2018 Pushcart Prize Nominations

By |November 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

Fall/Winter: It’s Here!

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

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.





Spring/Summer: Finally Here!

By |May 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

By |February 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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


2017 Pushcart Prize Nominations

By |November 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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!

Fall/Winter 2017–2018

By |November 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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





Spring/Summer 2017 is here!

By |June 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

By |April 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


2016 Pushcart Prize Nominations

By |November 10th, 2016|Announcements, News|0 Comments


Encircle Publications is more than pleased to announce

our nominations for the 2016 Pushcart Prize

and they are as follows:

“Labor Camp” by Don Thompson
from A Journal of the Drought Year (chapbook), 2016

“People in Tough Situations” by D.S. Maolalai
from Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (chapbook), 2016

“Abaddon” by M.K. Sukach
from Hypothetically Speaking (chapbook), forthcoming, December 2016

“Reading Thomas Merton During the Pitt-Buffalo Game” by Lynn Hoffman
from the Aurorean (journal), Spring/Summer 2016; Vol. XX1 Issue 1

“Re Frost” by Nicholas La Para
from the Aurorean (journal), Fall/Winter 2016–2017; Vol. XX1 Issue 2

“Leather & Wool” by Lana Bella
from the Aurorean (journal), Fall/Winter 2016–2017; Vol. XX1 Issue 2

Hearty congratulations to all of our nominees!

For more on the Pushcart Prize, see


Edward J. Rielly brings home The Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award

By |November 7th, 2016|Announcements, Chapbooks|0 Comments


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Here’s what the judges said of Rielly’s work:

From growing up on his family’s dairy farm in rural Wisconsin, through marriage and beginning his own family, to reflections of and from his later years, Edward J. Rielly’s haiku intimately provide glimpses of his life and the answers awaiting discovery within a life fully experienced. Reilly’s imagistic haiku are stunning. On the surface they portray life in rural America from a perspective only one who has lived it can convey; however, as the depth within each haiku unfolds, the reader senses having lived it, too.

This retrospective collection is organized into three parts.

I. Small Boy at the Fence. Rielly’s reflective haiku take the reader beyond the story of a boyhood immersed in rural farm life to universal revelations regarding the hardships and joys of daily life and the importance of family.

Dad and I

planting a weeping willow—

how little I know


gray winter day—

after the farm sale

the cow not sold


II. Across the Full Moon. As Rielly’s life progresses into experiences with fatherhood and aging parents, his haiku reveal a poignant range of emotions.

with a pink Kleenex

rescuing a spider from

my daughter’s fear


across the full moon

a small, dark cloud—

my mother’s “don’t go”


III. Dandelion Puffs. The answers take shape through Rielly’s wellspring of intuitive insights and are offered up in this final section.

distant birdsong—

the old man lays down

his binoculars


listening to the sound

from the deep well…

stone on stone


The circle completes on the last page of Answers Instead: a life in haiku, with the final haiku of Rielly’s retrospective collection.

another birthday—

the road back to childhood

calling me

Answers Instead is available via the Encircle Publications webstore: http://encirclepub.com/product/answers-instead/