Come see us at AWP, Table 1458!

Congratulations to Ginger Eager, winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her debut novel, The Nature of Remains!

Help us celebrate our New Releases at this upcoming virtual event! 
Friday March 5th, 3 PM EST. Join us via Zoom here

We hope you’ll join us for this upcoming virtual event! 
October 8th, 8 PM EST. Join us via Zoom here

Frostic Reading

New Issues whole-heartedly supports the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand with the movement’s commitment to create a society “where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive.” We are uplifted by the energy of the ongoing protests and heartened to see movement toward justice, accountability, and real dialogue. We are listening and learning, and we are here with you to grow for the better.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

2020 New Issues Poetry Prize Announcement
2020 Editors Choice FB Announcement

Congratulations to Jericho Brown, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his newest collection, The Tradition.

Copies of his debut collection, Please, are available here.


Dear Friends,

We are here.

During the month of April, we’ll bring you a poem each day, with the hope it provides some light and good company. 

Stay tuned.

Kim & Nancy


A huge thank you to Poetry Daily for sharing Sarah Gridley’s “Thoughts Before Whittling,” from INSOFAR.



Ralph Angel

We were devastated to learn of the loss of our dear friend, Ralph Angel.


But Not in Life

So we just ate sand

Then someone walks in
and looks around
and sees
someone else
and then walks over
and has
to say

You do it alone
it is

A hotel painted gray
all over

Hurrah the love
lost out
of it

your spirit

a prayer

AWP San Antonio

New Issues will be there!

We hope you’ll join us Wednesday evening at 7PM, La Botanica for a reading featuring New Issues poets Eman Hassan and Lauren K. Alleyne.


We also welcome you to join us for the following author signings at the New Issues booth:

Thursday 4:00-5:00 J. A. Bernstein
Friday 10:00-11:00 Ginger Eager
Friday 11:00-12:00 Eman Hassan
Friday 3:00-4:00 Liz Marlow (Slapering Hol Press)


April 2020

Review Copy Day

Insofar by Sarah Gridley
BEIT by Eryn Green

Foster-The Blue Divide Announcement

A new interview with J. A. Bernstein, author of Rachel’s Tomb:


Congratulations to Daniel M. Becker & Allison Hutchcraft!

2019 New Issues Poetry Prize Announcement-Becker2019 Editors Choice-Hutchcraft


Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House wins the Lambda Literary Award

Congratulations to Nina Puro, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry for their debut collection, Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House!

The Clubhouse Thief wins Independent Book Award

Congratulations to James Janko, winner of an Independent Book Award Silver Medal for Best Great Lakes Fiction for his New Issues novel, The Clubhouse Thief!

Small Gods wins Oregon Book Award

Congratulations to Matthew Minicucci, winner of the Stafford / Hall Award for Poetry, for his poetry collection, Small Gods!

Little Ghost Girl wins Best Experimental Short Film!

New Issues is thrilled to work with the incredibly talented Adriane Little. The film she created inspired by Kerrin McCadden‘s poem, “Little Ghost Girl,” just won Best Experimental Short at the Arizona International Film Festival!

A poem from Lauren K. Alleyne’s Honeyfish, featured in The New York Times!

The Gwen Frostic Reading Series Presents Lauren K. Alleyne and Nina Puro
Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m., 157-159 Bernhard Center

New Issues @ AWP
Booth 5013 Author Signings

AWP Portland Sign

Nina Puro’s Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award! Hear them read at WMU April 4th.

2019 gr editors' choice announcement

Barren Island by Carol Zoref wins the Ribalow Prize from Hadassah Magazine!

Carol Zoref interview Barren Island excerpt

In Remembrance of Marni Ludwig


Ceremony for a Bystander

Listen, I am returning to where you are.

Wisteria, wisteria,
asleep on the stalk,
show me how to keep
the mouth soft.

Inside, wasps

are building cornices in the dust
and not one accurate place
in the silence.

(from Pinwheel by Marni Ludwig)



New Issues is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Chicago Distribution Center!

New Issues titles can be ordered here.

Nina Puro received two wonderful new reviews of
Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House:

Stephanie Burt, The New York Times
Starred review, Publishers Weekly

2019 Green Rose Prize Announcement

Jaswinder Bolina’s poem, “Make Believe,” has been selected for the Favorite Poem Project:

A new poem by Jericho Brown appears in the August 6th issue of Time Magazine!

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“Is the Next Nobel Laureate in Literature Tending Bar in a Dusty Australian Town?”-New York Times


New Issues published the American paperback edition of Murnane’s “The Plains,” in 2002. So wonderful to see this author’s work receive the attention it deserves!

New Issues Thanks Bill Olsen for 10 Years of Service as Editor in Chief

olsen-william“I could not have been more fortunate to have served New Issues for 10 years. Manuscripts and their new forms of excellence, the dedication and hope and idealism behind them, the legitimate need to be heard and help create community with words, the passion and good citizenry of our friends and readers, help from others which is always personal and felt, young and unheard voices taking hold and bettering the art of serious writing—to have been a part of all this is inspiring, and it leaves me deeply grateful.”
—Bill Olsen

Under his editorial leadership, we have published 72 titles, and earned numerous accolades, including the American Book Award, the Michigan Notable Book Award, a PEN Award, and a National Book Award long list citation, to name just a few. Bill stepped into his role as Editor of New Issues upon the passing of our Founding Editor, Herb Scott; he has now served the Press for as many years as Herb. With generosity and dedication, Bill has guided the labor of love that is New Issues in the truest spirit of its founding—the pursuit of the best unpublished work. He will be deeply missed at the Press.


New Issues is thrilled to welcome Nancy Eimers as our new Editor in Chief. Nancy has served as New Issues’ Guest Editor for the First Book Series since 2013. She has selected works for publication that have gone on to earn the Maine Book Award, Vermont Book Award, and finalist citations for both the Utah Book Award and the Texas Book Award. We are fortunate to have Nancy, an excellent and experienced Editor, leading our Press, contributing to an ever-growing legacy of literary achievement.

“I am delighted to join New Issues Press as editor. As the NIP first book editor for some years, I have long and deeply admired the vision this press has lived by, its commitment to quality, originality, and open-mindedness. I wholeheartedly honor founding editor Herb Scott for bringing the press to so vibrant a life, and editor Bill Olsen, whose commitment, guidance and wisdom in seeking out unique voices in poetry have made a lasting mark on New Issues and on the poetry community on a national level. I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to carry on their important work.”
—Nancy Eimers

Barren Island by Carol Zoref wins
the Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction
from the Jewish Book Council!


2018 GR Editors Choice

2018 Green Rose Prize Announcement
Longlisted for the National Book Award 2017

Congratulations to Carol Zoref, longlisted for the National Book Award for her debut novel, Barren Island! Order your copy today at ShopWMU.zoref-carol

Barren Island is a wonderful synthesis of character and history. From the moment Marta Eisenstein Lane begins to tell us about her remarkable family’s lives on the rank, forsaken sand bar of Barren Shoal, rendering animal carcasses into glue, the author immerses us in a world most readers would never otherwise have known existed. As squalid and hardscrabble as these lives may be, they are also suffused with strange beauty and love by Marta’s solicitude and honesty. Barren Island is big-hearted, generous, and fascinating.” —Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Tinkers

The 2017 Editor’s Choice for publication is “Let the House of Body Fall” by Sara Grossman. Congratulations!

2017 Editor's Choice Announcement


The winner of the 2017 New Issues Poetry Prize is “Each Tree Could Hold a Noose or a House” by Nina Puro. Congratulations!

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Our spring books are here!  


Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum by Nadine Sabra Meyer

“‘Though I am staggered, I am not undone,’ Nadine Sabra Meyer writes in her lucid, precise and well-crafted second book, a testament of moving into another stage of life. I am heartened by this heartfelt book of grief and sanctuary.”
—Edward Hirsch

A Passion According to Green-cover
Our Lady of Not Asking Why-cover

Our Lady of Not Asking Why by Courtney Kampa
“Every page of Our Lady of Not Asking Why is lit by an electric human voice. It is a collection of voices that interrogates ideas about love and takes us deep into the complicated textures of its failures as well as the achievements of its mysterious, intimate bonds. These poems explore how we understand ourselves in proximity to our myths, vocabularies, desires, and most importantly, to one another, and each audacious act of speaking possesses ‘its own set of vowels,’ its own ‘ratifying pulse.’ Courtney Kampa knows ‘[i]t’s easy to say true things/without feeling any truth in them,’ and she possesses the lyric gifts to say what is hard and make us feel the truth of it. This is beautiful, sensual work, rich with precision and poise.” —Mary Szybist

A Passion According to Green by Mark Irwin
“In one of the startling and bracing poems in his new collection, Mark Irwin writes, ‘I believed that language could save us from the temporal.’ It might be said that all lyric poems derive from this heartbreaking and Quixotic longing. Yet Irwin is a writer undaunted by the lyric’s insufficiency. He makes from our confusion and bewilderment a poetry of propulsive language, imaginative depth, and a wounded moral authority that recalls the work of Milosz, Herbert, and Szymborska. In other words, Mark Irwin fashions poems that matter.” —David Wojahn