Monday, September 23, 2013

ESP publishes OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS / Balto. Book Fest release

BALTIMORE, Md. – From Desert Storm to dope deals gone bad, 32 writers, poets, and photographers share their hard-won wisdom of the working world in Occupational Hazards, the latest themed issue in the critically acclaimed Smile,Hon, You’re in Baltimore! series from Eight-Stone Press.

Smile, Hon will kick off the 2013 Baltimore BookFestival with a release party celebrating the publication of Occupational Hazards from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 27, on the CityLit Stage on the circle in the city’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood. The event will include author readings, a special appearance by poet Steve Matanle, and music performed by Red Sammy. For more information, visit

In Occupational Hazards – the 27th installment in the Smile, Hon series – Lisa Wiseman has it her way with her former fast food career; one-time Tupperware® salesman Don Clark, Jr. unseals the gender barrier; Fernando Quijano III tries his hand at drug-dealing; and Earl Crown reports from the dark heart of the sub-prime mortgage industry, plus a whole lot more. Contributors include:

  •           Rafael Alvarez
  •           A. Aubrey Bodine
  •           D.R. Belz
  •           Davida Gypsy Breier
  •           Don Clark, Jr.
  •           Rufus Cletus-Clacktus
  •           Wayne Countryman
  •           Caryn Coyle
  •           Earl Crown
  •           E. Doyle-Gillespie
  •           Matthew Falk
  •           S.J. Ferrandi
  •           Kate Gillespie
  •           Bruce Goldfarb
  •           Eric D. Goodman
  •           Anthony C. Hayes
  •           J. Gavin Heck
  •           Joe Higler
  •           Bill Hughes
  •           Kat Malone
  •           Holly Morse-Ellington
  •           OTHERdrawlings
  •           Fernando Quijano III
  •           Ben Shaberman
  •           Jeffrey L. Shipley
  •           Dee Smith
  •           Cecilia Strakna
  •           Norris Tally
  •           William P. Tandy
  •           Tim Ward
  •           Gregg Wilhelm
  •           Lisa Wiseman

From the harbor to the hills, Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! collects the tales of those on whom Mobtown has left her indelible mark. Polished, professional essays; barroom sermons delivered from the sanctity of a favorite stool; the poet's fleeting sentiment, captured in both word and snapshot – Smile, Hon offers a slice of Baltimore as told by Baltimore, presented with the time-honored DIY accessibility of a limited-run, handcrafted zine. A two-time Utne Reader Independent Press Award Nominee, Smile, Hon has also been dubbed "Best Zine" by Baltimore Magazine (2013 and 2008) and Baltimore City Paper (2004). Other special theme issues have tackled such subjects as alleyways, sex, rats, and tattoos.

An Eight-Stone Press production, Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! is available locally for purchase at Atomic Books (Baltimore, MD); City Lights Books (San Francisco, CA) Cyclops Books & Music (Baltimore, MD); Microcosm Publishing (Bloomington, IN, and Portland, OR); Quimby's (Chicago, IL); Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse (Baltimore, MD) and Ukazoo Books (Towson, MD).

For more information, contact:

William P. Tandy, Editor
Eight-Stone Press
P.O. Box 11064
Baltimore, Maryland 21212