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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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Featured in The New York Times Magazine: an adapted poem from Patrick Rosal's forthcoming book of new & selected poems, ...
07/23/2021
Poem: The Woman You Love Cuts Apples for You

Featured in The New York Times Magazine: an adapted poem from Patrick Rosal's forthcoming book of new & selected poems, THE LAST THING: http://ow.ly/LjEZ50FCzpO. Thank you to Dwayne Reginald Betts for selecting and sharing it!

Reading Rosal’s poem again made me pull out some tajin, and slice some apples, and remember how poems create a heart’s history and remind us of home.

Through Labor Day, you can preorder Madrigalia: New & Selected Poems by Lisa Russ Spaar at a 30% from our website with t...
07/19/2021
Madrigalia: New and Selected Poems — Persea Books

Through Labor Day, you can preorder Madrigalia: New & Selected Poems by Lisa Russ Spaar at a 30% from our website with the discount code BLUEVENUS. The collection will be published in November.

Pre-Order. Ships November 2021

Congratulations to Sarah Carson, whose poetry collection How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan has won the 2021 Lexi...
07/09/2021

Congratulations to Sarah Carson, whose poetry collection How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan has won the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky Editors' Choice Award! Persea will publish this beautiful, poignant book in Fall 2022.

Congratulations to Sarah Carson, whose poetry collection How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan has won the 2021 Lexi Rudnitsky Editors' Choice Award! Persea will publish this beautiful, poignant book in Fall 2022.

Just in time for summer, happy pub day to The Survival Expo by Caki Wilkinson! Natalie Shapero calls it “wry and biting,...
06/29/2021

Just in time for summer, happy pub day to The Survival Expo by Caki Wilkinson! Natalie Shapero calls it “wry and biting, glorious and mournful, indelibly musical and deeply, deeply smart.”
🐜🐜🐜
http://ow.ly/M1iw50EUopv
#summer #southern #poetry #currentlyreading

Just in time for summer, happy pub day to The Survival Expo by Caki Wilkinson! Natalie Shapero calls it “wry and biting, glorious and mournful, indelibly musical and deeply, deeply smart.”
🐜🐜🐜
http://ow.ly/M1iw50EUopv
#summer #southern #poetry #currentlyreading

Now that we're a couple weeks out from the publication of THE SURVIVAL EXPO, it's the perfect time to give this episode ...
06/07/2021
Caki Wilkinson | The Sewanee Review

Now that we're a couple weeks out from the publication of THE SURVIVAL EXPO, it's the perfect time to give this episode of The Sewanee Review Podcast a listen: author Caki Wilkinson talks hope, survival, anagram poems & more with Eric Smith! https://thesewaneereview.com/media/podcast/caki-wilkinson
https://www.perseabooks.com/bookshop/the-survival-expo

In which Caki Wilkinson personifies hope and muses, “Hope is a character and things are not going well for her. I was thinking about Emily Dickinson, like what is the 2020 version of Emily Dickinson’s ‘Hope is the thing with feathers?’. Definitely not a bird.”

This Wednesday: You're invited to a poetry reading in celebration of TRIBUTARY by Carey Salerno. See you at 7pm!http://o...
05/08/2021

This Wednesday: You're invited to a poetry reading in celebration of TRIBUTARY by Carey Salerno. See you at 7pm!

http://ow.ly/Z2rU50EHVtT

#careysalerno #cecilyparks #kavehakbar #brianturner #sharamccallum

"The healing value of the natural world consists not just in the warmth of the sun or the beauty of flowers, but in the ...
04/25/2021

"The healing value of the natural world consists not just in the warmth of the sun or the beauty of flowers, but in the transformation of ourselves that occurs when we recognize our own naturalness. Shomer's recognition, enacted through poetic language, is a gift of translation."

A lovely review of SHORELESS by Enid Shomer in the winter edition of LILY Poetry Review. Thank you to Brook J. Sadler for writing it so beautifully!

#nationalpoetrymonth

"The healing value of the natural world consists not just in the warmth of the sun or the beauty of flowers, but in the transformation of ourselves that occurs when we recognize our own naturalness. Shomer's recognition, enacted through poetic language, is a gift of translation."

A lovely review of SHORELESS by Enid Shomer in the winter edition of LILY Poetry Review. Thank you to Brook J. Sadler for writing it so beautifully!

#nationalpoetrymonth

A BETTER LIFE, the newest from Randall Mann, is here. 🎉"Mann chronicles and contributes to a queer history that continue...
04/24/2021

A BETTER LIFE, the newest from Randall Mann, is here. 🎉"Mann chronicles and contributes to a queer history that continues to be all too easily forgotten." —Chen Chen, author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

http://ow.ly/VU9150EwSqd

A BETTER LIFE, the newest from Randall Mann, is here. 🎉"Mann chronicles and contributes to a queer history that continues to be all too easily forgotten." —Chen Chen, author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

http://ow.ly/VU9150EwSqd

Happy book birthday to TRIBUTARY by Carey Salerno. Publishers Weekly calls it "bold, memorable, and capacious".
04/23/2021

Happy book birthday to TRIBUTARY by Carey Salerno. Publishers Weekly calls it "bold, memorable, and capacious".

Happy book birthday to TRIBUTARY by Carey Salerno. Publishers Weekly calls it "bold, memorable, and capacious".

May we becometo bravery what saying is to the sentence.—from "Moonshot" by Christopher Salerno, author of THE MAN GRAVET...
04/20/2021

May we become
to bravery what saying is to the sentence.
—from "Moonshot" by Christopher Salerno, author of THE MAN GRAVE

THE MAN GRAVE won the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award in poetry and is forthcoming in October.

May we become
to bravery what saying is to the sentence.
—from "Moonshot" by Christopher Salerno, author of THE MAN GRAVE

THE MAN GRAVE won the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award in poetry and is forthcoming in October.

Hear ye! Town Crier is published today! Grab your copy of Sarah Matthes' debut, called "a revelation" by Lisa Olstein. 🍇
04/16/2021

Hear ye! Town Crier is published today! Grab your copy of Sarah Matthes' debut, called "a revelation" by Lisa Olstein. 🍇

Hear ye! Town Crier is published today! Grab your copy of Sarah Matthes' debut, called "a revelation" by Lisa Olstein. 🍇

"sometimes a simile is her best shot to see things as they are. The rotten weatheris not Wynona's problem: like a knot,h...
04/12/2021

"sometimes a simile is her best shot
to see things as they are. The rotten weather
is not Wynona's problem: like a knot,

her heart's pulled taut inside this self she's spun,
and, like a knot, what's holding her together
is the energy she'd need to come undone."
—from "Hibernaculum" by Caki Wilkinson

THE WYNONA STONE POEMS (Persea Books, 2015) was described as "something miraculous" by Lena Dunham. Catch Caki's newest book, THE SURVIVAL EXPO, coming this June!

#NationalPoetryMonth

"sometimes a simile is her best shot
to see things as they are. The rotten weather
is not Wynona's problem: like a knot,

her heart's pulled taut inside this self she's spun,
and, like a knot, what's holding her together
is the energy she'd need to come undone."
—from "Hibernaculum" by Caki Wilkinson

THE WYNONA STONE POEMS (Persea Books, 2015) was described as "something miraculous" by Lena Dunham. Catch Caki's newest book, THE SURVIVAL EXPO, coming this June!

#NationalPoetryMonth

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.

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The Last Poet will contact Persea Books about publishing poetry in the near future.
The Reasons Why" You ask me why. Here is why. These are the reasons why I love you. When I wake up I think of you. During the day I smile and think of you. Every part of you is beautiful to me and God and throughout the evening I think of you. Tonight my tears fell on you. As those tear drops touched your face now those tear drops are blossoming when I think of you.