August 28, 2014

Dine & Rhyme tickets on sale now – featuring Jillian Weise

 

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For tickets, contact Melissa Hall at hall@boaeditions.org, or 585.546.3410, ext. 11.

August 25, 2014

PW starred review says Copia ‘bursts with American abundance’

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In a recent Publishers Weekly *starred* review, Erika Meitner’s newest book of poetry Copia is called “a collection that bursts with American abundance while simultaneously describing its decline.”

Featuring poems inspired by the exploration and crumbling cityscapes of Detroit, Copia is an appreciable collection precisely because “[Meitner] turns these scenes inward, transforming them into a reflection of her own body.” They are rendered in “rich language” and with “an eye for the texture of common objects.”

“Meitner has a stake in personal exploration that brings intimacy and despair to these poems, which makes them more significant than the simple observations of an outsider ogling or exoticizing poverty and decay.”

Click here to read the entire Publishers Weekly review of Copia.

Copia is available for pre-order at the BOA Bookstore. Newly printed copies are now available from BOA and will ship immediately. Get your hands on it early!

August 25, 2014

Kirkus review praises fiction collection Bridge

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Robert Thomas’ new fiction collection Bridge gets high praise from Kirkus review for its “tight and vivid prose,” “innovative structure,” and “emotional resonance.”

Balancing “black humor and memorable one-liners” with the solipsism of the book’s narrator, Alice, Thomas “brings readers deep into the eccentric and neurotic mind of its protagonist.” According to the review, even a narrator given to “digression and extreme interiority” such as Alice “narrates the minutiae of her life with insight and wit.”

Forming an overarching narrative from the 56 short vignettes, these pieces chart the decline of narrator Alice—”a lonely, at times suicidal woman.”

“With emotional resonance, an innovative structure and a unique narrator, Thomas crafts a book that’s greater than the sum of its parts.”

Click here to read the entire Kirkus review of Bridge by Robert Thomas.

Bridge is now available for pre-order from the BOA Bookstore. Newly printed copies are available from BOA and will ship out immediately. Get your hands on it early!

August 22, 2014

Recipe for Geffrey Davis’ writing style

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In an interview with Late Night Library‘s Melanie Figueroa, Geffrey Davis describes his new book Revising the Storm as “a search for language to survive and reclaim difficult loves.”

Featured on LNL’s The Rookie Report as a new writer in the spotlight, Davis explains the “recipe” of his writing style:

“1½ oz Image, ¼ oz Questions, ¼ oz Time.

(Add more parts Time and/or Questions and/or Image to taste.)

Shake well inside a form. Add 2-3 gazillion dashes of revision. Strain with title, garnish with good ear, and serve.

(Retreat rethink reread remeasure retry.)”

The result in Revising the Storm, Davis suggests, is a combination of Stanley Plumly’s Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me and Li-Young Lee’s Rose. This combination lends itself to the exploration of language on which Davis focuses his collection.

Click here to read the full LNL interview with Geffrey Davis.

Revising the Storm is in stock now at the BOA Bookstore.

August 19, 2014

Dinah Cox wins 4th annual BOA Short Fiction Prize!

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We are so pleased to announce that Dinah Cox is winner of the fourth annual BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize for her collection Remarkable! The collection was selected from more than 200 manuscript submissions by BOA Publisher Peter Conners. Dinah Cox will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in spring 2016.

Of the collection, Peter Conners says: “‘The Telephone Museum is always empty.’ This single sentence, the first in Dinah Cox’s masterful story ‘Adolescence in B Flat,’ told me that this was a writer who demands close attention. It also speaks volumes about Cox’s debut collection as a whole. There is a knowing melancholy to her writing born when the arid remnants of Old West sensibility confront the sharp corners of sterile modernity. With precise detail and a poet’s ear for language, Cox reveals the psychological impact of straddling those two worlds as her characters grasp for compassion, last chances, and a foothold in an unknowable future.”

Two finalists were also selected: The Owl That Carries Us Away by Doug Ramspeck, and The Functions of a Story by John Vanderslice.

Dinah Cox’s stories appear and are forthcoming in such places as StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Salt Hill, Cream City Review, Copper Nickel, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quarterly West, and elsewhere, and have won prizes from The Atlantic Monthly and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She teaches in the English Department at Oklahoma State University where she is also an associate editor at Cimarron Review. She lives and works in her hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma.

BOA Editions will accept manuscripts for the fifth annual BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize between April 1–May 31, 2015. An entry form and $25 fee are required. Guidelines for the 2015 BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize are available on our submissions page.

Congratulations, Dinah, and welcome to the BOA family!

August 15, 2014

All You Ask for Is Longing is like a ‘dying man’s last meal’

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Poet Michael Dennis likens Sean Thomas Dougherty’s new and selected, All You Ask for Is Longing, to “a very eloquent Charles Bukowski with some top notch Raymond Carver type editing.”

In his poetry blog, Dennis highlights the eclectic mix of Dougherty’s collection: “These poems are Andrew Wyeth precise and Richard Pryor sharp. There is so much to admire in this collection. Dougherty mixes it up with prose poems, list poems, it doesn’t matter—at this level of excellence it is all first rate.”

Showcasing such poems as “At Mike’s Pub and Grub,” “Dear L, The Moon is White and Blue as Ripped-up Lottery Tickets,” and “Duet,” Dennis says: “Dougherty’s poetry has an authority that it both demands and breathes. This work gives tremendous respect to the lives of those people who shape these poems and respects the demands of the readers. Done and done.”

“It is rare for me to find a poet I find so utterly pleasing to read, so completely compelled to turn the page, not wanting to leave what I’ve read behind. I plowed through All You Ask for Is Longing as though it were a dying man’s last meal. Sean Thomas Dougherty is mining a rich vein of pure gold when so many others are playing in the dust.”

Click here to read Michael Dennis’ entire review of All You Ask for Is Longing.

To purchase All You Ask for Is Longing, visit the BOA Bookstore!

August 04, 2014

BOA translation panel at AWP 2015

 

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Great news!

Of the 1,300 event proposals submitted for the 2015 AWP conference, BOA’s panel “The Poetry of Translation” has been accepted for #AWP15 in Minneapolis!

BOA Editions’ award-winning Lannan Translations Selection Series presents four translators from four different countries discussing the challenges, revelations, and importance of translating contemporary poetry for U.S. readers. Panelists will discuss their recent translations from Macedonia, Vietnam, Poland, and Spain. Topics will include: selecting poets to translate; autonomy versus collaboration; bridging cultural differences while honoring the original language; and translation as an art form.

Along with moderator Peter Conners, panelists will include Bruce Weigl, Nikola Madzirov, Ana Osan, and Piotr Florczyk.

Because each panelist in “The Poetry of Translation” is from a different country (Macedonia, Poland, Morocco, and U.S.) and a different stage of their career, their experiences are diverse and represent the full range of translating experiences. Additionally, two panelists (Bruce Weigl and Nikola Madzirov) address the dual experience of translating and having their own poetry translated. BOA publisher Peter Conners will address selecting translations for the Lannan Translations Selection Series.

We look forward to seeing you at #AWP15!

July 30, 2014

Late Night Library interview with poet Keetje Kuipers

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In a new Late Night Library interview by co-founder and director Paul Martone, poet Keetje Kuipers reveals extremely personal aspects of her new book, The Keys to the Jail: “I challenged myself constantly in the poems in this book to write to emotional places that actually shamed me … I’m always trying to argue something in my poems. I’m never willing to give in to the complacent or passive, especially not when trying to translate some portion of my personal experience into poetry.”

The Keys to the Jail continues Elizabeth Bishop’s tradition of the art of losing, but delves deeper, asking the question of who is to blame for all we’ve lost. This new collection calls us to reexamine the harsh words of failed love, the aging of a once-beautiful body, and our own voracious desires.

In the interview, Kuipers touches upon the various underlying themes of her collection, including “theories of power and status when it comes to heterosexual relationships,” “foreverness,” “the mask of distance separating two friends,” and  ”the complications of attempting to reconcile one’s identities as a woman.”

Although Kuipers admits that the overall tone of her collection emulates a raw sadness, “full of loss and longing,” she also notes that the speaker of her poems “turns, if not hopeful, at least calm and clear-eyed enough to see that someday hope might be a possibility.”

According to interviewer Paul Martone: “I was thrilled to receive The Keys to the Jail from BOA Editions this spring … It’s damn good.”

Click here to read the entire Late Night Library interview with Keetje Kuipers.

The Keys to the Jail is now available for purchase through the BOA Bookstore.

July 30, 2014

AMTRAK travel blog calls Revising the Storm a summer must-have

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In the travel blog, “My Black Journey,” National Railroad Passenger Corporation AMTRAK named Revising the Storm one of five “sizzling books you must slip into your travel bag this summer.” Poet Geffrey Davis discusses his new A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize-winning book on the blog, as well as his favorite books, his start in writing, and his self-titled role as a “literary citizen.”

According to AMTRAK blogger Shydell James, Revising the Storm “gives voice to the realities of distance, time, space. This work challenges you to reevaluate your relationships to people, events and your personal version of stories as a way to reconnect to other people and give voice to a wider emotional truth.”

In the interview, Davis offers readers new perspectives on the poems, highlighting the purposefulness and urgency driving them. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

AMTRAK: Your book as been described as urgent. Why do you think that is?

DAVIS: These felt like poems I had to write. As I started making my own family, there’s a different kind of urgency with trying to repair and recover that idea of fatherhood, as I became a father myself. One of the last poems has to do with the birth of my own son.

AMTRAK: You refer to yourself as a literary citizen. What is that?

DAVIS: A literary citizen as opposed to just a writer is somebody who reads and promotes the work of others. One of the benefits of being a literary citizen is to get out of your own head and read amazing work that’s being produced by talented writers and provide a platform for them.

Click here to read the full interview.

Visit us at the BOA Bookstore to purchase your copy of Revising the Storm.

July 29, 2014

How LeBron James got Hugh Martin through the Iraq War

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In his featured Grantland essay, BOA author Hugh Martin (The Stick Soldiers, 2013) recalls playing high school basketball with LeBron James, getting dunked on by his then-14-year-old Ohio league rival, and “how the NBA superstar helped get him through the Iraq War.”

In great detail, Martin recounts the shaping experience of getting dunked on by LeBron: “I ran beside him, waiting to swing my hand at his next bounce, but I struggled to keep pace, moving my feet as quickly as possible next to his long, rhythmic strides. After three dribbles he jumped off one leg and I reached to grab his arm, to foul him, but he kept going. Higher. With his right hand, he cocked the ball back and catapulted it through the hoop. The ball bounced hard once off the gym floor and I caught it on the way up, stepped out of bounds, and threw it in to our guard, who looked right at me. ‘Shit,’ was all he said.”

As he shares later stories of his war encounters, Martin cites how these connections to LeBron followed him to Iraq and back again: “LeBron and the Cavs represented life in a place where I wanted to return. It wasn’t just his genius as a player. LeBron meant all those things I longed for and thought about incessantly as a 20-year-old in Iraq: boyhood, sports, community, Akron, Cleveland, Ohio in general … In Iraq, following LeBron helped me keep those parts of myself — athlete, civilian, Ohioan — alive as I lived this other, temporary life as a soldier.”

Published by BOA in April 2013, Martin’s Poulin Prize-winning collection The Stick Soldiers recounts his time in basic training, his preparation for Iraq, his experience withdrawing from school, and ultimately, the final journey to Iraq and back home to Ohio.

After deployment, Martin still circles back to his high school basketball days, to a time when LeBron was just a rival with splayed feet and hard-to-spell name, and when Martin had no foreseeable future as an Iraqi War veteran.

“On that court, LeBron is not the King yet; he’s just my man. I’m not a soldier, not a veteran, not someone who has known war intimately. September 11 hasn’t happened. Many of the future soldiers are living their childhoods and don’t know they will die in Mesopotamia — a place they might’ve studied in school. The civilians who will die in these wars are still alive. Some are yet to be born … When I see LeBron now, he is a symbol and a reminder of who I was before Iraq.”

Click here to read Martin’s entire Grantland essay, “Cheering LeBron in Jalula.”

To purchase The Stick Soldiers, visit us at the BOA Bookstore.