Vincent Toro’s Stereo.Island.Mosaic., winner of the 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, has now won the prestigious Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Congratulations to Vincent! We always knew you were a winner.
Safe Space, the first book by Jos Charles, published by Ahsahta in 2016, has been named a finalist for Lambda Literary’s Transgender Poetry category for that year. Congratulations to Jos, who was previously chosen to receive a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation!
The 2017 Sawtooth Poetry Prize for Ahsahta Press opens January 1, 2017, and continues through March 1 at midnight. Poet Tyrone Williams is the final judge.
Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Wayne State University. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Convalescence (1987); Futures, Elections (2004); Musique Noir (2006); and Pink Tie (2011), among others. His full-length collections of poetry include c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero Project (2009), Adventures of Pi (2011), and Howell (2011).
See guidelines for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize for how to enter.
Ahsahta Press is proud to be publishing the following titles during Spring 2016:
Grace Shuyi Liew, Prop. Chapbook
Kerri Webster, judge for this year’s Ahsahta Press Chapbook Contest, has selected Grace Shuyi Liew of Flagstaff, AZ, as winner of the $1,000 prize. Her manuscript of poems, to be released in spring 2016, is titled “Prop.”
Sophia Dahlin, Toy Weather
Christy Davids, Alphabet, Ontology
Elizabeth Dodd, In the Cabinet of Wonders
C. Violet Eaton, Archeophany
Susanne Eules, h:app:yland = a hare’s carnet
Grace Shuyi Liew, Prop
Alessandra Lynch, Wolf & Root
Ann Marshall, Winter Primer
Christopher Nelson and Sean Rys, Red Motel
Kelly Nelson, Poison in the Bones
Kate Partridge, Intended American Dictionary
Deborah Reich, Camelsutra: The Road to Winsome
Editorial Board for 2015-2016:
Patty Bowen, intern
Janet Holmes, director
Ed Roberson, judge for this year’s Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize, has selected Vincent Toro of Bronx, New York, as winner of the $1,500 prize. His manuscript of poems, to be released in January 2016, is titled Stereo.Island.Mosaic.
Vincent Toro is a poet and playwright from New York where he teaches for The City University of New York’s Bronx Community College and The Dream Project, a nonprofit organization that places working artists in the schools and local communities. He has an MFA from Rutgers University, received a 2014 Poet’s House Emerging Poet’s Fellowship, and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry for 2014. His poems have been published in Rattapallax, The Paterson Literary Review, Vallum, Bordersenses, Kweli Literary Journal, The Buenos Aires Review, Really System, Five Quarterly, Codex, Duende Literary Journal, and in the anthologies CHORUS, edited by Saul Williams, and The Waiting Room Reader 2, edited by Rachel Hadas.
The judge also named two runners-up, whose books Ahsahta will also publish. They are Lauren Russell of Madison, WI, whose book What’s Hanging on the Hush will be published in March 2017, and Sasha Steensen of Fort Collins, CO, whose book Gatherest will come out the following September.
The names of the finalists, semi-finalists, and the editorial board members are listed below.
Rosebud Ben-Oni, Bloodsport
Chuck Carlise, In One Version of the Story
Ashley Chambers, The Exquisite Buoyancies
Jos Charles, butt hole
Nadia Colburn, Silence in the Sentence
Claudia Cortese, Twine
Jen Hyde, Hua Shi Hua (画诗华) Drawings and Poems from China
Jacqueline Kari, TWA: A Masque
Krystal Languell, Tonight This Is Our Last Song
Opal McCarthy, Surge
Allyson Paty, In the Next Room Always
Justin Phillip Reed, Indecency
Lauren Russell, What’s Hanging on the Hush
Andrew Ruzkowski, Do You Know This Type of Tree
Bret Shepard, Living as Magnets
Holly Simonsen, Janus, Headless
Jack Snyder, here I am I
Claire Marie Stancek, Mouths
Sasha Steensen, gatherest
Vincent Toro, Stereo.Island.Mosaic.
Desirée Alvarez, Devil’s Paintbrush
Mark Baumer, The Uzi
Marty Cain, Kids of the Black Hole
Allison Cobb, After We All Died
Kay Cosgrove, A Codfish Recipe for Every Day of the Year
Jamison Crabtree, WOLF!!! vol. 1
John Cross, What Bleak Angels Carried Your Bed
Adam O. Davis, Index of Haunted Houses
Melissa Dickey, What Were Woods
Landon Godfrey, Inventory
Nathan Hauke, Indian Summer Recycling
MC Hyland, An Aperture
Jenny Irish, Common Ancestor
Matthew Mahaney, Actual Echo
Deborah Schwartz, A Girl Could Disappear Like This
Dara-Lyn Shrager, Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee
Jay Thompson, Full Gone
Gale Marie Thompson, Helen or My Hunger
Daneen Wardrop, Stir the Lake
Amy Wright, Upping the Panoply
Editorial Board for 2015-2016:
Patty Bowen, intern
Janet Holmes, director
Roberson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World (2010), City Eclogue (2006), Atmosphere Conditions (1999), which was chosen by Nathaniel Mackey for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award, andVoices Cast Out to Talk Us In (1995), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Words and phrases in Roberson’s experimental poetry actively resist parsing, using instead what Mackey has called “double-jointed syntax” to explore and bend themes of race, history, and culture. “I’m not creating a new language. I’m just trying to un-White-Out the one we’ve got,” said Roberson in a 2006 interview with Chicago Postmodern Poetry.
Poet and critic Michael Palmer has called Roberson “one of the most deeply innovative and critically acute voices of our time.”
Roberson’s honors include the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award. His work has been included in Best American Poetry.
The Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition opens January 1, 2015 and closes for submissions on March 1, 2015.
[Bio information from The Poetry Foundation.]
Susan Briante, judge for this year’s Ahsahta Press Chapbook Contest, has chosen Kevin Holden of New Haven, Connecticut, to win the $1,000 prize. His manuscript of poems, to be released in spring 2015, is titled Birch. Kevin Holden is the author of two chapbooks, Identity (Cannibal Books) and Alpine (White Queen Press). His first full-length book of poetry, Solar, won the 2014 Fence Modern Poets Prize and will be published next year. His poems have appeared in such places as Conjunctions, Jubilat, 1913, Aufgabe, Typo, and Colorado Review, and have been included in the anthology The Arcadia Project (Ahsahta Press) and in Best American Experimental Writing (Omnidawn). He also translates and writes about poetry and is a PhD candidate in comparative literature at Yale. He is originally from Rhode Island. Read more about the award and the finalists here. The next Chapbook Contest will run in April 2015.
Ahsahta Press is pleased to announce the winner of the thirteenth annual Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition: Aaron Apps of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, whose manuscript Dear Herculine was selected by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. He will receive the $1,500 prize in addition to the publication of his book by Ahsahta Press in January 2015. Gabriel Gudding of Bloomington, Illinois, has been named runner-up for his manuscript Rivers for Animals, which will be published in September 2015. Read more about the 2014 contest here.
$1,500 plus publication. Mei-mei Berssenbrugge is final judge for the 2014 Sawtooth Prize. Submit here!
]EXCLOSURES[ by Emily Abendroth and After-Cave by Michelle Detorie have been selected for publication by Ahsahta Press through the Open Submission period and the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition. ]EXCLOSURES[ will be published in May 2014, and After-Cave in September 2014.
Emily Abendroth is a writer and teacher currently residing in Philadelphia. Her print publications include: NOTWITHSTANDING shoring, FLUMMOX (Little Red Leaves), Exclosures 1-8 (Albion Press), Property : None (Taproot Editions), and Toward Eadward Forward (horse less press). An extended excerpt from her piece “Muzzle Blast Dander” can be found in Refuge/Refugee (Chain Links, Vol 3). She is a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in Poetry.
Michelle Detorie lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where she edits Hex Presse and works at Santa Barbara City College. Recent works include the chapbooks Fur Birds (Insert Press, 2012), Ode to Industry (Dusie/Playful Rectangle, 2009), How Hate Got Hand (eohippus labs, 2009), Bellum Letters (Dusie 2008), and A Coincidence of Wants (Dos Press, 2007). In 2007, Michelle was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, and in 2010 she won a direct-to-artist grant from the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative for her public art project, The Poetry Booth.
[Article has been edited to reflect the retitling of Michelle Detorie’s manuscript (from Fur Birds) and its adjusted publication date.]
K Silem Mohammad, judge for the 2013 Ahsahta Chapbook Contest, has selected Anachromisms by Marco Giovenale of Rome, Italy, as winner of the $1,000 prize and publication. His chapbook will be released in spring 2014. Pattie McCarthy’s manuscript x y z & & will be published as well, in fall 2014.
Marco Giovenale lives and works in Rome. He is editor of gammm.org, puntocritico.eu, Or. He is an author of books and ebooks of linear poetry, asemic stuff, photography, and experimental prose. In English, his works include A gunless tea (Dusi/e-chap, 2007) and CDK (Tir aux pigeons, 2009: http://tir-aux-pigeons.blogspot.it/2009/03/cdk-marco-giovenale.html). He has published four e-artbooks (as differx) at http://vuggbooks.randomflux.info/. Among his asemic works are Sibille asemantiche (La camera verde, 2008), This Is Visual Poetry / by Marco Giovenale (ed. by Dan Waber, 2011), and Asemic Sibyls (Red Fox Press, 2013.) His blog is http://slowforward.wordpress.com.
Ahsahta Press, named for the Mandan word for “Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep,” was founded in 1974 and publishes seven to ten books of poetry per year, including the winners of its annual Chapbook Contest and Sawtooth Poetry Prize. It is based at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, and is directed by Janet Holmes, a professor in the MFA Program for Creative Writing at Boise State.
David Bartone’s manuscript “Practice on Mountains” is the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize winner, selected by Dan Beachy-Quick. “It’s wonderfully self-searching without being narcissistic,” wrote Beachy-Quick in the award statement, “tied into love’s agonies in ways familiar but strikingly honest, deprecating but audacious, learned but humble. It brings to its readers a primary document of the mind reading through the heart’s various damage.” Bartone is the author of Spring Logic, a chapbook with H_NGM_N (2011). His poems have appeared at The Laurel Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Thermos, Verse Online, Mountain Gazette, and others. The next Sawtooth Poetry Prize contest will be held between January 1 and March 1, 2014, and will be judged by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge.
When someone around the office reads the words “Ahsahta Press should be showered with money,” we think we might have taken a wrong turn in the middle of grantwriting. But these weren’t our words—they were poet and critic Djelloul Marbrook’s in his article at Galatea Resurrects. “Ahsahta’s books represent the research and development in poetics that will shape our perceptions of poetry in the 21st Century when the next century turns,” Marbrook writes. “Ahsahta is doing just what America isn’t doing enough, research and development.” Take a look at the entire article in Galatea’s Issue 20 and read the essay-reviews of Susan Tichy’s Gallowglass, Dan Beachy-Quick’s Work from Memory, Kate Greenstreet’s The Last 4 Things, Stephanie Strickland’s Zone : Zero, Brian Teare’s Pleasure, Andrew Grace’s Sancta, and Elizabeth Robinson’s Counterpart. It’s so rare to get a review that really gets a book, but I’ve never seen one that got seven at once! Marbrook even pays attention to page width and typesetting in his essay, to the difficulties of marketing avant-garde texts, and to the role poetry can play in society.
Of course I’m delighted by the attention and by his evaluation of how Ahsahta is succeeding. Given our expenses, it’s going to be necessary to write more of those grant applications, funding calls, and such, but having these words of encouragement at hand makes the whole process more do-able.
For years, the backlog of accepted poetry manuscripts at Ahsahta has prevented us from having an open reading period—we can only afford to produce so many books per year, and have often wanted to do more than one book by our authors. That’s been crowding out authors new to Ahsahta, and we wanted that situation to end. I kept telling people that I’d have a month-long submission period in 2013 and now that day has come. I’m terrified about what I’m in for. With up to 700 manuscripts for the Sawtooth, which has the disincentive (for some) of an entry fee, will I now have thousands of manuscripts to look at? Or will submissions go down without a judge like Dan Beachy-Quick or Rae Armantrout, or without the $1,500 prize? Stay tuned.
If you want to send something, here’s the link: ahsahtapress.org/secure/submissions/
I wish I could say what I’m looking for, but that’s pretty well covered by our motto, “Surprise.” If you don’t know our books, take a look at the sample poems on the website, though frankly the sample poems won’t give you a sense for those books like Julie Carr’s 100 Notes on Violence, which builds as it goes along, or Dan Beachy-Quick and Matthew Goulish’s Work from Memory, which pairs a page of poetry with a page of essay and goes “landscape” when it talks about a landscape. Still, in a world in which poetry-selling bookstores are thin on the ground, our sample poems will at least give you an idea of what we do. Send me something to read.
The 2013 Ahsahta Chapbook Contest opens April 1–April 30 for manuscripts between 25–40 pages. K. Silem Mohammad will judge. Enter now!
We’re extending the deadline for the Sawtooth Prize to accommodate poets attending AWP. But everyone gets the benefit!
so from today until the end of January, we’re putting Rachel Loden’s hilarious Dick of the Dead on sale! 20% off on our website only.