2018 Pushcart Prize Nominations

Encircle Publications is pleased to announce its Pushcart Prize nominations for the following poems for calendar year 2018:

1) “Home Waters” by Gary Metras, from the Spring/Summer 2018 (Vol. XXIII Issue 1) issue of the Aurorean

2) “Notes for a Poem: The Liquidation of History” by Leonard Kress, from the book, Living in the Candy Store

3) “Cezanne’s Apples” by Cordelia Hanemann, from the Fall/Winter 2018–2019 (Vol. XXIII Issue 2) issue of the Aurorean

4) “Water, the Year of My Cancer” by Tzynya Pinchback, from the Fall/Winter 2018–2019 (Vol. XXIII Issue 2) issue of the Aurorean

5) “Flight” by Clemens Carl Schoenebeck, from the book, Where the Time Went: Poems at Eighty

6) “Homage to Mistress Bradford” by Paul Lindholdt, from the forthcoming (December 2018) book, Making Landfall.

Congrats to all the nominees! —Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, publisher/editor

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Fall/Winter: It’s Here!

Literally, fall/winter is here! The change of seasons is in full swing in Maine—our first ‘real’ snowfall arrived last weekend!

We’re very pleased to celebrate twenty-three full years of publishing with the release of our brand-new, hot-off-the-press Fall/Winter issue:

With it, we celebrate a special milestone—we have officially published our 1,500th poet. We also celebrate a very special recent review from NewPages (you can read it here: https://www.newpages.com/literary-magazine-reviews/aurorean-spring-summer-2018). In short, NewPages says: “The Aurorean is a powerhouse of poetry…[It] is more than a journal of poetry. It is a community of writers who, while being brought into a collection by editors, seem more like a symposium of poets who planned this publication to gift to their readers—which speaks to the skills of said editors…[It] is a jam-packed journal of poetic delights, one to add to a subscription list.” We couldn’t be more pleased.

So, hunker down and enjoy all the poems packed into this issue. Order yours here: http://encirclepub.com/aurorean/product/fall-winter-2018-2019-aurorean/ We especially welcome our Featured Poets Becky Kennedy, and Roberta Marggraff, as well as Showcase Poets Tobi Alfier, Holly Day, George Guida, and Ed Meek, and our Bookend Poets Thomas Griffin, and Tzynya Pinchback.

Already thinking of warmer days? Then send your spring/summer poems to us by 2/15/19 as we already prepare for the next issue. Submittable makes it easy: https://encirclepublications.submittable.com/submit/20626/the-aurorean

Warmest of wishes as we enter the holiday season. Why not order an extra copy of our brand new issue for the poetry lover on your list? For just $11, you’ll give the gift of poetry all season long.





By |October 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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Spring/Summer: Finally Here!

We are very pleased to announce the publication of our Spring/Summer 2018 issue!

Our Featured Poets are Gary Metras and Paula Weld-Cary. So many fine poets make up the pages of this issue, and I’d like to thank them all. And you, readers, and subscribers, for supporting us!

I must issue an apology to Featured Poet Paula Weld-Cary, whose name is spelled incorrectly on our back cover. Our deepest apologies. We try to be as typo-free as possible, and we erred big time on this one.

You may purchase the issue, pictured below at https://encirclepub.com/aurorean/product/aurorean-springsummer-18

If you are a brand new subscriber, please see our BOGO (buy one get one FREE) offer at https://encirclepub.com/aurorean/product/national-poetry-month-bogo-new-gift-subscription/

Now, as we all enjoy these gorgeous spring and summer months, we will be busy here, working on our Fall/Winter 2018–2019 issue, so remember to submit by August 15th!

~Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, publisher/editor

Spring/Summer 2018

We are looking forward to reviewing all the submissions received for our Spring/Summer 2018 issue! PLEASE NOTE: All submissions received now through 8/15/18 will be reviewed for Fall/Winter 2018–2019. Ready for spring? Reserve your copy of the upcoming issue (to be published late April) here http://encirclepub.com/aurorean/product/aurorean-springsummer-18/

—Cynthia, publisher/editor


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2017 Pushcart Prize Nominations

Encircle Publications is Pleased to Announce

its nominations for the Pushcart Prize for calendar year 2017 (from the Aurorean, and from our poetry books and chapbooks). They are as follows:

“The Hungry Man” (poem) by Thomas A. West, Jr., from the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of the Aurorean

 “Salk Sonatina” (poem) by John Surowiecki, from the book, Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress

 “Master of Disguises” (poem) by Jonathan Greenhause, from the chapbook, Secret Traits of Everyday Things

 “The Word You Listened For” (poem) by Charles Butterfield, from the Fall/Winter 2017–2018 issue of the Aurorean

“The Truest Myth” (poem) by Bill Brown, from the Fall/Winter 2017–2018 issue of the Aurorean

 “Dementia” (poem) by Teresa Sutton, from the forthcoming chapbook, Breaking Newton’s Laws.

We congratulate all the nominees and are grateful that you shared your work with us!

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Fall/Winter 2017–2018

It’s here! Once again, New England’s Premier Independent Poetry Journal “will fill you up” (as NewPages has said in review) for the seasons at hand. With poetry (including haiku) from all corners of New England, the United States, as well as Canada, France, and New Zealand, this gorgeous issue is sure to inspire. Featured Poets are Susan Hawkshaw and Gus Peterson. Showcase Poets are Wayne F. Burke, Amy Gordon, Matthew J. Spireng, and David Wyman. Bookend Poets are Joe Bisicchia and Steve Kupferschmid. Other selected contributors include Kelly Cressio-Moeller, Eric Greinke, Ellaraine Lockie, and Sheila Wellehan. We expect this issue to sell out quickly, so if you have not ordered yours yet, head over to this link: http://encirclepub.com/aurorean/product/aurorean-fallwinter-17/

Other notes from your editor:

  1. As of today, there is just under three months to submit for the Spring/Summer (late April) issue. Time speeds by, and most often, we forget to submit until the last minute. As we are continually reviewing submissions and filling up space in the upcoming issue, it is prudent to submit early! Head on over to https://encirclepublications.submittable.com/submit/20626/the-aurorean where Submittable makes it easy.
  2. Encircle Publications will be announcing our 2017 Pushcart Prize nominations soon, right here. Stay tuned!

      Cheers, Cynthia





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Spring/Summer 2017 is here!

Aurorean friends, we are delighted that the Spring/Summer 2017 issue is out in the mail to all of you! One month later than usual due to a recent illness, but out in the mail to you!

We are especially delighted to feature the work of William Hunt & Samantha Lê. With this issue, we reach the milestone of having published exactly 1,430 poets from all over the world since 1995.

We are excited that this particular issue boasts more contributors from outside the United States than any other. Included are poets from Canada, Germany, Nigeria, Pakistan, Switzerland, and The United Kingdom. May the spirit of the Aurorean (“luminescent, like the dawn”) continue to reach far and wide.

In that spirit, we encourage you to submit for the upcoming Fall/Winter issue (on target for late October publication) by August 15th. Thank-you to all who have contributed to our journal as we enter our 22nd year of continuous publication!

Warmly and in Poetry,

Your Publisher/Editor


Announcement RE: Spring/Summer 2017 Issue


Our Aurorean Subscribers Sustain Us

The Aurorean has been going strong for over 20 years. We want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported the Aurorean in those years! As an independent poetry journal, we rely solely on your help to keep the Aurorean a print publication in an age when it is much more cost-efficient to publish online. Whether you’ve bought a copy or copies, donated to our Angels program, or are a valued subscriber, we thank you for making it possible for us to publish over 1,350 poets since 1995.

We are committed to continuing our mission for at least the next twenty years, and we ask you to consider committing to help us achieve that goal. Subscribing to the Aurorean is the most effective way of helping to sustain us in these difficult economic times.

Will you make a commitment? Buckle in for a five-year ride, and we’ll make sure you don’t miss a single issue of New England’s premier independent poetry journal. We’ll also will send you our 20th Anniversary Issue AS WELL AS Favorites from the First Fifteen Years, our beautiful, 115-page acclaimed anthology (finalist in the 2013 Maine Literary Awards) of poems from the first fifteen years of the Aurorean as a thank-you.

Here’s the link: http://encirclepub.com/aurorean/product/aurorean-5-year-subscription/

With gratitude,

Your Editors

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Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene reviews Surowiecki’s Missing Persons

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Missing Persons by John Surowiecki