Spring finds us in the midst of attending book fairs and planning readings to promote our press and its poets. We were present at the annual AWP conference in March in Tampa, Florida, where we had the pleasure of hosting Perugia poets Diane Gilliam, Linda Tomol Pennisi, and Lynne Thompson and other literary luminaries at our table (among them Robin Becker, Rita Dove, Natasha Sajé, Patricia Smith, and Ellen Doré Watson). Perugia will also participate in book fairs across Massachusetts this season, from the Juniper Literary Fest at UMass Amherst and the Easthampton BookFest in April, to the Mass Poetry Fest in Salem in May. Our poets and press are involved in numerous readings and other literary endeavors; check our “Events” tab for upcoming events across the country. Additionally, we are readying our 22nd collection for publication: Girldom, by Megan Peak, winner of the 2018 Perugia Press Prize. In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Peak’s book is a gorgeous and important contribution to the power of women’s voices and to the ability of poetry to speak out and speak up.
Perugia poets publish their first or second books with us, so we are in the business of launching women’s voices into the world. Perugia Press has been steadily building an excellent library one book at a time for twenty-two years. Please consider joining with us in this important mission by contributing to the next Perugia Press collection and sustaining our current library with a gift during Poetry Month. A donation to Perugia Press enables us to award our annual contest winner an honorarium, to publish her book, and to support her work, and the work of all our poets, as it gains a greater audience. Donations of any size are deeply appreciated. For gifts of $100 or more, we will send you a copy of Girldom when it is released in September!
Our Poetry Month appeal will culminate on May 1 with Valley Gives Day, a 24-hour online giving drive in the Western MA community in which Perugia Press is based. Perugia is a national press, but we are rooted in the Pioneer Valley and take pride in the local literary tradition of which we are a part. Valley Gives is a one-day giving event that includes prizes and matching gifts, making it an excellent time to give online, whether or not you reside in Western MA. Info on giving challenges for May 1 will be posted on our Facebook page and website, and you can check out Perugia’s Valley Gives donation link.
Perugia Press relies on collaboration with our community to continue our good work. I extend hearty thanks to our donors for contributing, which also happens when you read our books, use them in your classrooms, volunteer for the press, submit your manuscripts, and participate in Perugia Press events. Thank you!
Rebecca Olander, Editor/Director
Perugia is a non-profit, Section 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax-deductible; EIN #861159639