Wednesday, December 31, 2008



Join us for our debut posting! Also, Thursday January 8th live at Book Zoo in Oakland at 7pm w/BRL Editors Choice Edition/ contributors ! Brenda Hillman ! Sara Mumolo ! Barbara Claire Freeman ! Craig Santos Perez ! See you there +V.

Jenny Drai likes to say she was raised by wolves, but really she is the child of librarians, which may or may not be the same thing. A graduate of the poetry program at Saint Mary's College of California, her work has appeared in Court Green, Five Fingers Review, and The Tiny as well as other journals. She has written a novel, John Clare, which awaits publication, and is currently working on a novella, Dark Age, about a fifth century book of laws, a list of names, and a divorced writer with too much time on her hands. She likes to swim and run and enjoy scotch in a responsible fashion in Oakland, California, but she has also lived in Chicago, Hamburg, and Munich. She works in the home furnishings industry.

Veronica Carlos-Landa is a Mexican-American poet who has lived in California all of her life and never plans to leave. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA from St. Mary's College. Vero, as her friends affectionately call her, also teaches, learns, loves, sews, knits, and loves to drink beer.

Sarah Garrigan is a student at the University of California at Berkeley working towards a degree in English. She is currently a Co-Publicity Chair for the Berkeley Poetry Review. After college, she looks forward to living in a box while discovering what exactly one can do with a B.A. in English. She enjoys drinking chai lattes, wandering around San Francisco, and pretending to work on her senior thesis.

Monday, December 15, 2008

/BRL Editor's Choice Edition/ Available LIVE at BOOK ZOO

Special and Staple-copy editions of BRL in store now CLICK THE LINK FOR STORE HOURS!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Book Zoo will celebrate its fifth year of operation on this historic evening. Bring food, drinks and presents! All are welcome. FREE!!! Click the post title to check out their cool website+V.

BRL'S BIG BOOK ZOO BOOK BASH BON VOYAGE 7pm Thursday Jan 8th 2009!

BRL'S BIG BOOK ZOO BOOK BASH BON VOYAGE 7pm Thursday January 8th 2009!
The cover image for /BRL Editors Choice Edition/ photo ! Geatan Chabanol ! Cover Art ! Allyson O'Brien ! Layout/Design/Editor ! Valyntina Grenier ! Copy Editors ! Sarah Garrigan ! Gillian Hamel ! Binders ! Jenny Drai ! Sara Mumolo ! Jane Miller ! Gillian ! Me ! Writers ! HARMONY HOLLIDAY ! BRENDA HILLMAN ! CRAIG SANTOS PEREZ ! BARBARA CLAIRE FREEMAN ! SARA MUMOLO !

Hi there,
Please join LIFE-LONG PRESS at BOOK ZOO January 8th 2009 7pm for our Big /BRL Editors Choice Edition/ Book Bash Birthday Bon Voyage Party ! No we'll not be bashing books WE LOVE THEM ! We'll hear from contributors ! SARA MUMOLO ! CRAIG SANTOS PEREZ ! BARBARA CLAIRE FREEMAN ! BRENDA HILLMAN ! We will have copies of the edition for sale ! The Bon Voyage is for Life-long Press ! BACK ROOM LIVE will be going on line ! The Birthday is my 33rd ! I am realy looking forward to celebrating w/ you ! +V.

Sara Mumolo works at Studio One Art Center in Oakland CA and runs the Studio One Reading Series. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Shampoo, Hoboeye, Dusie, Typo & others. Find her chapbook Brain in a Vat at Stormy Petrel Press.

Barbara Claire Freeman is a literary critic and professor of literature who has recently turned her full attention to writing poetry. She is the author of The Feminine Sublime: Gender and Excess in Women's Fiction (University of California Press, 1998, pbk. 2000), among many other works of criticism and theory. Formerly an Associate Professor of English at Harvard, she teaches creative writing for the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in A Public Space, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Modern Review, Parthenon West, and New American Writing,. She is the current recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Award, the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize (Sarah Lawrence College, 2007) and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Craig Santos Perez is a co-founder of Achiote Press and author of from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008). His poetry, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared (or are forthcoming) in New American Writing, Pleiades, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others.

Brenda Hillman has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which are Loose Sugar (1997), Cascadia (2001), and Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005), all from Wesleyan University Press. She has also edited Emily Dickinson's poetry for Shambhala Publications, and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, co-edited The Grand Permisson: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (2003). Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, where she is Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry. She is involved in anti-war activism with CodePink. These pieces are from Practical Water, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2009.

So that's
Thursday January 8th 7pm
at Book Zoo
6395 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland 94609


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Last BIG BACK ROOM LIVE ! this SAT DEC 6TH 7PM ! and second publication event of the year!!!!!

Well the magazine is nearly ready!!!! On thursday night from 6-10pm we will be binding 55 special editions and stapling 95 copy editions if you'd like to help send me an email!!!! And by help I mean loan your time, bookbinding tools or staplers???? And don't forget about our big event this Saturday night at Mc Nally's at 7pm chaeck out the readers and bios below. Hope to see you their++V.