Missing Persons by Stephanie Carpenter
Winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
“These stories are diverse in voice, setting, conflict, and style. Ms. Carpenter’s skills shine in this collection, as does her ability to step into the shoes of a wide range of people while peeling back the complex layers of their lives.
—Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Press 53
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Jimtown Road: A Novel in Stories by Dennis McFadden
Winner of the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
These interestingly linked stories are fresh, gritty, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. I found myself looking forward to the next one, wondering who I was about to meet and how the story would tie in with the others. And the last story brought the entire collection full-circle, right back to the beginning with a very strange twist.”
—Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher, Press 53
The Widow's Guide to Edible Mushrooms by Chauna Craig
With the heart of a giant, and an eye sharp enough to cut, Chauna Craig takes her hometown of Great Falls, Montana, and makes it every town whose glory may lurk mostly in memory. And within these towns, within the hearts of the people hanging on, hidden as if by a magician, lie the complexities of all lives, awaiting, like our own hearts, discovery. The great gift of The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms is to allow you to be their discoverer. Chauna Craig is the real deal.
—Pete Fromm, author of If Not for This
Lion Brothers by Leona Sevick
Winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection
Leona Sevick’s Lion Brothers is a psychologically astute, keen, and powerful sequence of poems that harness the luminous particulars of experience and race to reveal worlds within and behind the immediate, visible one. This is a marvelous debut.
— Arthur Sze, author of Compass Rose
Becoming the Blue Heron by Terri Kirby Erickson
Open Terri Kirby Erickson’s book, Becoming the Blue Heron, and enter a world of light. You will encounter the warmth of loving parents, a granny dragged by a cow, the intimacy of nature, and the shock of unimaginable loss. Beauty and brokenness nestle side by side in this lovely collection.
— Ann Campanella, author of Motherhood: Lost and Found
Press 53 honors Milo Wright, a young, hometown poet, storyteller, artist, and Trade Street regular, who struggled with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, social awkwardness, gender fluidity, and a willingness to trust that often backfired. Milo's posthumous collection of poems, Milo Writes, tells their story and celebrates a life that ended too soon.
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Nice People: New & Selected Stories II by David Jauss
A companion book to Jauss's Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories that chronicles more than thirty years of writing and publishing, Nice People: New & Selected Stories II includes some of Jauss's earlier published stories along with some new offerings and is available in both softcover and hardcover editions.
Loose in Far-away Places by Ann Herlong-Bodman
Loose in Far-away Places is like a geography lesson without maps. Each place illuminated in these poems contains far more than imagery. Small parables full of wisdom are scattered across these pages, describing journeys that traverse the planet, and Ann Herlong-Bodman is the navigator reminding us “This is how it happens, One sail after another. / Life moves on and we sail out of ourselves.” Exactly.
—Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina
Another Bungalow by Maura Way
The living texture of late America: Another Bungalow reconstitutes it, spiky as it ever was. Way’s poems are short and quick, brilliantly witty, and unwind from themselves sinuously and ruthlessly. We need this kind of fun! Dauntless, cruel, all-heart, trustworthy fun.
—Catherine Wagner, author of Nervous Device
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