Book Culture goes to CLMP's Firecracker Awards!

On Thursday, June 7th, booksellers Lauren Paris and Adam Fales went to CLMP's annual Firecracker Awards, which celebrate the best in small press publishing! It was a splendid evening full of festivities, friends, and firecracker-shaped trophies. Earlier this month, Firecracker Awards host Dorothea Lasky stopped by Book Culture on 112th to promote the event. Learn about her visit here!

The evening was hosted by the glorious poet Dorothea Lasky, who read an introductory poem combining the names of all the nominees. After the awards ceremony, we caught up with Lasky and caught some of her excitement about all the great literature being published right now, talked about our favorite independent bookstores (she's a loyal Book Culture customer), and learned that she prefers FreshDirect to Instacart for all her grocery delivery services.

From the great nominees, An Unkindness of Ghosts won the Fiction Award, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit won the Nonfiction Award, Unaccompanied won the Poetry Award, One Story won the Magazine Award for General Excellence, and Flock Literary Journal won the Debut Magazine Award! (Scroll down to buy them on Book Culture's website)

The full list of finalists is below! Find out more on CLMP's website:


Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor (Rescue Press)

Tom o’Vietnam by Baron Wormser (New Rivers Press)

I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen (YesYes Books)

North Station by Bae Suah, trans. Deborah Smith (Open Letter)

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (Akashic Books)

Moonbath by Yanick Lahens, trans. Emily Gogolak (Deep Vellum Publishing)

Wolf Season by Helen Benedict (Bellevue Literary Press)

The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked edited by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, Annabelle Hayse (Cinco Puntos Press)

The Passion of Woo & Isolde by Jennifer Tseng (Rose Metal Press)

Empire of Glass by Kaitlin Solimine (Ig Publishing)

Creative Nonfiction

Acker by Douglas Martin (Nightboat Books)

Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life by Chelsea Martin (Soft Skull)

In the Province of the Gods by Kenny Fries (The University of Wisconsin Press)

Surviving Jersey: Danger and Insanity in the Garden State by Scott Loring Sanders (Outpost 19)

Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit by Aisha Sabatini Sloan (1913 Press)

Vagrants & Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene (Anomalous Press)

Patagonian Road by Kate McCahill (Santa Fe Writers Project)

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Sonya Huber (University of Nebraska Press)

The Flowers in My Mothers’ Name by Philip Harris (Nomadic Press)

There You Are: Interviews, Journals and Ephermera by Joanne Kyger and edited by Cedar Sigo (Wave Books)


Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora (Copper Canyon Press)

While Standing in Line for Death by CAConrad (Wave Books)

Silk Poems by Jen Bervin (Nightboat Books)

Field Theories by Samiyah Bashir (Nightboat Books)

Starshine & Clay by Kamilah Aisha Moon (Four Way Books)

blud by Rachel McKibbens (Copper Canyon Press)

I Know Your Kind: Poems by William Brewer (Milkweed Editions)

The Happy End / All Welcome by MĂłnica de la Torre (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Magazines: General Excellence

One Story

New England Review


Words Without Borders

Full Stop


Georgia Review


Creative Nonfiction


Magazines: Best Debut

Aquifer: The Florida Review Online

Better than Starbucks


Erizo: A Journal of the Arts

Flock Literary Journal


Paper Brigade

Poet’s Country

The Wax Paper

True Story

Under a Warm Green Linden

An Unkindness of Ghosts By Rivers Solomon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617755880
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Akashic Books, Ltd. - October 3rd, 2017

Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit By Aisha Sabatini Sloan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780999004913
Published: 1913 Press - October 23rd, 2017

Unaccompanied By Javier Zamora Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556595110
Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 5th, 2017