Peach​ ​Picks: Literary News and Recommendations

by / Sep. 19, 2017 8pm EST

Guest Picks: Ghost City Press

For​ ​this​ ​week’s​ ​installment​ ​of​ ​“Peach​ ​Picks,”​ ​we​ ​invite​ ​the​ ​masterminds​ ​behind​ ​Ghost​ ​City Press’s​ ​annual​ ​Microchapbook​ ​Series​ ​to​ ​highlight​ ​some​ ​of​ ​their​ ​favorite​ ​collections​ ​from​ ​this past​ ​season.​ ​The​ ​series​ ​is​ ​an​ ​annual​ ​marathon​ ​in​ ​which​ ​one​ ​short​ ​digital​ ​collection​ ​of​ ​writing​ ​is published​ ​every​ ​summer​ ​weekday​ ​by​ ​Ghost​ ​City​ ​Press,​ ​an​ ​independent​ ​publishing​ ​house​ ​based out​ ​of​ ​Syracuse,​ ​beloved​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​Buffalo​ ​literary​ ​scene​ ​as​ ​the​ ​press​ ​houses​ ​the​ ​work​ ​of several​ ​Western New York-based​ ​writers.​ ​It​ ​just​ ​finished​ ​its​ ​second​ ​season​ ​with​ ​the​ ​press’s​ ​editorial​ ​team overseeing​ ​the​ ​publication​ ​of​ ​75 ​collections​ ​by​ ​78​ ​different​ ​writers throughout​ ​the​ ​country​ ​and​ ​many​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Anglo-speaking​ ​world.​ ​We​ ​hear​ ​from​ ​Kevin Bertolero,​ ​Ghost​ ​City​ ​Press’s​ ​founder​ ​and​ ​publisher-in-chief,​ ​and​ ​Jo​ ​Barchi,​ ​the​ ​press’s​ ​chief editor,​ ​about​ ​some​ ​of​ ​this​ ​season’s​ ​collections​ ​that​ ​they​ ​feel​ ​deserve​ ​some​ ​more​ ​exposure​ ​or that​ ​are​ ​important​ ​to​ ​return​ ​to​ ​a​ ​second​ ​time.


Kevin​ ​Bertolero,​ ​Publisher-in-Chief:

1.​ ​​Have​ ​Trust​ ​in​ ​Being​​ ​​by​ ​Lander​ ​Eicholzer
intimate​ ​/​ ​relational​ ​/​ ​innocent​ ​/​ ​observational​ ​/​ ​brunch

2.​ ​​Oscar​ ​Mike​ ​Alfa​ ​Romeo​​ ​by​ ​J.​ ​Sebastian​ ​Alberdi
dating​ ​/​ ​queer /​ ​unrequited​ ​/​ ​gallery​ ​/​ ​metropolitan
3.​ ​​Man​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Cactus​​ ​by​ ​Jordan​ ​Alan​ ​Brown
forlorn​ ​/​ ​numb​ ​/​ ​visceral​ ​/​ ​assertive​ ​/​ ​weighty
4.​ ​​Conversations​​ ​by​ ​Jakob​ ​Maier
personal​ ​/​ ​allegory​ ​/​ ​brevity​ ​/​ ​focus​ ​/​ ​imagination
5.​ ​​Internet​ ​Boyfriend​​ ​by​ ​Christopher​ ​Lee
contemporary​ ​/​ ​amorous​ ​/​ ​critical​ ​/​ ​humorous​ ​/​ ​beguiling


Jo​ ​Barchi,​ ​Editor:

1.​ ​​Once​ ​Upon​ ​a​ ​Time​ ​I​ ​Was​ ​Michael​ ​Thomas​ ​Taren​​ ​​by​​ ​​Evan​ ​Kleekamp
translation​ ​of​ ​a​ ​translation​ ​/​ ​essay​ ​/​ ​theory​ ​/​ ​poetry​ ​adjacent​ ​/​ ​personal
2.​ ​​Self-Help​​ ​​by​ ​Nancy​ ​Tang
heartbreaking​ ​/​ ​prose​ ​/​ ​beautifully​ ​personal​ ​/​ ​painfully​ ​funny​ ​/​ ​New​ ​York​ ​/​ ​Iowa
3.​ ​​//GERMZ​​ ​​by​ ​Stephon​ ​Lawrence
nature​ ​/​ ​love​ ​/​ ​observational​ ​/​ ​cyborg​ ​/​ ​haunted
4.​ ​​Daydreams​ ​in​ ​6/6/6​​ ​​by​ ​Rosie​ ​Accola
collage​ ​/​ ​hilarious​ ​/​ ​poignant​ ​/​ ​early​ ​20s​ ​/​ ​relationships
5.​ ​​Liner​ ​Notes​​ ​​by​ ​Katie​ ​Prout
​family​ ​/​ ​hysterical​ ​/​ ​relational​ ​/​ ​lyrical​ ​/​ ​introspective

“Peach​​ Picks”​​ is​​ a​​ column​​ of ​​literary​​ news​​ and​​ recommendations​​ written​​ by​​ the​​ editors​​ of​ P​​each Mag​,​​ ​​an​ ​online​ ​literary​ ​magazine​ ​based​ ​in​ ​Buffalo.​ ​For​ ​inquiries,​ ​contact​ ​the​ ​editors​ ​at