Preorder Kate Garklavs’ new chapbook, Diffusely Yours!

2018-07-26T06:33:42+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Bottlecap Books, Uncategorized|


Kate Garklavs’ new chapbook, Diffusely Yours, is officially available for preorder today!

DIFFUSELY YOURS is a love letter to place: public places and places of public defeat, sterile neon malls, night streets fecund with pigeons, dive bars, haunted kitchens. It reveres the back alleys and boxcars and diners of true discovery that now reside mostly in memory.

DIFFUSELY YOURS is Kate Garklavs’ debut chapbook. Its poems examine what the artifacts of location bring to bear on us and how we translate these gifts to the world.

Kate Garklavs lives and works in Portland, OR. Her work has appeared in Juked, apt, Leveler, Tammy, and The Airgonaut, among other places. She’s the prose editor for the Submission reading series. She tweets @ueberkatester.

In Diffusely Yours, we “uphold the glittered, misspelled letter of the law” one minute and the next finds us “in crawlspaces looking for Gunne Sax.” Narrative-driven and sharp-tongued, Garklavs’ letters are haunting and taunting: we may want to believe “in our diamond future we are richer” but Garklavs, like a good prophet, tells us what’s in store won’t be sweet or sentimental, but “dark as a blot on a heart.” -Tasha Cotter, author of Some Churches

In Diffusely Yours, Kate Garklavs transforms second-hand ordinary objects into shining beacons that remind us “artifacts outlast us all, / recasting under each new hand / that claims them.” Her poems, addressing reams of memory, eschew grand nostalgia to meditate on everyday imperfections. Garklavs’ work confronts the reality of material culture and our ephemeral existence. “I’m reimaging my personal brand,” she admits, frank about aging, capitalism’s false promises, and the desire to connect across vast distances. Love always surfaces in spite of the things that may overcrowd our lives. Garklavs beautifully reminds us that it is people who cultivate hope and joy in a difficult world. -Alyse Bensel, poet, book reviews editor, The Los Angeles Review

Kate Garklavs’ Diffusely Yours is an enthralling collection of letters to other people, saying all the things we want to say but never usually do. The lines range from darkly funny (“Normcore means never having to say you’re sorry”) to starkly poignant (“Someday we’ll take down/a wall and revel in the dust we ignored”). The landscape is ordinary, but the best kind of ordinary: the kind we exist in. The poems range from existing in shopping malls, a kitchen, high school, etc. But really, the landscape isn’t just physical, it’s love. It’s centered on keeping love, losing love, fighting for love, and all those pesky gray areas and details inbetween. Human relationships are difficult, and this collection illustrates that, from person to person, allowing the speaker to give us a glimpse into their fractured, but still whole, world. -Joanna C. Valente, author of Sexting Ghosts and Marys of the Sea

Garklavs’ letters traverse the country, plumb relationships, objects, time—as in era and moment, what is a system of measurement and also an idea, what places anywhere on a map and also says, we are here. These wildly private and equally public poems—the epistolary as much form as content—are as much intimate address to a beloved you as to the world where we live, the world where we once lived. “Remember” the poems say, and even if we don’t exactly, we do, are there. I love Diffusely Yours, its thrifting. Every single poem makes me want to write back. -Monica Berlin, English Department Chair, Knox College

Preorder your copy now! Shipment begins Thursday, August 23rd, 2018!

Blake Wallin’s new deluxe illustrated edition of No Sign on the Island is out today!

2018-07-06T23:27:41+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Bottlecap Books, Uncategorized|


Happy release day to Blake Wallin, whose new deluxe illustrated edition of No Sign on the Island is out now!

No Sign on the Island isn’t sure why you’re here but is glad you’ve made the journey. The world is a brutal place. This book is here to help you feel better about it. Travels abroad, troubles at home, friendships breaking, mental health, and sexuality are all specks of sand on this large island. Pick up these specks, inspect them thoroughly until you swallow them. Let them become the part of you staring out into an open ocean with no hope of ever escaping.

This new deluxe full-length edition includes poems from Wallin’s previous chapbooks, No Sign on the Island and Soft Or, and features illustrations by Joseph Whitt.

In No Sign on the Island, Wallin is a frantic tinkerer of words and ideas. He’s an experimenter toiling over his neuroses like they can be pinned down and studied. This expanded edition brings together Wallin’s best work from several projects, squaring his black humor and anxieties with a host of modern specters: family, drugs, philosophy, inertia. There’s bravery in the way he lays bare his psychological scar tissue. But he offers hope, too. These poems remind us: “Fix something along its own lines,/ and you have solved its broken life/ and turned a null set into a blossom.” -August Smith, editor, Cool Skull Press

No Sign on the Island made me long for something that I can’t put a finger on, maybe touch. There is something about Blake Wallin’s writing that is always relatable. It’s as if he has studied human emotion and thought to the point that he can tell you exactly how you are feeling, even if you weren’t aware you were feeling it. I would honestly recommend reading this book again and again and again in order to digest it all. It’s brilliant. -Erin Taylor, author of OOOO

Grab your copy now!

Preorder your copy of Andrew Duncan Worthington’s new book, A Very Small Forest Fire today!

2018-05-04T03:51:13+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|


Andrew Duncan Worthington’s huge new short story collection, A Very Small Forest Fire, is available for preorder now, and comes out Friday, June 1st, 2018!

The twelve pieces in A Very Small Forest Fire demonstrate the stylistic diversity of Worthington’s prose and depict the anxieties and conflicts of contemporary capitalism, the timeless depths of individual despair, the everyday disasters that we often forget, and the general societal obsession with artifice and entertainment.

Worthington takes the reader into worlds that are bizarre and realistic, and both at the same time; we enter the fearful future of mass revolts and repressions across America, the surreal and symbolic journeys of heroes and antiheroes, and the landscapes of postindustrial wastelands of Middle America.

We see the greatest amusement park ever, a new American civil war, an abnormal adult-size baby, a college hiring committee, a high school reunion, and the newest advancements in genetically simulated reincarnation. We see our current world, our past, our future, our dreams.

“Equal parts weird and profound and disturbing and funny, I really wish I had written A Very Small Forest Fire. These stories by Andrew Duncan Worthington show us families at their best and worst, when a son deals with his drug-addled history, or when another son disappears in a dystopic future, even through the strange straining of staying with your parents when you’re an adult, when you smoke and you know that they don’t like it. The stories in this book are wildly inventive, and they are always at heart about us, humans seeking out their lives in sadness and triumph.” -Jamie Iredell, author of The Book of Freaks

“What we like about his writing is that it feels honest. He doesn’t ham it up, or try to capitalize on his idiosyncrasies. He also has some weird affects that would have been beaten out of him in a creative writing class, or by a New York City book editor, if he’d been in contact with one. He uses big words and is occasionally unguarded. In short, he’s a natural writer, telling a story because he has to—he’s not somebody reading the latest so-and-so and seeing a reflection of his own life, and then copying the so-and-so’s shape.” -VICE Magazine

Andrew Duncan Worthington  is the author of the novel Walls (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014) and the story collection A Very Small Forest Fire (Bottlecap Press, 2018). His work has appeared in Hobart, Vice, Shabby Doll House, Peach Magazine, Vol.1 Brooklyn, The Fanzine, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, 3:AM Magazine, and other places.