Friday, November 9, 2007

Kevin Prufer reads

Dear all,

Please come along to the famous KGB Bar on Monday night to see Four Way poet Kevin Prufer read. National Anthem will be released in February 2008.

Date: Monday, November 19th
Time: 7pm
Place: KGB, 85 East 4th Street, NYC

The poets:

Wayne Miller is the author of Only the Senses Sleep
(New Issues, 2006), translator of I Don't Believe in
Ghosts (BOA, 2007), by Albanian poet Moikom Zeqo, and
co-editor, with Kevin Prufer, of New European Poets
(Graywolf,2008). He has received the Lucille Medwick
Award, the George Bogin Award, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship
and the Bess Hokin Prize. He lives in Kansas City and
co-edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

Kevin Prufer is the author, most recently, of National
Anthem (Four Way, 2008), Fallen From a Chariot
(Carnegie Mellon, 2005), and The Finger Bone (Carnegie
Mellon, 2002). With Wayne Miller, he is Editor of
Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and General Editor
of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008). With Joy Katz
he has recently edited Dark Horses: Poets on
Overlooked Poems (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2007). The
recipient of three Pushcart prizes, he lives in rural

Joy Katz is the author of two books of poems, Fabulae
and The Garden Room, the latter out recently from
Tupelo Press, and also is the co-editor (with Kevin
Prufer) of the anthology Dark Horses: Poets on
Overlooked Poems and a senior editor at Pleiades. She
was recently writer-in-residence at The University of
Misosuri and she teaches poetry workshops at The New

Jeffrey Harrison Readings

Jeffrey Harrison, whose Incomplete Knowledge was on the Booksense Top Ten Poetry Books of 2007 list, has several upcoming readings. Come along - and bring friends!

Late 2007

Concord Poetry Center
40 Stow Street
Concord, MA

Sunday, November 18, 2007
3:00 pm

George Washington University
Washington, DC
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
8:00 pm
Marvin Center, third floor amphitheater
800 21st St. NW


AWP in New York
“Four Way Books 15 Years”
Saturday, February 2
1:30-2:45 pm
With Daniel Tobin, Laurel Blossom, April Ossmann, C. Dale Young, Kevin Prufer
Hilton New York
53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas

PEN New England / Hotel Marlowe Reading Series
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
6:15 pm (with Wine Hour starting at 5:00)
Hotel Marlowe
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA

The Ruskin Art Club
800 S. Plymouth Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
With Carol Muske-Dukes
Sunday, February 24
2:00 pm

Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild, CA
Monday, February 25, 2008
7:30 pm
Parks Exhibition Center

University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert campus
Frank Sinatra Drive (at the corner of Cook St.)
Palm Desert, CA
February 26, 2008
7:00 pm
Auditorium, Room B-100

Casa Romantica
415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
7:00 pm

Pegasus Books
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA
With Cathleen Michaels
March 13, 2008

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madiera, CA
March 14, 2008
7:00 pm

Emory University, Atlanta
A Fine Excess: A Celebration of Waywiser Press
(April 2-4, with Richard Wilbur, W.D. Snodgrass, Mark Strand, J.D. McClatchy, Mary Jo Salter, and other Waywiser poets)
With Eric McHenry
Thursday, April 3, 2008
1:30 pm
Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University

Brookline Poetry Series
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA
With Afaa Michael Weaver
May 2, 2008
7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Deborah Bernhardt Reading

Meteorologists! Climatologists! Forecasters of Atmospheric Phenomena!

We got your weather right here.

Listen as Nancy Kuhl, Cathy Eisenhower & Deborah Bernhardt , author of Echolalia

Thunderstorm, Squall and Exquisitely Precipitate!

This Friday, November 9th, 7pm -- FREE!

Deborah Bernhardt received an MFA in Creative Writing from the
University of Arizona and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for
Creative Writing, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Fine Arts Work Center
in Provincetown, Penn State Altoona, Writers@Work, Summer Literary
Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, Summer Fishtrap in Wallowa, OR,
and the Hessen-Wisconsin Writers Exchange, Germany. Her poetry
collection Echolalia was published by Four Way Books as the winner of
the 2005 Intro Prize.

Nancy Kuhl's first full-length collection of poems, The Wife of the
Left Hand, was published in 2007 by Shearsman Books. She is co-editor
of Phylum Press, a small poetry publisher ( She
is Associate Curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature at
the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Cathy Eisenhower is a poet and librarian in Washington, DC. Her first
full-length collection is forthcoming from Edge Books.

Only at Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 302-3770

"L" to Lorimer, "G" to Metropolitan.

Visit for links to their
work and email me for more information.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Four Way Books announces TWO November Readings

We hope you'll be able to join us at one or both of these November readings, celebrating Fall '07 and Spring '07 poetry releases

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Four Way Author in Best American Short Stories

Congratulations to Four Way Books author Eileen Pollack, author of the forthcoming In the Mouth , a collection of short-stories. Her story "The Bris" was selected by Stephen King and Heidi Pitlor for the Best American Short Stories 2008 , out now from Houghton Mifflin.

In the Mouth is due out in March 2008. “Eileen Pollack writes with great acuity, humor, and intelligent resignation about the various ways family love is called upon and revealed. This book is terrific company,” comments Lorrie Moore.

Taking on the hidden surfaces and interior worlds beneath any family unit, In the Mouth , is witty, affecting, and irresistible. These five stories and a novella are one moment light-hearted and the next tinged with sadness or frustration. In them, Pollack shows us how secrets that might sunder a family often become its strongest connection. Whether in the form of an unopened safe a family is selling in a yard sale, or a son realizing his father is guilty of murder, these stories investigate the nerve endings of human relationships. Pollack masterfully places the reader into her characters’ innermost worlds: we think their thoughts, feel their insecurities. “That reflection you see […] may be your own,” warns Rob Cohen, while Gish Jen applauds Pollack's work as “funny, rueful, wise stories, steeped in absurdity, pain, possibility -- the work of a writer who has lived.”

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Levis Poetry Prize Winner annonced: Farrah Field

We are pleased to announce that Farrah Field's collection RISING is the winner of the Four Way Books Levis Poetry Prize, selected by Tony Hoagland. Farrah lives in Brooklyn, New York, and earner her MFA at Columbia University.

Thank you to all who entered the Levis Poetry Prize.

In 2008, we will run the Intro Prize in Poetry for first books. The judge will be Brigit Pegeen Kelly. Guidelines will be available in November 2007.

In 2009, we will run the Levis Prize, open to all poets. The judge will be Mary Jo Bang.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

C. Dale Young featured by Robert Pinsky in The Washington Post

"Night Air," from C. Dale Young's critically acclaimed new book of poems, The Second Person (Four Way Books, April 2007), was selected by Robert Pinsky for his "Poet's Choice" column in The Washington Post on Sunday August 19th.

Introducing the poem, Pinsky wrote, "Sometimes the ability to convey information compactly and quickly has moral grace. Economy in writing can put garrulous narration or evasive speechifying to shame. Here is the first poem in a new book by C. Dale Young:"

You can find the poem here and buy C. Dale Young's book here, here, or from your local (independent) bookstore.

Monday, July 2, 2007

David "Awesome" Lawrence on WKCR

David "Awesome" Lawrence, former professional boxer, former CEO, trainer at Gleason's Gym, ex-con, English Ph.D., poet, author of the forthcoming Lane Changes will appear on New York radio station WKCR this Tuesday, 3rd July, at 9.30pm. David will be interviewed by Eric Hirsch about the changes that have governed his life, about the inspiration for his debut collection of poems, and about what it means to be a boxer and poet. He'll also read from Lane Changes . The show is called "Arts and Answers."

If you miss David on the radio, you'll be able to catch him at two readings in November: Saturday 17th November at 6pm at Gleason's Gym, and Thursday 29th November at 7pm at McNally Robinson bookstore in Soho, when Four Way Books launches its Fall list with readings by David, Laurel Blossom ( Degrees of Latitude ), April Ossmann ( Anxious Music ), and Spring author Terri Ford ( Why the Ships are She ).

About Lane Changes :
The boxing ring. The interior of a federal prison. Where your luck runs out and you find yourself living on instinct and chance. Making a comeback, hitting the canvas, picking yourself up and beginning again. The wild, aggressive, unapologetic poems of Lane Changes : will take you on the most extraordinary ride, from encounters with John Gotti to the way a thrown punch can be an expression of affection. “Your injuries are a form of dialogue with loneliness,” writes Lawrence, and his poetry makes us look at despair and sadness alongside exhilaration. This is book that soars the highs and plumbs the depths, finding that it’s often difficult to tell the difference.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Four Way Books June Reading Period

Four Way Books invites you to submit Poetry and Fiction manuscripts during their June Reading Period.

In recent years Four Way has accepted Sarah Manguso's Siste Viator (2006) and C.S. Carrier's forthcoming After Dayton (2008).

Please click on the link above for full details about what and how to submit, and for more information on how the reading period works.

Jeffrey Harrison reviewed by P. H. Liotta in the Chautauqua Literary Journal

Incomplete Knowledge has been called a "major achievement" in an insightful review by P.H. Liotta:

"In America, poetry remains the isolated art. And the quiet genius of Jeffrey Harrison, clearly, requires space and meditation. Yet, Incomplete Knowledge , while driven with the same polish and technique of his earlier work, goes much, much further. His lines are looser, images more direct, and his impact is often astonishing. For any reader, there is true discovery here. A poet of Harrison's genius is uncommon."

Catch Jeffrey reading at Bryant Park this week:

The Academy of American Poets presents:
Bryant Park Word for Word Poetry Series
Tuesday, June 12
Jeffrey Harrison, Peter Gizzi, and Jon Woodward
6:30 p.m.

You can read some of his work from Incomplete Knowledge on Ted Kooser's web site American Life in Poetry

Jeffrey will be reading in Maine, Minneapolis, Cambridge and elsewhere in MA during the summer and fall...keep visiting this blog for full details.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sarah Manguso awarded Rome Prize

Four Way Books is delighted to congratulate Sarah Manguso, author of Siste Viator on receiving the highly sought after Rome Prize from the American Academy , chosen by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Sarah Manguso will spend a year at the American Academy in Rome.

Of Siste Viator , Dave Eggers has commented: "Sarah Manguso, like her spiritual siblings David Berman and Tony Hoagland, is a friendly kind of savior and guide. Her writing is gorgeous and cerebral (imagine Anne Carson) but she doesn't skimp on the wit (imagine Anne Carson's ne'er-do-well niece)."

Congratulations, Sarah.

Four Way Books Annual Benefit

Over the last year Four Way Books authors have been the proud recipients of prizes including the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber Award, the American Academy's distinguished Rome Prize, and many more, as well as receiving wonderful critical reviews in Publishers Weekly, ForeWord, The Constant Critic, and numerous other places.

On Thursday May 8th from 7 to 9pm Four Way Books will host its annual Benefit at Poets House, 72 Spring Street. This event is an important fundraiser to support the work of the press, which currently publishes around 8 books of poetry a year.

There will be refreshments, short readings by Ellen Dudley, C. Dale Young, John Gallaher, and Cammy Thomas, and conversation.

Tickets for the event are $100 per person; RSVP at Your donation is tax deductible and will assist the press with its publishing, reading series, and residential program for writers.

Four Way Books would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all its authors on their many wonderful achievements over the past year, and to thank anyone who has bought or read a Four Way book over the year. Look out for our new releases in stores now, and exciting titles to come in November.

C. Dale Young / John Gallaher NYC Readings

To celebrate the release of their second books, The Second Person and The Little Book of Guesses, C. Dale Young and John Gallaher will be reading in New York City in May:

C. Dale Young and John Gallaher read with Kimiko Hahn and Lynn Emanuel
Sunday, May 6 at Bowery Poetry Club, Readings on the Bowery Series
308 Bowery, NYC
2:00pm ($8 inc. $2 at the bar)

C . Dale Young and John Gallaher read with Linda Gregerson
Monday, May 7
Readings Between A and B
7:30pm (Free)

These are both wonderful reading series at great poetry venues, and C. Dale and John are exciting readers. Check them out!

C. Dale Young reads at the LA Times Festival of Books

On Saturday April 28th C. Dale Young will read from his new book, The Second Person , in the Poetry Tent at the LA Times Festival of Books.

He will be reading at 4.30pm ( See Full Schedule) - if you're in the area go along to cheer him on and hear some great poetry!

And scroll down for C. Dale's STARRED Publisher's Weekly Review.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Emerson Would Have Liked Four Way Books

* National Poetry Month on the Four Way Books blog *

John Gallaher's The Little Book of Guesses and Jeffrey Harrison's Incomplete Knowledge were included in David Kirby's Atlanta Journal Constitution National Poetry Month roundup:

"I'd like to think Emerson would also be entertained by a second batch of books I took pleasure in this year [...] In two cases, the titles themselves give away the author's pose of uncertainty: There's "Incomplete Knowledge" by Jeffrey Harrison, for example (Four Way Books, $14.95), as well as John Gallaher's "The Little Book of Guesses" (Four Way Books, $14.95)."

Follow the link at the top for the whole round-up.

Book Sense Top Ten Poetry: Jeffrey Harrison Incomplete Knowledge

* National Poetry Month on the Four Way Books Blog *

Four Way Books is delighted to congratulate Jeffrey Harrison on making it to the Book Sense list of the Top Ten Poetry books for the past year.

The list is based on the nominations of independent booksellers across the nation, and represents a tremendous vote of confidence in Incomplete Knowledge.

A wonderful review of Jeffrey's book by Jordan Davis at The Constant Critic . Other reviews can be found at the Virginia Quarterly Review and ForeWord .

Listen to a poem from the book, read by Garrison Keillor on Sunday 25th February.

Read poems from Incomplete Knowledge on Poetry Daily , including the title poem

Incomplete Knowledge is Jeffrey Harrison's fourth book. It was published November 2006, and is available from all good booksellers - especially good independent booksellers!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Book Launch, Reading: Dudley, Hamer, Voigt

Please join us for a book launch and readings from:

Ellen Dudley, The Geographic Cure Four Way Books

Forrest Hamer, Rift , Four Way Books

Ellen Bryant Voigt, Messenger , WW Norton

Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Poets House 72 Spring Street

Readings, Signings, Refreshments
Free admission

RSVP as space is limited

A Four Way Books sponsored event.
We are grateful to Poets House for their generous rental terms.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

C. Dale Young receives Starred Publishers Weekly Review

This week's Publishers' Weekly contains a glowing review of C. Dale Young's second book, which Four Way is publishing this April. Congratulations, C. Dale!

STARRED REVIEW The Second Person
C. Dale Young. Four Way (UPNE, dist.), $14.95 (88p)
ISBN 978-1-884800-76-7

The title of Young’s second collection evokes the book’s many concerns: romantic partnership and sex (especially between two men), the nature of the other, and the “you” to whom many of these poems are addressed. Young’s preoccupation with the body comes from his medical background (he is a practicing physician) filtered through an aesthete’s attention to form and lyric (most of these poems are in near tercets). Young’s speakers are caught between the desire to understand and the desire to simply desire: “It is not the bone beneath the skin that I kiss/ but the silence clinging to the skull’s curve.” The poems come to the page already burdened by a doctor’s knowledge that mortality rules over even love, and the natural world becomes an analogy for human suffering: “the rain spreads like a bruise over the ocean.” The excellent long poem “Triptych at the Edge of Sight” sketches a blurry romantic “landscape filled with failure” whose all-too-human inhabitants may or may not find spiritual consolation. When Young’s two worlds—the medical and the metaphorical—merge, they create a love poetry that is sublime because and in spite of its knowledge. (Apr.)

Deborah Bernhardt Reading / Talk in Arizona

Deborah Bernhardt, Sawako Nakayasu, and Catherine Wing

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007, 8:00PM

Poetry Center’s “Next Word in Poetry” Series

The University of Arizona, Modern Languages Auditorium, Tucson, Arizona

Deborah Bernhardt, Sawako Nakayasu, and Catherine Wing

Friday, March 23rd, 2007, 1:00PM

Panel Discussion: "New Trends in Contemporary Poetry"

The University of Arizona Poetry Center, Conference Room, Tucson, Arizona

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Deborah Bernhardt Reading at AWP Atlanta

ATLANTA: University of Arizona Poetry Center, Kore Press, Cue,
Sonora Review, and Casa Libre

Thursday, March 1 from 8-10:30 p.m. at Midtown Tavern, 554 Piedmont
Avenue. From the Atlanta Hilton walk 5 blocks north on Courtland,
make a right on Linden, make a right on Piedmont, you're there.

Readers are: Cara Adams, Renee Angle, Deborah Bernhardt , William Bert,
Shannon Cain, Diana Delgado, Donald Dunbar, Ann M. Fine, Deborah
Fries, Charlie Jensen, Sandra Lim, Elline Lipkin, Sawako Nakayasu,
Kristen Nelson, Jena Osman, Rodney Phillips, Michael Rerick, Frances
Sjoberg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson.

Readings will be about 5 minutes each and good times will be all night long.

For more information at AWP stop by Casa Libre, Kore Press, or UA
Poetry Center tables in the 270 block of the AWP Book Fair.

Friday, February 23, 2007

John Gallaher on an AWP Panel

What to do on the first March of Thursday after lunch in Atlanta? Listen to John Gallaher, whose second poetry collection, The Little Book of Guesses , won the 2006 Levis Prize from Four Way, talking about John Ashbery. Then head into the Bookfair to buy John's book and our other four Spring releases by C. Dale Young, Ellen Dudley, Terri Ford , and Forrest Hamer . Table 90, folks.

Thursday, March 1, 2007
1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Salon C
2nd Floor
The Hilton

Ashbery at 80.
(Susan Wheeler, Donald Revell, Kathleen Ossip, Wayne Miller, Randall Mann, John Gallaher)

Since the publication of his Yale Series winning first book, Some Trees, over fifty years ago, John Ashbery's influence has been everywhere apparent in American poetry. In this, his 80th year, six diverse poets come together to speak toward an understanding and celebration of John Ashbery's singular achievement and genius.

Four Way Fiction Writer Eileen Pollack selected for 2007 Best American Short Stories

Four Way Books is delighted to congratulate Eileen Pollack, whose story 'The Bris' has been selected by Heidi Pitlor and Stephen King for inclusion in the 2007 Best American Short Stories, to be published by Houghton Mifflin.

Eileen Pollack's newest fiction collection, In the Mouth, will be published Spring 2008 by Four Way Books. 'The Bris' appeared in Subtropics issue 1 . She is the author of The Rabbi in the Attic and Other Stories, which the Washington Post included on its list of favorite books of the past 25 years, and the novel Paradise, New York. Her book-length work of creative nonfiction, Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull, won a 2003 WILLA Finalist Award.

If you're visiting AWP Atlanta, Eileen Pollack will be reading on Thursday at 10.30 at a Subtropics reading introduced by David Leavitt, editor of the magazine. Other readers include Kent Annan, Geoffrey Brock, David Galef, Randall Mann, and Padma Viswanathan.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Book of Jobs by Kathryn Maris selected as a ForeWord Finalist

ForeWord Magazine announced today the finalists for its annual Book of the Year awards. We're delighted to congratulate Kathryn Maris whose debut collection, The Books of Jobs, is a finalist.

The winner will be announced at Book Expo America and in ForeWord in June.

Kathryn Maris was born in New York and educated at Columbia University and Boston University. She has held two poetry fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and residencies at both Yaddo and the Ragdale Foundation. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as American Poet, Fence, Ploughshares, and Poetry, and in New Voices: University and College Prizes, an anthology edited by Heather McHugh. In addition, she regularly publishes essays and book reviews in British and American periodicals. Currently she is an editor at Poetry London magazine, and a lecturer in creative writing at Morley College in south London. She divides her time between London and New York City.

Reading: Sarah Manguso, Smith College

Tuesday 27th February at 7.30pm

Smith College

Four Way Books author Sarah Manguso (Siste Viator ) will read with Kevin Prufer, whose book Four Way will publish in our 2008-9 season.

Of Siste Viator , Dave Eggers has commented: "Sarah Manguso, like her spiritual siblings David Berman and Tony Hoagland, is a friendly kind of savior and guide. Her writing is gorgeous and cerebral (imagine Anne Carson) but she doesn't skimp on the wit (imagine Anne Carson's ne'er-do-well niece)."

Sunday, February 18, 2007

FWB at AWP Atlanta

Four Way Books will of course be at AWP Atlanta, February 28th to March 3rd. You'll be able to find us, lots of books, discount prices AND several of our authors at Table 90. Book signings are taking place on Friday, and you'll be able to get your hands on early copies of our new releases for Spring 2007 by Ellen Dudley, John Gallaher, C. Dale Young, and Forrest Hamer, as well as books by Deborah Bernhardt, Catherine Bowman, and Jeffrey Harrison.Martha Rhodes, founder and publisher of Four Way Books, will be speaking on a panel called LITERARY START UPS, moderated by Joan Houlihan, on Thursday March 1, 12-1.15. Panelists are: Garrick Davis, Steven Cramer, Fred Marchant, Jeffrey Levine and Martha Rhodes.

Do stop by and say hello!


Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan wins Intro Prize

Welcome to the Four Way Books Blog

Please keep stopping by for news of our new and forthcoming releases, and to hear what our authors have been up to. There's some exciting news coming soon, as soon as we get the go-ahead to make it public.

And 2008 will mark Four Way Books' 15th anniversary! You'll find details of the events and hootenannies we're planning here.