(SAINT PAUL, MINN. March 30th, 2012) Coming to Common Good Books on Friday the 13th will be chapbooks published by Cloud City, a new press founded by Macalester Students Oliver St. John and Luke Marcott.
To celebrate Cloud City’s first chapbook, Filmpocalypse by Marcott, a reading and launch party will be held at Common Good Books brand new location at 38 Snelling Ave, Saint Paul. The event will begin at 6:30.
“I couldn’t be happier to host the launch of Macalester’s newest literary project at the neighborhood’s newest bookstore!” says assistent manager David Enyeart of Common Good Books.
St. John and Marcott have found the support of hot shot Twin Cities authors, Wang Ping, James Cihlar, and Peter Bognanni to launch the new press.
“What a great start!” Wrote Macalester faculty advisor Wang on Cloud City’s Facebook Page, “Mac students rock!”
About Cloud City
St. John and Marcott founded Cloud City with the mutual interest in innovative writing styles, in terms of both form and content.
“We want to publish work that wouldn’t be publishable elsewhere because it’s too subversive, or it takes too many risks,” says Marcott.
Cloud City will publish on a monthly basis prose pieces from 60-80 pages long, and poetry from 40-60 pages — the length of a typical college creative writing major’s Senior Project.
“Every student who takes an intensive creative writing class in college ends up producing one of these 60-80 page pieces,” says St. John. “They’ve worked harder than they have in their lives on these things, but what can they do with them? They’re too long for a literary magazine, and too short for a book.”
And that’s why Cloud City exists.
What’s a chapbook?
Chapbooks are a widely recognized publication format in the literary world. They’re made from letter size paper bound in the middle and folded over.
According to the National Library of Scotland’s website, chapbooks have been a popular literary format since the 17th century. The National Library of Scotland has one of the largest historical chapbook collections in the world.
About the editors
Oliver St. John and Luke Marcott are both Senior creative writing majors at Macalester. St. John has published variously fiction and news articles in USA Today, DASH Literary magazine, Minnpost.com, Marco Polo Arts Mag, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
Filmpocalypse will be Marcott’s first publication.
Staff editors include Angus McLinn, Nick Arciero, and Jeremiah Ellison.
Macalester faculty advisors include Wang Ping, James Cihlar, and Peter Bognanni.
For more information, please see: cloudcitypress.tumblr.com
Editor in Chief Oliver St. John (202) 320-9824, email@example.com
Editor in Chief Luke Marcott (651) 353-2040, firstname.lastname@example.org