|Dear Friends of Perugia Press, |
As a nonprofit organization committed to amplifying marginalized voices, Perugia Press stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and pledges to actively listen to and support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). We join the voices being raised in opposition to violence against black women in particular. June 5 would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday, and we echo the call to #SayHerName and to demand justice for Breonna. We denounce police brutality and violence against all BIPOC. We refuse silence and commit to thinking more deeply about what actions we can take as an organization to work against racism and promote justice. Small steps our press has taken this month were to make donations to support bail funds for protesters in Louisville, where Breonna lived and worked, and to Black Lives Matter. We invite you to do the same if you are able.
Rebecca Olander, Editor/Director
& the Perugia Press Board of Directors
A few petitions you can sign to help demand justice for Breonna:
CHANGE.ORG; COLOR OF CHANGE; FIGHT FOR BREONNA
In the words of Angela Davis, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist,we must be antiracist.” Check out this compilation of anti-racism resources.
Here’s the official page with concrete action items folks can do to commemorate Breonna Taylor’s life and fight to get her justice.
Since 1997, Perugia Press has been publishing first and second books of poetry by women. We publish one book a year, the winner of the Perugia Press Prize. Our mission is to help right gender inequity in publishing by launching women’s voices into the world, one excellent book at a time.
Our goal is to produce beautiful books that interest long-time readers of poetry and welcome those new to poetry. We celebrate and promote our poets, and poetry, whenever we can, through social media, and at local, regional, and national book fairs, readings, and events. All Perugia poets are available for readings. Please contact the press to schedule an event.
Perugia Press is a nonprofit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exemption.
HAIL AND FAREWELL
by Abby E. Murray
At a time when lines of ideological division run particularly deep, it gives me hope to see a poet exploring the nuances of patriotism and pacifism through the voice of a speaker who embraces the duality of her identity as both a wife and also a person defined by much more than her gender or marital status. Though full of men, Hail and Farewell is a book made of everything that a woman is expected to be—beautiful, fecund, and endlessly patient—cast against the surreal landscapes of a homecoming ceremony for returning soldiers or the military family housing that turns strangers into reluctant intimates. Most of all, I’m heartened to see that what I’ve always told my students is true: If there is a story that needs to be told, there is someone who can tell it. And damn, but Abby E. Murray tells this one. – Keetje Kuipers
Cover art by Meredith Bergmann; Cover art photo by John Bigelow Taylor
by MEGAN PEAK
Winner of the 2018 Perugia Press Prize and the 2018 John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. Finalist for the 2018 Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award, and the 2019 daVinci Eye Award.
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Peak’s book is timely and timeless in its confrontation of the constraints and concerns bound up in being a girl.
“In her bold debut collection, Megan Peak writes, ‘I was a girl before I was anything else.’ The girls in Girldom—the one ‘who burns / through dirt like a steel hoof,’ the one ‘who shears / her long braid to fatten the fire’—hack their way through the nettles and thorns of sexual awakening and sexual trauma. Claiming one’s body—one’s self—is vulnerable, brave, and important. So are these poems.” —Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones