The Next Big Thing: Hannah Brooks-Motl

“The Next Big Thing” is a self-interview series with authors about their recent or forthcoming books. Rescue Press is happy to post Hannah Brooks-Motl's answers in anticipation of her forthcoming collection of poetry, The New Years, to be released in Spring '14.

What is the working title of the book?

The New Years

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The book’s final shape came from my friend, Mark Leidner, who read many many early drafts and at one point was like, what's with all them... titles... ?

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry… maybe, due to lack of titles and hopefully the kind of immersive reading experience one associates with prose, also prose.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Werner Herzog, as the sea.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Where am I?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The first draft came together out of poems I had written over three or so years; however, consider Mina Loy: “One must have lived ten years to write a poem.”

 Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Coming back to the US after some years abroad; and then going back abroad; and then coming back; and so on; leaving people, and places; finding them again; leaving them once more. Winter.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The skype sex.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

To be published by Rescue Press, saviors of the contemporary poetic.

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are:

Francesca Chabrier, Melanie Noel, JoAnna Novak

2012 Black Box Poetry Prize Results:

Rescue Press is excited to announce Todd Melicker as the winner of this year's Black Box Poetry Prize. Todd's manuscript, rendezvous, was chosen by our judge, Zach Savich, and will be published in Fall 2013. Todd Melicker daily wanders the streets of Petaluma, CA, gathering data as a GPS technician. He is the author of the chapbooks day collects (Woodland Editions), the immaculate autopsy (Achiote Press), and king & queen (LRL Textile Editions). Recently, he was managing editor of VOLT and his work has appeared in Ambush Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and New American Writing.

Rescue Press has also selected Hannah Brooks-Motl's The New Years for publication in Spring 2014 as our Editor's Choice.

Hannah Brooks-Motl was born and raised in Wisconsin and now lives in western Massachusetts. Her poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming from places such as Everyday Genius, FENCE, Sixth Finch, the Song Cave, Typo, the Kenyon Review Online, and the New Republic, among others.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who entered. We would also like to remind you that last year's Black Box books--Blueberry Morningsnow's Whale in the Woods and Philip Sorenson's Of Embodies--are available for purchase on our website or at SPD.

Also, we're excited for our two Spring publications: Madeline McDonnell's novella, Penny, n., and an anthology of contemporary poetry, The New Census. Check back in for more details about these books, author readings, and our AWP events, as well as an open reading period for prose in the winter of 2013.

Love, Rescue Press

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