Tag Archives: Jon Chopan

Letter to Jeff, from Ohio

Check out Jon Chopan’s new piece of microfiction “Letter to Jeff, From Ohio” in the summer issue of Staccato. Jon’s book Pulled from the River is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.

BLP Expands Its List

If you’ve been following the BLP blog, then you know of a few recent additions to the BLP family. In January, we announced that we’d accepted Killing the Murnion Dogs by Joe Wilkins and Instructions for Killing the Jackal by Erica Wright, two new collections of poetry due out in August and September of next year, respectively. In February, we announced that Carol Guess had become a part of our crew of poets; her collection Doll Studies: Forensics will be out in the beginning of 2012. Also in February we announced the acceptance of the novel/novel-in-stories/memoir/we don’t know what we’re calling it yet other than “rad” Pulled from the River by Jon Chopan.

There’s been lots of action since February and we are very pleased to announce that we’ve added a few more authors to the BLP family and also have new titles forthcoming from authors who have published with us in the past. Next fall we will publish Marginalia for a Natural History, a collection of poems by Keith Taylor.

We’ve also accepted two new books by Marcel Jolley, winner of the inaugural St. Lawrence Book Award and author of Neither Here Nor There. His short story collection, Priors, will come out in the spring of 2012, to be followed by his novel Milk Run in the spring of 2013. We’ve also got some new blood in our stable of fiction writers. Loving You the Way I Do, short stories by Ron Savage will be published in the summer of 2012.

We’re also very pleased to announce that our translation list is expanding as well. Daniele Pantano, author of the poetry collection The Oldest Hands In The World and the translation The Possible is Monstrous has two more translations coming out from BLP in the next few years: Oppressive Light: Selected Poems by Robert Walser (Spring, 2012) and The Complete Works of Georg Trakl (Spring, 2014). We’ve also got Dream Weed, a translation of Yvan Goll poems, by Nan Watkins coming out in July, 2012.

Those of you who are fans of T.J. Beitelman (Pilgrims: A Love Story) and David Rigsbee (winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition) will be happy to know that we have full-length collections from both poets coming out in mid-2012.

And, just so you know what you have to look forward to, BLP will release the following titles before the end of 2010: Every Bitter Thing by Hardy Jones, Perishables by Tina Egnoski, Pictures of Houses with Water Damage by Michael Hemmingson, The Consequence of Skating by Steven Gillis, Triggermoon Triggermoon by JuliaCohen, Speech Acts by Laura McCullough, and The Pilot House by David Rigsbee.

We’ve currently closed submissions until August 15th while we catch up on submissions. We’re hoping to have more good news by the end of the summer once we read all of the manuscripts in our queue. As always, thanks for reading!

-Diane Goettel
Executive Editor, Black Lawrence Press

P.S. Don’t forget that the deadline for the St. Lawrence Book Award is August 31st!

Pulled From the River

We at Black Lawrence Press are pleased to announce that we have accepted Jon Chopan’s novel Pulled From the River for publication.

About the Book

Founded in 1803, Rochester has grown to be one of the most populace and economically prosperous communities in the state of New York.  Still, its success is also a lesson in failure.  From its one time dominance of the world flour market, to the rise and fall of the Erie Canal, to the steady decline of its largest employer, Kodak, Rochester’s story is a complex one of continued highs and lows.  Pulled From the River, which will be available from BLP next year, explores how the history of the city and its enduring legacy has impacted a generation of working class people.

About the Author

Jon Chopan received his MA in history form SUNY Oswego and his MFA in creative nonfiction from The Ohio State University.  His writing has appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, Redivider, Hotel Amerika, and Drunken Boat, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Jon is currently trying to win his second Stanley Cup in NHL 2010 and when he isn’t doing that he is teaching, reading, and grading comp. papers.  Jon is a visiting lecturer at The Ohio State University at Newark.

Congratulations, Jon! And welcome to Black Lawrence Press!