Happy National Poetry Month to All of Our Friends.
Below is an extraordinary list of acclaimed poets who are dear to Perugia Press.

All of them, plus dozens more, said yes when asked to write a back cover blurb for one of our books. Each poet took time to read and carefully consider a collection in manuscript form, and then articulate why they loved the book. They were willing to attach their famous names to a project before it was complete. Their endorsements make a difference to how our books are received, and we are hugely grateful.

Jean Valentine, National Book Award Winner, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Guggenheim Fellowship, Wallace Stevens Award. Endorsed Lamb, by Frannie Lindsay.

Mark Doty, National Book Award Winner, Whiting Writers’ Award, National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Lambda Literary Award. Endorsed Red, by Melanie Braverman.

Terrance Hayes, National Book Award Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Endorsed Gloss, by Ida Stewart.

Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize Winner, US Poet Laureate, Guggenheim Fellowship. Endorsed Beg No Pardon, by Lynne Thompson.

Claudia Emerson, Pulitzer Prize Winner. Endorsed Sweet Husk, by Corrie Williamson.

Eleanor Wilner, MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Endorsed Kettle Bottom, by Diane Gilliam Fisher.

Carl Phillips, Kingsley Tufts Award Winner, National Book Award Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Endorsed Red, by Melanie Braverman.

Chase Twichell, Kingsley Tufts Award Winner, Guggenheim Fellowship. Endorsed Lamb, by Frannie Lindsay.

Afaa Michael Weaver, Kingsley Tufts Award Winner. Selected How to Live on Bread and Music, by Jennifer K. Sweeney, for the James Laughlin Award.

Daniel Hoffman, US Poet Laureate, Guggenheim Fellowship. Endorsed A Wound On Stone, by Faye George.

D. Nurske, Whiting Writers’ Award, Guggenheim Fellowship. Selected Two Minutes of Light, by Nancy K. Pearson, for the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award.

Laura Kasischke, National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Kingsley Tufts Award Finalist. Endorsed Begin Empty-Handed, by Gail Martin.

Thomas Lux, Kingsley Tufts Award Winner, Guggenheim Fellowship. Endorsed Reach, by Janet E. Aalfs.

Patricia Smith, National Book Award Finalist, Lenore Marshall Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship. Endorsed The Wishing Tomb, by Amanda Auchter.
Kim Addonizio, National Book Award Finalist, Guggenheim Fellowship. Endorsed Two Minutes of Light, by Nancy K. Pearson.

Pattiann Rogers, Lannan Literary Award, Guggenheim Fellowship. Endorsed The Disappearing Letters, by Carol Edelstein.

You too can play a role in the press. Please join the Perugia Press poets and the admirable team who praise and support their poetry as it comes into the world. Consider making a donation toward our next project as we look forward to our 20th anniversary in 2016.

Thank you for adding your name to the list of people who say yes to our future.
With gratitude,

Susan Kan
Director of Perugia Press
To make a secure, online donation today, click here.


Perugia Press will be at the Book Fair
Saturday, May 2, 11:00 AM till 4:00 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

featured participants
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 your questions!

Perugia Press Poets at the MA Poetry Festival

Frannie Lindsay
Sunday, May 3
10:15 AM
“Grief & Poetry: Crafting Loss”
 Old Town Hall, 1st Floor
1:00 PM
“From Sappho to Sapphire: Woman Poets on the Sphere of Woman Poets”
    Peabody Essex Museum, Bartlett Gallery

Melanie Braverman
Friday, May 1
1:15 PM
“Teaching as Witness and Transmission: How Poetry Can Be Taught”
   Salem Five Community Room

Gail Thomas
Saturday, May 2
9:30 AM
“Unvarnished: Telling the Truth about Aging”
Hawthorne Hotel Library
2:00 pm
“Queer as Family: The F Word”
Hawthorne Hotel, Essex Room

PO Box 60364, Florence, MA  01062