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wine for a shotgun receives another award

 EM Press poet Marty McConnell’s wine for a shotgun has won the Silver Medal for the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards for poetry.  The awards will be given out on May 29th at a ceremony in New York.  This is the 17th annual “IPPY” awards, see full results here.  Congratulations to Read More

EM Press Is Now On

EM PRESS LAUNCHES “THE SLAM POETS SERIES,” AVAILABLE AS AUDIO DOWNLOADS AT AUDIBLE.COM CHANNAHON, IL, April, 2013. EM Press today announced the launch of the Slam Poets Series in conjunction with Through the partnership, Audible will produce audio performances of EM Press poetry books. This important new series features Read More

Regie Gibson reflects on the Jack McCarthy Memorial

Em Press poet Regie Gibson attended Jack McCarthy’s Memorial service in Massachusetts last month and was kind enough to write a few words sharing his experience. Jack’s McCarthy’s Memorial By Regie Gibson February 10th, 2013   Jack McCarthy’s memorial was held at Follen church, a small Unitarian Universalist church located Read More

wine for a shotgun up for national book awards

We’re very proud to announce that poet Marty McConnell is a finalist for two book awards for her new release, wine for a shotgun.  McConnell is a finalist for this year’s Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, presented by the Publishing Triangle.  The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony Read More

Slam the Radio features Marty McConnell

Here’s a segment from our Slam the Radio show on SiriusXM Book Radio Channel 80 that features Marty McConnell.  The show is a live recording from Marty’s apperance at the 2012 Chicago Tribune Lit Fest.   Marty is backed by EM Press recording artist John Condron and the Benefit.  Marty Read More

Slam The Radio Tribute to Jack McCarthy

Slam The Radio is a weekly show that EM Press produces for SiriusXM Book Radio Channel 80.  We have been offering shows ranging from the Uptown Poetry Slam with Marc Smith at the Green Mill to poet specific showcases.  We recently released a show that was a tribute to Jack Read More

Good Days by Stephen Dobyns for Jack McCarthy, 1939-2013

When we were working on Jack McCarthy’s first book, ‘Say Goodnight Grace Notes: New and Corrected Poems’ (he lifted ‘corrected’ from his friend, poet Michael Brown) the excellent writer Stephen Dobyns wrote a blurb for the book: ‘Jack McCarthy is one of the wonders of contemporary poetry. He writes–and often Read More

A few words for our friend Jack McCarthy

It is difficult to speak about Jack McCarthy using only a few words.  There will never be enough words.  For now, Mark and I will keep it brief.  Our friendship with Jack goes back to 2001, when we first began a decade long conversation on poetry, family, life and death. Read More

wine for a shotgun book release

Marty McConnell hosted a fantastic night of poetry and music at the Funky Buddha Lounge in Chicago.  She was celebrating the release of her new book, wine for a shotgun.   The evening opened with several of Marty’s friends reading poetry, including the always energetic Emily Rose.  Then, John Condron Read More

Time for a Refresh…

As we approach our thirteenth year of publishing, we felt it was time to do some updating on our website.  Actually, it turned out to be a complete overhaul.  As a result, we think you will find the site easier to navigate, find more audio and video, and most importantly Read More