The Pushcart Prize XIX: Best of the Small Presses 1994-1995

The Pushcart Prize XIX: Best of the Small Presses 1994-1995

by Bill Henderson, David St John, Lynn Emanuel
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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.

Product Details

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

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