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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Poets Wear Prada at NY Rainbow Book Fair

www.RainbowBookFair.org

Boutique publishing house Poets Wear Prada is pleased to announce that we will be tabling  with Eggplant Press at the eighth annual New York  Rainbow Book Fair and that several of our authors will be reading for the event.  The Rainbow Book Fair is the largest LGBTQ book event in the United States. The 2016 fair will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at John Jay College of Criminal Justice located at 524 W. 59th Street (just west of 10th Avenue) in Manhattan. 

Our authors will be reading at two different readings at the fair.  Here's a list of the readers and their scheduled time slots. (Please note that this schedule is subject to change.)

2016 COME HERE! Poetry Salon hosted by Regie Cabico and Nathaniel Siegel


12:10-12:15pm  Geer Austin
01:05-01:10pm  Austin Alexis
01:20-01:25pm  Michael Montlack
01:30-01:35pm  John J. Trause
05:00-05:05pm  Joel Allegretti


2016 Main Reading Event

01:00 - 01:20pm  Chocolate Waters
04:00 - 04:20pm  Roxanne Hoffman


Roxanne Hoffman founded Poets Wear Prada in 2006 with the release of  a limited edition of B.D. Lyon's debut poetry collection, a chapbook titled "Your Infidel Eyes." From the press's  inception, it editors have continued to seek out the works of queer writers, women, and people of various ethnicity and cultural backgrounds as it strives to introduce unique and exceptional emerging writers and promote diversity to mainstream audiences with well-edited and beautifully designed volumes.  

Poets Wear Prada is proud to have published debut and early collections of Jee Leong Koh, John J. Trause, Austin Alexis, Michael Montack, Joel Allegretti and Geer Austin. In  2011 Poets Wear Prada in conjunction with Eggplant Press published groundbreaking feminist lesbian writer Chocolate Waters's first new book in over three decades, "The Woman Who Wouldn't Shake Hands." Hoffman co-edited "Pears, Prose and Poetry: Anthology of the 9th Annual Fresh Fruit Festival Poetry Event," also published in conjunction with Eggplant Press.

Founded in 2006 in Hoboken, New Jersey, birthplace of Frank Sinatra and professional baseball, Poets Wear Prada is a boutique book publisher devoted to introducing and promoting emerging writers to the mainstream audiences with beautifully designed volumes of well-crafted poetry and prose.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Poets Wear Prada Announces Molly C. Braswell as New PR Associate

Hoboken-based boutique publisher Poets Wear Prada welcomes journalist Molly C. Braswell as a freelance public relations associate.

Diane von Furstenberg (L) & Molly C. Braswell (R) at Rizzoli Books, NYC
HOBOKEN, N.J. - March 19, 2016  -- Poetry publishing house Poets Wear Prada has welcomed journalist and public relations guru Molly C. Braswell to their publicity division as a freelance public relations associate.

Braswell began her multifaceted career while she was studying marketing and political science at her alma mater Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. A fellow student asked her to write an article for the school paper about an event that Braswell had just produced for the campus. From writing that one article and through public relations internships at the Junior League of Birmingham and the American Diabetes Association she knew that she wanted to combine her interests of journalism and public relations into one career.

After graduating from Samford in 2010, Braswell's post-collegiate publicity career includes stints at not-for-profit organization Mississippi Blood Services and non-profit organization Susan G. Komen of Central Mississippi. She moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue her fashion journalism dreams, where she worked as a fashion and beauty staff writer for AllMediaNY.com and freelanced as style director for "WHOA! (What's Happening with Original Artists) Magazine." After leaving those positions for a political journalism opportunity in Washington, D.C., she moved back to Manhattan in 2015 where she currently works as a stylist at clothing company J. Crew.

"Molly has such an extensive and diverse public relations background that I couldn't afford not to hire her," said Poets Wear Prada publisher Roxanne Hoffman. "She was so enthusiastic about joining Poets Wear Prada and working with our team that she is going to bring a bright new energy to the company. I'm delighted to begin working with her!"

Hoffman and Braswell met recently when they attended a book party while waiting in line to have Diane von Furstenberg sign their copies of "Inside Venice: A Private View of the City's Most Beautiful Interiors" (Rizzoli New York). After chatting for a few minutes, they each discovered how auspicious their meeting was. Hoffman needed a professional to do freelance public relations work for her publishing house, and Braswell was looking for her next publicity and writing opportunity in NYC.

"When I met Roxy, I feel as if we almost clicked instantly, and I knew I wanted to work with her," Braswell said. "Standing next to her in line had to be pure serendipity. I know I can learn a lot from Roxy, and I feel it's going to be a wonderful partnership."


Molly C. Braswell was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and she currently lives on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.

Founded in 2006 in Hoboken, New Jersey, the birthplace of Frank Sinatra and professional baseball, Poets Wear Prada is a boutique publisher devoted to introducing and promoting emerging writers, as well as those more established, to the mainstream audiences with beautifully designed volumes of well-crafted poetry and prose. For more information visit the publisher's site: http://poetswearprada.com/.

Friday, May 8, 2015

SAT 5/9 Come Hear Austin Alexis Live, Greenwich Village, NYC, 7PM

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SAT 5/8 Come hear Austin Alexis live 208 W 13 St Rm 210, NY, NY 10011
Charlie Bondhus, Dean Kostos, & Lynn McGee!  
@7PM
Four Poets Celebrate Lyricism in the 21st Century
For more information please visit


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Poets Wear Prada at Sunday's Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

HOBOKEN ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday, May 3, 2015
11AM - 6PM
Washington Street from City Hall to 7th Street, Hoboken, NJ

Join Poets Wear Prada in our hometown, the birthplace of Frank Sinatra and professional baseball, Hoboken, New Jersey, Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11AM to 6PM for a day of FREE LIVE MUSIC, GOOD EATS,  an OUTDOOR ART SHOW, and many, many SMALL BUSINESS VENDORS.  We will be selling our beautiful poetry books and launching our new line of poetry greeting cards. There will also be a sneak preview of  Roxanne Hoffman's upcoming July art show at the Hoboken Library.  Meet author, recording artist and performance poet, Tantra-zawadi who will be signing her books and CD's at our table all day at the event.


POETRY GREETING CARDS FROM POETS WEAR PRADA
POETRY BOOKS FROM POETS WEAR PRADA


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuliptree Online Features 2 Poems by Hilary Sideris

Tulip Tree Review
TULIP TREE REVIEW
Hilary Sideris
Tuliptree Online features two poems by poet Hilary Sideris, author of  Most Likely to Die (Poets Wear Prada, 2014).  Read "Thom" and "Photoman" from her new series of poems based on men's online dating profiles.  Maybe you're the missing half  -- his "future crime partner" or "co-pilot" or want to join him "on the dance floor" --  or will recognize your own online dating profile.  Here's the link to read the poems online: http://www.tuliptreepub.com/hilarysideris.html
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Emotive Fruition Features Geer Austin's Work Wednesday April 22, 2015 in NYC at 7:30pm

Emotive Fruition
EMOTIVE FRUITION: A RADICAL POETRY READING

The poetry of  poet and writer Geer Austin, author of Cloverleaf (Poets Wear Prada, 2014), will be featured Emotive Fruition's celebration of April is National Poetry Month, at Botanic Lab,  Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30pm in New York City. 

Take the F or M train to Essex street. About a 4-minute walk from the station.


Geer Austin
CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
Wednesday, April 22 @ 7:30pm
Botanic Lab
86 Orchard Street (at Broome)
New York, NY  10002
Emotive Fruition: Cel-e-brate Good Rhymes, C’mon!
Curated, directed and hosted by Thomas Dooley.


The poets: Geer Austin, Michael H. Broder, Richard Prins, David McLoghlin, Nicole Callihan, K.C. Trommer, Ama Codjoe, Chrissy Malvasi, Matthew Hittinger, Jason Schneiderman, Jackie Sherbow, Emily Brandt, Ashleigh Lambert, Arden Levine, Jerome Murphy, Moira-Jo Trachtenberg-Thielking, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Monica Wendel, and Michael Klein.


$10 at the door. The performance runs an hour.
Get a beverage, drink in the poems.

The actors: Helene Yorke, Pearl Sun, and Lucas Hall

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 For more information about Emotive Fruition please visit their website: http://emotivefruition.org/

Monday, April 20, 2015

Poets Wear Prada at the 2015 Rainbow Book Fair in New York

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Authors Rosalie Calabrese and Austin Alexis
The 2015 Rainbow Book Fair
Holiday Inn - Midtown, NYC
Sat., April 18, 2015


Our authors Joel Allegretti (THRUM, EUROPA/NIPPON/NEW YORK: Poems/Not-Poems), Michael Montlack (The Slip), Austin Alexis (Lovers and Drag Queens, For Lincoln & Other Poems), Jee Leong Koh (PAYDAY LOANS), Chocolate Waters (The Woman Who Wouldn't Shake Hands, and Geer Austin (Cloverleaf) read at the event's Poetry Salon hosted by Nathaniel Siegel.

Here's a little clip of Geer Austin reading at the event:



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Monday, December 1, 2014

2015 Pushcart Nomination: "Open Heart Surgery" by Geer Austin



OPEN HEART SURGERY
 

You drop into my life
like a dream of death.
Your lips are blue, and your teeth are cracked.
You puff a cigarette.
Your fingertips glow fiery red.
We go to a bar called The Bar.
You slip away from me and I stare
across the room at ghostlike reflections of myself.
You push past them heading for the exit.
I run after you.
On the street, homeless people
shout political slogans
and groups of the unemployed
try to sell their old clothes.
You dance past them —
your camera flashing at neon signs.
The glare of a streetlamp hits your blond head.
You pause underneath to light a cocktail joint
spreading your legs wide to support
the weight of the black plastic lighter you hold in your hands.
I sneak up behind you and nudge your shoulder.
You crack a joke. I’m the punch line.
We climb flights and cross landings
to reach your bed.
You fall facedown on the duvet.
I flip you over and peel back layers of clothing.
Your chest is a road map of scars —
red routes leading to your heart.
I place my hands on top of this cloverleaf.
You slip between my fingers.

 

From Geer Austin’s debut poetry collection, Cloverleaf  (Poets Wear Prada: January 28, 2014)

Geer Austin
Cloverleaf

Poets Wear Prada Announces Their 2015 Pushcart Nominations




Congratulations to our nominees!


Author
Poem
Book
Geer Austin
“Open Heart Surgery”
Cloverleaf
Michael T. Young
“The Risk of Listening to Brahms”
The Beautiful Moment 
of Being Lost
Hilary Sideris
“Learning the Blues”
Most Likely to Die
Hilary Sideris
“All God’s Dangers”
Most Likely to Die
Daniel Simpson
“Almost Drowning”
School for the Blind
George Held
“Rabbit Ways”
Culling: New & Selected
Nature Poems

We'll be posting one nominated poem each day this week


Roxy & Jack

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Award-Winning Poet Michael T. Young in Lambertville, NJ, Saturday, November 15


Poet Michael T. Young will read Saturday evening, November 15, from his brand-new collection, "The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost" (Poets Wear Prada) at Panoply Books in Lambertville, New Jersey.
 
Nov. 13, 2014 - HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Award-Winning New Jersey poet Michael T. Young will read Saturday evening, November 15, at Panoply Books in Lambertville, New Jersey, from his brand-new book "The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost," his second full-length poetry collection, soon to be released by Hoboken-based publisher Poets Wear Prada.

Michael T. Young, "The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost"
Michael T. Young has published three other books, including his prize-winning chapbook "Living in the Counterpoint" (Finishing Line Press, 2012), an earlier chapbook “Because the Wind Has Questions” (Somers Rocks Press, 1997), and a full-length collection of poems “Transcriptions of Daylight” (Rattapallax Press, 2000). Last month, Young was named co-winner of the 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award for "Living in the Counterpoint" by the New England Poetry Club. Young has received both Chaffin and William Stafford awards for his poetry, two Pushcart nominations, and a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Since "The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost" had its unofficial launch earlier this year in May at the West Caldwell Poetry Festival, the poet as been on tour throughout his home state of New Jersey, and in New York, to promote his new book. Mr. Young, a philosopher as well as poet, who works as as administrative assistant in the corporate world, writes about self-exploration and identity in the context of his real-life observations during his daily activities. New Jersey readers will recognize many references in his poems to places traveled during his daily commute such as Pulaski Skyway and the Hudson River waterfront. In one of his poems "Announcing the Stops," Young writes: "The conductor announces over the intercom: / "This is Grove Street," 'This is Exchange Place,' / 'This is World Trade Center'; and later, / when I return home, the same conductor, / like a faithful Blakean, announces the same stops, / but in reverse, as if this made them / into another world, another darkness / outside the windows, another night / with cool air streaming shells and sand / and other relics of merciful judgment. //"

Bertha Rogers, author of "Heart Turned Back," lauds "The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost" and says in his new book, "Michael T. Young leads his readers into loving the world in its beautiful day-to-dayness. He does this by showing the reader, in thoughtful and graceful language, how to look and listen."

Asked about the unusual title of his book, Mr. Young replied that it is simply the title of one of the poems included in the book. The book itself is dedicated to his wife, Chandra, "with whom every moment is a beautiful moment even when we are lost."

Michael T. Young was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 1990. Young lives with his wife and children in Jersey City, New Jersey.

A limited number of signed pre-release copies of "The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost" will be available for sale at the Lambertville reading.

Panoply Books Reading Series
Saturday, November 15 @ 6PM
Panoply Books
46 N. Union St.
Lambertville, NJ

Free.
Contact: (609) 397-1145 or  info@panoplybooks.com

Panoply Books in Lambertville, New Jersey offers offbeat, rare and out-of-print quality used books, textiles, and artwork. The bookstore is open Monday through Thursday 11AM to 5PM and Friday through Sunday 11AM to 5:30PM.

Poets Wear Prada is a small literary press publishing beautifully designed, well-crafted poetry chapbooks from Sinatra’s hometown, the birthplace of professional baseball, Hoboken, New Jersey, since 2006.

For more details about how to purchase "The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost," and for additional events please visit the poet's website http://MichaelTYoung.com or his publisher's blog at http://pwpbooks.blogspot.com.
Contact
Roxane Hoffman
201.253.0561
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Poet Daniel Simpson Launches Debut Collection at Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark New Jersey

October 25, 2014, Newark, NJ - Poet Daniel Simpson will be reading from his debut collection "School for the Blind" at 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival today from 3:00 to 4:10PM at NJPAC/Victoria Theater. Simpson's reading is part of a panel discussion titled "Present Imperfect: Poets on Poetry and Disability" with fellow poets Jennifer Bartlett, Ona Gritz, and Alex Lemon. Copies of the new book can be purchased on site all day and on Sunday from Barnes and Noble, the official bookseller for the Festival. There will be an official book signing today from 4:15PM to 4:45PM on the second floor across the hall from the onsite bookstore.

A recipient of a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Simpson has published poems in "Prairie Schooner," "The Cortland Review," "Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review," "Passager," "Atlanta Review," "The Louisville Review," and "Margie," among other literary journals. Cinco Puntos Press, El Paso, Texas, published his essay “Line Breaks the Way I See Them” and four of his poems in "Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability," a 2012 ALA Notable Poetry Book called “unusual and powerful” by "Publisher’s Weekly" in a starred review.

Daniel Simpson and his identical twin brother, David, were born blind in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1952. After attending the Overbrook School for the Blind through eighth grade (1956 - 1966), Dan became one of the first blind students in his county to go to a public school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and music from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated Summa cum Laude and Class Salutatorian. 

Not only an accomplished poet, but musician too, Simpson has a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey, as well as Master of Arts in English and a teaching certificate from the University of Pennsylvanina. He traveled to Paris for a year of private study with the world-renowned organist André Marchal.  Simpson has been singing with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, a 140-voice choir, for twenty years.

He serves as Access Technology Consultant to the Free Library of Philadelphia and works as a Technical Support Specialist for the Library of Congress. He and Ona Gritz are the Poetry Editors for "Referential Magazine."   He currently lives in Lansdown, Pennsylvania.

Simpson's collection of twenty poems addresses blindness not as disability but as another dimension of a multi-faceted, multi-talented self. For Simpson, blindness is not a loss nor a right denied, but an essential fact of his identity, a birthright embraced and shared with a partner in childhood crimes, his twin brother. Any pity is misplaced, any assessment that his blindness is  a shortcoming inaccurate.  In one poem he promises to tell his Aunt Polly his vision of  paradise in the afterlife: "It's really going to be something," I'll say. / "In Heaven, you'll finally get to be blind."  

Poet Stephen Dunn, 2001 recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, has said "Daniel Simpson's fine 'School for the Blind' could as easily have been called 'An Education for the Sighted,' because is works both ways. Simpson makes us privy -- without hype or sentimentality -- to what it feels like to be blind, to live with and fall in love with the tactile world and its language."

"School for the Blind" is published by Poets Wear Prada, a small literary press founded in 2006 and based in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Michael T Young Wins Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award for "Living in the Counterpoint"

New Jersey Poet Michael T. Young Receives Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award

Michael T. Young of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Kyle Potvin of Derry, New Hamshire, were announced as co-winners of the New England Poetry Club's 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award, judged by poet David Ellis.

"Living in Counterpoint" (L), Author Michael T. Young (R)
"Living in Counterpoint" (L), Author Michael T. Young (R)
New England Poetry Club (f. 1915)
New England Poetry Club
(f. 1915)
PRLog - Oct. 8, 2014 - JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Michael T. Young of Jersey City, New Jersey, has been named co-winner of the 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award for his third poetry collection, “Living in the Counterpoint.” He shares the award with Kyle Potvin of Derry, New Hamshire, who received it for her debut poetry collection, “Sound Travels on Water.” This year’s judge was poet David Ellis. Both collections were published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.

The Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award is given for the best chapbook published in the previous two years. A chapbook is small poetry collection usually under forty pages in length and typically published as a pamphlet. Started in 2008, the Pedrick Award is administered by the New England Poetry Club. Founded in 1915 by poets Amy Lowell, Robert Frost and Conrad Aiken, the New England Poetry Club is the oldest poetry reading series in America.

Michael T. Young has published two other collections, an earlier  chapbook, “Because the Wind Has Questions” (Somers Rocks Press, 1997), and a full-length collection of poems, “Transcriptions of Daylight” (Rattapallax Press, 2000). Advance copies of his latest book, “The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost,” are available from New Jersey's Hoboken-based publisher Poets Wear Prada. Young has received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Chaffin Poetry Award. He was also a recipient of a William Stafford Award.

Jean Pedrick (1922 - 2006)
Jean Pedrick (1922 - 2006)
“Living in the Counterpoint” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. “The book explores how we identify who we are, best, in the context of what we are not. The central theme of the collection is the necessity of taking risk in self-exploration. It’s similar to the odd way that candies are made better-tasting by adding a little spice to them," said author Michael T. Young. "Living in the Counterpoint" is a prelude to Young’s latest full-length collection, “The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost,” which continues his poetic exploration of self-identity and risk.

Both co-winners will each receive $100 and are invited to read at the New England Poetry Club.