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The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014 Edition (Pushcart Prize)by Bill Henderson
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Winner of honors from the National Book Critics Circle, Publishers Weekly, Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble and others, and acclaimed by readers and reviewers internationally, The Pushcart Prize series continues to be a testament to the flourishing of American fiction, essays, memoirs and poetry in our small, independent presses. As commercial publishers consolidate into a few profit-driven conglomerates, small presses encourage literature that is lasting, important and exciting. Edited with the assistance of over 200 distinguished Contributing Editors - including Guest Poetry Editors Patricia Smith and Arthur Sze - this volume includes over 60 fascinating works selected from thousands of nominations and hundreds of presses, a complete roster of today's outstanding non-commercial publishers. As David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic commented on last year's Pushcart Prize: "I've had a love of these anthologies for many years - for their diversity, their range of expression and also for their commitment to writing and publishing."
"In its 38th edition, the Pushcart Prize anthology features a diverse selection of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from hundreds of small presses. Exceptional fiction includes 'A Full-Service Shelter,' Amy Hempel's tale of tireless animal shelter volunteers taking on the Sisyphean task of saving animals slated for execution, as well as Lorrie Moore's 'Wings,' in which a washed-up musician finds an unlikely companion in her elderly neighbor. While some experimental fiction selections lack depth, the collection is more than redeemed by its striking nonfiction and essays, such as Andre Dubus III's 'Writing & Publishing a Memoir,' which is about reconciling his past with the version of it he presents in his coming-of-age memoir Townie; 'The Healing Powers of the Western Oystercatcher,' in which Howard Norman recovers from the shock of a brutal murder-suicide that occurred in his home; and Bill Cotter's account of being tasked with curating a collection of 'the most important works of literature of all time,' in 'The Gentle Man's Library, a Nowaday Redux.' The collection's poetry, selected by guest editors Patricia Smith and Arthur Sze, captures a variety of styles and subjects, with standouts from Louise GlÃ¼ck, Jeffrey Harrison, David Hernandez, and Eduardo C. Corral. With large publishing houses facing an uncertain future, the Pushcart Prize is more valuable than ever in highlighting the treasured voices thriving in America's small presses." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A stalwart and staple of American letters." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Bill Henderson is the founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2006 National Book Critic Circle's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. He is also the author of several memoirs, including All My Dogs: A Life. The founder of the Lead Pencil Club, Henderson lives in New York.
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