Thursday, March 26, 2009

Reading: Agriculture Reader, Issue 3

Celebrate the release of Agriculture Reader's 3rd Issue with readings from Sharon Mesmer, Justin Marks (A Million in Prizes, New Issues), Mark Doten, and (the indomitable) Mike McDonough.

Thursday, April 2nd, 7:30. @ Stain Bar (in Williamsburg) - Stain Bar is 1 block off the Grand Avenue stop on the L train, at 766 Grand Avenue.

Admission is free. PLUS: Recession special deep discounts on the new issue. For a sneak preview of Issue 3, see our fancy new website:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

WMU: New Issues Reading

Patty Seyburn and Jericho Brown will be reading from their New Issues titles as part of Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic Reading Series on Thursday April 2 at 8 p.m. in Little Theater.

Patty Seyburn’s third book of poems, Hilarity, won the 2008 Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press. She has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster and Diasporadic, which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000. Seyburn grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles.

In a time when there’s little to laugh about, Patty Seyburn’s Hilarity is an epic punch line: sparkling and smart. —Carol Muske-Dukes

Jericho Brown is the author of Please, selected as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry as well as the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. He worked as speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Dillard University, and he has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. The recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship, two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego where he teaches creative writing.

Fresh, deeply felt, formally adventurous, Please is a stunning debut. —Mark Doty

The 2009 Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Western Michigan University

Thursday, March 19, 2009

PLEASE Named Finalist for a Lammy

Jericho Brown's debut poetry collection Please has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.

Other finalists include:
* Want, Rick Barot, Sarabande Press
* Fire to Fire, Mark Doty, HarperCollins
* Now You're the Enemy, James Allen Hall, Univ. of Arkansas Press
* My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, Jack Spicer, edited by Peter Gizzi & Kevin Killian, Wesleyan University Press

The 21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys) will take place on Thursday, May 28, 2009.

The Lammys recognize and honor the best in GLBT literature. The nominated books reflect a diverse range of distinguished voices from the GLBT community and highlight the full range of achievement in 2008 GLBT literature. Eighty judges, representing a broad cross-section of the GLBT literary world, will select a single book in each category to win the prestigious Lambda Literary Award, considered to be the highest accolade for a book from the GLBT community. Spanning 22 categories, 105 finalists are picked from 397 books representing 72 publishers.

Finalists in all categories are now listed on the Lambda Literary Foundation Website.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The 17th Annual Chesapeake Poetry Festival

March 18 - March 21, 2009

The main event, An Evening with the Poets will take place at 7:00pm on Friday, March 20, and will feature three nationally known poets - Dorianne Laux, Tim Seibles, and Jon Pineda (Translator's Diary, New Issues 2008) - who will read from their works. Prince Books will sell the poets' books.

More info on their website, or contact Margaret D. Stone, Information Specialist, Russell Memorial Library, 2808 Taylor Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321 - (757) 410-7016

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March is Small Press Month

Happy Small Press Month! Here at New Issues we're very proud of our writers, and our writers have all been very busy lately. Here are just a few examples of the awards and attention our writers have received recently:

Jennifer Perrine, author of The Body is No Machine (New Issues, 2007) won the 2008 Ledge Poetry Award for “A Transparent Man Is Hard to Find.” She received $1,000, and her poem will be published in the Ledge.

Marc Sheehan of Grand Haven, MI, author of Greatest Hits (New Issues, 1998) won the 2008 Richard Snyder Publication Prize for his poetry collection Field Guide to the Native Emotions of Michigan. He received $1,000 and publication of his book by Ashland Poetry Press. Elton Glaser judged.

Katie Peterson, author of This One Tree (New Issues, 2006), and Jericho Brown, author of Please (New Issues, 2008), have both received a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Sandra Beasley's memoir Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life was taken by Crown. Poet and American Scholar editor Beasley is the author of the poetry collection Theories of Falling (New Issues, 2008). Crown's pub date is late 2010.

Lewis Horton, a contributor to the Art of the One-Act anthology, just released his novel, The Writing Class, published by Aberdeen Bay Books.

Elaine Sexton's Causeway (New Issues, 2008) has been named a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Jericho Brown's Please (New Issues, 2008) has been named a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. The Publishing Triangle hands out both awards.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Issues Poets Read in New York City

Happy Small Press Month! If you're on the East Coast, take a trip to the city for two great poetry readings in New York City.

Sunday, March 29th, 6 pm
New Issues Poets Reading
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC

Sandra Beasley - Theories of Falling
Myronn Hardy - Approaching the Center - The Headless Saints
Alexander Long - Vigil
Elaine Sexton - Sleuth - Causeway
Matthew Thorburn - Subject to Change

McNally Jackson Features New Issues in their Indie Press Series:

Tuesday, March 31st, 7 pm
New Issues Poets/Indie Press Series - McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, NYC

Sandra Beasley - Theories of Falling
Myronn Hardy - Approaching the Center - The Headless Saints
Alexander Long - Vigil
Martha Rhodes - Perfect Disappearance
Elaine Sexton - Sleuth - Causeway

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

We Agreed to Meet Just Here Austin, Texas, Book Release Party

Please join us to celebrate the official Austin, TX, release of Scott Blackwood's We Agreed to Meet Just Here, Winner of the 2007 AWP Award for the Novel.

Friday, March 13 @5:30 p.m. - Eiler Park (next to Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave, Austin, Texas.

Sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Live Oak Brewery. A portion of the sales from this special release party will be donated to the Austin Library Foundation.

Contact: Janice Langlinais - Community Relations Manager. Barnes & Noble Arboretum ( for additional information.

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