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Sarabande Books at AWP 2018

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 1232. 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. Follow us on Twitter (@sarabandebooks) and Facebook, and look for updates in the official #AWP18 hashtag. 



FRIDAY, March 9

  • 2:00-3:00, Rachel Arndt, signing debut collection of essays, Beyond Measure
  • 3:00-4:00, Kiki Petrosino, signing new poetry collection, Witch Wife

SPECIAL OFFER: Free drinks for book purchases

We're giving away tickets redeemable for a free cocktail at our Saturday offsite event! Be one of the first fifteen customers to have your book signed at any of our five author signings and receive a complimentary drink ticket for the event The New Guard: 15 Debut Poets. Readers include Kaveh Akbar, Chen Chen, and our own Peter Mishler, debut author of forthcoming collection, Fludde. Tickets can be redeemed Saturday 6-8pm at The Fly for one of three Sarabande-themed beverages: 

  • "The Fludde": vodka, St. Germain, pineapple, lime 
  • "The Kentucky Mule": whiskey, ginger beer, lime
  • "The Sarabandit": Woodford Reserve, single pour


    THURSDAY, March 8

     FRIDAY, March 9

    SATURDAY, March 10

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    We're pleased to announce the winner of our 2018 Flo Gault Poetry Prize for Kentucky Undergraduates: Iva Moore for her poem "Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis."

    Iva will receive $500 and a letterpress broadside of her winning poem, printed by Hound Dog Press. Congratulations to Iva and all our winners and honorees!

    2018 WINNERS

    First Prize: "Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis" by Iva Moore (University of Louisville)
    Second: "Wildfire" by Laura McAllister (University of Kentucky)
    Third: "comfort zone" by Natalie Turner (Western Kentucky University)


    "Green Girl" by Michaela Miller (Western Kentucky University)
    "Fading Quietly" by Celeste N. Rehmel (Western Kentucky University)
    "Sex Poem" by Cole Sweasy (Western Kentucky University)
    "Diving into the day" by Julia Mikulec (University of Kentucky)

    This prize is made possible through the generosity of the Gault Family in loving memory of Flo Gault. For more information on this prize and other writing opportunities from Sarabande Books, visit our submissions page.

    Featured Authors, News


    Witch Wife, Kiki Petrosino

    The New York Times, "Best Poetry 2017"
    Barnes & Noble, "25 Must-Reads for National Poetry Month"
    Vol. 1 Brooklyn, "December 2017 Book Preview"
    The Millions, "Must-Read Poetry: December 2017"
    Memorious Mag, "Contributor Spotlight Bonzana"

    The poems of Witch Wife are spells, obsessive incantations to exorcise or celebrate memory, to mourn the beloved dead, to conjure children or keep them at bay, to faithfully inhabit one’s given body. In sestinas, villanelles, hallucinogenic prose poems and free verse, Kiki Petrosino summons history’s ghosts—the ancestors that reside in her blood and craft—and sings them to life.

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    Kiki Petrosino is the author of two previous books of poetry: Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009). She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and online at Ploughshares. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. Her awards include a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat and research fellowships from the University of Louisville's Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

    Petrosino. . . crackles in her stunning third collection, as she dives deep into the ephemeral powers of the body, particularly those of black women. . . .Cosmic images blend with the familiar and domestic to create an all-encompassing reading experience.
    — Publishers Weekly, starred review
    In Petrosino’s singular world, the familiar becomes strange, and the strange, suddenly irresistible, settles deep in the bones. Sparkling with sly wordplay and fantastical imagery, these are not only masterful poems but mighty incantations. Utterly spellbinding.
    — Booklist
    Witch Wife offers that maybe all love stories are stories of bodies. We are within before we are without. Petrosino is a unique voice, churning a mixture of smirk and mirth. . . Witch Wife is a weird wonder, something altogether new in its combinations.
    — The Millions, "Must-Read Poetry: December 2017"
    Kiki Petrosino’s lush and stunning Witch Wife is a hothouse in winter, incongruous and adamantly fertile, full of strange blossoms, site of refuge and danger. Someone has drawn pictures in all the steamy windows. These are poems about what composes us—our names, our flesh, our vexed relationships to both—and about ambivalence turned glittering and feral, about the question of what the body can and cannot stomach. Petrosino’s language turns organs into verbs, and verbs into organs, metabolizing the strangeness of presence, regret, and hope. When I read this book on the subway, the investment banker sitting next to me was reading over my shoulder. He could tell I was warming myself by some kind of fire. And I was. It was glorious.
    — Leslie Jamison

    Briefly Noted, News



    The glowing reviews for Catapult by Emily Fridlund keep coming! Pick up your copy of The New York Times Book Review and check out "Other People's Minds: Four Short Story Collections" where Fridlund is among good company with other indie presses like Two Dollar Radio and Dzanc. You'll also find Catapult in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and the December issue of Martha Stewart Living. Clearly, you should pick up this "laugh-out-loud collection as wise as it is funny" today!  

    Kiki Petrosino's third poetry collection from Sarabande, Witch Wife"crackles" in her starred Publishers Weekly review, and The Millions includes it in its list of "Must-Read Poetry: December 2017." We can't wait for this book to hit the shelves December 12 and enchant you with its magic. Pre-order is available below! 

    We all survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but if you're looking for the perfect book for your favorite bibliophile this holiday season, head over to The New York Times "100 Notable Books of 2017" where you'll find Elena Passarello's Animals Strike Curious Poses.

    Head on over to Lit Hub for a lovely interview with Sarabande poets Peter Mishler (Fludde, forthcoming May 2018) and Jenny Johnson (In Full Velvet). Mishler interviews Johnson about how her poems' "ahead-of-ness" helped her explore her queer identity growing up in a rural Virginian town.

    "Assuming that my poems often know more than I do, I’ve found that the work for me is one of learning what to trust in an early draft; I try to listen to or follow the moments of strangest authority," Johnson says. 

    Are you searching for inspiration this winter? You can check out Poets & Writers's Best Books for Writers list where you'll find Mary Ruefle's chapbook, On Imagination, and discover how your imagination can play to your creativity. This list is a great resource for any writer looking to be inspired! 

    We're pleased to announce that Joe Sacksteder's story collection, The Game in the Sand, has been selected for the 2017 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature! In such a tough competition, we'd also like to applaud two noteworthy manuscripts, poetry collection Field of Iron Feathers by Madeleine Wattenberg and story collection Quantum Convention & Other Stories by Eric Schlich. 

    Catapult, Emily Fridlund
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    Witch Wife, Kiki Petrosino
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    Fludde, Peter Mishler
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    In Full Velvet, Jenny Johnson
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    On Imagination, Mary Ruefle
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