Monthly Archives: December 2012

Piscataway House Publications Newest Book….

On December 30th we had Josh Ballard’s Book Release Party for his collection of poetry and words, i keep going…the party was great and video will be worked on and posted soon to our youtube page

till then you can buy his book off Amazon here…

Have a good new year and all that stuff and look for upcoming books in 2013 such as

  • Jail Letters: Collected letters from two animal rights activist who tried taking down a KFC
  • the next duel book with Ink and Keith
  • an upcoming novel by Bud Smith
  • and Volume 5 and 6 in a brand spankin new Idiom anthology
  • also keep an eye out for our past books being published as ebooks with added pictures and video interviews, readings, and other fun things!

Josh Ballard’s Book Release Party Tomorrow!

December 30th 2012, Piscataway House Publications will be releasing Josh Ballard’s Book “I Keep Going” to the world!  It’s gonna be a full day of readers and bands and celebration of everything we and our friends produce and perform…

We already mentioned the Haiku Poets in our last blog post but also reading and performing that day:

  • Idiom and Walking English Poets (Specifically Stephen McNamara and Mark Brunetti)
  • Prose writer, Bobby Fischer from the MFA book published earlier this year through Piscataway House.
  • Accidental Seabirds
  • Moon Motel
  • Bud Smith a poet and prose writer from Brooklyn who will have a future book out by PHP later this year
  • The newly awarded Asbury Park Poet Laureate, Dogmatic
  • and more….

Anna Elle is gonna be behind the bar alllll night just rippin it up for your drinking pleasure. Tip her well, she deserves it!

$10 entry includes copy of “i keep going”, beer, wine, coffee, and hors d’ouvres.

Hors D’ouvres will be served between 6:00-7:00pm

It’s at Toast in Asbury Park at 516 Cookman Ave.

Haiku poets at the next book release party….


Earlier this  year Piscataway House  Publications came out with “5, 7, then 5 / we must tell a whole story / in just three short lines”, a book of Haiku from 6 central jersey poets.

After their book release party, they did several readings around the state expanding on the traditional Japanese form, creating the fuck-u’s, and competing with themselves in death matches to see who was the most insulting.  Here is a video of them at the Red Bank River Read Series

You can see the Haiku poets on December 30th at Josh Ballard’s book release party for his collection of poems and words “I Keep Going”  at Toast in Asbury Park on Cookman Avenue 6-10 PM….



Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the myth of the starving artist….

So during the end of the recent Idiom Podcast we discussed the myth of the starving artist and how practical it is for someone to create things under the poorest of conditions….while discussing this with other writers and friends the notion of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs came up…


He says that a person can’t move from one level of the pyramid to the next till their basic needs are met and fulfilled, and at the top is where all creative inspiration and notions take place…Now of course this doesn’t happen all of the time and it is a broad generalization…but the idea of a starving artist rising from nothing and becoming successful is a similar rare occurrence from someone deviating from Maslow’s ideas….usually the starving artist stories are very exaggerated….

I know that may have not been the main point of Josh’s essay….and I also know that we just argued a point made in a book that we just published…but it’s the end of the world and time for a new way of looking at things, maybe demythifying this belief can be the right direction towards a better artistic tomorrow….

Here’s the podcast

The Idiom Podcast #3 with Josh Ballard

Here’s our third Idiom podcast with local Jersey poet, Josh Ballard…..His book “I Keep Going” is going to be released by Piscataway House Publications on December 30 (more info on the main idiom site or in the podcast)

Sometimes I consider myself an awkward person when talking to people….I accent the wrong words I trip up over things and when I talk I throw in random vague pronouns that don’t really explain what I have to say or what I intend them to mean….you would think that I would be better with words….at one point during this podcast I’m talking about the act of communion from a priest and I clearly say, “you know when the priest puts his thing in your mouth”  Out of context it sounds horrible….in context it doesn’t sound any better….

Why I’m doing a podcast I’m not sure and I hope to improve on it with every interview and prepare myself better so that I can better explain how I feel about a piece….

Well here it is check it out and if you are interested in having your work reviewed, send over some poems and we’ll consider them for a future podcast…


Mark Brunetti

The Idiom Podcast with Josh Ballard