The God of Longing came out exactly one year ago today. It's been a wonderful year—for my book, and for me too. The God of Longing has reached readers with the help of East and West Coast Book Tours, reviews, Time magazine, Out, and TimeOut magazine, plus the Library of Congress and the American Library Association. And last April, I moved to Atlanta. I'm loving it here, including the city's strong, vibrant writing community. Today will be a day filled with gratitude. Thanks, everyone.
Honored and excited that my book The God of Longing has been acquired by the Library of Congress, along with all the titles from Sibling Rivalry Press. From the curator to my publisher, Bryan Borland: "Please do share the information with your authors, letting them know that their works will now reside among history’s greatest poets—in perpetuity—in the Rare Book and Special Collections vault, in the world’s biggest library." Congrats to Bryan, Seth Pennington, and all my press-mates!
I first met Sibling Rivalry Press publisher Bryan Borland in Atlanta in 2011, when my poem "The Golden Hour" won an award there judged by National Book Award winner Mark Doty. So in a way, I credit Atlanta with giving me a book (The God of Longing, but you knew that), and I put the "Golden Hour" first in the collection. I fell in love with the city, the people, the pool parties, and especially the thriving writing community, so I moved here!
Thanks to Atlanta poet Julie E. Bloemeke for giving me a beautiful home for the first two weeks I was here--I'm now officially in my own place! To say goodbye to Julie's amazingly kind and talented kids, I filled paper hats with candy and designed an Ambigram for each of them -- It took a few hours to make the names Gareth and Phoebe read the same when turned upside down, but it was worth it!
Back in September when my book came out, Books Inc. in the Castro ordered something like 40 books. I went in today and found they'd ordered MORE copies!! Here it is in the second printing, with its new, improved (non-glossy) matte cover. Thrilled to be on a shelf between Jericho Brown, Anne Carson, and Cavafy!
My name is in TIME Magazine!!! ... But just a coincidence.
I was doing a reading at Magnet (a health center/performance space in the Castro) the day they took a photo for an article about advances in HIV/AIDS testing and treatment ("The End of AIDS"). The photo's only in the print version, but the fascinating article, which I'm delighted to have my name attached to, is here: http://time.com/3596979/the-end-of-aids/
Just back from a successful, and fun, tour of New York and Boston with two fellow Sibling Rivalry Press poets Stephen S. Mills and Matthew Hittinger. Thanks to all the amazing folks at the Bureau of General Services: Queer Division, KGB Bar, Calamus Books, and Berl's Poetry Bookstore for making it such a wonderful experience. Thank you to Joanna Hoffman for joining us at Berl's! And thanks to all the people who showed up, including some of my favorite writers and performers. Name-dropping a few of them: Eduardo Corral, Joseph Legaspi, Michael Montlack, Julie E. Bloemeke, Emanuel Xavier, Charles Rice-Gonzales, Jason Schneiderman, Jerome Murphy, Dean Kostos, Carol Rosenfeld, and Eric Ranelletti. West Coast dates for January and February will be announced soon. Check out the Events page for updates!
My first book, The God of Longing, is officially one day old today! To celebrate, in lieu of cigars, my publisher, Sibling Rivalry Press, is offering free shipping on all its titles! Just use the code FALL at checkout when you order on their website.
If you're in the SF Bay Area, NYC, or Boston, you can also pick up a book at one of the 7 events on my tour schedule so far!
Two of the events will be with noted poet-playwright-critic (and Amazon "Hall of Fame" reviewer) Kevin Killian, who wrote a fabulous review of The God of Longing. Here's a sample: "In The God of Longing, Calderwood’s most striking poems resolve and revolve around an ever-shifting display, a pageant on the age-old conflict between Apollo and Dionysus, between the ecstatic experience and the quieter moments of remembering it, or wanting it so bad, so bad that sometimes it’s good, real good, exquisite in fact." You can read the whole review here. Thanks, Kevin!
The biggest challenge for a small press author is promoting your work and reaching readers; touring and reading from your book are great ways to do that. But that takes money. Most small press authors have to pay for travel and promotion out of pocket, which can be expensive.
That's why I'm so grateful that my press recently started a foundation to support small presses and small press authors. My publisher, Bryan Borland, calls the foundation a "tax-deductible version of Kickstarter." This foundation allows small press authors (not just those from Sibling Rivalry Press) to raise money for travel, research, and other literary events or workshops. 10% of all donations go directly to the running of the foundation and 90% will go to directly to small authors. If you have more questions about how your funds will be distributed to particular authors, you can contact them through the website.
Here's how to donate:
1. Go to to the Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation page for small press authors.
2. On the next page, you can change the amount you would like to donate by increments of ten.
3. Then hit check-out and enter your payment information.
Thank you all for your support!