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PARROT 11 Forcible Oral Copulation by Vanessa Place

PARROT 11 Forcible Oral Copulation
by Vanessa Place
Now Out from Insert Blanc Press!

With respect to the nature of the offenses, J.A. claims they “were not typical forcible oral copulations or sodomies[,]” or “typical kidnappings.” We agree they were not typical; they were particularly heinous. 
People v. J.I.A. (2011) 196 Cal.App.4th 393.

The PARROT series was originally issued by Blanc Press (Los Angeles) from 2005-2010. Insert Blanc Press is reissuing facsimile editions of each title from the PARROT series and releasing a Limited Edition hand-bound set of the collection at the end of the run. 

Titles in the PARROT series: Harold Abramowitz’s A House on A Hill (A House on a Hill, Part One), Amanda Ackerman’s I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck, Will Alexander’s On the Substance of Disorder, Brian Ang’s Pre-Symbolic, Stan Apps’ Politicized Pretty Picture, Amina Cain’s Tramps Everywhere, Teresa Carmody’s I Can Feel, Allison Carter’s All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions, Michelle Detorie’s Fur Birds, Kate Durbin’s Kept Women, K. Lorraine Graham’s My Little Neoliberal Pony, Jen Hofer’s The Missing Link, Maximus Kim’s Break Bloom Burn, Janice Lee’s Fried Chicken Dinner, Joseph Mosconi’s But On Geometric, Vanessa Place’s Forcible Oral Copulation, Amarnath Ravva’s Airline Music, Stephanie Rioux’s My Beautiful Beds, Ara Shirinyan’s Erotic in Czech Republic, Michael Smoler’s Pieces of Water, Brian Kim Stefans’ Viva Miscegenation, Mathew Timmons’ Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation, and Allyssa Wolf’s Loquela.

Covers of Parrot were originally designed by the amazing printmaker, Maggie White. You can find out more about her work at Gray Area, methinks you'll like what you see. 

Read some press on the PARROT series, including a review of PARROT 5, a review of PARROT 1 and an interview with editor Mathew Timmons. And check out the various ways Insert Blanc Press offers to become a subscribing member and to support the press. Visit the Subscription page at Insert Press for more details!

Written by Mathew Timmons — July 06, 2012



I've always wanted to say that ...


We've been in the process of designing a whole slew of PARROTs all at once - the next 13 issues even - which will bring us up to PARROT 23!

Would you like to know what's forthcoming in the PARROT series? Oh, I bet you would! Ohkay then: PARROT 11 Vanessa Place - Forcible Oral Copulation, PARROT 12 Janice Lee - Fried Chicken Dinner, PARROT 13 Amina Cain - Tramps Everywhere, PARROT 14 Michelle Detorie - Fur Birds, PARROT 15 Kate Durbin - Kept Women, PARROT 16 Michael Smoler - Pieces of Water, PARROT 17 Amarnath Ravva - Airline Music, PARROT 18 K. Lorraine Graham - My Little Neoliberal Pony, PARROT 19 Maximus Kim - Break Bloom Burn, PARROT 20 Jen Hofer - The Missing Link, PARROT 21 Brian Ang - Pre-Symbolic, PARROT 22 Ara Shirinyan - Erotic in Czech Republic, PARROT 23 Mathew Timmons - Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation.

Yes! All that stupendous wonderfulness!

You should probably subscribe to the series now, ohkay.

If you're not yet all a twitter, how about this, Insert Blanc Press, FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! has reprinted a small quantity of the first ten issues of PARROT and have made them once again available for sale and at a 10% discount! Just buy a bunch of PARROTs or even pick up the subscription to PARROT and use the discount code ParrotSummerSale during checkout. It's that easy!


Hooray for Summer and the PARROT SUMMER SALE!

Get your copies of PARROT 1-10 while supplies last! PARROT 1 Stephanie Rioux - My Beautiful Beds, PARROT 2 Harold Abramowitz - A House on a Hill (A House on a Hill, Part One), PARROT 3 Allison Carter - All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions, PARROT 4 Joseph Mosconi - But On Geometric, PARROT 5 Allyssa Wolf - Loquela, PARROT 6 Brain Kim Stephans - Viva Miscegenation, PARROT 7 Will Alexander - On the Substance of Disorder, PARROT 8 Amanda Ackerman - I Fell in Love With a Monster Truck, PARROT 9 Stan Apps - Politicized Pretty Picture, PARROT 10 Teresa Carmody - I Can Feel. So much good stuff. So Much Good Stuff!


Written by Mathew Timmons — June 30, 2012

Insert Blanc Press MashUp Monster Contest


In honor of the new Insert Blanc Press being a MashUp of both Insert Press and Blanc Press, we're having the second Insert Blanc Press MashUp Monster Contest. Of course, the first Insert Blanc Press MashUp Monster Contest which happened a couple years ago on the facebox had no entrants hence no winners but also no losers. The rules are to make me an awesome mashup of a song from 1974 and a song from 1984 - focus a little on the number 4 or the word for - if you want you can turn it all into noise but the word or number for/four - or forget the whole for four fore thing - just one song from 74 and one from 84 - I'm kinda into the number 4 right now - or whatever - have a little fun with it - and if you mashup the MashUp I like best - you will get lots of books - deadline is the end of July 2012.

As per usual, the rules are to break the rules a little bit. 

Looking forward to your mashups!

Send them along to InsertPress at gmail dot com

Written by Mathew Timmons — June 29, 2012

Altered State Library, Blanc Press Series by Katie Herzog

Altered State Library, Blanc Press Series by Katie Herzog Now Available! 
Insert Blanc Monograph: Katie Herzog: Object Oriented Programming now available for Pre-Sale!

Altered State Library, Blanc Press Series
Katie Herzog
various sizes
various media on paper

Altered State Library, Katie Herzog’s Blanc Press Series is a limited series of 11 new works to accompany Herzog’s forthcoming artist monograph, Katie Herzog: Object Oriented Programming, January 13, 2012 - March 30, 2012, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC, a Xerox Company). Altered State Library was executed in the vein of German pharmacologist P.N. Witt’s research on the effect of psychoactive drugs on spiders. Instead of a web, the resulting works are a variety of representations of the Getty Research Institute Library. Each drawing will come with a signed copy of Katie Herzog's artist monograph, a large format, full color, hardbound edition of approximately 100 pages with essays by Amelia Acker and Andrew Choate.

The Insert Blanc Monograph series will begin with artist monographs from Christopher Russell and Katie Herzog and each will be preceded by a Limited Series of 10 new works by the artist. Each of the Limited Series is an individual piece by the artist and comes with a signed copy of the accompanying artist monograph.

Browse the series and choose the variant you'd like to purchase.

The book is also now available for Pre-Sale at a special price of $45.

   Katie Herzog: Object Oriented Programming
   January 13, 2012 - March 30, 2012
   Palo Alto Research Center (PARC, a Xerox Company)
   Essays by Amelia Acker and Andrew Choate
   large format, full color, hardbound edition approx 100pgs

Katie Herzog received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and a Master of Fine Arts at UC San Diego in 2005. She studied Library and Information Science at San Jose State University and currently serves as Director of the Molesworth Institute. Recent projects include a Dictionary of Textual Asylum in Basel, Switzerland, and a pop-up publishing platform for rejected research in the Quint Gallery restroom in La Jolla, CA.

Written by Mathew Timmons — June 23, 2012

Stingray Clapping by Andrew Choate Memorial Day PreSale


Insert Blanc Press is proud to inaugurate a new imprint, Knock-Out Editions, with it's first Knock-Out Edition, Stingray Clapping by Andrew Choate. 

Released for Pre-Sale over Memorial Day Weekend, Knock-Out Editions and especially Stingray Clapping by Andrew Choate will be so memorable you will likely be Knocked-Out by the memoriousness of it all.

Stingray Clapping (56 pages, 4.75" x 6.5") has been printed and hand made with luxurious card-stock covers, french flaps, and marbled flyleaf endpapers in an edition of 225 copies with 40 copies signed and numbered by the author and a Limited, Knock-Out Edition of 20 drawings (4.75" x 6.5") also signed and numbered by the artist. 

Stingray Clapping by Andrew Choate
Chapbook, 56 pages B&W
ISBN 13: 978-0-9814623-5-6
Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.75" x 0.25"
$12.00 Chapbook 
$18.00 Signed & Numbered Edition 21-40 
$36.00 Limited Edition drawing and Signed & Numbered Edition 1-20 (choose your drawing from the images on the book's page)

Stringray Clapping is composed of particles swirling at the first remove from the proto world, casting torched breath into the phonemic.”—Will Alexander, author of The Sri Lankan Loxodrome (New Directions Publishing, 2010) and Compression & Purity (City Lights, 2011).

Of his new book, Stingray Clapping, author Andrew Choate says:
In 1999 I got a job working for Crain's Business Insurance magazine, proofreading entries in theirDirectory of Corporate Buyers of Insurance. I was primarily responsible for editing the half-sentence to one-sentence long descriptions of corporations. Never having been so intimately exposed to technical language before, I fell totally in love with the quality of the writing required to convey the much-vetted specificity of a corporate description. The fact that the words were crafted for the sake of clear legal and bureaucratic meanings, rather than for the sake of literature, encouraged me to read them as if they were both specific and evocative.

Considering the glut of language we're inundated with, it's difficult for a writer sensitive to that inundation to want to generate more text to send out into the world. My writings here attempt to do what those corporate descriptions do: be exact and polyvalent. 

I like short texts that respect the reader's ability to read rather than pander to their manufactured desire to be overloaded. I like texts that avoid narrative, plot, concept, character and structure; texts that focus on these things feel like they are trying to dominate the reader. That's not what I am trying to do at all, I'm trying to give the reader an opportunity. Rather than explain every little thing, can't we consider words like colors to put on the page to savor. I mean actually generating (imagining/writing) phrases that can be read the way one listens to a favorite record: at different times of day and with different desires actively in play. 

The words in Stingray Clapping are simply words without any kind of justification: not conceptual, narrative or otherwise. I imagined them and arranged them and was pleased and surprised by them.

Andrew Choate was born and raised in South Carolina and studied music and literature at Northwestern University and the California Institute of the Arts. His first book, Langquage Makes Plastic of the Body, was published by Palm Press in 2006. He has been publishing his writings on music and art since 1998 and his work has appeared in UrbCodaWireSignal to NoiseArt Ltdd’Art International and Facsimile. His writing has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian and Czech. His radio plays and sound works have been broadcast on WDR in Germany, Radioarte Mobile in Italy, Hipersônica in Brazil, Resonance FM in England and various outlets in the US. His visual work has been exhibited at the Yerevan Center for Contemporary Art, the Torrance Art Museum, Barnsdall Art Park, High Energy Constructs and Overca$h.  He has given lectures at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles ("Picturing Language"), CalArts ("Writing for Video Performance") and Hofer's Studio Roof ("I'm Turning Sideways In This Crowded Train So You Can More Easily Pass Me By").

Written by Mathew Timmons — May 28, 2012

A Really Big Update and an Intern opportunity

There are so many things going on with Insert Blanc Press and our authors and artists and in the meantime we are looking for A Brilliant Insert Blanc Press Intern which you can find out about at the end of this post.

1. The PARROT series was featured in the exhibition Open Space: Micro-Press Works, 1950s to Present, from February 23 to May 11, 2012 at The Poetry Foundation's new Gallery in Chicago. Incidentally, you can still subscribe to the PARROT series and this is now the only way to get the full run of the series as most all of the first issues are already sold out. The following are some photos from the exhibition:

2. Insert Blanc Press Editor & Publisher Mathew Timmons is currently tweeting @Harriet_Poetry and if you're into Twitter that might interest you. Around here we are big fans of the twitters.

3. ship #x, Blanc Press Series by Christopher Russell is very nearly SOLD OUT! I highly suggest you pick one up today. Go to the ship #x page to find out more. Below is one piece from the series, ship #7:

4. Besides the first issue of Rabble coming very soon, Insert Blanc Press' Manifestoh! series will also be starting up with a new translation by Boris Dralyuk of manifestoes from the Russian Futurists, Joseph Mosconi's Fright Catalog will soon surface as a 100 page full color magazine, and the Insert Blanc Monograph series will begin with Artist's Monographs by Christopher Russell and Katie Herzog in large format, full-color, hardbound editions. If you were smart you would subscribe to Insert Blanc Press right now! 

5. Insert Blanc Press authors and artists are up to some amazing things. Brian Joseph Davis, author of The Consumed Guide has been getting a whole lot of press for his project The Composites. Kate Durbin, author of E! Entertainment and the forthcoming Diamond Edition, has a couple recent reviews by Mark Wallace on his blog and by Lisa A. Flowers of The The Poetry who also followed up with an interview, and Alissa Nutting had an interesting conversation with Kate over at The Offending Adam. Teresa Carmody, author of PARROT 10 - I Can Feel, recently released I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women which she co-edited with Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, and Vanessa Place. Dan Richert, .UNFO member and co-author of (!x==[33]), has put up the original script that created (!x==[33]) along with some moby wordlists and a text multiplier. Harold Abramowitz, .UNFO member and co-author of (!x==[33]), had a book of his recently reviewed at Jacket2 and he has some new work up at esque and in Sidebrow's new multi-author chapbook White Horse. Vanessa Place, author of Tragodía: Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument very recently was featured on HTMLGIANT with a fairly exhaustive web retrospective of her work. Of course, this barely amounts to a drop in the bucket on the list of all the things the artists and authors on Insert Blanc Press have been getting up to. We will certainly endeavor to keep all you everybody more up to date in the coming weeks and months.

6. Are You A Brilliant Insert Blanc Intern!?

Insert Blanc Press is currently searching for two brilliant interns. I've already found one brilliant intern, maybe you can be another brilliant intern. Please post and share this widely and be in touch

An internship at Insert Blanc will offer you a glimpse into the secret insides of small press art and literary publishing from a not non-profit perspective. As an Insert Blanc Intern you will be at the center of the day-to-day workings of a small press, assisting with editorial decisions, book design and production, copy-editing and proof-reading. You will gain the experience of ushering work from initial idea to fully realized, beautifully produced and finalized project. You will also have the opportunity to assist in event planning for readings, special events and press benefits. You will gain a holistic perspective of the arts and literary landscape in Los Angeles as well as nationally and further abroad while working on publicity & marketing to promote Insert Blanc Press' various books, art series and other projects. You will assist in developing print projects through press releases, tracking and logging reviews and you will work with and help to develop the press' media assets to create web content, web updates and newsletters while building out various social networking platforms. You will gain a broad understanding of the publishing world while submitting books and publications for awards and working to increase book sales through developing partnerships with art and literary bookstores worldwide and locally while reaching out to larger institutions to encourage them to support the press and become subscribing members.

Please be in touch thru and in 3-5 short paragraphs explain why you would be a brilliant Intern for Insert Blanc Press. Interest in contemporary art and literature is a plus and so are excellent writing and communication skills. Knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator andor Photoshop and some familiarity with audio/video editing is a big plus. Those with adept abilities in the social media sphere are also sought after.

This position requires the ability to meet face-to-face and so any brilliant intern must live in Los Angeles and be willing to meet in the Silver Lake andor Echo Park area on a periodic basis.

Written by Mathew Timmons — May 10, 2012

The End of CREDIT / Beginning of INSERT BLANC PRESS


The End of CREDIT
Mathew Timmons: OPEN MIND closing party
Saturday March 31 from 6-10pm
Weekend Gallery

To celebrate the closing of Mathew Timmons: OPEN MIND come to Weekend Gallery Saturday, March 31 from 6-10pm for a performance of The End of CREDIT. Timmons 800 page large format hardbound book CREDIT was released in Septemeber 2009 and he began reading straight through it from page 1 in August 2010. On Saturday, March 31 from 6-10pm a small choir of Mathew Timmons, Geneva Skeen, Andrew Choate, Garrick Hogg, Elana Mann, Yecenia Torres and others will perform The End of CREDIT, the last pages of the book.


From NOW into the foreseeable future
Everywhere on the Internet
20% discount use "2011 Prices"


OPEN MIND also showcases the publishing work of Insert Press and Blanc Press. For further cause of celebration we would like to announce the launch of a new combined publishing venture, Insert Blanc Press and a new website Currently in beta version for testing while we move all the information from various places to one super website, during this time all Insert Blanc Press books, prints, chapbooks, subscriptions etc will be 20% off with the discount code "2011 Prices" Use the discount code during the checkout process and as many times as you like until summer. 

I hope you will all join me for these grand gala events!

Mathew Timmons
Editor & Publisher
Insert Blanc Press


Written by Mathew Timmons — March 28, 2012

Coming Soon!

Look for more news on books, readings, reviews, and all other things Insert Blanc Press, coming soon!

Written by Brian Hewes — February 01, 2012