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

Rescue Press

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.

March Madness

March finds Rescue awaiting such wealth: our spring catalogue has nearly sprung, we’ll be trekking to LA for AWP in a few weeks—and soon (but soon) we’ll announce the fourth title in our Open Prose Series.

Starting right now, our spring catalogue is available for preorder. That’s Melissa Dickey’s startling second collection of poetry, Dragons, and Erik Anderson’s disquieting genre-bender, Estranger, the third title in our Open Prose Series.

If you’re in LA in two weeks, join Rescue, Akron Press, and CSU Poetry Center at 7 PM on Friday, April 1, at Seahorse Sound Studios (less than a half-mile from the Convention Center!) for “The Midwest Goes West: A Mixtape for LA,” featuring readings from Sara Deniz Akant, Erik Anderson, Bridgette Bates, Jonathan Blum, Brittany Cavallaro, Leora Fridman, Lily Hoang, Lo Kwa Mei-En, Philip Metres, Jennifer Moore, Emilia Phillips, Martin Rock, and Vinnie Wilhelm (and also drinks).

And until we meet again, we’ve compiled a confectionery of essays, fictions, reviews, and poem-gems to tide you over:


Adrienne Raphel (her What Was It For forthcoming) has a poem, “The Ringmaster,” at Cosmonauts Avenue. To the circus!

Poetry Crush has up “The Lady of Civilization,” from Vanessa Gabb, whose Images for Radical Politics is forthcoming in the next year.  

Read poems from Melissa Dickey’s Dragons at Mountain Fold Books (and if you’re in Colorado Springs, be sure to catch her reading at Mountain Fold with Sasha Steensen on Saturday, March 19).

At Verse Daily, Dot Devota’s “Vow” (from The Division of Labor) has been made.

Four awfully good poems by Andy Stallings are on display at Atrocity Exhibition.


At Consequence Magazine, examine this “Evidence” from Hilary Plum, Open Prose Co-editor and author of the essay Watchfires, forthcoming from Rescue.

Up at Essay Daily, check Erik Anderson’s essay “Those Bodies, These Words,” on drones, stabs at humor, and “I’m a Believer.”

“Everyone is always reading Montaigne perhaps because Montaigne was always reading,” begins an essay by Hannah Brooks-Motl, author of The New Years, on Montaigne (and her book M, about Montaigne). Why not do as everyone always does and read on here?


“You’d be missing out not to follow the fire,” according to a Devil’s Lake review of Sara Akant’s Babette (and they’re right).

Keen insights from Scout’s review of Calenday: “Haldeman’s short lines seem to insist on the truth that we never know what comes next.” (But you can probably guess what happens when you click here.)

Be it in bright bright LA or in the compact of sharing delicious dim pages, we hope to see you soon.





December Dispatch

Post of Books Past...

Jonathan Blum, author of Last Word, will be teaching a fiction writing workshop in LA in February and March. Interested? We are. Link here.

Benjamin Mackey, illustrator of Penny, n., Toughlahoma, was recently featured on The Huffington Post for his Twin Peaks Tarot deck. Kudos, Ben!

Post of Books Present...

Sara Deniz Akant’s Babette and Dot Devota’s The Division of Labor were released last month (with fanfare)! Babette debuted at #11 on the Small Press Distribution’s Bestsellers list, while The Division of Labor was selected for Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s Books of 2015 on The Volta (alongside Rescue poet Hannah Brooks-Motl’s M). A giant thank you to those who came to celebrate with us at Chicago’s Downey Mansion for November’s reading-raffle-extravaganza!

We’re excited about Prelude, a thrilling new journal out of New York. Find Rescue writers Hannah Brooks-Motl and Adrienne Raphel in the new issue, or check ‘em online!

Post of Books Future...

We’re delighted that judge Cathy Park Hong selected Adrienne Raphel’s What Was It For for this years’ Black Box Prize, and we’re further delighted to announce Vanessa Gabb’s Images for Radical Politics as our Editors’ Choice! Both collections will be published in our 2016–2017 catalog.

Preview a decadent poem from Adrienne’s What Was It For at Lana Turner, or check out Vanessa’s essay on VIDA or her recent interview with THE KIND here. 

The fourth Open Prose Book Competition looms! In January, send us your book-length prose submissions — our Open Prose editors Zach Savich and Hilary Plum are looking for next year’s strangeling piece of nonfiction, fiction, or sui generis prose to join the series-ranks of Anne Germanacos’s Tribute, Christian TeBordo’s Toughlahoma, and Erik Anderson’s Estranger (forthcoming May 2016). More submission information available here.

We’re now offering year-long subscriptions! Check out our current or past years for a discounted bundle price — in any case, all subscriptions can be found here.