Axe Lectures Book Release Event at Moon Palace Books Tonight!axelecturesfrontcover

November 30 7:00PM 3032 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis, MN

Reading with Brianna Johnson, Shanai Matteson, and Katie Ka Vang
Thursday November 30 | 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Join us on for a book release party celebrating The Axe Lectures by Brianna Johnson.
The amazing Rebecca Brown writes “You know how Kafka said that ‘A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us’? Brianna Johnson’s THE AXE LECTURES is that kind of axe book…”

With readings by two of our other local heroes, Shanai Matteson and Katie Ka Vang. Please come out for independent bookstores, independent presses, and independent writers. Three powerhouse artists, one night, free.

Brianna Johnson earned her BFA and MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her experimental manuscript Fire Sale was published in 2016 as a digital chapbook by Essay Press and her second book Drone Fidelity is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil in 2018. She was invited as a Waves Discussion Series Contributor/Lecturer alongside Maxine Hong Kingston for the 2015 A Room of Her Own Foundation’s retreat for women writers. She lives and works in Minnesota with a pit bull and some books and acts as an editor with 1913 Press.

Katie Ka Vang creates work from the personal in hopes of carving a communal space. She has been labeled as a playwright, performance/theatre and installation artist. She also directs the arts and culture team at the Asian Economic Development Association.

Shanai Matteson is a writer, public artist, and arts organizer. She’s one of the Collaborative Directors of Water Bar & Public Studio, where she serves water and facilitates ecological art projects that encourage cultures of reciprocity and care. Lately, she’s been steeping herself in Top 40 Country Songs, and rewriting them with narratives gathered from the small town in Northern Minnesota where she grew up.

Give to the Max Day is approaching!

Give to the Max Day is November 16. If you would like to donate to Spout press, we would be very grateful. Spout press is a non-profit volunteer collective—no one at Spout gets paid, and all donations received will go to production and distribution of the books we make. Specifically, we will use the money to create the next two books in our Out Of Pocket series, highlighting local writers Carolyn Holbrook and Maureen Aitken, and to further promote our two newest books by J. Otis Powell?! and Brianna Johnson. Our focus in Out of Pocket is on expanding and facilitating the local literary conversation in regard to experimentation, current issues, and new voices. Will you help? With your support, we can publish these new books and continue to publish work that is fresh and compelling and weird well into the future.We make our literary culture together. Thank you!


Out of Pocket Reading at East Side Freedom Library

1105 Greenbrier St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106

Please join us on Thursday, October 26, 2017  from 7-9 pm

Patterson, Jendrzejewski, Powell‽ and Johnson: Out of Pocket

This page from City Pages or our Facebook Event page for more information.

Visit Spout Press at the Twin Cities Book Festival!

Saturday, October 14 is the annual Twin Cities Book Festival, held at the State Fairgrounds from 10-5. Admission is free. Spout will be tabling at the event and running book fest special prices on our Out of Pocket Series titles as well as backlist titles. At 11:00, Brianna Johnson will be signing copies of Axe Lectures. Please stop by and say hello!




Remembering J. Otis Powell

Spout Press is sad to share news of the loss of our friend and Spout Press author,  J. Otis Powell‽  We are grateful to Small Press Distribution for this tribute.

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Book Release Party

Please join us Thursday June 1 for a special performance and book release party for J. Otis Powell‽’s Waiting For A Spaceship.

J. Otis Powell is a member of the MN Spoken Word Association Hall of Fame, an Urban Griot Innovator Award winner, and a founding producer of the award-winning spoken word radio program, Write On Radio.

Waiting For A Spaceship is the third release in our new Out of Pocket series. We love these books!

When: Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00
Where: Pangea World Theater, 711 W Lake St # 101, Minneapolis
Who: J. Otis Powell‽ with Davu Seru & No Territory Band
plus special guest Rene Ford

Sliding scale admission is $5-15.

$10 and over gets you a copy of the new book.

No one will be turned away.

No Territory Band is

Davu Seru, drums

Solomon Parham, trumpet

Pat O’Keefe, clarinets

Nathan Hanson, saxophones

Levi Scwartzberg, vibraphone

(With special guest Rene Ford, saxophones)

Pangea World Theater is an intimate setting. Please don’t miss this one! With all of these powerful performers, and you, in a small setting, we have a feeling it will be special.


Give to the Max Day is November 17!

As Give to the Max Day approaches, we ask that you keep us in your hearts. And minds. And wallets. Simply follow the link below and donate what you see fit to Spout Press. 100% of donations will go to our authors and to production costs. No one at Spout gets paid—we are an all-volunteer collective. We do what we do because we love literature and want to contribute to the Twin Cities’ great literary culture.

Spout Press began in 1989 as Spout Magazine. Since 1997 we have expanded into book publishing, combining the spirit of the journal with a commitment to publishing on a larger scale. This year we started a new series of books and chapbooks titled Out of Pocket, publishing Juliet Patterson’s epilogue and Rachel Jendrzejewski’s encyclopedia. With your help, we’d like to publish the next works in this series, books by Carolyn Lee Holbrook, Brianna Johnson and J. Otis Powell!.

Our focus in Out of Pocket is on expanding and facilitating local literary conversation in regard to experimentation, current issues, and new voices. Will you help? With your support, we can publish these three books and continue to publish work that is fresh and compelling and weird well into the future. Even a small amount helps. The great integration of your heart/mind/wallet awaits—please help us complete our current projects, and thank you!



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