Happy Pub Date to Jenny Johnson! Scalise featured on "Outtakes" portion of American Short Fiction, Thanks to all who stopped by the Sarabande booth at AWP!

Jenny Johnson's In Full Velvet is finally, officially available as of February 14th! Publishers Weekly, in its Pick of the Week" columncalls the collection

"Vociferous, deciduous, fresh, and knowing"


Mike Scalise, in a column on American Short Fiction, discusses a passage from his book that was cut, and why. This essay is great for those with questions about the editorial process. He writes:

"Crises can turn us into skipping records of our own worst (and best) tendencies. ... Stasis is, heartbreakingly, the mode in which many of our lives greatest dramas take shape. So how do you render it authentically while keeping organic character progression intact? How do you honor both the reality of the lived moment, and the Aristotelian needs of big-L literature?"

You can read the full piece here.

Lastly, thanks to all who stopped by our booth at #AWP17! We hope you all had a fantastic time at the conference. 

Sarabande Books at AWP 2017

AWP is right around the corner and we have all the info you'll need to keep up with Sarabande right here. Find us in the bookfair at Booth 729. We're stacking the books high with all our favorite titles from over the years, all our new titles, and a few you can snag early. We're also bringing back the photo booth! Snap a pic in animals masks inspired by Animals Strike Curious Poses with your friends and new books! Follow us on Twitter (@sarabandebooks) and Facebook, and look for updates in the official #AWP17 hashtag. 

February 11th from 7-9PM at Petworth Citizen:

Celebrate the final night of AWP with drinks, snacks, mingling, and dancing, hosted by some of your favorite small presses: Curbside Splendor PublishingDeep Vellum Publishingfeatherproof booksSarabande Books, and Two Dollar Radio
free! with RSVP // two drink tickets per RSVP // RSVP to catherine (at)curbsidesplendor.com


Friday, February 10



THURSDAY, February 9

 FRIDAY, February 10

SATURDAY, February 11


AWP offsite small press party:




Scalise Featured on Literary Hub and Oprah.com, Jenny Johnson's poem "Spaces" featured on "Poem A Day" and more!

An excerpt of Mike Scalise's new book, The Brand New Catastrophe, was featured on Literary Hub this week.  To read this preview, click here.

Mike Scalise's essay, "5 Things I Wish My Wife Knew About Herself," was featured on Oprah.com. This essay is incredibly heartwarming and heartfelt--check it out here! The Brand New Catastrophe is available to order through our website.

Jenny Johnson's poem "Spaces," from her new collection In Full Velvet, was featured on the American Academy of Poet's "Poem A Day." Johnson's collection is available for purchase on Valentine's Day 2017! To read "Spaces," click here.


Edie Meidav received a Kirkus starred review for her forthcoming book Kingdom of the Young. They call it

"A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey. Meidav pulls readers through a series of dreamy, complex, poignant stories with language that is by turns gauzy-poetic and pinpoint-precise but unfailingly inventive.... A penetrating collection that glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance."

To read the full review, click here.

Congratulations Edie! 

BRIEFLY NOTED: Johnson and Scalise make exciting lists for 2017, Jarrar's Inauguration found poem published in Huffington Post

  • Jenny Johnson's In Full Velvet was named on Autostraddle's "45 Queer and Feminist Books You Need to Read in Early 2017" . Johnson's poetry collection is available for pre-order now and will be published on February 14, 2017. 
  • Mike Scalise's The Brand New Catastrophe was listed on Read it Forward's "17 Books We're Excited to Read in 2017." Scalise's book is available for pre-order now and will be published on January 31, 2017.
Read It Forward writes, "This heartrending and heartwarming memoir will help put your own life into perspective.”  
  • Randa Jarrar wrote and tweeted a found poem using words from Donald Trump's inauguration speech, the result of which was published in an article by the Huffington Post. You can read her poem and the article here
  • Please check out our tours and events page! We have many exciting readings and events coming up for authors Elena Passarello, Jenny Johnson, and Mike Scalise
Follow Randa Jarrar on Twitter: @randajarrar

Follow Randa Jarrar on Twitter: @randajarrar