FUTURE TENSE NEWS





March 28th, 2014

Hi Friends!
The new Scout Book series trio is now ready to pre-order! They'll be released on May 20th. Thank you!!

Kevin





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December 27th, 2013

Hi Friends!
2013 was a pretty great year for us (and for me personally as well--A new book! Best American Essays! My son graduated high school)! I wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone and let you know that 2014 is going to be so good in Future Tense land. First off, we have the next three Scout Books coming out in the spring (hopefully around May). They will be Girly by May-Lan Tan, Darkmouth Strikes Again by Jay Ponteri, and a not-yet-titled scorcher by Chelsea Hodson. We'll have the pre-order button set up for these beauties in February. Watch for that.

Here's how I discovered these three:
I discovered May-Lan Tan because of her amazing story, Legendary, in Zoetrope Magazine and went hunting for more. Not finding anything else, I found her on-line and started begging for more. That was almost two years ago. I'm excited that we're putting out her first US release. But she does have a whole other book coming out in the UK that we're excited to see soon too.
Jay Ponteri is a Portland author and his memoir, Wedlocked, was one of my favorite books of 2013--and would definitely qualify as the bravest book I read all year.
Chelsea Hodson was someone I initially knew only through her Twitter (haha) but started to read more of when we were scheduled to read at an event together at Word in Brooklyn (just earlier this month!). Her reading electrified my brain and melted my heart and I pestered her in the days after, frantically trying to lure her into the Future Tense family. I was afraid she would sign a giant deal with a major as soon as they also discovered her! Well, they probably will still. In the meantime, I'm very happy to be working with her.
Happy to be working with all three of these awesome artists (because yes, their writing is good enough to be called Art, with a capital A).

After those three, we'll be releasing a memoir in the summer by Wendy C. Ortiz titled Excavation: A Memoir. This book further investigates the intense and illegal relationship that Wendy explored in this essay last year on The Nervous Breakdown. After reading that, I contacted her and wanted to read more. I was floored by it and can't wait to show it to you, dear reader.

Also, in the news, our newest releases by Jamie Iredell and Gary Lutz have been doing great and winning hearts and minds all over. Check out Jamie here and here and here. And on Brad Listi's podcast! And Gary getting some love here and a featured spot on Recommended Reading!

Remember--the best way to keep track of Future Tense news and happenings is by joining our page on Facebook. And hey--we also have a Twitter page now.
Thank you for all your support as usual! And bookstores, you can order up our books at Small Press Distribution. Happy New Year! Onward!!

Kevin





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September 19th, 2013

Things have been a little crazy at FT headquarters. I've been working on several things, including being LitHop PDX (with co-conspirator Jeff Alessandrelli), gearing up for the release of my Tin House novel, Read this cool Vice Magazine interview with Gary by Mr. Blake Butler.

Next up for us--and coming up quick--is Jamie Iredell's essay collection, I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac, which is now available for a special pre-order price on our BOOKS page. This is a big, beautiful book and we're happy to work with Jamie again (we put out his fantastic story creation, The Book of Freaks, a couple of years ago). The official release date of Jamie's book is 11-12-13 (same as my book!) but we will have a few early copies during Wordstock (Jamie will actually be in Portland for this, all the way from Atlanta). He's doing other touring this fall too. More details on that to come. Good times ahead.

Plus--holy crap!! Look at those amazing covers by Bryan Coffelt. So classic. We were laughing out loud while working on Jamie's cover. It's so good on so many levels. (I also want to mention that our new editor, Tina Morgan, did a superb job getting this treasure into tip-top shape)

Thanks everyone for all your support as usual! Bookstores--remember you can order up our books at Small Press Distribution. Viva la Future Tense!
Kevin





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February 7th, 2013

Hey peoples! The Scout Books are officially rolling out soon. The Aaron Gilbreath book is printed and the other two, from Sommer Browning and Melody Owen, are going to the printer next week. Pre-order your copies of the books (one or all of them!) right now. We're going to have a book release party here in Portland soon after. Watch for that announcement (follow us on Facebook!).

In other news, the Gregory Sherl book is getting some good attention and he'll be making some appearances at AWP next month in Boston. Don't miss your chance to see this Mississippi boy. He doesn't get out of the south very often!

And guess what else is happening. We're planning our 2013 releases and we're excited to announce what our next book will be after the Scout Books. It's going to be an expanded edition of Gary Lutz's collection, Partial List of People to Bleach, which we released as a chapbook in 2009. The new deluxe version will have a couple of new stories as well as his now-classic essay, The Sentence Is a Lonely Place.

Watch for this book in late spring or early summer. It will have a redesigned cover by Bryan Coffelt and we'll be easier for bookstores to get (since we're working with Small Press Distribution these days). Gary Lutz is my favorite short story writer ever and Bryan and I are honored to be re-presenting this book later this year. Pre-ordering for this treasure will start in April.

In news of my own, I am very happy to say that I sold my novel, This Is Between Us, to Tin House Books recently. It will be out in November. In fact, I just sent in my final edits and revisions. If you're at Book Expo of America in late May (in New York) I will be there too and I might have review copies if you're interested in getting one for book reviewing, hyping, etc.

Thanks everyone! Good and exciting times are always happening here at Future Tense headquarters!
Kevin



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August 22nd, 2012

Portland Publishers Team Up For New Book Series

Future Tense Books and Pinball Publishing to Release Three Books This Winter

In February, longtime Portland publisher Future Tense Books will work with the innovative printing team at Pinball Publishing to co-publish a new series of Scout Book chapbooks. Future Tense editors Kevin Sampsell and Bryan Coffelt have announced the first three titles in the partnership, with more to be announced later in 2013.

The Scout Books are 32 pages long and are 3.5" x 5" and will be printed in limited runs of 500 for each title.

Scout Books Production - Behind the Scenes at Pinball Publishing from Scout Books on Vimeo.

The following three books will be released simultaneously:

When I Was Nineteen, I Was an Old Man by Melody Owen
(a selection from Melody's actual dream journals mixed with atmospheric collages from the acclaimed Portland artist, who is represented nationally by Elizabeth Leach Gallery)
http://www.thistlepress.net/


A Secondary Landscape by Aaron Gilbreath
(a personal essay about the author's experiences with mind-altering drugs on a road trip when he was 20. Gilbreath is a Portland nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in the Paris Review, Oxford American, Tin House, and the New York Times.)
http://aarongilbreath.wordpress.com/about/


Presidents (And Other Jokes) by Sommer Browning
(a collection of jokes and cartoons that showcase the acerbic wit and an acute sense of the absurd from the Denver poet and author of Either Way I'm Celebrating [Birds, LLC])
http://asthmachronicles.com/@vagtalk


Author events will be scheduled. Review copies available to media upon release. PDF review copies available prior to release. Contact kevin@futuretensebooks.com for more info.

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June 22nd, 2012

Hey people! It's summer now and a lot of exciting stuff happening! First off, you have probably seen Chloe Caldwell's book blowing up everywhere. From Steve Almond talking it up on Boston radio to various reviews and interviews on Publishers Weekly (Starred Review!) and Rookie and L Magazine. She's also done a bunch of readings and is here in Portland for this reading next Tuesday. It'll be outdoors! It'll be with Diana Salier! Please come out and say hello to me and Bryan and our newest FT worker Becca Yenser! Here's some info on Facebook about it.

We're also really excited about other stuff coming up later this year. The new Gregory Sherl beauty, Monogamy Songs, will be out in September. This is a tough one to describe. It's like a memoir made up of linked (untitled) prose poems. It's pretty amazing, and is Greg's most revealing and personal book.

Plus, a new chapbook series that we'll be announcing soon that will probably start up in December. More details to come soon on that! Thanks!!

Kevin

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OUR HISTORY

FUTURE TENSE PRESS was born in Spokane, Washington in 1990 on a very lo-fi level. After surviving there and also a brief stint in Fort Smith, Arkansas (don't ask) I moved to Portland in the summer of 1992 and soon flourished in the rainy city's book-friendly environment. Brian Tibbetts, Michael Walsh, Stephen Kurowski, Jeff Meyers, and Melody Jordan were some of the first Portland writers featured by Future Tense. You may also remember a funny little zine passed around for a couple of years called Dead Star- an obituary zine with poems about recently deceased celebs!

On top of that were the many events that Future Tense organized around town like the Future Tense Reading Series at Umbra Penumbra, the Kamikaze Reading Series at The Raindog, the Typing Explosion weekend at the GroundSwell, the Booty Call series at Disjecta, and readings at various bookstores & cafes and gigs featuring both spoken word and music artists. Hell, we even had T-Shirts!
Future Tense has always been dedicated to publishing work by people often thought of as weirdos or outsiders. The contents of these books will make you laugh, sweat, and hallucinate. Most of the titles are stylishly-produced chapbooks but I have published some paperback books as well (believe me- I'd do much more if I had the money or some kind of sugar daddy).

In 1998, the Future Tense web site was launched by Paul Earhart. In 2000, Paul Ash took over the web site and redesigned it into the grand creation it now is (using artwork and lettering by Kurt Eisenlohr). In 2001, we published a book by teen phenom Zoe Trope called Please Don’t Kill the Freshman. The book was written about in several media outlets and gave Future Tense a much bigger audience than before. Zoe’s book was picked up and re-released in longer form by HarperCollins. Shortly after, another book first published by us, Grosse Pointe Girl, by Sarah Grace McCandless, was bought by Simon & Schuster. In 2005, we teamed up with legendary San Francisco publisher Manic D Press to start a new series of paperback books (called, wouldn’t you know it—The Future Tense series). This venture gives us a consistent way of publishing books that I normally couldn’t afford to. The first book in this series was an anthology I edited called The Insomniac Reader.

We are very happy that we have found a solid fan base and readership in Portland and other cities and we plan on continuing for many years to come. When I say “we” I mean myself with the help of friends such as Portland Designer Paul Ash at Sniffy Linings, Brandon Freels (cover and layout assistance), Abbey Gaterud (layouts and promotions), Joseph Lappie (cover artist), Frayn Masters (editorial), Rueben Nisenfeld (editorial), Mike Daily (editorial), and others. Thank you all for your support!

Kevin Sampsell
Editor/Publisher