Saturday, May 18, 2013

Announcing our 2013 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award Winner!

We are delighted to announce that Hannah Notess of Seattle is the winner of our 2013 chapbook prize for her manuscript, "Ghost House."  Floating Bridge Press will be publishing Hannah's book in the fall.

Arlene Naganawa was the runner up for her manuscript, "The Scarecrow Bride," and our three finalists were "21 Boxes" by Linda Malnack,  "Smoke and Miracles" by Kevin Miller, and "Let Slip from Anchors" by Joannie Stangeland. 

Please keep posted for details about our annual Chapbook Award Reading in September, when Hannah and the finalists will read from their work.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Chapbook Competition Season is coming!

Fall is in the air today.  Which makes us think of poetry chapbook season. (You too?)  It's time to start polishing those poems you wrote over spring and summer, put them in order, and create a manuscript to send to Floating Bridge Press.  

We discovered these two wonderful how-to videos by Joannie Kervran Stangeland (author of our first FBP publication back in1994, the beautiful chapbook, A Steady Longing for Flight).  Joannie does a terrific job of demonstrating how to create a manuscript, including an automatic Table of Contents, page numbers and some other useful tricks.  This will be very useful this year as we are switching to all-electronic submissions.  

We hope this gets you in the mood. Remember, Floating Bridge Press begins accepting poetry manuscripts on November 1 and will remain open until February 15, 2013.  

And remember, our 2012 winner, Exile on the 45th Parallel by Vancouver poet Jodie Marion, will be published in October.  We hope you will attend her inaugural reading at Hugo House on October 26!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Great Art Party Returns!

Support FBP by attending the Great Art Party--and go home with a piece of art!

Date: Saturday Sept 8th. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel / 515 Madison Street. Evening includes a special spoken word performance by Jourdan Keith. Not a dinner event, but hors d'oeuvres will be served with a no-host bar. Dress is casual.

Don't miss out on the fun! Purchase tickets today! View the art that ticket-holders will get to choose from. Find out more about the Great Art Party.

Visit and "Like" our Facebook page to keep informed about all our upcoming readings and events!

Friday, March 09, 2012

The Far Field

Washington State Poet Laureate (and Floating Bridge Press editor) Kathleen Flenniken has started a new blog, The Far Field, which publishes a poem by a Washington State poet most days of the week. She is also accepting submissions. Consider subscribing--you will begin to see how varied and vibrant our state's poetry community really is.

Of course, we've known that for 18 years.

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Our New Website! Our Twitter Feed!

It's finally here, new and updated and easy to use. We're taking about our new website! We are making it easier to find our books and order them, submit work via email (during our open reading period) and find out what Floating Bridge is all about.

While you're at it, why not sign up to follow Floating Bridge Press on Twitter?

The Editors

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Chapbook Competition: Deadline Extension and Email Submissions

We are extending the 2012 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition deadline from February 15 to March 1, 2012. This is in order to accommodate new email submissions. That's right, we are finally ready to accept email submissions!

In order to submit by email, please observe the following rules.

1. Use the PayPal Account on our webpage to pay your entry fee. If you do not pay the entry fee, we cannot consider your manuscript.
2. Follow our chapbook entry guidelines with the following adjustments:
3. Make sure your name does not appear anywhere in your manuscript. Your name should only appear in your email, along with your contact information including email and street address, phone number, and manuscript title.
4. Send your manuscript (as a Word or PDF file) to

Please pass the word along.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Don't Miss The Cupboard Artist!

Molly Tenenbaum gave a terrific reading on Tuesday night at our favorite book store, Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Thanks to Holly Hughes for the photos:

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just to Tempt You--

Hope you can make Molly Tenenbaum's reading at 7:30 on Tuesday night, January 26, 2012 at Open Books: A Poem Emporium.

Nobody writes quite like Molly. She is entirely herself and completely indispensable. A master of the sensual.

Ode to the Ugly Colors

Hairball beige, rust that spots
every single snapdragon,
mustard of 70s telephones, she swore
she never would wear these, and why
grownups did, who could guess, when they could put on
all the pink they wanted.
At ten, she claimed brown
her favorite color, but only
("brown's not a color") to shock little yellows and reds—

or maybe she'd seen maroon velvet, even then, felt the blush of cocoa powder.

Iris, iridescent, you were lovely, color the crescent moon
might flash if she fluttered a wing,
glimpse of her aunt Eva's silk sheath, shadow
the black-haired girls
caked on in the junior high bathroom
and came out looking, the principal said,
like sluts, but she loved
their necklines of peacock acrylic, their idea
of brushing blue anywhere.

Sings to you now, blotchy green, underside
of a sunflower leaf that will be completely dead tomorrow.
Sings to you, burnt buttermilk, tabletop clotted with cup-rings.
Sings to you, gray, porous linoleum tracked with wet weather.
And to you, white glare, all a cataract sees.

She wears green of cow-dung, tan of an old dry gourd.

Color of mildew, of grated potatoes.
Color of grunt, harrumph, and husk.
The old lips of yogurt, the lost cottage cheese.
Scrape and caw, a dinged aluminum pot.
The granite color of collar bands.
The chicken-fat color of sleep-scum.
Mud of her eyes.

Ugly colors, she sings, you have
the most beautiful names.
Dove-gray, olive, dusky rose.
Murrey, claret, bloodstain, myrtle.
Mauve, russet, mahogany, buff.
Sallow, ginger, pockmarked nacre.
Birchbark, mica, sandstone, moss.

You are soft as the cotton sheet in the mending basket.

You are the damp cloth
fever heats through every five minutes.

When you wrap around a person, when she pulls
you tighter, heavy weight of wool in winter,
she feels a tug

in her heart—
cuticle detaching, claw caught in a sweater.
Unsealing of a leaf before it falls.

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