Author Archives: blacklawrence

New Review of THE TIDE KING

Michalski cover JPGJen Michalski’s debut novel–and Big Moose prizewinner–The Tide King gets some love from The Baltimore Sun: “Michalski creates a tale that sweeps history by marrying icons of childhood nightmares such as witches, magic, and children struggling on their own to the icons of adult nightmares: war battles, socially sanctioned violence and murder, success and failure in love, success and failure in connecting meaningfully with others, and the mind-numbing, soul-sucking daily grind.” Read the entire review here, and buy your copy of this magnetic and beautiful book here.

Three Poems by Katie Rauk

Rauk CoverHobart features three new poems by Katie Rauk, whose “hallucinatory, mysterious and beautiful” chapbook Basil is one of our favorites. Check out her new work here, and buy a copy of Basil here.

Tonight: Adrian Van Young Reads in NOLA

Van Young Front CoverNew Orleans: The Bayou St. John outpost of the Maple Street Bookstore empire (3141 Ponce de Leon) will host Adrian Van Young, author of the prizewinning short story collection The Man Who Noticed Everything, for a reading at 6pm tonight. More details here. Don’t miss it!

Speed Date with Sarah Suzor

Suzor_CoverThe Buoyant Group recently caught up with the lovely Sarah Suzor and asked her a few questions about storytelling: “A simple example: I see a sunset and I think of a song. I think of a song and I remember a lover. I remember a lover and recall the last thing they said to me. I recall the last thing they said to me and I trip on that damn crack in the sidewalk. I trip on that damn crack in the sidewalk and a red car passes by. There goes a whole other story. In a matter of minutes. I think we all operate that way; I just allow myself the time and space to throw all of it into words.” Read the rest here (and buy her prizewinning poetry collection The Principle Agent here.)

TOMORROW: Jen Michalski at the Saints & Sinners Reading Series in New Orleans

Michalski cover JPGPrizewinning novelist Jen Michalski, whose book The Tide King is garnering rave reviews, will read tomorrow at 11:30am at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans as part of the Saints and Sinners Lit Fest. Insanely good fiction, food, and music sounds like a divine combination! Click here for the schedule, and here to buy a copy of this wonderful book.


The-Morrow-PlotsThe latest issue of Mid-American Review is packed with great stuff, including reviews of Matthew Gavin Frank’s  The Morrow Plots and Bryan Furuness’ The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson. This issue isn’t online, but click here to order a copy. (And click here and here to buy copies of Matt’s and Bryan’s stellar books.)

THE TIDE KING Giveaway (and reading tonight!)

Michalski cover JPGJen Michalski’s prizewinning novel The Tide King can be yours for free via Goodreads–enter here. It’s a delicious book. Also, Jen reads tonight in NYC at 7pm in the East Village. Don’t miss it!

Tomorrow: LA Reading with Sarah Suzor

Suzor_CoverThe lovely and brilliant Sarah Suzor, author of the prizewinning poetry collection The Principle Agent, will read tomorrow as part of the “This Side of the 405” exhibit at the Ben Maltz Gallery in Los Angeles. All readings will also be streamed online here. (And keep an eye out for her forthcoming collaboration with Travis Cebula, due out next year…)

New Poems from Russel Swensen and Matthew Gavin Frank

The-Morrow-PlotsThe new issue of The Carolina Quarterly is especially awesome, featuring poems by Russel Swensen (Santa Ana) and Matthew Gavin Frank (The Morrow Plots). It’s a BLP double-dip!

Brent Goodman’s Prizewinning Poem in PUERTO DEL SOL

Goodman Far From SuddenBrent Goodman’s poem “One Eye Will Never See the Other” has been awarded 2nd place in Puerto del Sol’s 2013 Poetry ContestThis poem has the satisfying quality of a Koan – its brevity, the open-endedness, and whisper of something important just beyond its edges.”  Congrats, Brent! Celebrate with a copy of his brand-new (and spectacular) collection Far From Sudden here.