Perugia Press
Celebrating poetry by women since 1997


Perugia Press publishes one collection of poetry each year, by a woman at the beginning of her publishing career. Our mission is to produce beautiful books that interest long-time readers of poetry and welcome those new to poetry. We also aim to celebrate and promote poetry whenever we can.

All Perugia poets are available for readings. Please contact the press to schedule an event.

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 11 AM
From Zero to One: First Books and What We Wish We’d Known
Lecture and panel discussion moderated by Karen Skolfield with Amy Dryansky, Susan Kan, Sarah Sousa, and Michelle Valois

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From left to right: Karen Skolfield, Amy Dryansky, Susan Kan, Sarah Sousa, and Michelle Valois

This event will be of special interest to writers submitting a manuscript or about to publish a first book. We’ll discuss the happy but often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the vulnerability of being newly published, postpublication contests, second and beyond books, and the importance of continuing to write after a manuscript has been assembled or even published. We’ll also talk about prepublication editing, researching presses, and contests, realistic publishing expectations, and dealing with a difficult publisher. Although the panel will focus on life after an acceptance, we will have handouts that address the business side of preparing a manuscript. Panelists include a publisher/editor, poets, and a prose writer in various stages of their career. Discussion will be audience-driven—bring your questions! Afterward, the panelists and Perugia Press will have books for sale and will be available for some follow-up questions.
Miss Hall’s School
Centennial Hall
492 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA
More information: Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Festival Book Expo
Calling book lovers of all ages! The Festival Book Expo offers a special opportunity to mingle and talk with outstanding authors, publishing companies, writing programs, and booksellers in the Berkshire region, along with other related businesses and vendors. Join us for what is sure to be one of the most memorable events of the 2015 Fifth Anniversary Festival Season, complete with readings, children’s activities, raffles, and lots of great books!
Crowne Plaza Hotel
One West Street
Pittsfield, MA
More information: Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

2014 Winner

Sweet Husk

Sweet Husk
By Corrie Williamson

Winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize

In Sweet Husk, poetry and archaeology reflect one another: what is buried provides insight into—and deepens the mystery of—the ways we engage with the world. Full of matter, of things that matter—artifacts and animals—the poems build elegantly on pattern, series, and echoes that focus on making/remaking from what is broken, dead, or unsung. We see how our lives are dwarfed by our place in the vast landscape of topography and time. Gregory Orr says, “With a deft ear and a sharp eye, Williamson probes the mysteries of this world and they sing under her scrutiny.”

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Manuscript reviews

Pulling it All Together:
Preparing Your Poetry Manuscript for Publication

Personal Manuscript Reviews by Perugia Press Editor Susan Kan

“You put your finger on the pulse of the problem with this manuscript.”
— Rebecca Foust, November 2012

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