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.

2015 Winner


by Jenifer Browne Lawrence

Winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize

Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Coast, Grayling moves through the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough country of her upbringing. The poet writes back into her circle a father who was both threat and savior, a sister who died too young, and herself as mother. Fish, plant life, the specific NW coastal landscape, memory, and experience weave together as Grayling straddles the faultline between past and present. Dorianne Laux calls the voice, “musical, magical, and skeptical.” The poems are short, and ask to be read slowly.

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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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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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