Full Stop Podcast – 926 Years Episode

Full Stop MagazineBack in December last year, Kyle Coma-Thompson and I recorded a podcast episode for Full Stop. I was dialling in from a hotel room in Melbourne, Kyle from his home in Louisville, morning where I was, evening where he was. We were recording the episode to talk about 926 Years – the book we co-authored for Joshua Rothes’ Sublunary Editions, due out in January 2020.

The invitation from Full Stop to be on the podcast was a thrill to receive for a few reasons: firstly, talking about our new little book would be a delight; secondly, it was partly through Full Stop that Kyle and I originally connected; and finally, Kyle and I had not only never met but we had also never spoken before. The writing and all of our many exchanges over a few years took place strictly via email – chatting with Kyle after all that time was a very exciting prospect.

I think you’ll understand me when I say: that seems like a lifetime ago. After the recording, I met my partner for coffee and cake in a busy inner-city cafe, still very much buzzing from my chat with Kyle. Lordy, life seemed so simple back then.

So, it was a pleasant surprise to see the podcast appear, now on the Full Stop Patreon page, and soon for public consumption. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up to support Full Stop and listen to the episode. Otherwise, I will post an update when the podcast is live to the public.

Listen at the Full Stop Patreon page

With thanks to Max and Jesse.

Pre-order 926 Years

Pre-order 926 Years926 Years by Kyle Coma-Thompson and I can now be pre-ordered straight from the Sublunary Editions shop. It’ll cost you eight American dollars and releases on 21 January 2020.

Again, it’s a serious pleasure to have this on the way – with Kyle, published by Josh, in such a stylish little package and so soon after the release of my first book, Letter to the Author of the Letter to the Father. Any and all support for this and us will be very much appreciated.

Pre-order 926 Years

More soon.

On ‘Shelly Valentine’ – an excerpt from 926 Years

Shelly ValentineSo the 926 Years release officially begins with the November 2019 mail out from Sublunary Editions, on the way to subscribers now. The November letter takes a cut called ‘Shelly Valentine’ from the book I co-wrote with Kyle Coma-Thompson. Should give you an idea of the vibe of the thing and the games Kyle and I are playing. Anyway, super excited that a sliver of it is out in the world. More soon, obviously – 21 Jan 2020, to be precise.

We share the edition with ‘The Bakelite Telephone’, a piece by Imogen Reid. Good news, too, because Imogen and I have been following each other around for a while now – Gorse, 3:AM, Felt: Aesthetics of Grey, and elsewhere I’m sure. More reason to take a look.

Thanks to Josh for this one and, of course, Kyle – it’s a pleasure to be part of the monthly editions. Be sure to subscribe to Sublunary Editions to get fresh literature in your postbox every month and… buy our little book.

On the occasion of the announcement of the forthcoming publication of 926 Years

926 YearsA few years ago (I’m being coy here, the internet doesn’t forget), I posted on social media my reaction to a story I’d read by Kyle Coma-Thompson, a writer from Louisville, Kentucky. The global literary community is small and beautiful, like something you’d discover on an empty beach. Kyle’s wife Marie saw the tweet, told Kyle, and Kyle emailed me to see if I wanted to read the collection the story was pulled from. Soon, Kyle was one of my favourite writers, and I was fortunate enough to be penpals with him.

Life – and literature, too – works in strange ways. Kyle and I continued our correspondence, emailing sporadically, then writing some poetry together. For fun, to keep the mind sharp, to explore ideas, to challenge – writers do these things, I guess. This turned into prose writing, trading pieces across the planet while the other slept.

In parallel to this, Joshua Rothes started Sublunary Editions, a small press which mails literature to subscribers every month, as well as chapbooks and small books. The opportunity to put something together for Joshua came up and our collaborative poetry writing suddenly seemed like training for this larger, more serious thing. We had an idea, set the rules and started writing. Soon, by some small miracle, a book-shaped thing materialised.

Now, I’m pleased to announce that 926 Years by Kyle and I will be published by Sublunary Editions on 21 January 2020. 

Of course, I’m excited and proud to have another book on the way, and reasonably soon after Letter. The work with Kyle began precisely because of the slump I was in after the work I’d put into the debut – the desire to write was extreme, but the ideas weren’t coming and it was bothering me. I was feeling drained, I should have rested, but writing is usually the thing that gives me energy. Catch twenty-two. But more than that, the work with Kyle has been thrilling – as I mentioned, Kyle is one of my favourite writers; the overriding feeling after reading ‘Spite & Malice’ was envy. I wished I’d written it. He is wise and creative and generous and holds fast to his values, so trading writing with him, waking up to his words, often being inspired and amazed and challenged, is something I will seriously treasure. It was a special way to start the day. Then we had Joshua join in on that – editing, sending cover ideas, talking literature. It almost makes no sense to me to write alone anymore.

I’ve written before on the best part of writing in the twenty-first century being the friends we make. This project just reinforces that. I hope you enjoy it.