Call for Nominations: The Advent of the Small Press

Let’s get everybody to buy a book of poetry from an independent publisher this Christmas! Throughout December I will feature a different book each day along with details of where to buy it, and I’d like you to nominate who you want to see.

So, if a writer you admire (or maybe even yourself) has had their poetry published by a small publisher at some point in 2012 – be it a full length collection, or a few poems in an anthology – I’d like to tell more people about it!

Christmas is a fantastic opportunity to support the small businesses that we all know and love; a chance to send some extra business their way when we buy a gift from them for somebody else, or ask for something from them ourselves.

Baring this in mind, I’d like to do my bit for my fellow writers and publishers by sharing a link everyday during advent featuring a book that you might want to put on your Christmas list. That way, if anybody is stuck for ideas, they’ll know where to turn.

I’d like you to help by sending me links to the books you’d like to see featured, along with a few words explaining why they are great (or a short review if you’re feeling adventurous), and by sharing this page far and wide!

Send links and reviews to:

(Nominations will remain open until December 14th)

Many thanks!

15 responses to “Call for Nominations: The Advent of the Small Press

  1. sadly I can only think of a short story collection – is this wrong?

    • Nope, send it over! If it’s good (which if you’re recommending it I imagine it is) then I happy to make an exception or two. Besides, a good short story shares quite a lot with a prose poem, don’t you think?

  2. Sarah Valmai Jones

    The book I’d like to put on your list is called ‘Unsent: New & Selected Poems 1980 – 2012’ by Penelope Shuttle (Bloodaxe Books). It is a brilliant collection of poems spanning such a wonderful variety of her work from several previously published poetry collections as well as some new poetry.
    She so eloquently speaks from the heart but she also manages to keep her poetry grounded in life’s experiences. One of the most brilliant poems in this collection is ‘Before Dawn’ which portrays reflections during sleepless nights and how those feelings change as time moves on.

  3. Hoping it’s not two self-serving, I’d like to nominate A Place Where Odd Animals Stand, from Oversteps Books, released only a couple of weeks ago and written exclusively by me.
    It represents the best of my poems written in the last five years and includes a section on autobiographical events, as well as a miscellany of ‘general purpose’ poems. as the title suggests, many of these are about odd aspects of the world and there are plenty with a light kick in their heels.
    You can read a couple of example poems and also buy the book (for £8, post free) from my blog at Thanks Nick.

  4. I can think of a lovely poetry book from 2011 – are you only accepting books from this year?

  5. Hi Nick,
    I might not have time to write words about them….but I highly recommend anything by Penned in the Margins: – If you can’t pick a poet the anthology ‘Adventures in form’ is great – especially if you’re a writer looking for inspiration- full of playful approaches to words and form…

  6. anyone published by Write Bloody, especially Andrea Gibson or Sierra Demulder.

  7. Cat Conway’s Static Cling (Dancing Girl Press, being reviewed soon for Sabotage), Azita Ghahreman’s Poems (Poetry Translation Centre), Kayo Chingonyi’s Some Bright Elegance (Salt Publishing), Adelle Stripe’s Dark Corners of the Land (Blackheath Books)! (More recommended here:

  8. Ah, Claire’s beaten me to it – Adelle Stripe’s Dark Corners of the Land Here’s the review I wrote of it

  9. oh, and if you’re doing presses, don’t forget Burning Eye Books

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