Happy New Year! Here are Some Highlights from 2022—and What’s Next!



Here are a few highlights from our 2022 publishing season—and a few hints as to our plans for the coming months!

DECEMBER 2021

On December 28, 2021, the Sangria Summit Society awarded Lisa Stice a “Poetry of Modern Conflict Award” for her third poetry collection FORCES, published by Middle West Press earlier that year. The Sangria Summit Society is a literary non-profit administered by brothers Jim and William Burns.

JANUARY 2022

Randy Brown’s chapbook of experimental poetry, So Frag & So Bold, was reviewed by war poet Bill McCloud at the VVA Books website here at link.


MARCH 2022

The Sangria Summit Society awarded Eric Chandler a “Poetry of Modern Conflict Award” for his debut poetry collection Hugging This Rock, published by Middle West Press in 2017.

MAY 2022

Lisa Stice was a featured poet at the Gaithersburg (Maryland) Book Festival!

JULY 2022

The Sangria Summit Society awarded Randy Brown a “Poetry of Modern Conflict Award” for his debut poetry collection, Welcome to FOB Haiku, published by Middle West Press in 2015.

Randy Brown’s chapbook So Frag & So Bold was reviewed by war writer Andria Williams at the Strategy Bridge journal, here at link.

Lisa Stice's FORCES was reviewed by war poet Kate Gaskin at the Strategy Bridge journal, here at link!

AUGUST 2022

On August 4—the birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard—Middle West Press published Benjamin White’s Always Ready: Poems from a Life the U.S. Coast Guard!

Lisa Stice's FORCES was reviewed by Gregory Luce at the Style4 website, here at link!

SEPTEMBER 2022

Middle West Press published Ron Riekki’s poetry collection Blood / Not Blood Then the Gates!

NOVEMBER 2022

In November 2022, Middle West Press published Ben Weakley’s HEAT + PRESSURE: Poems from War!

DECEMBER 2022

Poet Ben Weakley was featured in an interview on the USA Cares podcast here at link!

Lisa Stice’s FORCES was reviewed by Caroline F. M. Hampshire at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s War, Literature & the Arts Journal (WLA) here at link!

WHAT’S NEXT?

With an eye toward our 2023-2024 publishing season, we’re re-opening for submissions of poetry manuscripts by a single-author! (Window closes Mar. 4, 2023.) Content should be centered or adjacent to experiences with the military. More details/guidelines here at link.

We’re also exploring a potential new anthology of military-themed poetry and flash-fiction/non-fiction. Stay tuned!

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