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2016 Able Muse Contests:
** ONLY ~ TWO WEEKS left before entry deadline in WRITE PRIZE! **

ABLE MUSE WRITE PRIZE (for poetry & fiction)
Able Muse Write Prize (for poetry & flash fiction)Patricia Smith - poetry judge; Stuart Dybek - fiction judge$500 for the winning poem (all styles welcome)
$500 for the winning story
publication in Able Muse (print edition)
• anonymous judging by the final judges: 
 Patricia Smith (poetry),  Stuart Dybek (fiction)

Entry deadline: March 15, 2016

• Details at:

2015 Winners:
Elise Hempel - Poetry (judged by H.L. Hix),
Andrea Witzke Slot - Fiction (judged by Eugenia Kim)
. . . $500 to each winner. Complete results here.

ABLE MUSE BOOK AWARD (for poetry manuscript)
Able Muse Write Prize (for poetry & flash fiction)A.E. Stallings - final judge for the Book Award$1000 prize
publication of winning book manuscript by Able Muse Press
• all poetry styles welcome
Entry deadline: March 31, 2016
• anonymous judging by final judge: A.E. Stallings 

• Details at:

2015 Winners
Emily Leithauser for her manuscript, Borrowed World - (judged by Peter Campion)
. . . $1000 to the winner & publication by Able Muse Press. Complete results here.

SB** NEW **

Able Muse Press
  announces the release of
Animal Psalms - Poems
by Alfred Nicol

ISBN 978-1-927409-69-5 • May 30, 2016 release • 88 pp.


Animal Psalms - Poems by Alfred Nicol

Dear reader, I’ve fallen in love with this book, and that will happen to you too.
—David Ferry, author of Bewilderment, winner of the National Book Award

Nicol is a melodic writer ... He’s also a poet whose images you won’t soon forget. They summon the real world and simultaneously render it otherworldly. While the poems offer moments of ecstatic escape, they’re more often held in check by an Augustan wit, ironic humor and a touch of Baudelaire. Poise and wit prevail in these psalms; they give us both despair inflected by light and illumination held fast by darkness.
—Erica Funkhouser, author of Earthly

Don’t be surprised if—after reading these poems—you find them turning back to their true subject, dear reader, which turns out to be none other than you.
—Paul Mariani, author of Epitaphs for the Journey

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Able Muse Review - Print Edition (Number 20): Winter 2015
Featured Poet: Amit Majmudar
Featured Artist: Léon Leijdekkers

Withe the 2015 Able Muse Write Prize for poetry & fiction — 
Includes the winning story & poems from contest winners and finalists.
Able Muse, Number 20 - Winter 2015

Alexander Pepple
featured artist: Léon Leijdekkers featured poet: Amit Majmudar (interviewed by Daniel Brown) fiction: Paul Soto, Lynda Sexson, Andrea Witzke Slot essays: N.S. Thompson, Moira Egan book reviews: Stephen Kampa, Robert B. Shaw poetry: X.J. Kennedy, Wendy Videlock, Kim Bridgford, Peter Kline, Catharine Savage Brosman, Terese Coe, Steven Winn, Jay Udall, Beth Houston, Jennifer Reeser, Leslie Schultz, Ryan Wilson, Max Gutmann, Freeman Rogers, Dan Campion, Brooke Clark, David Stephenson, Autumn Newman, James Matthew Wilson, Athar C. Pavis, Jeanne Wagner, Elise Hempel.
With special thanks for an outstanding new issue to -- Stephen Kampa, Callie Siskel, Reagan Upshaw (Assistant Poetry Editors); Gregory Dowling (Nonfiction Editor);  Karen Kevorkian (Fiction Editor); Jonathan Danielson, Rob Wright (Assistant Fiction Editors).

Alex Pepple, Editor

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SB Able Muse Press  announces the release of
Cause for Concern - Poems
by Carrie Shipers
WINNER, 2014 Able Muse Book Award
(as selected by Molly Peacock)

ISBN 978-1-927409-59-6 • Oct 26, 2015 release • 106 pp.


Cause for Concern - Poems by Carrie Shipers

Her poet’s craft, palpable in every arresting line, makes the subtlest turns of vulnerability with enviable poise.
—Molly Peacock, 2014 Able Muse Book Award judge, author of The Paper Garden

Only a poet of unquestionable bravery and technical acuity could rehearse the quotidian details of a middle class, middle aged existence with such exquisite, irresistible and terrifying honesty.
—Kwame Dawes, author of Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems

These are naked, open poems. They say things that make us wince, as when we look at an incision still puckered and red. Shipers reminds us that our lives must first be prodded and cauterized, if the injured parts are ever to heal.
—Jehanne Dubrow, author of The Arranged Marriage

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** ** NEW & Just released (August 31, 2015) from ABLE MUSE PRESS -- ***

I'm pleased to announce that Taking Shape, the full-length collection of carmina figurata from Jan D. Hodge is now pre-released and available for order from  Able Muse Press and worldwide from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most popular distribution and retail channels (ISBN 978-1-927409-56-5 [paperback]; 978-1-927409-58-9 [hardcover]). Or, just go to Melissa's website,, or the Able Muse Press website, Besides the traditional print edition, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles NOOK, Google Play/Books, Apple iTunes/iBooks and Kobo also available soon.
Taking Shape - Poems by Jan D. Hodge 
~ paperback & hardcover ~

An eclectic mix of shapes and subjects populate Taking Shape—Jan D. Hodge’s full-length collection of carmina figurata (sometimes called shaped poems, pattern poetry, or figure poems). Hodge’s many masterpieces include depictions of a saxophone, a Madonna and Child, a combination piano/guillotine, and other silhouettes of amazing difficulty and detail. These poems are not only visually stunning, they are also sonically beautiful, and retain a transcendent freedom while conforming to both illustrative and metrical constraints. Taking Shape is a visual feast of inspired poetry.

Taking Shape - carmina figurata by Jan D. Hodge

“In Jan D. Hodge’s Taking Shape the subjects have burst from their cages and confront us immediately with what they are.”
—Fred Chappell

Here is a perfect matching of shapes and poetry.”
—Robert J. Conley

Jan D. Hodge is the master par excellence of carmina figurata . . . Hodge knows of grace, his poems are full of grace, and Taking Shape, like grace itself, is a gift of utter beauty”
—Vince Gotera

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** NEW RELEASES from Able Muse Press ***
Times Square and Other Stories - poems by William Baer

by William Baer  

Times Square and Other Stories engage the reader all the way from the title piece, an ambitious tale that draws upon art, love, and the complex beauty of the human narrative, through eight other works that touch upon the timeless questions of what it means to create and to act, to be and to pretend.
— A.G. Harmon
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Asperity Street - Poems - poems by Gail White

by Gail White  

 Special Honoree, 2014 Able Muse
Book Award

Asperity Street unfolds as a brilliant mural we can return to again and again, as the poet does—still vulnerable, and wiser each time.
— Molly Peacock, 2014 Able Muse Book Award judge
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Slingshots and Love Plums - Poems - poems by Wendy Videlock

by Wendy Videlock  

Slingshots and Love Plums offers a delicious variety of treats, from witty send-ups of contemporary mores to somber reflections on mortality, love, and friendship.
— David Caplan
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Bad Fame - Poems - poems by Martin McGovern

by Martin McGovern  

Martin McGovern’s long-awaited, well-constructed first book gives itself away slowly, artfully. It is carefully considered, quietly passionate, and deeply humane.
— Edward Hirsch
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For more information or for review copies, contact Able Muse Press here. 

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