Wednesday 16 November 2016

Final Thursday Press Publishes Exs
“If you’ve had one, you’ve been one”

Eight regulars at the Final Thursday Reading Series open mic have joined together to publish Exs, a collection of fiction and poetry available for the Kindle Reader and in a limited edition print version by Final Thursday Press.  

This unique collection brings together a group of regular contributors to the open mic at the Final Thursday Reading Series, a monthly creative writing forum at the Hearst Center for the Arts, which is currently in its 16th year.  For this project, writers contributed fiction and poetry focused on the topic of exs with titles ranging from “Verses for My Ex-Girlfriend” to “Oliver Murphy’s 1976 Chevy Monza” to “Of Memory, and of Desire I Write.”

Jim O’Loughlin, Associate Professor of Languages & Literatures, who is the publisher of Final Thursday Press and a contributor to the volume notes, “Though the best ideas don’t always emerge over drinks at the end of the evening, this one did. After a particularly strong night of open mic readings at the Final Thursday Reading Series, a group of us decided we wanted to work on something together. Exs is the result of that decision.”

The contributors to Exs are Adam Bolts, Hannah Carr-Murphy, Cody Chesmore, Michael Jackson, Travis Landhuis, Aaron McNally, Jim O’Loughlin, and Nick Roos.  Exs is available on in a digital edition for the Kindle Reader for $2.99.  A limited-edition print version retails for $14.95 and are temporarily available for purchase for $9.95 directly from Final Thursday Press (checks only made out to Final Thursday Press, 815 State St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613.