Monday, November 14, 2011

AWP 2012

New Issues Poetry & Prose
November 2011 

Fall releases from New Issues by Susanna ChildressLizzie Hutton, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths are now available.


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Spring 2012

the body | of space| in the shape of the human
by
Andrew Allport

The Radio Tree
by
Corey Marks

Two-Headed Nightingale
by
Shara Lessley


Dear Friends,

Will you be at AWP? The annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference will be in Chicago, February 29-March 3, 2012. If you plan on attending, please let us know! We'll keep you informed of any off-site readings that may take place, and if you've published with New Issues we'd love to schedule a time for you to sign books at our booth. For your signing to be listed in the conference brochure, please contact me immediately.


Sincerely,

Kimberly Kolbe
New Issues Poetry & Prose


We'd agreed to meet just here
We Agreed to Meet Just Here
Congratulations, Scott Blackwood! 

From The Austin Chronicle:

Scott Blackwood Wins Whiting Writer's Award
By Kimberley Jones, 4:00PM, Tue. Nov. 1

"We loved Scott Blackwood's 2009 novel We Agreed to Meet Just Here ... and we weren't the only ones. Last week, Blackwood received a $50,000 Whiting Writers' Award, given annually to emerging writers. The Whiting Selection Committee singled Blackwood's novel out for "its marvelous compression, and the elegiac, ominous yearning, the fugue of loss and love and death that pervades the book." The former Austinite received his MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State; he now directs the Creative Writing Program at Chicago's Roosevelt University. Blackwood was one of four fiction writers recognized by the foundation this year; ten writers from fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting are recognized annually for their "exceptional talent and promise." Previous recipients include Denis Johnson, David Foster Wallace, Deborah Eisenberg and Padgett Powell - not too shabby company to be keeping."


Whiting Writers' Awards are "awarded annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. Since 1985, the Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Writers Awards which are given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. The awards, of $50,000 each, are based on accomplishment and promise. Candidates are proposed by nominators from across the country whose experience and vocations bring them in contact with individuals of extraordinary talent. Winners are chosen by a selection committee, a small group of recognized writers, literary scholars, and editors, appointed annually by the Foundation."

  

Coming Soon...
Flea Circus: a brief bestiary of grief
Flea Circus
Mandy Keifetz's Flea Circus
will be released in January 2012. Look for a review in the upcoming issue of Library Journal. 
Pascal's Wager and performing fleas. The Haunted Mansion of Long Branch and an old dockside bar. Raceway Park and a pristine 1971 Plymouth Road Runner. A cat named Altamont. These are all that stand between a young mathematician and madness as she attempts to make sense of her lover's suicide. Narrow margins, you say? Not much to place between a slip of a broken-hearted Jersey Girl and the Abyss? Indeed, it is a treacherous twelve seconds on the quarter mile, hilarious and harrowing by turn. Blink and you'll miss it.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Reading Tonight

 
Poets in Print: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Broadside artists: Elizabeth King and a collaboration between Alta Price and Jonah Koppel
Join us for the Poets in Print reading featuring Seth Abramson and Matthew Guenette. Readings are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 with time to browse current exhibitions, the broadsides and books by the poets available for purchase and signing.

Seth Abramson is the author of two collections of poetry, Northerners, winner of the 2010 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Poetry & Prose, and The Suburban Ecstasies (Ghost Road Press, 2009). He is also the co-author of the forthcoming third edition of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2012). In 2008 he was awarded the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize for Poetry, and his poems have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Best New Poets 2008, American Poetry Review, New American Writing, Boston Review, Colorado Review, and New York Quarterly. A regular contributor to Poets & Writers magazine and The Huffington Post, he is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently a doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Matthew Guenette is the author of Sudden Anthem, winner of the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize from Dream Horse Press. His latest book, American Busboy, a Finalist and Editor’s Choice of the 2010 University of Akron Press Poetry Prize, will be published in 2011. His work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Barn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, Cream City Review, The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Southern Indiana Review, and other publications. He is an English instructor at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
 
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

First Book Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for our First Book Prize. This year's judge is Jean Valentine:


Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her eleventh book of poetry is Break the Glass, just out from Copper Canyon Press. Her previous collection, Little Boat was published by Wesleyan in 2007. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965–2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Valentine has taught at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and Columbia.

Submissions may be sent to:

New Issues Poetry Prize
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5463

Entries can also be uploaded to submishmash

http://newissuespoetryprose.submishmash.com/submit.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fall 2011


New Issues Poetry & Prose
FALL 2011 
Fall releases from New Issues by Susanna ChildressLizzie Hutton, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths are now available for pre-order.
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Winner of the 2011 New Issues Poetry Prize

Andrew Allport has won the 2011 New Issues Poetry Prize for his manuscript the body | of space | in the shape of the human.

David Wojahn, author of World Tree, judged.

Andrew wins a $2,000 award and publication of his manuscript in the spring of 2012

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for making our anniversary a success! We had a wonderful time, and enjoyed a sampling of Susanna Childress' and Lizzie Hutton's new works, which will be available very soon.

Here's a preview of our third fall release, Rachel Eliza GriffithsMule & Pear:
Mule & Pear, New Poems by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Mule & Pear, New Poems by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Sincerely,

Kimberly Kolbe
New Issues Poetry & Prose

She'd Waited MillenniaHere's a poet whose intelligence and imagination value truth above any of its enemies: comfort, decoration, lovely music, the blurring of the line between the personal and the human. The poems feel emotionally and intellectually spontaneous, as if we were present at their coming-into-being, a genuine writer-reader intimacy that's hard to achieve at any stage, let alone in a first book. The poems about childhood and adolescence are among the most powerful I've ever read. Tough, sexy, probing, tender, devoid of sentimentality, fiercely intelligent, and always a step ahead of the reader, She'd Waited Millennia is an important debut. --Chase Twichell
Entering the House of AweSusanna Childress writes at the cutting edge of the long tradition of love poetry. Her poems often involve tense negotiations between a sharp cultural intelligence and a body that craves its fulfillment. She writes with grace about love and lust, and she unfailingly delivers rhythmic and linguistic pleasures to her lucky readers as they follow the course of these inquisitive, unpredictable poems. --Billy Collins


Mule & PearSmart, nuanced, lush in their beauty, yetnever unaware of beauty's price, the poems in Mule & Pear meditate on what to do with the ghosts of history by which, as if inevitably, we find ourselves now shaped, now cornered, and now inhabited-each of us, then, an unwitting vessel made to carry the past forward. Griffiths is a master at capturing persona, and uses that gift, especially, to consider the notion of heritage-how much is inherited, how much is imposed? How much of what we believe is what we're told is true? The ambition of these poems dazzles, as does indeed their 
achievement.--Carl Phillips


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Issues Event Sunday, August 28


New Issues Poetry & Prose
SUMMER 2011 
In This Issue
About Us
2011 New Issues Poetry Prize
Book of the Year Award
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New Issues
New Issues was established in 1996 by poet Herbert S. Scott.

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Winner of the 2011 New Issues Poetry Prize

Andrew Allport has won the 2011 New Issues Poetry Prize for his manuscript the body | of space | in the shape of the human.

David Wojahn, author of World Tree, judged.

Andrew wins a $2,000 award and publication of his manuscript in the spring of 2012

Dear Friends,

Can you believe it's been 15 years? By the end of this year New Issues will have published 135 books, and we couldn't have done it without you. Come celebrate this anniversary, and help us show appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication put forth by our departing Managing Editor, Marianne Swierenga.

The event will take place at Bell's Brewery, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. on Sunday, August 28 from 2:30 pm-5:00pm. We'll feature readings by novelists Jaimy Gordon & Bonnie Jo Campbell, and poets Susanna Childress & Lizzie Hutton. A $5.00 donation will be requested; as a non-profit we greatly appreciate your generosity!


Sincerely,


Kimberly Kolbe
New Issues Poetry & Prose

Fall releases from New Issues by Susanna Childress andLizzie Hutton will be available for pre-order.
Entering the House of AweSusanna Childress writes at the cutting edge of the long tradition of love poetry. Her poems often involve tense negotiations between a sharp cultural intelligence and a body that craves its fulfillment. She writes with grace about love and lust, and she unfailingly delivers rhythmic and linguistic pleasures to her lucky readers as they follow the course of these inquisitive, unpredictable poems. --Billy Collins

She'd Waited MillenniaHere's a poet whose intelligence and imagination value truth above any of its enemies: comfort, decoration, lovely music, the blurring of the line between the personal and the human. The poems feel emotionally and intellectually spontaneous, as if we were present at their coming-into-being, a genuine writer-reader intimacy that's hard to achieve at any stage, let alone in a first book. The poems about childhood and adolescence are among the most powerful I've ever read. Tough, sexy, probing, tender, devoid of sentimentality, fiercely intelligent, and always a step ahead of the reader, She'd Waited Millennia is an important debut. --Chase Twichell
Hermine
Translation by Jaimy Gordon
It's not just a dog's life-it's a pig-cow-rat's life. In this deftly executed allegorical novel, Beig (Lost Weddings) gives an episodic, animal-centered account of the life of a young woman in rural Germany between the two world wars. Brief chapters-"Horse," "Cat," "Pig," etc.-recount the protagonist's less-than-idyllic encounters with the natural world. At birth, Hermine resembles a mutant horse; at school, she finds herself unable to write the assigned essay "Hurray, We're Slaughtering!" As a young teacher, she inadvertently causes the injury of a pupil during a spirited game based on a bear hunt, and she maims a badger with her motorbike. Disowned by her family for killing their pet goose, she is even scolded by her husband: "No one can have an animal with you around." Granted, "some days Hermine liked well enough," but most days she loses her battle with the bestiary. . . .This earthy, unsentimental novel is the perfect holiday gift for nihilists with a sense of humor. --Publisher's Weekly



Once Upon a RiverIt would be too bad if, because of Campbell's realistic style and ferocious attention to her setting, "Once Upon a River" were discounted as merely a fine example of American regionalism. It is, rather, an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom. --Jane Smiley, The New York Times 

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Monday, August 8, 2011

New Issues Poets and Staff Win Awards

Congratulations to these New Issues poets on awards for their new works:


Diane Seuss, Cultural Center of Cape Code Poetry Competition
Katie Peterson, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant
Heather Sellers, Friends of American Writers Literary Award
Goldie Goldbloom, Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award
AND ForeWord Review's Gold Medal in Literary Fiction
Paul Guest, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Jennifer Perrine, University of Utah Press' Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry

And:

Congrats to New Issues' staffers, Natalie Giarratano & Jonathan Rice for their inclusion in Best New Poets!
http://bestnewpoets.blogspot.com/2011/08/best-new-poets-2011-final-fifty.html



Friday, July 29, 2011


Last year's event was a success thanks to your support!


Dear colleagues:

I'm happy to announce that New Issues Press will hold its third fundraiser/ party at Bell's Brewery August 28, 2:30-5. We will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the press. We'll also be showing our gratitude to Marianne Swierenga, who has stepped down as Managing Editor. Readers will include upcoming New Issues authors Susanna Childress and Lizzie Hutton, with special guest Jaimy Gordon. The reading will last 45-50 minutes.

Please mark the date of this auspicious occasion! We look forward to seeing you and bringing in the new school year with good cheer and good writing.

All best,
Bill Olsen

Friday, July 1, 2011

Toads' Museum of Freaks and Wonders Wins Gold

Goldie Goldbloom's novel Toads' Museum of Freaks and Wonders (New Issues, 2010) has won the gold from ForeWord Reviews.

Winners of the Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews represent the best independently published books from 2010 and were selected by a panel of librarian and bookseller judges.

Book of the Year 2010 Winners in Fiction - Literary Category

* Gold: Toads' Museum of Freaks and Wonders by Goldie Goldbloom
* Silver: Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
* Bronze: John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel by Kenneth Womack
* Honorable Mention: Journey to Virginland: Epistle I by Armen Melikian

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tocqueville wins Arab American Book Award

Khaled Mattawa's Tocqueville (New Issues, 2010) has been awarded the 2011 Arab American Book Award in the poetry category. The award is administered by the Arab American National Museum.


This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine Editions) by Farid Matuk received an an honorable mention.

Established in 2006 by the Arab American National Museum, the Arab American Book Award honors significant literature by and about Arab Americans. It is the only literary competition of its type in the U.S.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Winner of the 2011 New Issues Poetry Prize

Andrew Allport has won the 2011 New Issues Poetry Prize for his manuscript the body | of space | in the shape of the human. David Wojahn, author of World Tree, judged.

Andrew wins a $2,000 award and publication of his manuscript in the spring of 2012.

Andrew Allport holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, where he completed a dissertation examining the poetics and politics of the fragment form in nineteenth-century British poetry. His reviews, poems, and essays appear or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Boston Review, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, The Ice Ship & Other Vessels, available from Proem Press. He lives in Los Angeles with his family and ghosts.
"Andrew Allport’s debut collection is at once intensely personal and urgently civic. It is brilliantly studied in its lyricality and yet, somehow, almost feral in its sustained ferocity. The tonal confidence, elegiac feeling, and belief in the sustaining (if not the transcendent) properties of the lyric make this collection reminiscent of some of the essential first books of the late century—I’m reminded of Dugan’s Poems, Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist, and Lowell’s Lord Weary’s Castle. This is august company indeed." —David Wojahn, from the Judge’s Citation
Shara Lessley’s Two-Headed Nightingale and CJ Evans’s A Penance will also be published in 2012.

Shara Lessley is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She other awards include the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship from Colgate University. She currently lives in Amman, Jordan. 

CJ Evans is the author of the chapbook The Category of Outcast, selected by Terrance Hayes for the Poetry Society of America's chapbook series. He is the managing editor at Two Lines: World Writing in Translation.

The New Issues Poetry Prize is selected by a guest judge. Thank you to David Wojahn for judging our 2011 contest. The 2012 prize will be selected by Jean Valentine, author of Break the Glass. Guidelines for the 2012 prize are available on our website.

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Books: Journal of American Foreign Policy by Jeff Hoffman

Journal of American Foreign Policy

$15.00 paper
ISBN: 978-1-930974-97-5
Available Now!
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Winner of the 2010 New Issues Poetry Prize
Selected by Linda Gregerson


"The way memory and grief and love compose the stories that enable us to go on living. The toxic mix of innocence and inadvertence, wishfulness and making-do that comes to look like purpose. Which on the scale of nations we call ‘policy.’ These brilliant poems have leverage on it all: micro- and macro- and the sorry, human mess we too often make of both. They also have so masterful a way with idiom and timing that even the sternest insight is leavened with a measure of joy. Tonic intelligence, exhilarating craftsmanship: Jeff Hoffman’s fine first book is a gift to us all."—Linda Gregerson, from the Judge’s Citation

Jeff Hoffman grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Texas (where he was a Michener fellow at the Michener Center for Writers), and at Stanford University (where he was a Stegner Fellow in poetry). He has also been a Chesterfield screenwriting fellow with Paramount Pictures. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Spinning Jenny, and elsewhere. His short plays have been performed throughout the United States and can be found in anthologies that are available from Vintage and Samuel French. He currently lives in Pasadena, CA.

More links:

www.wmich.edu/newissues/titles/hoffman-journal.html
"Handshake Histories" on Poem Flow from Poets.org

New Books: Northerners by Seth Abramson

Northerners

$15.00 paper
ISBN: 978-1-930974-96-8
Available Now!
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Winner of the 2010 Green Rose Prize

Seth Abramson is the author of The Suburban Ecstasies (Ghost Road Press, 2009), and a contributing author to The Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2008). He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is currently a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"... serious and ambitious, full of torqued proverbs and hard-to-follow advice, Abramson's own work shows a poet uncommonly interested in general statements, in hard questions, and harder answers, about how to live ..." - Publisher's Weekly
"To reckon the currents of muscular energy in Seth Abramson's Northerners is to recognize that poetry may be located in language’s minute particulars and in the local but it penetrates every thought, every atom of one’s daily life." - Peter Gizzi

Elaine Sexton 2011 Readings

Elaine Sexton, author of Causeway and Sleuth, will be giving the following readings:


May 23, 2011, 1:00
Bach at One
St. Paul's Chapel
Broadway & Fulton Streets
New York, NY

June 26, 2011, 4:30
Elaine Sexton & Eric McHugh
Hudson Valley Writers Center
Sleepy Hollow, NY

September 11th, 7pm
Erika's Salon
Williamsburgh, NY

Oct. 17, 2011
Jennifer Barber, Elaine Sexton & Ron Slate
U. Mass/Boston Bookstore
Boston, MA

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Books: Undone by Maxine Scates

Undone
Undone
by Maxine Scates

$15.00 paper
ISBN: 978-1-930974-99-9
Available Now
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"By brave and honest recognition, coupled with a deft ability to glide between realms of perception tripped open by memory and emotion, Maxine Scates reconstructs a life undone by the brokenness of family, friends, and self. Nuanced, mysterious, intimate. Beautiful poems."
—Dorianne Laux

Maxine Scates is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Toluca Street and Black Loam. She is coeditor, with David Trinidad, of Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Readings by Maxine Scates:

Maxine Scates will be reading with Dorianne Laux at Tsunami Books (2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR) on Wednesday, June 29, from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. For more information call (541) 345-8986.

June 15th, 8 p.m. with Martha Silano at Mountain Writers at the Press Club in Portland, OR
www.mountainwriters.org/events/documents/ScatesSilano.pdf

July 10, workshop from 11-1:30 and reading at 2 p.m. at the Bend Public Library Second Sunday Series in Bend, OR

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Books: The Memory of Water by Jack Myers

The Memory of Water
by Jack Myers

Foreword by Mark Cox
$15.00 paper
ISBN: 978-1-930974-98-2
Publication Date: April 2011
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The career of Jack Myers (1941-2009) spanned five decades, during which time he authored/edited nineteen books of and about poetry.
"What a wonderful gift to have these last poems by Jack Myers. It is a book I wouldn’t be without. Jack was a quintessentially American poet. He wrote in a distilled American idiom with a wiseguy humor that is truly wise. He honored the past, and the future, too, but knew a poet's work was to strive for the elusive eternal present. Poetry, for Jack, is the art of the elusive, which is where mystery resides. Poetry, for Jack, was making up his prayer. He knew he might never arrive at some all-explaining religion, but, damn, he had a beautiful prayer." —Stuart Dybek

May Day LAUNCH PARTY for Jack Myers's final (and finest) collection of poems The Memory of Water. Poems will be read by family, friends, colleagues, students, and admirers of his work.
May 1, 1-2:30 p.m. at The Writer's Garret
Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus
6115 La Vista Drive, Dallas, TX 75214

Now in Paperback: Merit Badges

Merit Badges
by Kevin Fenton

AWP Award Series in the Novel
Judge: Jim Shepard

Follow four friends as they move from The Brady Bunch to Seinfeld, from junior high to middle management. There is Quint, whose rebellion frays into self-destruction; Slow, who struggles to become the world's first teenage father figure; Chimes, who fears losing his friends while picking up a 7-10 split; and Barb who escapes the conformity of Minnisapa only to find herself returning by dark of night. You will feel as if you've always lived in Minnisapa, Minnesota. And you will never underestimate nice kids from the Midwest again.

"An impressive vitality, droll wit, and affecting nostalgia lift Fenton's first novel about four high school pals growing up together during the 1970s in the fictional town of Minnisapa, Minn. . . . Eminently readable prose . . ."—Publisher's Weekly
$15.00 paper | 233 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-936970-03-2
Available April 2011
Buy: Amazon.com | spdbooks.org

Also visit:
Merit Badges @ New Issues
www.meritbadgesthenovel.com
Merit Badges the Novel | Facebook Group

Friday, April 15, 2011

KBAC Poets in Print: Nick Demske and Anne Shaw

On April 16, 2011, 7 to 9 p.m. Nick Demske and Anne Shaw present readings from their work on Saturday, April 16. Broadsides featuring their work created by artists Lauren Scharfenberg and RobE will be for sale and signing along with other works by the poets. This reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. Doors open at 6:30. The reading begins at 7 p.m.

Nick Demske lives in Racine, Wisconsin, and works there at the Racine Public Library. He was awarded the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series prize for a self-titled manuscript that will be published in November of 2010. His work has appeared in Conduit, Sawbuck, Moria, Pinstripe Fedora, Action Yes and elsewhere. Nick is a curator of the BONK! Performance series and is an editor of the online venue boo: a journal of terrific things. Visit him sometime at http://nickipoo.wordpress.com/

Anne Shaw is the author of Undertow (Persea Books), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Harvard Review, Black Warrior Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Drunken Boat, Green Mountains Review, and New American Writing. She has also been featured in Poetry Daily and From the Fishouse. Her extended experimental poetry project can be found on Twitter at http://twitter.com/anneshaw.


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Kalamazoo, MI

Monday, April 11, 2011

Celebrate National Poetry Month

New Issues Press is a proud sponsor of National Poetry Month.

Visit www.poets.org to see our spring poetry books featured:

Northerners by Seth Abramson
The Memory of Water by Jack Myers
Undone by Maxine Scates
Journal of American Foreign Policy by Jeff Hoffman

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Khaled Mattawa's Translation Shortlisted

Adonis: Selected Poems (Yale University Press), written by Adonis, translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa has made the international shortlist for the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Congratulations to Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville (New Issues, 2010).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Talking Diamonds Reviewed

Oriana Ivy reviews Linda Nemec Foster's Talking Diamonds on the blog Writing the Polish Diaspora: News and information for Polish Writers and Writers of the Polish Diaspora.
Linda Nemec Foster certainly has the eyes that are always ready for miracles, and the words with which to describe them. Through her, we see that life is indeed a glorious burden - with equal emphasis on "burden" and "glorious."
Intrigued? Read the whole review here: writingpolishdiaspora.blogspot.com

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hadara Bar-Nadav and L.S. Klatt Read at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

The Poets in Print Reading Series at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Welcomes poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and L.S. Klatt on Saturday, March 12, 7 to 9 p.m.

Hadara Bart-Nadav and L.S. Klatt present readings from their work on Saturday, March 12. Broadsides featuring their work created by KBAC artists Ryan Serafin and Beverly Fitzpatrick will be for sale and signing along with other works by the poets. This reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. Doors open at 6:30. The reading begins at 7 p.m.

Hadara Bar-Nadav's first book of poetry A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007) won the Margie Book Prize. Her second book The Frame Called Ruin is due out from New Issues in 2012. Her chapbook Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press, 2010) won the Midwest Poets Series Award. Recent publications appear in American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
www.hadarabarnadav.com

L. S. Klatt's poetry has appeared recently in the Cincinnati Review, Boston Review, and Drunken Boat. His new collection, Cloud of Ink, was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize and will be published by the University of Iowa Press this coming March. His first book, Interloper, won the 2008 Juniper Prize.

MLive: Interview: Poet L.S. Klatt discusses his work, crossing the 'frontiers of consciousness'

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Issues Poet Khaled Mattawa Interviewed on PBS NewsHour

Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville (New Issues, 2010), and professor of the University of Michigan, was interviewed by Jeffrey Brown for PBS NewsHour.

Mattawa, speaking from the University of Michigan:
... to tell you the truth, this country, Libya, is being created anew. People are having a national moment, the moment of themselves as being Libyan, neither western nor eastern.


Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

Friday, February 11, 2011

New Issues @ AWP 2011: A Report

Editor Bill Olsen, Nancy Eimers,
and NIPP Poet Lisa Lewis
Like many of our brethren from the Midwest, we barely made it to Washington DC. Who knew that the storm of the century would dump over a foot of snow on us right before we were supposed to fly out of our little Kalamazoo airport? But we made it, if a little later than anticipated.

AWP was a crazy whirlwind as usual, but we are always excited to see so many of our author face-to-face. We hosted book signings at the New Issues bookfair table for Lisa Lewis, Keith Ekiss, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Judy Halebsky, and Kevin Fenton.

Kevin Fenton @ the AWP
Award Series reading
On Friday Kevin Fenton read from his novel Merit Badges as part of the AWP Award Series reading. Managing Editor Marianne Swierenga introduced him and Kevin read from his chapter titled "Climbing." Bradley Paul also read. His second book was selected by Jean Valentine in the poetry category and published by Pitt, but we still claim him as a New Issues poet since The Obvious won our first book prize. So New Issues was well represented at the Award Series reading.

Peter Covino visits Table A22
The New Issues table was always busy. Situated right next to the Prague Summer Program, another WMU affiliate, our students and staff often couldn't help but talk up the Prague program to perspective students.

On Saturday there was a tribute to the beloved poet Jack Myers, led my Mark Cox, who edited a forthcoming collection by Jack that we are publishing in the spring.

With thousands of poets, writers, publishers, students and faculty attending, we were in great company. Next year, Chicago. Road trip.