"[P]oetry makes nothing happen: it survives, / [...] a way of happening, a mouth." -W. H. Auden

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Introducing Orison Books

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Orison Books, a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad range of perspectives. Please visit our website and our Indiegogo page, where you will learn about our mission, our goals, and our first title, scheduled for release early next year, which I am thrilled to present to the world. 

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today:

Website: http://www.orisonbooks.com/

Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/orison-books

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series: North Carolina

Attention all North Carolina poets who have yet to publish a full-length book: An exciting call for submissions from Texas Review Press (publisher of, among many other things, The Southern Poetry Anthology series, an anthology that features writers from a different southern state each year, organized by series editor William Wright). 

The Southern Poetry Breakthrough Series, judged by Paul Ruffin, is open this year to North Carolina residents who have yet to publish a first book. A resident is defined as follows: 

-If you were born in NC, you are eligible.
-If you live elsewhere, but have lived in NC for at least five consecutive years, you are eligible.
-If you now live in NC, and intend to live there for at least five years total, you are eligible.

Send a manuscript of 50-80 pages. Please include a cover letter with your submission, as well as two title pages—one with your contact information, including e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number—and the other with the title only. Include an acknowledgments page for previous publications.

There is no reading fee. The Breakthrough Poetry Prize entails publication of the winning manuscript, national distribution via the Texas A&M University Press Consortium, plus twenty-five free copies furnished to the author upon publication.

All submissions must be sent as e-mail attachments to William Wright at vercimber@hotmail.com in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf. Please include a short (75-100 word) bio as a separate attachment in one of the above formats. 

In the subject heading of the e-mail, write "NC Breakthrough" followed by your name in parentheses.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2014.