April Bacon

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Dreamland for Keeps (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming)
by Sarah Nichols » @onibaba37

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Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Wren Hanks » tumblr

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Feeding the Dead (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by M. Brett Gaffney »

  • Feeding the Dead is delightfully reviewed at Rust+Moth.

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Mexicamericana (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by Eloisa Amezcua » eloisaamezcua.com

  • Mexicamericana is now available for pre-order! Free domestic shipping with pre-order & use of coupon code AMEZCUA. Offer expires May 29th.

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My Own Strange Beast (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by Melissa Atkinson Mercer

  • My Own Strange Beast is now available for pre-order! Free domestic shipping with pre-order & use of coupon code STRANGEBEAST. Offer expires May 8th.

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Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Chen Chen » chenchenwrites.com

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A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Amorak Huey » amorakhuey.net

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February’s Goodness

(News & happenings with/from/about our poets & writers.)

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Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Chen Chen » chenchenwrites.com

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Apples or Pomegranates (Porkbelly Press, 2017 forthcoming)
by Anita Olivia Koester » anitaoliviakoester.com

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Haunting the Last House on Holland Island, Fallen Into the Bay (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Sarah Ann Winn » bluebirdwords

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Feeding the Dead (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by M. Brett Gaffney » blog

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My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Sonya Vatomsky » www.sonyavatomsky.com

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A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Amorak Huey

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Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by E. Kristin Anderson » ekristinanderson.com

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My Own Strange Beast (Porkbelly Press, 2017 forthcoming)
Melissa Atkinson Mercer

October’s (possibly Haunted) Bacon

(news & good things from/with/including our poets & authors)

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Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Chen Chen » @chenchenwrites » chenchenwrites.com

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Apples or Pomegranates (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming in 2917)
by Anita Olivia Koester » www.anitaoliviakoester.com

  • One of 3 winners of the Vella Chapbook Contest. Arrow Songs is set to be published by Paper Nautilus in 2017.

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Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the Middle of the Night (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by E. Kristin Anderson » www.ekristinanderson.com

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Haunting the Last House on Holland Island, Fallen into the Bay (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Sarah Ann Winn » @blueaisling » bluebirdwords.com

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Threnody (Porkbelly Press, 2014)
by Laura Madeline Wiseman » @drmadwiseman

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Ghost Tongue (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Nicole Rollender » www.nicolerollender.com

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Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Wren Hanks » tumblr

  • released this month! More on our Ghost Skin press page.
  • Ghost Ocean Magazine 19 includes an interview with Wren about Prophet Fever, with a mention of forthcoming gar child (Tree Light Books) & Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press).
  • Wren’s poem “The Ghost Incites a Genderqueer Pledge of Allegiance” appears in Best New Poets!

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My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Sonya Vatomsky » sonyavatomsky.com

  • Sonya’s full-length collection, Salt is for Curing, is reviewed over on Entropy.

This slim, seemingly unassuming book of poems has the power to gut us with its honesty, disarm us with its vulnerability, and enchant us with its inventive language and imagery. Salt Is For Curing is a powerful spell to read over and over again. | more at Entropy

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bindweed & crow poison (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Robin Turner

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Feeding the Dead (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming 2016)
by M. Brett Gaffney

Bacon (Good Stuff) March

All the good things (we’ve heard about) from our contributors (in March):

My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Sonya Vatomsky // @coolniceghost

I love that traditionally underrepresented groups are able to get exposure through smaller presses/journals and self-publishing, and I love destroying that idea that there’s some kind of difference in “quality” between what’s on a bestseller list or in the canon and what’s being produced online, that some writing is “real writing” or whatever. // more at Paper Darts

  • Oh, and guess what else? They’re blogging for the Poetry Has Value project! (In which Sonya reveals their very serious indy press book habit. V. serious.)
  • Sonya’s collection Salt is for Curing (Sator Press, 2015) went into its second printing!

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Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Chen Chen // @chenchenwrites

“Each poem in this collection is like a booth with the reader or the poet but one telephone that connects to the world of multifarious affairs. In fact, there’s a pattern that an interested mind may discover which is so intricate and amazing, sharp and endearing.” // more

  • Chen’s chapbook Kissing the Sphinx is available for pre-order at Two of Cups Press (and was a 2015 chapbook contest finalist)! Chen gets good blurb:

“There is so much love in these poems it seems Eros is nibbling at the ear of Chen Chen, and through him, at ours. Listen―yes, listen!―closely to this sensuous, tender and bold new voice in American poetry…” —Curtis Bauer

  • Chen’s first full-length book of poems was a finalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize.
  • Chen Chen has won the Poulin Poetry Prize via BOA Editions “for his collection When I Grow up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities. The collection was selected by highly-acclaimed poet Jericho Brown. Chen will receive a $1,500 honorarium and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in spring 2017.”

“Chen Chen refuses to be boxed in or nailed down. He is a poet of Whitman’s multitudes and of Langston Hughes’ blues, of Dickinson’s ‘so cold no fire can warm me’ and of Michael Palmer’s comic interrogation. What unifies the brilliance of When I Grow up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities is a voice desperate to believe that within every one of life’s sadnesses there is also hope, meaning, and—if we are willing to laugh at ourselves—humor. This is a book I wish existed when I first began reading poetry. Chen is a poet I’ll be reading for the rest of my life.” – Jericho Brown //  more

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Pray, Pray, Pray: poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by E. Kristin Anderson // @ek_anderson

  • EKA’s chapbook, Fire in the Sky, is forthcoming from Grey Book Press in spring.
  • Anderson’s really on fire here—Acoustic Battery Life will make an appearance in spring via ELJ Publications.
  • While you’re waiting for those two beauties, you can pick up her short chapbook of Prince inspired poems, sometimes lovingly referred to as the B-side of Pray, Pray, Pray, from ELJ‘s magpies line: 17 Days.