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Nostrovia! Poetry’s 2015 Chapbook Contest: Cover Art + Reviews + Presale Updates!!!

GREETINGS, FRIENDS! There’s been a ton of hustle these last few weeks and I wanted to share some huge updates regarding our 2015 Chapbook Contest!

First of all, we wanted to share these GORGEOUS covers designed by Kyle Harvey (editor of Fruita Pulp), who has worked very hard for our three winners, echoing their moods and imagery. Behold!

“Bird Lizard Horse” by August Smith


“Moon Facts” by Bob Schofield

“Juliet (II)” by Sarah Xerta


Incredible work–again, huge props to Kyle Harvey!!

Secondly–we are GREATLY interested in obtaining reviews for these fabulous collections. Along those lines, big thanks to Beyza of Probably Crying Review, Chase Ledin of the Tumblr Writer’s Directory, and Quincy Rhoads of Entropy for stepping forward so quickly (reviews to be posted in the next month or so!). Additionally, here’s what people are already saying about our chapbooks(!):

“August Smith is a child telling the truth. Sometimes the truth is he has to listen to the voices of various creatures he’s killed speak to him reproachfully, and he shares that with us, because wouldn’t we all? Parties abound in this collection and reading it feels like being invited. You can tell Smith wants you there.” –Matthew Rohrer

“After reading Moon Facts by Bob Schofield you will be terrified when THE MOON visits your garden or picnic or night. You’ve probably attended MOON festivals your entire life and never known any facts about THE MOON except the facts THE GOVERNMENT printed on your cereal boxes. Your government is lying to you about THE MOON. Bob Schofield is not a liar. He wants to help you understand THE MOON.”  –Chad Redden

“Sarah Xerta’s JULIET (II) is a harrowing new kind of post-apocalyptic narrative where the desolate landscape being explored is the poet’s own skin and bones. This powerful continuation to 2014’s JULIET (I) is written in second person since “you don’t know who that girl is. You call her Juliet because she is dead,” & this has the effect of both exposing the profound disembodiment that accompanies trauma and sublimating the autobiographical to clear a space in which Juliet becomes a sort of everywoman, or everyperson, of survival. Stunning, unforgettable, and nauseatingly real, Sarah Xerta’s words make the kind of poems you’d gather up in your arms to hold, if physical intimacy were still an option.” –Sonya Vatomsky

If you’re interested, please contact me (at, letting me know what you’re interested in writing. Every person who gets their review posted will be thanked with a free print copy, which are being produced by Craig Mullins at Bottlecap Press. Craig has been wonderful to work with these last few weeks, as we’ve spent a ton of time adjusting printing specs to best showcase these winning chapbooks!

FINALLY(!): in less than TWO WEEKS (end of this month), we will be finally opening the floodgates for presales!!! We will be selling single copies using a “Pay What You Can + $5” model, though we will also have a bundle deal for all three collections! We’re shooting to have everything ready to deliver in early July!


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Christopher Morgan is a Lebanese American prose poet who grew up in Detroit, the Bible Belt of Georgia, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he currently lives and co-manages Nostrovia! Press. The author of two chapbooks, “Shadow Songs” (Sad Spell Press 2015) and “Fables with Fangs” (Ghost City Press 2016), and the Reviews Coordinator at Alien Mouth, his work has been published at Gargoyle, A cappella Zoo, Voicemail Poems, Bartleby Snopes, DOGZPLOT, and Fruita Pulp, among others. He loves hiking in the redwoods, aphorisms, and happy hour margaritas.

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