Poetry Month in a Time of Pandemic

Welcome to April, Perugia Press friends. We hope you and yours are doing as well as can be during this time of great upheaval and uncertainty. Poetry Month is traditionally full of public readings, festivals, and projects to celebrate poetry, and these have had to be canceled, postponed, or made virtual. It’s also the month we hold one of our two annual fundraisers, but we’ve decided it doesn’t feel right to do that this year when the world is full of urgent needs that call for us to give what we can to help during this pandemic.

But here’s what we can do. Poetry is uniquely equipped to bring solace in chaotic times. In that spirit, we are offering a special Poetry Month sale. All of our collections, including our forthcoming Perugia Press Prize winner Now in Color, are being offered for just $10, with our anthology chapbook on sale for $5. As a small nonprofit press without a brick & mortar storefront, we are able to continue sending books packed with care, as always, by our Editor/Director Rebecca Olander. Our donation box is always here if that is possible for you, but one of the best ways to support small press publishing, and the emerging women poets we champion at Perugia, is to buy their books. Poetry is a vehicle for comfort and hope, and we hope you’ll consider finding a volume or two that may bring that to you this April.

Yours in poetry,

All of us at Perugia Press

P.S. We’ll be sharing resonant lines on social media from some of our books through April. Here’s an excerpt from Carol Edelstein’s poem “Where Is My Animal Certainty?” from her Perugia Press book The Disappearing Letters: