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The St. Lawrence Book Award Early Bird Special

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for the 2010 St. Lawrence Book Award, an annual award that is given for an unpublished collection of short stories or poems. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

Previous winners of The St. Lawrence Book Award include Marcel Jolley, Stefi Weisburd, Jason Tandon, Fred McGavran, and Yelizaveta P. Renfro. Last year’s winner was Brad Ricca.

The entry fee for the prize is $25 and the deadline is August 31, 2010.

Because we know that many writers have been hit especially hard by the economic downturn, we are offering a fantastic early bird special. If you submit your manuscript to The St. Lawrence Book Award before June 30, 2010, we will only charge you the price of one of our titles. The choice is yours. Most of our titles are priced between $14 and $18. (And we carry great chapbooks that are only $9!)

Here’s how it works:

1) Go to www.blacklawrencepress.com.

2) Click on the “Books” button on the left side of the page.

3) Order a title that interests you.

4) Shortly after placing your order, you will receive an email from Paypal with your receipt. Keep that for your records. Don’t worry about forwarding it to us; we can cross-check everything on our end.

5) Send your cover letter and manuscript to editors@blacklawrencepress.com before June 30, 2010. In your cover letter, note the title that you purchased.

6) That’s it!

We look forward to reading your submissions!

-The Black Lawrence Press Team

National Poetry Month Wrap-Up

As April draws to a close, we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Black Lawrence Press authors who participated in our National Poetry Month feature:

David Rigsbee, “Pilot House
Marcela Sulak, “Pomelo With Fallen Angel
Shelley Puhak, “War
T.J. Beitelman, “The Inciting Incident
Laura McCullough, “The Ellisionist
Jason Tandon, “Work
Abayomi Animashaun, “A New Religion
Carol Guess, “Kicks
Joe Wilkins, “A Roadside Diner in Iowa
Lisa Fay Coutley, “In the Carnival of Breathing
Matthew Gavin Frank, “After Il Sergente Serbo e Sua Moglie
Michele Battiste, “Nobody Leaves
Katharine Rauk, “How Many Weeks are in a Day and How Many Years in a Month?
Brent Goodman, “Another Prayer
Stefi Weisburd, “Behind My Ear is a Little Palace in Broad Daylight
Larry Matsuda, “Arc de Triomphe, 2003 Invasion of Iraq
Sandra Kolankiewicz, “Winter Sonata
Frank Matagrano, “Waiting with Alexandria for Her Mom
Hayden Saunier, “Beach
Kevin Pilkington, “Milk
Michael Hemmingson, “Sedona
Erica Wright, “Reservoir
Keith Taylor, “At the Living Creche
James Reidel, “Ave Maria afarensis
Helen Marie Casey, “Mary Dyer’s Courtship
Brad Ricca, “Workshop
Daniele Pantano, “The Oldest Hands in the World
Julia Cohen, “Panic at My Wilderness
Rachel Galvin, “In Cambium Lucida

And most importantly, thank you to everyone who read, shared, and commented on these poems — you’ve made this event a big success!

National Poetry Month Spotlight: Stefi Weisburd


…………………………………..-acupuncture appointment

Naturally I think of Him when she taps the needle into the top of my foot.   So this is the oft-spoken-of willingness to be pricked on a deity’s meridian, blood beading up waxy like a bindi.   Under my skin, I picture migraine demons grown frantic as steel pokes through a pore;  Godzilla over Tokyo.   Dr. Li posts a lightning rod on the top of my head as if she were a pilgrim to the North Pole.   This is where pain pools after commuting from my neck in tiny axiomatic taxies.   Listen.   Behind my knee, the universe hums in its velvet bag.  Through my wrists, a pulse shimmers with electric eels.   I imagine leaking out through the needles, diffusing into the little room papered with Chinese music.   Imagine sleep gently tacked to the table like a beetle specimen.   How dream minions shriek and scatter when Dr. Li returns, bursting into the dark.   I have not yet been resurrected I want to proclaim but she is already extracting that desire.   Seven times she carries the needles, like offerings, to the red box.  Traffic outside is relentless.   She says go home little godling.   Put on your socks.

Q: Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on the day you wrote the above poem?

A: I wrote the poem at home. The poem was inspired by a series of acupuncture treatments for migraines I was receiving at the time. I’m not sure acupuncture helped my headaches, but it did stimulate my imagination! (New treatment for writer’s block?)

Q: What is the last book you’ve read that made you want to grab a pen and write?

A: Recently Reb Livingston’s work has ignited me, especially her crazy “translations” of religious text into a sizzling stream of extremely awake  language. Splattered nonsense that courses with subterranean meaning. It’s given me a way to write about subjects I have to approach askew, an outlet for my frustrated inarticulateness about the Bush Administration, for example.

Q: What is the most sublime meal you’ve ever eaten?

A: Anything my friends Kathy Medero and Mike Dougher cook make my knees buckle. An entire novel on my tongue.

Stefi Weisburd is the 2005  winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award with her poetry collection The Wind-Up Gods, which is available for purchase at Black Lawrence Press.

BLP Celebrates National Poetry Month

Black Lawrence Press will celebrate National Poetry Month by featuring a poem by one of our authors every day on the blog. Each poem will be accompanied by a short Q&A with the author. Participating authors include:

Abayomi Animashaun
Michele Battiste
T.J. Beitelman
Helen Marie Casey
Lisa Fay Coutley
Matthew Gavin Frank
Rachel Galvin
Brent Goodman
Carol Guess
Sandra Kolankiewicz
Frank Matagrano
Lawrance Matsuda
Laura McCullough
Kevin Pilkington
Shelley Puhak
Katharine Rauk
James Reidel
Brad Ricca
David Rigsbee
Hayden Saunier
Marcela Sulak
Jason Tandon
Keith Taylor
Stefi Weisburd
Joe Wilkins
Erica Wright

So be sure to check the BLP blog every day in the month of April for some great reading!

January 17: Stefi Weisburd & Amy Beeder in Albuquerque

Dear Friends,

You are invited to a poetry reading by Stefi Weisburd and Amy Beeder on Sunday, January 17th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Acequia Booksellers in Albuquerque. Refreshments included. Hope you can come!

Stefi Weisburd is the author of The Wind-Up Gods, which won the Saint Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2007) and the children’s book Barefoot: Poems for Naked Feet (Wordsong Press, 2008). She’s received a 2002 “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Bread Loaf Scholarship and a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review and other journals. With degrees in physics, Weisburd has worked as a policy analyst for Congress, an editor at Science News magazine and as an outreach coordinator for a nanoscience program at UNM. Roger Weingarten writes that Weisburd is a “4-alarm wordsmith as innovative as Edison, and so graceful, funny and serious in the same sentence that her first collection reads like Beethoven’s Ninth. Reader, The Wind-Up Gods is poetry for those who want their language worked, like Rodin worked clay, and molded into something heartfelt, moving, and whip-smart.”

Amy Beeder is the author of Burn the Field (Carnegie Mellon, 2006). Her honors include a 2001 “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, and a Witness Emerging Writers Award. Her poems have appeared in Agni, American Letters & Commentary, Black Warrior Review, The Nation, Poetry, and Puerto del Sol. A former human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname, and a high school teacher in West Africa, Amy Beeder balances an ear for meter with an often ominous tone, creating a musical, at times mythical, exploration of how we construct beauty and strangeness. Critic Sandra Gilbert declared that Burn the Field “constitutes an impressive debut for a writer who reveres the heft, texture, and taste of words.” Beeder teaches poetry at UNM.

For information about Acequia Booksellers, follow this link.

Stefi Weisburd: Wild, Dense, and Cerebral

Weisburd Front CoverWe are thrilled to report yet another glowing review of one of our poetry titles. In the current issue of Pleiades, Amy Beeder reviewed The Wind-Up Gods by Stefi Weisburd. Here are just a few of the wonderful things that she had to say:

“(T)his is no poet of the muddy mainstream.”


“For those…who like their poems wild, dense, and cerebral, those of  us who like their language (as Roger Weingarten put it) ‘worked like Rodin worked clay,’ it is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended.”


“Another thing to recommend this poet is the range and often sheer loopiness of her subject matter and tone.”
If you are looking for something wild, dense, cerebral, and delightfully loopy, get your copy of The Wind-Up Gods here.

Happy Reading!