Current Projects

The Olympia Review: That perennial favorite of starving artists and writers, the literary quarterly, should arrive on your doorsteps just in time for Spring. Sifting through the layers of pretentious screeds and irritating rants, we’ve decided to present the finest shit we could find in one fantastic publication easily perused while you, yourself, are on the shitter. Afterwards, please feel free to use our fine rag as an instrument for removing the shit from your ass. And please stop sending us manuscripts written in bodily fluids as the Editor-in-Chief is growing weary of surgical gloves and reciting incantations to protect himself from wayward demons. For proper submissions, subscriptions or letters of protest, please write to:

The Olympia Review c/o
Last Word Press
211 1/2 4th Ave East
Olympia, WA 98501

Or email:

theolympiareview@gmail.com.

The Hater: We’ve given our colleague, El Goonie, the means to spew his rabid diatribes on life in a weekly format rivaling the Federalist in it’s prime. Watch for them littering the sidewalks and alleyways of our fair city. Also useful as liner for bird cages! For subscriptions, blah blah blah, etc:

The Hater c/o
Last Word Press
211 1/2 4th Ave East
Olympia, WA 98501

Or email:

hater360@gmail.com
Twitter: @olylifecoach


The Pick-Pocket Poets Series: We’re gathering bits of napkins and coasters strewn across the floor to give you a taste of the pretentiousness of modern poets. Never ones to be overdramatic and self-centered, we’re presenting to you a collection of verse devoid of bird feeders. We hate bird feeder poetry! Submissions accepted (previous rules apply) at:

Last Word Press
2111/2 4th Ave East
Olympia, WA 98501

The Broadside Project: Have you ever tried to read upside down and backwards?
We’ll tell you how wonderful it is right after we chew a couple more of these painkillers. Moveable type, a lot of places to lose your fucking fingers and a whole lot of time and goddamned effort, that’s what it is. But we’ll do it, just for you. If we think it’s good enough.

The Olympia Zine Library Project (OZLP): After years of languishing unloved and unused in the back of Last Word Books, we started combing through the archives for useful, worthwhile zines to print. And, surprise! We found all kinds of shit you’ll probably be embarrassed about writing all these years later. Still, we’re out to make a buck, so we’ll print it and you can buy it. Now, don’t get your panties in a huff if we use one of your zines to make a profit. All proceeds after the cost of printing and distribution go to the OZLP fund. For questions about submissions and copyrights (ha ha), or monetary donations, please write to:

The Olympia Zine Library Project c/o
Last Word Press
211 1/2 4th Ave East
Olympia, WA 98501

Those Goddamn Imprints Again!: Here’s the deal. We hate the fucking New York Times Bestseller List because it represents everything wrong with the publishing industry. Sure, we read a lot of those books, we even recommend them to other people occasionally, but we refuse to print something under our own imprint we, ourselves, can’t stand to read. In order to deal with this issue, we’ve decided to (“…shut up, Goonie!”) create a different imprint for each genre of book we publish. Hence, you might find these categories useful, or you’ll think they’re trite. We don’t care:

Desiderata Press: Remember what we said about bird feeder poetry? Same goes. We’ve painstakingly tread our way through the most excruciating rhyming couplets and more blank verse than you can shake a stick at. We’ve printed the best, new poems from the most perverse, lyrical lunatics gathered under one roof since Allen Ginsberg gave Walt Whitman a hand-job in the produce aisle.

First Word Books: We’ve never really grown up and can’t understand why anyone else would either. Children’s stories should teach us something, but they should also entertain us. We’re always looking for the reincarnation of Dr. Seuss, or the friend of a friend of the brother of Shel Silverstein to inspire a whole new generation of degenerates.

Labyrinth Books: The finest novels and short stories this side of mountains. We’re constantly looking for that farthest shore, a new way of viewing the world. If you really care about fame and fortune so much, why don’t you submit your manuscript to one of those corporate jobs and get rich already.

Last Word Comix: Duh! Pictures! With the occasional word thrown in for good effect. Thus, the graphic ‘novel’ is born.

Lost World Books: Cutting edge stories about alien sex, centaur porn and exotic locales you can’t visit in the Army.
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