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The Henry Miller Memorial Library champions the literary and artistic legacy of Henry Miller. This cannot mean only the writings of Miller himself. 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.

Ping-Pong Free Press brings together a spectrum of influences and combines them with a radical social perspective on the nature of art and the human predicament. We are committed to promoting artists we love, and sharing our enthusiasm for their work with a global audience. We host poetry competitions each year, and will host a novella contest in 2017. We are also interested in publishing eco-poetics, perched as we are on the edge of the continent with condors flying overhead flipping the bird to extinction. 

In the spirit of Henry Miller, who championed the disregarded, the liminal, and the censored, and who, above all, wanted to bring into the light writing and literature that troubled the elite, Ping-Pong Free Press will also seek to publish “genre” literature that has long been ignored by the academy and literary establishment. We hope to upend the literary world's expectations and expose readers to a wider, stranger universe.  

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Photo of Dylan KriegerPing Pong Free Press and the Henry Miller Memorial Library are proud to announce the winner of our annual poetry contest: Dylan Krieger for her collection no ledge left to love.  Brian Henry chose her manuscript out of a field of outstanding submissions. The top three finalists for the contest are: Mark Lamoureux for Horologian; V Jacob Adams for Past Lives; and Megan Leonard for What Queen What Binary Star.

Brian Henry’s Citation:

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.”

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 a genderqueer feminist who currently works as a trade magazine editor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned her MFA in creative writing at LSU and twice directed the annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival. Before studying with Lara Glenum and Laura Mullen at LSU, she lived in northern Indiana for the bulk of her young life and studied poetry with Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Goransson at Notre Dame. Her first book of poems, "Giving Godhead," was released earlier this year by Delete Press and received an glowing review in the New York Times Book Reviewon August 6, 2017.

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


 

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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Next Contest Opens November 1, 2017

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