December 2011

12 . 21 . 11

J. Hope Stein, one of Hyacinth Girl Press' 2012 poets, has a new chapbook titled Corner Office out from H_ngm_n Bks! You can give it a read here, and you really really should.  J. Hope Stein is blowing up poetry chapbook land with Corner Office, to be followed up by a chapbook from the lovely Dancing Girl Press, and, of course, [Mary]: coming out with us next year. And believe me, it's all well-deserved.

While I usually try not to use this website as a forum to promote my own work, I do have to link to this new review of my most recent chapbook, Letters from Room 27 of the Grand Midway Hotel, which came out from Blood Pudding Press this past August.  Susan Yount wrote the review for her literary journal, Arsenic Lobster, and I am simply tickled by what she has to say. The review is very insightful and makes me smile. A lot.

There will probably be one more announcement here before Christmas, and then one more again before the new year! So much is still to come!

12 . 19 . 11

A Wicked Apple
by Susan Slaviero
$5.00 + shipping


At long last it is here - Susan Slaviero's chapbook of myth, fairytale, and maybe even a little horror, A Wicked Apple, is now available from Hyacinth Girl Press!

A Wicked Apple also features cover art by the lovely Renée Alberts and our first forays into hand-binding of chapbooks.  Like our other chaps, A Wicked Apple is a mere $5 plus shipping, or for $18 plus shipping you can subscribe to our first year's line-up and get copies of Thirteen Designer Vaginas by Juliet Cook and Book Four by Niina Pollari at the same time, with Kathleen Kirk's Nocturnes forthcoming this January!

12 . 9 . 11

We're coming up on the end the publication announcements for year two point five. I'll do a wrap-up post by the end of December with a list of all the chapbooks and all the poets - promise! But for now I'm really enjoying posting about them one at a time. They're all lovely and all deserve their own post.

In our second round of publications, Hyacinth Girl Press will have the pleasure of publishing the chapbook The Exhibit by Lauren Eggert-Crowe.

I'd not read Lauren's poetry before she submitted to Hyacinth Girl Press, and it turns out there was a void in my life that I'd not even been aware of. Getting to know Lauren has been delightful. Lauren's poetry has a haunting quality that really speaks to me and I can't wait to share The Exhibit!

Lauren Eggert-Crowe has an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona. She has been published in Puerto Del Sol, So To Speak, Water-Stone Review, Eleven Eleven, We are so happy to know something, TinfoilDresses, DIAGRAM, and, among others. In 2007, she won the University of Arizona Poetry Center Prize, judged by Srikanth Reddy. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureggertcrowe


After a small delay, Susan Slaviero's A Wicked Apple will be available early early next week! If you are a subscriber already your copy will go out early in the week! If you want to review A Wicked Apple drop me a line - hyacinthgirlpress (at) gmail (dot) com!

Also - we will be at the AWP! With a table! I will post more on this soon...

12 . 1 . 11

We're coming up on the last publication announcements for Year Two (which will probably end up being Year Two Point Five - more on that in a bit).

Hyacinth Girl Press is very very excited to be able to say that in 2012 we will be publishing Lisa Ciccarello's chapbook, Sometimes there are travails.

I first came to Lisa's poetry through her chapbook At Night, the Dead from Blood Pudding Press and love the meditative, almost chant-like quality of her work. Sometimes there are travails has that ease of flow in the voice of it and a haunting narrative to boot.

Lisa Ciccarello is the author of two chapbooks: At night (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) & At night, the dead (Blood Pudding Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Handsome, Clock, Sixth Finch, H_NGM_N, Saltgrass, Poor Claudia, & Corduroy Mtn., among others.


So, I mentioned above that I may very well be looking at about 18 months worth of chapbooks from this round of submissions rather than 12. I got far more submissions than I anticipated I would this time around, and was equally overwhelmed with the extremely high quality of the manuscripts I received. Chances are that if I rejected your chapbook it was with a heavy heart. If you submitted and I have not yet gotten back to you I am very sorry for the wait. This has turned into a long process of reading and re-reading and re-reading every manuscript.

I don't want to pass over truly great manuscripts just because I'm "full" for 12 months of publishing, though, so it looks like Hyacinth Girl Press has a catalogue in waiting through early 2013, which is both wonderful and intimidating. So far I've been able to publish, print, and distribute the first 3 press titles with little issue, but every sale helps, every link helps, and every review is appreciated. Drop me an email at hyacinthgirlpress (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in receiving a review copy of any of our already-published or forthcoming titles.

That said, a new review was recently posted of Juliet Cook's Thirteen Designer Vaginas over at Fiddler Crab Review as written by the lovely Kathleen Kirk (whose chapbook, Nocturnes, will be out from HGP in January!). Thirteen Designer Vaginas also got a mention over at No Tells from Jessy Randall for her Best Poetry Books of 2011 list! Hoorah!

As always, to pick up a copy of Thirteen Designer Vaginas by Juliet Cook or Book Four by Niina Pollari, or to subscribe to our first year's line-up head on over to our Purchase Page! And look for Susan Slaviero's A Wicked Apple next week!