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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sister Sarah

Little Sister
The latest chapbook in our 2017/2018 Season is another collection of found poetry.  Little Sister by Sarah Nichols rose out of the second “Poeming” event in October 2017, wherein multiple participants (also including yours truly) wrote a poem a day using different Anne Rice novels as source material. 

Sarah’s novel was Violin, but the ghosts that inhabit that work are largely left out of her evocative and spare poems.  Instead, the poems themselves are ghostly psalms to womanhood and identity.  I was really drawn to the haiku-like economy of language and the multifaceted “character” that Sarah has created.  (The super-appropriate cover art was created by Cat Conway.)

From “Little Sister Witch”:

“I made an offering:
bones, dust, hair. A spell for captured

night.

They carried me through
the streets

to the fire. I burn, like kindling,

dark red and bitter

sparks.”


Grab a copy of Sarah’s chapbook on the Titles page. 

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 2018 Update

Despite the recent “silence,” we’ve been pretty busy the past month or two.  In fact, we have a new chapbook coming out in three days!  This time, it’s Sarah Nichols with Little Sister

Besides being chock full of great poems, this one features a cover by Cat Conway, who we’ve added to our schedule for an off-cycle chapbook late this year.  (After Sarah’s chapbook, we have two more 2017/2018 Open Reading chapbooks for the season, likely coming toward the beginning of July and late August.) 

We’re also looking at structuring a “schedule” a bit better.  The non-poetry/professional/read-world job has an extremely busy period that runs through April and into May, so that could alter the chapbook schedule in future years.  Which assumes a lot. 

For now, let’s focus on what’s at hand.  See you in a few days!

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Letters from the Other Woman

It seems like a long time coming, but we’ve finally gotten to the first chapbook of the 2017/2017 Open Reading season, Letters from the Other Woman by Monica Prince. 

In reality, there has been a lot of buildup with this collection’s debut at AWP18 last week and Monica’s appearance at the GBP/Anhinga off-site reading.  Her poems here create a dialogue through a series of “letters” (not always from the “other woman”) that takes us to surprising places.  There’s a narrative thread for us to untangle, woven with Monica’s expert use of language.

From one of the letters to the other woman:

“Don’t be ashamed of who you are,
how you’ve turned this thirsty.
How else can you start

a conversation? Next time, skip this part,
break character, insist on release
from unwanted attention.”


Monica Prince has a supernova-bright future in the poetry world, so get in on the ground floor . . . with a copy of this chapbook!

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It’s the Ides of March here.  Still in a come-down from hashtag-AWP-18, which was a great experience.  I got to meet a lot of GBP poets for the first time, saw some spectacular readings (including our split reading with Anhinga Press), and sold some chapbooks.  I also visited the Whale Prom book fair a mile from the conference.  To be honest, that event was much better suited to our small press, but we’d been more or less locked into AWP in Tampa from the moment the site was announced.  Unless there’s an AWP announced in Atlanta (or, y’know, Tallahassee), we’ll be focusing on smaller, regional events for the next few years.  (We definitely WON’T be seeing you in Portland.)

Also, at the conference last week, we debuted the new chapbook from Monica Prince, Letters from the Other Woman.  We’ll be announcing its online availability (from this website) on Sunday. 

See you in a few days!

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We’re usually posting this in early January, rather than nearly the end of January.  There were some scheduling complications, for sure, but . . . also a little bit of procrastination. 

I want to again thank everyone who submitted.  We had a really competitive pool of manuscripts.  Usually, there are six of seven finalists, but we had ten this year.  We could’ve had more, but we had to draw the line somewhere.  The plan was to select three for publication, but we went with four.  A lot of that had to do with the parity of the finalists, but there was also so much range between the chapbooks we selected. 

The plan (again) was to have the “winning chapbook” debut at AWP in Tampa, including a reading.  And that’s happening, but we’re not calling it the “winning chapbook” because most of the finalists weren’t going to be able to attend AWP, so it wasn’t exactly fair to make the decision that way.  However, Monica Prince’s manuscript was honestly one of our favorites.  So, her chapbook will be featured in March at AWP.  Following every six to eight weeks, we’ll have other chapbooks from Sarah Nichols, Peycho Kanev, and Mike Sikkema. 

We’ll have more details about upcoming chapbooks and our AWP poetry reading very soon!

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We’re fully immersed in the Holidays here at GBP.  We didn’t quite hit our self-imposed deadline of getting the finalists chosen for the Open Reading Period, and now we’re going to be traveling for several days.  But we’re going to be back/settled before Christmas, and should be able to make some decisions in the next week or so.

Part of the urgency is we’re finalizing our cohosted reading (with Anhinga Press) at AWP.  It’s going to be the evening of Thursday, March 8.  Details to come when they’re finalized . . . but we’ll be previewing the event on Facebook in the next day or so. 

In the meantime, pick up the new chapbook by E. Kristin Anderson.  (However, because we’re traveling, they won’t go in the mail right away.)

UPDATE: We’re two weeks behind in getting the manuscripts narrowed to the finalists, but we’re just about there now. Emails should go out (to finalists) this week.  Most others will not receive an email; however, there were a lot of close calls, so we’ll be sending more “regrets” emails than usual.

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