“There is no original past to redeem: there is the void.” Uncountry is an invitation to that void, and Friedland serves as dream guide through this blend of the personal, political, and stunningly poetic. — Lily Hoang

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In Muriel Leung’s Bone Confetti, the poet writes, “The body, a violin that someone is always fingering.” I am haunted by this line and all that is hidden within the spaces in between. I am haunted by this book as a work of silence, as pain, as loss, as the book written as necessity. It is a beautiful, difficult and unresolved work of art. Such is poetry. Such is life.

Truong Tran

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Fitzgerald’s poetics sets out to rethread fragmented personal experience, family lore, socio-cultural prohibitions and allowances, in order to bear down on staid notions of labor and the working body. What’s achieved is a historical perspective that has both sweep and depth.- Rodrigo Toscano
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2016 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry

The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2016 Noemi Press Book Award in Poetry. Winner: Indictus by Natalie Eilbert Finalist: Careen by Grace Shuyi Liew We will be also publishing Gentry!fication: or the scene of the crime by Chaun Webster and A Problem and Some Space by Hannah Ensor SEMIFINALISTS The Devil’s Workshop by Xavier Cavazos Hagia Animalia by Sara Biggs Chaney Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm by Elizabeth Acevedo The Leaving Impulse by Rachel Martin Manipur by Robin McLachlen The Historians of Redundant Moments: Novel in Poems by Nandini Dhar Northern Ledger by Kate Partridge Probable Garden by Bronwen Tate Saints and Cannibals by Robert Lunday Winter Swimmers by Carolyn DeCarlo Woman, Yielding by Andrea Blancas Beltran un/documented—kentucky—songs by Steven...

2016 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction

The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2016 Noemi Press Book Award in Fiction. Winner: The Ladies by Sara Veglahn Finalist: The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven by Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint SEMIFINALISTS There Are Other People In The Dark, Though by Michael Shelichach TSK by Caroline Picard Partners And Strangers by Michael Don Trouble Will Save You by David Crouse Polyester Vocabulary by jill darling The Perception of Partially Occluded Objects by Stephen Tuttle The Moon Below by Nathan Oates When The Time Came by Gabriel Houck Strike a Prose: Memoirs of a Lit Diva Extraordinaire by Tim...

Queen Mob’s Teahouse Review of Starlight in Two Million

The hybridity of Starlight in Two Million lends itself at least in part to assisting in Catanzano’s depiction of 4th person narration. In particular, her poetry (“U+F+O+L+A+N+G+U+A+G+E”) suggests a sense of malleability and nonspecificity, power in disruption and deviation from the linear hierarchy. Take for a specific and more focused example, the TAZ (temporary autonomous zone) located “where the poetic imagination is free to reign.” The site of poetry is a catalyst for a chain reaction that moves outward, uncoiling, asking questions that produce yet more questions. Inquiry expands into infinite space and non-linear time: “In TAZ the practice of framing a rule as a ruin makes even more ruins, as anyone familiar with the latest studies has been informed.” The prose form overlaps with the poetic, the hybridity presenting scientific inquiry within a framework of imaginative speculation and the powerful disruptive force of deviation from traditional form. Read the rest at Queen Mob’s...

Interview with Amy Catanzano about Starlight in Two Million in Entropy

Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella is a spacetime ship that travels. Unlike ships of the sea or rockets to outer space, my book moves by warp drive. What this means is that my book achieves travel through space and time by being stationary while moving spacetime around it. This is how ships move when traveling at warp drive in Star Trek, and scientists are now exploring warp drive for travel in our solar system and beyond. Read the rest at...

Interview with Amy Catanzano about Starlight in Two Million in Jacket2

In May 2015 Jace Brittain and Rachel Zavecz interviewed me about my third book, Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella (Noemi Press, 2014). The book combines narrative fiction — in which three characters, two of whom are named for Greek concepts, join forces to stop a war — with lyric poetry, visual poetry, and memoir. We discuss the book’s cross-genre form, ’pataphysics, quantum poetics, fourth-person narration and the fourth dimension, and more. In addition to talking with me about Starlight in Two Million, Jace and Rachel wrote a collaborative review of the novella for the online arts magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Read the rest at...

2015 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry

The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award in Poetry. We received about 400 poetry submissions this year and thank all the writers who submitted for trusting us with their work. Winner Bone Confetti by Muriel Leung   Finalists Natality by E. G. Means MOUTHS by Claire Marie Stancek   We will also be publishing finalist Vanessa Villarreal’s manuscript Beast Meridian in the Akrilica series.   Poetry Semifinalists They Go In Pairs by Samuel Ace Arcadia, Indiana (a tragedy) by Toby Altman You Can Take It Out by Cheryl Clark Vermeulen Red of Split Water-A Burial Rite by Lisa Donovan Century Worm by Todd Fredson Actual Echo by Matthew Mahaney A Turkish Dictionary by Andrew...

2015 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction

The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners, finalists, and semi finalists for the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award in Fiction. We received about 300 fiction submissions this year and thank all the writers who submitted for trusting us with their work. Winner Uncountry: A Mythology by Yanara Friedland Finalist A Manual for Nothing by Jessica Anne Chiang   Fiction Semifinalists Gary Oldman Is A Building You Must Walk Through by Forrest Roth Patchwork: Stories by Cynthia Hawkins Waters to Swim in Before We Die by Meredith Luby ANSWERING MACHINE: a novel out loud by Edward Herring The Rolodex Happenings by Dennis James Sweeney Project MADAM by Evelyn Hampton A More Active You by Meagan Cass These Are Our Demands by Matthew...

Caren Beilin’s The University of Pennsylvania reviewed at Full Stop

One of the most fascinating traits of Beilin’s prose is the way that words tumble into each other, dissolving their distinctions into portmanteaus: “‘Just drive,’ Olivia told her mother, and Mrs Knox — who was usually too frail, sick, and tired, to drive, or love — drove.” Elsewhere repetition and assonance causes clotting: “Beth kneels, devout to it, devout to kneeling, but needing reasons.” Descriptions of female anatomy in particular are characterised by a constant drift towards the figurative: Olivia’s hand is “a small splayed bouquet of bones”; a breast is “the weight of bread forgetting itself”; the clitoris is “a rooster’s drip of throat,” “a rodent’s red liver,” “the flower of guts,” “the bedraggled lung of something waterous, a barracuda’s ripped reason for breathing, hanging in the open, with rancid coral hueing.” Like Antigone as a child, rolling around in a park, flashing her underwear, The University of Pennsylvania seems to speak “in a language parallel to language.” Read the rest at Full...