SOUND: Original music by by Tara Jane O'Neil & Rachel Carns & Anna Joy Springer
“There is only one Anna Joy Springer. Only one. Her words take me from kitten to monster and back again in a way only she can do. I love this book.”
– Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre
"How to describe the charm, wit, innocence and energy in AJS's Red Relic? With intelligence and heart she enlarges a little the things a novel is capable How very lucky I am to have read it!"
– Carole Maso, author of AVA and Break Every Rule
"My god this book is beautiful. Each moment. A breath in a forest, a breathing beneath the bark of trees. A way to see that has remained shadowed, in shadows, under shadows, such sentence. each sentence a journey"
–Doug Rice, author of Blood of Mugwump: A Tiresian Tale of Incest and A Good Cuntboy Is Hard To Find
“Like the allegorical forests described in the text, these collages are worth getting lost in.”
—American Book Review
“Anna Joy Springer writes about sex, lust, passion, power so damn well, too damn well. She doesn't separate any of it. She keeps it close. Tight and scary.”
“This writing just turns me on. The blatantness. The naming. The pain of becoming and being revealed by way of the prurient requirements of our relations.”
—The Lit Pub
"The Vicious Red Relic Love swallows you into an exquisite world full of heartbreak and longing...and one of the best books of 2011.”
“The best I can say of a book is that once read, it will live perfectly inside you forever, and that this circumstance allows you to feel more intimately a part of the world. The Vicious Red Relic, Love is that kind of book, an act and product borne of great, imperfect love.”
“It’s rare to find a book that can carve out a place in my subconscious and affect my dreams. Anna Joy Springer’s The Vicious Red Relic, Love is one of those rare gems.... The Vicious Red Relic, Love, explores sexuality and feminism. It tackles the terribleness of molestation and death, and is probably the most punk rock thing I’ve ever read in my entire life. Utterly devastating.”
Color and Kindle editions published later this year.
Accompaying CD, with Anna Joy Springer, Tara Jane O'Neil, and Rachel Carns also available. Listen to samples now:
COLOR ART for COLOR EDITION: Original art by Teresa Carmody & Maude Place; Rachel Carns, Cristy C. Road; Paula Cronin, Shelley Jackson, Kristie Fleming, beldAn Sezen, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens (Love Art Lab), Rhani Remedes, Leon Mostovoy, Tara Jane O'Neil, Miriam Klein Stahl,, Anna Joy Springer
FINE ART LIMITED EDITION: $8500
A quiver woven out of recycled leather and fabric pages of the book that contains arrows made out of tightly rolled posters created by various aritsts, with arrowhead of red glass. The quiver also holds wallpaper paste and a brush to adhere the posters to walls. (please check back for images)
a companion to the compete B&W edition
Anna Joy Springer a prose writer and visual artist who makes grotesques – creating hybrid texts that combine sacred and profane elements to evoke intensely embodied conceptual-emotional experiences in readers. Formerly a singer in the Bay Area bands, Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow, Anna Joy has toured the United States and Europe being a wild feminist punk performer, and she has also toured with the all-women spoken word extravaganza, Sister Spit. She is author of the illustrated novella The Birdwisher
(Birds of Lace) and a graphic narrative, In An Egg
, forthcoming. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University in 2002, and she is an Assistant Professor of Literature at University of California, San Diego where she truly loves teaching courses in Experimental Writing, Graphic Texts, and Postmodern Feminist Literatures.