May 27, 2020
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College of the Atlantic | BDN
College of the Atlantic | BDN

The acclaimed literary magazine Bateau, now published by College of the Atlantic, returns to print with a launch event featuring author, COA writing lecturer, and editor-in-chief Dan Mahoney, and poet Arielle Greenburg.
Bateau is a small-scale, highly respected publication that includes prose, poetry, images and comics. First published in 2008, the magazine went on hiatus for several years until it was revitalized by Mahoney, working with a group of students. COA is now the magazine’s publisher and the home of Bateau Press.

“We’ve diligently sorted through thousands of submissions for the new issue, striving to select a dynamic and refreshing collection of entries,” Mahoney said. “Bateau 6.1 features roughly thirty authors whose writing reflects styles and ideas that extend beyond what one might read in a conventional collection of literature.”

From its inception, Bateau 6.1 has grown out of the love students have shown for it. Mahoney is currently teaching an inventive class called Little Magazines and Contemporary Literary Publishing, where students come together to help design and publicly represent Bateau, while simultaneously studying the history and styles of many other literary publications. Outside of the classroom he has also collaborated closely with Bateau senior editors and COA class of 2016 alumni Galen Hecht, Eloise Schultz, and Lucas Burdick.

Mahoney said that the final iteration of Bateau, 6.1 was very much a group decision.

“If someone felt really passionate about a piece of poetry or prose we would sit and talk about it. The students ultimately had a lot of editorial sway,” he said. “Working hands-on like that gives valuable experience to students and ensures that the magazine is expanded to include a broader scope of ideas and tastes.”

The opening event of Bateau 6.1 on October 16 is centered around bringing the voices of the community into the experience of the magazine. It takes place in the hope of enriching the local literary community by welcoming both new and old faces, and by offering engaging readings from the new release.

Arielle Greenberg is the author of the poetry collections Slice (Coconut Books, 2015), My Kafka Century (Action Books, 2005) and Given (Verse, 2002), and the chapbooks Shake Her (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012) and Farther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials (New Michigan, 2003). Her creative nonfiction book Locally Made Panties is forthcoming in 2016 from Ricochet Editions, an imprint of Goldline Press.

Her poems have been included the 2004 and 2005 editions of Best American Poetry and a number of other anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers (Sarabande, 2006), and she is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship and other awards. She is co-editor of four poetry anthologies, as well as a college reader, Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America (Longman, 2006).

Greenberg left an associate professor position in the poetry program at Columbia College Chicago in 2011 to move to Maine. She lives in a nontraditional family structure with her husband, her two children, and her partner.

Dan Mahoney works as a writer, translator, teacher, and father. He loves all his jobs. His work has appeared in many literary journals throughout the country and his book of short fictions, Sunblind Almost Motorcrash, was published by Spork Press in 2014. His interests include Latin American and Spanish literature, Middle Eastern Poetry, Contemporary Short Stories and Modern/Contemporary Poetry.

Bateau Press is a letterpress publisher of chapbooks and an annual magazine.