|October 31 , 2012
Because of storm Sandy, the deadline for the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize has been extended to November 15. Manuscript will be accepted if they are postmarked on or before November 15. Detailed guidelines are here.
|October 5 , 2012
Some love for Pleiades from The Review Review: "[F]or anyone who loves to read anything that makes you think, feel, and lose your ability to form cohesive sentences for a short time, Pleiades is your new crush lit mag." We'll take it!
|June 27 , 2012
Great quick review of Bruce Snider's Paradise, Indiana, on the Prairie Schooner blog. Reviewer James Crews notes that Snider "is a master of the quiet moment" and that the poems are "just plain good."
|April 4, 2012
• The winner of this year's Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize is Katy Didden for her book Avalanche, chosen by Melissa Kwasny. We're thrilled to be publishing it. (For those of you who entered, detailed paper announcements will be going out ASAP, and if you included an SASE for it, Katy's book will be mailed to you when it comes out.
• Bruce Snider's book, Paradise, Indiana, chosen by Alice Friman for last year's prize, is now out and available. For info, check the Lena-Miles page. It can be bought online at LSU Press, Powell's, Amazon, or just maybe a bookstore near you.
• For next year's Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize, we've doubled the prize money to $2,000 (!) and extended the deadline to November 1, 2012 (!!). Dana Levin will be the judge. For more info, check our guidelines.
|September 23, 2011
Please note!—the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize deadline has been extended to October 20! For more info, visit the Submission Guidelines.
|September 2, 2011
|July 6 , 2011
The judge for the 2011 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize will be Melissa Kwasny, author of four poetry collections—The Nine Senses (Milkweed, 2011), Reading Novalis in Montana (2009), Thistle (Lost Horse Press, 2006), and The Archival Birds (Bear Star Press, 2000)—and editor of the critical anthology Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950 (Wesleyan, 2004). We're thrilled to have her on board!
Chris Forhan's "Aspirin & Shadow," from Pleiades 31.1, was featured on both Poetry Daily and Verse Daily!
And: Peter Ramos' essay-review "Modernism in the Contact Zone: Latin Americna Art & Poetry" was a Poetry Daily Prose Feature.
|April 8, 2011
Alice Friman has chosen Bruce Snider as the winner of the 2011 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. His book, Paradise, Indiana, will be published by Pleiades Press in April of 2012 and distributed by LSU Press.
Judge Friman also singled out two finalist manuscripts for special mention:
Katy Didden, Avalanche
Matthew Olzman, Magnets Taped to the Heads of Crocodiles
The other finalists were:
Sarah Blackman, Fourthspace
Bruce Bond, For the Lost Cathedral
Ryan J. Browne, Outside Come In
Edward Dougherty, Grace Street
Nadine Sabra Meyer, A Toast to Grief
Brittany T. Perham, Safe House, Water Palace
Philip St. Claire, Blue Network
Congratulations to all! We received about 400 manuscripts this year, and all these finalist manuscripts were extraordinarily strong.
|March 18, 2011
Two great reviews of Dunstan Thompson: On the Life & Work of a Lost American Master, the first volume in the Unsung Masters Series:
In the current issue of the current Gay & Lesbian Review, Jason Roush writes: "[I]n our era of manufactured celebrity, this book made me reconsider what it takes for an author to be remembered, how easy it is for writers to become lost ot history, and the careful work that's required to help us to rediscover them."
In New Pages, Caleb Tankersley writes: "Dunstan Thompson: On the Life & Work of a Lost American Master is a stunning and appropriate first for an ambitious series. Coming from some of the best poetic minds in contemporary America, Dunstan Thompson is the first of the Unsung Masters Series. . . . And speaking of Thompson's poetry: it's good. Damn good. 'Unsung Master' good. . . . With a fascinating biography, compelling essays, and poetry that will give you goose bumps, Dunstan Thompson is well worth the discovery." The complete review is here.
|February 23 , 2011
A glowing review of Kevin Clark's Self-Portrait with Expletives is in the current Indiana Review. Reviewer Sarah Suksiri says, "Poet Kevin Clark has crafted his second full-length collection with such maturity and dexterity that it would be hard to mistake this book for anything less than the work of a seasoned artist. Balanced between memory and the present, Clark's Self-Portrait is a dynamic portrayal of growing up in late twentieth-century America and of the complexities that such a life embraces. It's a distinctly masculine perspective, yes, but one that transcends the personal to the profound, giving readers of any background a speaker with whom we can closely identify . . . These poems are written to be told, and in being told, to last beyond the poet himself, to perpetuate the simple but profound love learned in a single life."
|November 15 , 2010
A lovely review of Kevin Clark's Self-Portrait with Expletives is up at Story South.
|August 3 , 2010
Editor Phong Nguyen's short story collection Memory Sickness has just won the 2010 Fiction Prize from Elixir Press! The book will be published sometime next summer.
|July 29, 2010
Welcome to the new Pleiades and Pleiades Press website!
On our homepage and throughout the site you’ll find excerpts from past Pleiades covers, which the artists were very kind to let us use on our redesign. We owe them a great deal of thanks. Please visit their websites early and often to find more about their fantastic work:
Amy Casey’s upended (acrylic on paper, 20.5” x 22.5”, 2007) and Stretched (acrylic on paper, 11.25” x 12”, 2006) appeared on the covers of volumes 28.2 and 29.1, respectively. Casey’s website can be found here.
Rob Evans’ Migration (mixed media on paper, 20” x 27.75”, 1997) and March Dig II (mixed media on paper, 21” x 25”, 1985) appeared on the covers of volumes 29.2 and 30.1, respectively. Evans’ website can be found here.
Jessie Fisher’s Bunny on Deer (oil on canvas, 48” x 60”, 2004) and Red Hood (oil on canvas, 16” x 20”, 2004) appeared on the covers of volumes 26.2 and 27.1 respectively. Fisher’s website can be found here.
Mary Y. Hallab’s Bouquet with Crowd (oil on canvas, 24” x 36”, 2009) appeared on the cover of volume 30.2. Hallab’s website can be found here.
Wes Hempel & Jack Balas’ collaborative paintings Progenitor (oil on canvas, 50” x 40”, 1997) and George W. (oil and enamel on wood, 48” x 40”, 2003) appeared on the covers of volumes 25.2 and 26.1, respectively. Hempel’s website can be found here. Balas’ website can be found here.
Josh Keyes’ Treadmill (acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30”, 2006) and Dog Park (acrylic on panel, 18” x 24”, 2007) appeared on the covers of volumes 27.2 and 28.1, respectively. Keyes’ website can be found here.
Andrew Pope’s Lick a Stranger (oil on wood panel, 33” x 23”) and I’d Like to Discuss the Henderson Report (oil on wood, 24” x 32”, 2001) appeared on the covers of volumes 23.2 and 24.1. Pope’s website can be found here.
Julie Speed’s The Last Supper (oil on linen, 24” x 24”, 2003) and Domino Man (oil on linen, 14” x 11”, 2003) appeared on the covers of volumes 24.2 and 25.1. Speed’s book, Speed: Art, 2003-2009 can be found here. Her website can be found here.
Again, a big thank you to these wonderful artists!