Prior issues of "Bateau," the literary magazine that is returning to print. PHOTO COURTESY OF ‘BATEAU’

Literary magazine ‘Bateau’ sets sail



BAR HARBOR — The literary magazine “Bateau” is returning to print with a launch event featuring author and editor-in-chief Dan Mahoney and poet Arielle Greenberg at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m.

“Bateau” is a small-scale 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, a College of the Atlantic writing professor, 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 30 authors whose writing reflects styles and ideas that extend beyond what one might read in a conventional collection of literature.”

Mahoney is currently teaching a class called “Little Magazines,” where students come together to help design and publicly represent “Bateau” while studying the history and styles of many other literary publications. Outside of the classroom, he also has collaborated closely with 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 Oct. 16 will offer readings from the new release.

Greenberg is the author of numerous poetry collections, including “Slice,” released by Coconut Books in 2015. 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 and the 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.

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. Find them online at bateaupress.org.

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