Poem of the Week: "Postcard from Ogun State"

In celebration of our twentieth birthday, we want to offer you the gift of a weekly poem selected by a Sarabande staff member. Today's poem was selected by our editorial intern, Danika Isdahl, from Kiki Pertrosino's collection, Hymn for the Black Terrific.

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A Note from Danika Isdahl:

Dear Reader,

Kiki Petrosino's works (Fort Red Border and Hymn for the Black Terrific) were the first Sarabande books I read. Discovering her and other authors equally enthralling led me to seek out an internship at Sarabande. During my time here, I have shamelessly ogled at the stacks of books in our office, all published because we are dedicated to bringing you the best literature, and you, wonderful readers, are dedicated to the literature Sarabande has brought you. 

This Poem-of-the-Week series has reminded us of our favorite voices from the last twenty years and given us a preview of the great voices to continue with your support. 

Happy reading, 

Danika

In Gratitude: During our Poem-of-the-Week series, all donors giving $15 or more will receive a letterpress-printed poem by a Sarabande poet.

See last week's poem: Click here to view previous poems selected by Sarabande staff members.

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Poem of the Week: "Oh, wow, mausoleums,"

In celebration of our twentieth birthday, we want to offer you the gift of a weekly poem selected by a Sarabande staff member. Today's poem was selected by our Director of Marketing, Kristen Radtke, from Kathleen Ossip's forthcoming collection, The Do-Over.

A Note from Kristen Radtke:

Dear Reader:

I’ve always felt lucky to work for a press that focuses on some of the publishing world’s underrepresented genres—poetry, short fiction, and essays. Sarabande has launched careers for extraordinary writers like Paul Yoon (Once the Shore) and Caitlin Horrocks (This is Not Your City), and we’ve got some incredible debuts forthcoming, too—Arna Bontemps Hemenway’s Elegy on Kinderklavier (short stories, July), Kerry Howley’s Thrown (essay, October), and so many others. 

What’s equally exciting is creating a home for writers, and a place where authors can continue to publish and thrive as their careers advance. Sarabande published Kathleen Ossip’s poetry collection The Cold War in 2011 to stellar reviews in the New York Times Book ReviewThe NationHuffington Post, and many others, and earned itself a spot on Publishers Weekly’s best books of the year list. I’m thrilled to have her back with us for the publication of her third book, The Do-Over, in February of next year. 

As an independent press that publishes only about ten books a year, I’m so grateful that Sarbande is able to both launch writers and sustain careers. Above all, I’m grateful to have the support of so many devoted readers, writers, and partners who make what we do possible.

Yours,

Kristen

In Gratitude: All donors giving $15 or more will receive a letterpress-printed poem by a Sarabande poet.

See last week's poem: Click here to view previous poems selected by Sarabande staff members.

Poem of the Week: "Litany"

In celebration of our twentieth birthday, we want to offer you the gift of a weekly poem selected by a Sarabande staff member. Today's poem was selected by our Managing Editor, Kirby Gann, from Rick Barot's collection, Want.

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A Note from Kirby Gann:

Dear Reader,

The discovery of a promising author is one of the great delights at a publishing house; nurturing that author’s career over time is an even deeper satisfaction. Rick Barot’s first collection, The Darker Fall, received our Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry in 2001; since then Sarabande has published his second collection, Want (2008), and plan to publish his third book in 2015. With each successive work Barot has grown only more incisive and mature, with a marked widening of scope and vision. He is on his way to becoming one of his generation’s essential poets.

Nurturing fledgling artists to their maturity is merely one of the factors that separates Sarabande Books from many other publishers who base their decisions on an author’s works by examining that author’s sales record first and aesthetic accomplishment second. We’re allowed such leeway due to support from readers who agree that achievement in the literary arts requires time; authors must be allowed to take chances and to explore their deepening sensibilities without anxiety as to whether the next book will become a best seller or not. Please join us in our support of great authors with a one-time or sustaining gift. 

Sincerely,

Kirby Gann

In Gratitude: During our Poem-of-the-Week series, all donors giving $15 or more will receive a letterpress-printed poem by a Sarabande poet.

See last week's poem: Click here to view previous poems selected by Sarabande staff members.

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If you would like to receive occasional updates from Sarabande Books, including Poems of the Week, via email, please contact Kristen at kmiller@sarabandebooks.org.

Poem of the Week: "My Puppets"

In celebration of our twentieth birthday, we want to offer you the gift of a weekly poem selected by a Sarabande staff member. Today's poem was selected by our Marketing and Editorial Assistant, Anthony Blake, from from Jeff Dolven's collection, Speculative Music.

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A Note from Anthony Blake:

Dear Reader,

For twenty years, Sarabande Books has been an indispensable source for poetry, short fiction, and essay. Publishing debut authors like Jeff Dolven as well as the big names, our list is a growing, diverse medley of outstanding voices.

As a beneficiary of Sarabande’s internship program, I know first-hand how far your generosity goes toward developing not just our titles but our community, from new readers to future publishers. This practical experience— following a book from manuscript to finished piece—has been a perfect and necessary compliment to my university education. As I leave Sarabande to pursue an MFA, I do so with confidence and a sense of the current literary landscape that I owe one hundred percent to Sarabande and its donors.

As an independent, nonprofit press, we couldn’t do any of this without you, our beautiful readers. We are excited for our next twenty years and hope you join us in this mission through a one-time or sustaining gift.

All best,

Anthony

In Gratitude: During our Poem-of-the-Week series, all donors giving $15 or more will receive a letterpress-printed poem by a Sarabande poet.

See last week's poem: Click here to view previous poems selected by Sarabande staff members.

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If you would like to receive occasional updates from Sarabande Books, including Poems of the Week, via email, please contact Kristen at kmiller@sarabandebooks.org.

Poem of the Week: "The Companions"

In celebration of our twentieth birthday, we want to offer you the gift of a weekly poem selected by a Sarabande staff member. Today's poem was selected by Sarabande President and Founder, Sarah Gorham, from Josephine Jacobsen's Contents of a Minute.

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A Note from Sarah Gorham:

Dear Reader,

For twenty years, Sarabande Books has put aside more lucrative genres to focus on literary arts—specifically poetry, short fiction, and essay. We can't help it; it's what we love! In addition to launching the careers of outstanding debut authors, we feature established, world-class poets like Josephine Jacobsen through our Quarternote Chapbook Series

We couldn’t do it without you, partners in our mission to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay. We remain infinitely grateful for this support. If you share in our vision, we invite you to join us through a one-time or sustaining gift.

Warmly,

Sarah

In Gratitude: During our six-week Poem-of-the-Week series, all donors giving $15 or more will receive a letterpress-printed poem by a Sarabande poet.

See last week's poem: Click here to view previous poems selected by Sarabande staff members.

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If you would like to receive occasional updates from Sarabande Books, including Poems of the Week, via email, please contact Kristen at kmiller@sarabandebooks.org.