Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize
by Jenifer Browne Lawrence
Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Coast, Grayling uncovers the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting
the rough country of her upbringing. These trim, lyric poems, structurally and syntactically fresh, follow a compelling narrative
thread, as the poet writes back into her circle a father who was both
threat and savior, a sister who died too young, and herself as mother. The
specific northwest coastal landscape, memory, and experience weave together as Grayling straddles the faultline between past and present. One reader likens the poems to “a singing cemetery.” Throughout, Lawrence’s voice is
confident and patient.
Jenifer Browne Lawrence was raised in Alaska, and works as a civil engineer technician on the Puget Sound. She edits the Seattle-based Crab Creek Review. This is her second
Grayling is due to be released in September 2015. To order this book or any other Perugia Press title, please visit our Web site.
Semi-Finalists: Bonnie Bolling, The Red Hijab; Daniela Buccilli, Hippie Teachers; Allison Davis, On the Line; Juditha Dowd, Audubon’s Sparrow; Melanie Drane, The City of Blademakers; Christina Hutchins, Tender the Maker; Joey Kingsley, Hinges; Michelle Menting, Upland; Mary Morris, In the Name of the Body; Katharine Rauk, Little Dream Gumball Machine; Kristen Rembold, The Pioneer Sonnets; Kristin Robertson, Least Concern; Cathie Sandstrom, All the Land Around Us; Brittney Scott, The Derelict Daughter; Nicole Tong, And the Place Was Water; Angela Voras-Hills, Here Begins the Account of Worms; Ruth Williams, Pleasurable Aberration of a Foreign Body.
Perugia Press Prize:
A prize of $1000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for
a first or second unpublished poetry collection by a woman.
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Sunday, March 29, 2015
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Calling book lovers of all ages! The Festival Book Expo offers a special
opportunity to mingle and talk with outstanding authors, publishing
companies, writing programs, and booksellers in the Berkshire region,
along with other related businesses and vendors. Join us for what is
sure to be one of the most memorable events of the 2015 Fifth
Anniversary Festival Season, complete with readings, children’s
activities, raffles, and lots of great books!
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
May 1-3, 2015
Visit Perugia Press at the Book Fair
Saturday, May 2, noon till 5:00 PM
Pedestrian Mall between the Peabody Essex Museum
and the Salem Museum Place Mall
(If rain: Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square)
From Zero to One:
First Books and What We Wish We’d Known
Panel discussion moderated by Karen Skolfield
with Amy Dryansky, Susan Kan, Sarah Sousa, and Michelle Valois
Saturday, May 2 at 12:15 PM
Peabody Essex Museum Library
From left to right: Karen Skolfield, Amy Dryansky, Susan Kan, Sarah Sousa, and Michelle Valois
This event is of special interest to writers submitting a
manuscript or about to publish a first book. We discuss the happy but
often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the
vulnerability of being newly published, postpublication contests, second
and beyond books, and the importance of continuing to write after a
manuscript has been assembled or even published. We also talk about
prepublication editing, researching presses, and contests, realistic
publishing expectations, and dealing with a difficult publisher.
Although the panel focuses on life after an acceptance, we also address the business side of preparing a manuscript.
Panelists include a publisher/editor, poets, and a prose writer in
various stages of their careers. Discussion is audience-driven—bring