We are pleased to announce a new chapbook release: A Journal of the Drought Year by Don Thompson. This book of poems explores the arid and brittled facets of experience in living out a year of the enduring California drought. A Journal of the Drought Year is now available for pre-order from the Encircle Publications Book Store. This is a chapbook you won’t want to miss!
Praise for A Journal of the Drought Year:
–Diane Moore, Louisiana author, poet (Strand of Beads, Border Press), and blogger, “A Word’s Worth” (revmoore.blogspot.com)
Sample from Entries from a Journal of the Drought Year
After the drought has gone on
and on for a season so unimaginable
no one has ever named it,
the not-a-rainbow will form,
its bands in the primary colors
God promising never again
by desiccation, by slow withering.
And then the rain, the rain,
finally the rain
About the poet:
Recently chosen as the first Poet Laureate of Kern County, California, Don Thompson was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, and has lived in the southern San Joaquin Valley for most of his life. Now retired from teaching in the prison system, he lives with his wife, Chris, on her family’s farm in the house that has been home to four generations. Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties, including a dozen books and chapbooks. For more information and links to his publications, visit his website San Joaquin Ink (don-e-thompson.com).
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We are pleased to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize for 2015!
“Listening to John Coltrane With My Baby Daughter” by David Stankiewicz
from the Aurorean poetry journal Vol. XX Issue 2, 2015
“After Montana” by Ellaraine Lockie
from Where the Meadowlark Sings (chapbook), 2015
“The Red Bones” by Steve Ausherman
from Marking the Bend (chapbook), 2015
“When the Poetry’s Gone” by Gustav Peterson
from When the Poetry’s Gone (chapbook), 2015
“Deer at Sunset” by Laurel Mills
from Hidden Seed (chapbook), 2015
“Elegy for a Copywriter” by John Surowiecki
from Missing Persons (chapbook), forthcoming, December 2015
Encircle’s 2015 publications include two issues of the Aurorean poetry journal, two issues of the Unrorean poetry broadsheet, and five chapbooks. We congratulate all the nominees, and are thankful for the opportunity to publish so many fine poets throughout the year.
We are pleased to announce that John Surowiecki has won our 2015 (5th Annual) Chapbook Contest with his manuscript, Missing Persons.
Missing Persons will be available mid-December, and is now available for pre-order.
What Reviewers are Saying:
John Surowiecki is one of our bravest and most humane poets. He is a master of of the elegy, and his considerable talents are on display in Missing Persons, a chapbook that echoes with the music of other lives—lively mazurkas and lonely soprano solos alike.
—Shelley Puhak, author of Guinevere in Baltimore, winner of the 2014 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
The missing persons of John Surowiecki will not settle quietly into anonymity. He elevates lost or forgotten souls out of absence and makes their presence felt, starkly and simply through his exact and moving imagery. These poems are taut and elegiac—heartbreaking, but never despairing. By resurrecting memories through these poignant portraits, Surowiecki offers “the company of words,” as he helps us “understand how the earth absorbs” our loss.
—Amy Nawrocki, author of Reconnaissance and Four Blue Eggs
John Surowiecki is the author of four books of poetry—Flies (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), Barney and Gienka (CW Press, 2010), The Hat City after Men Stopped Wearing Hats (Washington Prize, Word Works, 2007) and Watching Cartoons before Attending a Funeral (White Pine Prize, White Pine Press, 2003)—and seven chapbooks. He is the recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s first Pegasus Award for verse drama for his play, My Nose and Me (A TragedyLite or TragiDelight in 33 Scenes), which was performed in New York (AWP), Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the University of Connecticut, and Notre Dame of Maryland University. Surowiecki was awarded the Nimrod Pablo Neruda Prize, and the runner up prize at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition. He has won a number of other contests, including those sponsored by Georgia State Review and Common Ground Review. He was also awarded a Poetry Fellowship by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. In addition, Surowiecki’s work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Twentieth Anniversary Anthology (Wesleyan University Press, 2012, the Hecht Prize Anthology (Waywiser Press, 2012), and Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books 2008), and in Alaska Quarterly Review, Carolina Review, Folio, Indiana Review, Margie, Oyez Review, Mississippi Review, Nimrod, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Redivider, The Southern Review,West Branch, Yemassee, and many other journals.
Surowiecki joins Lisa Bellamy, Laurel Mills, Jeri Theriault, and Ellaraine Lockie in our fine lineup of Annual Chapbook Contest winners.
Over the past almost 20 years, the Aurorean has demonstrated its commitment to publishing haiku by dedicating a section in each issue to the best haiku we can find. Publisher/Editor Cynthia’s view: “The practice of the ancient art of haiku helps poets in all facets of their poetry writing. It helps poets clear away the clutter, and hone down to the necessary images and centeredness of our work.” With this commitment in mind, we are pleased to announce publication of our first all-haiku chapbook of poetry, Answers Instead: a life in haiku by Edward J. Rielly, coming in September.
Stanford M. Forrester, Editor of bottle rockets and past president of the Haiku Society of America says, “Each poem in this book evokes the past, but puts us in the present. Once we’ve read these poems, they will unavoidably stay with us for a very long time. This collection of poems is that good. Ed Rielly is a master poet and this book is destined to become part of the American haiku canon.”
Answers Instead is now available for pre-order and we are pleased to offer this chapbook to the Aurorean’s long-time haiku readers and writers for their permanent haiku collections.
Dear potential Annual Chapbook Contest entrants. We’ve amended our contest guidelines to be less stringent in hopes that more poets have a chance to submit to this growing contest. Specifically…
We now accept simultaneous submissions to our Annual Chapbook Contest.
Please visit our chapbook contest page and review the amended contest guidelines.
Best of luck!!!