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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March & Porkbelly

(Good news, happenings, publications, awards, and general good stuff by/with/for our poets & writers.)

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

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The Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by Donna Vorreyer » donnavorreyer.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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Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Chen Chen » @chenchenwrites » chenchenwrites.com

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Dry Spell (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Patrick Kindig » pdkindig.wordpress.com

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

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How to Leave a Farmhouse (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Beth McDermott

  • new work appears in Bayou issue 66!

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

  • poem “Tapestry with White Columns” won the Sable Books Poetry of Protest contest judged by Shadab Zeest Hashmi

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

  • Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016) was nominated for an Elgin Award.

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Goodbye, 2016 Bacon – AKA December News

(News, events, & good things from our poets & writers.)

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Poems for Ivan (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Sara Adams » kartoshkaaaaa.com

  • A new interview over at Speaking of Marvels! One of our favorite pieces of advice, aside from ditching projects that suck: “Have a cat. He will love you no matter how many words you can put together.”

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My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Sonya Vatomsky » 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 » amorakhuey.net

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

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The Autobiography of a Love Not Mine (Porkbelly Press, 2014)
by Hilda Weaver

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

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bindweed & crow poison: small poems of stray girls, fierce women (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Robin Turner

  • a micro review of Robin’s chapbook via James Brush & Via Negativa.

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Apples or Pomegranates (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming 2017)
by Anita Olivia Koester

  • Anita is winner of the Midwest Gothic Lake Prize, poetry.
  • her work received a Pushcart nomination from Shot Glass Journal.

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inter: burial places (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Billie R. Tadros

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Lost Birds of the Iron Range (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
by Amber Edmondson

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Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Wren Hanks

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midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

  • Vanessa will also be reading at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop on January 7th, perhaps even from her own Porkbelly Press title, midnight blue, and probably from her very recently released full-length book!

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

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Goodbye, 2016! See you soon, 2017.

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

Ghost Skin // Wren Hanks

Wren’s GHOST SKIN is a haunted little chapbook about identity and ancestry, at once a eulogy for what is lost, a grandmother, and a falling away of the past self, a transition into new-self. The language is lush and image-heavy, speaking of moon jellies, trumpet vines, and red feathers—Gorgons and thistles and bones. Divine with this speaker, discover the things embedded into their skin like memory, rooted deep and blooming. (Porkbelly Press, 2016) » excerpt & more

about the poet

Wren Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, their poetry appears in Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, Bone Bouquet, Permafrost, and elsewhere. They are an Associate Editor for Sundress Publications and live in Brooklyn with their girlfriend and two difficult cats.

cover & art

The cover is inkjet printed on premium matte paper. It’s trimmed down to just under 6 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches and bound by hand with heavy thread.

“One’s Destiny Always Arrives”
artist » Alexandra Eldridge
portfolio » alexandraeldridge.com

September’s Bacon

(News & happenings from/with/including/for our poets&writers)

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

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My Body is a Poem I Can’t Stop Writing (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming in 2017)
by Kelly Lorraine Andrews » kellyandrewspoetry.com

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Poems for Ivan (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Sara Adams » kartoshkaaaaa.com

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The Girl (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming in 2017)
by Donna Vorreyer » donnavorreyer.com

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

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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

  • EKA received a Best of the Net nomination for her work in TAB.

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

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Apples or Pomegranates (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming in 2917)
by Anita Olivia Koester

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

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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

  • Amorak’s chapbook Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015) reviewed in KR Online‘s September micro reviews.

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What’s pink & shiny / what’s dark & hard (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
Sarah B. Boyle » www.impolitelines.com

  • Sarah’s long poem “Darling of the Wolf God” is September’s featured writer on Aspasiology. There are several responses to the poem (including one by Sonya Vatomsky), which is a pretty neat feature of the site.

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June’s Crispy Bacon

All the good news (we’ve heard about) from our contributors:

Poems for Ivan (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Sara Adams // kartoshkaaaaa.com

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Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Jennifer Hanks

  • Jennifer’s chapbook Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016) was just released. (Her chap from Porkbelly is forthcoming as of this writing.)

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hiku [pull] (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by James A. H. White

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Everything I Own (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Angela Just

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Rooted by Thirst (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Tina Mozelle Braziel

  • a blog interview at Live Your Poem with Irene Latham, in which she says things like “We plan to burn lines of poetry into walls of our house.” Yesssss.

Emerson claims that “Colleges and books only copy the language which the field and the work-yard made.” That rings true to me, especially when I discover words like “rock-bar” and “squarings” that feel so invigorating. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the term “sistering” which means nailing one board against another for additional strength. Such concepts and words recalibrate my perspective of what makes a home, what it means to claim a place as our own. And that feeds my writing. // more

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My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Sonya Vatomsky // @coolniceghost

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Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by Chen Chen // chenchenwrites.com

“Except let’s not hold off on the giant cake. & let’s not hold off on being

irreversibly in love. Happiness needs no preparation or warrantee
or reason. I’m ready to say that. I’m ready to watch any romcom/action
combo where two people topple tyranny, fall in love. I’m ready
for the movie where four people topple tyranny, fall in love,

& make consensual arrangements to keep it open.
Or six people just stay in & become best friends. Or seven
billion people befriend themselves…” | more

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Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
by E. Kristin Anderson // @ek_anderson

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