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Latest Update Regarding Down With the Ship Orders. 2:20AM. 4/14/16.

The enterprise department of our printer was unable to do a mass order, so we're back to filling orders by hand. I spent two hours putting each order one by one and will be updating below as each full day of orders is input. I'm working as much as possible to get these books out to you, but I ask anyone who has ordered Tom's wonderful work to bear in mind that this is a small press and that I have a day job and kids. That said, the list below will be updated daily as I knock these out.

The estimated shipping date is, just an estimate. In my experience, once in the system they tend to arrive much sooner than what the estimate is.

  • Orders made on 3/4 & 3/5 are in and have an estimated date of 4/25 to get to you.

Truly sorry for the delay! If you have any questions that this doesn't answer, please contact me directly.

Regards, Jeff Hewitt. Editor in Chief, San Francisco Bay Press.

Previous Updates:

Update regarding "Down With the Ship" Orders as of 4/11/16. 10:28PM EST.

We are in the process of working with our printer's enterprise business team to get all orders up to this point filled at once, without the need for us to enter each one into their system by hand. We ask for your continued patience as we expect to have the issue resolved in the next few days.

Basically, Tom's book has far outsold anything in the history of our press and our fulfillment system has crumbled under the strain. I will be updating here again once we get the final solution in place and orders start to go out. Thank you for your continued patience.

A note regarding pre-orders of Down With the Ship by Tom Leveille. 4/6/16 1:41AM EST.

There have been a number of inquiries regarding shipping dates on Mr. Leveille's book for those who have made pre-orders. Some of these inquiries have been a result of misunderstandings over what a pre-order is. ie: When ordering a title that is in pre-order status, our customers are not ordering books that have been printed and are ready to ship. Rather, a pre-order is placing a customer in line to receive the book before any other orders are filled.

The demand for this particular title has far exceeded any in our ten year history of publication, and while we're thrilled to see this kind of success for a poet we think highly of and are excited to publish - it's created certain issues within our order processing system that we're working diligently to overcome.

In the interest of transparency, here's what's going on: There were some issues with the printer that had to be corrected. This set us back about a week. In addition to these issues, we have one person (me) processing all of the pre-orders. We're a small press (it should come to no surprise to any of you that the publishing of poetry books has not showered SFBP with riches) and lack the resources to hire additional staff to more quickly get these out to you. That said, I'm working late into the night to get these to you as soon as possible.

The books are clearing pre-production this coming morning. Once that happens I'll be working during every available hour to get these out in order of first paid first served. Post-production leading up to shipment should take three to four days, at which point I'll be emailing out tracking numbers. All apologies for the delay, We're working as hard as possible to get these to you, and hope you'll bear with us through the hiccups.

Now available for pre-order: Down With the Ship

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Tom Leveille
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About Tom Leveille

Tom Leveille is a 29-year-old non binary spoken word artist hailing from Newport News, Virginia - born and raised. Leveille studied at Old Dominion University but did not throw a hat into the poetry scene until very recently.

They discovered the world of poetry and spoken word through Twitter. Tom owns and operates the legendary @avxlanche account, which since August 2014 has exploded to over 55,000 followers and growing. They are also active in the community as a staunch member of Slam Richmond leading writing workshops, and cohosting the weekly slam/open mic.

A Richmond slam champion, a writers den slam champion, College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational 2015 Sacrificial Poet, Southern Fried 2016 competitor, and Texas Grand Slam 2016 competitor Tom has, in addition to this collection, published a chapbook through Impossible Wings Press entitled "the year no one said hallelujah.” Their work has been featured in various places including altdaily.com, samueljay.co.uk, and the pulp zine.

Recently branching out as a touring poet, Leveille is slated to perform at over a dozen colleges & slams across the Atlantic seaboard in the spring of 2016, with another tour spanning the entirety of the south: from Virginia to Arizona and back.

Online Videos of Tom's work may be viewed at the following links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD7-h8yI6vo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PpMNlXwT04
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXdrzspPt8Y

Praise for Tom Leveille:

“The stark dusk of memory. The deepest tones of our most subtle moments. An eerie, inexplicable wisdom from a voice in the dark. One that knows what keeps you strong and can lead you there. Tom Leveille is a whirling ghost that sings in the language of a heart you didn’t know you had. This poetry is the answer to a question you just discovered in your palms.”

- jamie j. mortara, author of some planet

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Keys & Crowbars

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Jorge Mendez
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Poetry

Born in Brooklyn in 1978, Jorge Mendez moved with his family to Virginia Beach in the winter of ‘87 where he finished school and became involved in the nascent 757 Hip Hop scene by 2001, where he recorded four albums, releasing three of those before co-founding a small label with John "Smiles" Dennis: “UKNODACREW.”
Jorge began seriously focusing on writing and performing Spoken Word by 2011 after his initial experiences at the famed Venue on 35th Street where he now serves as its event host and event coordinator under Norfolk playwright and art’s patron: Patti Wray.

A featured poet at Arts Out Loud, Verses and Vibes, The Mic Fiend, and Last Tuesdays, Mendez has become a staple of the Hampton Roads Performance Poetry community.


"I can report to you that Jorge’s work is excellent. And I can attest that you are about to experience a collection that is at points heartbreaking, at others laugh out loud funny, and sometimes manages to be both at once. I am thrilled to present here the debut page work of a man who has it within him to become one of the grand old poets of this area." ~ from the introduction, by Jeff Hewitt

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