Jeff Vande Zande's book of collected poems is now available for purchase and consumption. Yes, Jeff is my friend, but he's still one helluva poet despite that fact. His poem "Clean" appeared in poet laureate Ted Kooser's syndicated column "American Life in Poetry" the week after a poem by Tess Gallagher and alongside other poets like Sharon Olds, Wendell Berry, Jim Harrison, and Alberto Rios. He recently had a poem picked up by Spoon River Poetry Review. So he's been around. For a copy of Poems New, Used, and Rebuilds, email Jeff at jcvandez [at] delta [dot] edu. He'll inscribe something extra-special in there for you.
Also, I received my copy of Tao Lin's book of short stories, Bed, in the mail a few weeks ago. The inside cover has some drawings by Tao himself, as well as a loose leaf with more art on it. He did not paper clip one of his ears to the front cover, however. The stories in the book are good. Tao is a good writer. I would buy it again if I didn't already own it.