The Loveletter | Sweetness from Write Bloody Publishing
April is here and you know what that means: National Poetry Month is among us. The poet’s high noon. The writer is at their peak energy levels. For thirty days, the metaphors are strong within us. We are two weeks in and already neck deep in the poems and poetry updates from your favorite WB authors. Whether you’re a #30for30 warrior, a Write Bloody binge-reader, or an actual living, breathing poem yourself, we’ve got good news for you.
If you’ve been following close enough, you’ll know we’ve got SIX incredible authors coming at you with the hot fire poetry this year (YOU HAVEN’T HEARD? OK JUST WAIT). You might wonder how we found these six exquisite wordsmiths, and lucky for you, it’s no secret. Our submission period was so successful last year, we are opening them up again!
You heard it here first, folks. Sharpen your pen, get that metaphor machine cranking — we are accepting manuscripts starting July 1st! Keep an eye on our social media for future updates and details!
Want to show off your favorite American poetry press, but don’t feel like taping Clint Smith’s Counting Descent to your chest? Lost your favorite beanie at some dive bar in Montana? Need a new one? Look no further! Merchandise will be available May 1st!
THE NEW BOOKS ARE HERE.
The printers are humming in the basement as we speak. A chorus of ink machines play the song of three poets as you read this. It’s not too late to get your copy in the first batch of prints. Click on the beautiful book covers below to order now. Keep reading for updates on their book release parties in Texas, California, and New York!
(Like what you see? Pre-order your copies right now.)
Catch the new authors at their book releases or on the road! Click on their tour graphics for more details. Don’t see your city? Find their booking info on their website!
ok, You get it. We have more books where that came from. This fall, get ready for the final installation of 2017 WB authors:
Dave Harris is either a poet who writes plays or a playwright who writes poetry. Or maybe just a writer from West Philly. Dave currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is probably eating donuts by candlelight. His work has been featured at Button Poetry, Upworthy, Huffington Post, Blueshift Journal, Adroit Journal, and Yale Repertory Theater amongst others. He is the 2015 Rustbelt individual poetry slam champion. His forthcoming collection, Wake, My Child is coming to shelves near you in the Fall.
Caitlin Scarano is originally from southern Virginia, but now lives in Milwaukee, where she is a poet in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PhD creative writing program. She has two poetry chapbooks: The White Dog Year (dancing girl press, 2015) and The Salt and Shadow Coiled (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Her recent work can be found in Granta, Crazyhorse, and Ninth Letter. Her forthcoming collection, Do Not Bring Him Water, can be found on your bookshelf when the leaves turn brown.
Nancy grew up in America and China. She is the winner of a James F. Parker Award in Poetry, a finalist for MSU’s Young Playwrights Festival, a two-time gold key recipient of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a 2015 YoungArts Finalist. She won the Michigan Grand Prize in Letters About Literature and was shortlisted as #6 nationally by the Library of Congress. This past summer she was the youngest attendant of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop summer graduate session. She lives in Austin. Her forthcoming collection, Favorite Daughter, should live in your heart once autumn arrives.
If ya don’t know, now ya know. If you really don’t know, you’ll learn more this summer!
Our fearless leader has returned from touring overseas with Rival Sons and is bringing the show back home to our shores. Catch him and Rival Sons (along with DJ Howie Pyro) in your city! Find a show nearest you here.
Clint Smith‘s debut collection Counting Descent was recently recognized as the winner of the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The book was also selected as the 2017 “One Book One New Orleans” Book Selection, Clint‘s hometown. His book tour continues until May, come say hello!
Buddy‘s headed to upstate New York to do a TEDx Talk and quick tour including NYC, Connecticut and New Hampshire dates. Look for other upcoming tour dates in Utah, the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Europe/U.K. this year as well. Details and booking information can be found on buddywakefield.com.
Congraulations to Jason for receiving a grant from API Cultural Center of SF to complete work on his solo show, “Locus of Control.” He’ll be having a three night run at Bindlestiff Studio June 1-3 as part of the festival. More details about the fevistival here.
Go forth and prosper, poet.
The Write Bloody Team