From Issue Nine’s list of Pushcart nominations comes truly stupendous news: Rick Barot’s “UDFj-39546284” is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize! This poem, a gorgeous rendering of human distance—as vast as the cosmos, into which our “seeing and non-seeing” cedes empathy only in hindsight—was a pleasure to read and publish. We’re extraordinarily proud that, soon, others will be able to enjoy this poem as much as we do!
Barot’s piece will appear in next year’s issue of The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses (2019). Find more of Barot’s work on his website; or, you can learn more about Issue Nine of Arroyo.
We’ll soon be writing from AWP—hosted this year at the nation’s capital! From February 9th till the 11th, visit us at booth 331-T for an exclusive copy of our new Issue Nine: featuring lush cover art from Brad Kunkle, a portfolio of lotería by Marina Pallares, and a collection of stories and poems from writers across the country. Three of these wonderful writers will be available for signings from 2 till 3 p.m., with Michelle Ross (“Glow” and “Parts We Can Live Without”) visiting Thursday; Judith Skillman (“Kafka’s Nocturne” and “The Old Laughter”) on Friday; and Joan Frank (excerpt from All the News I Need) present this Saturday.
We hope to see you there!
At last, we’ve selected our Pushcart Prize candidates for Issue Eight! Here they are:
Congratulations to these writers, and all of our contributors in Eight!
We’re excited to see yet another Arroyo contributor release a new book! From C&R Press comes Martin Ott’s (Issue Four) science-fiction novel, Spectrum. Ott has been compared to “a young Samuel R. Delany, mixing strike-hard language and razor-slicing ideas into a sensual mix of fictional possibilities.” True to form, Spectrum is a reflection of our present political landscape, exploring the “outer spectrum of what we love and hate, and the inner spectrum of the people we love and hate.” You can purchase a copy through C&R’s website!
Another fine award reaches one of Arroyo‘s own! Jacqueline Doyle (Issue Two) recently won the Spring 2016 Black River Chapbook Competition for her collection of short fiction, titled The Missing Girl. These “haunting, evocative stories” were selected from a list of finalists that included other fiction writers as well as poets. We anticipate reading Doyle’s work with much excitement!
The Missing Girl is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press next September.
Autumn continues to be an exciting time for past Arroyo contributors: Christopher Buckley, a California poet, has released a new collection of poems titled Star Journal! Buckley has been praised by the Library Journal as a “unique poetic voice, a sort of breathless, long-sentenced style that is gripping and captivating.” Compiled from his work of over thirty years, Star Journal is published by University of Pittsburgh Press and is available now on Amazon!