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University of Akron Press to Publish The Deletions by Sarah Green as 2023 Akron Poetry Prize Editor’s Choice
The University of Akron Press is excited to announce that it will publish Sarah Green’s poetry collection The Deletions as the 2023 Akron Poetry Prize editor’s choice. The Deletions was also selected as runner-up by contest judge Sandra Beasley.
Of The Deletions, Beasley states:
How do we build beauty around absence; or, perhaps even more eerie, how do we scaffold presence around the act of disappearing? This poet uses masterful storytelling, personal revelation, and shapely, musical stanzas to unpack the lonely spaces of contemporary life. A straightforward litany of The Deletions’ themes—elegy, divorce, infertility, climate change—pales beside the realized ache of the individual moment, shot through with wry and exacting wit: “I think he thinks I’m sedated but I am just / awake saying hi to everyone like usual except / there’s iodine on my torso / there’s lidocaine in my feelings.” These poems gather a lifetime of loss into their arms, crush the reader into that messy embrace, and defiantly holler towards hope.
University of Akron Press to Publish A Mollusk Without a Shell: Essays on Self-Care for Writers, Edited by Julie Brooks Barbour and Mary Biddinger
The University of Akron Press is pleased to announce that it will publish A Mollusk Without a Shell: Essays on Self-Care for Writers, edited by Julie Brooks Barbour and Mary Biddinger, in the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. This volume features essays by ten writers who share advice on caring for the artist behind the creative work. Each essayist also includes a writing prompt to help spark inspiration for readers. The University of Akron Press plans to release the book in Spring 2024.
2023 Akron Poetry Prize Winner
Sandra Beasley, this year’s judge, has chosen Lady Smith by Jess Smith of Lubbock, TX as the 2023 Akron Poetry Prize winner. The contest received a total of 612 entries in 2023.
University of Akron Press to Publish Malak, a Poetry Collection by Jenny Sadre-Orafai
The University of Akron Press is thrilled to share that it will bring the poetry collection Malak by Jenny Sadre-Orafai back into print with a new edition forthcoming in fall 2024. Malak was originally published by Platypus Press in 2017. After learning about the death of her Iranian grandmother who read fortunes, the speaker in Malak learns what gifts she may have inherited and what she could pass down. The poems are a remembrance of language and loss and of power and magic. Teeming with foxes and birds, the collection translates what’s seen and unseen and what can be heard in the silences.
University of Akron Press to Publish Poetry Studio: Prompts for Poets by Tyler Mills
The University of Akron Press is excited to announce that it will publish Poetry Studio: Prompts for Poets by Tyler Mills in the spring of 2024 as part of the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. Regarding Poetry Studio: Prompts for Poets, Mills states, “The purpose of this book is to welcome you to your own poetry studio. Like an art studio, recording studio, dance studio, yoga studio, or basketball court, Poetry Studio invites you into a creative space where you can make a new poem even when you might not feel creative. Whether you’re in an MFA program or a college class, writing your first poem or are a published poet, these prompts are meditations and invitations for you to write.”