June Updates

BLACK BOX POETRY PRIZE

The Black Box Poetry Prize remains open for submissions through the end of June! There’s no fee required, though we welcome donations to help us publish the winning manuscript. Recent winners include Stella Corso’s Cars, Stars, & Planes (selected by Douglas Kearney), Adrienne Raphel’s What Was It For (selected by Cathy Park Hong), and Sara Deniz Akant’s Babette (selected by Maggie Nelson). Each year, the Black Box leaves our inbox chock-a-block with odd, handsome, haunting, unassimilable, awesome work. We’re looking forward to reading yours—and so is this year’s judge, D.A. Powell. 

D.A. POWELL is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Useless Landscape, Or a Guide For Boys, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. His other books include the trilogy Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails. His poetry collection Chronic received the Kingsley Tufts Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Powell’s honors have included fellowships from the Millay Colony, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the James Michener Foundation. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell has taught at Columbia University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Davidson College, and New England College. He teaches at the University of San Francisco.  

ACCOLADES

Zach Savich’s Diving Makes the Water Deep was among the finalists for the CLMP Firecracker Award in creative nonfiction. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Lauren Haldeman’s second book, Instead of Dying, has been selected by judge Susan Howe for the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Instead of Dying will be published this November, and we can’t wait to read it!

WRITINGS

“This is the crusted red sore on the foot of the dog that hates the dock that juts from the bulkhead behind the house on Bayshore”: Adrienne Raphel’s “The House on Bayshore” and notes on its composition at the Poetry Society of America.

“All that artifice requires is that unmeaningful levels be taken into account,” writes Forrest-Thomson… To be conventional in form is to be conventional in thought”: Adrienne Raphel on the not-to-be-forgotten genius of Veronica Forrest-Thomson at the Poetry Foundation.

REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

“There’s a fine art to saying nothing”: a review of Adrienne Raphel’s What Was It For at the Lit Pub.

“Zach Savich has created a masterpiece of whatever form—essay, poem, memoir—filled with wisdom so tensile it becomes knowledge”: a review of Diving Makes the Water Deep at Ready Mag.

“Erik’s book does what I want all books to do which is make me feel less lonely” :a discussion of Estranger with Erik Anderson at Essay Daily.

RESCUE PRESS SUPPORT & YEAR END THANKS

Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays! We’re writing from Rescue Press headquarters to wish you a snowy winter, a happy new year, and for the first time ever to request your support via a donation to this now-seven-year-old press we happily pilot.
 
You, dear readers, are the wind beneath our wings — the stars in our eyes! — and we couldn’t have made it this far without your good will, energetic readership, and enthusiasm for contemporary literature. If you’d like to help us with our forthcoming publications (including new books from Stella Corso, Andrea Lawlor, Adrienne Raphel, Philip Sorenson, and Andy Stallings) we invite you to DONATE VIA THIS LINK.
 
Additionally, please check out our new fall publications; they've lent us light and strengthened our sense of wonder.

Best wishes for your new year —

xo,

The Rescue Press Crew

2016 Black Box Poetry Prize Results:

Dear Readers, 

Rescue Press is thrilled to announce Stella Corso as the winner of this year’s Black Box Poetry Prize. Stella’s manuscript, Cars, Stars, & Planes, was chosen by our judge, Douglas Kearney, and will be published in our 2017-2018 catalog. 

Stella Corso is a writer and performer living in Western Mass. A graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at UMass-Amherst, she is a founding member of the Connecticut River Valley Poets Theater (CRVPT) and also performs with Xfinity Theater. Some of her recent work can be found in Fanzine; jubilat; Sprung Formal; and Forklift, Ohio. She currently teaches at Western New England University and Holyoke Community College.

Thanks to all of the wonderful poets who sent us work this year and congratulations to the finalists (below). We would also like to remind you that our newest books—including Vanessa Jimenez Gabb’s Images for Radical Politics (poetry), Hilary Plum’s Watchfires (memoir), and Zach Savich’s Diving Makes the Water Deep (memoir)—are available for pre-order now.

Upcoming Rescue Press titles include Adrienne Raphel’s What Was It For (poetry), Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Guise of a Mortal Girl (novel), as well as second books of poetry by Philip Sorenson and Andy Stallings

Yours,
Rescue Press

Finalists:
Samuel Ace’s You thought there was a road
Paola Capo-Garcia’s Clap For Me That’s Not Me
Michael Flatt’s Parallaxis
Binswanger Friedman’s The Four Color Problem
Emily Liebowitz’s National Park
David Maduli’s Hole in the Horizon
Beth Roberts’s Evolvers
Dominique Salas’s Unoriginal Danger
Crossley Simmons’s a coming of age scoop neck tee
Barbara Tomash’s PRE-
Timothy Yu’s Catalogical

What's New In July

The Black Box manuscripts are in our hot little hands, and while we read, here are some fresh delights for your eyes’ feasting:

Lauren Haldeman’s "My Human,” which we first encountered in Calenday, is up at Mommikin in rarest form: a visual poem!

We consider Erik Anderson’s Estranger our favorite shaded swimming hole in this hot summer, and the University of Michigan agrees—Estranger’s made its Literature, Science, & Arts Summer Reading List.

Verse Daily is doling out the “Scrap Gold,” from Zach Savich's The Orchard Green and Every Color (Omnidawn, 2016). With Hilary Plum, Savich edits our Open Prose Series, and this November, Rescue will release his memoir Diving Makes the Water Deep.

Last, lastingly, you can count yourself potlucky: five parts of Andy Stallings’s “Paradise” appear at Potluck Magazine.

We wish you happy reading! We’ll return with new books and news in the fall.