The 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.)
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.
Save the date: Tracy DeBrincat, novelist extraordinaire, will read from her Big Moose Prize-winning title Hollywood Buckaroo on February 23 at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA. Don’t miss out! (And buy a copy of this hilarious and incisive book here…)
No surprise to us: The Rumpus raves about Brad Ricca’s “entertaining, bold, and wholly original” poetry collection, writing “Few poets choose to share poignant emotions with a cheeky smile and a sly wink. It is rare indeed when a poet manages to successfully blend comedy with genuine emotional insight, but that is exactly what Brad Ricca has accomplished with his first collection, American Mastodon.” To wit: there’s a poem in here titled “Bartleby and Emily Dickinson’s First Date.” What more do you need to know? (Read the review here, buy the book here.)
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!
“Know what kind of poet you are and submit to journals that publish poets like you. Don’t choose a journal via some database or website that gathers info on journals…get out there and read and follow your favorite contemporaries and submit to where they publish. Publish where you enjoy reading.”–Chris Tonelli, editor and series curator, the So and So Series and So and So magazine, from this week’s feature. Also, we feature the latest from the likes of: The Iowa Review! Hayden’s Ferry Review! Etherdome Press!
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