Mother Body

Diamond Forde

A Slow Green Sleep

Jonathan Weinert


Peter Shippy

Saturnalia Updates and News

Our spring books have arrived! Visit the Bookshop for Diamond Forde’s Mother Body and Jonathan Weinert’s A Slow Green Sleep and Peter Shippy’s Kaputniks.

We’re thrilled to announce that in our inaugural Malinda A. Markham Memorial Prize in Translation, we’ve selected two winners! 

  • Tribar | Written by Andra Rotaru and translated from Romanian by Anca Roncea
  • Late to the House of Words: Selected Poems of Gemma Gorga | Written by Gemma Gorga and translated from Catalan by Sharon Dolin

We read so many amazing manuscripts and are so grateful to everyone who shared their work with us for our first-ever Translation Prize.  A special congratulations goes to our finalists: Krystyna Dąbrowska, translated by Mira Rosenthal, Antonia Lloyd-Jones, and Karen Kovacik; Amanda Berenguer, translated by Kristin Dykstra; and Maya Tevet Dayan, translated by Jane Medved.

Henry Israeli and Chris Salerno will be transitioning away from Saturnalia Books, and Timothy Liu and Sarah Wetzel will be taking on the roles of Editor-in-Chief and Editor-at-Large respectively. We are so excited for Henry and Chris’s new adventures and thank them more than words can explain for their time with Saturnalia Books. Read the full announcement from Founder Henry Israeli.

For his 2019 collection Colonize Me, Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley has been awarded  the 2020 Library of Virginia Literary Award in Poetry!

We are ecstatic to announce the winners of our 2020 poetry contest!

  • Moncho Alvarado | Greyhound Americans |  Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Diane Seuss
  • Stella Wong | Spooks | Saturnalia Books Editors Prize

As always, we read countless amazing manuscripts and we are so grateful to everyone who trusted us with their work.  A special congratulations goes to our finalists: Laura Bylenok, Felicia Zamora, Melissa Studdard, Karyna McGlynn, Betsy Andrews, and Bruce Bond.

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