Persea Books

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.

Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of DISPATCH, has been awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation . Con...
11/23/2021

Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of DISPATCH, has been awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation . Congratulations to Cameron, as well as all the fellows and awardees.
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Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of DISPATCH, has been awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation . Congratulations to Cameron, as well as all the fellows and awardees.
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"Studying Bulosan is studying the history of work itself…Bulosan gives us things economics don’t: the stories of workers...
11/20/2021

"Studying Bulosan is studying the history of work itself…Bulosan gives us things economics don’t: the stories of workers and their interior lives.” —Patrick Rosal in USA Today

Phaedra Trethan’s article on #CarlosBulosan, Filipino writer and labor organizer who migrated to the US in 1930, consults Pat and features him reading. It’s a must read (and watch, and listen).

Even if you’re a non-subscriber, you can hear Rosal recite “The Changing Hymn (Allegory of the Singing Lover)" here: https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2021/11/18/poet-patrick-rosal-last-thing-life-us-and-philippines/8656722002/.

Photo by Joe Lamberti.
Illustration by Mara Corbett.

#bulosan #filipino #laborrights #workersrights #immigration #america #americaisintheheart #socialjustice #patrickrosal #usa #usatoday

Welcome to the world, MADRIGALIA: New & Selected poems by Lisa Russ Spaar. “Lisa Russ Spaar sounds like no other poet wr...
11/16/2021

Welcome to the world, MADRIGALIA: New & Selected poems by Lisa Russ Spaar. “Lisa Russ Spaar sounds like no other poet writing today.” —Jennifer Chang, The Believer

Welcome to the world, MADRIGALIA: New & Selected poems by Lisa Russ Spaar. “Lisa Russ Spaar sounds like no other poet writing today.” —Jennifer Chang, The Believer

11/05/2021

See Emily Van Kley’s vertical poem “Bodies” from her forthcoming collection ARRHYTHMIA. This aerial interpretation choreographed & performed by the poet herself will surely move you.

ARRHYTHMIA will be published early in the new year & is available for pre-order now.

It is the last day to submit your poetry ms for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize! Winner receives publication, $1K, &...
10/31/2021

It is the last day to submit your poetry ms for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize! Winner receives publication, $1K, & a 6 wk residency in Italy with @civitellaitaly . Please note submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT.

#poetry #italy

http://ow.ly/2wzq50GwLYc

It is the last day to submit your poetry ms for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize! Winner receives publication, $1K, & a 6 wk residency in Italy with @civitellaitaly . Please note submission deadline is 11:59pm EDT.

#poetry #italy

http://ow.ly/2wzq50GwLYc

10/29/2021

Just three more days to submit yr poetry ms for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize via @submittable. Winner receives publication, $1k, & an expenses-paid 6-wk residency with @civitellaitaly!

#poetry #contest #bookprize #poetrycommunity

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We're still accepting submissions through the end of the month! Dm to a friend who hasn't heard. 💌 #PerseaBooks #LexiRud...
10/25/2021

We're still accepting submissions through the end of the month! Dm to a friend who hasn't heard. 💌
#PerseaBooks #LexiRudnitsky #CivitellaRanieri

We're still accepting submissions through the end of the month! Dm to a friend who hasn't heard. 💌
#PerseaBooks #LexiRudnitsky #CivitellaRanieri

THE MAN GRAVE by Christopher Salerno, winner of the 2020 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, is now available. We hope...
10/10/2021

THE MAN GRAVE by Christopher Salerno, winner of the 2020 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, is now available. We hope you enjoy Salerno’s inventive, important poetry. 💐

“…in poem after poem Salerno dwells on even the most brutal, bitter parts of memory. Read this book to think deeply about what it means to be a man in 21st-century America.” —Patrick Phillips

Christopher Salerno has authored more than ten books, including four previous poetry collections. A graduate of the Bennington College MFA program, he currently teaches as a Professor of Creative Writing at William Paterson University.

Cover art: Bob Schneider
Cover design: @smallstuffnyc

#newpoetry #fallpoetry #fallbooks #prizewinner #bookcovers #beautifulbooks #themangrave #unpackingmasculinity #toxicmasculinity #gender

THE MAN GRAVE by Christopher Salerno, winner of the 2020 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, is now available. We hope you enjoy Salerno’s inventive, important poetry. 💐

“…in poem after poem Salerno dwells on even the most brutal, bitter parts of memory. Read this book to think deeply about what it means to be a man in 21st-century America.” —Patrick Phillips

Christopher Salerno has authored more than ten books, including four previous poetry collections. A graduate of the Bennington College MFA program, he currently teaches as a Professor of Creative Writing at William Paterson University.

Cover art: Bob Schneider
Cover design: @smallstuffnyc

#newpoetry #fallpoetry #fallbooks #prizewinner #bookcovers #beautifulbooks #themangrave #unpackingmasculinity #toxicmasculinity #gender

Out now—THE LAST THING: NEW & SELECTED POEMS by the incredible, indelible Patrick Rosal.Knowing Patrick, knowing these p...
09/21/2021

Out now—THE LAST THING: NEW & SELECTED POEMS by the incredible, indelible Patrick Rosal.

Knowing Patrick, knowing these poems, sharing these poems...We are a lucky bunch!

https://www.perseabooks.com/bookshop/the-last-thing-new-amp-selected-poems

Out now—THE LAST THING: NEW & SELECTED POEMS by the incredible, indelible Patrick Rosal.

Knowing Patrick, knowing these poems, sharing these poems...We are a lucky bunch!

https://www.perseabooks.com/bookshop/the-last-thing-new-amp-selected-poems

"delightful, clever, sometimes wrenching": read Stephanie Burt's great review of The Survival Expo by Caki Wilkinson in ...
09/10/2021
Four New Poetry Books Mine Their Authors’ Pasts for Music and Meaning

"delightful, clever, sometimes wrenching": read Stephanie Burt's great review of The Survival Expo by Caki Wilkinson in the New York Times Book Review

Stephanie Burt reviews “Catcalling,” by Lee Soho; “The Collection Plate,” by Kendra Allen; “Maroon Choreography,” by Fahima Ife; and “The Survival Expo,” by Caki Wilkinson.

Now in paperback, and featuring a new essay: PLACES I'VE TAKEN MY BODY, personal essays by Molly McCully Brown.  💐
09/07/2021

Now in paperback, and featuring a new essay: PLACES I'VE TAKEN MY BODY, personal essays by Molly McCully Brown. 💐

Poets! We are accepting manuscript submissions for the 2022 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, open to female-identifying ...
09/01/2021

Poets! We are accepting manuscript submissions for the 2022 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 2023 at Civitella Ranieri in Italy. Previous winners include Molly McCully Brown, Valencia Robin, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, & many others. For guidelines / submission, click here: https://perseabooks.submittable.com/submit/45681/lexi-rudnitsky-first-book-prize-in-poetry

We are saddened to learn of the passing of translator and critic Mutlu Konuk Blasing. An internationally known author of...
08/25/2021

We are saddened to learn of the passing of translator and critic Mutlu Konuk Blasing. An internationally known author of four ground-breaking books on American poetry, she also translated and co-translated (with Randy Blasing) from Turkish to English ten books by Nâzim Hikmet, the first and greatest modern Turkish poet. These translations of Hikmet, which include Poems of Nazim Hikmet and Human Landscapes From My Country, were essential to putting Persea on the literary map, and we will be forever grateful for Mutlu’s enormous contribution to our program. She capped her career by writing the important literary biography, Nâzim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey's World Poet.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of translator and critic Mutlu Konuk Blasing. An internationally known author of four ground-breaking books on American poetry, she also translated and co-translated (with Randy Blasing) from Turkish to English ten books by Nâzim Hikmet, the first and greatest modern Turkish poet. These translations of Hikmet, which include Poems of Nazim Hikmet and Human Landscapes From My Country, were essential to putting Persea on the literary map, and we will be forever grateful for Mutlu’s enormous contribution to our program. She capped her career by writing the important literary biography, Nâzim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey's World Poet.

Some new listings for order and pre-order over on our website 👀. Visit perseabooks.com/bookshop for your next #bookhaul!...
08/03/2021
Bookshop — Persea Books

Some new listings for order and pre-order over on our website 👀. Visit perseabooks.com/bookshop for your next #bookhaul!

#poetry #poetrybooks #newbooks #indiebooks #buyindependent #patrickrosal #randallmann #careysalerno #sarahmatthes

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.”
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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.

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The Last Poet will contact Persea Books about publishing poetry in the near future.
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