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Books :: 2016 Iowa Poetry Prize Winner

Published March 22, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

odd bloom seen from space timothy daniel welchOdd Bloom Seen from Space by Timothy Daniel Welch will be published in April 2017. Winner of the 2016 University of Iowa Press’s Iowa Poetry Prize, Odd Bloom Seen from Space, according to the publisher, “looks at the self amid the ashes of fleeting exultation and uncertainty.” The poems in this debut collection offer wisdom and surprising humor, making for a collection that is “gorgeous, original, and baffling.”

Readers can find out more about Odd Bloom Seen from Space on the University of Iowa Press website. While there, they can find an excerpted poem, “On the Isle of Erytheia,” and preorder copies.

Books :: 2016 May Sarton NH Poetry Prize Winner

Published March 21, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

louder than hearts zeina hashem beck blogBauhan Publishing LLC hosts the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize each year, awarding their sixth annual prize to Zeina Hashem Beck for her collection Louder than Hearts. The collection was chosen by Betsy Sholl, former poet laureate of Maine, who says Louder than Hearts “has it all—compelling language and a sense of moral gravitas, personal urgency and the ability to address a larger world with passion and artfulness.”  She continues, calling the collection “timely in the way it provides a lens through which to see life in the Middle East, and hear the musical mix of English and Arabic.”

The collection will be released in April, but in the meantime, readers can read more about Zeina Hashem Beck, or they can try their hand at the May Sarton NH Poetry Prize themselves: submissions are open until the end of June.

Books :: CSU 2016 Book Award Winners

Published March 20, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

csu contests blog postEach year, the Cleveland State University Press holds the Open Book Poetry Competition, the Essay Collection Competition, and the First Book Poetry Competition (all three open until March 31, 2017). The three 2016 winners are set to be published at the beginning of April 2017.

In One Form to Find Another by Jane Lewty was chosen as the 2016 Open Book Poetry Competition winner, selected by Emily Kendal Frey, Siwar Masannat, and Jon Woodward. Advance praise refers to the collection as “an heroically unsettling and compelling textual reenactment of feminine embodiments’ lament, contemplation, and recalibration of disturbed histories . . . ”

daughterrarium by Sheila McMullin, selected by Daniel Borzutzky, won the 2016 First Book Poetry Competition. Borzutzky says of his selection, “I admire daughterrarium for pushing too far, for making me cringe with its representations of what one human can do to another, of what a body can do to itself.”

James Allen Hall’s I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well won the 2016 Essay Collection Competition, chosen by Chris Kraus. From Kraus: "In these essays, Hall lives alongside, and empathically lives through, his family’s meth addiction, and mental illnesses . . . and considers his own penchants for less than happy, equal sex with an agility, depth, and lightness that is blissfully inconclusive."

Check out the individual links to learn more about each prize-winning collection, and pre-order copies of all three.

Books :: Hell's Gate

Published March 16, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

hells gate laurent gaude blogIn mid-April, Gallic Books will be publishing Hell’s Gate by Laurent Gaudé. Gaudé’s The Scortas’ Sun is the winner of the Prix Gouncourt, the French literary award given to an author of the best imaginative work of prose each year. Hell’s Gate is a thrilling story following a father as he chases redemption for his murdered son. It explores “the effects of bereavement and grief on a family, and the relationship between the living and dead.”

Check out the Gallic Books website for more information about Hell’s Gate. Read advance praise, check out a downloadable PDF extract, and give yourself a chance to read work by one of France’s most highly respected playwrights and novelists. 

Cento Poem :: "Dear America" by Charles Jensen

Published March 15, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
charles jensenDear America,

A cento of Adrienne Rich

You’re beginning to float free
Toward a new kind of love
Burning itself, burning down
The blueprint of a life.

I wanted to choose words that even you
Intend to refuse shelter
With a lie. And each
A beautiful tumor
Feeding on everything.
. . . 

[Read the rest and listen to the poet read his own work on Terrain.org]

Books :: 2016 Orison Poetry Prize Winner Published

Published March 15, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

ghost child of atalanta bloom rebecca aronsonThe winner of the 2016 Orison Poetry Prize, Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom by Rebecca Aronson, will be published next month on April 4, 2017. Hadara Bar-Nadav, who selected the winner, calls the collection, “[e]xplosive, turbulent, haunting magnetic,” saying that “[m]ortality and death undergrid Aronson’s fantastical visions, where a child becomes a seagull, a woman turns tarantula, and a house threatens to fill with blood.”

Find sample poem “Wish” at the Orison Books website, where you can also find out more about Aronson and pre-order copies, which are currently on sale, a couple saved bucks you can set aside for even more poetry.

Books :: 2015 New Measure Poetry Prize Winner Published

Published March 14, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

this history that just happened hannah craig blogParlor Press’s annual New Measure Poetry Prize (now open for 2017 submissions until the end of June) awards a poet a cash award of $1,000 and publication of an original manuscript.

The 2015 winner, This History That Just Happened, by Hannah Craig, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa, was published at the beginning of the year. Komunyakaa says of his selection, “This History That Just Happened places the reader at the nexus where rural and city life converge, bridging a world personal and political, natural and artful, in a voice always uniquely hers.”

Craig has also won the 2016 Mississippi Review Prize and her manuscript was a finalist for the Akron Poetry Prize, the Fineline Competition, and the Autumn House Poetry Prize. Stop by the Parlor Press website to learn more about Craig and purchase her debut poetry collection digitally or in print.

Reach Out and Read

Published March 14, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
reach out readBegun in 1989, Reach Out and Read is a program wherein medical professionals “prescribe” books and reading aloud to children “as a means of fostering the language-rich interactions between parents and their young children that stimulate early brain development.” Now, the Reach Out and Read model exists in all 50 states, with almost 1,500 sites distributing 1.6 million books per year. The program serves 4.7 million young children and their families each year, “including one in four children living in poverty in this country.” The organizers hope to grow each year, envisioning that support for books and reading will become a regular part of every child’s checkup. For more information about programs near you and information about how to get involved, visit Reach Out and Read online.

Master's Review Winter Short Story Award Winners

Published March 13, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
Winners and honorable mentions of The Master's Review Short Story Award for New Writers have been announced. The winning story is awarded $2000, publication (online this spring), and agency review from Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. The second and third place stories win $200 and $100 respectively, publication, and agency review as well. Previous winning works can be read online here.

Winner
“Operation” by Scott Gloden

Second Place
“White Out” by Caitlin O’Neil

Third Place
“Malheur Refuge” by Rick Attig

Honorable Mentions
“Little Sister” by Yin Ren
“Million and a Half” by Kevin Klinskidorn
“The Weight of Gravity” by Denise Schiavone
“The Caveman” by Rachel Engelman
“Good Listener” by Ally Glass-Katz

The Master's Review is currently accepting submissions for its annual Anthology Prize. This year's judge is Roxanne Gay.

Diode Celebrates 10 Years

Published March 09, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
starlight errorDiode celebrates ten years of publishing "electropositive poetry": poetry that "excites and energizes"; poetry that uses language that "crackles and sparks." Issue 10.1 features works from over 40 poets as well as two full-length collections, Starlight & Error by Remica Bingam-Risher and quitter by Paula Cisewski, several chapbooks, interviews and reviews. All of Diode's is available for readers to enjoy online. 

Broadsided March 2

Published March 09, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
broadside march 2017This month's featured collaboration from Broadsided Press , "Final Descent into Phoenix" with poem by Julie Swarstad Johnson and art by Kara Page, has been months in the making. "We chose Julie Swarstad Johnson's poem for publication from our open submissions over a year ago," notes the Broadsided Editorial Team. "We sent it out to artists to see who would 'dibs' it in November, in January artist Kara Page sent us what she'd created, then our designer found a way to bring both together into a single letter-sized pdf, and finally we asked poet and artist what they thought of the results," with the conversation between artist and poet published on the Broadsided website.

Broadsided posters are available for free download and postering all about town. Become a Broadsided Vector today!

Books :: 5th Annual Black Box Poetry Prize Winner

Published March 09, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

what was it for adrienne raphel blogEach June, Rescue Press accepts submissions for the Black Box Poetry Contest for full-length poetry collections open to poets at any stage in their writing careers. The latest Black Box Poetry winner will be released later this month (March 15): What Was It For by Adrienne Raphel. Judge Cathy Park Hong calls the debut full-length collection “feral and full of feverish delight.” She continues, “Raphel takes Victorian nonsense verse into the twenty-first century and transforms it to her own strange and genius song.”

Readers can learn more about What Was It For at the publisher’s website, where they can also find Raphel’s bio with more information about the writer and pre-order copies.

2nd River Chapbook Series

Published March 08, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
pamela garveyThings Impossible to Swallow poems by Pamela Garvey is the newest in the 2River Chapbooks Series. 2River chapbooks can be read online, or to make your own print copy, click "Chap the Book" to download a PDF, which you can then print double-sided, fold, and staple to have a personal copy of Garvey's chapbook. There are currently 24 chapbooks available for free download for readers to enjoy.

Books :: Diode Editions First Full-Length Book Contest Winners

Published March 08, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

starlight error quitter blog postDiode Editions recently held their very first full-length book contest and have announced two co-winners: Remica Bingham-Risher’s Starlight & Error, and Paula Cisewski’s quitter.

Starlight & Error retells through the lens of imagined memory the legacies of love between aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, children and their children’s children. The poems ask how we transcend the mistakes of those who made us, and who will save us.

quitter is a “thoughtful protest in form, line, and ideology.” The collection invites readers to ask ourselves what we’ve tried, and if we’ve tried hard enough, challenging us to continue looking for solutions.

Learn more about the prize-winning collections at the Diode Editions website where readers can read advance praise and order copies.

21st National Poet Hunt Contest Winners

Published March 07, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
macguffinThe Fall 2016 issue of The MacGuffin features the winners of the 21st National Poet Hunt Contest along with commentary from Judge Li-Young Lee.

First Place
"Pedro" by Elisabeth Murawski

Honorable Mentions
"Things to Know if You Live Here" by Marc Sheehan
"A Woman, Conjured" by Janet Greenberg

The 2017 contest will be judged by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Cover image: "Happy Summer from My Ivory Tower" by Roopa Dudley.

Books :: Award-Winning February 2017 Publications

Published March 07, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas
sun urn retribution binary blog postIn February, Black Lawrence Press released Retribution Binary by Ruth Baumann, which advance praise calls “a study in wreckage and palpable absence” that is “Part dreamscape, part gutter-bucket realism” (Marcus Wicker).  Retribution Binary is the winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Baumann is no stranger to winning chapbook prizes, winning the Salt Hill Dead Lake Chapbook Contest in 2014 and the Slash Pines Chapbook Contest in 2015. Copies of Retribution Binary can be found on the Black Lawrence Press website, where readers can learn more about Baumann, and read an excerpt.

Also released last month was the winner of the 2016 Georgia Poetry Prize, Sun & Urn by Christopher Salerno, chosen by Thomas Lux. Lux calls the collection “madly imaginative, and, ultimately, a brilliant and deeply human book,” imploring readers to read it three times. Salerno’s fourth poetry collection, Sun & Urn is now available from the University of Georgia Press website, a book made from “the wild stuff of grief and loss.” Check out the press’s website for more information.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published March 06, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
hotel amerika"Calmly on Fire," a found photograph and collage on paper by Lorna Simpson, makes it difficult for readers to look away from Hotel Amerika Winter 2017.
into voidPublished in Ireland, this spring 2017 issue of Into the Void cover features "Two Boys in the Woods" by Refael Salem.
animal magazineUnusual beauty seems to be my theme this week, finishing off with "Red Heart Boat" by Andy Levine on the cover of the online Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine.

Books :: The Lost Novel of Walt Whitman

Published March 02, 2017 Posted By Katy Haas

life and adventures jack engle walt whitman blogThe University of Iowa Press brings readers a real treat: the lost novel of Walt Whitman, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle. While we’re familiar with Leaves of Grass, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle was serialized in a newspaper under a pseudonym, read with little fanfare, and then disappeared.

It wasn’t until 2016 that it was found by Zachary Turpan, a literary scholar. While following a deep paper trail into the Library of Congress, he stumbled upon the only surviving copy of Witman’s lost novel.

Now, after lying in wait for over 160 years, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle is available for modern readers both digitally and in print at the University of Iowa Press website.

Rattle Poetry on Civil Servants

Published March 01, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
rattle v55 spring 2017 blogIssue #55 (Spring 2017) of Rattle includes a selection of poems on the theme "Civil Servants." "The collection features seventeen civil servants — poets who have worked for various government agencies, including the EPA, the FDA, the CIA, the Census Bureau, and many more," write the editors. "Apparently working for the public produces a dry sense of humor, because many of the poems lean sardonic. These poets are also smart and down-to-earth, and just may restore your faith in bureaucracy." Some of the writers included: Lisa Badner, Dane Cervine, A.M. Juster, Bruce Neidt, Pepper Trail, Jane Wheeler, John Yohe. See a full list of contributors here.

Black Warrior Review 2016 Contest Winners

Published February 28, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
black warrior reviewIssue 43.2 (Spring/Summer 2017) of BWR features winners of their 2016 Contest:

Fiction judged by Sofia Samatar
“Videoteca Fin del Mundo” by Ava Tomasula y Garcia

Nonfiction judged by T Clutch Fleischmann
“Whatever” by Rocket Caleshu

Poetry judged by Hoa Nguyen
“The Autobiographical Subject ”Kirsten Ihns

Each winner received $1,000 and publication, and each runner-up received $100. For a full list of winners and runners-up as well as judge's comments on each, visit the BWR website here.

Cover image: "The Art of Sealing Ends" by Nakeya Brown.

Copper Nickel Becomes Paying Market

Published February 27, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
copper nickelEditor Wayne Miller has announced several changes to Copper Nickel with its recent re-launch, including paying contributors: "starting with issue 24, we'll be paying $30 per printed page. (We wish it could be more!)" Indeed, it is more than nothing, which is a great step for any literary publication to be able to take. Additionally, issue 24 of Copper Nickel includes a flash fiction portfolio featuring 22 works selected by Fiction Editors Teague Bohlen and Joanna Luloff. Cover image: "Tape Loops" by Eleanor King.

Lit Mag Covers :: Picks of the Week

Published February 27, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
sewanee review"This iteration of the Sewanee Review [Winter 2017], designed by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday, signifies the first substantial redesign this magazine has undergone since Allen Tate's commissioning of legendary printer P.J. Conkwright in autumn, 1944," writes Managing Editor Robert Walker. He thanks the designers "for their beautiful, idiosyncratic vision, which so seamlessly incorporates the old into the new." NewPages agrees.
gettysburg review spring 2017The Gettysburg Review Spring 2017 whimsical cover is a detail of "The Young Owl" by Kevin Sloan.
missouri review"Stress Test" by Eugenia Loli is the eye-catching cover art on The Missouri Review v39 n4 (2016)

2017 CutBank Prose Flash Contest Winners

Published February 27, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
Winners of the CutBank 2016 Big Sky, Small Prose: Flash Contest, judged by Chad Simpson, can be found in issue #86:

alysia0sawchynWinner
"Riverbanks and Honeysuckle" by Alysia Sawchyn [pictured]
[Sawchyn's story is available to read online here.]

Runners-Up
"Planning to Be Amazed" by Daryl Scroggins
"At the Dog Park" by Derek Updegraff

Drunken Boat Black Panel Comics

Published February 15, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
nick potter db 24"It bears acknowledging that Drunken Boat 24 arrives in the wake of a substantial loss," opens Nick Potter's editorial to the comics section of the newest issue. "Amid the varied responses," he writes, "I’ve noticed a subset of my friends on Facebook who have updated their profile pictures to a black square. In our increasingly globalized, increasingly visual culture, this act seems intuitive, marking absence, marking erasure, marking the digital equivalence of donning black in mourning, marking a kind of death. In comics, the filled-black panel has often been used as contextual shorthand for death—a kind of visual euphemism in the structural language of the form."

Potter goes on to offer several panels of black squares, acknowledging the loss of famous people, those whose lives taken made news for their injustice, and for victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, as well as a couple personal losses from Potter's family. "And so," he closes, "as we’ve endured so many black panels this year, it’s worth noting that, in comics, all panels, black or otherwise, are given meaning by the panels that surround them. And how we choose to fill those panels, as artists and patrons, comprises the politics with which we envision humanity."

MR Music Issue

Published February 14, 2017 Posted By Denise Hill
massachusetts review musicExecutive Editor Jim Hicks opens the newest issue of The Massachusetts Review: The Music Issue with this from his introduction: "For this particular quarterly, given that 'public affairs' is the kicker to our moniker, the first reaction of readers might well be, 'Why?' Certainly if you think of music as entertainment, as remedy or therapy, you might not see such a theme as urgent. And yet what social movement, what new political formation, hasn’t had its unforgettable soundtrack? Where, after all, do those in the struggle find the force and inspiration to keep moving forward, to get up, stand up, in this world full of tunnels and only occasional light? What brings them together, what lifts their voices, what beats the drum?"

The front cover features "The Music Issue, 2016" created for The Massachusetts Review  by Bianca Stone, and a full list of contributors with access to some of the works can be found here.
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