Announcing the 2019 Free Verse Editions

Series Editor: Jon Thompson
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Tracy Zeman, Empire [Winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize]

Tracy Zeman's first full-length collection, Empire, examines the European settlement and ecological devastation of the North American prairie. Her ecology-based serial poems employ collage, borrowed text and fractured narrative to probe the connections of humans to the natural world through the lens of culture, history and personal experience. Zeman uses image, juxtaposition and fragment to tell the story of a savage and intricate landscape, once conquered and now imperiled by forces such as climate change, invasive species and contemporary agricultural and land practices. Empire is a journey through an endangered world where beauty is enshrined and the lost, human and animal, is elegized. 

The New Measure Poetry Prize 2020

Parlor Press's poetry series, Free Verse Editions, is pleased to announce the eleventh annual New Measure Poetry Prize, which will carry a cash award of $1,000 and publication of an original, unpublished manuscript of poems. Up to four other manuscripts may be accepted for publication by Free Verse Editions editors. Submit a manuscript of at least 54 pages with a $28 entry fee between March 1 and June 1, 2020. The window for the 2020 competition will open on 1 March 2020. The judge for this year's competition is Jon Thompson.

Congratulations to Asao Inoue!

Asao Inoue's book, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for a Socially Just Future has now won the CCCC Outstanding Book Award (March, 2017) and the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Best Book Award (July, 2017). Inoue's book was co-published by the WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press in 2015.

Asao Inoue accepts the Outstanding Book Award at CCCC in
Portland, Oregon in March 2017.

Asao Inoue accepts the Outstanding Book Award at
the Council of Writing Program Administrors Conference
in Knoxville, Tennessee, in July 2017.

Carolyn Guinzio Featured on Poetry Daily

Carolyn Guinzio, author of Spine (2016) and Quarry (2008), was the featured poet on Poetry Daily, 20 March 2016. Congratulations, Carolyn!

Parlor Press Book Receives Award from CWPA

For immediate release . . .

The WPA Outcomes Statement—A Decade Later, edited by Nicholas N. Behm, Gregory R. Glau, Deborah H. Holdstein, Duane Roen, and Edward M. White, received the Best Book Award from the Council of Writing Program Administrators at its annual conference on July 17, 2015 in Boise, Idaho. The annual award honors the book that addresses issues of long-term interest to WPAs, makes a significant contribution to the scholarship of writing program administration, and serves as a strong representative of the best work in the field. This year's award recognized books published in 2013. In making its announcement, the award committee had this to say:

The WPA Outcomes Statement is a living document, and this edited collection reflects how the Outcomes Statement is adapted in different environments in response to different challenges. This edited collection explores several ways in which the WPA Outcomes have been used to develop curriculum and enact change at many levels. Because of the breadth and depth of the contributions, this book will be a useful resource for years to come. It's not only a retrospective, but a forward-looking work that provides ideas for institutions at all levels.

Eric Pankey Featured on Poetry Daily

Eric Pankey, author of Dismantling the Angel, was the featured poet on Poetry Daily, 24 August 2014. Congratulations, Eric!

Bump Halbritter and Mics, Cameras, Symbolic Action Receive Distinguished Book Award

We're pleased to announce that Bump Halbritter's Mics, Cameras, Symbolic Action: Audio-Visual Rhetoric for Writing Teachers (Parlor Press, 2012) is the winner of the 2013 Distinguished Book Award from Computers and Composition. Bump received the award at the Computers and Writing Conference hosted at Washington State University on 6 June 2014.

Announcing the winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize 2012 & Fall 2013 Free Verse Editions

26 January 2013
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Eric Pankey, Dismantling the Angel

2012 New Measure Poetry Prize Winner
Selected by Jon Thompson

Dismantling the Angel, Eric Pankey’s tenth volume of poetry, collects prose and hybrid poems written over the last two decades. At times god-ridden, the poems enact and subvert the form of the parable, the not-so-good news of the gospel. At times whimsical, the poems question the veracity and stability of the autobiographical I. Always speculative, the poems nag at the threadbare veil between the known and as of yet to-be-known. By turns brooding and bemused, the poet turns his attention to a past that recedes as quickly as it can be approached, to the examples and lessons of art, film, and poetry—Max Ernst, Alfred Hitchcock, and Li Ho—and to the ordinary mess we call today.

Emily Carr's 13 ways of happily makes "Top 11 Poetry Books of 2011"

Rob McLennan chooses Emily Carr's 13 ways of happily for his "Top 11 (Canadian) Poetry Books of 2011:

13 ways of happily was selected in 2010 for the New Measure Poetry Prize in the Free Verse Editions series.

Congratulations, Emily!

Rational Rhetoric wins Olson Award

Cover of Rational RhetoricDavid J. Tietge's Rational Rhetoric: The Role of Science in Popular Discourse has been named the winner of JAC's Gary A. Olson Award for most outstanding book in rhetorical and cultural theory. -- 26 May 2010.

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