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COMMUNITY OF LITERARY MAGAZINES AND PRESSES ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 2019 FIRECRACKER AWARDS

New York, NY (June 6, 2019)—The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), the national nonprofit organization that for more than 50 years has supported the essential work of literary publishers, has announced the winners of its fifth annual FIRECRACKER AWARDS, given to honor the best self- and independently published books of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry and the best literary magazines in the categories of debut and general excellence.

The winners were announced at the annual awards ceremony, this year held on June 5, 2019, at Poets House in New York City. CLMP also honored Tender Buttons, recipient of the third annual LORD NOSE AWARD, given in memory of Jonathan Williams, publisher of the legendary literary press The Jargon Society, in recognition of a lifetime of superlative small press publishing. Tender Buttons was founded in 1989 by poet Lee Ann Brown with the aim of publishing the best in experimental women’s writing.

2019 FIRECRACKER AWARDS WINNERS:

 FICTION: Little Fish by Casey Plett, published by Arsenal Pulp Press

Arsenal Pulp Press, established in 1971 and located in Vancouver, Canada, publishes literature that engages and challenges readers, and that asks probing questions about the world. Genres include literary fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels, and children’s and young adult titles, as well as books on social issues and gender studies and LGBTQ+ and BIPOC literature.

Casey Plett is the author of the novel Little Fish (Arsenal Pulp Press), winner of the 2019 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and the Lambda Literary Award­­–winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love (Topside Press, 2014). She is also coeditor of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers (Topside Press, 2017). She lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

CREATIVE NONFICTION: The Leftovers by Shaelyn Smith, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Cleveland State University Poetry Center was established in 1962 to promote poetry through readings and community outreach. In 1971, it expanded its mission to become a national nonprofit independent press under the auspices of the CSU Department of English and has since published over 200 titles. It currently publishes three to five books a year of poetry, essays, and works in translation, as well as running the Lighthouse Reading Series in Cleveland. It also serves as an educational resource for students in the Northeast Ohio MFA program to learn literary editing and publishing through graduate assistantships and internships, and since 2018 has hosted the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship in Writing and Publishing, which aims to promote diversity in literary publishing and programming.

Shaelyn Smith’s The Leftovers was selected by Renee Gladman as the winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s 2017 Essay Collection Competition and was featured in “The Genre of Resistance: Debut Literary Nonfiction of 2018” in Poets & Writers Magazine. Smith’s writing has been published in Essay Daily, storySouth, Sonora Review, The Rumpus, and Forklift, Ohio. She lives in Auburn, Alabama.

POETRY: City of the Future by Sesshu Foster, published by Kaya Press

Kaya Press, founded in 1994, is a nonprofit publishing house run by a group of dedicated writers, artists, readers, and lovers of books working together to publish the most challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas. Now based in Los Angeles, Kaya Press continues to push boundaries by publishing literature, historically overlooked books from the Asian Diaspora, and books on art and film.

Sesshu Foster was raised in East Los Angeles and earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Along with City of the Future, he is the author of the poetry collections World Ball Notebook (City Lights, 2009), which won an American Book Award and an Asian American Literary Award for Poetry, and City Terrace Field Manual (Kaya Press, 1996). He is also the author of the novel of speculative fiction Atomik Aztex (City Lights, 2005), which won the Believer Book Award. Foster has taught in East LA for 25 years as well as at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Pomona University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Los Angeles.

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT

Aster(ix) is a feminist literary arts journal based in Pittsburgh and New York City committed to social justice and translation, placing women of color at the center of the conversation. Available online, Aster(ix) also publishes a series of thematic print issues.

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE

ZYZZYVA publishes three issues of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art each year. In every issue, the journal provides an overview of contemporary arts and letters, with a vibrant mix of established talents and new voices. The journal is dedicated to preserving room for discovery and experimentation, both through fostering emerging talents and by making space for established writers working in new forms. Though ZYZZYVA’s purview is national (and beyond), its San Francisco roots shape the journal’s perspective, and its longtime focus on highlighting West Coast writers and artists remains essential to its mission. In 2020, ZYZZYVA will celebrate 35 years of independent publishing.

2019 FIRECRACKER AWARDS FINALISTS:

FICTION

A Bright and Pleading Dagger by Nicole Rivas, published by Rose Metal Press
All Roads Lead to Blood by Bonnie Chau, published by Santa Fe Writers Project
Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover, published by Europa Editions
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
Little Fish by Casey Plett, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
Mina by Kim Sagwa, translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan, published by Two Lines Press
Strawberry Fields by Hilary Plum, published by Fence Books
That Which Girls Conjure Will Help Them Survive by Kristen Stone, published by Guillotine
The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana, published by Dorothy, a publishing project
Trick by Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri, published by Europa Editions

CREATIVE NONFICTION

A Handbook of Disappointed Fate by Anne Boyer, published by Ugly Duckling Presse
An Imperfect Rapture by Kelly Beard, published by Zone 3 Press
Before They Left Us by Rosemary Ann Davis, published by Old Road Publishing
False Calm: A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia by María Sonia Cristoff, translated by Katherine Silver, published by Transit Books
Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo, published by Milkweed Editions
Mating in Captivity: A Memoir by Helen Zuman, published by She Writes Press
To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight by Terrance Hayes, published by Wave Books
No Archive Will Restore You by Julietta Singh, published by Punctum Books
The Leftovers by Shaelyn Smith, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center

POETRY

Baby, I Don’t Care by Chelsey Minnis, published by Wave Books
Body & Glass by Rodney Koeneke, published by Wave Books
City of the Future by Sesshu Foster, published by Kaya Press
Crosslight for Youngbird by Asiya Wadud, published by Nightboat Books
Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui, published by Copper Canyon Press
GOOD MORNING AMERICA I AM HUNGRY AND ON FIRE by jamie mortara, published by YesYes Books
Milk by Dorothea Lasky, published by Wave Books
Post Traumatic Hood Disorder by David Tomas Martinez, published by Sarabande Books
The Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi, published by Copper Canyon Press
You Will Always Be Someone from Somewhere Else by Dao Strom, translated by Ly Thuy Nguyen, published by AJAR Press

MAGAZINE: BEST DEBUT

Aquifer: The Florida Review Online
Aster(ix) Journal
Full Bleed
Headway Quarterly
Poet’s Country
The Arkansas International
The Bare Life Review
The Second Shelf: A Quarterly of Rare Books and Words by Women
Twyckenham Notes
Under a Warm Green Linden

MAGAZINE: GENERAL EXCELLENCE

Creative Nonfiction
Poetry
Raleigh Review
Sinister Wisdom
The Cincinnati Review
The Common
The Literary Review
Washington Square Review
Water~Stone Review
ZYZZYVA

2019 FIRECRACKER AWARDS JUDGES:

FICTION: Andrea Lawler (author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl), Veronica Santiago Lui (founder of Word Up Bookshop/Libreía Comunitaria), and Robert Pollock (coordinator of the Prison Writing Program at PEN America). CREATIVE NONFICTION: Jennifer Baker (editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology), Jeff Deutsch (director of Seminary Co-op Bookstores), and Jyothi Natarajan (editorial director of Asian American Writers’ Workshop). POETRY: Farrah Field (co-founder of Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop), erica kaufman (author of INSTANT CLASSIC), and Dean Rader (author of Landscape Portrait Figure Form). MAGAZINES: Maribeth Batcha (publisher of One Story), Duriel E. Harris (editor of Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora), and Katie Raissian (publisher of Stonecutter).

ABOUT CLMP

CLMP (Community of Literary Magazines and Presses) ensures the vitality of small literary publishers and communicates the art of literary publishing to readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, educators, funders, and other literary stakeholders. We believe small publishers make up an underserved, uniquely vulnerable and essential field that connects the greatest diversity of writers to equally diverse communities of readers. Since 1967, CLMP has worked to bring small literary publishers together to form a mutually supportive community that is often at the vanguard of progress. To learn more about CLMP, visit www.clmp.org.

 


Media Contact:
Mary Gannon, Executive Director
(212) 741-9110 x14 / mgannon@clmp.org

 

COMMUNITY OF LITERARY MAGAZINES AND PRESSES ANNOUNCES THE 2019 FIRECRACKER AWARD FINALISTS and LORD NOSE AWARD RECIPIENT

New York, NY (May 30, 2019)—The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses [CLMP], the national nonprofit organization that for more than 50 years has supported the essential work of literary publishers, has announced the finalists of its fifth annual FIRECRACKER AWARDS. Given to recognize the importance of independent literary publishing, the FIRECRACKER AWARDS honor the best self- and independently published books of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry and the best literary magazines in the categories of debut and general excellence.

CLMP has also announced the recipient of the third annual LORD NOSE AWARD, given in memory of Jonathan Williams, publisher of the legendary literary press The Jargon Society, in recognition of a lifetime of superlative small press publishing. This year’s LORD NOSE AWARD recipient is Tender Buttons, founded by poet Lee Ann Brown in 1989 with the aim of publishing the best in experimental women’s writing.

The winners of the FIRECRACKER AWARDS will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 5, 2019, from 7 to 9 PM at Poets House in New York City. Dorothea Lasky, author of the poetry collections Milk (Wave Books, 2018) and ROME (Liveright, 2014), will host the event and a reception will follow.

2019 FIRECRACKER AWARDS FINALISTS:

FICTION
A Bright and Pleading Dagger by Nicole Rivas, published by Rose Metal Press
All Roads Lead to Blood by Bonnie Chau, published by Santa Fe Writers Project
Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover, published by Europa Editions
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
Little Fish by Casey Plett, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
Mina by Kim Sagwa, translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan, published by Two Lines Press
Strawberry Fields by Hilary Plum, published by Fence Books
That Which Girls Conjure Will Help Them Survive by Kristen Stone, published by Guillotine
The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana, published by Dorothy, a publishing project
Trick by Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri, published by Europa Editions

CREATIVE NONFICTION
A Handbook of Disappointed Fate by Anne Boyer, published by Ugly Duckling Presse
An Imperfect Rapture by Kelly Beard, published by Zone 3 Press
Before They Left Us by Rosemary Ann Davis, self-published with Old Road Publishing
False Calm: A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia by María Sonia Cristoff, translated by Katherine Silver, published by Transit Books
Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo, published by Milkweed Editions
Mating in Captivity: A Memoir by Helen Zuman, self-published with She Writes Press
To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight by Terrance Hayes, published by Wave Books
No Archive Will Restore You by Julietta Singh, published by Punctum Books
The Leftovers by Shaelyn Smith, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center

POETRY
Baby, I Don’t Care by Chelsey Minnis, published by Wave Books
Body & Glass by Rodney Koeneke, published by Wave Books
City of the Future by Sesshu Foster, published by Kaya Press
Crosslight for Youngbird by Asiya Wadud, published by Nightboat Books
Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui, published by Copper Canyon Press
GOOD MORNING AMERICA I AM HUNGRY AND ON FIRE by jamie mortara, published by YesYes Books
Milk by Dorothea Lasky, published by Wave Books
Post Traumatic Hood Disorder by David Tomas Martinez, published by Sarabande Books
The Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi, published by Copper Canyon Press
You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else by Dao Strom, translated by Ly Thuy Nguyen, published by AJAR Press

MAGAZINES: BEST DEBUT
Aquifer: The Florida Review Online
Aster(ix) Journal
Full Bleed
Headway Quarterly
Poet’s Country
The Arkansas International
The Bare Life Review
The Second Shelf: A Quarterly of Rare Books and Words by Women
Twyckenham Notes
Under a Warm Green Linden

MAGAZINES: GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry
Raleigh Review
Sinister Wisdom
The Cincinnati Review
The Common
The Literary Review
Washington Square Review
Water~Stone Review
ZYZZYVA

2019 FIRECRACKER AWARDS JUDGES:
FICTION: Andrea Lawler (author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl), Veronica Santiago Lui (founder of Word Up Bookshop/Libreía Comunitaria), and Robert Pollock (coordinator of the Prison Writing Program at PEN America). CREATIVE NONFICTION: Jennifer Baker (editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology), Jeff Deutsch (director of Seminary Co-op Bookstores), and Jyothi Natarajan (editorial director of Asian American Writers’ Workshop). POETRY: Farrah Field (co-founder of Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop), erica kaufman (author of INSTANT CLASSIC), and Dean Rader (author of Landscape Portrait Figure Form). MAGAZINES: Maribeth Batcha (publisher of One Story), Duriel E. Harris (editor of Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora), and Katie Raissian (publisher of Stonecutter).

About CLMP
The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses ensures a vibrant, diverse literary landscape by helping small literary publishers work better. CLMP communicates the art of literary publishing to readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, educators, funders and other literary stakeholders and works to bring all of these communities together. Learn more about CLMP.


 

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