Perugia Press
Celebrating poetry by women since 1997


Perugia Press publishes one collection of poetry each year, by a woman at the beginning of her publishing career. Our mission is to produce beautiful books that interest long-time readers of poetry and welcome those new to poetry. We also aim to celebrate and promote poetry whenever we can.

All Perugia poets are available for readings. Please contact the press to schedule an event.

2014 Winner

Sweet Husk

Sweet Husk
By Corrie Williamson

Winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize

In Sweet Husk, poetry and archaeology reflect one another: what is buried provides insight into—and deepens the mystery of—the ways we engage with the world. Full of matter, of things that matter—artifacts and animals—the poems build elegantly on pattern, series, and echoes that focus on making/remaking from what is broken, dead, or unsung. We see how our lives are dwarfed by our place in the vast landscape of topography and time. Gregory Orr says, “With a deft ear and a sharp eye, Williamson probes the mysteries of this world and they sing under her scrutiny.”

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2013 Winner

Begin Empty-Handed

Begin Empty-Handed
By Gail Martin

Winner of the 2013 Perugia Press Prize
Winner of the 2014 Housatonic Book Award in Poetry

The poems in Begin Empty-Handed ride the hinge between the life expected and the reality of life in process. When the mid-life speaker surrenders to hard truths—loss of parent, enduring marriage, daughters in trouble, for example—she’s a subject-changer, she digresses, pivoting between being empathetic and disengaged. The result is a paradoxical, believable stance with a witty and ironic tone. Laura Kasischke calls the poems, “precise and crafted by the surest and most capable of hands.”

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Manuscript reviews

Pulling it All Together:
Preparing Your Poetry Manuscript for Publication

Personal Manuscript Reviews by Perugia Press Editor Susan Kan

“You put your finger on the pulse of the problem with this manuscript.”
— Rebecca Foust, November 2012

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