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December 31, 2013

Results of September/October 2013 Open Reading Period

Steel Toe Books is pleased to announce that we have offered a book contract to Christopher Citro of Liverpool, NY for his manuscript The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy. The book is scheduled for publication in the first quarter of 2015.

Honorable Mentions:

Everything We Think We Hear by Jose Angel Araguz

Shimmy by Don Boes

The Invention of Henry Ford by John Bradley

Expanse by Alejandro Escude

Mix Tapes and Photo Albums by Andrea Janov

Music from Small Towns by Al Maginnes

The Woman Who Married a Bear by Tiffany Midge

Tipped to the Ear by Laura Minor

The Four Ugliest Children in Christendom by Camille-Yvette Welsch

The selected book and the honorable mentions were selected from the 140 manuscripts we received during out open reading period, which were narrowed by our screeners to eighteen finalists:

Capote in Brooklyn by Susan Aizenberg

Everything We Think We Hear by Jose Angel Araguz

Shimmy by Don Boes

The Invention of Henry Ford by John Bradley

The Breach by Gaylord Brewer

The Man Without Qualities by Richard Cecil

The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy by Christopher Citro

Jonah Descending by Joey Connelly

Expanse by Alejandro Escude

Sign, Token by Graham Hillard

Mix Tapes and Photo Albums by Andrea Janov

Career Suicide by Charles Jensen

Music from Small Towns by Al Maginnes

The Woman Who Married a Bear by Tiffany Midge

Tipped to the Ear by Laura Minor

Freaked by Liz Robbins

Church of Needles by Sarah Sousa

The Four Ugliest Children in Christendom by Camille-Yvette Welsch

We only regret that we cannot publish more from this fine field of manuscripts and wish these authors well in finding publishers.

Thanks to this year's screeners: Ashli Alford, Ralaina Hunley, Joshua Johnston, Dori Norman, Abby Rudolph, and Maggie Woodward.

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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