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Finishing Line Press  is an award-winning small press publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky, USA.

CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Reece Hogan! Hogan’s poetry chapbook O GARDEN-DWELLER (Finishing Line Press) received a 2018 Catholic Press Association Book Award, 2nd place in the category of Poetry! Many thanks to @CatholicPress @FLPress #poetry #bookawards #catholic #songofsongs #chapbook #garden
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FINISHING LINE PRESS BOOK OF THE DAY:

VirginX by Natalia Treviño $14.99, paper

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Born in Mexico, and raised in Texas, Natalia Treviño is a professor at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio. Raised between two worlds, she aims to bridge understandings between those separated by arbitrary human borders. She he has won several awards for her writing and is the author of Lavando La Dirty Laundry (Mongrel Empire Press 2014). Natalia Treviño‘s VirginX is a gorgeous treatise on the Divine Feminine, called by any of her names: Cihuapilli, Coatlicue, the Virgin Mary, Tonantzin, Virgen de Guadalupe, and the Virgen de San Juan de los Lagos. Seamlessly combining the domestic, political, cultural, historical,and familial spheres, VirgenX speaks to the lived truth of faith for those who live on the border, for those in whom the border lives. These poems are a testament to the hard-won faith of “knife-bone survival,” of grief and enduring, love and pain. The lines between witness, supplicant, and co-creator blur, birthing exquisite lines like this one: “I am still learning the difference/between the prayer and the one who prays.”
–i’rene lara silva, author of Blood Sugar Canto
In the Virgin X we find a kind of cross stitching, a garment worthy of La Mer. This poetic labor, which we only see because of its wide references and obvious study, offers us a voice both ancient and contemporary. It is the voice of Aztec and of San Antonio; of the Madonna and the goddess with a necklace of hands; it is the cross-bordering that brings to the reader an admixture of English and Spanish, of a meticulous embroidering and yet a sparseness of space and word. I think this book is gorgeous. Necessary. Read it.
–Veronica Golos, author of ROOTWORK.
The poems that make up Natalia Trevino’s chapbook, Virgin X, are a study in weights and measures, scales not just for the bones of fish but a splendid music as well. The imagery and language the poet frequently utilizes make a “gold weave of stems curled like scorpions’ tails...#poetry

FINISHING LINE PRESS CHAPBOOK OF THE DAY:

The Leper Dreams of Snow by Sean Corbin $13.99, paper

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Sean L Corbin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and two sons.

Sean Corbin’s devastating poems offer us a fierce lyricism, a dark and lively wit giving voice to the emergencies of the self. In Corbin’s world the speaker shares a relentless examination and embrace of the traumas that consume us at the shrines of the ordinary—the bedroom, the kitchen, the living room, the car in traffic, the back yard. The voices of these poems earn their grim and graceful epiphanies in language that is fresh, tough, and daring in its inventions. This is the poetry of a grown man facing the crises of mind and body with verve and relentless courage. The Leper Dreams of Snow is an aesthetic and humanist victory for all of us who still believe in the edifying powers of poetry.
–George Eklund

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FINISHING LINE PRESS FEATURED AUTHOR OF THE DAY:
Kelly Thomas is an award-winning writer, editor, adjunct professor of English (Xavier University) and the founder of Kelly Grace LLC (www.kgrace.co), a copywriting and editing agency that teaches artists and entrepreneurs how to create content that informs and inspires. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Genesis, The Efroymson Anthology and Polly Magazine. Honors include first-place scholarships from both the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference as well as a post-graduate fellowship at WordPlay, a creative writing and after-school center. #Poetry

MOUTH WIDE SHUT by Kelly Grace Thomas $14.99, paper

Mouth Wide Shut is a wild ride through poet Kelly Thomas’ interior and exterior world, exploring race, gender, body and other “othernesses.” Often ironic, always filled with the music of language and a curiosity about its boundaries, this is a bold book that acknowledges our vulnerability: “I find holes in everything. Say/something.” Thomas knows the dangers of speaking, and we, her readers, are grateful that she does it anyway.
–Pauletta Hansel—Cincinnati Poet Laureate, 2018-2018
Kelly Thomas is looking at you straight in the eye through these poems. You better stand up, pay attention, feel what it’s like to be seen, to be unseen, understand that you better love, open your eyes, listen harder, now—let the ludic groove of these punchy, deftly political poems ratchet you up and hold you.
–Cathy Wagner—author of Nervous Device (2012), My New Job (2009), Macular Hole (2004) and associate professor of English at Miami University of Ohio
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FINISHING LINE PRESS BOOK OF THE DAY:

Without a Kiss by Phoebe Nilsen $13.99, paper

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Phoebe Nilsen (née Watson) is an Egyptian Canadian immigrant who is married to a Norwegian and has lived in Norway since 1984. Her family moved from Egypt to Canada the summer she turned fifteen. The move from a traditional and very conservative Egyptian environment to the unaccustomed freedom of the West and a world of flirting and dating, had a marked impact on her life. The conflicts and difficulties encountered in learning to relate to this new world, particularly in the realm of male-female interaction, became the driving force behind many of her poems.

Phoebe completed her MA in English at Andrews University, Michigan, in 1970. Subsequently, she taught high school and college in many places, including Iowa,Washington, Michigan, Canada, Norway, and very briefly in China. She spent the last twenty-one years of her career teaching ESL methodology and English literature to Norwegian teacher trainees and holding numerous in-service courses for Norwegian English teachers. When she retired in 2012, she was associate professor at Nord-Trøndelag University College (now Nord-University). “It’s very unusual and refreshing, I think, in our sexually obsessed time, to write so well about the lingering emotions from an affair which never even progressed so far as a kiss. Beautifully written, elegant and evocative poems.”
–Tim Vicary, educator and novelist. “These poems explore the luscious geography of innocence and memory, of longing and loss—of what might have been, if only. We travel these rich landscapes–our own younger hearts reawakened, breathless again.”
–Carol Henderson, author, editor and teacher.

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FINISHING LINE PRESS CHAPBOOK OF THE DAY:

Brats by Catharine Clark-Sayles $14.99, paper

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Catharine Clark-Sayles is a geriatrician practicing north of San Francisco. She travelled across the United States extensively with a military family while she was young, then became an Army doctor. When she turned forty she discovered that she had missed her twenties the first time around and reconnected with poetry to find them. She has published two books of poetry with Tebot Bach Press: One Breath in 2008 is poetry drawn from medical training and practice. Lifeboat was published in 2012. Recent work has appeared in Spillway, Locuspoint.org, The Squaw Valley Review, Persimmon Tree, The Healing Art of Writing, vols.1 and 2.Neat, The Healing Muse, many of annual The Marin Poetry Center Anthology andThe Poetry Farmer’s Almanacs.

Catharine Clark-Sayles‘ chapbook Brats is about time—about growing up in a military family and the passage from being daughter, sister, friend, student to being a doctor. There’s a strong sense of authenticity to Clark-Sayles’ work, which makes me eager, as I finish one poem to see what comes next. Her poems are fierce, yet tender and moving. “Always,” she writes, “you think there will / be time for stories and remembering again. ” Yes, that’s what this book tells us. Tempus fugit. Pay attention, she reminds us. Yes. . . we shall.
–Susan Terris, Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems
Love is at the center of these beautifully rendered poems where the “missing / stories will be found.” Catharine Clark-Sayles weaves her present life as a doctor together with her story of growing up as a military brat. From “too many places to name them all,” Clark-Sayles recreates vivid scenes of her childhood without rancor or self-pity, offering us the wisdom of a woman who looks upon her uprooted past with acceptance and compassion. And although, inevitably, “love comes and is lost,” this book assures us that “a poem may stay / to hold it all.”
–Joan Baranow, PhD, #poetry

FINISHING LINE PRESS BOOK OF THE DAY:

A Neighborhood Changes
by Julia Nunnally Duncan $18.99, Full-length, paper

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Julia Nunnally Duncan is an award-winning Western North Carolina author who has published ten books of poetry and prose. The poems in A Neighborhood Changes explore the lives of the lonely, the aged, the ill, and the injured and document the author’s small-town life from the 1960s to the present. This volume offers a glimpse into a world where people live, love, suffer, and endure change. Duncan resides in her hometown Marion, NC, with her husband Steve and their daughter Annie.

Julia Duncan‘s A Neighborhood Changes is a beautifully lyric lament for all that evanesces, yet a celebration of memory’s dogged insistence that the past and that which vanishes lives often more vibrantly, if elegiacally, on the page. Poem after poem, Duncan soulfully choreographs the labyrinth of memory, how it stores and catalogs with regret and glory, how language—the poem itself—is the necessary province of the past. These poems wonderfully showcase Duncan’s marvelous, subtle facility with rhyme, and a sonic authority that renders each inimitable. A Neighborhood Changes, with its stirring, often heartbreaking, portraiture, puts one in mind of Spoon River Anthology, even Wineburg, Ohio. These are such finely crafted poems, the plat of recollection we tread, along with Duncan, as “She continues to point at this and that, / telling [us] stories about her past.”
–Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-2014)

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FINISHING LINE PRESS CHAPBOOK OF THE DAY:
On the River This Morning by Barbara de la Cuesta $14.99, paper

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THE PADDOCK REVIEW Featuring a Poem by Akachi Obijiaku:
Akachi Obijiaku is a new Nigerian poet. She started writing poetry in 2017, and her works appear across 15 literary journals. She emigrated to England four years ago, and holds an MSc from King’s College London. https://paddockreview.com/2018/06/06/a-poem-by-akachi-obijiaku/

FINISHING LINE PRESS BOOK OF THE DAY:
caves, canyons and valleys by Alice Lucia
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Alice Lucia, nee Partridge, won her first writing contest for an essay at the age of 12 in Binghamton, New York where she was raised and attended school. She began to take her poetry seriously beginning in September 1984. In addition to her passion for writing, she loved reading, cooking, and gardening. Alice, a retired Registered Nurse, lived in S. Onondaga, N.Y. with her husband, and wrote poems and stories for 20 years before she died in 2014.
She begins by taking us on a metaphorical journey. “ through harsh winters of childhood living in separate caves “ “ lovely lilies in pools of tears grow flowers “ “ I did not know my heart would always swell
at the song of the birds or the fell of footsteps
in a shadowed wood.” “ comes summer the weight of it
rush oh blue and red and gold rush races
through me crisp and clear the colors of reason
the clear season of age, knowing and now
the hush of solitude the quiet chill winter”
Such descriptive verses which allow us to see through her eyes to walk with her through her life and feel the emotions that she lived through. And experience the poetic gift that few are born with and one that cannot be learned for it must be felt. And felt through the heart from which they are written and conveyed to their reader.
–Alan L. Boles, poet, resides in Ocala, Florida. He fell in love with poetry in 1968 at the age of fifteen. He manages a A Poet’s Haven, and The Matter In Prose both on Facebook as well as assists in a number of poetry groups.
In Caves, Canyons and Valleys, poet Alice Lucia leaves a legacy not only worth reading, but also worth keeping. Alice is a careful poet who surprises at every turn.
She is fun to read. She never feels sorry for herself, and that’s so much to her credit. #poetry

FINISHING LINE PRESS CHAPBOOK OF THE DAY:
Personal Astronomy by Sally Zakariya $14.99, paper

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Sally Zakariya’s Pushcart Prize-nominated poems have appeared in some 70 print and online journals. She is the author, most recently, of When You Escape (Five Oaks Press, 2016), as well as Insectomania (2013) and Arithmetic and other verses (2011), and the editor of a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table (2015). Zakariya blogs at www.butdoesitrhyme.com. “The surprising thing is being here.” Thus opens Sally Zakariya‘s Personal Astronomy, a poetic journey into the microcosm of love and relationship juxtaposed against the backdrop of the universe in poems that are as lucid and ordered as the constellations they invoke. Zakariya’s verse rings with music and shines with imagery in a book that is as beautiful as the night sky.
–Mike Maggio, author of Garden of Rain and Oranges from Palestine
Sally Zakariya has the gifts of succinct eloquence and wise observation. Her poems express a stargazer’s wonderment, doubt and acceptance of the extraordinary grounded in an ordinary life. The chance union of opposites; the weight of dark matter that everywhere allows for a slint of light. Her subject matter demonstrates an ongoing belief in the value of happenstance. Personal Astronomy is a subtly powerful collection that you will read afresh each time for its own sparks of light.
–Jennifer M. Pierson

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Julene T. Weaver at the Lambda Literary Awards. Congratulations for being a finalist in the Bisexual Nonfiction Category for her book TRUTH BE BOLD (Finishing Line Press)!

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