We will be attending the Southern Festival of Books in 2023 It is in Nashville again this year, and we loved it so much last year, we can’t wait to get back. We look forward to seeing so many friends, especially, our wonderful Linda Parsons has a book that we published featured, Valediction. She’ll be there with us at booth number 27. Come see us there!
This will be the 35th annual Southern Festival of Books–among the oldest literary festivals in the country. It is free to attend with performance stages, food trucks, publishers and booksellers. (We’ll be at booth #27.)
Festival weekend (Oct. 21 and 22) takes place in downtown Nashville. The Festival grounds include Bicentennial Mall State Park, the Tennessee State Museum, and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Read more at their website: https://sofestofbooks.org/schedule
An Anthology of Contemporary Prose Poems edited by Gerry LaFemina
2023 Acceptances Announced
Anthology publication planned for Spring 2024.
This is the call Gerry LaFemina put out for this anthology:
The prose poem is the literary sphinx, the literary chimera, minotaur, gryphon–part one thing, part another and at their best, they’re magical, mythical. Fantastic Imaginary Creatures seeks to collect the best contemporary prose poems that demonstrate the potentiality and plasticity the form allows, previously published or brand spanking new. We’re not looking for short short stories, but rather work that explores the liminal space between story and lyric, the luminous spark of possibility in the form.
And of the many fine poets who answered Gerry’s call, these are the poets and the poems Gerry selected:
“Just Enough House”
“O Christmas Tree,” and “That Which We Discard We Also Cherish”
“Key Rock,” and “Self Portrait in My Mother’s Closing Lines”
Michelle Boczek Evory
“Absolution,” and “Dislocation”
“Parable of the Forest Pygmy,” and “Forgetting the Nicene Creed”
“Room for Error,” “Myth,” and “Song”
“Being and Becoming”
“With Apologies to the Tom Tom Club,” and “At Last”
“Giver of Gifts,” “Terrorists,” and “Lost Memory”
“Home Again, Home Again,” and “Tale of the Flopsy Bunny”
“Daffodils,” “Act 20:14,” “Traveling with the Band,” and “The Children’s Ward”
“Trip Wire,” and “The story of a Life”
“A Voice out of the Ruins”
“Pasiphae Answers Questions,” “Missionaries Breakfasted on the Word of God,” and “Jute, Two Inches in Diameter”
“My Chili Recipe (An Ars Poetica)” and “Questions for Further Study”
“This is to That”
“Vaccination, in the Broadest Sense of the Term,” “Crickets,” and “Nice Socks”
“Jesus in the Café,” “With Feathers,” and “Mackerel Day”
“At 45th Parallel, Halfway Between the Equator and the North Pole,” and “Tabula Rasa”
“Fantastic Imaginary Creatures,” “Happy Pigs,” and “Bad Medicine”
“The Black Egret”
“Aphrodite in Manhattan”
Lorette C. Luzajic
“Feathers,” and “January River”
“Prose Poem on the Nature of Things; or, Armchair Philosophy,” and “Another Apocalypse”
“Night Sky with Calculus Worksheet”
“Identifying the Pathogen,” “Dear B,” and “Antidote with Attempts at Diagnosis”
“Wolf Dancing,” and “Hopeless”
“Ekphrasis,” “Gerunding,” and “Hula Dancer”
“The Unselfish Elfins with their Trusty Hammers,” “At Home with Marlboro Jones,” and “The Orgun Box Junkies”
“Drone Pilot,” and “Sunday Night Retail”
“Latin 121,” and “Abbreviated Inventory”
“Crossword,” and “Quilt”
Joshua Michael Stewart
“Yellow,” and “Book of Love”
“Chinese Weather Balloon”
“A Hundred Birds,” and “How it Starts”
Doug Van Gundy
“Sideshow, Barbour County Fairgrounds, 1975,” and “To Join the Circus”
Elinor Ann Walker
“Object Impermanence,” and “Fugue State”
“Why I Live in a Cold Climate”
“Max Beckmann, Still Life with Fallen Candles, oil on canvas, 1929,” and “Otto Dix, Horse Cadaver, etching & drypoint, 1924”
Michael T. Young
“Quoting Blake to Mother,” and “Sweaty Palms”
About the editor, Gerry LaFemina
Gerry LaFemina’s flash creative nonfiction essay collection, The Pursuit: A Meditation on Happiness, came out in 2022. His poetry collections include Baby Steps in Doomsday Prepping, The Story of Ash and Little Heretic. His essays on prosody, Palpable Magic, came out in 2015 and Kendall Hunt recently released his textbook, Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically.
Winner of The 2022 Arthur Smith Poetry Prize Upcoming publication date Spring 2024
“a poem is a house pushes against the borders of poetry to emphasize how all borders are a construct: geopolitical, literary, and personal. Each poem in this outstanding collection reinvents itself, employing a range of forms, such as visual poems and broken poetry cycles, to recreate vivid details of the speaker’s experiences as someone who grew up in California with Mexican ancestry.
Throughout this book, readers experience a state of bardo, a sense of existing between states: between different cultures, between safety and violence, and perhaps most of all, between past and present. Like memory itself, these poems thrive on elision, repetition, and reversal. Take for example an evocative poem placed early in the book: ‘To live at the scene of an accident.’ The two-line poem simple states: ‘To go on living / at the scene of the crime.’ Such sparsity emphasizes the stark reality of the situation and faces it directly without adorned language that could distract from the fact’s horror. What’s more, the book presents readers with four variations of this poem, emphasizing how trauma is not only situated in the past, but something that interrupts the present—and never leaves the body.
One poem tells readers that ‘this is not really a lullaby for the end of the world this is a map to the beginning of the body.’ Such a statement is not a dichotomy, but simply a reality wherein grief and celebration share spaces. a poem is a house is a dazzling accomplishment that presents a new and unique poetic vision.”
—Charlotte Pence, final judge for the 2022 Arthur Smith Poetry Prize, and author of Code
Finalist for The 2022 Arthur Smith Poetry Prize Upcoming publication date Spring 2024
“A yearning dominates the vibrant poems in Tasting Flight, specifically the desire to be enough. Of course, though, one is always enough. The observant, insightful, and confident speaker in these poems knows this truth intellectually, but searches to internalize such knowledge as in this breathtaking poem ‘Bird Call Koan with Glossary’:
Across the hall I lay in the dark contemplating this, the infinitely expanding universe of what I don’t know. Stars exploding and being born. Moons in our own solar system still uncounted. And yet some things I think I know with certainty: I’m not pretty. I don’t deserve to be loved.
If I trill my mating call, who will answer me?
I forget the moon is always whole.
These lines are representative of the well-crafted poetry readers will find in this book, each poem creating scenes with such vivid details, readers feel as if they are with the speaker, perhaps as an adult gazing at the stars or as a child hiding behind the Life cereal box. Not only are the details engaging, but the form of each poem closely aligns with its subject, be it in the form of a question mark or the dwindling lines in ‘Submission Guidelines.’ All of the poems are deeply rooted in the lyrical tradition, following the switchbacks and curves of a mind always in motion, perhaps contemplating the beauty of moths at night or the intricacies of raising a child. Whatever the subject, Tasting Flight is a book that sings back to the exploding stars.
Madville Publishing is excited for one of our favorite authors, Rita Quillen. Her poetry collection, Some Notes You Hold, has been selected as an International Pulpwood Queens & Timberwood Guys Book Club bonus pick for 2023!
The selection of Some Notes You Hold, Rita Quillen’s beautiful, introspective poetry collection published by Madville in October, 2020, was announced at the International Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy Girlfriend’s Weekend Book Club Convention on Amelia Island. We are particularly proud of this selection as it is unusual for a poetry book to catch the attention of a book club. In this case, the Pulpwood Queens knew Rita Sims Quillen already, as last year, they read her novel, Wayland.
A little about the book:
Some Notes You Hold: Poems is about surviving what life throws at us as we age. The so-called “golden years” are so named because of the high admission price—the tremendous losses, disappointments, illnesses, and failures we all experience if we live long enough. The first part of the book, called “Letting Go,” focuses on surviving deep grief. The middle section is a musical interlude, exploring the tremendous power of music to heal us mentally, physically, and spiritually and to reorder our thinking and our emotions. The last section, “Holding On,” explores the roads leading to survival: prayer and meditation, communion with the natural world, and writing. The price paid for those “golden years” leads to the prize: insight, joy, and a kind of peace we were incapable of when we were young. read more…
In addition to this surprise bonus pick, Madville Publishing is also proud to represent these current and past Pulpwood Queen authors at this convention: