Subscriber News: July 2022
Congratulations to Tawanda Mulalu. His debut full-length poetry collection, Please make me pretty, I don't want to die, will be published by Princeton University Press in September and is available for pre-order. His chapbook, Nearness, won the 2020-21 Chapbook Contest from New Delta Review and was published in May. The deadline for this $250 prize was February 3. Visit his website to read more of his poetry and essays.
Congratulations to Matthew E. Henry. His first full-length poetry collection, the Colored page, is now available for pre-order from Sundress Publications. It is the semi-autobiographical journey of a Black kid from first grade through doctoral study—from student to educator and writer—in predominately white spaces. These poems explore often being the only Black or Brown face in an educational system, from both sides of the desk at the front of the room. For a limited time, 50% of pre-order sales will be donated to a college scholarship fund for students of color. Read sample poems on Matthew's website.
Congratulations to Omer Friedlander. His story collection The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land was published in April by Penguin Random House. The collection includes "The Sand Collector", which won first prize for fiction in our 2020 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest.
Congratulations to Philip Nikolayev. His book The Star of Dazzling Ecstasy: 79 Poems by Alexander Pushkin is available from Tiptop Street. This bilingual edition features Pushkin's poems in the original Russian alongside Philip's translations. Philip is also co-editor of the literary journal Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics.
Congratulations to Diane Elayne Dees. Her poetry chapbook The Last Time I Saw You will be published in October and is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. The subject of these poems is the late D. Eric Bookhardt, a notable New Orleans photographer, art critic, author, and museum curator. Dees recalls her decades-long friendship with Bookhardt, his dedication to Buddhism, his love of New Orleans, and her grief surrounding his death. Visit Diane's website for more of her work.
Congratulations to Judy Juanita. Her story collection The High Price of Freeways was released in June by Livingston Press, an imprint of the University of West Alabama, as the winner of their Tartt First Fiction Prize. She will be reading from the book on Saturday, July 16, at 3:00 pm Pacific time, at Sweet Fingers Caribbean Restaurant and Bar, 5859 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland CA.
Congratulations to David Dragone. His poetry collection Primal will be published this fall by Main Street Rag. Until July 27, you can pre-order the book at the discounted price of $8.50 (normally $14). He kindly shares a sample poem here. David is the editor of Crosswinds Poetry Journal.
Tara Campbell's hybrid-genre piece "Do You Have the Right to Justice? Take This Quiz", a crime story in the form of an interactive flow chart, was published at Electric Lit in April.
Chris Stark's novel Carnival Lights (Modern History Press, 2021) is now available as an audiobook read by the author. Set in 1969, Carnival Lights is the story of two Ojibwe teenage girls who run away to Minneapolis to escape family trauma.
R.T. Castleberry's poem "Bare a Heart" was published in As It Ought To Be Magazine. "The Charms of Chance" was published in Book of Matches. "Heritage" , "The Worst News", and "Arguing: A Life" were published in Dissident Voice. "This Room Has No Message for Me" and "Bare a Heart" were published in Muddy River Poetry Review.
David Kherdian's poetry collection Blackbirds Over Aurora is now available on Amazon. This book recounts the experiences and philosophy of the Farm in Aurora, Oregon, one of the earliest Fourth Way communities in America inspired by the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff. David kindly shares a sample poem here.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Magdalena Ball co-authored the poetry collection Sublime Planet: Earth Day Poems, a book of ecologically oriented work that celebrates the natural world and calls for its preservation. Carolyn kindly shares a sample poem here.
Published: July 8, 2022