Jeff Alessandrelli has first vinyl-record only poetry press in U.S.

Jeff Alessandrelli has first vinyl-record only poetry press in U.S.

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September 26, 2016, 11:00 a.m. CDT
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Peru, Nebraska- Peru State College Assistant Professor of English Jeff Alessandrelli’s vinyl-record only poetry press, Fonograf Editions, is the only press of its kind in the United States. The press’s first album, “Aloha/irish trees,” by Eileen Myles has garnered two national reviews in Nylon Magazine and DIAGRAM.

Myles is the inspiration for the character of Leslie Mackinaw on the Emmy-award Amazon Prime television show “Transparent” and her career-spanning poetry collection “I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014” received universally strong reviews upon its publication by Harper Collins.

Nylon Magazine writes of the record, “If one were going to make a vinyl of poetry in the digital era, Myles is the ideal choice for such a project. Her poems lend themselves perfectly to being read out loud.”

“Besides for coming up through spoken word poetry and the St. Mark’s poetry project, her thick Boston accents relishes the words, making them juicy and tart with the kind of addictive rhythm that gets the lines stuck in your head so you want to listen to the poems again. The various sounds of the record—the squishing of her spit, the breathing punctuating the poems, the swallows, the mistakes, the repetitions, the occasional sniffs, and slurring—make it more like music than poetry.”

DIAGRAM’s review highlights the medium as well, “Listening to Myles’ Aloha/Irish Trees, you are consenting to both the whims of vinyl’s largely uninterrupted contiguity and the integral tenacity of the reading. This makes for an altogether different experience than reading.”

Fonograf Editions next record, due in November, will be “Conflation” by Rae Armantrout. Armantrout’s book, “Versed” won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Photo of the album cover.

Photo of the album cover.

 

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For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.

About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.