QuillsEdge Press is proud to offer the following award-winning chapbooks, as well as our acclaimed anthology, 50/50: Poems & Translations by Womxn over 50.
Mind the Light – Suellen Wedmore
Mind the Light, by Suellen Wedmore, was a winner of our 2014 chapbook contest. Contest judge Barbara Crooker said of it, “Mind the Light has as its narrators five very different women, five separate personas, five unique voices, like the multi-faceted Fresnel lens used in lighthouses. Each poem is a small gem; ‘lapidary’ comes to mind in describing them. The central metaphor, women finding their strength in adverse and sometimes unchosen circumstances, took my breath away. This is a book of poetry that reads like a novel, and I challenge any reader to come away unmoved.” Chapbook price includes shipping & handling. If you wish to order more than one copy, please email email@example.com for a custom shipping discount.
The Garlic Peelers – Lucia Galloway
The Garlic Peelers, by Lucia Galloway, was also a winner of our 2014 chapbook contest. Barbara Crooker, contest judge, said, "One of the things I look for in a chapbook is unity of theme, keeping in mind Frost's dictum that if 26 separate poems make up a book, then the 27th poem is the book itself. The Garlic Peelers exemplifies this. I love the stunning title poem, and the way the other poems unfolded, like cloves of garlic from its core. I also admired the variety of forms and voices used, and the central metaphor: women's lives as many-layered and essential as garlic. I like the way Lucia Galloway plays with multiple levels of meaning (chase/chaste/chastened; skins/scraps/leavings/chaff), the quotes that are salted between sections, and the way each section is introduced by lines that are excerpted and reworked from the title poem. No good recipe is complete without garlic, and no poetry shelf is complete without this fine book." Chapbook price includes shipping & handling. If you wish to order more than one copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a custom shipping discount.
Unpacking the China – Sarah Merrow
Unpacking the China, by Sarah Merrow, won our 2015-2016 chapbook contest. Judge Mary Ann McFadden noted, "Unpacking the China immediately caught my eye for its distinct voice. I put it aside because I didn't want to be influenced by the dazzling line arrangement of the first poem. But the more I read, the more this one stood out. I read it several times, eventually just for pleasure, and to learn from the author's brilliant word choices, her confidence, her spare and elegant use of language. These are true poems, a pleasure and a revelation to read. The author has so much to say that matters and she says it in language that is intelligent, taut, and accomplished. I congratulate her, I bow to her, and I bow to QuillsEdge Press for making it possible to put these wonderful poems into the world." Chapbook price includes shipping & handling. If you wish to order more than one copy, please email email@example.com for a custom shipping discount.
Our Tents Are Small Volcanoes – Vivian Faith Prescott
Our Tents Are Small Volcanoes, by Vivian Faith Prescott, won the Editor’s Choice award of our 2015-2016 chapbook contest. Poet Anne Caston said of this chapbook, “Time is old water, and the wind is still listening. . . though the silences continue to deepen. In this collection, a single descendant voice speaks out of the legacy of the indigenous arctic Sámi — the disappearances of culture and tongues and lands and fishing rights and herding traditions —and to listen to this voice is to hear a deep resonance to the plight of the indigenous arctic peoples of our own continent: forced assimilations, forced ‘relocations,’ the young shipped off to boarding schools where they are not permitted to speak their native tongue, the missionaries’ zeal, loss of habitat which impacts subsistence life, loss of lands, a diminishing song. This is not a new story. This is the old, sad tale come round again. If you can bear to hear it, listen so that the only listening thing is not the wind.” Chapbook price includes shipping & handling. If you wish to order more than one copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a custom shipping discount.
50/50: Poems and Translations by Womxn over 50
QuillsEdge Press is honored to feature 50 powerful womxn poets and translators in our first anthology. This inclusive anthology reflects the depth and breadth of womxn’s lives from many cultures, countries, and viewpoints. As we read and reread these incredible poems, the words of Muriel Rukeyser come to mind: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” Price includes shipping & handling. If you wish to order multiple copies, please email email@example.com for a custom shipping discount.
For a shareable PDF list of anthologists, please click here: 50-50 Anthologists Announcement.
Anthologists include: Carol Amato, Laura Apol, Pam Baggett, Peggy Beck, Nan Becker, Virginia Bell, Brenda Bell Brown, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, nívea castro, Sue Churchill, Wendy Mitman Clarke, Kimberly A. Collins, Tricia Coscia, Arfah Daud, Christine Ernst, Joanne Esser, Joanne Godley, Ruth Goring, Pamela Gibbs Hirschler, Susan Hodgin, Akua Lezli Hope, Kate Hovey, JP Howard, Siham Karami, Helena Kim, Gail Langstroth, Mary Catherine Loving, Janet MacFadyen, Katharyn Howd Machan, Mariel Masque, Lynne McEniry, Jane Miller, Ruth Mota, Bo Niles, Faith Paulsen, Nadine Pinede, Phyllis Price, Julie Rochlin, Joanna Rose, Katherine DiBella Seluja, Margie Shaheed, Amy Small-McKinney, Rose M. Smith, Judith Sornberger, Lynne Santy Tanner, Eileen Toomey, Gina Valdés, Lynn Valente, Wendy Vergoz, and Tori Grant Welhouse.
Skin Gin – Rose Maria Woodson
This powerful chapbook won first place in our most recent contest, judged by the esteemed Judith Vollmer, who said, “SKIN GIN keeps its clear eyes on naming, claiming, and justice where no justice is yet arrived. Rose Maria Woodson’s unifying voice is striking for its range of lyrical narratives, monologs, renunciations, and radiant still lives.” Reginald Gibbons said of this chapbook, “These fierce, even despairing, evocations of the ineradicable continuity of racial discrimination are also a call to honor and soothe wounds of body and spirit. In the spirit of Gwendolyn Brooks, Woodson writes , “And know that we can be greater / than gravity. Knowing / there is sky & / there is flight,” and all must hope that “light travels the ravel between.”” The book also includes IN TRANSITION, an anthology of poems by contest finalists. Price includes shipping and handling. If ordering more than one, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount.