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Date:   2/19/02 1:50:54 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:   [log in to unmask] (Poets House)
To: [log in to unmask] (Jforjames)

2002 Poetry Publication Showcase‹ SEND BOOKS NOW

Dear Publisher,

Poets House, a 40,000-volume poetry archive and literary center located in
New York City, will open its annual Poetry Publication Showcase on April 6,
2002.  The Showcase is an exhibit of all of the year's new poetry books and
a festival of events presented during National Poetry Month.  Last year's
Showcase included more than 1,300 books of poetry, representing the work of
more than 500 publishers: commercial, university, independent, and
micro-presses.  Inclusion in the Showcase ensures that your books are seen
in an exhibit which has become the reference point for all who are
interested in poetry. 

Now, our newly expanded library provides year-round exhibition space for
the Showcase as well as other treasures from the Poets House collection. 
This year, as usual, the Showcase will open with a celebration of the
exhibit and continue throughout the month with a festival of events, among
them a panel discussion examining the conditions for literary publishing in
this new economy.  After April, books from the exhibit will remain on
display throughout the year. Inclusion in this exhibition is absolutely
FREE.  

You are invited to participate in the Showcase by sending us review copies
of all your new books for exhibit. Even though the February 14 deadline has
passed, you can still participate by sending your books in immediately.
March 8 is the final deadline for your books to be listed in the catalogue.

What does inclusion in the Showcase do for you?
­Organized by publisher so that the work of your press can be seen as a
whole,  it provides a unique forum for literary branding.
­It makes your books available to the acquisitions and prize committees who
come to Poets House to review all of the new books for the year. 
­It means your books will be listed in the Directory of American Poetry
Books online, which provides bibliographic detail for all of the books
displayed.  
­It secures your books a place in the national archive we are building here
at Poets House.
­And it provides year-round exposure to readers and writers of poetry.

Which books qualify for inclusion?
All books of poetry (full-length collections, anthologies and chapbooks),
poetry-related prose, poetry audio and videotapes, CD's, and computer media
published since January of 2001 qualify for exhibit, excluding vanity press
publications. All international books and selected Children's titles will
be exhibited during the Showcase. Books published prior to 2001 are welcome
additions to the library and will be added to the Directory. 

To be sure your new books are included:
Publishers may submit forms, read guidelines and see the Directory of
American Poetry Books online at www.poetshouse.org/showcase.htm. Complete
one copy of the form for each new book published since the beginning of
2001. Send the completed forms with two copies of each book to Poets House,
72 Spring Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012. The final deadline for
inclusion in the catalogue is March 8, 2002.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at
212-431-7920 x19 or at [log in to unmask]

Sincerely,
Betsy Fagin
Showcase Coordinator