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release date: May 28, 2013
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Prose and Lore: Issue 1: Memoir Stories About Sex Work (Volume 1)
There are as many truths about the sex trade as there are people who participate in it. In the first issue of Prose & Lore, a new literary journal of memoir stories, people who’ve tangled with the sex industry write about the complications that arise in the mix of sex and money. From the accounts of love and loss, occupational hazards and tricks of the trade to personal stories of hope, resistance, and survival, Prose & Lore #1 is a fiery collection of narratives by people who have walked the walk, and are now telling their tales. Contributors are all participants of the Red Umbrella Project’s first memoir writing workshop, which took place in Fall 2012.
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release date: May 15, 2013
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The Body Electric
In the spirit of Walt Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric,” this anthology by poet and performance artist Aimee Herman celebrates the human form in all of its glory and diversity. With short fiction, poetry, and photography by some of the most inspired writers and artists of our time, THE BODY ELECTRIC provides a contemporary examination of the body—its dynamism and frailties, desires and unbounded possibilities—that sings out in praise of human physicality just as Whitman’s original poem did over 150 years ago. ABOUT ARS OMNIA PRESS This text is published by Ars Omnia Press. Ars Omnia Press was founded by artists, writers, and academics to provide a forum for unique, provocative, and inspiring creative voices. We publish works of fiction, poetry, and art that challenge the boundaries (mimetic, aesthetic, symbolic, cultural, political, philosophical, economic, spiritual, etc.) of literary and artistic expression. Visit us on the web at www.arsomnia.org.
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release date: Jan 31, 2012
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to go without blinking
Aimee Herman is a cyborg. Not in the sense of a mixture but: in her impetus. Her desire for a book to be a new kind of thinking and being in the world. As she writes in the startling Statement of Poetics that opens this passionate collection: "This body of text practices trilingualism and contraction. Theories include gender confiscation and syntax dissection." I liked that. A syntax that records what happens to a body even more than the words themselves. And that's just page one. Throw away "the color pink," writes Herman, deeper in. And: "Gender is best received in a question mark." In not with. I loved that. This is re-wiring where it counts: below the lexicon. Below the public-private register:" where the label was rubbed." Until there's nothing left but, as the writer says: "The most dangerous parts of me." What those "dangerous parts" become, reconfigured, mutilated and grown again, is the text of this "sore" and "feminine" book. A book in which "words" and beloveds, of various kinds: "never stop coming." What kind of cyborg is this? —Bhanu Kapil, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University. Gizzards: a word my grandmother used to mean bloody, messy, entangled innards. These are gizzard-poems. Even if the important parts are blurred you can hear the sound of envelopes unlatching, you can become the redhead body for a while. Herman tells us do not approach the scars...disobey her and masturbate while reading this book. Then go snap a pencil in half. Yes, it’s like that. — Jackie Sheeler, author of Earthquake Came to Harlem Aimee Herman celebrates and contradicts our expectations in her disturbing juxtapositions of unexpected images. This is a book poised to define the poet’s title and premise: “How can one edit the typos found in scar tissue.” Reading these poems challenges our comfort zone and confronts us with an ever-moving visceral vitality. The poet’s lyrical scrutiny considers all angles and actions as in the “shape of angled knuckles surfing into / independent variable”. She is breaking through taboos of language we never knew we had. Her tangled metaphors morph into surreal visions. Unpredictable, a sexuality of the unexpected that demands our engagement even as the language soaks us ever deeper into inexplicable non-outcomes that riddle like questions in a Zen koan. Experimental and disarmingly playful, these lines are a testimony, a political investigation into a sensuality that refuses conclusion. — Maureen Owen, author of Erosion's Pull Aimee Herman writes so often in the imperative because she and her world insist on the NOW of the body, society, and language. She brings us the world both embodied and cataloged, alienated yet familiar. Her words are a recipe for seeing differently. Blink at your own delicious peril. — Daphne Gottlieb, author of 15 Ways to Stay Alive Aimee Herman’s to go without blinking is a visceral, wide eyed, queer movement that creates “sturdy retinas” in those of us who participate. As we enter and perform this book by way of our bodies (our inhabitation) we are nervy-aghast, gasping, slobbering, terrified, aroused. Oh the confessions here-- not only the confessions themselves, but the quality of confession amid the varying grits of the unveiled body. This is not a book of the stellar body. It is the core, guttural relation of body to page—it is body and page as planar path, “leaking teeth”—“a need to disrobe to satisfy.” Herman has shown us an unabridged vista of spaces and scenes where power, colonization, detriments and desires are exchanged. Nothing is held back here. We are cut by this book. We are conflated. We are ruined in the best possible ways. to go without blinking’s “tongue is too big for [its] body” and this is where its genius is. —j/j hastain, author of prurient anarchic omnibus
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release date: Oct 10, 2014
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Meant to Wake Up Feeling

Aimee Herman’s powerful new poetry collection, meant to wake up feeling, addresses the complexities of identity, gender, memory, and body image. This is a book of surprise, humor, intimacy, fallibility, renewal. Anne Waldman writes, “Visceral, insistent, beyond transgressive…Gratitude to Aimee Herman for getting under our skin, and moving poetry-in-discourse into the feminist present and future where we study and yearn for the salvation of humanity.” Herman’s work takes you on a personal journey of understanding a body’s identity and, in turn, helps us understand who we are. These poems revel in Cummings’ forms, Bukowski directness, and Kerouacian playfulness. In Herman’s own words, “Walk away from formula, resuscitate the dark inside, look for new bulb of light.”

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release date: Oct 23, 2018
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Prose & Lore (3 Book Series)
From Book 1: There are as many truths about the sex trade as there are people who participate in it. In this new collection of creative nonfiction, people who’ve tangled with the sex industry write about the complications that arise in the mix of sex and money. From the accounts of love and loss, occupational hazards and tricks of the trade to personal stories of hope, resistance and survival, Prose & Lore is a fiery collection of narratives by people who have walked the walk, and are now telling their tales.
release date: Oct 11, 2017
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A Very Special Dress & Other Stories
Evelyn Zaleson was the youngest of eight children. Like most parents in America during the 1930s, for Evelyn’s father, the newly naturalized citizen Jacob Zaleson, the overriding objective was to provide a dry roof over his family’s heads, plenty of food for the table, and the very best for his children. Unfortunately, Jacob was limited in what he could provide by his meager earnings from a slaughterhouse as an assembly line butcher. His American born wife, Marsha, many years his junior, was a stay-at-home mom. Together, they prioritized the needs of their four sons, because sons could always be expected to support and care for their parents in their old age. By comparison, they believed that their only responsibility to their four daughters was to actively search out rich husbands for them. One by one, Evelyn watched her older siblings be introduced and married off to their life partners and begin raising families of their own. “When will it be my turn?” she kept asking. Then she met Benjamin.
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release date: May 07, 2019
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Everything Grows: A Novel
Fourteen-year-old Eleanor Fromme has just chopped off all of her hair. How else does one cope when their bully commits suicide? When Eleanor’s English teacher suggests students write a letter to a dead person to get their feelings out, Eleanor chooses him. It is 1993 and grunge rock, riot grrl bands and self-discovery swirls all around. Eleanor gets into a fight with her best friend after she outs Eleanor as a lesbian, and soon finds comfort in her secret crush, Aggie, who has just moved to New Jersey from Staten Island. Aggie teaches Eleanor all about PJ Harvey, feminism and what it means to be poetically wild. Through each letter Eleanor writes to her bully, she learns a new route to herself while also trying to make sense of his death. After many months attending a suicide survivor support group to cope with her own mother’s attempt, she meets her bully’s mom and starts to learn more about him from a different perspective. With the help of a unique cast of characters, Eleanor learns what it means to be inside a body that does not quite match what she feels on the inside, comes to terms with her mother’s mental illness, and falls in love! Everything Grows is about finding community or creating it when it falls apart. It is about forgiveness, acceptance, and learning how to survive.
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release date: Dec 01, 2008
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Recipes for the Apocalypse
This book is the voice of a very real and active artistic community currently centered around Boulder, Colorado. This is the showcase of some very real, talented, and powerful voices struggling with the zeitgeists of the day. The poetry in this volume is emotional, sexual, political, forbidden, understated, and above all, raw. Its power does not come from the perfection of its lines or the pristine intellectualism of a researched mind. It comes from the intense interaction of the perceptions pervading our culture.
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release date: May 23, 2015
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Vitality Magazine: Issue 1
The only limit is your imagination.

A transgender boy and his mother hop dimensions in search of his father. A girl and her girlfriend face down the monsters that keep her village afraid. A little sea monster girl listens to her two grandfathers tell the story of how they found her. A woman fights to rescue her brothers from a sorceress - that she finds herself falling for.

Welcome to Vitality!

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Vitality is a literary magazine publishing exciting, entertaining fiction featuring LGBTQ+ protagonists. What we hear people asking for, most often, is more stories featuring queer people – and not just serious, often difficult-to-read “issue” work dealing with the hard stresses of real life, but fun stories that happen to be about queer characters, and portray queerness in a positive way.

In answer to this need, Vitality seeks to be an escape for the reader. A safe place full of wonder and awesome where the reader can see characters like themselves doing things like battling dragons, solving crimes, acting in a circus, or traveling the world. All genres and styles can be found in Vitality. The only limit is your imagination.
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release date: Jul 19, 2021
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Time Out Chicago (Issn: 1552-2202) (Issue 145 - "Who Cars About God?", December 6-12, 2007)
152 Pages, 1.99 USD Cover Price, Religion/God Issue. Contents: Beyond Belief: Test of Faith, Rainbow Connection, Party Sundays, Kitsch: Doctor Atomic, Homer Simpson: Dan Costellaneta, Food For the Soul, Absinthe, St. Charles: Fahrenheit, Le Passage, Frugal Shoppers: SoKo Fashion, Old Stuff: Medicine Cabinet, Hyde Park Art Center, Social Networking Sites: Bookworms, Wendy Clinard: Jondo Portraits, O Tannenbaum, Scarlet Bar, Kid Crafters, Chicago Chimera, Holiday Glitzkreig, FX: Dirt, and much more!
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