Category Archives: praise


School of the Americas CoverDavid Rigsbee’s new full-length collection of poems, School of the Americas, is brilliant–and Literary Aficionado agrees: “David Rigsbee knows his craft well and somehow manages to spread his creative shadow over a very broad spectrum of topics and ideas and thoughts and challenges – and he keeps us with him at every step, whether in awe of his talent or nurtured by his insights…It is rare to pass through more than two or three pages without being punched in the gut or hugged by some greater, more understanding arm.” Read the entire review here, and buy a copy here.


Ricca_CoverGulf Coast loves Brad Ricca’s prizewinning poetry collection: “The Cleveland-based poet and filmmaker writes absurd narratives filled with pop-culture allusions, bizarre descriptions of domestic tranquility and strange asides. The often-whimsical poems delight in their imaginative leaps, fresh subject matter and unique language.” Pick up your copy here!

Publishers Weekly Praises BLP’s Literary Philosophy

This pretty much sums it up: “Ten-year-old Black Lawrence Press, an imprint of Dzanc Books, had its editorial approach to publishing contemporary literature and creative nonfiction affirmed last month when the National Endowment of the Arts chose three of its authors to receive 2013 Literature Fellowships. Twenty-five fellowships were awarded in all. “It was very validating,” said executive director Diane Goettel. “It made us feel we are really doing the right thing, recognizing important writers.”

We’re unbelievably thrilled to be featured, and even more ecstatic that three of our authors–David Rigsbee, Lisa Fay Coutley, and Shane McRae–received NEA grants. Read the entire PW piece here, and take a peek at our catalogue here: it’s the perfect time to check out our authors’ envelope-pushing, NEA-worthy writing.


DeBrincat coverThe smart folks over at LitStack love Tracy DeBrincat’s Big Moose Prize-winning novel Hollywood Buckaroo, and for good reason: “Thank heavens Tracy DeBrincat understands the glitter and glitz of Hollywood; the egotism, the diva moves and the dreams of avarice that go with the Beverly Hills landscape.  If she didn’t have such a feel for the movie industry and all its stereotyped follies and foibles, she wouldn’t have been able to write such a delightfully refreshing novel as Hollywood Buckaroo, where the offbeat players have a human side and the happily ever after is about as far away from a fairy tale fadeout as you can get.” Read more here, and (you know you want to) buy a copy here.


NewPages raves about Charlotte Pence’s “nuanced” and “refined” poetry chapbook: “Varied in form and length, each poem adds another link to the narrative chain that brings together a complex and sophisticated extended poem that dwells on our evolutionary desire to communicate…Displaying a keen sense for nuanced storytelling while remaining in the realm of carefully refined poetic language, Pence creates multiple narrative lines within the limitations of the chapbook. Each condensation of language allows the reader to read and re-read the chapbook, piecing together new arcs every time.” Buy it here.

New Review of SAINT MONICA

Glint Literary Journal recently reviewed Mary Biddinger’s chapbook Saint Monica, and after a careful reading, concludes “How is it that a saint survives in the twentieth century? Biddinger’s collection seems to suggest that she does so by nurturing an inner sinner.” Read more here, and buy a copy of this acclaimed chapbook here. (Also, keep an eye out for Mary’s brand-new poetry collection, O Holy Insurgency!)


Eric Gamalinda’s enigmatic collection of short stories continues to garner praise: the Asian American Literature Fans write “Ah, what a pleasure to be reading Eric Gamalinda’s first American fictional publication…We revel in the idiosyncratic nature of these stories and we’ll hope that Gamalinda has far more in store for us with fictional publications stateside.” Click here to read the entire review, and here to buy a copy of this compelling collection. (And also: Eric will stage one of the stories from this collection as a radio play in NYC on October 28. Stay tuned for more details!)

THE BRANCHES, THE AXE, THE MISSING is a “is a powerful, dynamic work”

The good folks over at The Rumpus recently reviewed Charlotte Pence’s prizewinning poetry chapbook The Branches, The Axe, The Missing, writing “The language here is staccato and luminous, sonically and metaphorically reflecting the first intimations of community, of humanity encircling fire to feed and protect itself. Playful and rich, the language shifts again into the relatively prose-like, in which objective information is aestheticized, made poetry.” We agree–this chapbook is exceptional! Read the entire review here, and buy your copy here.


The folks over at the Midwest Book Review recently reviewed Adam Prince’s funny and smart short story collection The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men: “No matter where our life takes us, we want something more out of life, something beautiful. The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men explores the psyche and imagination of the male species as author Adam Prince presents an intriguing thought process with his short fiction. With plenty of humor, The Beautiful Wishes of Ugly Men is an enticing and much recommended addition to any collection of short fiction.” Buy your copy here.

New Review of SIGNS OF LIFE

Grady Harp gives Norman Waksler’s Signs of Life five stars, writing “SIGNS OF LIFE is that sort of book that begs to be read slowly and with return visits – not because it is complex and requires scrutiny-like attention to style, but because Norman Waksler is a writer of such impressive gifts that he is able to touch every reader with at least one moment of `aha’ recognition as he takes us, short story by short story, through the various phases of life from childhood to deep maturity.” Click here to read the entire review, and here to buy a copy of this wonderful book.