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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Preorder Present Imperfect by Ona Gritz on Kindle

Amazon Listing for Kindle Edition of Present Imperfect by Ona Gritz

Get your brain fuel! Pre-order your Kindle Edition today for $9.99, $5.01 off the forthcoming paperback's $15 price tag (over 30% discount!). On 10/15 the title will automatically be loaded to your Kindle device or the free phone app.   The Kindle edition includes advance features such  X-ray for your reading enjoyment. 

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This debut essay collection by the NY Times-published writer and longtime columnist for Literary Mama, reads like a blockbuster movie. There is a heroine with cerebral palsy, likeable and indefatigable. There is family conflict, romance, and true crime. Ona writes on disability, family dynamics, and the murder of her sister's family with candor and passion. A critically acclaimed essayist, two Notable mentions by Robert Atwan, The Best American Essays, a Best Life Story in Salon, among the recent accolades, Ms. Gritz has gathered some of the best of her work from the NY Times Disability series, The Rumpus, Brevity, and more for this fine and most riveting read. 

Friday, August 13, 2021


Cone Transformed: Twenty-One Episodes 
 from the Remarkable Life 
 of Doctor Ephrastus Cone 
 Medieval Metaphysician 
 & Conjuro
as recorded 
by Bob Heman 
Poets Wear Prada: 2021 
ISBN-13: 978-1946116222 
Paperback: 40 pages 
List Price: $12.00 

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Preorder Present Imperfect by Ona Gritz


Author Ona Gritz with Present Imperfect (proof copy)
Author Ona Gritz with Present Imperfect (proof copy)

Poets Wear Prada is pleased to announce Present Imperfect by Ona Gritz, among our fall 2021 offerings.  This debut essay collection by the NY Times-published writer and longtime columnist for Literary Mama, reads like a blockbuster movie. There is a heroine with cerebral palsy, likeable and indefatigable. There is family conflict, romance, and true crime. Ona writes on disability, family dynamics, and the murder of her sister's family with candor and passion. A critically acclaimed essayist, two Notable mentions by Robert Atwan, The Best American Essays, a Best Life Story in Salon among the recent accolades, Ms. Gritz has gathered some of the best of her work from the NY Times Disability series, The Rumpus, Brevity, and more for this fine and most riveting read. 

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Present Imperfect
by Ona Gritz
Poets Wear Prada: Fall 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1-946116-23-9
Paperback: 104 pages
List Price: $15.00

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

FLASH SALE: National Coming Out Day Celebration

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FLASH SALE! Just in time to celebrate National Coming Out Day on October 11th, Poets Wear Prada is offering 3 titles, 3 contemporary LGBTQ classics -- PAYDAY LOANS by Jee Leong Koh, THE SLIP by Michael Montlack, and THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN'T SHAKE HANDS by Chocolate Waters -- all at a special discounted price. Please use the links here or on the right side bar for the discount. These books will be available starting today through this weekend on Amazon for the special price of $6 a copy. (They normally list for $12 a copy.) GET YOUR PRIDE ON!

Release Date: October 12, 2011 
ISBN 978-0935060096 
Paperback: 46 pages 
List Price: $12.00  $6.00
Now available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AZhIvi

Payday Loans
Poems by Jee Leong Koh
Saddle-Stitched Chapbook: 2007
Mass Market Edition: 2010
ISBN-13: 978-0981767895
Paperback: 36 pages
List Price: $12.00  $6.00
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 The Slip
by Michael Montlack
First Printing (Saddle-Stitched Chapbook): October 2009
Mass Market Edition: 2010
ISBN 978-0-9841844-2-2
Paperback: 32 pages
List Price: $12.00  $6.00
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Monday, April 8, 2019

April Reads: More Short Fiction by Iris N. Schwartz

April Reads: More Short Fiction by Iris N. Schwartz; SHAME: And Other Stories
Shame: And Other Stories
by Iris N. Schwartz
Poets Wear Prada: 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-946116-01-7
Paperback: 72 pages
List Price: $12.00

Iris N. Schwartz uses her razor-sharp prose to write about what no one wants to talk about. Here are 15 unforgettable, fiercely honest, sometimes darkly comic, more often unnerving stories about the human struggle to conceal, circumvent, and transcend shame. Successively Iris's pen goes in and twists -- till you say uncle and confess your shames. Cathartic!

Look Inside / Buy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UGshQp

Charles Rammelkamp calls these stories "succinct and dreamlike, hypnotic and enchanting" and says they have "a sort of New York Jewish sensibility and magic that make one think of Bernard Malamud."  Read his complete review in North of Oxford.

Niles Reddick says: "Iris N. Schwartz keeps the reader’s attention, keeps the reader turning pages, and at the end, keeps the reader wanting more of her stories. . . . For the flash fiction connoisseur, Shame is a must read." Read his complete review in Tuck Magazine.

Order your signed copy directly from the publisher.  Contact us with your shipping address and payment information or send us personal check. If you are in the USA,  please add $3 to the list price to cover shipping and handling for a single signed copy.  If you are ordering outside the USA or if you wish to order multiple copies, please contact us for more details.

Monday, August 27, 2018

A Note on the Type: Constantia

Jack Cooper and I love type and we've decided to share that love with you by posting excerpts from the colophons we have written about the typefaces we use in our books. Here's the first installment about Constantia, written by Jack Cooper.

Designed by John Hudson, a multilingual specialist in the depiction of scripts ancient, exotic, and arcane (Ogham, Sinhalese, and Cherokee, for example), Constantia achieves benchmark fluency for continuous text, the lingua franca of contract lawyers. One of six typefaces created in conjunction with Microsoft’s ClearType text-rendering technology (and the initial letter “C”), Constantia, released in 1983, takes its name from Latin, meaning “constancy.” At odds with company lawyers whose fear of trademark infringement continued to narrow the choices of possible nomenclature, Hudson, one evening, singing psalms during vespers, heard “constantia” intoned. He later confessed that the sight of seabirds had made him regret that he hadn’t chosen to call the typeface Cormorant.

Friday, December 1, 2017

2018 Pushcart Nominations

C/O Roxanne Hoffman
533 Bloomfield Street, Second Floor
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030

November 30, 2017

P.O. Box 380
Wainscott, NY 11975

RE: Nominations for the 2018 Pushcart Prize

Dear Bill Henderson:

Here are our six nominations for the 2018 Pushcart Prize:

Author / Book

Title of Poem / Story / Chapter

Daniela Gioseffi
Waging Beauty: As the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice
Vases of Wombs”
Daniela Gioseffi
Waging Beauty: As the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice
Some Slippery Afternoon”
Jason Morphew
what to deflect when you’re deflecting
Evangelical Christianity”
Iris N. Schwartz
My Secret Life with Chris Noth: And Other Stories
The Light Show”
Iris N. Schwartz
My Secret Life with Chris Noth: And Other Stories
My Secret Life with Chris Noth”
Patricia Carragon
The Cupcake Chronicles
Saturday After Midnight, August 5, 2023”

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Roxanne Hoffman, Publisher/Editor

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Appel à textes poétiques : Poésie de l’amour et de la paix


Appel à textes poétiques : Poésie de l’amour et de la paix
Echéance : 15 mars 2018

Hoboken, le 15 Novembre 2017

Messieurs et Mesdames les Poètes de la France;

Les éditions Poets Wear Prada, maison dédition américaine, lancent, sous la direction de John Edward Cooper, un appel à textes poétiques écrits par des poètes de la France sur le thème de lamour et de la paix. Les poèmes sélectionnés seront publiés en français avec traductions en anglais américain dans une anthologie bilingue, en ligne et imprimée, pour le public américain.
Pour commencer, nous vous invitons à vous exprimer sur le 1er sous-thème « l’amour n’a pas de frontières ». Dans les mots de William Butler Yeats : « Il n’ya pas d’étrangers ici mais simplement des amis
» que vous n’avez pas encore rencontrés. »
Ouvert à tous les poètes de la France. Les contributions doivent être rédigées en français. Oeuvres non publiées uniquement. Envoyer un maximum de trois poèmes. Les poèmes soumis ne doivent pas dépasser 40 lignes. Les contributions doivent être accompagnées d’une note biographique d’environ 100 mots. Ne pas oublier votre nom et vos coordonnées : prénom, nom, adresse postale, mail, et téléphone. Et éventuellement votre nom d’auteur (vrai nom ou nom de plume).
Toutes les contributions devront être envoyées pour le 15 mars 2018 à John Edward Cooper (jack@poetswearprada.com) et Roxanne Marie Hoffman (roxy@poetswearprada.com) avec pour sujet
« Soumission : + votre nom de l’auteur ».

Consignes :
  • Chaque poème devra être transmis sous format .doc, .docx, .odt ou .rtf exclusivement, et comporter obligatoirement un titre.
  • Police Times New Roman, taille 12, interligne simple, marges de 2 cm partout.
  • Au début de chaque poème soumis, indiquez : votre nom d’auteur (vrai nom ou nom de plume), vos coordonnées (adresse postale, mail, et téléphone), le titre du poème, nombre de signes (espaces compris).

Il est demandé une exclusivité de soumission, c’est-à-dire que les textes qui seront soumis à cet appel ne devront pas être proposés à d’autres supports (concours, revues, anthologies…), tant que l’auteur n’aura pas reçu de réponse à sa proposition.
Les auteurs gardent les droits et la propriété intellectuelle des textes publiés. Les auteurs ne sont pas rémunérés pour leur contributions. Ils recevront un exemplaire gratuit et bénéficieront également dune réduction sur chaque exemplaire acheté (jusqu’à dix exemplaires par auteur.)
Alors, à vos plumes et claviers !

Mme. Roxanne Marie Hoffman
Rédacteur en chef

Friday, September 15, 2017

Praise for Have You Seen CindySleigh? by Diane Stiglich

Reprinted from Mom Egg Review, Book Reviews, August 26, 2017 

Have You Seen CindySleigh? & Other Stories by Diane Stiglich

Review by Lara Lillibridge

Diane Stiglich, a writer and painter in Hoboken, New Jersey, captivates readers with her debut novel. A quick read at 134 pages, it is officially three interconnected stories, but they flow into each other so seamlessly that it feels like one continuous tale.

A dreamlike work of magical realism, Have You Seen CindySleigh? takes us down many unexpected paths, filled with randomly appearing bottles of champagne, iPods, and a truck named Karen. We encounter a priest, gods, demons, and shape-shifting animals. In what feels like a dream within a dream, The Author herself appears to defend Cindy from El Diablo. “I, like you, sir, have no actual spoken name. I am referred to as the Author” (53).

It is as if we have entered a painting and it has come alive:

In her mind, she creates a drawing, a self-portrait, graphite on paper: in a frontal stance, perfectly calm and normal, although her chest is open to expose her heart. No bone, muscle, or skin protect it from all of the feelings and emotions that spin around her like a whirlwind. This self-image make sense. In it, as throughout her entire life, her eyes are askew. (25)

This feeling that we have wandered onto a canvas is refined as the chapter progresses: “Details of Van Gogh paintings have been recreated on each wall; Starry Night swirls across the ceiling” (27).

This is reinforced again further on: “The empty space with a moving shadow, so much like a moving painting. Sand made a great negative space for the shape and figure of Cindy’s shadow as she danced in the desert” (55).

It is a story of transition, acceptance, and desire. As CindySleigh tells Mephistopheles,

I am a virgin of sorts, for no matter how many lovely, sordid sexual things I have done in this lifetime, I could never create a child…Vases are beautiful in and of themselves, but there is something so much better when they are filled with flowers: even one flower would make all the difference. (60-61)

CindySleigh is given a demon child, called D.C., whom she tries to love into domesticity, but he is feral, shape-shifting and untamable. Yet the fulfillment of this desire is not the end of the story, but rather only one path it takes.

The book is a dream-like art-come-to-life world, where there are truths that are as immutable in this reality as in the one on the page, and stumbling across these truths is as if we find something solid to hold onto—grasping a rock after clawing at clouds:

One conundrum in life is that one can simply not go back. You can never go back to the way anything was, and what you remember rarely ever proves to be what was, anyway. (64)

This loss cannot be found; this loss cannot be replaced. When you feel this non-feeling, your body takes on a surreal lightness. That is the numb. Yet, there also is a deep heaviness that gives all movement the sensation of stretching limbs though earth rather than air. (86)

I don’t read much magical realism. I found the story hard to describe but achingly beautiful: “Pieces of pain were scattered about in the form of a broken mirror” (116). I felt a connection to CindySleigh as if I had entered someone else’s dream and dreamt it myself—the swirls of emotion and imagery lingered long after I closed the book.

Have You Seen CindySleigh? & Other Stories
by Diane Stiglich

Poets Wear Prada, 2016, $20.00
[paper] ISBN 9780997981117
134 pp

Lara Lillibridge recently won both Slippery Elm Literary Journal’s Prose Contest and The American Literary Review’s Contest in Nonfiction. Lara’s memoir will debut in fall of 2017 with Skyhorse Publishing. Some of her work can be found on her website: http://www.laralillibridge.com/.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Praise for Daniela Gioseffi and Waging Beauty: As the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice

Reprinted from Washington Independent Review of Books, Poetry Reviews, June 23, 2017


June 2017 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews by Grace Cavalieri

A monthly feature that looks at books of and about poetry.

The Best Poetry to Begin SUMMER
The Half-Finished Heaven, Selected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer, translated from the Swedish by Robert Bly. Graywolf Press. 118 pages.
Scribbled in the Dark by Charles Simic. Ecco. 72 pages.
Miss August by Nin Andrews. Cavankerry Press. 105 pages (with a kick-ass writer’s note at the end).
Resurrection Biology by Laura Orem. Finishing Line Press. 56 pages.
Inside Outside by Sue Silver. New Academia Press. 52 pages.
Waging Beauty: As the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice by Daniela Gioseffi. Poets Wear Prada. 38 pages.
Getting Ready to Travel by Llewellyn McKernan. Finishing Line Press. 33 pages.
Just Universes by Diana Smith Bolton. L+S Press. 31 pages.
The Apollonia Poems by Judith Vollmer. The University of Wisconsin Press. 88 pages.
Plus: Best Anthology, and Seven Other Books of Poems on June’s Best-of List.


Waging Beauty: As the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice by Daniela Gioseffi. Poets Wear Prada. 38 pages.

Gioseffi was marching, protesting, fighting and writing ever since people were painting pickets. She’s always used her ability to activate and stimulate. This book is no disappointment in her long canon of work. People need their history and Gioseffi has dedicated her life to making that an honorable one. More than ever, she shows that political writing is lyrical, imagistic and vulnerable. Far from the rant attributed to words that want to make change. “Big Hearted, Witty, and Wide Eyed” ends, “paint, sing, taste everything lawfully possible, / and help save the kids from Climate Crisis, / because you still have some hours left.” The poem “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” credits its folkloric origins in a high-flying poem that pierces the facade of a Pop Culture that kills instead of cultivates. In a standout stanza, Where have all the young girls — young boys — / gone? / In uniform / everyone?” Gioseffi proves her emotional connection to the future, in poetic structure, from a lifetime of good writing.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Praise for The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost by Michael T. Young

Reprinted from Entropy, May 31, 2016

The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost by Michael T. Young

The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost by Michael T. Young
Poets Wear Prada Press, 2014
88 pages – PWP / Amazon

by Therése Halscheid

Titles lure us to books. They serve as a grounding cord, to situate us in a particular location or overarching theme. They establish a mindset to navigate content. This is what happened to me while reading Michael T. Young’s collection: The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost.

In Young’s title, the abstract noun lost is concretized in poems that depict the poet as a wanderer in both familiar and foreign locations. The poem “A Method of Escape” exemplifies this:
Whenever we go for a walk you ask
where we are going and I think, 
Eventually, where we started.                                         
Young then encourages us to step off the cyclical path. He invites us to get lost during walks in a familiar place. For the poet, spontaneity reveals unexpected treasures. “Never let the usual expectations plot the course,” he writes.
… let the time between be unplanned,
as uncharted as the charted urban streets we allow….
In other poems lost represents a psychological state as in lost in thought, the meandering mind. Or lost in the sense of questioning who we are. Lost turns to loss when it captures the powerlessness one feels when confronted with illness and the death of a loved one, or events over which we have no control.

And there are other meanings, unusual interpretations for lost, such as becoming lost through language, through something as miniscule as a six-letter word. In the poem “The Word ‘Anyway’” the poet examines how “anyway” works as a detour, which sets him off course: “like a ramp off the highway leading me somewhere else,” which inevitably takes him “in another direction, though not, / necessarily, in a better one….”

The second abstract word in Young’s title is beautiful. For me, the word is representative of the poet’s consciousness. It is not the journey itself, but the way he sets off through uncharted terrain that is reflective of an enlightened mind. For the poet, lost paths are meaningful if we remain open to what they present. In this sense lost is what happens, but beauty is the approach. This is this writer’s path, when exploring themes of life and death, physical and mental landscapes.

Young is a lyric poet. He is adept at image making. The “oak’s bare branches lurch / into the winter air” while “puddles release their smallest / reflections.” Certain images act as a gong. They reverberate long after our eyes move on, to another page, as in these lines of “Random Note”:
… where I sit on the bench, shade slips over me like a hood,
and I’m whisked off, abducted by the day’s closing minions….
What I also admire about this collection is cadence. Many poems share a rhythm of ease that leads us from one moment to the next. It is obvious that Young is a careful crafter. Poems are mapped out using intentional line breaks — end-stopped or enjambed. And this creates a steady walk through words. Even the overall tone does not carry the voice of someone frantic and lost. Instead the poet winds his way through endless territory, skillfully as his use of enjambment. He speaks of this in “The Continuous Thread” when he writes: “One thing leads endlessly to another. / Even if this street is a dead end, / it will continue in a different fashion…”

Young’s book holds to this premise: where one is led to, one is led to observe. In his signature poem “The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost,” he addresses this: “The secrets of a place are in its small streets, / its narrow passages…” (49). Traveling like this, even that which we tend to avoid can seem profound. As in the poem “Slug”:
Watching his deliberate movement, I forgot
he was a name we give each other in contempt.
What I noticed was his strange beauty and slow power,
and what in me refuses to be rushed….
Moving purposely, willfully, the poet remains a lifelong voyager but without a definite map. What he encounters he accepts. In “As Is” the poet shares “even before I recognize these things / for what they are, /everything is / as it should be.”

In “Eyewitness,” while crossing the Hudson River on a ferryboat, he ponders:
… I would like to think, in spite of it,
that my inner vision is sharper
as if age alone could teach me the apostle’s words
to ‘walk by faith, not by sight.’
This is what Young aspires to. Faith is required to journey in ways that are foreign. Faith helps us move through the unfamiliar — that we might come out of it, changed. In his poem “Directions” the poet relies on this belief:
Our heads tilt in a slow nod or shake;
our eyes cross figures in the air
writing a tenuous language that seems to say
there is no backward or forward,
no behind or ahead, only movement
from character to character, from stop to stop,
in books, on trains, in memory….
This is the message that Young leaves us with. The poet is first lured into the world “thrilled by the risk and uncertainty.”  He then gathers strength, as he says, “from the pleasure / of wondering if I would make it home.”

unnamedTherése Halscheid’s latest book Frozen Latitudes (Press 53), won the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Honorable Mention for Poetry. Other collections include Uncommon Geography,Without Home and a Greatest Hits chapbook award. Poems and essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Tampa Review, Sou’wester, Natural Bridge, among others. Recent awards include first in Welcome Table Press’s Creative Nonfiction contest. By way of house-sitting she has been writing on the road for several years. Her photography chronicles her journey, and has been in juried shows. Poems in Frozen Latitudes recount her time in the Arctic north where she lived with and taught the Inupiaq of Alaska. See www.ThereseHalscheid.com.

Book Reviews: Patricia Carragon reviews Carol Wierzbicki’s Top Teen Greatest Hits for GLR


Reprinted from Gently Read Literature, January 1, 2010

The Regrettable Passage: Patricia Carragon on Carol Wierzbicki’s Top Teen Greatest Hits

Carol Wierzbicki, Top Teen Greatest Hits, Poets Wear Prada Press

For me, adolescence was the regrettable passage from childhood to the demands of hormones and higher education. For Carol Wierzbicki, it became the Top Teen Greatest Hits, an intriguing collection of poems published by Poets Wear Prada Press (2009). Ms. Wierzbicki is tough and sensitive. She writes as if she were an observer during her rite of passage, even stepping back when she was five and six, taking in situations and translating growing pains into mini stories. Mundane occurrences, whether sad or funny, are refreshing to read, filled with insight and lessons.
For instance, in New Name (for Mom), the six-year-old Carol requested her mother to call her Lisa. Her mother said:
Would you like a glass of milk … Lisa?Are you going outside now … Lisa?
And Carol wrote:
Mom gives me time to chafe at the name
that has begun to rub spots on my psyche
raw. She doesn’t quit
until I tell her to abandon it.
Her mother was teaching her the value of being at peace with one’s name and self, which is not an easy lesson for either child or adult to absorb. Carol writes this without being sentimental or coy. Her words are simple and her metaphors work. You feel the harsh rubbing on her psyche’s sore spots—a lesson being learned.

Another example is the poem, "Dorothy’s Poem (for Dorothy Friedman). " Although this excellent piece was dedicated to Ms. Friedman, Carol makes you feel it’s universal. I can relate to this. We, in many ways, are little amputated people walking around and the past is not black-and-white nor sepia tone. But the train is our home—life moves to the next station and we learn to laugh or cry at the passing scenery, knowing that rules make no sense.

Carol Wierzbicki’s Top Teen Greatest Hits is a big hit. In each of her fourteen poems, Ms. Wierzbicki mastered the technique of storytelling through perception and simplicity—her rite of passage to be read and shared by all.

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Patricia Carragon is a New York City poet and writer. Her publications include Poetz.com, Rogue Scholars, Poets Wear Prada, Best Poem, Big City Lit, CLWN WR, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Clockwise Cat, Ditch Poetry Magazine, Mobius the Poetry Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Marymark Press, and more. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press). She is a member of Brevitas, a group dedicated to short poems. Patricia hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor of the annual anthology.