Announcing Our 2019 Titles

Augury Books is delighted to announce our 2019 titles! Congratulations to t’ai freedom ford whose poetry collection & more black, chosen from our January Open Reading Period, will be published in the spring, and Arisa White, whose hybrid-memoir Who’s Your Daddy? will be published in the fall. 

This year we received over 550 submissions during our open reading period and were thrilled to discover so many manuscripts of great promise. We commend the many talented authors who sent us their work and are grateful for the opportunity to read their manuscripts!

About the author:

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The African American Review, Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken Boat, Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Obsidian, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.

About the book:

From the author: & more black is a collection of what ford calls “Black-ass sonnets” that take their cues from Wanda Coleman’s American Sonnets. For ford, the word “American” conjures the spirit of her ancestors. In that way, the poems are rebellious, outspoken and, as she says, “take no shit.” They investigate Black art, Black bodies, Black sexuality, and Black language, unapologetically and with a capital B.

 

About the author:

Cave Canem graduate fellow Arisa White is the author of Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, A Penny Saved and Black Pearl. Her book You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened was nominated for the 29th Lambda Literary Award and the chapbook “Fishing Walking” & Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won the inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates cultural events and artistic collaborations that center narratives of queer and trans people of color. She serves on the board of directors for Nomadic Press and is an assistant professor at Colby College. arisawhite.com

About the book:

Arisa White’s Who’s Your Daddy?, a hybrid memoir combining poetry and creative nonfiction, is a meditation on paternal absences, intergenerational trauma, and toxic masculinity. Who’s Your Daddy? asks us to consider how the relationships we are born into can govern us, even through absence, and shape the dynamics we find and forge as we grow. White lyrically moves across distance and time, from Brooklyn to California to Guyana. Her book enacts rituals that plumb the interior reaches of the heart to assemble disconnected and estranged parts into something whole, tender, and strong. 

AWP 2018, Tampa

Thanks for everyone that stopped by our booth at AWP in Tampa this year, we had a blast meeting new folks, seeing some old friends, dining in Ybor City, and selling a lot of Augury books!

Thanks also to everyone who brought soaps and other toiletries from their hotels to our booth, as we were able to drop off several donation bags at the Bonnie Center at Alpha House, which helps homeless pregnant woman and women with children. You can find photos over at the Brooklyn Artists Helping tumblr.

 

 

Over the Rainbow Book List Selection for Arisa White

We are very proud to announce that Arisa White’s You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened has been selected to appear on the 2018 Over the Rainbow Recommended Book List. This list of outstanding books is selected by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. The Over the Rainbow committee has this to say about You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened: “A gorgeous, intelligent poetry collection from Lambda Literary Award-nominated White. These poems burst with emotion, soaring to ecstatically loving highs and capturing the sorrows of longing and black lesbian life in a vicious world. A beautifully realized and joyful read that deserves a place in poetry collections and the canon of lesbian literature.”

Congratulations to Arisa White and our heartfelt thanks to the Over the Rainbow committee.

Submit to Augury Books during our Open Reading Period

January 1-31, 2018

We will for the entire month of January accept submissions for full-length collections of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. There are no restrictions on length. We cannot accept anthologies or translations at this time, nor can we accept work from current and former students of editor Kate Angus, but anyone from anywhere in any stage of their career can send any manuscript they otherwise feel fits within these parameters.

To submit, click here to go to our Submittable page!

Big News!

We are now an official imprint of Brooklyn Arts Press! We couldn’t be happier about this new collaboration and the innovative and beautiful books we look forward to bringing into the world as part of the Brooklyn Arts Press family.

As BAP’s imprint, Augury Books will continue to publish two new books each year under our name. In fall of 2018, we are excited to publish Fruit Geode by Alicia Jo Rabins, and we will open for submissions for our second book beginning January 1st. We’ll be looking at poetry, short story collections, and creative nonfiction so if you have a manuscript you’ve been polishing up, we’d love to read it.

Augury Books’ editorial board remains the same. You can continue to reach Founding Editor Kate Angus, Associate Editor Kimberly Steele, and Assistant Editor Nicolas Amara at augurybooks@gmail.com or through Augury’s social media accounts. Our back catalog books will continue to be available through Small Press Distribution (SPD), in bookstores, on Augury Books’ website, and on Amazon.

You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened Featured on HocTok

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Taken from HocTok’s website.

Arisa White’s You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened recently received a review, as well as a featured poem, on HocTok. Based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, HocTok is structured as a round table group, where artists convene communally on a piece to discuss and record their findings. Of You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, it was noted that

Arisa White is a lover, a wordsmith, a connoisseur of real life in all its hues and shades, ups and downs, smiles and cries of joy and sadness. She does not promote herself as an authority on matters of perfection in finding love, being in love or holding on to love.  But her poetry certainly gives a crispy clear picture of the immensely rich world the author embodies.

To read more of the feature, and to learn more about HocTok, you can visit their website.


More on You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened

RECAP: CLMP's Firecracker Awards Winners Announced

Sara Schaff with her book, Say Something Nice About Me, at the CLMP Firecracker Awards Ceremony. Photo: Roberta Schine

Recently, our author Sara Schaff’s debut short fiction collection Say Something Nice About Me was included as a finalist for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Firecracker Awards. The CLMP Firecracker Awards are divided by category into Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Magazines Best Debut, and Magazines General Excellence. At the third annual awards ceremony, the 2017 winners were announced: in Fiction, Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman (Deep Vellum); in Creative Nonfiction, Calamities by Renee Gladman (Wave Books); in Poetry, Buck Studies by Douglas Kearney (Fence Books); and Bennington Review and Prairie Schooner in Magazines Best Debut and General Excellence, respectively.

In addition to the Firecracker Awards, CLMP presented the first Lord Nose Award, in memory of Jargon Society publisher Jonathan Williams, to Bruce McPherson of McPherson and Co.

As a small press, we’re honored to have a title considered for the Firecracker Awards a second time (the first being Halina Duraj’s The Family Cannon), and incredibly proud of Sara Schaff for her accomplishment. Below are a few photos from the ceremony, held on June 7th at Poets House.

 

Bridget Hughes announcing the Magazines category winners. Photo: Nicolas Amara

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell announcing. Photo: Sara Schaff

Jeffrey Lependorf, CLMP Executive Director, giving closing remarks. Photo: Nicolas Amara

A selection of finalists displayed at the ceremony. Photo: Sara Schaff

Patricia Spears-Jones announcing the winner of the Poetry category. Photo: Nicolas Amara

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs accepting the Poetry award on behalf of Douglas Kearney. Photo: Nicolas Amara

Pia Padrone announcing the Fiction winner. Photo: Sara Schaff

 

We extend our congratulations to all of this year’s Firecracker winners!


 

More on Say Something Nice About Me

Randall Horton's Hook Wins GLCA New Writers Award for 2017

We are incredibly proud to acknowledge that Randall Horton’s Hook has won the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award for 2017 in the category of creative nonfiction. Other titles earning the GLCA New Writers Award this year include Nate Marshall’s Wild Hundreds in the category of poetry, and Charles Boyer’s History’s Child in the category of fiction.

 

As a small press, we consider this recognition a great honor, extending our congratulations to Randall and our gracious thanks to the Great Lakes College Association.

 

Learn more about Hook here.

A 'Thank You' + An Update

Photograph by Nicolas Amara

Photograph by Nicolas Amara

We’d like to take a moment to thank Pen & Brush for hosting our dual book launch this past Friday for You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened by Arisa White, and Say Something Nice About Me by Sara Schaff. Arisa’s book is now available online through Small Press DistributionSay Something Nice About Me will be available to the public through SPD come November 1st.

 

Many thanks, as well, to our wonderful designers, Mike Miller and Isabella Giancarlo, whose time and effort ensured these books printed just as beautifully as they read.

 

We’re very grateful to all who have followed us through the launch of our two newest titles. Please keep an eye on our (and our authors’) social media channels for upcoming material!

An Update on Our New Titles for 2016

Despite a long radio silence, we here at Augury Books have been hard at work preparing two new books for a late 2016 release. While covers have previously been posted by authors via social media, we would like to formally introduce cover art (by the wonderful Mike Miller) for both You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, by Arisa White, and Say Something Nice About Me, by Sara Schaff.

 

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You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened by Arisa White. Cover design: Mike Miller

 

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Say Something Nice About Me by Sara Schaff. Cover design: Mike Miller

 

We are incredibly grateful to those of you that have continued to follow us through 2016. Please see Arisa’s and Sara’s respective author pages for more information about each title. We look forward to bringing these books into the world, and will post updates about launch parties in the coming months.