Workhorse Writers Chapbook Series Announcement

We are excited to announce the Workhorse Writers Chapbook Series Selections to be published in 2020! 

Above the River by Sue Churchill 

Elephants in the Casket by K. Nicole Wilson 

A Place to Sleep by Drew Pomeroy 

We are also thrilled to be expanding our number of books this year. Each year we will solicit one chapbook book from a member of our Workhorse community.  This year we happily get to publish The Two/Body Problem by Joseph Nichols. His chapbook will be available in the winter.

These manuscripts will be available to order in the coming months. You can have all four books (and a copy of each year’s Lexington Poetry Month anthology) delivered to you and support our mission to provide opportunities for working writers to share their work and grow in their craft by clicking on this link: Support Workhorse. 

Workhorse Writers Open Reading for Chapbooks

Our third chapbook reading period is open from December 1st to the 31st!

The Basics

We are looking to publish 1-3 poetry chapbooks by working writers, which we define loosely as anyone who does not make a living from writing or teaching writing alone. The manuscript should be 14-26 pages of poetry that has not previously been published as a whole. We aren’t considering translation at this time.

How We Choose What to Publish

Workhorse’s mission is to provide opportunity and access to writers at all stages of their practice. We incorporate writers/readers from our community to discuss the manuscripts and come to a final decision on what to publish. We hope to publish local writers and writers who we would like to introduce to our community. If you want to read some of the past selections before submitting visit our shop.

What Authors Receive upon Publication

We want to provide an opportunity for a zero cost publication for our authors. Along with no reading fee to submit, author’s receive 50 copies of their book (from a print run of 100), $100 dollars toward travel expenses for readings they may give, and, if local, a featured reading at a local spot to celebrate the release.

Help Us Sustain and Expand This Opportunity

This reading series is possible thanks to the generous support of people in our community of writers. If you would like to become one of those people, click this link to checkout ways to get involved. And join us on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you. We can’t wait to read your work!

The Details

  • Manuscripts should be 14-26 pages.
  • We cannot publish previously published collections.
  • Only submit one collection.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • We do not need a cover sheet.
  • One poem per page, multi-page poems are good.
  • Use a standard, 12-point font.
  • We cannot allow revisions once a manuscript has been submitted.
  • Decisions will be made by February 15th, 2020.

Click to Submit to the Workhorse Writers Chapbook Series

2018 Gauntlet Participant: Devan Watson

 

“A sense of immediacy and intimacy. Beauty in the mundane.”

 

BigDog’s Prayer

 

All hail the fenceline, harbor of small life

As well the field edge and construction plastic

Scurrying with the flow of prey.

 

Praise be the hummocks of grass in snow

And frozen clots of earth in tractor tracks

From which to dig mice.

 

Glory to the hillside with thickets of honeysuckle

Tangled with underbrush and game trails

Where deer might spring from sleep.

 

Thanks for the hollow of a dead tree

Tilted over the edge of the creek,

Home to heron who rattles as he flies.

 

Wonder at the blessing of running water,

Cold creek in which to cool the belly

Path of indignant ducks to be pursued.

 

Snake in the undergrowth of ivy,

Rabbit racing down the trail

Squirrel, inattentive, fucking under a bush.

All life, abundant and chaseable,

Forever and ever,

Amen.

 

March 2018

 

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Devan Watson has made Lexington their home since attending Transylvania University in the early 90s. A lover of the liminal, they live and write from an often uncomfortable intersection of queerness, mental illness, and chronic pain. As the stay-at-home parent of a teenage boy, Devan spends as much time as possible hanging out with dogs. “I curse like a sailor, laugh like a fiend, and cook too well to ever be skinny.”

Selections for the 2018 Workhorse Writers Chapbook Series

Workhorse Writers Chapbook Series Selections! 

 

The River Singing by Lennart Lundh

The Rainy Season by Eduardo Ballestero 

Hands: Ten Fingers in a Game of Never Have I Ever by Helen Feibes

 

These manuscripts will be available to order in the coming months. You can have all three books (and a copy of each year’s Lexington Poetry Month anthology) delivered to you and support our mission to provide opportunities for working writers to share their work and grow in their craft by clicking on this link: Support Workhorse.

 

Workhorse Writers Open Reading Chapbook Series

Our second chapbook reading period is open from December 1st to the 31st!

The Basics

We are looking to publish 1-3 poetry chapbooks by working writers, which we define loosely as anyone who does not make a living from writing or teaching writing alone. The manuscript should be 14-26 pages of poetry that has not previously been published as a whole. We aren’t considering translation at this time.

How We Choose What to Publish

Workhorse’s mission is to provide opportunity and access to writers at all stages of their practice. We incorporate writers/readers from our community to discuss the manuscripts and come to a final decision on what to publish. We hope to publish local writers and writers who we would like to introduce to our community. If you want to read some of the past selections before submitting visit https://workhorsewriters.com/shop/

What Authors Receive upon Publication

We want to provide an opportunity for a zero cost publication for our authors. Along with no reading fee to submit, author’s receive 75 copies of their book (from a print run of 150), $100 dollars toward travel expenses for readings they may give, and, if local, a featured reading at a local bookstore to celebrate the release.

Help Us Sustain and Expand This Opportunity

This reading series is possible thanks to the generous support of people in our community of writers. If you would like to become one of those people, click this link to checkout ways to get involved. And join us on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you. We can’t wait to read your work!

The Details

  • Manuscripts should be 14-26 pages.
  • We cannot publish previously published collections.
  • Only submit one collection.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine.
  • We do not need a cover sheet.
  • One poem per page, multi-page poems are good.
  • Use a standard, 12-point font  Times New Roman.
  • We cannot allow revisions once a manuscript has been submitted.
  • Decisions will be made by February 15th, 2019.

Click to Submit to the Workhorse Writers Chapbook Series

2018 Gauntlet Participant: Susan Stephens

 

“Honesty and a lack of pretension. An emotional connection.”

 

New Lovers

I’m getting around

keeping my own hours, leaving

lights on to see, touching,

feeling in new ways

I like it.

 

Last year I went to bed with a painter

and poet from India who

begin English at five years old

short deft brushes

long tantric whispers

dissolved my confines of love

redrew a fiery

panorama

 

Last month I went to bed with one of six

siblings fluent in Spanish three

ex-wives too many

blood

too much blood

I couldn’t even finish

 

Last week I went to bed with the son

of a holocaust survivor

where no amount of stroking

could silence shrieks

or release pent up

horrors of power taking

and taking and

taking

 

Last night I went to bed with a black man

who wrote a letter for his son

to own his own body

I quivered at invented disparity

my vanilla privileged

skin to his chocolate

appropriated

flesh

 

My lovers vary from hard to soft

back, none needing

a pillow or some tongue

Bembo, Bulmer

Times New Roman, Eurostile Black

taking turns occupying

your side of the bed

 

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Susan Stephens is a paradox as a Nationally Certified ASL Interpreter for the Deaf with a BA in music. Living in two worlds has aided her sprouting writing career via connection seeking. Creating justice, joy, compassion, and peace is her daily endeavor. She is known for hiding bizarre items in homes when visiting, and trying any food labeled “new” or “limited time.” Susan lives in Richmond, KY with her family.

Hannah LeGris’ Debut Chapbook: desire is a hungry thing

New poetry for the end of the the year from Hannah LeGris!

 

34.

he bought me topo chico

I touched his wrist

people asked
where do we live

together, for how long
and when did we move

here, I was leaving the next day 
we had never been 
we had never been

two seasons had passed

he took a bite of my 
breakfast

I bought him ice cream 
I bleached his sink

I kissed his shoulder

I left

ORDER HERE

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Hannah LeGris holds a MA in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and a BA in English from the College of Wooster. She has taught memoir and creative nonfiction with The Young Women Writers Project, the SwallowTale Writing Project, and to University of Kentucky students. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

2018 Gauntlet Participant: Candace Chaney

 

“Beauty in hard things.  A sense of elegance and grace that dwells within the heart of human struggle.”

 

theology

 

before,
the gods got mad
but never got hurt

till they fought so hard
only one was left.

but the world was too big a job–
everything got all out of whack.

a flood of shit and hunger swept across the earth
and everybody’s hurtin’ bred and bred and lo,

the unsaid kept the unfed dead
and every heart was wet with sweat
and sunk with regret
and every mouth was wide with theft
and the beholdin’ of all
it can’t digest.

pretty soon
it got so bad,

it even killed god.

but you ain’t heard the last of me
he said on the b-roll as the credits scrolled

by and by
i come

and we let him

back after while
because who doesn’t love

the comeback kid
the give it all you got
the money shot

and also cause
he looked like us–

scarred up body,
crooked nose.

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Candace Chaney is a Lexington-based poet and arts writer whose working class, Eastern Kentucky roots influence the themes of her work. She is also a co-founder of the Imaginarium of the Bluegrass, an artist collective which focuses on the role of the imagination in our private and public lives.