Pushcart Prize XIX: Best of the Small Presses 1994-95

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For the year 2002 edition, The Pushcart Prize presents over sixty stunning short stories, poems, and essays selected from hundreds of small presses and literary journals with the help of over 200 distinguished contributing editors. In the long-established Pushcart tradition, this fascinating collection combines the work of today's luminaries with a host of new talents, creating a deeply rewarding assembly of diverse voices. The most-honored literary series in America, The Pushcart Prize has been named a notable ...
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Overview

For the year 2002 edition, The Pushcart Prize presents over sixty stunning short stories, poems, and essays selected from hundreds of small presses and literary journals with the help of over 200 distinguished contributing editors. In the long-established Pushcart tradition, this fascinating collection combines the work of today's luminaries with a host of new talents, creating a deeply rewarding assembly of diverse voices. The most-honored literary series in America, The Pushcart Prize has been named a notable book of the year by the New York Times and hailed with Pushcart Press as "among the most influential in the development of the American book business" over the past century. The Pushcart Prize has been chosen for many Book-of-the-Month Club selections, and recently its editor was named small press "person of the year" by the Small Press Association.

Author Biography: Bill Henderson is the author of The Kid That Could, a novel, and three memoirs, His Son, Her Father and Tower. He is the publisher and founder of Pushcart Press and the editor of the acclaimed Pushcart Prize series. He lives on Long Island and in Maine.

Over sixty selections of the best poetry, essays, and short fiction have been selected out of thousands of nominations from Pushcart staff contributing editors and hundreds of small presses. The result is an introduction to a literary world that few readers have access to--the world where much of today's significant writing is published.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
The single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``It's not editors, but writers who read who make American literature.'' Lee Smith, a fiction reader for the annual Pushcart anthology series, may be right to say so: Pushcart's 19th anthology of fiction, essays and poetry, chosen mainly by writers from a year's worth of American small press publishing, is striking in its literary breadth and accomplishment. The Pushcart series has always found a balance between known writers and the undiscovered, and this volume favors the new, offering many rewards. Among them is the poetry, selected by David St. John and Lynn Emanuel, with strong contributions by Arthur Vogelsang, Carol Snow, Dian Blakely Shoaf, Rita Dove, Khaled Mattawa and others. Notable essays include Brenda Miller's powerfully lyrical ``A Thousand Buddhas,'' about giving and receiving massage. The many outstanding stories range from Raymond Federman's murmurously punctuationless ``The Line'' to ``Theng,'' a stoically realistic, eventually dramatic glimpse of Southeast Asian immigrant life by newcomer Susan Onthank Mates. There is so much to choose from here that readers may not want to choose at all-they can just read on and on and on. (Oct.)
Library Journal
It just keeps getting bigger and better. This, the 19th collection of prose, poetry, and fiction selected from small press publications by Pushcart Press, seems to emphasize more new writers than ever before. The result is an exciting anthology full of tremendous variety and wonderful writing-a volume that is a sheer pleasure to get lost in. The biggest surprise for this reader was the essays, especially Brenda Miller's piece on massage-which moves on, circuitously, to embrace so much more-and Edward Field's much-needed portrait of the enigmatic author Alfred Chester. And who could ever forget Edwidge Danicat's short story about Haiti, "Between the Pool and the Gardenias," as compelling as it is horrifying. But it hardly seems fair to pick favorites with a selection this rich. Considering the poor job that most of us do in collecting and promoting small press periodicals, this collection is more than just a recommended purchase. It's mandatory.-Brian Kenney, Brooklyn P.L.
Donna Seaman
"Booklist" consistently and sincerely recommends the annual Pushcart Prize anthology, and Henderson and his contributing editors consistently and enthusiastically assemble a truly remarkable collection of the finest small press poems, essays, and short fiction. Small presses continue to be a bastion of excellence and innovation in the increasingly sloppy world of commercial publishing. This volume, the nineteenth in the series, is the largest yet, boasting 60 selections chosen with care, pain, and joy out of thousands of nominations. We usually list a cross section of authors when we discuss anthologies, but let's praise some of the brave small presses represented here that carry on a genuine independent literary tradition: "Threepenny Review", "Ploughshares", "TriQuarterly", "Kenyon Review", "Bomb", "Hungry Mind Review", "Black Warrior Review", "Caribbean Writer", "American Poetry Review", "Southern Review", and "Raritan". These plucky publishers and little magazines feature the work of established writers as well as emerging talent, a diversity judiciously reflected in this collection. As essay editor Anthony Brandt says, "These are works of art, moving, amazing, overwhelming. We are lucky to have them." One final note, this volume is dedicated to Ralph Ellison, a founding editor of the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916366926
  • Publisher: Pushcart Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: Pushcart Prize Series
  • Edition description: REP
  • Edition number: 19
  • Pages: 580
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction bill henderson

courting a monk katherine min
demonology rickmoody

elegy ending in the sound of a skipping rope larry levis
The beauty treatment stacey richter
Grounded claire davis
The balloon mary ruefle
Preacher steve yarbrough
Stonehenge albert goldbarth
Women dreaming of jerusalem rachel kadish
Atomic bride thomas sayers ellis
Give the millionaire a drink mike newirth
What the water knows sam hamill
Jessica, the hound & the casket trade thomas lynch
Living with stripes kay ryan
Oxygen ron carlson
Blacklegs brigit kelly
Not the plaster casters janice eidus
What the animals teach us chard deniord
New york days, 1958-1964 charles simic
Karma lollipop albert saijo
Out of the woods josip novakovich
Missing it dan brown
The twelve plagues gerald shapiro
Matinee idylls molly bendall
We have time paul l. Allman
Door dana levin
Knowing your place sylvia watanabe
Executive suite michael heffernan
Carp jessica roeder
No turn on red richard jackson
The kiss pamela painter
Troubadour david st. John
For the relief of unbearable urges nathan englander
Davy cricket david hayward
Umbilicus james alan mcpherson
That half is almost gone marilyn chin
The forest andrea barrett
Fragments from the burnt notebooks of o fleming frank polite
Civilization tomas filer
Oysters and other workers turner cassity
The wings kristin king
For the young men who died of aids julia vinograd
Rhyming action charles baxter
The lipstick tree kiana davenport
Souls dannie abse
Dentaphilia julia slavin
L. A. Dream #2 maureen seaton
Native daughter lee smith
Breathing lessons rane arroyo
Two accidents: reflections on chance and
Creativity lewis hyde
On the failure named bosnia p. H. Liotta
The famous torn and restored lit cigarette trick elizabeth gilbert
Invierno junot diaz
Sparrow reginald gibbons
Return of the boyceville flash gordon weaver
Old woodrat's stinky house gary snyder
Jamming traffic rita ariyoshi
Van leeuwenhoek: 1675 linda bierds
The appropriation of cultures percival everett
Some information about 23 years of existence jeff clark
The secret names of whores donald rawley
Body parts (1968) bin ramke
Killer whales susan daitch
El periferico, or sleep joshua clover
Zenobia gina berriault
The man who wouldn't plant willow trees a. E. Stallings
At least thirteen ways of looking at look gordon lish
The nude detective, a complaint dorothy barresi
Gooseberry marsh gretchen legler
Vous etes plus beaux que vous ne pensiez kenneth koch
Jaget anne carson
Scar vegas tom paine
The coat flannery o'connor
Special mention
Contributors' notes
Presses featured in the pushcart prize since 1976
Contributing small presses
Index
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