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Winner and Finalists Announced

Black Lawrence Press is very pleased to announce the winner and finalists for the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition.

Congratulations to David Rigsbee for winning the contest with his manuscript The Pilot House. The poems in this chapbook made us ache; that’s how good they are. David will receive a cash award and publication.

Also, Black Lawrence Press often chooses an exceptional finalist manuscript for publication. Congratulations to Mary Biddinger for having her manuscript Saint Monica named as a finalist and chosen for publication.

Now…drumroll please…here is the complete list of finalists and semi-finalists for the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition:


Brad Ricca – Nuclearmagnetic
Craig Davis – The Dog Ballerinas
Cynthia Marie Hoffman – A Skeleton Stirred into the Paper
Joshua Robbins – Suburban Hymnal
Leora S. Fridman – Telenovela Pregnancy Hoax
Lisa Fay Coutley – Back-Talk
Mary Biddinger – Saint Monica
Matt Schumacher – Blueprints for Spiderwebs
Samantha Bell – Disarticulations
Steve Wiegenstein – Kingdom of Brass
Sean Lovelace – Face Down
Kelly Luce – Ash
Seth Michelson – A Crown for Sonia


Benjamin Vogt – Without Such Absence
Dan Nowak – Of A Bed Frame
David Serafino – Our Choices Are Limited
James Bradley – Wells Ordinary Splendor
Jane Ellen Glasser – In Good Company
Jasmine Bailey – Love Songs Men Sing to Each Other
Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon – City and Field
Julie Hensley – The Language of Horses
Kathy Flann – Leaving Reno
Kristin M Keegan – Faded Blue Houses
Nicole Steinberg – Birds of Tokyo
Rebecca Givens – Everyone Is Alive Now
Rick Alley – Roof-Boy, Come Down

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. And congratulations again to the winner, finalists, and semi-finalists who were chosen from a group of nearly 250 submissions.

If you missed the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition and would like to participate, consider submitting your manuscript to the Fall, 2009 competition. The deadline is October 31.



Black Lawrence Signs Michael Hemmingson

Black Lawrence author Michael Hemmingson, author of PICTURES OF HOUSES WITH WATER DAMAGE

Black Lawrence author Michael Hemmingson, author of PICTURES OF HOUSES WITH WATER DAMAGE

Black Lawrence Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of short story collection Pictures of Houses with Water Damage by Michael Hemmingson. Pictures of Houses with Water Damage is a collection of American short stories about loneliness, betrayal, and redemption in relationships and families. Written in a spare, concise, and singular style, Michael Hemmingson explores the many ways people react to broken and mended hearts, happiness, and hope in contemporary settings from kitchens, motel rooms, to a science station in the South Pole.

Michael Hemmingson has been called “Raymond Carver on acid” by literary guru Larry McCaffery and “a disciple of a quick and dirty literature” by the American Book Review. Some of his previous books include the novels Wild Turkey (Forge Books), The Rose of Heaven (Prime Books), The Comfort of Women (Blue Moon) and In the Background is a Walled City (Borgo Press). He co-edited Expelled from Eden: A William T. Vollmann Reader (Thunder’s Mouth Press) and will soon publish a critical study on Vollmann (from McFarland) and an annotated bibliography of Vollmann’s many words (from Scarecrow Press). He considers himself the leading Vollmann scholar in the world. He also edited Conversations with Wim Wenders (Lexington Books). His first novel (or novella) was published in 1994 from Permeable Press, called The Naughty Yard, reprinted verbatim in The Mammoth Book of International Erotica (Carroll & Graf). “The irony of course,” says Hemmingson, “is that the small press edition sold maybe 1200 copies, whereas that anthology has sold half a million units.” Wearing the academic hat, as an independent scholar with no institutional ties but affiliations with Indiana University, San Diego State, and UCSD, Hemmingson has written the meditation, Gordon Lish and His Influence on Twentieth Century American Literature (Routledge), a short TV studies monograph on Star Trek (Wayne State University Press), and an ethnographic research project, Zona Norte (Cambridge Scholars). Wearing the screenwriter’s hat, his first indie feature, The Watermelon, was produced by LightSong Films and his currently making the film festival rounds. He has a couple of other film projects in the works, including the adaptation of his novel, The Dress, shot in New York. Wearing the journalist’s hat, he is a staff writer at The San Diego Reader. His stories and essays have been published in journals such as Fiction International, ZYZZYVA, Gargoyle, Hobart, Onthebus, Life Writing, Critique, and Creative Approaches to Research. From 1995-2000, he was Literary Manager of The Fritz Theater in San Diego, where he directed, produced, and wrote many plays there, as well as for his own company, The Alien Stage Project, that still produces theater in San Diego and Los Angeles. Hemmingson won the San Diego Book Awards’ first Novel-in-Progress grant for The Rose of Heaven and SDBA’s Best Published novel for Wild Turkey. Hemmingson resides somewhere in southern California with two cats, Worf and Poe.