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THE 2015 KELSEY STREET PRESS FIRSTS! CONTEST:
Reading Period: August 15-September 15, 2014
2015 Judge: Myung Mi Kim
In this series of first books by emerging writers, Kelsey Street Press continues to link its editorial policy of addressing the marginalization of women writers to a poetics of allowance that encourages women to write directly from their own creative imperatives.
Contest judge Myung Mi Kim's first book Under Flag was published by Kelsey Street Press in 1991 and is now in its third printing. This year, she will select a new first book to be published by KSP in 2015.
Read the full eligibility and manuscript guidelines.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Rings by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
2014, 128 pages, $15.00
Forthcoming in October
Rings is the winner of the 2014 Firsts! Contest, a series of first books by emerging writers.
Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s Rings spirals through the alphabet with both velocity and precision. To read this poetry is to feel your pulse quicken, for Wagner demonstrates form as energy and imagination. It’s not that Wagner deploys her impressive gifts to make a world that coddles or eases the reader. The centrifugal force of her perception is fierce and compels us to acknowledge an innermost lacunae. Still, this is a work of strange jubilation. Wagner renews ruin and memory so that they become responsive. The poet asks, “And what drives/us to make love//or anything, really?” Her response: “We know the mystery//of memory is not concealed/in the higher animal (it is concealed/in the route) . . . .” Welcome to the animate labyrinth.
—Elizabeth Robinson, contest judge
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NEW ON OUR BLOG:
Guest blogger Susan Gevirtz writes about "Embodiment, Gender and Experimental Writing"; new poetry by Marjorie Stein, nico peck, tessa micaela, and Kate Ingold.
NEW IN OUR AUDIO CATALOG:
Hear Sabrina Dalla Valle read from 7 Days and Nights in the Desert (Tracing the Origin) in our online Audio Catalog.