Black Lawrence Press

Summer Sale : St. Lawrence Book Award Winners

We are so proud of the titles that have come to us by way of The St. Lawrence Book Award! In celebration, during the summer months, these five St. Lawrence Book Award-winning titles are on sale.

Have a collection of poems or short stories you think we’d like? Submit your manuscript here. Submissions close on August 31.



Neither Here Nor There by Marcel Jolley – 2004 Winner

A book as beautiful and infused with longing as the landscape it depicts. Marcel Jolley is a master of desire, and his protagonists, caught between lives they can hardly tolerate and futures they can hardly envision, are as real and complicated as the people we know.

The Wind-Up Gods by Stefi Weisburd – 2005 Winner

“What a striking pantheon the deities of Stefi Weisburd’s The Wind-Up Gods make. It is that rare book unafraid of ambition and ideas, of scope, while never sacrificing emotion, never receding into dead rhetoric. ‘God what cold star are you’ asks one poem and smartly never answers as Newtonian Girls and little gods float about in strange physics and kleptopoets steal words like candy. This book, this poet, will steal you too.”
—Paul Guest

The Butterfly Collector by Fred McGavran – 2007 Winner
The Butterfly Collector is full of people you know: a beautician, a lawyer, a man with Alzheimer’s who takes his first nightcap at three in the afternoon. But each of these thoroughly knowable protagonists is faced with a situation that causes them to become extraordinary. In these stories, Fred McGavran is both author and investigator, out to prove that every person has at least one really good story to tell.
Flock Book by Katie Umans – 2010 Winner
These are poems about the anxiety of what must be traded for the comfort of the flock. “Flock books” allow farmers to register and track livestock, and these poems survey the anxieties of that registry: the comfort of shelter as trade for living under the weight of threats—of removal, conformity, or one’s own urge to stray.

Matria by Alexandra Lytton Regalado – 2015 Winner

Regalado’s elegant debut, Matria, introduces us to a world where “leaf-cutter ants…could easily strip the lime sapling bare in the course of one summer night.” These poems are so attuned to the intricacies of violence and desire, the pulse and rhythms of bringing new life into this world, and the cleaving that follows. I’m so grateful to hear this brave and beautiful new voice, a mighty force be reckoned with—one who promises us, “Yes, I will be the hunter, I will start/ fires…their faces will pale in my darkness.”
—Aimee Nezhukumatathil