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Able Muse Review - Print Edition (Number 22): Winter 2016

Here and warming up Winter 2016 just a bit, I'm pleased to announce that the new Able Muse, Winter 2016 (Print Edition, Number 22), has just been released, with order/subscription information (for print & Kindle, NOOK, Kobo & iBooks editions), with online excerpts and the subscribers' online edition at:

Able Muse Review - Print Edition (Number 22): Winter 2016
Featured Poet: Bill Coyle
Featured Artist: Mitch Dobrowner

Able Muse, Number 22 - Winter 2016
editorial:Alexander Pepple
featured artist: Mitch Dobrowner (interviewed by Sharon Passmore) featured poet: Bill Coyle (interviewed by Ernest Hilbert) • fiction: Erika Warmbrunn, Cameron MacKenzie, Vicky Mlyniec essays: Gerry Cambridge book reviews: Amit Majmudar, Brooke Clark poetry: Amit Majmudar, Len Krisak, Scott Ruescher, Timothy Murphy, Cody Walker, Christine de Pizan, Håkan Sandell, Anna M. Evans, Feng Zhi, Tony Barnstone, Liz Ahl, Susan McLean, Elise Hempel, Siham Karami, Maryann Corbett, Fran Markover, Colleen Carias, Julie Steiner, Elizabeth Wager, Clare Jones.
With special thanks for an outstanding new issue to --Nicole Caruso Garcia, Susan de Sola, Scott M. Miller (Assistant Poetry Editors); Robert B. Shaw, N.S. Thompson (Nonfiction Editors);  Karen Kevorkian (Fiction Editor); Cheryl Diane Kidder, Janice D. Soderling, Rob Wright (Assistant Fiction Editors).

Alex Pepple, Editor


Announcing the 2017
Able Muse
poetry/fiction/book contests:

Submissions now open for
for the Able Muse Write Prize & the Able Muse Book Award

2017 Contest now open for submissions:

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: 
 Annie Finch (poetry),  Jill Alexander Essbaum (fiction)

Entry deadline: March 15, 2017

• Details at:

2016 Winners:
Scott Ruescher- Poetry (judged by Patricia Smith),
Vicky Mlyniec - Fiction (judged by stuart Dybek)
. . . $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, 2017
• anonymous judging by final judge: Charles Martin 

• Details at:

2016 Winners: Aaron Poochigian for her manuscript, The Manhattanite - (judged by A.E. Stallings)
. . . $1000 to the winner & publication by Able Muse Press. Complete results here.


SB Able Muse Press  announces
the pre-release of

Figuring in the Figure - Poems

by Ben Berman

ISBN 978-1-927409-71-8 • March 20, 2017 release • 88 pp.


Now available for Pre-Order:

[Ben Berman's] luminous details evoke a world of mutable forms and shapes that suggest the fragility of our lives. . . . This is a quietly beautiful book that deserves attention and recognition..
—Jeff Friedman

The influence here of Frost returns us to Frost’s virtues: these poems make points and have a point of view. Like Frost, Berman is unsparing in his introspection.
Rodger Kamenetz

His observations are enriched with various kinds of humor—aphorisms, riddles, word plays, and puns. This book is wise and wonderful..
Beth Ann Fennelly

Ben Berman’s fine, clever poems are never merely clever. . . . If invention is his inclination, order is his learned yet sly companion, “a partner,” he writes, “the type/ that coyly invites chaos to dance.”
—Lawrence Raab

Figuring in the Figure - Poems by Ben Berman
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Bed of Impatiens - Poems by Katie Hartsock

FINALIST, 2015 Able Muse Book Award

ISBN 978-1-927409-65-7 • Fall 2016 release • 144 pp.


Has American poetry ever produced a fresher, savvier, grittier, more elegant, and drop-dead formally exhilarating sequence than Katie Hartsock’s “Hotels, Motels, and Extended Stays”? If so, I’ve yet to see it. Hartsock is as deft (and loving) with the vulgarities of truck stop rent-by-the-hour as with the secret wit of rhyme, or the venerables of Homeric epic: her range and her inventiveness appear to know no limit. And this is just a fraction of what bursts to life in Bed of Impatiens. I’m dazzled by the sheer bounty of it.
Linda Gregerson

Like René Magritte I want to paint “This is not a first book” under this first book. It is Lolita all grown up and taking us on a cross-country tour of the motels she stayed in with Humbert. It’s St. Augustine as Dennis Rodman, elbowing us out of position underneath God’s basket. But it’s not a cacophony of surrealism.
James Cummins

Katie Hartsock’s book of poems Bed of Impatiens is, for a first volume, unusually broad in its range and fierce in its attitudes. . . . . Hartsock is a sharp and clever reader of the books of nature and of art, yet writes in nobody’s shadow.
Mary Kinzie

Bed of Impatiens - Poems by Katie Hartsock
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Second Rain - Poems by Elise Hempel
FINALIST, 2015 Able Muse Book Award
ISBN 978-1-927409-73-2 • August 29, 2016 release • 76 pp.



The apparently domestic poems in Second Rain (poems about family, gardening, dogs, birds, and a few memorable tigers) deliver enough controlled intensity “to shake the trees all down.
—Rachel Hadas

[Elise Hempel’s] curiosity and insights singled her out as special, but her ability to shape her feelings into words remains what I find most unique.
Bruce Guernsey (from the foreword)

From the title poem on, Elise Hempel’s Second Rain matches form with feeling, delivering insights that seem at once inevitable and necessary.
Vince Gotera

. . . each piece in Second Rain each piece in Second Rain “briefly blesses you.”
—Edward Byrne

Second Rain - Poems by Elise Hempel
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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
. . . read more

The Borrowed World - Poems - poems by Emily Leithauser

by Emily Leithauser  

 Winner, 2015 Able Muse
Book Award

In The Borrowed World, Emily Leithauser’s formal mastery—her consummate knack for writing lines and sentences as crisp and elegant. The Borrowed World marks the arrival of a major talent..
— Peter Campion, 2015 Able Muse Book Award judge
. . . read more

Slingshots and Love Plums - Poems - poems by Alfred Nicol

by Alfred Nicol  

Dear reader, I’ve fallen in love with this book, and that will happen to you too. Read, for instance, the very last poem, “Nuts,” and read the great “How to Ignore an Invisible Man,” and you’re hooked forever.
— David Ferry
. . . read more

Bad Fame - Poems - poems by John Ridland
SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT - a new Modern English translation

by John Ridland  

With his loving rendition of a great classic into vigorous metrical lines, John Ridland has given Sir Gawain and the Green Knight a fresh lease on life. I’ve seen several other versions of this masterpiece, but none so engagingly readable as Ridland’s. His preface, too, is useful and illuminating. Here is a book to enjoy right now and to cherish forever.
— X.J. Kennedy
. . . read more


For more information or for review copies, contact Able Muse Press here. 

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