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2023 in Review with BOA Editions

Here at BOA Editions we are celebrating another successful year of poetry and short fiction! As we hit the ground running in 2024 and celebrate all it will bring, we’ve stopped to reflect on all the note-worthy titles released in 2023. We might be a little biased, but we think these twelve are pretty neat!  Read on and don’t forget to browse these titles in the BOA Bookstore! Four in Hand by Alicia Mountain (April 4, 2023) Emma Specter included Four in Hand on Vogue's "The Best New Poetry Collections to Read (Or Preorder) Now," saying of the collection: "The four-sonnet structure of this...

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BOA Editions Awarded $30,000 NYSCA Grant for 2024

 Contact: Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer, Director of Development & Publicity BOA Editions, Ltd. 250 North Goodman Street, Suite 306, Rochester, NY 14607 | 585.546.3410   BOA Editions awarded $30,000 by the New York State Council on the Arts Rochester, NY – BOA Editions announced today a grant award totaling $30,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Through New York State’s continued investment in arts and culture, NYSCA has awarded over $80 million since Spring 2023 to over 1,500 artists and organizations across the state. Governor Kathy Hochul said, “Research confirms what we’ve always known here in...

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We Adore These Bodies Until They Are Gone: An Interview with Joe Baumann

 Joe Baumann’s is the author of three collections of short fiction, Sing With Me at the Edge of Paradise, The Plagues, and Hot Lips.  His fiction and essays have appeared in Third Coast, Passages North, Phantom Drift, and many others.  He possesses a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.  He was a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction. His debut novel, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, is forthcoming from Deep Hearts YA.  He can be reached at  In the following self-interview with Joe Baumann, learn more about the author's thoughts around queerness, inspiration, and new projects! Super Secret Identity Interviewer: If you had to...

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"My trans brothers and sisters, / no one should have to die for this." : An Interview with Subhaga Crystal Bacon

   NOTE: We first accidentally published an outdated version of this interview; it has since been updated with the correct information. Subhaga Crystal Bacon's first poetry collection, Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey (BOA, 2003), was awarded the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the United States and Canada, and she has presented essays on Elizabeth Bishop in Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, and Ouro Preto, Brazil.  In addition, she has advised a college literary magazine, developed creative writing curricula, and judged academic and small press contests. Her third collection, Transitory, is...

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"There are worse ways to be a person. / I was speaking for myself.": A Conversation with Willie Lin

 Willie Lin was born in Beijing, China and lives and works in Chicago, IL. Her poems have appeared in Bennington Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Threepenny Review, among other journals. She’s the author of the chapbooks Lesser Bird of Paradise (MIEL) and Instructions for Folding (Northwestern University Press), winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize, and has received fellowship and scholarship support from Kundiman and the Summer Workshop Program at the Fine Arts Work Center. In the following self-interview with Willie Lin, learn more about the author's thoughts around dislocation, the pastoral, and grief! This book speaks to, in part, a sort of lived-through dislocation: from family, from history,...

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