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The Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses (Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses)by Bill (edt) Henderson
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For well over three decades, the has presented a stunning annual celebration of stories, poems, essays and memoirs from our small presses. Once again this dynamic series proves that small is beautiful. These 60 brilliant selections, culled from 8,000 nominations and hundreds of presses provide "essential reading" () for avid readers of modern literature. The has been named a notable book of the year by the , picked for several Book-of-the-Month Club selections, hailed by "as among the most influential books" in American publishing history, and recently awarded The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement award by the National Book Critics Circle. This year distinguished poets Bob Hicok and Maxine Kumin serve as poetry co-editors.
"It's been a good year at the small presses, and the 37th annual Pushcart Prize anthology is proof — much of the writing here, amassed from numerous publications, is excellent. In the stellar short fiction piece entitled 'A Family Restaurant,' Karen Russell describes the titular eatery's 'Ã¢Â€Â˜WORLD-FAMOUS' FROSTY TREAT, MAMA'S DEATHBED SHERBET!;' the late Harry Crews offers a frightening bit of memoir; and Marilynne Robinson addresses the uses of narrative and sanity in her sharp essay, 'On Ã¢Â€Â˜Beauty.'' Barely 20 pages later, the collection takes a dramatic turn — and it is these tectonic shifts that make this compilation so alluring — to Kent Russell's headlong nonfiction dive into the bawdy and bloody world of the American Juggalo. Interspersed throughout are some wonderful poems, including Diane Suess's 'Everything Is Sexual or Nothing Is,' and a smattering of mostly disappointing genre fiction. As is to be expected with an anthology of this size and scope, not everything works. Some of the pieces are saccharine, others fall flat. But on the whole, Henderson and company's selections are fresh and compelling, and provide an excellent glimpse into the state of the art outside of publishing's Big Six. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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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