Friday, November 26, 2021

You're Invited to Kenneth Pobo's Book Launch Event

Two weeks from today, Meadowlark poet Kenneth Pobo will be launching Lilac and Sawdust, the 2021 Birdy Poetry Prize Finalist collection. You are invited to join us for the free virtual event to listen to the author read and to participate in a Q&A session after the reading! 

You will need to register in advance at tinyurl.com/LilacandSawdust, in order to receive an email with the Meeting ID and password. We look forward to seeing you there!


~Below, you will find a few poems from the collection~






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There's still time to submit to the 2022 Birdy Poetry Prize Contest! 

Accepting Entries: September 1 - December 1, 2021

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1,000 cash, publication by Meadowlark Books, including 50 copies of the completed book 

All entries will be considered for standard Meadowlark Books publishing contract offers, as well.  

Full-length poetry manuscripts (55 page minimum, 90+ pages preferred) will be considered. Poems may be previously published in journals and/or anthologies, but not in full-length, single-author volumes. Poets are eligible to enter, regardless of publishing history. 

Eligibility: (updated 8/9/2021)
Previous winners are NOT eligible to enter.
Previous Finalists ARE eligible to enter.


Manuscript Preparation

The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the document. 
    Manuscript should include:  
    • title of collection
    • any section or division headings, if desired
    • all poems to be included in the collection

    Monday, November 22, 2021

    THE 18TH ANNUAL BEST BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS

    Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors
    in the 18th Annual Best Book Awards

     HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, John Wiley and Sons, Rowman & Littlefield, Revell/Baker Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, Sounds True, HCI Press, New World Library, Lake Union Publishing, She Writes Press, American Psychological Association, NYU Press, Oxford University Press, John Hopkins University Press and hundreds of Independent Houses contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!




    LOS ANGELES – American Book Fest has announced the winners and finalists of The 2021 Best Book Awards on November 16, 2021. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2019-2021.

    Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.

    Keen says of the awards, now in their 19th year, “The 2021 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise."

    Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, John Wiley and Sons, Rowman & Littlefield, Revell/Baker Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, Sounds True, HCI Press, New World Library, Lake Union Publishing, She Writes Press, American Psychological Association, NYU Press, Oxford University Press, John Hopkins University Press and hundreds of Independent Houses contribute to this year’s outstanding competition!

    American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

    American Book Fest has an active social media presence with over 133,000 current Facebook fans.



    Poetry: Urban
    Selected Poems: 2000-2020 by JC Mehta, curated & edited by Brenna Crotty
    Meadowlark Books

    See full results here.



    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Please join us for the release of Whistling to Trick the Wind by Bart Edelman!

    Did you know today is Wednesday? A silly observation to some and a reality check to others! This means that the DAY AFTER TOMORROW you will have access to 100% Bart Edelman (virtually, of course) during the Whistling to Trick the Wind book launch event! We are so excited for you to hear Bart read and for you to have the opportunity to chat with him Friday evening at this free, public launch. Remember to register ahead of time! 🥰📚

    Did you also know that Bart Edelman has a website, where you can view videos, listen to interviews, and learn more about Bart? It's true! At www.BartEdelman.com, you can find this video (below) and more. Meadowlark is currently working with Bart on updating his plentiful website, so stay tuned for a website reprise! Thank you for your support, last week, tonight, Friday night, and every other past, present, and future day. 



    Tuesday, November 9, 2021

    Join us for the release of Gravedigger's Daughter, by Cheryl Unruh



    Community Invited to Premiere of Cheryl Unruh’s New Memoir and Celebration of Emporia’s Literary Community

     

    Emporia, KS—Flyover People essayist Cheryl Unruh, takes the stage for a literary celebration, complete with reading and book signing as Meadowlark Press releases Unruh’s new memoir, Gravedigger’s Daughter: Vignettes from a Small Kansas Town, at Lyon County History Center on Saturday, November 13 at 1:00pm.

     

    An array of regional books will be available for purchase, including other titles by Unruh, as well as books published by Meadowlark Press.

     

    Unruh’s memoir details a small-town childhood as the daughter of a carpenter-father, who also happens to be the town cemetery caretaker. As Cheryl grows, so does her comprehension of her father’s particular maladies, a skin-condition that is not discussed by the family, as well as his struggles with depression. Presented in short vignettes, Gravedigger’s Daughter introduces Unruh’s father from a child’s eye view, and then via observations and interactions that take us through Unruh’s adolescence to adulthood. Divided into three parts, the book covers Unruh’s childhood in Pawnee Rock, her father’s middle-age years when she lived away, and his later years.

     

    Unruh grew up in the town of Pawnee Rock in central Kansas, population 400, in the 1960s and 70s. “The stories, or vignettes, are poem-shaped, but each captures a moment in time. I see each one as a snapshot,” Unruh says. “While I will never be able to relate the entirety and complexity of a life, I hope that some of my dad’s weird and wonderful personality shines through.”

     

    From Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone: “With Gravedigger’s Daughter, Cheryl Unruh has created something so fresh and inviting—a memoir in lean vignettes. Each is moving on its own, and also part of a compelling portrait of a childhood in an isolated town with a dwindling population. Unruh’s details are too specific for sentimentalism, but places and people are observed with a loving gaze that also feels wise and honest. Her father, especially, emerges as both haunted and quietly heroic. What a beautiful book.” 

     

    Fans of Cheryl’s two previous collections of vivid Kansas essays, Flyover People (2011 KS Notable Book) and Waiting on the Sky (2015 KS Notable Book), and Walking on Water, her collection of poetry, will delight in this memoir. Unruh hopes that the book will inspire readers to write their own stories “whether they write for their own pleasure or choose to share their stories with family and friends or perhaps even go on to publish their writing.” Unruh will be scheduling a series of memoir writing workshops starting in the spring of 2022.

     

    Gravedigger’s Daughter is available for order through meadowlark-books.square.site and may be ordered through any bookseller. Learn more at www.meadowlark-books.com.

     

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    Saturday, November 6, 2021

    Ready to party? Join us for Bart Edelman's launch event for Whistling to Trick the Wind!

    You're all invited to join Bart Edelman and Meadowlark Poetry Press for the virtual book launch extravaganza for Whistling to Trick the Wind!


    Register for the free, public Zoom event here: tinyurl.com/TricktheWind

    Preorder the book here: tinyurl.com/WhistlingPreorder


    About the Author:

    Bart Edelman was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and spent his childhood in Teaneck. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hofstra University. He has taught at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, Santa Monica College, West Los Angeles College, Long Beach City College, UCLA, and Glendale College, where he edited Eclipse, a literary journal. Most recently, he was appointed to the Affiliate Faculty in the MFA Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Edelman served as Poet-in-Residence at Monroe College of the State University of New York. His work has been widely anthologized in textbooks published by City Lights Books, Etruscan Press, Fountainhead Press, Harcourt Brace, Longman, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Prentice Hall, Simon & Schuster, Thomson, the University of Iowa Press, Wadsworth, and others. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the United States Department of Education, the University of Southern California, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin to conduct literary research in India, Egypt, Nigeria and Poland. In addition, he received National Endowment for the Humanities grants for a series of lectures at public libraries on “The Common Good: Individualism and Commitment in American Life,” and “Trails: Toward a New Western History.” Collections of his work include Crossing the Hackensack, Under Damaris’ Dress, The Alphabet of Love, The Gentle Man, The Last Mojito, and The Geographer’s Wife. He lives in Pasadena, California.


    Thursday, November 4, 2021

    Knowing Is a Branching Trail: Launch Event Recording, Excerpt, Birdy Reminder

    Earlier this autumn, 2021 Birdy Poetry Prize Winner Alison Hicks officially launched her Meadowlark book, Knowing Is a Branching Trail. With about a month left to submit to the 2022 Birdy Poetry Prize, we thought watching Alison read and discuss her poems from the book (plus a bonus unpublished poem) in this recording of her launch event might inspire you to submit your own manuscript to the contest. Check out the video below, the contest information below that, as well as the links in this text, to enjoyably and easily find everything you need to know. 



    Birdy Poetry Prize Details 

    The winner of the contest will receive $1,000 cash and publication by Meadowlark Books, including 50 copies of the completed book. All entries will be considered for standard Meadowlark Books publishing contract offers, as well. Meadowlark welcomes entries from across the U.S. 

    Full-length poetry manuscripts (55 page minimum, 90+ pages preferred) will be considered. Poems may be previously published in journals and/or anthologies, but not in full-length, single-author volumes. Poets are eligible to enter, regardless of publishing history. Previous winners are NOT eligible to enter.

    Previous winners and finalists include:

    Submission Deadline: Dec. 1

    Submission Fee: $25

    We look forward to reading this year's submissions! For more information, or to submit a manuscript, visit birdypoetryprize.com.

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021

    Excerpt: "Lilac and Sawdust," 2021 Birdy Poetry Prize Finalist

     

    Shipping in November - Watch for December Book Launch details!

    Order at the Meadowlark Bookstore.

    ISBN: 978-1-956578-00-3

    Retail: $16.99

    "The two men at the center of this book (Jerry and Jeff) are both extraordinary and ordinary, and the poems chart their lives carefully, in great detail, with a loving gaze. The books lets us get to know them, as if they are dear friends, and the writing sparkles, written by someone with clear eyes, clear head, and a clear heart. This book will endear you to it too."  

    –Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2017-2019, More Than Words