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Brooklyn Rail Loves On the Winding Stair too...

[caption id="attachment_302" align="alignleft" width="201" caption="On the Winding Stair. Stories by Joanna Howard."][/caption] While we're talking about On the Winding Stair... here's another new review by John Madera for The Brooklyn Rail. Here's a taste - you can follow the below link for the complete review: "Joanna Howard’s lapidary debut On the Winding Stair is an escalier spiraling with brocaded lyricism, alternately swathed in darkness and bathed in phosphorescence. Metaphysical spaces coexist with vivid corporeality in a place where words aren’t so much modified as they are baroquely embellished, cast in irreality; we have, as in “Ghosts and Lovers,” “[t]he fantastic,...

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On the Winding Stair Raves from Verse Magazine

[caption id="attachment_293" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Joanna Howard. BOA author."][/caption] Verse magazine just published a brilliant review of On the Winding Stair by Joanna Howard. The review was written by Maria Ribas and is as sharp and insightful a read as an author (and a publisher) can hope for. Here's a sample and you can follow the link at bottom for the rest of the review: "Joanna Howard’s short stories flit about like phantoms--just as her characters are ethereal and haunting, her stories are framed by an aura of mystery and romance, with fleeting peaks of action. The 14 stories in On...

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Nomina + The Boatloads Receive Poets Prize Nominations

[caption id="attachment_287" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Karen Volkman. BOA author."][/caption] We are thrilled to announce that not one, but TWO, BOA books have been nominated for the prestigious Poets' Prize. Nomina by Karen Volkman and The Boatloads by Dan Albergotti have both been honored with nominations this year. The Poets' Prize is awarded annually for the best book of verse published by an American in the previous calendar year. The $3000 annual prize is donated by a committee of about 20 American poets, who each nominate a book and who also serve as judges. The Nicholas Roerich Museum also contributes; the prize...

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Melissa Hall on BOA's Annual Campaign

[caption id="attachment_266" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Board member Glenn William and Melissa Hall sign annual campaign letters"][/caption] For the past three weeks the BOA board, staff, interns, and I have been signing letters, and stuffing and sealing envelopes for our annual campaign. With book sales only funding 40% of our budget, the annual campaign is an extremely important source of funding for us. This year we are honored to have former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Charles Simic serve as our Honorary Campaign Chair. Charles Simic included the following note in our campaign materials: “I was delighted to join...

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Holiday Gala Pics & Write Up

[caption id="attachment_247" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="BOA Honorary Vice Chair Boo Poulin's special BOA cookies"][/caption] Thanks to BOA board member John Roche for this blog entry about the BOA Holiday Gala. Below the entry are photos from the weekend festivities! Last Friday night (December 4) the Anderson Alley holiday festivities got off to a rousing start when the jazz group stationed outside the BOA Editions’ office was confronted by peripatetic musicians from a Civil War reenactors group, intent on jamming. And jam they did on a lively version of “Dixie”! Following that musical set, it was the poets’ turn. Four RIT students...

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