times, "New titles by Washington authors, or of local interest," December 11, 2008

Land Mammal, "Drafty On an Icy Day," by Anne Haines, December 7, 2008 "Great, great stuff. […]it's like a cracked window, only all we can see is the actual cracks and from that we're left to understand the shape and heft of the window itself […]it is a terrific book, sexy and wise and unexpected. Highly recommended."

Colorado Review by Steven Wingate, Fall 2008 "Not many prose poem collections can match Tinderbox Lawn for movement…"

Slurve Magazine by Ryan Collins, December 2008 "What Carol Guess does most impressively in Tinderbox Lawn is create a life, one experienced in well-contained lyric intervals that reveal just how adept any form or poetry can impress a story."

Praise for In the Land of the Free by Geoffrey Forsyth  

Time Out Chicago Books Blog by Jonathan Messinger, August 13, 2008 "I was blown away by Geoffrey Forsyth…Forsyth's chapbook of short shorts, In the Land of the Free, won the Rose Metal Press Second Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. It's out now and, in fact, had just arrived on my desk a few days before. I've downed about half of it this morning, and I'm going to race through to the end."

“An Interview with In The Land Of The Free author Geoffrey Forsyth,” by Kelly Spitzer
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Andrew Terhune on the “Andrew is Vanishing” blog, July 28, 2008
“It’s a great read.”

Dan Wickett on the Emerging Writers Network blog
“Geoffrey Forsyth has a wonderful way of merging reality with the just slightly off kilter magical realism to create a world that we'd love to live in.”

Praise for A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness

In January of 2009, Kevin Sampsell of Powell's Books, names A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness one of the best books of 2008.

Interview with Claudia Smith by Erin McKnight at Prick of the Spindle, December 2008, "…[a]… remarkable quartet of collections makes for resonant, commanding reading…"

SmokeLong Quarterly July 3, 2008
“A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks by Four Women is a triumph for flash fiction. This is not your typical anthology… If you're a fan of flash fiction, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness is a must-have…”

“Who Reads Short Shorts? Everyone Should If They’re Like This New Collection” by Deirdre Fulton, The Portland Phoenix
A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women does not fit in my pocket (although it is rather small), nor is it a flimsy bit of folded paper, as chapbooks used to be. But it provides everything else that chapbooks did — bite-sized, accessible, entertaining stories — as well as what they do today — focused, challenging, experimental work.…These stories are quirky and urgent, and set apart somehow from standard short-story collections or anthologies…”

The Longfellow Books Blog by Chris Bowe, June 30, 2008
“…powerful, intense and haunting, and they linger long after you've finished. Like a scent on the wind, it comes and goes and leaves you wondering why it seemed so familiar and real, if only for a moment. It leaves you with, well, a peculiar feeling of restlessness.”

The Writers in Profile blog by Kelly Spitzer
“It’s insanely cool.”

Charles Lennox on, July 9, 2008
 “…your retinas will dance with joy as they read the wonderful short fiction of Claudia Smith, Kathy Fish, Amy L. Clark, and Elizabeth Ellen.”

The Rantings of the Faithful blog by Pastor Peters, July 31, 2008
“I loved this book. Loved it. They were all short stories that were really easy to read. I highly recommend this. This is the only book I brought home with me.”

“A Book of Ubiquitous Movement” by DiAnne Malone Gently Read Literature: Essays & Criticism of Contemporary Poetry and Literary Fiction 
A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness pushes and wrenches its reader through four chapbooks of short short fiction by authors Amy L. Clark, Elizabeth Ellen, Kathy Fish, and Claudia Smith. What remains is a sense of yearning that cannot be satiated by rereading just one story. The collection resurrects the ghosts of the eerie voices and vignettes in Jean Toomer’s Cane, while making new the strangeness found in Joyce Carol Oates’ collection, The Female of the Species.”

“Blowing Minds” by Myfanwy Collins on Quick Fiction
“The cover of the book suggests a quartet, offering that these four books will play harmoniously as one; indeed, they do. Taken separately, though, each has its own sound, its own voice. However you choose to read them, the stories within these four chapbooks will most definitely blow your mind. In fact, they will obliterate you. ”

Praise for How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic by Peter Jay Shippy

Coldfront named Peter Jay Shippy as among their nominees for "Best Book-Length Poem" of 2008 in January of 2009.

Publishers Weekly writes "Dreamy, playful and at times campy, Shippy's poem interweaves the voices of talking monkeys, birdbots and a flirty Sphinx. The text bends and blends genre, myth and allegory, highlighted by the speaker's catchy patter: 'After // her chutz- / pah / I can't manage to oompah // the money shot." This is ambitious work that manages to be frequently dynamic, describing a world much like our own: "These are dark days for our town. / A virulent stain of self-schaden- / freud- // e / is replicating / spreading the boos.'"

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