Sunday, April 27, 2008


Congratulations to Nancy Pagh of Bellingham, Washington, who is the winner of the 2008 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Competition! Nancy's chapbook, After, will be published in Fall 2008.

The finalists are Lana Hechtman Ayers, Joan Fiset, Steven Quig, and Derek Sheffield.

We are excited by Nancy's ambitious, smart, and soulful collection. "After" refers to the aftermath of a failed relationship, but it also cleverly signals that these poems play tribute to other poets, including poems by Emily Dickinson, Sharon Olds, Marge Piercy, and many others.

Nancy's first full length collection, No Sweeter Fat, was winner of the Autumn House Poetry Prize and published by Autumn House in 2007. She teaches at Western Washington.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their work to us this year. We rely on your submissions to uphold our reputation and remind us why we keep going. Ah yes, poetry.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Tim Kelly Reading at Open Books

We're happy to pass on word that Timothy Kelly, author of Toccata & Fugue (Floating Bridge, 2005), will be reading from his brand new full-length collection from Oberlin Press, The Extremities, on Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 pm at Open Books. A reception will follow.

The Extremities rescues from the drab columns of textbooks the clinical language of tendons and bones, unlocking an enormous previously unguessed range of metaphor and reference. The poems are unique. Their brilliant engagement with the concrete and objective brings the inner life to light with a crystalline concision for which I had not known I hungered. This is a wonderful book,something truly new.” —Christopher Howell