Visit with Perugia Press at AWP 2023
in Seattle, WA: March 8-March 11


Emerging BIWOC Poet Spotlight

February 2023 Poet: Ra Malika Imhotep

This ain't quite memorial

for Kenneka, Nia, Tee Tee, Chynal, Kayla, Toyin & all our kin
the heaviness in my chest knows
safely an illusive myth
every reflection in this world
is a ghost

A girl is gone and I see myself
in the shine on her lips.
She was perhaps less jaded.
Or more daring. or thrown to risk 
without choice. But she is gone
all the same and I feel the absence
of her smile in the way
my bed refuses to let go
each mourning.

from gossypiin (Red Hen Press, 2022)

To read more about this poet and her work, check out our blog.

Scenes from Lisbeth White's February Launch
Events at Massachusetts Schools:

Westfield State University's Arno Maris Gallery, 2/15: 
 (left) Lisbeth White; (right) Perugia poets Lisbeth White & Janet E. Aalfs

(left) Lisbeth White reading at Amherst College's Frost Library, 2/16 
 (right) Lisbeth White with Sylvia Plath at Smith College's
Boutelle-Day Poetry Center, 2/17

Former Perugia interns Adrie Rose (left) and Amelia Burton (right) 
 with Editor/Director Rebecca Olander and Lisbeth White
at the BDPC at Smith College, 2/17

Perugia Press Awarded Grant
from the Massachusetts Cultural Council
We're delighted to share the news that Perugia Press was among the 1,218 cultural organizations across Massachusetts to be awarded a Cultural Sector Pandemic Recovery Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Mass Cultural Council, an independent state arts agency, is "charged with bolstering the Commonwealth’s creative and cultural sector. The Agency’s efforts advance economic vitality, support transformational change; and celebrate, preserve, and inspire creativity across all Massachusetts communities." We're so grateful to the MCC and their team for supporting Perugia Press with this impactful grant.

* Perugia Poet News *

Perugia poet Abby E. Murray will be part of the AWP panel "Disrupting the Veteran Writer Stereotype: More than Males,
More than Wars" on Thursday, March 9 from 3:20pm–4:35pm
in room 327, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3.


Perugia poet Lynne Thompson's poem "St. Valentine, Bishop of Terni, probably beheaded, was also the patron saint of asthma, beekeepers, and epilepsy, so he might have said" was published on the Academy of American Poets site
Perugia poet Gail Thomas's chapbook Trail of Roots
(Seven Kitchens Press, 2022) was paired with a Taylor Swift
photo by the fan account Taylor Swift as Books:

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