12-Year-Old Arts-Literature Website LitKicks in Spotlight for Dynamic New Book, Action Poetry, Nominee for 2006 Blooker Prize

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Arts/Literature website LitKicks still fresh after 12 years, up for 2006 Blooker Prize for best book created from a blog. Action Poetry: Literary Tribes for the Internet Age features a foreword by David Amram and showcases the vibrant voices of online writers.

As the web enters a new era of social networking, long-running arts and literature site Literary Kicks continues to push the envelope. The 12-year old web company is in the spotlight again for "Action Poetry: Literary Tribes of the Internet Age", a collection of anarchic and energetic online-based fiction and poetry which has been named a finalist for the 2006 Blooker Prize award, an award that honors the best book published by a blog.

"The ability to change with the times has been our key to success," says site founder Levi Asher, who founded Literary Kicks in 1994 in New York City. "First we were a labyrinth of loose content, then we were a community, and two years ago we became a blog. No matter what we look like, we're always doing the same thing: searching for the best fiction, poetry and literary discussion on the internet."

Asher recruited two experienced bloggers, Jamelah Earle and Caryn Thurman, to help shape the site's latest format, and the team of Asher, Earle and Thurman co-edited

"Action Poetry: Literary Tribes of the Internet Age" together, soliciting original content through online workshops and spontaneous writing events. "We worked hard on this book, and we're pleased on behalf of all our contributing writers to be recognized by the Blooker judges," says Asher.

Action Poetry, which features a foreword by David Amram, is Levi Asher's second book of internet-based fiction and poetry. Asher and Christian Crumlish co-edited the first literary anthology published in book form, Coffeehouse: Writings From The Web (Manning, 1997). The book shipped across the country and was praised in the Village Voice, Wired News, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times but went quickly out of print. It's now a collector's item, and remains a great read. "I have no doubt that the best writers of the present and future are emerging online, either at MySpace or LitKicks or a hundred thousand other places," says Asher. "It's a thrill to watch a new medium invent itself, and to have been somewhere near the epicenter of this quiet explosion for the past 12 years."

Winners of the 2006 Blooker Prize will be announced on Monday, April 3, 2006. There will be one $2,000 USD award and two $1,000 USD awards. The judges are Cory Doctorow (http://www.boingboing.net), Robin Miller (http://www.roblimo.com), and Paul Jones (http://www.ibiblio.com).


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