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Ping-Pong Free Press brings together a spectrum of influences and combines them with an ecological social perspective on the nature of art and the human predicament.  We are committed to promoting artists we firmly believe in, and sharing our enthusiasm for their work with a wider audience.  The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a repository of natural beauty in an accessible public space.
We are also interested in publishing writing with a radical environmental stance, perched as we are on the edge of the continent with condors flying overhead flipping the bird to extinction.

The Henry Miller Memorial Library champions the literary and artistic legacy of Henry Miller, naturally his legacy goes beyond his own writing. We may not have even known about Miller had it not been for Anaïs Nin. Miller existed at the peripheries of American literature, but his sources, and his influence, extend far beyond this country, to the international literary avant-garde. Miller was and is as much an international literary figure as he was/is an American one.

Ping-Pong Free Press supports many poets, writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and photographers. These artists are part of varied communities: LGBTQ, people of color, and the under-represented—some of whom would never have found a voice in the mainstream, like Henry, like Anaïs.

The editors of PPFP are committed to preserving Miller’s legacy with an eye toward honoring communal, non-materialistic values and seeking excellent work that exemplifies this point of view.  

In the spirit of Henry Miller, who championed the disregarded, the liminal,
and who, above all, wanted to bring into the light writing and literature that troubled the elite, Ping Pong Free Press will quite simply seek to publish the best work out there.


The Fourth Annual Speech is Not Free Event, November 4th, 2017 at
Howl Happening Gallery, New York City!


Hyperlink here:
https://www.marialoveswords.com/4th-annual-speech-is-not-free-event-in-nyc-at-howl-happening-gallery-in-the-bowery/

 


Ping-Pong Free Press and the Henry Miller Memorial Library are proud to announce the publication of No Ledge Left to Love by Dylan Krieger. Winner of the Ping-Pong Free Press poetry prize 2018. Award-winning poet and translator Brian Henry served as judge.

Praise for Dylan Krieger:

New York Times Review of books: “Dylan Krieger’s “Giving Godhead” will be the best collection of poetry to appear in English in 2017.” We here at Ping-Pong Free Press believe No Ledge Left to Love will be the best of 2018.

Dylan Krieger’s No Ledge Left to Love is a book of delirious delights. Cutting across time(s) to fashion a visceral, necessarily disturbing tour of thought experiments and philosophical constructs, Krieger writes with an audacious yet sobering energy. Rife with vertiginous wordplay and transgressive intent, these are poems “for the savagesphere or wherever next we might emerge after a thousand years cocooning in our eyelashes and sticky furs.”

Brian Henry, contest judge, author of 10 books of poetry, most recently, Static and Snow.

“In No Ledge Left To Love, Dylan Krieger deftly ricochets between the philosophical and the grotesque through powerfully direct prose poems that retain hypnotically lyric lines. Smart, visceral, and relentless, Krieger breathlessly hacks at the bloated body of western reason and—through a parade of mouths, derelict deities, and rivers of goo—keeps one hand extended, inviting us to the dance.”

–Janaka Stucky’s poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, was chosen by Jack White’s newly-fledged imprint, Third Man books as their inaugural title.

About Dylan Krieger:

Regarding the creation of her book Krieger writes, “As the titles in its contents suggest, “no ledge left to love” is a poetry project that reimagines and challenges the frameworks of Western philosophical thought experiments, especially with respect to gender categories, moral certitude, and diachronic identity. Each poem focuses on a different thought experiment in analytical philosophy, from Plato’s allegory of the cave to Nagel’s spider in a urinal. Recognizing that Western philosophy—like most all academic disciplines—has been largely dominated by wealthy straight white men, “no ledge” attempts to dismantle the reductive binaries and disembodied logic of the analytical philosophical vernacular, emphasizing instead the robust physicality and potent mutability of the bodies required to convey its lofty ideas.”

Dylan Krieger is an automatic meaning generator in south Louisiana, where she lives with a feline reincarnation of Catherine the Great and sunlights as a trade mag editor. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Louisiana State University, where she won the Billy Maich Academy of American Poets Prize and the Robert Penn Warren Award, respectively. Her debut poetry collection, Giving Godhead (Delete Press, 2017), was dubbed “the best collection of poetry to appear in English in 2017” by the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of dreamland trash (Saint Julian Press, 2018) . Find her at www.dylankrieger.com.

About No Ledge Left to Love:

Dylan Krieger is a philosopher, there is no doubt about that, and with a typical philosopher’s bravado she takes an analytical exacto knife to the problems of our world. What does she find? Crony Capitalism and systems of oppression and dominance instituted by heterosexual upper class white males in order to keep their hegemony on power.

She speaks to us as the voice of the zeitgeist of America, a Greek chorus we have ignored for far too long. And the Greek influence is subtly present, almost undetectable. The metric and rhyme scheme she makes use of will remind readers of the epic poems of old.

And this is a new epic poem– not only because it makes deft use of rhyme and pattern–see quantum immortality–but because it traces the heroine’s journey from darkness into an even greater darkness. The Odyssey is the story of the last hero from the Greek age of Heroes, No Ledge Left to Love is the story of humanity’s last age. Imbued with philosophical concepts and wit–Krieger’s tour de force is a trumpet call, but only for those who will hearken to it. Now the question is, will you?

River Atwood Tabor author of Tumbleweed Migration and Haunted by Waters.

Thank-you to all who helped us create this 8 month labor of love: cover artist, Judith Supine; art editor, Rachel Abrams; book layout, Jehan Valera; graphic designer, Michael Willis

Questions about ordering: pingpongfreepress@gmail.com

Cover of No Ledge Left to LoveLink to purchase copy


 

Cover of White Fire

 

Ping Pong Free Press and the Henry Miller Library are proud to announce the publication of "White Fire" by Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of Medaeum

 

"Medaeum" by Jameson O'Hara Laurens available
for purchase here: Henry Miller Library Storefront

 

Cover of A Small Suitcase of Russian Poetry

 

A Suitcase of Russian Poems, versions by Ilya Kaminsky and Katie Farris. Our first release was published in April 2016 and is a small anthology of Russian poems in translation. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover of 2015 Ping Pong Magazine

 

 

2015 Ping Pong Magazine


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pussy by Maria Garcia Teutsch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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