poetry collections...

June 2006

Open Reading Period

Steel Toe Books is holding an open reading period during the month of June 2006.

Submission process:
There is no reading fee, but we ask everyone who submits to purchase one of our existing titles directly from us. On the Steel Toe Books online Order Form, select one or more books to order and fill out the form. Print out the completed form, and send it, along with:
- a check or money order
- a copy of your manuscript for consideration
- an acknowledgements page
- a cover page with your contact information
- a SASE

Mail the packet to:
Steel Toe Books
c/o Tom C. Hunley
Department of English
20 - C Cherry Hall
Western Kentucky University
1 Big Red Way
Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576
Selection process:
Each manuscript will initially be read by two members of our editorial board. These readers will evaluate the manuscript according to the six criteria listed and elaborated upon in our entry in the 2005 Poet’s Market. If the two readers are in disagreement, the manuscript will receive a third reader. We will then narrow the pool down to eight-to-twelve manuscripts and ask the authors to send them as Microsoft Word attachments. Each member of the editorial board will read all of those manuscripts and vote on them at our annual editorial board meeting/pizza party. Each first place vote receives five points, each second place vote receives three points, and each third place vote is good for one point. After voting, we will discuss and debate the manuscripts. Then we will vote again. Upon reaching consensus, as everyone on the board finishes their pizza, we will call a writer and offer him/her a contract.

October 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce Steel Toe Books' most recent release, Street Calligraphy by Jim Daniels. Steel Toe Books acquired this title for publication in 2016.

Jim Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English at Caregie Mellon University, where he has been teaching creative writing since 1981. He is the author of seventeen books of poetry as well as numerous short stories and screenplays and the editor of multiple anthologies of poetry. His work has been featured in The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, Poetry 180 with Billy Collins, and the American Life in Poetry series.

Street Calligraphy is, as poet Afaa M. Weaver says, "an honest and well-honed collection that will bring light to the lives it celebrates, our own." Aimee Nezhukumatathil calls these poems "moving and unflinching poems--brutal and brave." Daniels, a Detroit native, explores the city of the American Midwest, its concrete, factories, and graffiti: nostalgic, but not sentimental. "We never saw stars/above Detroit," he writes, "so why even look up?"

Street Calligraphy, will be available for purchase November 1, 2017, through Steel Toe Books (place an order here) and Amazon. For more information about Street Calligraphy or other Steel Toe releases, please view our titles here.

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