Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John Miller's "Heat Lightning"


"At the crux of John Miller’s poetry is a search for heat as a way “to know the origin of desire.” This yearning is rooted in the physical world and complicated by empathy for even the most unpleasant places (the site of a bridge demolition) and most unlikable fellow-travelers (late-night partiers singing karaoke). This is the voice of a poet searching for what he knows he won't find, who “lean[s] into the stinging rain / straining to glimpse / what would teach us to die.” These are beautiful, beautiful poems."

Lauren Goodwin Slaughter, author of a lesson in smallness, recipient of the 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, Editor-in-Chief at PoemMemoirStory.

"John Miller's debut collection is deft, adroit--downright beautiful. The wise old cormorant Coleridge teaches that poetic genius unleashes via the balance or reconciliation of opposition. Around every corner in these elegantly crafted poems, Miller's balance beam brain beckons, reconciles, gets shook, stays lit up. Tenacity; desire and hope in equipoise; deific baritone! From haunting to jaunty to moving, what's clever rams into what's wise again and again. These days so many poems dance us and demand that we are impressed with their sway. Miller's debut steps a full fathom farther: these are the generous, subtle musics that linger in your ear."

Abraham Smith, author of Ashagalomancy; Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer; Hank; and Whim Man Mammon.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Anita Olivia Koester's "Arrow Songs"


Arrow Songs is what becomes of Cupid's arrow once the target has been hit and the flesh is open to receive -- it is the body in the rapture and injury of love. There is music throughout -- repetition, refrains, alliteration, that assonance that keens, the grief that seems to lullaby, the desire so insistent you listen, you follow, you let the beat shape you. In these heartbreakingly beautiful poems "no one is ever lost, only transformed." --Arisa White

Friday, April 7, 2017

Eloisa Amezcua's "Symptoms of Teething"


Here is a book of poems that is, at every turn, deeply invested in the kinds of love we share—with each other, with ourselves, with our pasts, and with our futures. In one moment, “we fall asleep / and there is no more falling.” In the next, the morning where “we fabricate each / other into being.” I am so grateful to Eloisa Amezcua for all her fabrications, for building us this little museum of love.
Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf

Friday, March 17, 2017

Michael Cuglietta: Clams in White Wine


"An air of fly-by-night, strip mall, paycheck to paycheck impermanence laces the crafty short tales of this Florida writer, in which the one thing you can count on is good fast food -- Szechuan dumplings, Cuban sandwiches with sweet fried plaintain, cream-piled cupcakes white brown and red. Michael Cuglietta's characters at least know how to eat well in this anxious world. What to do with the anger, grief and loss lurking just under their place mats is another -- no, the very same -- story."

--Jaimy Gordon, winner of the National Book Award for Lord of Misrule

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Paper Nautilus 2016 Issue

Paper Nautilus 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jill Khoury's "Chance Operations"

Jill Khoury is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, representations of gender, and disability. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art. She is a Western Pennsylvania Writing Project fellow and has taught writing and literature in a variety of academic and enrichment environments. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Copper Nickel, Inter|rupture, and RHINO. Her chapbook Borrowed Bodies was released from Pudding House Press in 2009, and her first full length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, was released by Sundress Publications in 2016. You can find her at

Friday, August 26, 2016

End of Summer Sale!

We are rapidly heading towards Fall, and with that, the goal of having the 2016 Chapbook winners announced! So, to celebrate the end of Summer, all the incredible writing we are lucky to read and publish -- and to hopefully make a little extra space for those new manuscripts once they're ready -- Paper Nautilus is having a sale! All Vella chapbooks are Buy One-Get One Half Off. Books are regularly $8 each; with this promotion, two chapbooks totals $12, and three chapbooks totals $16. Please be sure to note which titles you would like when placing your order through PayPal.

The following titles are available:

The Rules of Night Migration - Pamela Gross
From the New World - Oriana Ivy
Mother, Less Child - Jason McCall
The Monster on the Mountain - Johnathan Harper
Sterling - Stephanie McCarley Dugger
Pictures from the Center of the Universe - Allie Marini
Diminution - Charles Rafferty
Weird Science - Christina Olson
Girls on Film - Kathryn Kulpa

NOW AVAILABLE (and not pictured): Chance Operations - Jill Khoury

This sale runs from today, 8/26, through the end of 9/5/16.