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Magazine Stand :: Able Muse – Winter 2022/2023

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This annual Able Muse Review (Print Edition) Winter 2022/2023 issue continues the tradition of selecting masterfully crafted poetry, fiction, essays, art and photography, and book reviews that have become synonymous with the Able Muse online and in print. Readers can enjoy stories and poems from the 2022 Able Muse contest (Able Muse Write Prize) winners and finalists as well as an editorial by Alexander Pepple, art on the theme “Height,” featured poet Mary Jo Salter, fiction by L. M. Brown, Terese Coe, Silvia DiPierdomenico, Thomas Mampalam, R. S. Powers; essays by Evan Fiscella, Michael Hettich, N.S. Thompson; and poetry by John Wall Barger, Daniel Bourne, Brian Brodeur, Blake Campbell, Dan Campion, Mike Chasar, Tadeusz Dziewanowski, Aaron Fischer, Amy Glynn, Timothy Kleiser, Jenna Le, Burt Myers, Jay Rogoff, Natalie Staples, Donald Wheelock, and Gail White.

Able Muse 2022 Contest Winners

Brian Brodeur headshot winner of the Able Muse Poetry Prize 2022

Able Muse: A Review of Poetry Prose and Art has announced the winners of the Write Prize for Poetry and Fiction, judged anonymously throughout by the Able Muse Contest Committee and the final judges, Dennis Must for fiction, and Aaron Poochigian or poetry. The winning writer and the winning poet each receive a $500 prize.

FICTION WINNER: Lorna Brown – “Looking for Anna”

Here is what Dennis Must has to say about Lorna Brown’s winning story: “‘Fiction is the art form of human yearning . . . absolutely essential to any work of fictional narrative art—a character who yearns. And that is not the same as a character who simply has problems . . .’—Robert Olen Butler. Lorna Brown’s ‘Looking For Anna’ embodies the lifeblood of those stories that endure in our memory stream long after they have been read.”

POETRY WINNER: Brian Brodeur [pictured] – “On Mistaking a Stranger for a Dead Friend”

Here is what Aaron Poochigian has to say about Brian Brodeur’s winning poem: “‘On Mistaking a Stranger for a Dead Friend’ has it all—the sounds, the psychology (a whole theory of memory) and, most important of all, playfulness even when the subject is tragic. Bird, riverbank, and a random encounter all blend into a perfect representation of a human mind at work. Bravo!”

Visit the Able Muse blog for a full list of finalists and honorable mentions. Winners and finalists will be published in the Winter 2022/23 issue.

Event :: Able Muse June 2022 International-Themed Author Reading

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Able Muse Sunday, June 19, 2022 Author Reading is “International Themed” with Michael Cantor, author of Life in the Second Circle – Poems (Able Muse Press, 2012); William Conelly, author of Uncontested Grounds – Poems (Able Muse Press, 2015); and Deirdre O’Connor: Winner, Able Muse Book Award 2019 with The Cupped Field: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2019). Hosted by: James Pollock: Finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry, runner-up for the Posner Poetry Book Award, and winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association with Sailing to Babylon: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2012). Free admission. Registration required – sign up now! Also, see a complete list of previous readings available on YouTube as well as upcoming readings here.

Magazine Stand :: Able Muse – Winter 2021/2022

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The Winter 2020/2021 issue, Number 29 of Able Muse includes the winning and finalist stories and poems from the 2021 Able Muse contest (Able Muse Write Prize). This issue’s featured poet is Rhina P. Espaillat and includes an interview by Deborah Warren. There is also fiction by Amina Lolita Gautier, Randy Nelson, Jonathan Starke; essays by Michelle Cacho-Negrete, Chidiebube onye Okohia, Mark Pearce, Joachim Stanley, N.S. Thompson; and poetry by Liz Ahl, Leo Aylen, Lee Harlin Bahan, Bruce Bennett, Hilary Biehl, John J. Brugaletta, Dan Campion, Sarah Carleton, Ted Charnley, Gregory Emilio, Nicole Caruso Garcia, Stephen Gibson, D. R. Goodman, Susan McLean, Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Francesco Petrarca, Estill Pollock, Erica Reid, Mary Romero, Kelly Rowe, Leona Sevick, Michael Spence, Ann M. Thompson, Will Toedtman, Toni Treadway, E. D. Watson, Gail White, Steven Withrow, as well as art on “A Distance Theme.”

Able Muse Authors Reading with Drury, Espaillat, & White

Able Muse is hosting another reading with three of its authors on September 17, 2021. Are you enjoying their reading series so far? Don’t forget that these readings are being held via Zoom and are free and open to the public. You do have to register in order to participate.

Featured authors are John Philip Drury whose book Sea Level Rising: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2015; Rhina P. Espaillat whose book And After All: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2019; and Gail White whose Asperity Street: Poems was published by Able Muse Press in 2015.

Jennifer Reeser will act as host. Reeser’s collection Indigenous was published by Able Muse Press in 2019 and she has another collection forthcoming from the press in 2021/22 titled Strong Feather.

If you’ve missed out on any of these readings, don’t forget you can watch them on Able Muse’s official YouTube Channel.

Able Muse 2021 Book Award Winner

screenshot of Able Muse's 2021 Book Award Contest WinnerAble Muse’s guest judge Mark Jarman has chosen Kelly Rowe’s poetry manuscript Rise Above the River as the winner of the 2021 Able Muse Book Award. Rowe wins $1,000 and publication by Able Muse Press in spring/summer 2022. View Rowe’s bio and samples from the work.

FINALISTS:

  • Gregory Emilio: Kitchen Apocrypha
  • Nicole Caruso Garcia: Oxblood

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Caitlin Cowan: Happy Everything
  • Robert W. Crawford: The Snowstorms That Remain
  • Claudia Gary: Time and Other Solvents
  • Meghan Kemp-Gee: The Animal in the Room
  • Burt Myers: This Late Hour

Stay tuned for announcements of the 2022 awards and don’t forget to get your copy of the 2020 winner, Say What You Will by Len Krisak which will officially be released in November.

Able Muse 2021 Write Prize Winners

Able Muse has just released the announcement of their 2021 Write Prize for Poetry and Fiction winners. The submissions were judged anonymously by the Able Muse Contest Committee and the final judges, William Baer (fiction) and Jehanne Dubrow (poetry).

Photos of Amina Gautier and E. D. Watson

Amina Gautier’s “We Ask Why” wins the Write Prize for fiction. Baer said the piece is “a deeply moving story that raises serious questions about personal identity and parentage.” The winning story will be published in the Winter 2021/22 edition of Able Muse.

FICTION HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Phylis C. Dryden– “Pink Eggs and Spam”

FICTION SHORTLIST:

  • Amina Gautier – “You’ll Go”
  • Victoria Mac – “Shannon’s Hair”
  • Charlotte Pregnolato – “Moonless”
  • Alan Sincic – “The Book Of Naps”
  • Alan Sincic – “Not What You Think”
  • Rob Wright – “Between Worlds”

E. D. Watson’s “Twelfth of May” wins the Write Prize for Poetry. Dubrow states “What I so appreciate abut this poem is the wryness, its gift for evoking landscape…and the speaker’s sudden hunger in the early aftermath of trauma.” The winning poem and the finalists will be also be published in the Winter 2021/22 issue.

POETRY FINALISTS:

  • Stephen Gibson– “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen”
  • D. R. Goodman – “Wallet”
  • Leona Sevick – “My Mother’s Kitchen”

POETRY HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Paula Bonnell– “Black and White”
  • Partridge Boswell – “The Breakup”
  • Brian Brodeur – “Hard Water”
  • Leona Sevick – “Filial”
  • Natalie Staples – “She Looks Out over the Meadow”
  • Marilyn L. Taylor – “One by One”
  • Ryan Wilson – “Next Up”

Stay tuned for the 2021 Able Muse Book Award announcement.

August 21 Able Muse Authors Reading Announced

banner for Able Muse August 21, 2021 ReadingAble Muse has announced its next reading will take place Saturday, August 21 from 3-4PM EDT. This will be a virtual event with a Q&A with three Able Muse authors.

The lineup consists of Maryann Corbett, Frank Osen, and Matthew Buckley Smith. Corbett has had three titles published by Able Muse Press with the most recent being In Code published last year. Frank Osen was the winner of the Able Muse Book Award 2012 while Matthew Buckley Smith won the award in 2011.

The event is hosted by Ellen Kaufman whose book Double-Parked, with Tosca was published by Able Muse Press earlier this year.

As with their past readings, admission is free, but you do need to register to save your spot!

If you missed out on the last reading with David Alpaugh, James Kochalka, and Sydney Lea, they have uploaded the recording to their official YouTube channel.

The Powow River Poets Anthology II Authors’ Reading

Able Muse Powow River Poets Anthology II Reading bannerAble Muse is hosting a reading with the authors of The Powow River Poets Anthology II on Sunday, June 27 from 3-4PM EDT. The anthology was published by Able Muse Press in January 2021.

The Powow River Poets are a gathering of widely published, award-winning New England Poets, centered in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Their members are also from the Boston area and as far away as New York and Maine. 27 of these writers, including Rhina P. Espaillat, A.M. Juster, and Deborah Warren, are represented in the second edition of this anthology.

The reading is hosted by anthology editor Paulette Demers Turco and features Rhina P. Espaillat, Michael Cantor, M. Frost Delaney, Jean L. Kreiling, Alfred Nicol, and Anton Yakovlev. There will also be a Q&A session with the editor and authors.

The reading is free to attend via Zoom, but you do need to RSVP.

Call :: Able Muse Open to Submissions Through July 15

Man in blue suit tangoing with woman in red dress while a crowd looks onDeadline: July 15, 2021
Able Muse is currently accepting submissions for our forthcoming issue, Winter 2021/2022. Submit poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, art, and photography. Submission opens yearly January 1 and close July 15. Read our guidelines and submit at www.ablemuse.com/submit/. Don’t forget to check out the work featured on our website for an idea of what we’re looking for.

Virtual Launch Reading for Able Muse Winter 2020/2021 Edition

Picture collage with blue background and pictures of several peopleLiterary magazine Able Muse is celebrating the release of its new print edition with a virtual reading and Q&A session with the contributors and authors of Issue Number 28.

The event is hosted by poetry associated editor Nicole Caruso Garcia and will include fellow editors Alexander Pepple, Richard Wakefield, Karen Kevorkian, and N. S. Thompson. Contributors/readers include Bruce Bennett, Anna M. Evans, Dan Campion, Estill Pollock, J.C. Scharl, John Beaton, Susan McLean, Nageen Rather, L.M. Brown (who will be reading the winning story of the 2020 Able Muse Write Prize for Fiction), and N. S. Thompson.

The launch event will take place virtually via Zoom on April 3 from 3-4PM EDT. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome to join that wishes, too. You just have to register for the event first.

Able Muse – Winter 2020

This issue’s themed art exhibit is “Exotic,” and our featured poet is “Stephen Kampa,” interviewed by Chelsea Woodard. Other poets in this issue include Tim McGrath, John Beaton, Richard Cecil, Estill Pollock, Bruce Bennett, Anne Delana Reeves, Elise Hempel, Terese Coe, Verga Ignatowitsch, Dan Campion, and others. Plus, a selection of book reviews; essays by N.S. Thompson and Christopher Rivas; and an international fiction special feature. See more contributors at the Able Muse website.

Contest :: Able Muse Write Prize Closes March 15!

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Deadlines: March 15 & March 31, 2021
2021 ABLE MUSE CONTESTS :: SUBMIT NOW. WRITE PRIZE (poetry & fiction): $500 each + publication. Final Judges: Jehanne Dubrow (poetry), William Baer (fiction); $15 entry; deadline: March 15, 2021. BOOK AWARD (poetry): $1000 + book publication. Final Judge: Mark Jarman; $25 entry; deadline: March 31, 2021. ENTER NOW—go to www.ablemusepress.com for details.

Able Muse YouTube Channel: Readings & Book Trailers

If you weren’t able to attend the virtual reading and Q&A with Able Muse Press authors Carrie Green, Hailey Leithauser, and Sally Thomas on January 27, they have uploaded a recording of the event to their official YouTube Channel.

Don’t forget to subscribe for more content…like their recently released book trailer for William Baer’s New Jersey Noir: Cape May. This is the second book of the Jack Colt Murder Mystery Novels Series. It was released on January 15 of this year. They are hoping to bring even more book trailers in the new future.

Plus! Don’t forget their 2021 contests are open to submissions! You can submit fiction and poetry to their Write Prize for publication in their literary magazine Able Muse through March 15. You can submit full-length poetry collections to their Book Award through March 31.

Contest :: 2021 Able Muse Contests Now Open for Submissions

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Deadlines: March 15 & March 31, 2021
2021 ABLE MUSE CONTESTS :: SUBMIT NOW. WRITE PRIZE (poetry & fiction): $500 each + publication. Final Judges: Jehanne Dubrow (poetry), William Baer (fiction); $15 entry; deadline: March 15, 2021. BOOK AWARD (poetry): $1000 + book publication. Final Judge: Mark Jarman; $25 entry; deadline: March 31, 2021. ENTER NOW—go to www.ablemusepress.com for details.

Able Muse Virtual Reading & Q&A with Carrie Green, Hailey Leithauser, Sally Thomas

Literary magazine and press, Able Muse is hosting a virtual reading and Q&A with authors Carrie Green, Hailey Leithauser, and Sally Thomas on January 27 at 7PM EST via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend.

The event will be hosted by Katie Harstock, author of Bed of Impatiens: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2016).

Did you miss out on their last reading with authors John Beaton, Emily Grosholz, and A.G. Harmon? It’s now available online to view.

2019 Able Muse Write Prize Winners

Able Muse‘s annual Write Prize awards $500 for the best submitted poem, $500 for the best submitted flash fiction, and publication in the print journal. The Winter 2019 issue of Able Muse features the winners of the 2019 contest.

Poetry Winner
“Waiting for the Angel” by David MacRae Landon

Poetry Finalists
“Dear Sonnet” by Amy Bagan
“Paradox” by Beth Paulson
“Postcard, Vermont” by Miriam O’Neal

Fiction Winner
“To the Bottleneck Fiction” by Erin Russell

Stay tuned for the winners of the 2020 contest, which closed this past March.

Able Muse – Winter 2019

In this issue, find essays by Edward Lee and Tony Whedon; a photographic exhibit from artists around the world on the theme “Hunt”; poetry by Daniel Galef, Len Krisak, Katie Hartstock,  Hailey Leithauser, and more. Featured in this issue are the 2019 Write Prize for Poetry winners and finalists and the 2019 Write Prize for Fiction Winner. Find a full list of contributors at the Able Muse website.