Monday, December 2, 2013


We're full up here at Bear Star--with all the too much we're still feeding on after Thanksgiving, and with a pile of delectable manuscripts to finish reading over the next several weeks. Thank you to everyone who submitted! We'll let you know as soon as we have a winner. Meanwhile, we simply can't stop laughing at this.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Poetic License

Who doesn't need one of these? Eric Johnson at Iota Press in Sebastopol, California, recently extended the PL of Bear Star friend and (and occasional cover designer: The Solipsist & Living Again) Lyn Dillin, just in time for her to create many wonderful letterpress poems at his shop. Yes, there was a test, which I am unfortunately not at liberty to share. You may, however, check out Lyn's creations here.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Books for Burners!

Heading to Burning Man this year? Worried you might run out of things to read? Then hie thee down to 5 and Desiderata on the playa. There you will find Library California, whose motto is You can check out books any time you like, but they must never be returned. Bear Star won't be there in the fur--Bearnice is hot enough already inside her sunburst--but we're shipping off a big box of poetry for your enjoyment. Visit often. The inventory changes every day. Thanks to Barbara Alderson for making this opportunity possible. She also took the photo below.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Worth a listen ...

Thanks to Late Night Library for running this excellent interview with Dennis Johnson of Melville House, one of my favorite small presses, in which he talks about why Amazon is bad for literary culture in general. He also discusses the recent DOJ case against Apple and why it was completely wrongheaded.

Friday, February 1, 2013

And the winner is . . .

Bear Star Press is very pleased to announce that Josh Booton
of Portland, Oregon, has won the 2013 Dorothy Brunsman
Poetry Prize for his manuscript, The Union of Geometry and
Ash. His book will be published in September 2013. Born and
raised in Portland, he is a graduate of the Michener Center for
Writers at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was
awarded the 2011 Keene Prize in Literature. His poems have
appeared in The Missouri Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry
Northwest, Iron Horse Literary Review, Raleigh Review and elsewhere.
He works as a speech therapist in an adult rehab hospital.