Monday, November 20, 2017

The confiscation of 459 Books and Cd's by Small Press Distribution's Brent Cunningham. Email Correspondence follows.

Posting this correspondence to make clear to Farfalla's authors and patrons as to what happened to their titles and to the public as to the end date of the press itself. Unable to contact me by phone the Books and Cd's were "trimmed" and given away by Small Press Distribution. SPD acknowledges they had my email and had sent me checks for the years leading up to their decision to liquidate our titles but contend that they could not reach me, could not produce emails trying to reach me. As a result all media made 2002-2012  has been liquidated. 

Brent Cunningham     10/03/14

Hey Gary,

As I tried to suggest on the phone I'm sorta concerned that we're
drifting toward what feels like some kind of legal-ish process where
you're looking for evidence of and support for what happened.  What
I'd rather concentrate on is what you're looking for from this?  What
would make you as happy as possible given the unfortunateness of the
situation?  There's no question the books are gone.  Some of that was
a result of you being out of touch, but some of it was also our fault,
and I didn't intend to suggest we weren't also at least partly at
fault as well.

As you might imagine we do a lot of things understaffed and in a hurry
here. Emails about presses in the negative are often template emails
sent out by volunteers, so could have gone from a number of email
addresses.  Also possible we simply failed to email, or the bounced
email was deleted.  In any case I can't take much more time looking
for that particular exchange which I haven't been able to locate.

I do see you and I had exchanges in the past, prior to the closing in
2012.  I have bounced emails about overstocked titles from 2009 (they
were going to  After that we succeeded talking
via I'm sorry I didn't use that email prior
to trimming the inventory, but as i said it usually isn't me sending
word of a press in the red.

I do have the email I sent to the staff on 8/23/12 after the second
time the publisher statement to you was sent back to us as
undeliverable.  And I know that I always pick up the phone in those
cases, but in your case we've already determined the wrong phone was
in our system.  I also send letters, but in your case we didn't have
an address.  And although you might be on the spd listserv, the email
we use is the one in the publisher account, which we determined wasn't

In any case, here's what happened to the books.  We are constantly
trimming inventory here.  The process is that once a press has been
inactive a couple years the books are staged on a large shelf in back.
1-2 copies of each book are taken to Moe's, which has a library
donation bin.  Periodically someone from the Prison University Project
at San Quentin comes by and takes any books they want from that shelf.
It's seldom more than 1 or 2 of a title in their case.  We also
encourage volunteers to take what they want.  We don't particularly
track all that.  The rest are eventually recycled, after the books are
there at least a month or 2.  Space is highly limited in the warehouse
right now so the process moves quicker and quicker.

I'm also attaching the entire sales/royalty history from the last time
we sent you a check.  That last check covered sales through 2Q11, so
this one goes from 3Q11 until the present.  Because we flipped the
press to 'inactive' in August of 2012, we did not assess the standard
$180 annual fee at beginning of 2013 and 2014.  If we had, the press
would currently be at a balance of -$218, as the attached shows.

So, to sum up: do you have a fair figure in mind that would make you
feel properly compensated and as happy as you could be under the
circumstances, given all the above?  That's really what we would like
to see come out of all this.


Brent Cunningham
Operations Director
Small Press Distribution
510-524-1668 x308

Buy a book from SPD, enjoy a great read, and support the literary community!

Response from Gary Parrish      10/04/14

Dear Brent,

After looking at the situation, and a long deep sleep last night, the only realization I'm having is that nobody wins in our situation and case.  In your email you expressed that you wanted a fair and amicable resolution, something we could both live with.  I used your formula to come up with a value that you deemed too high a compensation. Your counter offer, less than 10% of the total value of the items and stock at SPD.

You asked me about being honest, about what was fair, not only to me but my authors.  And when I think of it, I think that there is no amount of money that I would rather have over these books, the time it took to make them, the correspondence and comradery I had with my authors, and the process.  Work and time floats into the ether.

I'm going to leave this decision to you.  The number you offered me at $800 I counter with $1300, taking $500 off the formula price that you gave me that was standard for damaged and lost items. Not only the $500 that I reduced, but also in good faith paying the $200 that initially got all 17 of my authors and their stock left to the wind.

I don't want to argue, and ultimately this is your decision.  If you get a moment before responding with a final number, re-read your email to me above.  I believe that that sentiment was coming from a place of amicability and something we can both live with.  In any case, I'm sure you're a busy man, as am I.  I would like to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

As always I hope you're well.  There is no malice in me.  And like I said, only the deep resolve to move forward.

Best regards,

Gary Parrish

The remaining stock of books not "trimmed" by SPD I donated to the Allen Ginsberg Library at Naropa.

Hey Gary,

Please advise regarding the message from Kathy at Naropa...


Brent Cunningham
Operations Director
Small Press Distribution
510-524-1668 x308

Buy a book from SPD, enjoy a great read, and support the literary community!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kathleen Westergren <>
Date: Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 8:40 AM
Subject: Books received by Naropa University
To: "" <>

Hi, Brent.

A box of books addressed to “Naropa Bookstore” arrived at Naropa
University, and our mail room gave it to the library as the university
no longer has a Naropa bookstore (Students can get their textbooks
from a private bookstore in town called the Boulder Bookstore.).  We
are happy to sign for this box, but we’d like to know what you want us
to do with them.  We could give the items to our Jack Kerouac School
for the writing and literature students, or we can add them to the
library collection.  If the latter, we have a donation form (attached)
to fill out that will enable me to send you a thank you note that
includes our tax ID #.

Kathy Westergren

Coordinator, Technical Services & Special Collections

Naropa University’s Allen Ginsberg Library

303.546.3505 (Direct) ; 303.546.3507 (Main)

Where the 1,000 dollars instead of the books and cd's came from, SPD or CLMP?

Gary Parrish     10/03/14

Hi Brent

I had a quick question, is this money you're offering coming from SPD, the CLMP or out of your own pocket? What figure did you have in mind and who else is aware of this situation, does the CLMP know what's taken place here, should they or is SPD separate?

Best, Gary

Response from Brent Cunningham

It'd be SPD dollars.  We compensate publishers when we lose or damage
their books, and this case is ambiguous enough that it seems some
dollars would be due you.  If we pay we'll hopefully learn to improve
our procedures for trimming inventory.

SPD and CLMP are different orgs entirely.  Jeffrey is the ED of both
SPD and CLMP so he would know about this.  Although it isn't such a
big deal that he would necessarily be signing off beforehand.  Truth
is, with 1,000 new titles coming in a year, and 150K physical books
going out the door a year, stuff happens to books all the time where
we are liable.

To give you context the max compensation we ever hand out is about 30%
of list for a lost/damaged book, because that's a reasonable amount we
might pay if the book actually sold.  However in this case I would
rely on your honesty to say, well, for such and such book there really
was no honest chance it was going to sell very many copies anyway, and
besides I or the author have a bunch anyway, and the like.  Maybe do
that calculation, and give me a figure that would cause you to say SPD
did ok by you, keeping it as low as possible to save SPD financially
of course.  Our mission is to help small publishers, so although it's
sometimes inescapable that publishes will feel wronged the desire is
that they don't.

End of Transmission

If anyone has any questions or similar stories with SPD, feel free to comment below. Posted above is about 20 percent of Brent and my correspondence. To all the people who supported this press my deepest thanks and gratitude.  

Monday, June 24, 2013

Poethics: Diversity, Lock, Stock and Barrel

Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?"

Giving away Farfalla Press, Lock, Stock and Barrel to a Poetic/Fiction Collective whose members are all people of color and preferably veterans. Mission here is to promote diversified writing in a predominantly Caucasian writing and publishing culture. Only criteria that I ask for is that the ongoing publishing ventures of this Collective works to generate and produce inclusiveness of all races and cultures outside the standard Caucasian America aesthetic.

Taking over the press, the Collective will receive all current and future monies from Small Press Distribution and the current backlog of Books and CD'S housed there. I would like to see at least a ten person Collective form to carry out this basic mission statement.

If you fit this criteria and have a desire to help promote "outsider" literature giving the minority a voice and place to be heard and are able to work to continue the process of promoting the writing and culture of media outside the Caucasian America aesthetic then leave a comment below with your intentions and I will contact you.

Sincerely, Gary Parrish

"Job of the poet is to move the century a few inches into the future" AnneWaldman, Naropa University  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reviews and Readings: Patrick Kosiewicz, and Jamey Jones

How Many Suns Burn Over Babel Where Poets Die
by Patrick Kosiewicz
2012 farfalla press/McMillan & Parrish
Review by Susan Scutti 


Poetry Translations & the Unnamable by
Margarita Shalina Michelle Campagna
Patrick Kosiewicz, Garrett Burrell SAT. 15 SEP 7-10 285 E 3RD ST

Blue Rain Morning
by Jamey Jones
farfalla press/McMillian & Parrish, 2011
Review by Megan Burns  

Monday, May 14, 2012

How Many Suns Burn Over Babel Where Poets Die book release reading at St Marks Bookstore

Patrick Kosiewicz with Colin Dodds and Jon Reeve

Tuesday, May 22, 2012. 7:00pm to 9:00pm
St Marks Bookstore, 31 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10003

How Many Suns Burn Over Babel Where Poets Die

by Patrick Kosiewicz

farfalla press/McMillan & Parrish


"Heavily muscled myth and scorching reality collide to explosive effect in Patrick Kosiewicz's HOW MANY SUNS BURN OVER BABEL WHERE POETS DIE.This is a fierce, no, ferocious book. If I were you, I would immediately read it."—Laird Hunt

"In the name of God the state of Hell on Earth has many players, many pallbearers, and a lasting, searing torment. Patrick Kosiewicz takes the soldier to the novel like no one you've ever read has been able to do. We start with burning books and never stop burning with a spirituous fire that consumes all in the path before her. This is our world, and we all have a hand in creating it, with or without our permission."—CAConrad


Colin Dodds

Another Broken Wizard

Colin Dodds grew up in Shrewsbury and Worcester, Massachusetts, attending Saint John's High School. He completed his education at The New School in New York City. Norman Mailer wrote that one of Dodds' novels showed "something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people." His screenplay, Refreshment - A Tragedy, was named a semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Two books of his poetry--The Last Man on the Moon and The Blue Blueprint--are available from Medium Rare Publishing. Dodds' writing has also appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal Online, Folio, Explosion-Proof, Block Magazine, The Architect's Newspaper, The Main Street Rag, The Reno News & Review and Lungfull! Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

S.M.A.R.T. kicks off National Poetry Month in San Antonio.

Original Art Work by Alexis Souza

National Poetry Month kicks off early in San Antonio with performances on March 10 at Luminaria. March is Contemporary Art Month and Smart Month a celebration of readings and visual installations on the San Antonio Riverwalk.

Readings begin at 7:00 p.m. In the Stetson Room of the Hilton Palacio del Rio on the Riverwalk.

March 14 Gary Parrish, Robert Planos and Fernando Flores
March 21 Andy Benavides and Fresh Ink
March 28 Sharon Olinka and Kyle Schlesinger

Readings are brought to you by the S.M.A.R.T.Foundation.

Hosted by Andy Benavides and Gary Parrish.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Todd D'Anna (1977-2012) Ropes & Flowers

Todd D'Anna and Jessica Rogers

Ropes &Flowers

Picture of her and the sky


Like a dog I chase the shadows

Of a dance

I danced

Ten Years ago

You always take my watch off

Before we get into bed

And the seconds

Drip from my wrist

With fresh suicide

Ten years ago



A dance

Chasing shadows

That wore your perfume


Like a dog I howl at the back of the moon

With hourglass rhythms

Singing acappella

Just to handicap

My dreams

Smells of rape in the cool California night

Morning after pill with pink liquor

Staining memory

She says

"you gotta work thru that shit baby"

Full moon empties into san francisco bay sunrise

Like a dog I howl

And wait for the rain to come

It never does

We lay in bed

A switch is touched

My watch is off







Todd D'Anna (Poems from Penny Lane, 2002)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

100 Thousand Poets For Change

Poster Art by Trina Faundeen

9:00 am - Noon
Interactive Poetry / Collage / PicturePoem Responses to

Panel includes Jim LaVilla-Havelin / Gary Parrish / Laurel Bodinus / and Bill Lewis

NOON at The Twig Bookstore

Local readers include:
Darby Riley
Mobi Warren
Gary Parrish
Laurel Bodinus
Palmer Hall
Fresh Ink - Anthony Flores
Jim LaVilla-Havelin
Jesse Cardona
Rod Stryker

The Twig Bookstore
200 E Grayson, Ste. 124,
San Antonio, TX 78215,

100 Thousand Poets for Change Organizes Largest Poetry Event in History
Number of Participants Worldwide Growing Daily

600 events in 450 cities and 95 countries will take place on September 24 to promote environmental, social, and political change. Poets, writers, artists will create, perform and demonstrate in their communities, and decide their own specific area of focus for change within the framework of peace and sustainability, which founder Michael Rothenberg stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.”

Bob Holman and Margery Snyder, in a recent article on said, “the beauty of the concept of 100 Thousand Poets for Change is that it is completely decentralized and completely inclusive.” All those involved are hoping, through their actions and events, to seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.

Poetry demonstrations are being organized in political hotspots such as Madison, Wisconsin and Cairo, Egypt. A poetry and peace gathering is planned in strife-torn Kabul and Jalalabad.

In Mexico there are over 30 events, with 18 poetic actions in Mexico City, where poets as well as environmental and political activists are hoping to encourage reflection and creative responses against systemic violence through the written and the spoken word with day long street events, readings and workshops. More than a third of these events are organized by collectives actively working towards a non-violent approach to solve the country's most pressing problems.

To date there are over 250 events in the United States. There are 20 events statewide in North Carolina where teacher/poets have mobilized to protest cuts in education funding. And along the Platte River near Omaha, Nebraska, poets will be demonstrating against TransCanada’s planned Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. 

More examples of events can be found at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Each event organizer has an Event Location blog page on the website for posting, poetry, artwork, photos, and video to document this global mega-event across national borders.

Immediately following September 24th all documentation on the website will be preserved by Stanford University in California, which has recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will archive the complete contents of the website,, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

Founder Michael Rothenberg is a widely known poet, editor of the online literary magazine and an environmental activist based in Northern California.

For information contact:
Phone: 305-753-4569

Friday, April 22, 2011

Jamey Jones - Blue Rain Morning (Farfalla Press 2011)

A book party & reception

a new book of poems by Jamey Jones

published by Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish

Thursday, April 28, 6 PM

Long Island University (Brooklyn)
H Building, 4th floor, English Department
Robert Spector Lounge

Jamey, an alumni of the MFA program at LIU, now living in Pensacola, Florida, will also read from his book

Copies of BLUE RAIN MORNING will be on sale

"A jolt of the glorious quotidian, startling moves and rhythms make BLUE RAIN MORNING one of the best books of the season."
Anne Waldman

"Jamey Jones finds the music in the sidewalk and the cracks between."
Jack Collom

"Jones is both a resident and traveler of these poems, where "abroad here means elsewhere" and elsewhere is "how to write / this new wave of lost."
Edmund Berrigan

"Jamey Jones communicates the truth in poetry."
Bernadette Mayer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Tribute to Akilah Oliver

A Tribute to Akilah Oliver


A Toast in Your House:
a memorial reading to celebrate
the life & work of Akilah Oliver

Adrienne Dodt
Krista Franklin
Jenny Henry
Jennifer Karmin + dancer J’Sun Howard
John Keene
Kevin Kilroy
Marie Larson
Todd McCarty
Marissa Perel

Hosted by Rebecca George
& Luis Humberto Valadez

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL

$4 suggested donation
All funds will be donated to assist the Oliver family with the costs
associated with Akliah’s departure and to keep her work alive.

Co-presented by the Midwest Naropa Writers & Red Rover Series

AKILAH OLIVER was a poet, a dedicated teacher, and an inspiration to the lives she touched. Her books include An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet (Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish, 2004), The Putterer’s Notebook (Belladonna, 2006), a(A)ugust (Yo-Yo Labs, 2007), and A Toast In The House of Friends (Coffee House, 2009). She taught poetry in New York at The New School, Pratt Institute and The Poetry Project. She also taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics,

We will remember her warmly, in a house of friends, with our words.