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lexi rudnitsky editor’s Choice Award 2019 winner

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We are thrilled to announce that Shoreless by Enid Shomer has won the 2019 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award. Persea will publish the collection in Fall 2020. Congratulations to Enid—and thanks to all of the wonderful poets who sent their manuscripts. We’d especially like to recognize finalists Laura Donnelly, Ryler Dustin, Stephanie Rogers, and Lee Upton.

Enid Shomer is the author of four books of poetry and three of fiction, most recently the novel The Twelve Rooms of the Nile.  Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyPoetryParis ReviewThe New CriterionKenyon Review, Tikkun, and elsewhere. In 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing from the Florida Humanities Council.

New Anthologies

Continuing our tradition of outstanding literary anthologies, we are pleased to announce the publication of the revised edition of America Street and The Eloquent Poem.

America Street (Revised Edition) substantially expands and updates our classic collection of multicultural stories and is now available.

The Eloquent Poem is an exhilarating anthology of never-before-published poems by more than 100 contemporary poets, each with a micro-essay on how each poem came to be.

New Release

In these piquant new poems, meal-making produces unexpected insights into immigration, racism, and family.

“These are poems that seduce and throw punches, sometimes both at once.”
—Ligaya Mishan, “Hungry City” columnist for The New York Times

“I’m mesmerized and made hungry by the sheer romp-racket of these provocative pages dotted with delicious recipe-poems that will certainly convince you to ask for seconds or even thirds.”
—Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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“A beautiful, charming, funny, and philosophical book about the mad gamble of love.”*

“Are we the sum of our beloveds—how we choose them, how we leave them, how we are abandoned?  One Another is a young wife’s clear-eyed, witty look back on her twelve great loves: an album of memory and desire…. Written with fervent honesty.  Lit deeply from within.” —Dylan Landis

“Schwitter is a miraculously gifted writer, and it’s pure pleasure to ricochet around in her roomy, vibrant universe…. old flames burn bright again, rekindled by the narrator’s powerful imagination….
A true delight.” —Karen Russell*

“Monique Schwitter has the gentlest gaze and the hardest kick.” —Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Shortlisted for the German Book Prize

Winner of the Swiss Book Prize

A witty, daring meta-fiction, from a bold new voice in world literature.

Read an excerpt from One Another on Lit Hub.

Read an interview with Monique Schwitter.

featured poetry

That's What I Thought
By Gary Young

2017 Winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

Gary Young builds on his remarkable oeuvre with this heartening volume, his seventh. His new poems, full of the pleasures and concerns of everyday life, brim with subtle wit and wisdom. Set implicitly along the coastal landscape of northern California, Young’s longtime home, they are latest achievements of a poet renown for “the capturing of small, daily miracles” (Dorianne Laux) in his masterful prose poems.

“...a unique combination of wisdom and terror, engendering a kind of sad calm, a hard-earned acceptance of life’s difficulty and openness toits beauty.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review for Even So

Gary Young is a poet, artist, and translator. He teaches creative writing and directs the Cowell Press at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

From the archives

Considered by many to be Connolly's most enduring work, The Unquiet Grave is a highly personal journal, written during the devastation of the Second World War and filled with reflections on aging, the break-up of his marriage, and the horrors of the world around him. Dazzlingly original in both form and content, this book has continued to influence generations of writers and readers. 

“A book which, no matter how many readers it will ever have, will never have enough.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Cyril Connolly (1903-1974) was one of the most influential book reviewers and critics in England, contributing regularly to The New Statesmen, The Observer, and The Sunday Times. His essays have been collected in book form and published to wide acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. 

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