poetry collections...

February 27, 2012

Results from our Open Reading Period


Steel Toe Books has selected Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse by Gabriel Welsch of Huntingdon, PA, and Romeo Bones by Somerset, KY native Ron Salutsky from over seventy manuscripts submitted during our November/December 2011 open reading period. Look for their books in 2013.


Honorable Mentions:

American Amnesiac Poems by Diane Raptosh

Jonah Descending by Joey Connelly

Favorite Maritime Drinking Songs of the Miraculous Alcoholics by Matt Schumaker

Morph and Bloom by Wendy Wisner

Where Pelicans Float Down from Stained Glass by Peter E. Murphy

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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