Emily, an anthology of Dickinson inspired works

Emily is a 40 page anthology in limited edition (125). The cover art is a composed from detail shots of two pieces of art (see below). The binding is sewn by hand with heavy thread. | $8.50

Emily is a special edition outside of the regular submission period & subscription. We asked for works inspired by Emily Dickinson’s life and letters, suggesting only broad themes. We’re enamored of the smart, savvy poet, the woman who lowered cookies from her window for neighborhood children, baked bread for neighbors, and coconut cake for friends, penned over 1,700 poems, shared so much of herself in letters, and maintained intimate correspondence with her brother’s wife, Suzie, from across the hedge for all of those years.

Included in this edition you’ll find works inspired sweet Emilie and found poetry pulled from bits of her lines & letters.

Very affectionately yours,

Sugared Water & Porkbelly Press


E. Kristin Anderson, Natasha Arora, Sarah Feldman, Laura Garrison, Karen George, Sonja Johanson, Sarah Nichols, Jeremy Pataky, Nicole Tong, Robin Turner, Loretta Diane Walker, Hilda Weaver, & Laura Madeline Wiseman.


Cover Art: Front: detail, “One Need Not Be a Chamber to Be Haunted” (monotype + mixed media on wood, 10¼ x 17 inches). Back: detail, “Open Me Carefully” (5 ¼ x 8 x 1½ inches, assemblage with found objects + mini spikes).

Cover artist: Nicci Mechler | damnredshoes.wordpress.com

Nicci Mechler is a Cincinnati artist. Her work has appeared in several mags. She edits Sugared Water and lives with a cadre of rescue animals and delightful people specializing in troublemaking & joy.


Laura Madeline Wiseman reading “With Death at the Funeral Home” from Wake, also one of her 2 poems in Emily. | youtube

(Bonus) Artwork:

Below: a little piece of art by Nicole Tong, which we really quite like as a companion to this antho. (Nicole submitted this as part of her packet, but didn’t have a file large enough as to be printable, so we’ve decided to feature it here instead!)

Chapbook Reading Period Extended!

Submission Limit Reached

Since we’ve capped out on fee-free submissions this month over at Submittable, we’re going to extend our chapbook reading period into February.

We’re still able to take chapbooks with a purchase or chapbooks with a tip jar donation.

Submission Deadline Extended: First 2 Weeks in February

Please check back February 1, 2015 – Feb 14, 2015 to submit your manuscript.


Tiny House, Melanie Faith

Melanie Faith’s Tiny House is a micro chap of linked poems following the fictional narrative of a woman exploring tiny house ownership. Faith draws from her ancestral architectural experience (her family is full of builders and stone masons), to explore the idea of downsizing, stepping off the grid, and embracing the miniscule. We are charmed by this micro chap of sweet little poems. | open edition cover, $6

An excerpt from “It Is Advised:”

What makes a house a house
is light
altering inhabitant and interior

What makes a house a house
is a bed
built-in or pedestal or fold-down.

What makes a house a house
is the eye
recognizing a pitched roof as home.

Open Edition Inkjet Cover

The cover image (“Little Orange House & a Red Door” by Nicci Mechler) is printed on Epson premium matte professional paper. The micro chapbooks is handbound & each is trimmed by hand. As they are handmade, no two are exactly alike.

About the Poet

Melanie Faith holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, NC. Her writing has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. She is, among many things, an auntie, a tutor at a college prep school in Pennsylvania, and a freelance creative writing instructor. Her flash fiction, “The Slades,” placed honorable mention in the 2014 Bevel Summers Prize for the Short Short Story and was published in Shenandoah (Washington and Lee University). Her WWII-era poetry collection, Catching the Send-off Train, was published as the summer 2013 selection at Wordrunner eChapbooks. Her poetry chapbook, To Waken is to Begin, was published by Aldrich Press in September 2012. In addition to numerous photography publications, her instructional articles about creative writing techniques have appeared in The Writer and Writers’ Journal, among others. Her poems are forthcoming in The Hartskill Review.


Available via Wicked Little Heart at Etsy.

Reviews: Midnight Blue (Gabb) & Threnody (Wiseman)

A lovely review for Midnight Blue (Vanessa Jimenez Gabb) via Natalie Eilbert:

Here capitulation and recapitulation of love and nothing breaks my goddamn heart. What are we here for, what are we supposed to do with the mounting selves of our reflection, the mounting selves of our sorrow, the mounting selves of our nothing loves and our lovely nothings. What are we supposed to do with the mothers we were and the children we never had and the small wonder of elsewhere: “I fried them barefoot like a mother / Even though I am no mother / I was one once for eight weeks / Then we were in Belize.”

Throughout this tiny book is a power and beauty rare in its form. | full review

And one for Threnody (Laura Madeline Wiseman) via Blot Lit Reviews at Blotterature:

By complicating the subject of the female experience the reader is able to see it more clearly.  Female death is a tool used for understanding some of the darker parts of life and its place in our psyche. In just a few words, Wiseman perfectly encapsulates some of the most complicated emotions, ranging from the realization of unfair social expectations to reactions to gender violence.

The pieces are arduous and emotional. In just a few words, Wiseman captures the often conflicted emotions of human experience with knife-edged honesty. | full review

Midnight Blue, Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Midnight Blue is a series of poems that exist in a place that feels very much in transit, as if the speaker in each poem is moving, always reaching for something under a shade of blue. Sometimes it’s the wash of a tropical sky, sometimes the black-blue of the night from an airplane window. Always the girl (or the I) is in the landscape, sometimes eating pancakes, sometimes washed with rain, leaving behind little sips of blood in the bellies of mosquitos in Belize. There’s always a little sense of the body, a hint of satiation followed almost immediately by hunger, maybe with the lingering sense of jet lag, and it leaves you with the urge to just go somewhere, taste something exotic&sweet, look at the sky and come home again. | open edition | $6

An excerpt from “reasons we should buy this belize livingsocial escape:”

to be wet and spa colored

not spa colored
in the bougey sence
by this i mean the rains
will turn us to mud
and we will sinkhole
in cayo with everywhere flora
molten intruding

we ate conch
every time we were hungry
we ate until we dreamt
the meat and kept
and turned conch
shell and spire
our selves hot
as ceviche

Open Edition Inkjet Cover

The cover image (“after midnight” by Nicci Mechler) is printed on Epson premium matte professional paper. The micro chapbook is handbound & each is trimmed by hand. As they are handmade, no two are exactly alike.

About the Poet

Vanessa is the author of Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014) and the co-founder of Five Quarterly.

Chapbook Submissions NOW OPEN! (January 1-31)

Bring on the chapbooks! https://belly.submittable.com/submit

12-28 pages, all genres considered. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please see our full guidelines!

Each book will be produced in open edition with artwork solicited or designed in-house. All chaps are bound by hand.

Porkbelly Press is a feminist press open to work by all. We’re queer-friendly, and encourage works from authors&poets all along the identity spectrum.

Epistolary, the Art of Letters (Anthology)

Epistolary is a 60 page anthology in limited edition (125). The cover art is a collage of gouache, tissue, ink, and paper. The binding is sewn by hand with heavy thread. | $9

the special edition anthology: a sweet treat

Epistolary is a special edition outside of the regular submission period & subscription. We asked for the “intimate and specific, letters full of evocative language, short, funny notes, or passionate remembrances,” fictional or poetic, unsent or scrawled on a postcard, inspired by a submission to Sugared Water that we just couldn’t refuse (see: “Morocco Mon Amour”).

Some of the snippets you’ll read are true, some invented, but all are intended for some kind of audience. It’s a little bit like sneaking a look inside someone’s journal, or wandering through a garden of secrets.

The art of letter writing is one that’s fallen out of fashion, and it’s with a nod to just this sort of archaic (or nostalgic!) practice that we bind by hand and produce our magazine in limited edition. We adore the physicality of a book you can hold in your hands, hand to a stranger, or gift to a loved one. We want you to secret us away or post us across an ocean—carry us. This edition is our fond epistle to you, dear reader.


Sugared Water
& Porkbelly Press


Lori Brack, Marilyn Cavicchia, Emily Rose Cole, Kelly DuMar, Ruth Foley, Karen George, Mary Hammerbeck, Barbara Harroun, Joy KMT, Ross Losapio, Fayroze Lutta, Sarah McCartt-Jackson, Meredith McDonough, Lisa Megraw, P. Andrew Miller, Joe Nicholas, Julia Park Tracey (& Doris), Jonathan Travelstead, & Meg Tuite.