New Book :: Triptychs

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Poetry by Sandra Simonds
Wave Books, November 2022

Sandra Simonds’s Triptychs is a brilliant intersection of poetic form and the passage of time. Initially crafted in handwritten strips on rolls of receipt paper obtained at a dollar store, then assembled into three textual columns that sit side-by-side on the page, these triptychs are joined or disjoined in several ways—through diction, through the special relation of words (evoking intimacy, touch, or, in contrast, alienation), and through thematic similarities or dissimilarities. As a result, the poems energize the confines of this writing space as they invite readers to recall painterly constructions and news headlines, wherein each pillar is in conversation with another, sequentially and simultaneously. With the same lyric attention found in all of Simonds’s poetry, the poems here mark an innovative shift in poetics that is both polyvocal and singular.

Books Received August 2022

NewPages receives many wonderful titles each month to share with our readers. You can read more about some of these titles by clicking on the “New Books” tag under “Popular Topics.” If you are a publisher or author looking to be listed here or featured on our blog and social media, please contact us!


American Bitch, Rae Hoffman Jager, Kelsay Books
Blood Snow, dg nanouk okpic, Wave Books
the Colored page, Matthew E. Henry, Sundress Publications
Creature Feature, Noel Sloboda, Main Street Rag Publishing
In Our Now, Valyntina Grenier, Finishing Line Press
Intimacies in Borrowed Light, Darius Stewart, EastOver Press
Optic Subwoof, Douglas Kearney, Wave Books
Pacific Light, David Mason, Red Hen Press
possessions, Alan Botsford,
Slight Return, Rebecca Wolff, Wave Books
Steeple at Sunrise, Burt Kimmelman, Marsh Hawk Press
Triptychs, Sandra Simonds, Wave Books
What Follows, H.R. Webster, Black Lawrence Press
Whistling to Trick the Wind, Bart Edelman, Meadowlark Books


Against the Wall, Alberto Roblest, Arte Público Press
Breathing Lake Superior, Ron Rindo, Brick Mantel Books
Chronicles of a Luchador, Ray Villareal, Arte Público Press
The Displaced, Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre, Arte Público Press
Hayley and the Hot Flashes, Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, Small Town Girl Publishing
The Meadow and the Misread, Max Halper, Threadsuns Press
Midstream: A Novel, Lynn Sloan, Fomite Press
Prize for the Fire, Rilla Askew, The University of Oklahoma Press


Eating Up Route 66, T. Lindsay Baker, University of Oaklahoma Press
Making Your Mark, Peter Davidson, Sweet Memories Publishing
The Plea, Patricia L. Bryan & Thomas Wolf, University of Iowa Press
Ships in the Desert, Jeff Frearnside, Santa Fe Writers Project
These Dark Skies, Arianne Zwartjes, University of Iowa Press
Warrior Spirit, Herman J. Viola, University of Oklahoma Press

New Book :: the Colored page

The Colored Page poems by Matthew E. Henry published by Sundress Publications

the Colored page
Poetry by Matthew E. Henry
Sundress Publications, July 2022

From the author of Teaching While Black (Main Street Rag), the Colored page by Michael E. Henry (MEH) is a visceral meditation on the multi-layered experience of a Black body in educational spaces. Sprawling with metaphors and allusions to both the contemporary and the historic, Henry brings readers an intense narrative chronicle of the speaker’s life as student, educator, and finally as a writer. At the center, there is a reckoning with the racism written into the pages of America, and Henry leads us from the microaggressions of educational oversight to the horror of blatant dehumanization. In pieces that directly call out those responsible—educators, institutions, and peers alike—the speaker moves via Henry’s generously vivid poems through open letters, vignettes, and poetic narratives that uncover the realities of an educator’s life’s work in the “United” States today. In a world that so often seeks to minimize Black experiences, the Colored page does not inflate, but neither does it look away. Yet, too, there is joy in these pages. Henry invites us to love, but please don’t touch, the beauty of Black hair, of Black lives, and of our Black students. Henry asks us to look at the vile and call it out, but then we are tasked to shift our focus to the glory that is the student who triumphs. Henry invites us, ultimately, to a celebration.

New Book :: Intimacies in Borrowed Light

Intimacies in Borrowed Light poetry by Darius Stewart published by EastOver Press book cover image

Intimacies in Borrowed Light
Poetry by Darius Stewart
EastOver Press, July 2022

Intimacies in Borrowed Light is Stewart’s first book-length collection of poems, bringing together works from his three previous chapbooks—The Terribly Beautiful, Sotto Voce, and The Ghost the Night Becomes—in addition to new poems. The result is a book that is more than the sum of its parts, but one that coalesces around themes of love, addiction, violence, sexual identity, and the corporeal body to betray the intimate moments that illuminate, especially, Black gay male experiences. Stewart received an MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin (2007) and an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2020). In 2021, the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame honored him with the inaugural Emerging Writer Award. He is currently a Lulu “Merle” Johnson Doctoral Fellow in English Literary Studies at the University of Iowa.

Contest :: September 30 Deadline for 2022 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

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Don’t forget September 30 is the deadline to enter the 2022 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest from Winning Writers. This contest awards two top prizes: $3,000 for a poem in a traditional/rhyming style and $3,000 for a poem in any style. Work can be previously published. $8,000 awarded in total. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Magazine Stand :: Crazyhorse – Spring 2022

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The newest issue of College of Charleston’s Crazyhorse literary magazine features the winners of their 2022 Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry as well as Fiction by Louise Barry, Marian Crotty, Katherine Damm, Stephanie Macias, Hugh Sheehy, Kris Willcox; Essays by Grey Wolfe LaJoie, Rhea Ramakrishnan, Kiyoko Reidy, Brenna Womer; Poetry by Christopher Bakka, Ciaran Berry, Paola Bruni, Marianne Chan, Gregory Dunne, Rasheena Fountain, Daniel Garcia, April Gibson, Aiden Heung, L. A. Johnson, Chi Kyu Lee, Nicole W. Lee, Grace Li, Oksana Maksymchuk, Forester McClatchey, Sarah Fathima Mohammed, Shonté Murray-Daniels, Derek N. Otsuji, Isaac Pickell, Ayesha Shibli, Katie Jean Shinkle, Emma Soberano, Pablo Piñero Stillmann, Grace Wagner, Tianru Wang, NaBeela Washington, Sandra M. Yee. This issue’s cover art is by J.Otto Seibold, California (after the fires).

New Book :: Whistling to Trick the Wind

Whistling to Trick the Wind poems by Bart Edelman published by Meadowlark Books book cover image

Whistling to Trick the Wind
Poetry by Bart Edelman
Meadowlark Books, November 2021

What does it mean to live a full life as the countdown is nearing its end? The variety of narrators and characters in this poetry collection provide answers in these snapshots of impactful moments. Fifty-four poems, divided into four sections–Yellow, Red, Black, and White–balance humor and seriousness, the savored and the fleeting, the makeup of human experience. Bart Edelman was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and spent his childhood in Teaneck. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hofstra University and spent decades teaching at various colleges and universities, most notably Glendale College, where he edited the literary journal Eclipse. In addition to being one of the coolest dudes ever, Bart has had numerous roles in the literary community, published lots, and continues to live an amazing life that he shares through his poetry. If you don’t already know him, you should.

Contest :: Cleaver Magazine Extends Summer Flash Contest

Cleaver Magazine Summer Flash Contest Deadline Extension

It’s true! Cleaver Magazine has decided to extend the deadline of its Summer ’22 Flash Contest judged by Meg Pokrass to August 15. This gives you two additional weeks to prep your best in flash fiction and nonfiction of up to 500 words to enter. $500 first prize. There is an entry fee. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Where to Submit Round-up: July 29, 2022

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Contest :: The St. Lawrence Book Award for Debut Poetry and Prose

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Every year Black Lawrence Press awards The St. Lawrence Book Award to an unpublished first collection of poetry or prose. This award is open to any writer who has not published a full-length manuscript in any genre. The winner receives $1,000, book publication, and ten copies of the winning book. Deadline to enter is August 31, 2022. Find out more by stopping the NewPages Classifieds.