Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Other Woman

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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Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 2018 Update

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!


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.



E. Kristin Anderson is back with another chapbook of found poetry, 17 seventeen XVII.  The source material this time is the institutional teen magazine, Seventeen, from which she crafts a series of pantoums that re-channel and repurpose advice for teenage girls.  In her cover comment, Kolleen Carney Hoepfner says these poems “[mime] the obsessive back and forth rhythm of the adolescent heart: kinda messy, really rude, and falling fast.”  And Cat Conway says, “The pantoums in this collection appropriate the language of teen magazines to indicate how, for young women, nothing changes as everything changes.” 

From “Keep Following This Rule”:

“Believing you’ve got extra power on your side,
    choose a charm;
        you won’t even notice
              sexist images.

    Choose a charm,
  change your mind.
Sexist images
magically land in your lap.”

Get your copy now!  Beat the rush! 

Just a heads up:  The press will be closed for orders between December 15 and 25.  Not to add more urgency to your Holiday season.


We’re a little late in letting everyone know to stop sending chapbook manuscripts.  The guidelines were pretty clear but, alas, we’re still receiving submissions.  All told, this year was a modest increase over previous years’ totals, which had been pretty consistent.  Now the fun part!  I want to thank everyone for their submissions.  We’re hoping to have some idea of finalists by mid-December.  Keep checking the website, as we likely won’t be sending personal “regrets” to everyone.

Next up is an off-cycle chapbook from E. Kristin Anderson, entitled 17 Seventeen XVII.  It’s her second chapbook of found poetry with the press.  (Three guesses on her source material.)  Expect that the first week of December.

The 2017/2018 season will open at AWP with our “winning” chapbook.  We’re co-hosting an offsite reading with Anhinga Press on Thursday night a few blocks away from the convention center.  More details, including readers, to be announced later.