New Releases

New Books from the Backwaters Press

The Backwaters Press is happy to announce we are approaching the milestone of publishing our 100th title. Each new release gets us closer to the goal. Below are some of the most recent published titles.

New Books

Watching the Perseids: The Backwaters Press Twentieth Anniversary Anthology

Editors: Michael Catherwood, Cat Dixon
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-935218-44-9
Published: February 1, 2017

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Watching the Perseids: The Backwaters Press Twentieth Anniversary Anthology features poems from BWP’s authors from the past 20 years. This anthology commemorates The Backwaters Press’s 20 years as a nonprofit literary publisher located in Omaha, Nebraska. Virtually every poet published by the press in its first two decades is represented here with two new, previously unpublished poems selected specifically for this volume.

Praise for Watching the Perseids: The Backwaters Press Twentieth Anniversary Anthology

” This anthology is written by an eclectic group of seekers, who search through the mornings when all is fresh and bright and new and beautiful, to the darknesses of loss and despair, and find many occasions between those poles to recognize and celebrate the bright moments to which they are often treated as they search, and to come to some understanding or acceptance of their losses and griefs.”

— Greg Kosmicki, Founding Editor of The Backwaters Press

Train of Singularity South from Midtown

Author: John J. Ronan
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN: 1935218425
Published: January, 2017

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The Transit of Venus

Author: Susan Firer
Format: Paperback, 102 pages
ISBN: 1-935218-41-7
Published: October, 2016

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Critical Praise for Susan Firer’s The Transit of  Venus

“Though the speaker in these poems walks ‘loud with / ghosts,’ when a cicada lands on her shoulder she leaves it there, a ‘strange-dark-winged-lopsided epaulet.’ This kind of deft transformation of perspective and celebratory instinct is Firer’s great gift. These poems are bright with the light of both loss and love and marvelously attentive to the offerings of the world, noticing both ‘the insistent sounds of pears through plate glass’ and a ‘Burger King crown / blowing down the empty early / morning’s snowy street.’”

—Matthea Harvey


Author: Kim Garcia
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN: 978-1935218401
Published: September  2016

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Critical Praise for DRONE

“This is a necessary book of meditation, of prayer. Kim Garcia moves through innumerable facets of our American lives in order to understand what has happened to her soul in a time of drones. For drones are what hover around every poem here. Silently and unseen. When we tend our gardens, work our jobs, lawns, fields, when we dream or listen to our children or say our prayers alone or in church. The drones are never ‘somewhere else.’”

—Fady Joudah

I Have Nothing to Say about Fire

I have nothing to say about fireAuthor: Marjorie Saiser
Format: Paperback, 83 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935-21839-5
Published: May, 2016

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This new collection by Nebraska poet Marjorie Saiser explores the notion of witnessing. Particularly in our technological age, when we have access to international news as it happens, the question comes up: what responsibility do individuals—including those living in relatively quiet middle America—have in regard to world events? The poems in I Have Nothing to Say about Fire reference autobiographical elements: marriage, children, parents, in-laws, etc., but they also reference global tragedy: war, terrorism, genocide. As we experience our own personal losses and triumphs, what relationships should we strive for with family, friends, neighbors, and the strangers around us, particularly as their narratives push them forward into our and/or the public’s consciousness? In this book, Marjorie Saiser explores these essential questions and offers potential answers that may help all of us.

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