The best publishers have an aesthetic that is instantly recognizable, both in the authors they publish and the overall design of their publications.
Birds, LLC, a small press that focuses on timely poetry collections and poetic-novelistic hybrids, collaborates with and supports their authors through “readings, events, and podcasts,” because poetry “demands a human voice and an audience to hear it.”
Birds, LLC, is based in Raleigh but also operates out of Austin, Minneapolis, and New York. As a small press, they release only a couple titles a year, which ensures each poetry collectionâ€”and all of their authorsâ€”experience the close, collaborative experience so many writers crave.
Simply put, though, Birds, LLC, is on one helluva run.
In September of 2016, they published the novel-as-longform-poem IRL by Tommy Pico. This novel went on to win the inaugural Brooklyn Public Library Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
â€œIRL delights and surprises, defies categorization, and challenges our narrative and linguistic expectations,â€ said TÃ©a Obreht, Brooklyn Library Prize jury member and National Book Award finalist. â€œIt is, on every level, a remarkable achievement.â€
Concurrently, R E D, by Chase Berggrun, was released in May to critical acclaim.
“In Berggrunâ€™s striking debut, a book-length erasure of Bram Stokerâ€™s Dracula, that text becomes fertile soil for cultivating complex story of sexual awakening, domestic abuse, and liberation,” said Publisher’s Weekly in a starred review. “Indeed, if flipping Stokerâ€™s novel into a feminist narrative is a somewhat straightforward reversal, Berggrunâ€™s poems convey that narrativeâ€™s stark circumstances with a poignancy and rage difficult to achieve.”