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Backlash Journal #1

  20.07.2017   gretchen   Catalogue   No comments

A collection of poetry that appears quarterly online and in fine print format. Inside it you will find voices that examine the strata of human conformity and stimulate change. Available

Backlash Journal #2

  20.07.2017   gretchen   Catalogue   No comments

A collection of poetry that appears quarterly online and in fine print format. Inside it you will find voices that examine the strata of human conformity and stimulate change. Available

Phantom Laundry by Michael Tyrell

  20.07.2017   gretchen   Catalogue   No comments

The second collection by esteemed poet by Michael Tyrell. Tyrell appears poised to stake his claim as a serious and original voice that writes from the heart of America’s techno-anxiety.

The Book of Dirt by Gretchen Heffernan

  20.07.2017   gretchen   Catalogue   No comments

A particle of dirt transforms into a pearl with the ability to seed an entirely new planet. What happens when a clairvoyant, a mutant poet and a shape-shifter discover its

The Carving Circle by Gretchen Heffernan

  20.07.2017   gretchen   Catalogue   No comments

What happens when a black artist moves to a small town in 1950’s America? Jacques Beaumont is a French Haitian artist of Voodoo ancestry with the ability to resurrect the

A.R. AMMONS AND “EDDIES OF MEANING”

  3.08.2015   gretchen   General   No comments

I came across the work of A.R. Ammons in my early twenties or so—this would have been the early nineties, and I was transfixed on his voice, especially in terms

ODE TO THE DOUBLE

Part One   I want to talk about the artist’s inevitable split between Creative Self and Ordinary Self. The idea of a double persona has long been a fascination of

BACKTALK – THE PROCESS OF CREATING AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING HOUSE

Week One  So how and why did Backlash Press begin? In short, it began with the clarity that arrives after extreme disappointment. Three times my novel, The Book of Dirt,

WORD REGARD – IDEAS THAT STIMULATE MY WRITING

Lately, I have been thinking about phantoms, not ghosts or correlated phenomenon, rather the tones inside a piece of artwork or a written text that feel unexplained, yet alluded to,

ANNE SEXTON, A ROCK QUARRY, SNOWSTORMS AND REUNIONS

To be honest, BACKLASH PRESS started on a rock quarry cliff, somewhere in Iowa, when Gretchen Heffernan and I were in school at the University of Iowa, some 18 years