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Words, Words, Words: Our Poetry Publishers on Their Favorite Poetic Lines

In case you haven’t heard, April is National Poetry Month, and today, instead of highlighting the poets behind your favorite works, we’re turning to the ones who make it all possible: the publishers.

With an inundation of social media, chapbooks, and more, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of poetry that exists. That’s when we look to the publishers – the few, the brave, the mighty, who wade through lines upon lines to raise up the best and the brightest of voices. O! Those careful curators, who show us new poetry that crackles with potential and remind us of the old favorites we hold close in times of need. We are eternally grateful to the endless hours they spend examining word after word to feed our literary souls.

We reached out to a few of those helming modern poetry publishing to find outwhat moves them? What are their favorite lines of poetry?

boa logoPeter Conners, Publisher at BOA Editions:

“I loved you before I was born.”

Li-Young Lee, The Word from His Song (BOA Editions, 2016)

BOA Editions is located in Rochester, New York. Their latest book of poetry is The Black Maria by Aracelis Girmay.

 

Chris Fischbach, Publisher at Coffee House Press:

“In the Johannesburg minescoffeehouselogo
There are 240,000 natives working.

What kind of poem
Would you make out of that?

240,000 natives working
In the Johannesburg mines.”

Langston Hughes, from the poem “Johannesburg Mines” (1928)

Coffee House Press is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their latest book of poetry is They and We Will Get Into Trouble For This by Anna Moschovakis.

 

copper canyon

Kelly Forsythe, Director of Publicity at Copper Canyon Press:

“Don’t listen to the words—

they’re only little shapes for what you’re saying,

they’re only cups if you’re thirsty, you aren’t thirsty.”

— Jean Valentine, from the poem “as with rosy steps the morn,” from Break the Glass (Copper Canyon, 2010)

Copper Canyon Press is located in Port Townsend, Washington. Their latest book of poetry is Alamo Theory by Josh Bell.

 

Rebecca Wolff, Publisher and Founder of Fence Books:fence

“Cosmic potential–and–actualization!”

Rodrigo Toscano, Explosion Rocks Springfield (Fence Books, May 2016)

Fence Books is located in Albany, New York. Their latest book of poetry is Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 2 by Paul Legault.

 

manicdJennifer Joseph, Publisher and Founder of Manic D Press:

“It’s not how far you fall, but how you land.
Are you here for the sowing, reaping, or the dead?”

Justin Chin, from Gutted (Manic D Press, 2006)

Manic D Press is located in San Francisco, California. Their latest book of poetry is The Roots of a Thousand Embraces by Juan Felipe Hererra.

 

Brittany Dennison, Managing Editor at Wavewave Books (Seattle, Washington):

“Hell, I love everybody.”

James Tate, from Riven Doggeries (Ecco Press, 1979)

Wave Books is located in Seattle, Washington. Their latest book of poetry is Olio by Tyehimba Jess.

 

There you have it, folks. The most beloved lines of poetry from the people who’ve seen it all. Thank you, publishers, for all of your time, taste, and dedication!

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Celebrate Halloween With Spooky Reads + Meet ChiZine Publications!

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a spooky book? We’ve pulled together a list of five titles that are perfect for the holiday! Plus, we’re proud to introduce one of our new publishers, ChiZine Publications, experts at publishing all things creepy. With titles from Coffee House Press, Manic D Press, Centipede Press, Feral House, and Flying Eye Books, you’ll find something thrilling to dive into this weekend.

UprightBeastsFirst up, we have Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel and published by Coffee House Press. The short stories contained in this collection are dark and absurd, and will make you think about accidental murder, bestial transformation, and more.

If you’re looking for something more tame for younger readers, c43Monstersheck out 43 Monsters by Arthur Bradford and Chuck Webster from Manic D Press, a quirky and colorful illustrated book that introduces readers to some pretty lovable monsters.

WeirdFictionReviewNext, we suggest Weird Fiction Review #5 from Centipede Press, the newest installment in this yearly journal dedicated to weird and supernatural fiction, featuring original stories and essays that will keep you awake all night for Halloween.

Neighbors from Hell by Jan Frel and John Dolan and published by FerNeighborsFromHellal House features real-life monsters living in America, your neighbors. It’s a children’s book for adults, with playful rhymes providing an informed perspective on social and economic issues we have all experienced.

Finally, ImImeldaelda & the Goblin King from Flying Eye Books/Nobrow will soothe you with beautiful illustrations as you follow Imelda the fairy through the dark forest to battle the Goblin King, all to return the Fairy Queen to safety.

After you’ve read these titles, check out ChiZine Publications, one of our new publisChiZinehers! We are happy to welcome them to Consortium and look forward to adding them to our “dark fiction” roster. They certainly know what they’re doing— in 2014 they won The Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award! Check out the National Post‘s profile on ChiZine and their website to learn more.

 

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Bookslinger Update: “Welcome to America”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

9781933149806The story this week comes from Stealing Cherries by Marina Rubin, published by Manic D Press, Inc. Whether she’s writing an engaging account of childhood memories from the Ukraine (“Otlichnitsa”), her family’s quixotic immigration experiences (“Welcome to America”), or current romantic misadventures (“Curious Things at the W Hotel”), with a unique voice and sharp eye for detail, award-winning author Marina Rubin reveals the triumphant absurdities of contemporary times. Her stories and characters are all too human, too familiar, too flawed, and just charming enough to be endearing and unforgettable in these poetic, bite-sized short stories.

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