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BRCC Finalists Announced

We’re very pleased to announce the finalists for the Fall, 2010 Black River Chapbook Competition. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and congratulations to those who made it to the finalist rounds. We look forward to announcing the winner which we plan to do in short order.

And the finalists are…

Poetry Finalists

Charlotte Pence- Branches
Damon McLaughlin- Olduvai Theory
Erin Bertram- Stumblefoot
Jaimie Gusman- The Anyjar
Martin Rock- Notes After a Harlequin Apocalypse
Nicholaus Patnaude- Uncle Monster’s Rafters
Rachael Lyon- The Normal Heart and How It Works
Rebecca Givens- Tender Me Now
Sandra Faulkner- Hello Kitty Goes to College
Sean Hill- Minnesota Blues

Poetry Semi-Finalists

Adam Million- Dead Reckoning
Adam Vines and Allen Jih-According to Discretion
Caroline Klocksiem Circumstances of the House & Moon
Cathryn Cofell & Karla Huston- Split Personality
David Hawkins- The Dark Adaptation
K. M. A. Sullivan- Bodies in Pieces
Marjorie Manwaring- What to Make of a Diminished Thing
Martin Rock and Tricia Taaca- Vertibratariat
Rachel Mehl- Letter to Amber in November
Steven Tarlow- Bitter Herbs

Fiction Finalists

Alexandra Chasin- Under the Susurrus
Heather Clitheroe- I Bet I Can Find a Million People Who Hate Slab Cakes
Simon Smith- The Only Reasonable Explanation
Stace Budzko- Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
Stefanie Freele- Buccaneers

Fiction Semi-Finalists

Barbara Milton- Resurrections
Jill Widner- The Underwater Room
Jill Widner- The Guest House in Old Camp
Ryder Collins- We were listening for the shattering
Steve Mitchell- How to Pray

St. Lawrence Book Award Finalists

We are very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 St. Lawrence Book Award. We hope to announce the winner within the next 48 hours.

Poetry Finalists
Suzanne Bottelli-Visual Glossary of the Physical World
Jules Gibbs-The Principle of Least Astonishment
Michael Opperman-Imaginarium
Kate Umans-Flock Book
Benjamin Vogt-Afterimage
Joel Whitney-I Am A Very Fat Man

Fiction Finalists
Jacob Appel-Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana
Jacob Appel-Saluting the Magpie
Jen Grow-O.K., Goodbye
Evan Lavender-Smith-Thirteen Things
Adam Prince-The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men
Annie Weatherwax-The Possibility of Things

St. Lawrence Book Award Semi-Finalists Announced

Black Lawrence Press is pleased to announce the semi-finalists of the St. Lawrence Book Award. We will announce the finalists later in November and the winner by the end of the month. We thank the 300+ writers who submitted work to the 2010 St. Lawrence Book Award.

Poetry Semi-Finalists
Valerie Bandura Finn-Freak Show
Bonnie Bolling-In the Kingdom of the Sons
Suzanne Bottelli-Visual Glossary of the Physical World
James M Boyleston-Viewed from the Keel of a Canoe
Mark Dow-Plain Talk Rising
Jules Gibbs-The Principle of Least Astonishment
Jennifer Habel-Good Reason
Michael Opperman-Imaginarium
Susanna Rich-The Softness Truth Requires
Katie Shinkl-Baby-Doll Under Ice
Brian Simoneau-River Bound
Kate Umans-Flock Book
Benjamin Vogt-Afterimage
Julie Wade-Must Be Present to Win
Joel Whitney-I Am A Very Fat Man

Fiction Semi-Finalists
Jacob Appel-Choose Your Own Genetics
Jacob Appel-Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana
Jacob Appel-Natural Selection
Jacob Appel-Saluting the Magpie
Liam Callanan-A—A-  and Other Stories
Jen Grow-O.K., Goodbye
Evan Lavender-Smith-Thirteen Things
Paul Michel-Lives of the Saints
Adam Prince-The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men
Ira Sukrungruang-The Golden Mix and Other Stories
Annie Weatherwax-The Possibility of Things

Black River Chapbook Competition Short List

Congratulations to the writers who made it to the short list. We will announce the winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition by the end of the month.

Purgatory – Amelia Martens
The Company of Animals – Amy McCann
Frogs, Snakes, And All Of The Children – Barbara Milton
The Five Points of Performance – Chris Mohar
Terra Australis – Lucas Street
Sketches of Bodies at the Næsti Bar – Jane Varley

Black River Chapbook Competition Long List

Many congratulations to the people who have made it to the long list for the Spring, 2010 Black River Chapbook Competition. We will announce a short list and the winner of the competition before the end of the month. Drumroll, please…

Before the Rain – Jill Widner
Echolocation – Adam Hayden
First Service – Phillip Sterling
Frogs, Snakes, And All Of The Children – Barbara Milton
Guava Launchers – Stefanie Freele
How to Set a House on Fire – Stace Budzko
Iris In – Kryssa Schemmerling
Last Night – Charlotte Pence
Notebook of the Early Millennium – Jesse Nathan
Purgatory – Amelia Martens
Second Story of Your Body – Angela Hume
Sketches of Bodies at the Næsti Bar – Jane Varley
Slippage – Christopher Munde
Some Other Sort of Hunger – Nicole Reid
Stone Belly Girl – James Granger
Terra Australis – Lucas Street
The Company of Animals – Amy McCann
The Five Points of Performance – Chris Mohar
The Flasher – Adam Peterson
The Iron Mountain – Michael Haeflinger
The Other World – Cassie Schmitz
The Prince of Denmark – Jay Kauffmann
The Underwater Room – Jill Widner
The Woman We Imagine – Andrew Touhy
What to Make of a Diminished Thing – Marjorie Manwaring

Her Gorgeous Organ of Tremor and Pulse: Mary Biddinger in The Nepotist

We’ve got news for Mary Biddinger fans: Two of her poems, “Birth of a Vessel” and “Calamity”, have been published in The Nepotist with quite an incredible introduction from The Nepotist himself. Here is one of our favorite passages:

Let the record show that The Nepotist might be a little bit in love with her… These poems– nay, these two seductions– justify beyond any fickle hiccups of the heart the bright and blazing torch I carry for this poet.  And while I’m on the subject of heart, I think it’s Mary Biddinger’s own that make these poems beat: that muscle of coyly meted-out craft, the lub-dub of details divulged at the precise instant they will do either the most good or the most damage, her gorgeous organ of tremor and pulse.

To read the entire preface and the poems, follow this link.

Mary Biddinger is the author of Saint Monica, which was a finalist for the Black River Chapbook Competition and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2011.

Hudson Prize Finalists Announced

After reviewing nearly 500 entries, the editors at Black Lawrence Press are pleased to announce the finalists and semi-finalists for the 2010 Hudson Prize. The winner of the prize, which will be chosen from the pool of finalists, will be announced by the end of the month.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Hudson Prize and congratulations to all of the finalists and semi-finalists. Drum roll, please…

Fiction Finalists
Andrew Milward- The Agriculture Hall of Fame
Annie Weatherwax- The Possibility of Things
Ira Sukrungruang- The Man with the Buddha Heads
Annie Dawid- Resurrection City: Stories of Jonestown
Brenda Goldberg- Amazing Grace
Geoff Schmidt-  Out of Time
Jacob M. Appel- Scouting for the Reaper
Jacob M. Appel- Natural Selection:  Stories
Nick Kocz- Disposable Baby and Other Stories
Xu Xi- Access- Thirteen Tales

Fiction Semi-Finalists
Adam Prince- The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men
Clifford W Garstang- What the Zhang Boys Know
Jacob M. Appel- Choose Your Own Genetics: Stories
Jeremy Griffin- A Last Resort for Desperate People
Jacob M. Appel- Shell Game With Organs
Rebecca Lloyd- Don’t Drink the Water
Richard Sonnenmoser- Other Women
Tracy DeBrincat- Troglodyte

Poetry Finalists
Valerie Bandura- Freak Show
Joanne Diaz- Violin
Lynne Potts- Getting to Shore
Marjorie Manwaring- Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape
Sarah Suzor- The Principle Agent
James Bradley Wells- Bicycle
Shana Youngdahl- Advice, And Other Half-Truths

Poetry Semi-Finalists
Karina Borowicz- The Seeded Eye
Brad Richard- Motion Studies
Steven Tarlow- Bitter Herbs
Katie Umans- Flock Book
Claire McQuerry- Lacemakers
Rebecca Jensen- Among the Dead: Ah! and Afterward Yes!

2010 Lambda Literary Awards

James Morrison and Angela Leroux-Lindsey at the 2010 Lambdas

Last night, at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York, the Lambda Literary Foundation hosted its 22nd Literary Awards–and this year, two Black Lawrence Press authors were named finalists! Brent Goodman’s poetry collection The Brother Swimming Beneath Me was nominated for Gay Poetry, and James Morrison’s short story collection Said and Done was nominated for Gay Fiction. (Both collections have also been nominated for other awards this season, and are must-reads.)

The first winner of the night, Rakesh Satyal (whose novel Blue Boy won for Gay Debut Fiction) kicked off the acceptance speeches with a rousing Lady GaGa homage (“Ra-Ra-a-a-kesh”) that had everyone smiling. Larry Kramer and Kate Clinton were honored with Pioneer Awards–both well-deserved–and Tony Valenzuela expressed his pride and excitement in being named the new Executive Director of the Foundation. After the ceremony, James, myself, and many others headed to the killer afterparty held at the gorgeous home of David McConnell and Darrell Crawford, where the wine and conversation flowed and the celebration continued. It was enormous fun to mingle with literary New York on such a gorgeous night!

Although neither BLP title was selected as the winner, it’s a huge thrill for us to have earned two nominations! We’re so proud of James and Brent!

BLP Sponsors the 2010 Lambda Literary Awards

Black Lawrence Press is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2010 Lambda Literary Awards. The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.

This year, two Black Lawrence Press authors have been named as finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. Congratulations again to Brent Goodman (The Brother Swimming Beneath Me) and James Morrison (Said and Done) for having their books chosen as finalists. We’re keeping our fingers, toes, and eyes crossed until the awards ceremony, which will take place on the evening of May 27th in Manhattan. Stay tuned…

Congratulations to Anis Shivani!

If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that Black Lawrence Press has had quite a lot to celebrate about this spring. Ahem. Ahem. Ahem. Well, we have even more fantastic news: Anis Shivani’s Anatolia and Other Stories is on the long list for the Frank O’Connor Award. Congratulations, Anis!

We’d also like to extend our congratulations to Dawn Raffel and Laura van den Berg for making the list with their short story collections from Dzanc Books, BLP’s parent company.

You can see who else made the long list and learn more about the Frank O’Connor Award by following this link.

Anatolia and Other Stories is available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.