Some well-deserved, super exciting news: The Aversive Clause by B.C. Edwards made the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award longlist! This collection is getting nothing but rave reviews, and is so much fun to read. See for yourself and buy a copy here.
Jen Michalski’s prizewinning novel The Tide King will be released next week, and to kick things off, Jen will read an excerpt tonight at 7:00pm on WYPR (and again tomorrow at 1:00pm). Details here. This book is gorgeous and wonderfully strange–the perfect combination. Buy your copy here.
PANK 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.)
A 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.)
Grady Harp raves about B.C. Edwards’ prizewinning short story collection: “B.C. Edwards may just be one of the more bizarre and immensely gifted writers to come down the pike in a long time. Leave it to Black Lawrence Press to discover these disparate geniuses – wherever do they find them? THE AVERSIVE CLAUSE is a collection of short stories, each one so well crafted that it seems like a compressed novel. Edwards can take any idea (fairly bizarre idea at that) and in a very short time make it blossom into something that feels as though it should be contained in a cage of sorts lest its effect seep out into the permanent pixels of our psyches.” You will truly love this book; buy it here.
“Like an imperfect gemstone, Baltimore’s real value lies in it being one of a kind.” Prizewinning novelist Jen Michalski gives us a tour of her literary Baltimore in a charming piece in Poets & Writers. Click here to read the entire essay, and don’t forget to order a copy of The Tide King, due out next month.
Pen America sat down with award-winning poet Shane McCrae to ask about love, community, and history. A tease: “It’s something like a tingling, like a small tingling rush of joy that seems to start in my chest, just above my heart and below my throat, and spreads both up and down, so that I want to say the words out loud and yet I feel a little short of breath and sped up inside, because the feeling has reached my heart and lungs.” Read it all here (and stay tuned for Shane’s forthcoming chapbook Nonfiction).
The Nervous Breakdown says it best: “The Aversive Clause is out from Black Lawrence Press. And it is fucking great.”
They’re totally right. Buy it here.
Poet Abayomi Animashaun talks about his experience winning the 2008 Hudson Prize for his sublime collection The Giving of Pears
“For me, news of winning the Hudson Prize came at a time of great difficulty. A time when I was so thoroughly cornered, I became convinced that I was a loser pretending at verse. So, when I got the news, I was sure the editors had made a mistake.
But they hadn’t. Then I saw the names of all the finalists and semi-finalists, and it scared the hell out of me. I knew some of the poets, and I had read and enjoyed their work a good deal. Any of us could have taken the prize that year.
It’s still a mystery to me why my manuscript was chosen. But, I am grateful that my work has found home with a press and a group of editors that understand my spirit and believe in my imagination. Even beyond the prize, they are still with me. Listening and urging me toward my best work.
In a way, I guess the Hudson Prize tells me that even though I fail at poetry 99% of the time (as I do in other aspects of my life), it’s okay to take up the pen and try a hundredth time.”
Working with Abayo was an immense pleasure for us! A reminder that the 2013 Hudson Prize deadline is March 31: submit here.