welcome to the first edition of the ronin press newsletter.

it's been just over three months since our launch on december 20th, and we've published a total of six downloadable eBooks:

[POETRY001] owen calvert - tube rats
[POETRY002] yossarian and newamba - free enterprise in the waste management industry
[PROSE001] chris vaughan - persecution
[PROSE002] tyler knight - the rise of the mech peens
[PROSE003] hugh fox - was
[PROSE004] dan pitts - obituaries, of and by

included are the two most recent additions to the ronin writers line up; hugh fox, an important figurehead in the small press scene, and his short story, 'was'... more from hugh after the news... we also welcome the first time published dan pitts. dan's hard hitting piece 'obituaries, of and by' is the fourth prose addition. both books are full of nostalgia and take us on an emotional rollercoaster.

now we look to the future... we are focusing on poetry now, and have plenty of new eBooks on the horizon. the poetry section has collected dust as a result of the recent bombardment of prose submissions. now it's time to spring clean.. and we're blitzing...

a chapbook of poetry from howie good will soon be assembled, alongside a few from sergio ortiz. howie's collection will be the next ronin eBook, POETRY003, with sergio soon to follow.

we plan to put all of these in print as soon as possible so they will be available in the 'purchase' section, which is currently under construction.

for those who disfavour .pdf files: a new eBook viewer has been introduced; the ronin browser. now you're able to view each page seperately, and/or download the entire eBook as individual .jpeg pages.

thank you to all of our writers and readers for their continued support since our launch.

pressing matters.




Foxing Around

So....in high school in Chicago I was the only one who wore Harris tweeds and looked literarily “serious,” so in my senior year I was made Editor in Chief of the school newspaper, and then at Loyola in Chicago I was always appearing in Cadence, the university mag...but it wasn’t until 1968, when Len Fulton, editor of Small Press Review, created a huge small press get-together in Berkeley, California, that I became really immersed in the small press scene and COSMEP (COMMITTEE OF SMALL MAGAZINE EDITORS AND PRESSES) was formed and I was put on the Board of Directors, that I really got inside the small press scene, and became totally alive as a writer.

At last there was a place/were places to get published, editors and writers to become pals with. And we’d have yearly get-togethers (conventions)....New Orleans, St. Paul, Minnesota, and New York. I got to know all the writers and editors and publishers....the list could go on for ten pages...and my work started getting published everywhere, places like the Poetry Review of the University of Tampa, Second Coming, The New Orleans Review....you name it, I was there. It wasn’t just the New York Insider’s Club any more, but an Everywhere Writer’s Club...you ought to read Way, Way Off the Road: The Memoirs of the Invisible Man, which I wrote about my literary immersions. The title a takeoff from Kerouac’s On the Road.

I started my own magazine, Ghost Dance: The International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry, wrote the first books about Bukowski, Lifshin, Charles Potts, wrote The Living Underground: A Critical Overview, put together an overview of contemporary “underground” writing called The Living Underground:A Prose Anthology.

All this contact, this sense of camaraderie, brotherhood/sisterhood, the readings in Boston and Berkeley and everywhere....suddenly I was alive, a writer among writers, encouraged, applauded, energy poured into my creative possibilities, and I began to write novels, plays.....you name it, I did it.

We all became internationalized, I got to know Jorge Luis Borges in Argentina, got published in Tears in the Fence in English, two years teaching in Caracas, a year studying at the U. of Buenos Aires, two years teaching in Brazil, a year spent in Spain, another in Mexico.....

Now the whole scene is moving into the internet and becoming totally internationalized and presses like Ronin Press are creating a whole new international literary world that makes literature easily available everywhere, not just in some snobby, limited little literary stores. Ronin is out there in front, full of energy, out-reach, exquisite taste, and a whole new internationalist generation is emerging that will turn literature into a whole new international vision. Political barriers/I.D.’s will remain but a whole new post-political world-view vision shall emerge. It’s a great time to be riding the literary waves, like a trip back to Hippy-Yippy days, but with this difference -- that the energy is permanent and the space world-wide...

- Hugh Fox, March 2010


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