Virgogray Press Pushcart Prize Nominees

It is again that time of year when independent publishers all around submit their nominees for next year’s Puschart Prize Best of the Small Presses anthology. This year we had a plethora to choose from, including Carcinogenic Poetry, Nothing. No One. Nowhere., the individual  collections, The VGP Literate, and the Occupy Poetry Project. There were many factors we looked at, and to be fair, we would nominate so much more were we able to.

This year’s Virgogray Press: Pushcart Prize nominees:
(in no particular order)

Benazir Bhutto by Peter Magliocco
published in Nothing. No One. Nowhere. No. 2 – Aug. 21, 2011

Jenette Bras by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted
published in Carcinogenic Poetry – Sept. 14, 2011

Cycles by Jeffery Parker
published in Carcinogenic Poetry –  Jan. 29, 2011

Standing at the Intersection of Critical Mass and Event Horizon with Tom Wayne and John Deuser, 5:47  AM
(or, “Hey Man, Is that an Accordion I’m Hearing?”) by Jason Ryberg
published in Carcinogenic Poetry – Jun. 29, 2011

Hong Kong Bardo by Marc Olmsted
published in The VGP Literate No.1 – Sept. 1, 2011

Il Connoissuer Sanguinante by Matt Dennisson
published in Carcinogenic Poetry – Apr. 6, 2011

Do congratulate these writers for this special  recognition. If you are interested in reading the work we’ve selected as Pushcart Prize nominees, all nominations should be available online at their respective journals; feel free to visit by clicking their links on the left hand sidebar of the main page. In the meantime, should our nominees become winners, we’ll let you know!

2010 Virgogray Press Pushcart Prize Nominees

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!

2009 Virgogray Press Pushcart Prize Nominees

The Pushcart nominations are a wonderful way to congratulate and thank the writers contributing to Virgogray and also a wonderful way to support the writing community because I believe the small press, the independent, like other independent types of business, is worth consideration, and I thought the pieces I selected could contribute to that.

 The task of choosing really wasn’t easy. I was looking for poems that had more than a few memorable lines, but really stuck out as a whole and resonated in a clarity that could generally be digested. That was the initial method. But then, with so much writing and poetry, I chose to take the most unique in either content or style, or both. They had to say something, as well. The clarity and the message were important. They had to speak, fluidly, and I believe that is what these pieces have done.

Virgogray Press is proud to announce its nominees for the 2009 Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize, for those who may not know, is a prestigious award given to authors, poets & writers in the field of small press publishing. Nominees are selected and submitted at the end of the year and those chosen for the award appear in the subsequent year’s anthology. Welcoming both traditional and experimental writing, a selection has been made from our catalogue of some of the best work that has come across the desk at Virgogray Press. Please give a hand in congratulating the writers selected for nomination this year and wish them luck!


2009 Virgogray Press Pushcart Prize Nominations:

1. “Things I Cannot Write About, Even if They are True” by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted from her book, Institutional Wallet

2. “Hell with a Metal Door” by Donna Snyder from VGP Anthology, Valium

3. “Colostomy” by Elzy Cogswell from VGP Anthology, So it Goes

4. “Planned Suicide Note” by Anne McMillen from VGP Anthology, Valium


Again, congratulations to these writers and have a happy Thanksgiving.