Saturnalia Annual Contest is Here!

Since AWP, we have kicked off our annual Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize! This year, our judge, Ross Gay, will be reading through the best that Saturnalia has to offer. All of our guidelines and our Submittable link can be found here. Winners receive $2,000 and publication by Saturnalia Books. We look forward to receiving your submission!

We have some extremely exciting news regarding our annual reading, our latest Saturnalia Poetry Prize winner, and our NEWLY RELEASED BOOKS! Make sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on everything Saturnalia Books is doing!


NEW Saturnalia Books Out NOW!


Our latest books, Telepathologies by Cortney Lamar CharlestonThe True Book for Animal Homes by Allison Titus, and Sweet Insurgent by Elyse Fenton are ALL OUT NOW! Get your hands on them today!


Cortney Lamar Charleston: Breakout Poet 


Since winning the 2016 Saturalia Books Poetry Prize, Cortney has seen great success with his bookTelepathologies. He has been featured on the cover of POETRY and just received a fellowship from the New Jersey Council of Arts. While he continues to receive recognition for his poetry, he has not gotten comfortable– he has begun work on his newest manuscript.


Annual Saturnalia Poetry Reading in Philadelphia


Saturnalia Books hosts its annual poetry reading. Join us this year at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, April 6th from 6pm to 8pm!
This years poets include: Saturnalia poets Cortney Lamar Charleston (Telepathologies), Allison Titus (The True Book of Animal Homes) and Stephanie Rogers (Plucking the Stinger). Fritz Ward will also be reading (author of Tsunami Diorama). We look forward to seeing you there!

Get Ready for the Annual Saturnalia Poetry Reading

Saturnalia Books is excited to announce to host its annual poetry reading at the Philadelphia Art Alliance! This year’s program includes Cortney Lamar Charleston, Cave Canem fellow and winner of the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize selected by DA Powell for Telepathologies. In Cortney’s own words: “Telepathologies is an uncompromising exploration of the violences surrounding the singular and collective black body, and consequently, is an excavation intent on finding the soul of a nation, our nation, that has yet to come to terms with its bloody past and present.” His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Beloit Poetry JournalGulf CoastHayden’s Ferry ReviewThe Iowa Review, The JournalNew England Review, Pleiades, River Styx, Spillway, TriQuarterly and elsewhere.

Also reading will be Allison Titus, author of the poetry collections, The True Book of Animal Homes (Saturnalia Books, 2017), Sum of Every Lost Ship, and a novel, The Arsonist’s Song Has Nothing to Do with Fire. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Tin House, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. In 2011 she was the recipient of a fellowship from the NEA. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is at work on a book of poems about tears and the history of crying.

The other two poets reading this year include Stephanie Rogers and Fritz Ward, recipient of the Cecil Hemley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Stephanie Rogers is the author of Plucking the Stinger (Saturnalia Books, 2016), and her poems have appeared in journals such as Pleaides, Ploughshares, Southern Review, New Ohio Review, and Third Coast, among others. Three of her poems were selected for inclusion in the emerging writers anthology Best New Poets (2013, 2009, 2006.) Last but not least, Fritz Ward is the author of Tsunami Diorama and his poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets, Blackbird, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere.

The event will be held at the Philadelphia Art Alliance (251 S 18th Street) on THURSDAY, APRIL 6TH from 6PM TO 8PM and NO ADMISSION FEE is required.

Feel free to reach out to us on our Facebook page (Saturnalia Books) or on Twitter (@SaturnaliaBooks) with any questions regarding our reading! We look forward to seeing you there!



Philadelphia Art Alliance

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Author Pages/Book Links:

Cortney Lamar Charleston, Telepathologies

Stephanie Rogers, Plucking the Stinger

Allison Titus, The True Books of Animal Homes

Fritz Ward, Tsunami Diorama