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New chapbook release

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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:

Don Thompson is a poet with reverence for the natural world, and in his spare but elegant poems he writes about the condition that haunts California today-the drought (“Our rain must be brooding somewhere…” and “The plants that make it/have sparse foliage like an afterthought…”). Thompson creates songs of wonder and hope in A Journal of the Drought Year, transforming the desert world he inhabits into a place where poets can engage in spiritual contemplation, live in the Now and take “lessons in silence,” riding, as one poem puts it, with the Holy Ghost all night if the need arises.
He creates tenable, direct verse about the scarcity of water in an unresponsive and fierce landscape, describing a place of sage and mesquite, dry grass, parched wind and shimmering rock, believing “that next year or the next, water/will flow down from Sacramento, more than a trickle.” In A Journal of the Drought Year, Thompson deals with the loneliness and alienation of contemporary times but with skill and sure instinct, he captures the “words that sometimes come hard,” yet…”hum like a flute underwater,/a note of hope-/this is what you have.”

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
of dust…

God promising never again
by desiccation, by slow withering.
And then the rain, the rain,
finally the rain

About the poet:

DonThompsonRecently 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).


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

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Missing Persons by John Surowiecki


Chapbook Open Submissions. Get published!

Encircle Publication’s reading period for open chapbook submissions is now open!  Submit Here
Cover for Answers Instead by Edward J. Rielly Answers Instead by Edward J Rielly is our most recent publication from our open reading periods. Stanford M. Forrester, Editor of bottle rockets and past President of the Haiku Society of America says of Answers Instead  “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.”

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Just in time for the holidays

Gift Cards!

Encircle now offers gift cards for purchase. Gift cards are good for ANY product listed at the Encircle Publications webstore.

Instructions for purchase:

Customer goes through normal purchase process – Add to cart, checkout, payment, etc.

Quantity can adjusted, if customer wants to purchase more than one gift-card/credit, i.e., A credit for $100 in the form of gifts of $50 each for 2 people. Customer would enter 100 in provided box and increase the quantity to 2.

On checkout page, customer can enter recipient’s details and add a personalized message, if they want to forward the gift-card/credit to someone else.

After payment is completed, a gift-card/credit is generated and forwarded via e-mail to recipient(s).


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Chapbook Contest Updated Guidelines


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!!!


No California Cuisine by Ellaraine Lockie – Your Daily Poem

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Contest. Call for submissions

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OFF RADAR: The real world of the real world – Central Maine

When the Poetry's GoneDana Wilde reviews ‘When the Poetry’s Gone,’ a collection of poems by Randolph’s Gus Peterson

Source: OFF RADAR: The real world of the real world – Central Maine

New Review of Where the Meadowlark Sings

Where the Meadowlark SingsMany thanks to Ed Bennett of Quill & Parchment for his wonderful review of Ellaraine Lockie’s award winning chapbook Where the Meadowlark Sings. You can read the full review HERE



Poetry reading with Gus Peterson

When the Poetry's GoneJoin us in downtown Farmington as Gus Peterson reads from his debut chapbook, When the Poetry’s Gone (Encircle Publications, March 2015)

When: Thursday, May 14 at 7:00pm

Where: Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers
193 Broadway St, Farmington, Maine 04938