BkMk Press Books

Black Tupelo Country

Poems

By Ramspeck, Doug

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Leslie Adrienne Miller Winner, Eric Hoffer Award ...

Portable Famine

Poems

By Arroyo, Rane

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Robin Beacker   The Portable Famine offers poems from Rane Arroyo's years of being an "interior exi...

Love Letters from a Fat Man

Stories

By Benaron, Naomi

  Winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Stuart Dybek Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Award...

Who Taught Me to Swim

Stories

By McKinley, James

Fiction. "These are stories that Hemingway himself would envy," writes Cary C. Holladay. These fourteen short stories capture James McKinley at his best, featuring characters who travel from Nebraska to Spain and Kenya as they search for fulfillme...

Garden Amid Fire, A

Stories

By Swan, Gladys

    Finalist, For the Eric Hoffer Award   Nine stories...skillfully track time's toll on the ability to live and love fully. -- Publishers Weekl...

Wayne's College of Beauty

Poems

By Swanger, David

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Colleen J. McElroy   ...

Necessary Lies

Stories

By Bakken, Kerry Neville

  Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Hilary Masters Winner, of the Devil's Kitchen Reading Prize ...

Fence Line

Poems

By Bauer, Curtis

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Christopher Buckley  Poetry. "FENCE LINE is a terrific first book by a young poet with a uniquevoi...

Book of the Rotten Daughter, The

Poems

By Friman, Alice

  Finalist, Georgia Author of the year   Poetry. Women's studies. Alice Friman's THE BOOK OF THE ROTTEN DAUGHTER contains "astonishing poems which fearlessly...

Beyond the Reach

Poems

By Cummins, Deborah

Poetry. "Cummins is a poet with both hands in plain sight. No manipulative literary affectations, no illustrations oftheory, no personal mission other than to address us directly, with clarity, authenticity, and above all, with generosity"--Ted Ko...

Circe, After Hours

Poems

By Kallet, Marilyn

Poetry. "Through vivid characters, she examines Jewish life in the American South, in New York, and in the death camps of Europe. She employs the historian's tools in 'speaking the past,' and then, through these poems, the past speaks to us"--Robi...

Logic of a Rose, The

Chicago Stories

By Lombardo, Billy

  Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Gladys Swan Finalist, Society of Midland Authors Prize   These moving yet ...

Streetfighting

Poems

By Donaghy, Daniel

    Finalist, Paterson Poetry Prize   Streetfighting is a racy, sobering book about the vicissitudes of an urban childhood.  Every poem has the ring of authenticity—the obs...

Feast, The

Prose Poem Sequences

By Bargen, Walter

    Winner, John Gardner Award for Fiction   Poetry. Writer Debra Di Blasi calls The Feast, "a work of subversive genius, particularly relevant ...

I'll Never Leave You

Stories

By Francis, H.E.

    Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Diane Glancy   Review Fiction. This collection of short stories explores the inner lives of characters who ...

Lake Erie Blue

Poems

By Grimm, Susan

In Lake Erie Blue, Susan Grimm has created a vibrant and haunted city of desire lying along a great lake that ripples with mystery. She sings of the one place we know more and less about than any other: home....

Prayer Against Famine

Poems

By Knoepfle, John

Poetry. In this moving book of poems,John Knoepfle transforms a search for his Irish roots into a meditationon human suffering and survival. The whole book is a prayer againstfamine and the gratuitous cruelty inflicted on the innocent, both theIri...

Bed of Nails

Stories

By Tanner, Ron

  Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Janet Burroway Winner, Towson Prize for Literature, Maryland   Fiction. "[...

Escape Artist

Poems

By Blackhawk, Terry

  Winner of the John Cia...

Difficult Women

Stories

By Duhrssen, Alfred

By difficult women, the writer doesn't mean hard to seduce but women who are bad tempered, quarrelsome, and treacherous. She: You made me this way. He: That's what a difficult wom...

Adirondack

Poems

By Mitchell, Roger

[Roger] Mitchell gives us a history of the Adirondacks, with the Indian languages, travelers' accounts, songs and dances, diaries, museum artifacts, and the poet's own deeply rooted personal experience. It is a book t...

Alibi Café, The

Stories

By Troy, Mary

    Finalist, William Rockhill Nelson Award   Fiction. "What virtually all the characters share is a profound sense of ironic detachment that ke...

Dissolving Island, The

Poems

By Rigsbee, David

Poetry. "The work of a raconteur of the spirit, a splendid storyteller with just enough jaunty language to make you feel you'd want to hear almost anything he had to say. He is elegiac and disciplined, rapturous and suspicious, but more than anyth...

Blue Beat Syncopation

Poems

By Banks, Stanley E.

Poetry. African American. "Along with his mentor Langston Hughes, Banks is one of the few po...

Eye

Poems and other Retina Prints

By Goldring, Elizabeth

When artist and poet Elizabeth Goldring found a way to use technology for visual art, the images she captured on her damaged retinas became "frozen traces of seeing, the memory of words that move and flow into meaning...

Kentucky Swami

Poems

By Skeen, Tim

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Michael Burns   Poetry. "Tim Skeen's John Ciardi Prize-winning collection reveals a distanced compa...

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