Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award

I found out last month that I was awarded an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award in Literature. The award consists of a cash grant for a specific project that is meant to boost and advance the artist’s career. I wrote my grant to fund a reading tour of North Carolina. I will read from previously published material as well as from a work-in-progress memoir called Carrying Capacity.

Trace RamseySo far I have five readings scheduled:

Wilmington, NC – Old Books on Front St.
February 28th, 4:00 pm

Durham, NC – The Regulator Bookshop
March 5th, 7:00 pm

Greensboro, NC – Scuppernong Books
March 6th, 7:00 pm

Carrboro, NC – Internationalist Books
with Emma Anitclimax
March 26th, 7:00 pm

Raleigh, NC – So and So Books
April 10th, 7:00 pm

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Full set of Quitter zines #1 through #8

Pioneers Press has the full set of Quitter zines. The recently published Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying as well as individual issues of #7 and the brand new Quitter #8. A button and a sticker are included.

Quitter #8

Quitter #8 is a quiet, elegant look at passing storms and coming sadness. In a lean and beautifully-written voice akin to Willa Cather (but all his own), Trace Ramsey shows us a tangled kind of life–deep-burrowed hurt, love and belief in (and need for) good creatures, a tinge of wildness in city blocks. A zine about depression and children and childhood and dreams, the eighth issue of Quitter (though brief) is one of the most substantial pieces of literary work in the Pioneers Press catalog. It’s sweet, sad, good-hearted, and smart. We are honored to carry this zine.

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Tennessee has her own zine

Tennessee put together her own zine that will be available through Pioneers Press and also via mail order directly from Ten. Send me a message or leave a comment to get our address. We are all excited about the release of Birds Birds Birds!

Assembly and stapling of Birds Birds Birds.


Finished product. #birdsbirdsbirds

Tennessee was inspired after receiving another kid’s zine, Liam’s Big Diamond.

120. Catching up on the news.

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Out now! Good Luck Not Dying book and buttons

Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying started shipping on Tuesday. You can buy the book as well as buttons over at Pioneers Press.

Praise for Quitter:

“Truthful and devastating, Trace Ramsey’s Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is a burning coal and a lighthouse, a haunted past and an open door. This brutal, elegant little book will shake your floorboards and rafters until the whole place comes crashing down.” -Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad author Adam Gnade on Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying

“This is the sort of zine, the sort of writing that smacks you in the face. These stories will hollow you out. I’d compare Trace’s style a bit to Flannery O’Connor’s, in that neither one of them romanticizes anything, softens anything, and their takes on life are completely unsentimental.” -Rust Belt Jessie on Quitter #7

“It’s been awhile since I have read such a well-written zine. Reading Quitter #7 was a real breath of fresh air. I appreciate most zines, but I find myself reading them once then storing them away. Not this one, though. As soon as I finished it I wanted to start it again. So good. Do yourself a favor, pick up a copy of Quitter today.” -Dakota Floyd on Quitter #7

“This is a good-looking zine, a class act.” -Lily Pepper on Quitter #7

“The subject matter is intimate and stark. With precision word-smithing, Trace ventures into parts of the emotional landscape we normally avoid, and engages us by tapping the common well of humanity with an unflinching examination of his personal experience. Inspirational.” -Zine World on Quitter #4

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Pioneers Press re-releases Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying

Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is experiencing a re-birth through the publisher and distributor Pioneers Press. Pioneers will also publish my first full length book next year, which I am very excited about.

Pioneers Press’ next published title is up for pre-sale! This book ships October 1st. Pioneers Press is proud to announce our next published title, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying, a pocket-size book collection of Trace Ramsey’s excellent Quitter zine. What do you do when you realize the whole system is chock full of faulty wiring and institutionalized myths? Do you stay behind that desk (whether metaphorical or literal) and burrow into the security of “living in the first world” or do you throw yourself into the wilds? Sometimes it’s not so black and white, and sometimes “cutting ties” requires a privilege and skill-set we don’t have.

In this anthology of Quitter issues 1-6, we see Ramsey battling fear and freedom, history and an uncertain future. There are no hard and fast answers; nothing set in stone besides the guarantee of chaos and troubled waters ahead. Over the course of 64 pages, Trace struggles through life, winning and failing, looking for a better path but not always finding it.

A deeply honest narrative on struggling to break the binds that hold us down, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is a devastating, thrilling read; a beautifully written examination of the frustrations and pitfalls of life in the current age.

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Pioneers Press Distro

I’m really excited to say that Pioneers Press now distributes Quitter #7. They wrote a short review that makes me blush a bit every time I read it:

Quitter #7 is a hard and devastating piece of personal American history. Through abuse and poverty, blood and snow, we see Quitter author Trace Ramsey giving us something true and painful and beautifully-told. A Pioneers Press favorite, we look forward to future work from Ramsey, a great and powerful new voice in American writing. We can’t vouch enough for this. Buy this zine. It’s well worth your time. One of the best zines of the year, hands down.

Pioneers Press is also getting ready to re-release my book Good Luck Not Dying! Please support this amazing distro.

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To the owls

It is unbelievable how I can choose to ignore certain tasks, how I can become so forgetful of the things I used to take so much time to develop. I don’t offer any sort of excuse for not posting to Cricket Bread. I have just been busy with other things. Watching Tennessee become “more” – developing language, durability, expressions of gratitude and the beginnings of an understanding of context – is an amazing process that I document daily.

This kid is FUN:


Ten and Momma

owl cape



A short review of Quitter #7 on Xerography Debt. You should buy a copy!

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Commerce! Or the release of Quitter #7

I finally finished a new Quitter zine, the first one I have written in Durham. It would be awesome if you wanted a copy – $2.50 plus shipping. Quarter page as always, 40 pages total.

Quitter #7



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Ten and the pigs

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5th Annual Crop Mob at Piedmont Biofarm

Octobers are coming and going, and I am starting to think that my brain really does seem to calculate time differently as I age (as some research suggests). Crop Mob is not that old, but as crop mob does not have its own mind or body there is no way that the phenomenon itself can have any interest in time or how fast or slowly it moves. That is all theoretical anyway. Folks keep coming together to do work. That is pretty much all we should be concerned about at this point:

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