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The Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses (Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses)by Bill Henderson
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"As ever, an essential barometer for spotting literary trends and for writers figuring out where to send the next submission. And, as ever, essential, period," said about 2010's . "An exciting overview of American literature," noted , and added, "A monumental year." In more than sixty selections of memoirs, poetry, essays, and short stories have been picked from thousands of nominations by Pushcart Press staff editors and hundreds of small presses. This year Michael Waters and Laura Kasischke will serve as guest poetry editors. The result: "The most creative, generous, and democratic of any of the annual volumes" (Rick Moody). Among its numerous awards, the Pushcart Prize has been chosen for the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble "Writers for Writers" Award and the National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement recognition.
"The latest Pushcart Prize anthology once again delivers the year's best writing in one accessible package. In 'Mishti Kukur,' Deborah Thompson recalls visiting her husband's relatives in India six years after his death, and describes the solace she finds in the stray dogs she could watch but not touch. Anis Shivani's 'The MFA/Creative Writing System is a Closed, Undemocratic, Medieval Guild System That Represses Good Writing' offers excellent, necessary criticism. Outstanding poetry selections include works by Joy Katz, Mark Halliday, Douglas Goetsch, Judith Kitchen, and Stephen Dobyns. Halliday's 'Meditation After an Excellent Dinner' is surely the most irreverent: 'When I shop at Whole Foods I try to remember/we are all going to die because this makes the imported groceries/luminous with their being, you know, not forever.' Fiction fans will find many new favorites, including Elizabeth Tallent's remarkable 'Never Come Back,' which tells the story of a family in turmoil after a teenager's pregnancy. In 'We Don't Deserve This' by Sandra Leong, absentee parents must face their sociopath children, who have been suspended from boarding school, accused of trafficking other students. This outstanding anthology more than earns its reputation as a must-have for readers of contemporary literature. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The most honored literary series in America celebrates thirty-six years of continuous publication.
A selection of the best writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, published in American periodicals during during 2012 aimed at readers fifteen and up.
Dave Eggers and his students at the 826 Valencia and 826 Michigan writing labs compile fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, as well as category-defying gems that have become one of the hallmarks of this lively collection.
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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