We are happy to announce our 2010 nominees for the Pushcart Prize. We are very thankful, and blessed, to work with the spectrum of writers we work with. Hard as it is to single out any of the gems we’ve published for additional recognition, six selections have been chosen to represent Virgogray & the dozens of writers we publish. Please congratulate with us, this year’s Pushcart Prize nominees:
Word Collage: A Democratic Poem
by Changming Yuan
From Carcinogenic Poetry
published March 25, 2010
American Zoom Lens by David S. Pointer
From VGP Chapbook Anthology No. 3
National Poetry Month 2010
Published April 20, 2010
Learning How to Die By Kevin Brown
From his chapbook, “Ink on Wood”
Published August 10, 2010
Knife or Hammer by Tyler Bigney
From Carcinogenic Poetry
Published September 1, 2010
Comp B by Panos Panagiotopoulos
From Carcinogenic Poetry
Published October 26, 2010
Sonnet XXVI by Doctori Sadisco
From his chapbook, “NO FEAR”
Published November 11, 2010
Thank you all very much for considering Virgogray Press, and for always coming back. And, again, thanks to all the writers who submit to our publications; a big congratulations to the nominees, and good luck! Have happy holidays and a happy Thanksgiving! Gobble-gobble!
Greetings everyone in the world who can read this! Just a few updates for the fall. Things have been very busy here at Virgogray, but a good busy. With releases from great poets and writers like Peter Magliocco, Joseph Goosey and Kevin Brown and two new anthologies, the summer has proven to be quite fruitful. Often I found myself working by the hair of my chin, and even had a printer crisis to avert, but still the Virgogray library expands as does its catalogue of writers. Most importantly are the poems (with no offense to the writers!). Each individual gem, from the collected chapbooks, to the anthologies, to those found in Carcinogenic Poetry, which by the way celebrated its 100th entry yesterday, has given life to a meaningful literary canon that has only just begun. Looking forward to the fall, there are many great things in store. But I shall not simply leave it at that. We have new collections from Sara Crawford and Felino Soriano coming just around the corner. These two power houses of creativity are both, respectively, talented and prolific. It is a great honor to share their work with the readers of the world. Sara Crawford’s release, Coiled and Swallowed is a collection of personable and dainty poetics hinted by the curveballs of realism and practicality. These poems weave together almost seamlessly from a young writer who has a burgeoning voice that is altogether recognizable with a touch of Southern charm. With a clear love of music, this is a collection I think many will be able to appreciate, from the young and inspired to the traveled and wise. Be sure to check this one out–it’s available September 7, 2010.
You can also check Sara live. She will be doing a reading for Coiled and Swallowed next month, more details soon. Till then you can catch her music act and visit her at http://www.saracrawford.net.
You can catch her live, in person, at music events in Atlanta, Georgia. Sunday, August 22 at 10:00 pm at Be Atlanta’s Acoustic Sundays Be Atlanta House Party: 197 Howell Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA. Admission is FREE. Also Friday, September 3 at 9:00 pm. Sara Crawford and the Cult Following will be playing at Smith’s Olde Bar: 1578 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, Georgia 30307. Coiled and Swallowed is out September 7th, 2010.
I am also proud to be releasing a collection by Felino A. Soriano, whose ekphrastic series “Painters’ Exhalations”, is undoubtedly an asset to the literary and visual art world. We will help continue this mammoth undertaking with the release Faculties of Interrelated Understanding. “Painters’ Exhalations” is series of poetry based on paintings. The series thus far includes over 600 poems. Look for Faculties of Interrelated Understanding by Felino A. Soriano on September 14, 2010.
Finally, we will have new releases by Michael Mc Aloran, Doctori Sadisco and a brand new anthology edited by Marc Olmsted and Carlye Archibeque entitled Dear Bela. As the publishing year closes for 2010, Virgogray is looking forward to more live occurrences and readings from Virgogray authors and those who’ve participated in our various publications. We are also looking forward to expanding with more auditory and visual projects, more details as they become finite, as well as the addition of prose and short story chapbook submissions opening soon. We will be open to entertaining new ideas in chapbook publication and are looking forward to adding to the Virgogray team. There are a few more possible surprises before the end of the year; come on back follow along!
Kevin Brown of Arkansas has given to readers the world over a phenomenal new collection of prose in Ink on Wood and an astonishing first for Virgogray Press. I found his work quite riveting. In short the work included in Ink on Wood is searing prose at its best. “02:10:31” and “The End, the opener and closer for the book, are dramatic tales of regret and loss told in unconventional and interesting sequence; the former being framed as the story unfolds through video and the latter like flashes of memory. Tragic as they are, one cannot help to turn the pages as the story unfolds and the puzzle pieces itself together. Between these two tales is work that is humorous, as in “Ecdysis,” which frankly I found shocking when I first read. Considering ecdysis means “to shed off skin,” I found this piece to be a masterful literary echo, an elegant step forward for humanity that doesn’t cease to punch you in the jaw. “Learning How to Die,” a nostalgic account between father and son, that is ultimately a tale of acceptance of death, resonated with me. The issue of mortality is lightly punched around by a drunken father teaching his son to box. Other pieces include, “The World (and Everything in it),” a light-hearted look at love loss that reads thickly with poetic hints and crassness. Of course, that’s just skimming the surface, you’ll have to read the story to get the full scoop. Prose fans, fans of flash fiction and short stories, Ink on Wood by Kevin Brown is definitely a collection to pick up—satisfying to the last word.