THE BEST NEW WOMEN POETS
Winner of the 2019 Perugia Press Prize
Hail and Farewell
by Abby E. Murray
Abby E. Murray’s debut Hail and Farewell is a bold and unflinching examination of the intimate relationship between a soldier and a pacifist, bound together by choice. The collection reveals a wife’s perspective during her husband’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, including the whiplash of infertility experienced between tours. Inseparable by heart, their marriage is also built on disagreement. Military spouses are often expected to express absolute patriotism, and to conform to gender roles shaped by sexist, archaic ideals. But these poems don’t aim to accuse; rather, they call for compassion and community in the face of isolation. Capable of inserting levity into the most dire of circumstances, the poet never lets the reader forget what is at stake. Murray tears the idealized from the real, illuminating the brutality of battle and loss—traumas we tend to avoid in both military and civilian life. Hail and Farewell is an expertly woven treatise on love, war, and politics.
Abby E. Murray lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter, where she teaches argumentation to army officers, creative writing at the School of the Arts, and poetry workshops around Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She edits Collateral, a literary journal focused on the impact of violent conflict and military service. She has an MFA from Pacific University and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University.
Hail and Farewell will be released in September 2019.
Pre-order advanced copies at AWP, on sale at Perugia's table: #9040!
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Shannon K. Winston, The Girl Who Talked to Paintings
Allison Blevins, You, She, Her
Lauren Rooker Cardwell, Breach Birth
Laura Donnelly, The Jack Loom
Michelle Bonczek Evory, The Ghosts of Lost Animals
Carol Rosalie Hobbs, New-found-land
Danielle Jones, Landscapes with Alternate Endings
Annie Kim, Uses for Music
Chloe Martinez, Palace Gate
Brooke Matson, In Accelerated Silence
Charlotte Pence, Code
Kimberly Ann Southwick, Orchid Alpha
Bevil Townsend, One Hell of a Woman
Maria Williams, North
Thanks to each woman who submitted her manuscript/s
& to the volunteers who helped read for & judge the contest!
is given annually for
a first or second unpublished poetry collection
by a woman. The next deadline is November 15, 2019.
Perugia Press at AWP!
Portland, Oregon * March 28-30
We'll be at the annual AWP Conference & Bookfair in Portland!
Visit Editor/Director Rebecca Olander at table #9040. We're hosting author visits, and all of our books will be on sale. Hope to see you there!
Come to our off-site reading:
Join Perugia Press & seven of its poets for a reading at The Waypost
on Friday 3/29 (3120 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227) from 5:30-7:30.
Featuring: Catherine Anderson (The Work of Hands), Jenifer Browne Lawrence (Grayling), Lisa Allen Ortiz (Guide to the Exhibit), Megan Peak (Girldom), Nancy K. Pearson (Two Minutes of Light), Lynne Thompson
(Beg No Pardon), and Corrie Williamson (sweet husk). The Waypost is
a great place to grab a bite and a drink after a day at the AWP conference. We'll have short readings, books for sale and signing, and celebration
of poetry in community. See you there!
Pre-order Hail and Farewell, our latest prize-winner,
and we'll ship it to you for free when it is released!