poetry collections...

November 24, 2008

Steel Toe Books Selects a Manuscript from its First-Ever Open Reading Period for Predominately Formal Verse


Bowling Green, KY--Steel Toe Books is pleased to announce that our October open reading period has resulted in the acquisition of Domestic Fugues by Richard Newman.  Mr. Newman has been sent a standard royalties contract, and will receive a $500 advance against royalties.  Please join us in congratulating Mr. Newman, whose manuscript was selected from fifty-two hopefuls.  In Newman’s poems, complex rhyme schemes and patterns of repetition feel natural and effortless; his diction is never strained, his rhymes are subtle and fresh, and the form always seems to perfectly suit the poem’s purpose.  We were charmed by Newman’s humor, which is often self-deprecating.  Poems from the manuscript previously appeared in fine journals such as Boulevard, New Letters, Pleiades, The Sun, and 32 Poems, as well as in Verse Daily and in the University of Georgia Press anthology, Seriously Funny: Poems About Love, God, War, Art, Sex, Madness, and Everything Else.

We did receive a number of excellent manuscripts, and as usual, we agonized and argued over the decision.  We would like to make honorable mention of the following manuscripts:  Ice-Cream Vigils by Philip Dacey; The Space of Whether God Exists by Amy Newman; Hart Island: Poems by Ned Balbo; Nothing More Happens in the 20th Century: Haiku Dangers by Gary Hothan; My Body, Torn from Me by Anna Evans; The Breakthrough Ladder by Steven Reese; and From a Winter House: Ghazals, Haiku, and Renga by Jay Leeming.  If we had the resources (money, time, and manpower), we would want to publish all of those.

For more information, contact Tom C. Hunley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

For more information about Steel Toe Books, visit www.steeltoebooks.com.

October 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce Steel Toe Books' most recent release, Street Calligraphy by Jim Daniels. Steel Toe Books acquired this title for publication in 2016.

Jim Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English at Caregie Mellon University, where he has been teaching creative writing since 1981. He is the author of seventeen books of poetry as well as numerous short stories and screenplays and the editor of multiple anthologies of poetry. His work has been featured in The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, Poetry 180 with Billy Collins, and the American Life in Poetry series.

Street Calligraphy is, as poet Afaa M. Weaver says, "an honest and well-honed collection that will bring light to the lives it celebrates, our own." Aimee Nezhukumatathil calls these poems "moving and unflinching poems--brutal and brave." Daniels, a Detroit native, explores the city of the American Midwest, its concrete, factories, and graffiti: nostalgic, but not sentimental. "We never saw stars/above Detroit," he writes, "so why even look up?"

Street Calligraphy, will be available for purchase November 1, 2017, through Steel Toe Books (place an order here) and Amazon. For more information about Street Calligraphy or other Steel Toe releases, please view our titles here.

© Steel Toe Books  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.