Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Issues Fundraiser This Sunday

Everyone is invited to join us this Sunday, August 29th, 2 to 6 p.m. at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., for the second annual New Issues Fundraiser, a Celebration of Kalamazoo Poetry.  A $5 donation will be requested at the door. Support a small press!

Poetry reading begins at 3 p.m. Poets participating will include Rob Haight, Linda Nemec Foster, Phillip Sterling, Conrad Hilberry, Di Seuss, Adam Clay, Richard Katrovas, Arnie Johnston, Jennifer Sweeney, Chad Sweeney, Denise Miller, Nancy Eimers, Daneen Wardrop, Susan Ramsey, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Denise Miller, John Rybicki, Gail Martin, and Lynn Pattison.

Check out the latest publications from New Issues. Eat cookies. Drink delicious, locally-brewed beer. Listen to Joe Gross play music. See the amazing talent we have here in Kalamazoo.

View Larger Map

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Khaled Mattawa: September Events in Michigan

Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville (New Issues, 2010), will be visiting classrooms, participating in literary events, and giving readings throughout Michigan this September.

This reading series is funded in part by a grant from The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). For more information about these events, contact

Friday, September 3rd, 8 - 8:30 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 ( Poetry reading by Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville.

Come and check out the New Issues booth in the Bookfair. Book signings by Michigan Poets Josie Kearns, Khaled Mattawa, Linda Nemec Foster, John Rybicki, and Mary Ann Samyn.
Sunday, September 12th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kerrytown BookFest 2010, 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 ( Book signings by Michigan poets at the New Issues booth.

Sunday, September 12th, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 South Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 ( Poetry reading by Khaled Mattawa, Mary Ann Samyn, Josie Kearns, John Rybicki, Deanne Lundin and Linda Nemec Foster.

Wednesday, September 15th, 4 p.m.
Great Lakes Book and Supply, 840 Clark St, Big Rapids, MI 49307 ( Poetry reading by Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville.

Friday, September 17th, 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. reading
College for Creative Studies, Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, Walter B Ford II Building, 201 East Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202-4034 ( Poetry reading by Khaled Mattawa, Quincy Troupe, Patricia Smith, Thomas Lux, Michael Thomas, Meg Kearney, and others.

Saturday, September 18th
The Arts League of Michigan, Detroit, MI 48226 ( An assortment of literary programs featuring Khaled Mattawa.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 7 p.m.
Grand Valley State University, Kirkoff Center, Room 2263, Allendale, MI, 49401 ( Poetry reading by Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville.

Friday, September 24th, 7 p.m.
Literary Life Bookstore, 758 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 ( Poetry reading by Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville.

Wednesday, September 29th, 11 a.m.
Henry Ford Community College, Forfa Auditorium, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128 ( Poetry reading by Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville.

This reading series is funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affiars

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Now Accepting Submissions: 2011 Green Rose Prize

The 2011 Green Rose Prize:

$2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet. Previous winners include Seth Abramson, Malinda Markham, Patty Seyburn, Joan Houlihan, Christine Hume, and Martha Rhodes.

  • Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections and volumes of new and selected poems. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition.
  • Please include a $20 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press.
  • Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2010. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2011 and published in the spring of 2012.
Additional guidelines available on our website:

Send manuscripts and queries to:
The Green Rose Prize
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5463

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

News from New Issues' Authors

Lewis Horton, a contributor to The Art of The One-Act: An Anthology ("Diorama") is happy to report that his travel/memoir Travels in the Land of the One-Eyed King was published on July 1, 2010. It's the sort of book Flannery O'Connor might've written if, as a child, she'd been dragged across America in the back seat of a car driven by A.J. Foyt and his cantankerous wife, Sister Wendy.

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, author of Before The Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (New Issues, 1998), has published her forth collection Where the Road Turns published by Autumn House Press, July 20, 2010.
"She is without doubt among the most powerful of the younger generation of African poets." – Frank M. Chipasula, editor, Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Poetry 

Jon Pineda, author of The Translator's Diary (New Issues, 2008), has a memoir coming out from University of Nebraska Press in September of 2010. Sleep in Me is a heartrending memoir of the coming-of-age of a boy haunted by a family tragedy. Sleep in Me is a 2010 Holiday Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program selection.