Press 53, publisher of Award-winning Poetry and Short Story collections. Press 53, publisher of award-winning Poetry and Short Story collections
Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314

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411 W. Fourth St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Blood a Cold Blue, stories by James Claffey

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​“In Blood a Cold Blue, James Claffey infuses every story with rhythm and rot, doing things with words that I've never seen before and don't expect to again.” 
—Ben Tanzer, author of You Can Make Him Like You and My Father's House
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The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers
Four complete collections in one impressive volume!
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

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Includes: The Love That Ended Yesterday in TexasA Book of MinutesTraveling in Time of Danger, and The Candle I Hold Up to See You, with a special introduction by former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell.
Bones of an Inland Sea, stories by Mary Akers

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“In Mary Akers’ stories, as complexly intertwined as the branches of a coral reef, her passionate characters engage both each other and a richly detailed, vital physical world. An impressive achievement.” 
—Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever
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Solving the World's Problems, poems by Robert Lee Brewer
​A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

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The debut poetry collection for the Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere and editor of Poet's Market. “Rather than solving the world’s problems, this collection turns them to the sun like a prism—casting bright and spare images of humanity in flux… Compassionate, challenging, and filled with slinky swerves of phrase, these poems refresh how we look at our daily lives.” 
—Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox.
Scissored Moon, poems by Stacy R. Nigliazzo
​A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

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Scissored Moon embraces all the senses in its depiction of a nurse’s world fraught with illness, trauma, loss, endurance, hope, and sometimes healing. The true genius of these poems lies in their empathy, in the poet’s ability to express the deep connection she experiences with her subject.” 
—Jack Coulehan, MD, author of Medicine Stone and Bursting With Danger and Music 
The Clock Flower, poems by Adrian Rice

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Born in Belfast and now teaching in the U.S., "Adrian Rice has a nice sense of what he is up to as a poet: I like and admire the way his district and his diction are so artfully tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-glove." 
—Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature

Press 53 Award for Poetry Now Open!
What Happened Here, a novella & stories by Bonnie ZoBell

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“Bonnie ZoBell’s luminously intersecting stories of artists, musicians, teachers and assorted shimmering misfits in a North Park neighborhood that happens to be the site of a historic plane wreck, beautifully chronicles the struggles of the living to survive—emotionally and physically—in the shadow of wreckage and ghosts. Her characters’ connections, madnesses, kindnesses and demons are startlingly poignant and resonant.”
 —Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men: A Novel
Finalists for the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction Announced!
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Guernica, revisited, poems by Richard Vargas
Silver Concho Poetry Series

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“Richard Vargas is one of the best Chicano poets writing today, a voice for all as he explores the predicaments of the modern world with tenderness and fury. His is a voice we can rely on as we make our way forward to that place of mystery where, despite everything, survival seems possible as we join in the poet's song.” 
— Demetria Martinez, author of Breathing Between The Lines and 2013 American Book Award winner The Block Captain’s Daughter
In a Country None of Us Called Home, poems by Peg Bresnahan

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“What a true gift we have in Peg Bresnahan’s dazzling new collection, In a Country None of Us Called Home. The narrative voice in these poems has a focus that is honest, steady, and absolutely clear.... This poet’s gift is to offer the ordinary a moment of uniqueness that each life deserves. This collection indeed is a gallery of the extraordinary and small planted in time..." 
— Katherine Soniat, author of The Swing Girl
In the Season of Blood and Gold, stories by Taylor Brown
Ships mid-April

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​“Almost all Taylor Brown’s stories are family dramas, stories of blood and kinship, betrayal, and conflicted loyalties. Set sometimes in the past, other times in the present or future, and told with verve in a fresh and memorable voice, these stories reward the reader with surprise, authenticity, and the mystery of human connection.” 
—Robert Morgan, author of The Road from Gap Creek
Press 53 Award for Poetry
For an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems.

Submissions open April 1 and close July 31
Winner receives publication, $1000 advance, travel expenses to Winston-Salem, NC for a launch party weekend that includes attendance as our special guest to the Press 53/Jacar Press Gathering of Poets.
​Reading fee: $30

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A Lake of Light and Clouds, poems by Terri Kirby Erickson

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T.S. Eliot would call what she does mastering the objective correlative. I call it incarnating light. As Erickson shares images and experiences in her richly textured poems, she invites her readers into her own psyche, a place where we are all likely to feel accepted and warm." 
—Felicia Mitchell, author of The Cleft of the Rock