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Meet Jürgen, a young boy overwhelmed by the subtle, violent force pervading life in his pastoral town—”something that was so totally chaotic and unlike the growth of an oak tree which is slow and peaceful and goes on forever.” Jürgen finds refuge in the woods, but his indomitable, nostalgic auntie hounds him, and the gangs of his school yard, obsessed with destroying his originality, close in on Jürgen over time. On the Stairs is Dan Ivec’s first book and it is a sad, funny, beautiful affair that Meekling Press is thrilled to release.

Dan Ivec’s stories, poems, and drawings, have been featured in Ugly Duckling’s6×6, Guernica, The Atlas Review, Minor Literatures, and Packingtown Review. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and lives in Pittsburgh.

Click here for an excerpt, published in Minor Literatures.

The novella is 100 pages, and is hand-bound with letterpress covers.

We also produced a limited edition (50) of of this book that comes in a clamshell box with five poems by Dan Ivec, a booklet of his drawings, and a fold-out map. The boxes are covered in hand-dyed bookcloth (indigo & bay leaf), and the poems and novella cover are letterpress printed.