So pleased, so honored, so excited to be the first in their series of Featured Authors. Awst Press now has three new poems, a new essay, and several complementary, previously published pieces of mine available on their site in digital and print format. The best of both worlds!
Dig their vision. From founding editor Wendy M. Walker, “I came to understand how authors may have publications in different places that aren’t continually available to readers—maybe they end up behind a pay wall or somebody shuts down a journal or there’s no more copies in print. I realized I could help authors by offering a home for their work, even after they’d been published elsewhere.”
Dig their hearts. Again from Wendy, “Do we really want authors spending their time selling themselves and their products? It begins to feel that we are rewarding salespeople instead of writers. In truth, this is what put me on the path to creating something new—Awst Press.”
Dig the crew making things happen: Wendy M. Walker, Tatiana Ryckman, Paul Adams. Phenomenal editors, interviewers, and advocates of/for the literary landscape.
Go-go Awst Press! (Yes, that’s an Inspector Gadget reference. But also: seriously. Go-go on over to Awst Press and check out the goodness….)
It’s super exciting to announce our most recent news: Sherman Alexie has selected Susanna’s “Careful, I Just Won a Prize at the Fair” for the 2015 volume of Best American Poetry. Susanna’s poem originally appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, no27; it will appear in the annual BAP, forthcoming in September from Simon & Schuster (series editor, David Lehman).
Huge thanks to Sherman Alexie, of course, and also to Abigail Zimmer Christian, who solicited poems from Susanna for Columbia Poetry Review.
Now we’re scheming how to get to New York City in September for the reading…(it would be Susanna’s first trip, yes, ever, to NYC).
Over the past seven years Susanna’s husband, Joshua Banner, has been setting various portions of her writings to music. “The Necessary Dark” is now available for pre-order HERE. If you are in west Michigan and would like to attend the listening party November 17, you can find more information and register your attendance HERE.