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Persea Books Independent publishers since 1975 Founded in 1975 by Karen Braziller and Michael Braziller, Persea Books is an independent literary publisher of fiction and nonfiction, contemporary American poetry, poetry in translation, books for young adults, literary anthologies for the classroom, and rediscovered classics.
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Only one week left to submit your manuscript for a chance to win the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award and have ...
03/01/2021
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Only one week left to submit your manuscript for a chance to win the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award and have your book published. Find us on submittable for contest information, guidelines, prizes, & more.

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Molly McCully Brown truly is "in vogue" right now. No, really! We can't wait to read the March issue of British Vogue, t...
02/28/2021

Molly McCully Brown truly is "in vogue" right now. No, really! We can't wait to read the March issue of British Vogue, the cover of which refers to Molly's book of essays, PLACES I'VE TAKEN MY BODY. Neighboring Angelina Jolie on a magazine cover has to be a pretty sweet start to 2021.

Covers courtesy of vogue.co.uk
Photos © Craig McDean

Everyone at Persea Books is celebrating Mitchell L.H. Douglas and Valencia Robin, who've been awarded fellowships in cre...
02/04/2021

Everyone at Persea Books is celebrating Mitchell L.H. Douglas and Valencia Robin, who've been awarded fellowships in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts. Congratulations to two wonderful people and poets!

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry is Border Vista by Ann...
01/17/2021

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry is Border Vista by Anni Liu, which Persea will publish in Spring 2022. Congratulations to Anni, as well as to finalists Amanda Gunn, Mia Kang, Rosanna Oh, Hannah Louise Poston, and Phoebe Reeves—and thanks to all who shared their poetry with us.

We are so excited to see this gorgeous review of Places I've Taken My Body by Molly McCully Brown.
01/11/2021
Rain Taxi Review

We are so excited to see this gorgeous review of Places I've Taken My Body by Molly McCully Brown.

We are pleased to include a review by Dustin Michael of the gorgeous and intimate #essay collection Places I’ve Taken My Body (Persea Books) by Molly McCully Brown in our new 100th print issue: https://www.raintaxi.com/rain-taxi-review/print-edition/ #nonfiction #BookReview

We are currently accepting entries via Submitable to the Lexi Rudnitsky Editors' Choice Award, open to those with at lea...
01/04/2021

We are currently accepting entries via Submitable to the Lexi Rudnitsky Editors' Choice Award, open to those with at least one previous full-length poetry collection. Previous winners include Cameron Awkward-Rich, Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Shane McCrae, Amy Newman, Michael White, Enid Shomer, Gary Young, and other wonderful poets. For more information, visit our website.

'Tis the season! Take a look back at some of Persea's wintry reads ❄️. And remember to check out our end-of-the-year boo...
12/29/2020

'Tis the season! Take a look back at some of Persea's wintry reads ❄️. And remember to check out our end-of-the-year book sale—enter code Fall20 at checkout for 40%. 📚 Offer ends 12/31! http://ow.ly/mRDu50CWsnf

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Heaven Beneath by Anne Marie Macari, which Ross Gay calls "a book that ha...
12/16/2020

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Heaven Beneath by Anne Marie Macari, which Ross Gay calls "a book that has its hands reaching out to you, and its soul reaching into the earth."

Available now from your independent bookseller and from our web site!

Mark your calendars! Skylark Bookshop of Columbia, MO is hosting a virtual reading to celebrate three wondrous poets wit...
12/12/2020

Mark your calendars! Skylark Bookshop of Columbia, MO is hosting a virtual reading to celebrate three wondrous poets with volumes out from Persea Books this month: Laura Cronk (GHOST HOUR), Anne Marie Macari (HEAVEN BENEATH), and Kimberly Grey (SYSTEMS FOR THE FUTURE OF FEELING).

Join us, Thursday 12/17 at 7 PM CST. Register here: http://ow.ly/JK5f50CCl9U.

"In the Field Between Us bears eternal relevance from its first lines," writes Aarik Danielsen of Molly McCully Brown an...
11/18/2020
A Shared Language of Loss and Grace: A Review of In the Field Between Us

"In the Field Between Us bears eternal relevance from its first lines," writes Aarik Danielsen of Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison's espistolary collection of poems. Check it out at Eco Theo Review!
http://ow.ly/R9DJ50Cowxm

Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison sing through the pages of In the Field Between Us. In poems that read like letters (opening “Dear M—” and “Dear S—”) yet reverberate like hymns, they perch …

Poetry deadline approaching! We are accepting manuscript submissions via Submittable for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book P...
10/27/2020

Poetry deadline approaching! We are accepting manuscript submissions via Submittable for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in poetry until 11:59pm Eastern on October 31st. The winner is awarded book publication, $1K, and the option of an expenses-paid six week residency at Civitella Ranieri, an incomparable artist retreat housed in an Italian castle. Click link for complete guidelines or to submit your collection: https://perseabooks.submittable.com/submit/45681/lexi-rudnitsky-first-book-prize-in-poetry

Happy Publication Day to SHORELESS by Enid Shomer, winner of the 2019 Editor's Choice Award as part of the Lexi Rudnitsk...
10/20/2020
Shoreless — Persea Books

Happy Publication Day to SHORELESS by Enid Shomer, winner of the 2019 Editor's Choice Award as part of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project.

Shomer, the author of five previous books of poetry, "carries us through the uncertainties of life and death, love and loss" in her newest work. --Michelle Boisseau

Here's just one of many places you can purchase SHORELESS: https://www.perseabooks.com/bookshop/shoreless.

#getpublished #pubday #bookbirthday #florida #tampabay #prizewinner #poetryreading #lexirudnitsky #perseabooks

Preorder Now! Ships October 2020

Less than two weeks out from the release of Enid Shomer’s wondrous collection SHORELESS—winner of the 2019 Lexi Rudnitsk...
10/07/2020

Less than two weeks out from the release of Enid Shomer’s wondrous collection SHORELESS—winner of the 2019 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award—and that calls for a sneak peek. 💖 Enjoy Enid’s poem “Translation” today, and the rest of her fifth book of poetry on October 20th.

Oh, and how about the beautiful abstract expressionism featured on the cover? Artwork by the late Helen Frankenthaler, cover design by Small Stuff NYC.

#shoreless #enidshomer #perseabooks #lexirudnitsky #poetry #floridapoetry #florida #tampa #tampabay #comingsoon #newrelease #bookrelease #helenfrankenthaler

Sure it's only October, but it's never too early to start that holiday wish list! While you're at it, check out this lis...
10/03/2020
poets.org | Academy of American Poets

Sure it's only October, but it's never too early to start that holiday wish list! While you're at it, check out this list of Featured Fall Books from The Academy of American Poets twice: https://poets.org/2020-featured-fall-books. 😉 Kimberly Grey, author of SYSTEMS FOR THE FUTURE OF FEELING (out in December!), gets a mention!

Home - The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and...

10/02/2020

Thanks to The Rumpus for selecting SYSTEMS FOR THE FUTURE OF FEELING by Kimberly Grey for its November Poetry Book Club!

09/19/2020

We "shore" hope you're following us on The Gram. 🌊 See our latest: http://ow.ly/qTRe50BvIUp

#socialmedia #newpost #thegram #follow #bookstagram

Happy pub week to MORE TRULY AND MORE STRANGE, an anthology of American self-portrait poems edited and introduced by the...
09/08/2020

Happy pub week to MORE TRULY AND MORE STRANGE, an anthology of American self-portrait poems edited and introduced by the incredible Lisa Russ Spaar. (Cover art by Sylvia Plath!)

Contributors: Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Stephanie Burt, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chen Chen, Natalie Díaz, Rita Dove, Denise Duhamel, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, Natasha Trethewey, Carl Phillips, Tracy K. Smith, & many more.

Order directly from our site and get a 20% discount with the promo code "TRULY" http://ow.ly/J5J250Bm78j

Poets! We are accepting manuscript submissions for the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, open to female-identifying ...
09/01/2020

Poets! We are accepting manuscript submissions for the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, open to female-identifying writers. The winner receives book publication, $1,000, & the option of an expenses-paid, six-week residency in 2022 at Civitella Ranieri in Italy. Previous winners include Molly McCully Brown, Valencia Robin, Alexandra Teague, & many others. For guidelines / submission, click here: https://perseabooks.submittable.com/submit/45681/lexi-rudnitsky-first-book-prize-in-poetry

ICYMI: We loved Rene Ostberg's write-up of In the Field Between Us,  co-written by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevi...
08/31/2020
Expand your literary imagination with these voices from the margins | U.S. Catholic magazine - Faith in Real Life

ICYMI: We loved Rene Ostberg's write-up of In the Field Between Us, co-written by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison, in U.S. Catholic's list of books sure to expand your imagination. More here: https://uscatholic.org/articles/202008/expand-your-literary-imagination-with-these-voices-from-the-margins/.

The Catholic Church is often referred to as a “big tent” under which people of all backgrounds and perspectives can gather together in faith. In the

PSA: Tomorrow, our Submittable begins accepting entries to the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book contest! Previous prize winners...
08/31/2020
Poetry Prizes — Persea Books

PSA: Tomorrow, our Submittable begins accepting entries to the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book contest! Previous prize winners include Molly McCully Brown, Valencia Robin, and most recently Sarah Matthes. Send us your work & join this incredible rank of women!
More at http://ow.ly/QBQW50ATvmE.

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize competition is open to self-identifying women who have yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives publication, an advance of $1,000.00, and publication of her collection by Persea.

"Almost all [Wainscott's sonnets] have lines I want to quote, or lines you might want to quote out of context, epigramma...
08/26/2020
A Review of INSECURITY SYSTEM by Sara Wainscott - Green Mountains Review

"Almost all [Wainscott's sonnets] have lines I want to quote, or lines you might want to quote out of context, epigrammatic portraits of a contemporary, just-pre-COVID American oscillating among fear and anger and lust and bemusement and tears and hope..."
Read more of Stephanie Burt's spirited review of INSECURITY SYSTEM by Sara Wainscott up at Green Mountains Review. ⛰️ http://greenmountainsreview.com/a-review-of-insecurity-system-by-sara-wainscott/

Ever read a crown of sonnets and wish you could read another one, and then more? Me neither, until the winningly, teasingly, loosely, expertly assembled array of fourteen-line items that comprise Sara Wainscott’s Insecurity System. It’s a contender for my favorite first book this year.

08/26/2020

While your morning may not have been futuristic, space-hopping, and asteroid-evading, this version of "In a World" by Aaron Belz gets pretty darn close. 🚀 Thank you to the reader, Jesse Morrison, for this very vocoder moment. 🤖

#vocoder #digitalart #storytime #tiktok

Poets, get excited! Submissions to our Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in poetry open September 1st. We can hardly wait ...
08/17/2020
Poetry Prizes — Persea Books

Poets, get excited! Submissions to our Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in poetry open September 1st. We can hardly wait to read your poetry.
More information about the contest can be found at http://ow.ly/4nAk50AQDZn

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize competition is open to self-identifying women who have yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives publication, an advance of $1,000.00, and publication of her collection by Persea.

ICYMI: We loved Rene Ostberg's write up of IN THE FIELD BETWEEN US, co-written by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevis...
08/16/2020
Expand your literary imagination with these voices from the margins | U.S. Catholic magazine - Faith in Real Life

ICYMI: We loved Rene Ostberg's write up of IN THE FIELD BETWEEN US, co-written by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison, in U.S. Catholic's list of books sure to expand your imagination. More here: https://uscatholic.org/articles/202008/expand-your-literary-imagination-with-these-voices-from-the-margins/.

The Catholic Church is often referred to as a “big tent” under which people of all backgrounds and perspectives can gather together in faith. In the

ICYMI: We loved Rene Ostberg's write up of IN THE FIELD BETWEEN US, co-written by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevis...
08/16/2020
Expand your literary imagination with these voices from the margins | U.S. Catholic magazine - Faith in Real Life

ICYMI: We loved Rene Ostberg's write up of IN THE FIELD BETWEEN US, co-written by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison, in U.S. Catholic's list of books sure to expand your imagination. More here: https://uscatholic.org/articles/202008/expand-your-literary-imagination-with-these-voices-from-the-margins/.

The Catholic Church is often referred to as a “big tent” under which people of all backgrounds and perspectives can gather together in faith. In the

ICYMI: We loved Rene Ostberg's write up of IN THE FIELD BETWEEN US, co-written by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevis...
08/16/2020
Expand your literary imagination with these voices from the margins | U.S. Catholic magazine - Faith in Real Life

ICYMI: We loved Rene Ostberg's write up of IN THE FIELD BETWEEN US, co-written by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison, in U.S. Catholic's list of books sure to expand your imagination. More here: https://uscatholic.org/articles/202008/expand-your-literary-imagination-with-these-voices-from-the-margins/.

The Catholic Church is often referred to as a “big tent” under which people of all backgrounds and perspectives can gather together in faith. In the

Please support The Majestic, western Massachusetts’ only queer bar, with your ticket to this cosmically amazing, virtual...
08/04/2020

Please support The Majestic, western Massachusetts’ only queer bar, with your ticket to this cosmically amazing, virtual reading with Persea’s @cawkward_rich and some others you just might have heard of! 😉 What a line-up! More at https://www.majesticsaloon.com/reading.

#queerart #queerlit #queerfutures #themajesticsaloon #poetryreading #westernma #pioneervalley #northampton

Beloved readers, are you undertaking #TheSealeyChallenge this August? We'd love to follow along with your journey—rememb...
08/01/2020
On the value of reading poetry together—and apart—in the current moment.

Beloved readers, are you undertaking #TheSealeyChallenge this August? We'd love to follow along with your journey—remember to tag (or hashtag!) @PerseaBooks when reading one of our titles.

Learn more about The Sealey Challenge @Nic_Sealey: https://lithub.com/on-the-value-of-reading-poetry-together-and-apart-in-the-current-moment/

Right now, many of us are at home, sheltering in place with too much to do. Why then add yet another chore, reading poetry, to an already long list of to-dos? Because joy. Because we need at least …

08/01/2020

Well, we're sold. See what D.A. Powell writes about Soft Launch by Aaron Belz!

"I would love to quote you a few lines from Aaron Belz's Soft Launch—how he rhymes 'Greenland' with 'what could have beenland,' for example, or rushes to the defense of Scott Fitzgerald—but that would give away the whole thing: the punchlines, the puns, the wry twists, the lemon twists, the twists of fate, and the fate of the known universe. It's all here, as a delicious set of inside jokes, like a Starbucks among the stars or a brat inside a bratwurst. The play within this play is what makes it playful. But also full. And delicious. Like a cup of tea that might scald you if you drink it too fast. Take little sips. Don't burn your lips. This poetry is hot, I'm warning you." —D.A. Powell

We're happy to share that you can now order select titles directly from our website. Browse our store today! 📚#updates #...
07/24/2020

We're happy to share that you can now order select titles directly from our website. Browse our store today! 📚#updates #upgrades #forsale
http://ow.ly/H9ij50AHqJC

In our forthcoming poetry anthology, discover and rediscover the self-portraiture of countless iconic poets: Sylvia Plat...
07/21/2020

In our forthcoming poetry anthology, discover and rediscover the self-portraiture of countless iconic poets: Sylvia Plath, Lucie Brock-Broido, John Ashbery, Natasha Tretheway, Jericho Brown, Natalie Díaz, Tracy K. Smith, Carl Phillips, Brenda Shaughnessy, sam sax, Chen Chen, and many more. MORE TRULY AND MORE STRANGE: 100 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SELF-PORTRAIT POEMS, ed. Lisa Russ Spaar. Coming September 8th, and available for pre-order now! ⠀
#moretrulymorestrange #comingsoon #contemporarypoetry #poetry #americanpoetry #sylviaplath #perseabooks #selfie #selfportrait

From "The Cure for What Ails You" by Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of DISPATCH:"I'll admit that when that manbecame the p...
07/11/2020

From "The Cure for What Ails You" by Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of DISPATCH:

"I'll admit that when that man

became the president, before terrified I felt
relief—finally, here was the bald face

of the country & now everyone had to look
at it. Everyone had to see what my loves,

for their lives, could not unsee. Cruelty
after all is made of distance—

sign here & the world ends
somewhere else."

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