Daughter Shaman Sings Blood Anthem (Kristi Carter) cover: Nicci Mechler
MEXICAMERICANA by Eloisa Amezcua (cover artwork: Sharmon Davidson)
Feeding the Dead by M. Brett Gaffney (cover art: Mary Chiaramonte)
brambleþ (anthology) cover photo by: Olivia Edvalson
Our 2017 Pushcart Prize nominations are drawn from our anthology, bramble & thorn, and chapbooks from this year’s line:
“Tincture” by Emily Corwin from bramble & thorn
“Vestigial Epithalamium” by Erinn Batykefer from bramble & thorn
“Baba Yaga: Her Almost Origin Story” by Minadora Macheret from bramble & thorn
“Watching Underworld, Inc Episode 3: Human Cargo” by Eloisa Amezcua from Mexicamericana (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
“Hellhound, Lost” by M. Brett Gaffney from Feeding the Dead (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
“My Mother Is Certain” by Kristi Carter from Daughter Shaman Sings Blood Anthem (Porkbelly Press, 2017)
We’re very pleased to announce our Pushcart Prize nominations for 2016. Congratulations to the nominees, and thank you so much for sharing in your poetic journey with us. (All of our nominations this year are poems.) We’ve pulled works from our micros, chaps, lit mag, and anthos:
from our chapbooks & micros
“from her mouth” from bindweed & crow poison: small poems of stray girls, fierce women (Porkbelly Press, 2016) by Robin Turner
“Sawaruna [“Do Not Touch”]” from hiku [pull] (Porkbelly Press, 2016) by James A. H. White
“The Pond in the Corner of the Yard” from A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly Press, 2016) by Amorak Huey
from our lit mag, Sugared Water, #005
“When I Grieve” by Wren Hanks : also appears in slightly different from in Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press, 2016)
“According to My Father Peaches Ward Off Spirits” by Su Cho
from our anthology SKY+SEA
“Love Letter to Galileo: Axis” by Stacey Balkun
Set the Garden on Fire by Chen Chen (cover: Nicci Mechler)
My Heart in Aspic by Sonya Vatomsky (cover: Shannon Perry)
What’s pink & shiny / what’s dark & hard (stack of books)
Good news & happenings from/with our authors&poets:
Set the Garden on Fire (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Chen Chen // @chenchenwrites
What’s pink & shiny / what’s dark & hard (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Sarah B. Boyle // @pyrrhicspondee
“Boyle’s poetry chapbook, What’s pink & shiny / what’s dark and hard (Porkbelly Press, 2015), provides a brutal honesty about abortion that our culture has been yearning for, and actually dying for the lack of. Here is empathy with teeth; the kind that will reopen the wound, lick it clean, and give you another chance to heal yourself better.” | more
My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by Sonya Vatomsky // @coolniceghost
- Sonya’s full-length, Salt is for Curing (Sator Press, 2015), which includes poems from My Heart in Aspic, is reviewed via Alien Mouth by Christopher Morgan.
“’Salt is For Curing’ offers the ultimate reward in exchange for your darkest red. Making a thick paste from a phoenix’s bones to reexamine resurrection myths, these poems count all 32 teeth, then eat your words with bread. Sonya Vatomsky reflects upon salt and suffering, creating a literary love potion that’s equal parts wishing well and butcher’s hook.” | more
Good stuff (news, noms, etc) from our contributors, authors, poets:
Ghost Tongue (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming 2016)
by Nicole Rollender // nicolerollender.com
“However,” he said, “there’s always going to be what we call ‘ghost glass,’” tiny, iridescent pieces of the shattered window that will appear like tiny stars on the floor mats and seats.
Pray, Pray, Pray: poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015)
by E. Kristin Anderson // @ek_anderson
I scribble out most of my first drafts into a notebook and leave them there at least overnight, if not for a few days, before typing them up. […]The linebreaks tend to show up as I’m typing up the drafts, whether I wrote the first draft in a notebook, or on the back of an envelope. […] I have a lot of poems that were written on the back of junk mail. | more at Speaking of Marvels
hiku [pull] (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming 2016)
by James A. H. White // @jamesahwhite
bindweed & crow poison: small poems of stray girls, fierce women (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming in 2016)
by Robin Turner
Threnody (Porkbelly Press, 2014)
by Laura Madeline Wiseman // @drmadwiseman
- Madeline has launched a new website to house her interviews with folks re: chapbooks, an extension of her blog feature. The new site is called The Chapbook Interview.
The Chapbook Interview publishes interviews about the chapbook as a genre, art form, and vessel for creative work. Interviews explore all aspects of chapbook craft, including sequencing poems, chapbook design and layout, and collaborations. Interviewees include teachers of the chapbook and students of the chapbook, writers, poets, designers, editors, and collaborators. | more
After an intense round of choosing nominations & narrowing down to 6, we present to you our Pushcart Prize nominations for this year. In no particular order:
“My Heart in Aspic” & “A girl’s guide to adventuring” by Sonya Vatomsky from My Heart in Aspic.
“Anchored in small town beauty and city heat” by E. Kristin Anderson from Pray, Pray, Pray: poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night.
“Chapter 4: One Wednesday” & “Chapter 6: Waiting Room” by Sarah B. Boyle from What’s pink & shiny / what’s dark & hard.
“The Tale of the Heart & the Knife” by Chen Chen from Set the Garden on Fire.
Good luck to all the nominees! It’s been our pleasure to send these works to the Pushcart Press editors. xx