Category Archives: chapbooks

Upcoming Reading: Charlotte Pence

Pence Front CoverThe Nantucket Book Festival sounds like a pretty dreamy way to spend a summer weekend, especially since poet Charlotte Pence will be there! Her prizewinning chapbook THE BRANCHES, THE AXE, THE MISSING is one of our favorites, and she’ll talk about poetry and song and participate in a reading, all on Saturday, June 22 starting at 11:45am. Details here (and buy a copy of BRANCHES here.)

Two Poems by Russel Swensen

Swensen Front CoverPANK Magazine features two stellar poems by Russel Swensen this month: “Tourism is Important” and “Danielle.” Read them, make your day awesome. (And it should be noted that buying Russel’s prizewinning chapbook, Santa Ana, will also make you smarter and more fun.)

Lisa Fay Coutley on Verse Daily

Coutley_CoverA lovely Monday perk: Lisa Fay Coutley–author of the prizewinning poetry chap In the Carnival of Breathing–is Verse Daily’s Web Weekly feature poet. Enjoy. (And buy Carnival here.)


Pence Front CoverDiagram has lovely things to say about Charlotte Pence’s prizewinning poetry chapbook: “Like the early humans conjured in The Branches, the Axe, the Missing, Pence crafts a subtly intricate world with ‘just’ branches, fire, darkness, memory, and the sharp scythe of questions. No doubt, her poems will continue to evolve, too. This is a wise and brave little book, and we’ll soon have a chance to see more; her first full-length collection of poetry is due out from Black Lawrence Press in 2014.” That’s right–more Pence is on the way, and we can’t wait. For now, slake your thirst for “wise and brave” poetry here.

Katie Rauk Poem in 2012 Best of the Net Anthology

Rauk CoverKatie Rauk’s gorgeous poem “Casida of the Weeping,” originally published in Pebble Lake Review, was selected for publication in the 2012 Best of the Net Anthology. Listen to her stirring reading here (and buy a copy of her equally lovely chapbook, Basil, here.)

Congrats, Katie!

Helen Marie Casey: Double Winner

Casey BostonWe’re so pleased to share that Helen Marie Casey, author of the brilliant poetry chapbook Inconsiderate Madness and the gorgeous nonfiction title My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer, has won the 2012 Barbara Bradley Award from the New England Poetry Club and also the Anita McAndrews Award Poetry Contest from Artists in Action international, which recognizes writing for its relevance to human rights. Congrats, Helen! Buy her books here.

We have a winner! Fall 2012 Black River Chapbook Competition

We’re so excited to announce the winner — congratulations to Simone Muench, whose manuscript Trace has won the Fall 2012 Black River Chapbook Competition!

We’re also pleased to announce that Black Lawrence Press will be publishing two chaps from among our finalists: The New Sorrow Is Less Than the Old Sorrow by Jenny Drai and Oh My Darling by Cate Stevens-Davis.

A complete listing of our finalists and semi-finalists can be found on our blog.

Big thanks to all who entered, and welcome to the BLP family, Simone, Jenny, and Cate!