Tag Archives: The Black River Chapbook Competition

David Rigsbee on Poetry Daily

David Rigsbee’s work was recently featured on Poetry Daily. David is a former winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition and has two titles forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. Stay tuned for news about his chapbook The Pilot House, which will be available from BLP in short order.

Tina Egnoski Wins the Clay Reynolds Novella Award

Tina Egnoski, winner of the Fall, 2008 Black River Chapbook Competition, has recently won another award. Her manuscript, In the Time of the Feast of Flowers, won the 2010 Clay Reynolds Novella Award and will be published by Texas Review Press in the fall of 2011. Her chapbook Perishables is currently available from Black Lawrence Press and Amazon.

The Fall, 2010 Black River Chapbook Competition

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for the Fall, 2010 Black River Chapbook Competition.

The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of short stories or poems. The winner receives $500 and publication. Previous winners of The Black River Chapbook Competition include: Helen Marie Casey, Frank Montesonti, D. E. Fredd, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Tina Egnoski, T. J. Beitelman, David Rigsbee, Lisa Fay Coutley, and Amelia Martens.

How to Enter

Please follow this link for information on how to submit your manuscript for The Black River Chapbook Competition.

The deadline for submissions is October 31.

We look forward to reading your work!

Her Gorgeous Organ of Tremor and Pulse: Mary Biddinger in The Nepotist

We’ve got news for Mary Biddinger fans: Two of her poems, “Birth of a Vessel” and “Calamity”, have been published in The Nepotist with quite an incredible introduction from The Nepotist himself. Here is one of our favorite passages:

Let the record show that The Nepotist might be a little bit in love with her… These poems– nay, these two seductions– justify beyond any fickle hiccups of the heart the bright and blazing torch I carry for this poet.  And while I’m on the subject of heart, I think it’s Mary Biddinger’s own that make these poems beat: that muscle of coyly meted-out craft, the lub-dub of details divulged at the precise instant they will do either the most good or the most damage, her gorgeous organ of tremor and pulse.

To read the entire preface and the poems, follow this link.

Mary Biddinger is the author of Saint Monica, which was a finalist for the Black River Chapbook Competition and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2011.

Reminder: Chapbook Competition Deadline

Friends,

This is just a friendly reminder that the Black River Chapbook Competition deadline is May 31st.

About the Prize: The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of short stories or poems. The winner receives $500 and publication. Previous winners of The Black River Chapbook Competition include: Helen Marie Casey, Frank Montesonti, D.E. Fredd, Sandra KolankiewiczT. J. Beitelman, Tina Egnoski, David Rigsbee, and Lisa Fay Coutley.

How to Enter: Please follow this link for information on how to submit your manuscript for The Black River Chapbook Competition.

Questions? Contact Diane Goettel at diane@blacklawrencepress.com.

We look forward to reading your work!

Best,

Diane and the BLP Team

Past Winners of the Black River Chapbook Competition

Turning Inside Out

Turning Inside Out by Sandra Kolankiewicz, winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, is now available from Black Lawrence Press.

About the Book

There’s very little that is off limits for Sandra Kolankiewicz. In person and in her poems, she’ll give you the whole story: the bad and good parts, no matter how aching, how intimate. In 2005, she returned to poetry after more than two decades focusing on other genres. She had good reason to abandon poetry. Shortly after learning that she was going to be published for the first time, the editors who had chosen her poem asked for a meeting during which, line by line, she was asked to justify her work. Unsatisfied with her answers, the editors pulled her poem from the publication schedule. Sandra packed away all of her poems and turned to fiction.

Twenty-five years later, a constellation of events caused her to rethink her relationship with poems. A dear friend was diagnosed with cancer, quickly deteriorated, and died. It became clear that her son, who is autistic, was not going to make the much-prayed-for miraculous recovery and that she would have to leave her job at the college where she had worked for over a decade in order to care for him. There were two wars on the television. Her parents were aging. Sandra didn’t have time for fiction. But she knew that she had to write, so she returned to poetry. “Anwar Sadat’s Wife’s Lover”, one of the poems in Turning Inside Out, was written the weekend that she saw her friend for the first time after his diagnosis. “Gleaning” was written after he died. Turning Inside Out is a collection of new poems, written in 2005 and later, and old ones that had been in storage since the early 80’s. Shortly after putting the book together, it won the Black River Chapbook Competition.

Turning Inside Out is a book that follows the acrobatics of one’s emotional movements when it seems impossible to decide which is worse: the self or the world. It can also read as an index for how and when poems are essential, how and when they can save a life.

About the Author

Sandra Kolankiewicz has a BA and PhD from Ohio University and attended the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her collection of stories Con/sequential Monologues was a finalist for the 2007 Spokane Prize, the 2007 Tartt’s First Prize, the 2008 Hudson Prize, and the 2008 and 2009 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for short fiction at BkMk Press. Her collection entitled Isla was a finalist for the 2007 Hudson Prize and the 2008 St. Lawrence Prize. Her novel Blue Eyes Don’t Cry won the 2008 Hackney Award for the novel from Birmingham Southern and was a finalist for the 2008 George Garrett Prize from Texas Review Press. She currently teaches English at West Virginia University Parkersburg and is active in the autism recovery community.

Advance Praise

The poems in Turning Inside Out are not poems from the Ivory Tower, nor from the rich and famous.  These are poems made from the grit and grind, from the pain and joy of the ordinary struggle, but it is ordinariness taken to a larger level–one that makes Kolankiewicz’s poems vital and important.  These are poems that demand to be read.
–Robert Kinsley, author of Fieldstones

The speakers who inhabit the poems of Turning Inside Out are, at turns, irreverent, sassy, and somber.  What they share is disengagement from a world they can no longer safely navigate, from landscapes–exterior and interior–that time and circumstance have rearranged.  Landmarks may remain familiar, “But where to go from there?”  Agency is compromised, desire thwarted.  What becomes of such contemporary disorientation lay at the heart of this promising first collection by Sandra Kolankiewicz.
–John Hoppenthaler, author of Lives of Water and Anticipate the Coming

Title Poem

Turning Inside Out

I would do if I could,
turn my eyes inward yet keep
that other half still

unknown to me, my constant companion,
just the distance of skin away,
but this time on the outside,

glistening into the dry air,
a steaming colander of
hot, red organs,

pushed with their membranes
from one universe
into another.

Meanwhile, now on the inside,
nice and dark though somewhat
suffocated and thoroughly,

gratefully, unable to see,
I remember the world—
glowing—the way my arms

and legs moved me though space,
how I orbited other
bodies, other spheres, other

more complicated shapes.
The blackness is anaerobic now.
Air would kill me.

Please contact Diane Goettel at diane@blacklawrencepress.com for media inquiries and review copies.
Sandra Kolankiewicz is available for readings and speaking engagements.

Turning Inside Out is available from Black Lawrence Press. You can order a copy by clicking on this link.

Feb. 20: Four BLP Authors At The Bowery Poetry Club

Saturday, February 20th will be an all-star evening at The Bowery Poetry Club. The reading lineup includes Bruce Cohen, David Rigsbee, Marcela Sulak, and Kevin Pilkington and will be emceed by Associate Editor Angela Leroux-Lindsey.

Bruce Cohen’s book Swerve was released by Black Lawrence Press just last week. David Rigsbee, winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition, is the author of The Pilot House, which is forthcoming from BLP. Marcela Sulak’s collection Immigrant will be released later this month. And Kevin Pilkington’s The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree will be published as part of the 2011 BLP catalogue.

The event is $4 at the door and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Tonight! David Rigsbee Reads in Ohio

Rigsbee HeadshotA reminder to our friends in Ohio:

Cap City Poets will welcome David Rigsbee for an evening of poetry tonight at 7.

David Rigsbee is the winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition. His chapbook The Pilot House will be available in late 2010.

The evening of music and poetry will begin at 7:00 at the Espresso Yourself Music Cafe at 50 W Olentangy St in sweet little downtown Powell, Ohio.

Thanks to Pudding House Publications for sponsoring this event.

We hope to see you there!

November 11: David Rigsbee Reads in Ohio

Rigsbee HeadshotCap City Poets will welcome David Rigsbee for an evening of poetry at The Rattlebox on November 11.

David Rigsbee is the winner of the Spring, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition. His chapbook The Pilot House will be available in late 2010.

The evening of music and poetry will begin at 7:00 at the Espresso Yourself Music Cafe at 50 W Olentangy St in sweet little downtown Powell, Ohio.

Thanks to Pudding House Publications for sponsoring this event.

We hope to see you there!