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Love Trumps Hate

Love Trumps Hate

We are gutted and terrified by the recent revelations of just how dark, small-minded, scared, and hateful the American collective unconscious can be. But we are ready to fight the long fight ahead for the basic rights and dignities of all people.

We are a small company and wish we could do more, but this is what we can do: From now through November 17, when you use the discount code LoveTrumpsHate, our entire catalog is 20% off and 100% of all sales will go directly to Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, and organizations fighting for LGBTQ and immigrant rights.

If you've ever considered buying any or all of our books, please make this week the time that you do so.

Summer Release Party—or, rather, PARTIES

It's all happening this weekend in Chicago...


Robert Ryan Book Release and Exhibition
Saturday, August 6 from 7–10pm
Great Lakes Tattoo
1148 W. Grand Ave.

Join us for an exhibition of a bunch of new work on canvas from Robert Ryan, plus new prints, new limited-edition-available-this-weekend-only T-shirts, and, of course, the release of The Inborn Absolute.


Live Podcast Recording with Tim Kinsella & Robert Ryan
Sunday, August 7 from 2–4pm
Chicago Athletic Association (in the Drawing Room)
12 S. Michigan Ave.

The latest edition of our Storytelling Series events in partnership with Chicago Athletic Association, which is, as always, being recorded for the Featherproof podcast.  Come sit in a comfy chair in the amazing lobby of this hotel, have a cocktail, and engage in conversation with our main man & the man-of-the-hour. Oh, and we'll also have this-weekend-only T-shirts from Robert, in addition to copies of the brand-new The Inborn Absolute (and the rest of our catalog).


Featherproof Summer Release(s) Party
Sunday, August 7 at 7:30
Rainbo Club
1150 N. Damen Ave.

To celebrate the release of The Inborn Absolute and The Tennessee Highway Death Chant, we're inviting all peoples of the world to converge at our home-away-from home for music, readings, and maybe a cocktail or two.  Keegan Jennings Goodman and Devin King will supply their own personal brand of linguistic magic, and Robert Ryan will be doing a solo drone set. We'll have our whole catalog there, at our usual, unbeatable prices, plus your last chance to get those limited-edition Robert Ryan T-shirts.


Announcing Zachary Schomburg's first novel!

We're proud to announce that in 2017 Featherproof will publish acclaimed poet Zachary Schomburg's first work of fiction, the novel Mammother. It's a fabulist tale set in the town of Pie Time, concerning a young man who takes on the job of holding the random objects born from the bodies of those who have died in the plague of God's Finger. Beneath the book's strangeness, surrealism, and absurd humor is a heavy tenderness and sincerity that explores family, mourning, loss, relationships, time, and our complicated relationship with death.

Past praise for his past work:

With wit, humor, tenderness, and his characteristic, logic-bending surrealism, Schomburg probes into the subjects of futurity, personal history, and mythmaking.
Publishers Weekly
…out of chaos, darkness, fire, and violence Schomburg builds a fearlessly balanced galaxy, a cosmos inhabited by angry mobs and bleeding trees but thick with sweetness and blossoming light.
The Believer
Schomburg’s meditations on death … often seem to be a way of thinking about what it means to be present, to be breathing in the now, to be a human in a busy world.
[His tone is] morbid, yet ironically luminous and welcoming, an opposition that creates tension and electricity, that propels a reader through the narrative with a pleasant discomfort.
Heavy Feather Review


Zachary Schomburg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Iowa. He earned a BA from the College of the Ozarks and a PhD in creative writing and poetry from the University of Nebraska. His books include The Man Suit, Scary, No Scary, Fjords vol. 1 (which won the 2013 Oregon Book Award), and The Book of Joshua. Schomburg co-edits Octopus Books and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Reviews & Praise for “Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion“

“Their handling of athletes’ words is careful and respectful, and the results are surprising: profound, funny, poignant and occasionally beautiful."

review & excerpt at Flavorwire


“It's poetry that takes the very best of what is said in the heat of battle, and reforms those erratic sentences into a passionate profile of the player. "

review & excerpt at The Commish


"The interactions between media and players have become increasingly standardized—mindless cliches and then reporters trying to squeeze blood from those stones…the best way to create meaning is to chisel those stones down and then pile them up with a bunch of others into an interesting shape."

Q&A at Hardwood Paroxysm


"Hilarious and sometimes inspiring…"

interview at


"Best of 2015" selection

CBC Books & Orlando Weekly & The Globe and Mail & Connected


"A substantial thread of Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion is that of the power and nature of human experience. If there is sublimity and humor, there is also the moral repugnance of Don Imus’ 2007 remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team alongside Fuzzy Zoeller’s offensive “joke” about Tiger Woods…"

review at The Found Poetry Review


"Language trickery peaks a few times when several voices merge and Malla and Parker present a poem with a group of indistinguishable narrators … It’s just one of many notes that these skilled poetic DJs hit in this unique and surprising book. Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion sets out to find the poetry in sports talk. Through clever sampling and an attention to sound and form, Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker succeed."

review at The Los Angeles Review