What is an “Indie” Press?

When anyone can upload a Word .doc and call it an E-book, what are we “independent” from? Yesterday on Twitter, eBookNoir asked a question: @eBookNoir “Indie” is more of an umbrella term, comprising self-pub and small press. — Bicycle Comics (@BicycleComics) July 15, 2014 We had a lengthy back-and-forth on Twitter, but to summarize my […]

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Carrie Rudzinski tours the Bay Area, then PNW.

Bicycle Comics author and 2014 WoWPS Finalist Carrie Rudzinski is touring the West Coast this month. She’ll be at the Berkeley Poetry Slam on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, and at San Francisco’s New Sh!t Show on Friday, June 6, 2014. Details on Carrie’s Tumbr. Later this month, she’ll tour through Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver with […]

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A Style Guide for a Poetry Anthology

Anthologies are some of the hardest books to edit, all the more so when we’re not technically the editors. From the freewheeling, unscripted barbaric yawp of the modern poetry slam, we aim to create a professional, printed book that can hold its own with any other anthology out this year. That can be a tall […]

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Carrie Rudzinski Competes at IWPS This Week!

Our own Carrie Rudzinksi is competing this weekend at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Washington. She’s a “Storm Poet” this year, representing herself and her hometown of Rockford, IL, (as opposed to repping for a specific slam venue, as she did in 2011). Good luck, Carrie! Go Team Shutter Dove! Carrie’s first […]

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San Francisco’s Second Crowdsourced Poetry Book: Tandem, Volume 2

Is the Lit Slam still a startup? As Tatyana Brown prepares to close out the second season of her publishing experiment, it’s looking more and more like a success. The first “minimum viable product” out the door has sold out. An E-book tied to the Women of the World Poetry Slam racked up over 1,000 […]

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Corrina Bain Headlines Penultimate 2013 Lit Slam

Maybe you caught Corrina’s packed feature on his 2011 tour through San Francisco. Maybe you remember his haunting persona work. Maybe you and Corrina go way back to basement-bar poetry slams in Providence and New York. Or maybe you’ve just heard there are only two chances left to get published in Tandem this year. Whether […]

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Our Cover Department Covers our Poems

The show this week had many highlights, but on a personal (and personnel?) note, it was lovely to welcome Kate Kinsey back to San Francisco, this time to stay! Kate is no stranger to the Lit Slam or to Bicycle; she designed the beautiful interior and exterior of Tandem. We promptly put her to work […]

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The Power and Peril of Free

We rolled out Alight, our first full-length E-book, one week ago, as a free download for most major platforms. And then our servers crashed. By “our servers crashed,” I really mean that we rapidly exceeded the free download allowance of our web store vendor, which suspended our store. This limit, of 100 downloads per day […]

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New E-book Just in Time for NPS!

Last spring, Tatyana Brown took her Lit Slam brainchild to the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam, where the organizers graciously allowed her to poll the audiences at each bout: “Which did you think were the best-written poems of the festival, the poems you’d like to take home with you?” The result is Alight, […]

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Our June and July Shows!

You knew Marty McConnell was going to floor you, right? And you were floored. WE were floored. We were so floored that we darn near forgot to let you know about our July show a full month later! (Well, we did put it on Facebook, Twitter, FunCheap, and The Lit Slam’s Website, because we are […]

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