T H E   B E S T   N E W   W O M E N   P O E T S
for 20 years

Perugia Press will be at the Book Fair
Saturday, April 30, 11:00 AM 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)

Winner of the 2016 Perugia Press Prize
Guide to the Exhibit
by  Lisa Allen Ortiz
Inspired by displays at a small natural history museum, the poems in Lisa Allen Ortiz’s collection, Guide to the Exhibit, are quirky and scientific—grimy, focused, funny, always illuminating. With humility and curiosity, Ortiz animates the odd and overlooked; she is moved to learn how to see more clearly both as lover and as griever. Speaking the names of things—animals, skeletons, teeth, feathers—connects us with the complications of being alive. How does the stillness of an exhibit encourage us to be deliberate about love and joy? Does knowing more increase the pleasure of felt experience? This poet is paying close attention to love while death and sorrow lurk nearby. “Survival is the mutest joy,” Ortiz writes. Guide to the Exhibit looks outward and reflects, examines, links, and contradicts.
Lisa Allen Ortiz grew up in rural Mendocino County, California. She teaches creative writing to middle school students in Santa Cruz. This is her first book.

Guide to the Exhibit will be released in September 2016.  To order this book or any other Perugia Press title, please visit our Web site.

Perugia Press Prize: A prize of $1000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a first or second unpublished poetry collection by a woman.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 next deadline is November 15, 2016.
Perugia Press celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Stay tuned for opportunties to join the festivities.

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