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The Pushcart Prize 2006 XXX : Best of the Small Presses written by Bill Henderson


The Pushcart Prize 2006 XXX : Best of the Small Presses written by Bill Henderson


This edition of the long-honored anthology of small-press fiction, essays, and poetry marks its third decade, an amazing feat of survival and excellence.

Like previous editions, The Pushcart Prize XXX presents over sixty selections picked from hundreds of little magazines and presses with the help of over 200 distinguished contributing editors. In the Pushcart tradition, this fascinating collection combines the work of today's luminaries with a host of new talents, creating an exciting assembly of diverse voices.

Since 1976, The Pushcart Prize has been "the single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today," according to the New York Times Book Review. Many of today's celebrated writers received their first recognition in The Pushcart Prize, which over the years has tracked small-press enthusiasms from traditional to experimental in an unsurpassed eclectic gathering.

Publishers Weekly

This venerable annual has perfected its own brand of DIY publishing: have the editors of little magazines and presses send you their favorite piece from the past year year, then, with the help of friends, cull your own favorites and, with donations from other friends, publish an anthology. Henderson, a longtime Hamptons resident and Pushcart Press founder, has used this formula successfully for 30 years, and the results remain at the very least solid and entertaining, if predictable. At its core are the short stories that, this year, are often devastatingly centered on cancer (e.g., "Hunters," by John Fulton, from the Southern Review). Then there are the Harper's-like funny-serious political critiques (George Gessert's "Notes on Uranium Weapons and Kitsch," from the Northwest Review); the poems, this year selected by David Baker and Linda Gregerson; and the stick-in-your-mind wild cards ("Songs from the Black Chair," Charles Barber writing about his job at the Bellevue Men's Shelter, from the Bellevue Literary Review and the University of Nebraska Press). Henderson's intro gives a thumbnail of the project's history and serves as an elegy for writer and former NEA chair Frank Conroy, who died this year and who was a "friend and supporter." Simply picking up the book makes one feel like that, too. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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