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1) 2019 Poetry Contest

The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce its second annual Poetry Contest. This year, we have increased the cash awards for the three prize-winning poems. Now, first place will receive $500 and the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize (won last year by Lew Forester of Arvada, Colorado). The second place poem will receive $300, and third place will win $200. The entry fee, however, remains at only $12.

In addition to the three cash awards, poems will also be recognized with Finalist and Honorable Mention designations. Those poems, along with the first three, will make up Quiet Diamonds, Orchard Street’s annual poetry journal. Last year, works by thirty-three poets were included in the journal about which noted poet and University of Akron professor Thomas Dukes wrote: “Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes showing how the ordinary is anything but, these poems have a lot worth saying and hearing. Quiet Diamonds is a terrific poetry collection, one that I shall keep for a long time.”

Also, from entrants to the Contest last year, the judges invited select poets to submit chapbooks to be considered for publication by Orchard Street. From those submissions, ten chapbooks were chosen to be published. We will be doing this again this year.

Details: Entries of up to four original, previously unpublished poems (typed, single-spaced, with no poem longer than two pages) along with the $12 entry fee (check payable Orchard Street Press) will be accepted up to the postmark deadline of April 20. Entries should be sent to: The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280; Gates Mills, Ohio 44040. Call us with questions at 330-264-7733.

We look forward to reading your work.

2) New Publications

     Just Out! We are delighted to announce the release of  Social Work and Other Myths by Douglas M. Smith of Chelsea, Michigan. It is an excellent book of poetry, but it is more than that; it is an important work about people too often overlooked, hidden by the veil of society's indifference. These poems emerge from the writer's long experience as a social worker and community organizer. Doug Smith has worked with low income households, the afflicted, and the homeless for more than forty years. His carefully crafted work reflects that experience and conveys his hard-won insights. Writers, critics, and others have already taken notice of Social Work and Other Myths. Keith Taylor, author of The Bird While (from the Wayne State Press) says: "The poems are right. They sing beautifully, and they remember." Carol McCabe, founding Director of Avalon Housing, says: (Smith's) "eye for detail and his heart for the struggle come through with a rare combination of grit and warmth." Brian Cox, an award-winning Michigan playwright, observes that "Smith is a poet who creates an awareness that burrows into you and changes how you see." Jill Dearman, editor of Mudfish Anthology, says simply: "Smith has a great collection here. I was truly moved."

     Individual copies of Social Work and Other Myths, a perfect-bound paperback, are available for $16 from The Orchard Street Press; P.O. Box 280; Gates Mills, Ohio, 44040. The cost to bookstores is $10 per copy. To arrange a poetry reading and/or a book signing or if you have other questions, please call Orchard Street at 330-264-7733. Mr. Smith can be reached directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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     Recent:  Over the past six months, The Orchard Street Press has published seven other new titles:

Quiet Diamonds, the 2018 poetry annual, is composed of the work of thirty-three poets who entered last year’s Poetry Contest (note above). It is available from The Press for $13.

Fountain Nook, by noted Wooster, Ohio poet Joanne Lehman is a captivating spiritual journey through the beauty and inspiration of the Ohio countryside. Carolyn Wright, author of This Dream the World, New and Selected Poems, writes about Fountain Nook: “This book celebrates both loss and wonder-filled discovery in poems that can sustain us all.” Perfect-bound, Fountain Nook is a full collection of poems. It is available from The Press for $15.

Wakeful Fathers and Dreaming Sons by Bluffton, Ohio poet Sean Lause’ (winner of third prize in the 2017 Orchard Street Chapbook Contest, is a powerful, straight-forward exploration of fathers and sons in a changing, post-industrial world. It is a book about faith, love, persistence, and the questions of life, some answered, some beyond our reach. Wakeful Fathers and Dreaming Sons is available from The Press for $12.

Vanishing Point by poet Megan Anderson Bohigian of Fresno, California is a beautifully crafted collection of poems that, according to poet and editor Christopher Buckley are, “ full of care, keen attention, and hard-won understanding….lone by line Vanishing Point offers a song and wish for our lives.” Lee Herrick, former Poet Laureate of Fresno, writes: These poems are like journeys into the wild, this poet our sure-handed and talented guide.” Vanishing Point is available from The Press for $12.

Riverstory : Treestory is a collection of twenty-five poems by Bill Griffin from Elkin, North Carolina where he has served on the Board of the North Carolina Poetry Society for almost twenty years. This chapbook immerses the reader in the wonder of nature. Pate Riviere-Seel, author of Nothing Below but Air says “With multi-layered images and crisp language, these lyrical poems seek and often find ‘what has never before been seen.” Riverstory : Treestory is available from The Press for $12.

Anubis Stands Close By by Ben Onachila from Brevard, North Carolina is his second chapbook from Orchard Street. Last year, Mr. Onachila published Homecoming with us. Anubis Stands Close By is a “vibrant blend of perception and portraiture,” says Kenneth D. Chamlee, professor of English at Brevard College; it “delights the reader with wisdom and keen observation.” It is available from The Press for $12.

The Hungry Man is a poetry chapbook from Thomas A. West. Jr. of Morrison, Colorado. This is a collection that explores a wide range of subjects with precise, artful language, well-crafted into imagery and shared life experiences. Phillip McFarland, author and educator, notes that “West’s poetry is filled with pleasure: of varied subject matter; of fresh, apt imagery; of surprising, yet always just diction; and of a style without a feather of padding.” The Hungry Man is available from The Press for $12.


In The Works


The following books will be published during the spring of 2019:

Walls Around the Ring by Patrick Synan of Watertown, Massachusetts is a collection of twenty-one poems that display the excellent work of an exciting young poet. David Dragone, editor of Crosswinds Poetry Journal, says of Walls Around the Ring: “This is a poet not satisfied with mere poetic description or good crafting….in this fine collection, Synan provides no clear answers but takes us through an examination of what one might call ‘the geometry of the heart’ which at its core is still bounded by walls.”

Art Preserves What Can’t be Saved by Carolyn Dahl of Houston, Texas is a perfect-bound, full collection of poems that explore art, memory, memorable people, and the act of writing itself as they engage and enlighten us. About Art Preserves What Can’t be Saved, Dave Parsons, author of Reaching for Longer Water, proclaims: “When I finished my first reading of the book, I exclaimed aloud to my empty office, ‘Wow,’ and began reading it again.

Scream Queen by Kiara Nicole Letcher of Omaha, Nebraska is quite a different collection of poems, dealing with the images and portrayal of women in horror movies and gothic comics. It explores a wide range of experiences and emotions and, as highly-regarded poet Steven Langan notes: “Kiara Letcher guides us through the many haunted houses of Scream Queen---to the other side, where we are relieved, changed, even reassembled.”


Blaze is a perfect-bound, full collection of poems from well-known poet and editor Peter C. Leverich of Manhasset, New York. The poems engage nature on a very personal level and convey the poet’s joy in and appreciation for the large and small wonders of the earth, woods, wind, and water. The Reverend Benjamin Burns of Southold, New York says that these poems “are laden with a close sense of (your) connection to a world we see and feel more closely… fact, we have rushed past without the sense of wonder and hope you beckon us to feel.”