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 Happy New Year!

We hope this finds you well at the tail end of 2018, and we send abundant gratitude your way for being a part of our Perugia Press community. A special thank you to those of you who have given to the press this year, by volunteering as a reader or judge in our annual contest, by serving on the board or advisory council, by hosting or helping out at an event, by spreading the word about our press, by sending us work to be considered for publication, and by donating to the press. We couldn't do this work without you! 

Our year-end appeal is still on. If you have been meaning to give to that initiative, see our letter below for details. Looking forward to a great 2019!

Thanks so much,
Rebecca Olander, Editor/Director

Poetry is super powerful. It can help, heal, and spark conversations. It is great for removing shame around sexual violence, and I hope this book does that. —Megan Peak

Dear Supporters and Friends of Perugia Press,

We are already reading manuscripts from across the country for next year’s Perugia Press Prize. It’s always exciting to read what women poets are writing each year!

The 2018 Perugia Press Prize winner, Girldom, was just released on September 15. This first book by Texas poet Megan Peak couldn’t be more relevant in today’s political and cultural climate, and it has been especially moving to see how audiences react to Megan’s poetry. One professor taught poems from the book in advance of Megan’s visit, and she said, “I had the best in-class discussion I’ve ever had about poetry … Megan’s work is life changing. Thanks for putting it out in the world.” 

At another event, Megan was asked how she feels about the book being called a #MeToo collection. “I’ve gotten Facebook and Twitter messages from people reaching out to share their experiences with trauma,” she said. “Poetry is super powerful. It can help, heal, and spark conversations. It is great for removing shame around sexual violence, and I hope this book does that.”

Please help us get Girldom, and all the Perugia Press books, into the hands of readers far and wide. 

You can donate on our website anytime, or by visiting my Facebook fundraiser through year's end. For gifts of $100 or more, we will send you a copy of Girldom (or, if you prefer, we’ll donate the book to a library or school of your choice). Thank you for reading our books, using them in your classrooms, volunteering with the press, submitting your manuscripts, attending Perugia Press events, and of course, donating money so we can keep pursuing our mission. 

With gratitude,

Rebecca Olander, Editor/Director

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