Orison Books founder and editor Luke Hankins was interviewed by Dante Di Stefano for the Best American Poetry blog’s “Meet the Press” series. They discuss each of Orison’s authors, upcoming projects, spirituality, humor, translation, and more. Have a look!
Orison Books is pleased to announce the results of The 2016 Orison Fiction Prize!
In a blind judging process, Peter Orner has selected Miss Portland, a novel manuscript by David Ebenbach of Washington, DC, as the winner of The 2016 Orison Poetry Prize. Ebenbach will receive an award of $1,500 and Miss Portland will be published by Orison Books in early 2017.
About the Author
David Ebenbach is the author of two short story collections: Between Camelots (winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, University of Pittsburgh Press) and Into the Wilderness (Winner of the Washington Writers Publishing House Fiction Prize, WWPH). He is also the author of a full-length collection of poetry, We Were the People Who Moved (Winner of the Patricia Bibby Prize, Tebot Bach), a chapbook of poetry, Autogeography (Finishing Line Press), and a guide to the creative process called The Artist’s Torah (Cascade Books). Ebenbach holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He teaches creative writing at Georgetown University.
Orison Books is pleased to name the following finalist and semi-finalists:
Heads of the Colored People, 1991-2016: Postracial Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Art Is Not an Animal Is Not a Child Is Not a Ghost by Rachel Lyon
Birding for Beginners by Jeremy Griffin
Electricity Comes From Other Planets by Nathaniel Minton
Orison Books is pleased to announce that J. Scott Brownlee has won the 2016 Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Memorial Award for a first book of poetry for Requiem for Used Ignition Cap!
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Orison Books is pleased to announce the results of The 2016 Orison Poetry Prize! (Fiction results will be announced soon.)
In a blind judging process, Hadara Bar-Nadav has selected “Ghost Child of the Atalanta Bloom” by Rebecca Aronson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the winner of The 2016 Orison Poetry Prize. Aronson will receive an award of $1,500 and her manuscript will be published by Orison Books in early 2017.
About the Author
Rebecca Aronson’s first book, Creature, Creature, won the Main-Traveled Press poetry contest and was published in 2007. She also received the 2010 Strousse Award from Prairie Schooner. Aronson’s poems have appeared in Tin House, the Georgia Review, Cream City Review, Mas Tequila Review, the Paris-American, and Quarterly West, among other places. She lives in New Mexico where she teaches writing, facilitates a community writing group, and coordinates a visiting writers series for Central New Mexico Community College. She is a member of the Dirt City literary collective.
Orison Books is pleased to name the following finalists and semi-finalists:
“Eden Underwater” by Ellen Wehle
“Variations on a Sacred Grove” by Michael Rather Jr.
“Flicker” by Mary B. Moore
“Naming the Lifeboat” by Justin Gardiner
“Excursions” by Ceridwen Hall
“Helpless Intruders in a Strange World” by Heather Altfeld
“Havening” by Brandon Krieg
“Vortex Street” by Heather Thomas
“The Archaeology of Light” by Stuart Lishan
“For the Fire from the Straw” by Heidi Nilsson
“Hybrid Alleluia” by Lynn Domina
“The Marriage of Space and Time” by Jed Myers
“Ambushing Water” by Danielle Hanson
“Nearly on Fire” by Jennifer Bullis
“Rotary Devotion” by Gary Keenan
“Future Towers” by Diego Medina
“Silence in the Sentence” by Nadia Colburn
Read Paul Harding’s foreword to The Divine Magnet at the Tin House blog here!
We’re pleased to announce that Publishers Weekly has reviewed The Divine Magnet!
“The 10 letters collected in this volume, all written between 1851 and 1852, chronicle, albeit one-sidedly, one of the most consequential relationships in American letters. Herman Melville had met Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850 and recognized him instantly as a literary soulmate. Melville’s letters (Hawthorne’s have been lost) show a rapport and intimacy that go beyond simple mutual respect. Anticipating a visit by his correspondent—who at the time lived only six miles away in Massachussetts’s Berkshire Mountains—he chortles, ‘We will have mulled wine with wisdom, & buttered toast with story-telling & crack jokes & bottles from morning till night.’ Having just read The House of the Seven Gables, published in 1851, he insightfully lauds Hawthorne’s skill at rendering ‘the tragicalness of human thought in its own unbiassed, native, and profounder workings.’ Melville, then at work on ‘my Whale’—Moby-Dick, which he would dedicate to Hawthorne—is also uncommonly frank, in a letter from May 1851, about the literary renown that eludes him: ‘I have come to regard this matter of Fame as the most transparent of all vanities.’ The appendices, which include Melville’s review of Hawthorne’s story collection Mosses from an Old Manse and two poems by Melville thought to be about Hawthorne, enhance this portrait of friendship between two literary titans.”
Orison Books is very happy to announce that we will be publishing Two Worlds Exist, the second poetry collection by Hasidic poet Yehoshua November, this fall! November’s first collection, God’s Optimism, won the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. November’s poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Writer’s Almanac, and he teaches at Rutgers University and Touro College. Join us in welcoming Yehoshua November to the Orison Books family!
Listen to a radio interview with Luke Hankins and Rachel Shopper about Orison Books on Asheville FM’s Wordplay Radio here! (Skip to minute 4:00.)
A lovely review of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu’s I Scrape the Window of Nothingness: New & Selected Poems appears in the current issue of Anglican Theological Review!
“[T]he book surprises at each turn, holding readers in suspense, while we wait for an insight or revelation on the verge of being unveiled. Radulescu does not allow entry into total despair, but she pulls us into a world of angels in shadow, while we work to extract from it what the indefinable is (might it be hope?) that keeps us reading.” –Mary Mallek Haines
Order I Scrape the Window of Nothingness today at www.orisonbooks.com/shop.