Thursday, May 20, 2010

Two New Books and a Chapbook Winner


We are very proud to announce that Laura Read of Spokane is the winner of the 2010 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award for her manuscript, The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You. Our finalists are Ann Gerike of Coupeville and Kimalisa Kaczinski of Cheney. Please join us on September 13 at the Hugo House in Seattle when Laura reads from her new book, along with our excellent finalists.

It was a very strong field of submissions. Reading chapbook manuscripts is our reason to be. We note that poetry is alive and well in Washington State if this many accomplished poets can submit rich chapbook collections. We only wish we could publish more.

And in our small way we are trying. Please be looking for Floating Bridge Revew 3 in June, which includes in its front section a braided book by Dennis Caswell of Woodinville and Sharon Cumberland of Seattle. Dennis and Sharon were our finalists last year, and though they didn't know each other, we asked them to work together to produce a single collection of intermingled poems. We are thrilled with the result and can't wait to release this amazing collaboration. Floating Bridge Review 3 also includes Pontoon, our annual anthology of Washington State poets made up of selections from our 2010 chapbook competition. Contributors include chapbook winner Laura Read, Finalists Ann Gerike and Kimalisa Kaczinski, along with our 2010 Paula Jones Gardiner Award winner, Christine Hemp, and many others.


Early this year we released a posthumous collection of poems by Crysta Casey called Green Cammie.

Floating Bridge Press has been a fan of Crysta’s poetry for years, and published several of her poems in various issues of Pontoon. We included “The Sane and the Insane” in our ten-year retrospective in Pontoon Ten.

It seemed natural to our board that Floating Bridge Press publish a chapbook of Crysta’s poems. This was not sentimentality. We’re a poetry press: we can’t afford to be sentimental. We believed in Crysta’s work and we knew she has an audience and deserves a larger one. And a book by Crysta Casey would be consistent with our mission to publish the best poetry we can.

We're very proud of Green Cammie, right down to the cover, a self portrait by Crysta called, appropriately, "Green Cammie."

We hope you will check out Crysta's amazing website where you can read poems and look at artwork by Crysta:
And you can order Green Cammie on our website:


We are delighted to announce the publication of poems by an important Seattle poet and community builder, Elizabeth Austen. The Girl Who Goes Alone is a very strong debut and presents poems in the voices of women in various states of unease, self aware and not, struggling with matters of faith, identity, love. Soul, humor, intelligence--it's all here. Elizabeth is a longtime Pontoon contributor and we are very proud to publish this wonderful collection.
Learn more about Elizabeth at her website:
And be sure to listen to her excellent poetry segments on KUOW every week:
And order Elizabeth's book on our website.
That's all for now. (Isn't that enough?)
The Editors