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The first Loveletter of 2017


After another 366 (leap year) days of trials, triumphs, and tribulations, we are happy to announce that we made it through 2016! If you’re reading this, we are happy to know that you made it, too. Check out the 4 poetry books we released this year from Clint Smith, Tara Hardy, Buddy Wakefield, and our fearless leader Derrick Brown!



What’s that you say? Four books in one year? Not enough for you? Challenge accepted! We are welcoming the new year with open arms and SIX AUTHORS with upcoming books for 2017. Check out this beautifully choreographed reveal of their wonderful names.

More Author Updates

New Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz Book Coming Out in Fall 2017!

Cristin has a number of amazing things cooking for 2017, and Write Bloody is proud to have one of them be a new as-of-yet untitled collection of poetry. This book will be the SEVENTH poetry collection Cristin will be publishing with Write Bloody, and the first one since her TX Book of the Year award winning collection, The Year of No Mistakes! We can’t wait! 

Filming Wraps on Ernest Cline’s READY PLAYER ONE

While we maintain that Ernest Cline’s WB collection, The Importance of Being Ernest, is Ernie’s greatest work, Write Bloody is thrilled that his debut novel Ready Player One is being made into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg! Filming wrapped this month, and the film will be released March 2018! Snag your own copy of The Importance of Being Ernest so you can say you knew him when!

By the Powers Vested in Write Bloody Founder, Two WB Poets Get Hitched

The aforementioned poets, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz & Ernest Cline, created a beautiful Write Bloody union and got married! WB Founder Derrick Brown officiated the wedding and WB family members Sarah Kay, Taylor Mali, and Anis Mojgani performed at the ceremony. From the speeches and the vows to Derrick’s captain uniform: pure poetry. Congratulations Cristin and Ernest!

Page Meets Stage begins its 12th year of programming!

Speaking of Taylor Mali, the WB author can’t believe it’s been almost 12 years since he and mentor Billy Collins first met onstage at the Bowery Poetry Club for the very first Page Meets Stage pairing (originally called “Page vs. Stage”). The series is back at the BPC on the 4th Sunday of the month from now thru May. www.PageMeetsStage.com


We’ve got our own BLOODY NEA Fellows



Our very own Jeanann Verlee and Hieu Minh Nguyen have been honored with National Endowment for the Arts Awards! Congrats! Check out some of Verlee’s latest work published at Split This Rock’s The Quarry, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Beech Street Review. Sign up for her online workshops or book her to perform for your school or venue. Follow her here or join her mailing list! Check out Nguyen’s latest WB Collection, This Way to the Sugar. Email him at the address in the graphic if you’d like to have him perform for you!


Clint Smith nominated the NAACP Image Award

Clint Smith’s incredible debut poetry collection, Counting Descent, has been nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Poetry)! We are very proud of him and hope they recognize his outstanding piece of work. Purchase his book here!

Finally, Catch Derrick and Rival Sons as they take over Europe!


 Captain of the WB Ship Derrick Brown and the legendary California-based rock band Rival Sons will tour throughout Europe in February! The show begins on February 5th and they’ll just keep rocking through February 16th! Check out the cities and times at Derrick’s website.

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2016 has been an incredible year for our staff & writers, and we hope we’ve provided you with the highest quality American Poetry in the world.

2017 Resolutions: Write Gutsier. Write Lovelier. Just Keep Writing.

For Auld Lang Syne,

The Write Bloody Team

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