Virgogray Press Seeks Poetry for New Print Anthology

Good afternoon, poets and writers.

Virgogray Press is now looking for poetry for a new print anthology featuring the poets of the great state of Texas. Virgogray Press has long called Texas home, proudly publishing out of central Texas, specifically Austin and its roots stretching down the I-35 corridor. To celebrate its state of origin, we are now looking for work produced specifically from poets and writers living in Texas.

Texas is a diverse state, and as such has a diverse community of writers. As a participant, and in some cases a facilitator, of  public events (see The Austin Salon Poetic, a poetry reading that transpired in downtown Austin proper for a period of three years or so), we know first hand poets range from traditional, to spoken word, to slam style writing with topics from pastoral to political, science fiction to erotic—all sides of the poetic spectrum are welcome. With this in mind, we’d like poets to submit any style and topic of work they feel best represents who they are as a writer. The only catch is the writer must currently reside in the state of Texas. We are looking for quality, so send your best work.

We do not have a release date set, though a safe bet is we’re looking around March 2018. The anthology is yet to be titled. We will release more detail in the coming weeks, but here is submission information for those interested.


General Guidelines for the Texas Poetry Anthology

  • Send a minimum of 5 poems and a maximum of 8 poems.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • No previously published work will be accepted
  • Send 50 word bio.
  • Send mailing address and contact info.
  • ATTACH poems w/name and address in (.DOC) file.
  • Mark subject line: Texas Poetry / (last name)
  • Poet must currently reside in the state of Texas, USA.
  • Email to: virgograypress (at) gmail (dot) com


All poets whose work is accepted for publication will receive a copy of the anthology, and will be able to acquire more copies at a discounted rate, as well as receive the VGP Authors’ Discount which may be used to purchase any other title in our catalog.

Our reading period formally opens on October 2nd, 2017, but if you are reading this blog post, you are more than welcome to send now.

We look forward to reading all the great work from our neighbors and family in the great state of Texas! Have a great week.



The VGP Literate No. 17

Drowning for Love

Voices in my head
cannot stop saying how
she’s clouding their vision.
Makes thinking clearly tough

when everything is shaded
her favorite color, blue.
Stands to reason my subconscious
seeks out a woman most pleased

with paint the color of the sea.
I’ve always been an ocean guy.
Smell of salt, raw power surging
against boundaries drawn by land.

But I always sink in the sand,
never achieving a final, briny push,
doing my best anchor impression.
My body straining against the tide

in attempt to stay grounded. My lungs
yearn to express a final gasp of air,
vocal cords doing their best
to wrangle a gleeful cry.

My mouth forever twisted
in the shape of a smile
that would make others wonder why
I chose to go out that way.

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who lives near Spokane, WA. Two volumes of his confessional poetry, The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) and Still Journaling (e-book, 2013), and his debut fiction novel, Joyride (Black Rose Writing, 2016), are available where books are sold. Individual stories and poems by Travis have been published widely. Check out for more of his information and original writing!