This was sohard, y’all. Though I’ve tried to sit down in past years and select nominations for the Pushcart Prizes, I’ve always given up, too overwhelmed by leaving out too many deserving poets. But that does not serve your work, and I’m here to serve your work. So, after some measure of agonizing (I wish I could nominate another dozen), I am proud to announce our first-ever Pushcart nominations:
Rounding out the month of February and back by popular demand, we’re proud to release the new edition of Robin Reagler’s Dear Red Airplane, which originally appeared in 2011 as part of our Summer Kitchen Series. That edition sold out practically overnight, and it’s our joy to make this fresh, new edition available, featuring an introduction by Laura Mullen.
JeFF Stumpo is a brilliant poet, and we’re thrilled to release his newest chapbook, Against Itself Cannot Stand, as number 5 in the third volume of our Editor’s Series. Follow this link to read a sample poem and order your copy!
We’re thrilled to announce the release of JeFF Stumpo’s El Océano y la Serpiente / The Ocean and the Serpent, Number 7 in our ReBound Series. Originally published in 2004 by Zenane Independent Media and printed by Tabula Rasa Press, this new edition has been long in the works. Get your copy here.
We’re looking forward to reading your nominations for the ReBound Series, which showcases out-of-print chapbooks in snazzy, new editions in order to bring them to a wider readership. This series depends on you, Dear Readers, so please take a moment to browse your bookshelves and let us know which out-of-print chapbooks you think deserve new life! The fall reading period is August 1 through September 15, and you can find full guidelines here.
Following up on our teaser, we’re delighted to announce the lineup for next year’s Summer Kitchen Series: another set of five chapbooks published in limited edition print runs of 49 copies apiece. They are:
How to Measure the Darkness by Christina Pacosz – publishing June 21, 2012
Talking About the Weather by Liz Ahl – publishing July 1, 2012
Blood Work by Casey Charles – publishing July 11, 2012
Oh, James by Jill McDonough – publishing July 21, 2012
The Queer Texas Prayerbook by Crystal Boson – publishing August 1, 2012
We’re also happy to announce that we’ll publish JeFF Stumpo’s El Oceano y la Serpiente/The Ocean and the Serpent as Number 7 in our ReBound Series on May 1, 2012.
In October, we’ll publish Ed Madden’s My Father’s House as Number 6 in Volume Two of our Editor’s Series. And in March of 2013, we’ll publish David Eye’s Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past as Number 7 in the series. These titles were the runners-up for this year’s Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, and we’re so very happy that the poets were agreeable to publishing their work with us!
Finally, look for news about this year’s Keystone winners in December. And that will pretty much set the calendar for 2012! Thanks to you all for your continuing support.