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Detroit, Michigan 48223
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DREAMIST by Curtis L. Crisler
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High School Teachers, Librarians & Youth Leaders--Bulk Discounts Available
The flagship book for the new Jordan's Rainbow YA Division.
A mixed-genre novel about a brilliant young man trying to embrace his future. 

Our Price: $12.00

S & H: $3.50





w/Derrick Harriell and Curtis L. Crisler
Live Jazz w/Ron English Trio
Friday, August 5
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Virgil Carr Cultural Center
311 E. Grand River
Detroit, MI  48226
(313) 965-8430
For more info: (877) 979-3639


Derrick Harriell
Derrick Harriell, author of Cotton

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Curtis L. Crisler
Curtis L. Crisler, author of Dreamist
Cotton is a critically-acclaimed blues poetry collection. "The legacy of the dominance of King Cotton in the lives of 19th century African Americans migrates with one family from the South to the modern Midwest in a rich mural of poems by Wisconsin poet Derrick Harriell."


Dreamist is the new mixed genre novel by Curtis L. Crisler, Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Crisler is a recent Pushcart nominee and past winner of the Eric Hoffer Award.



Other upcoming readings for 2011 at the Virgil Carr:


Saturday, October 8--Aaron Dworkin, Founder of Sphinx Organization
4-6 p.m.

Midwest Writing Contest Open Thru 8/1



Best Midwest Writing 2012 

Aquarius Press announces its 2012 Bright Harvest Prize, open to all writers in the Midwest (or with ties to the Midwest). Award consists of cash prizes and publication in an anthology distributed nationally, including to select agents. One grand prize for Poetry ($250) and one grand prize for Prose ($250). Honorable mentions and notables published along with grand prize winners in anthology; all selected entrants will receive one copy of anthology. Anthology publication date in late fall 2011.


Theme is open, but no erotica or urban.



 Entry requirements: 

·         Cover sheet with name, address, phone, email, category entered and brief bio with statement on entrant's Midwest connection

·         Poetry--up to 3 poems per entry, 40-line limit per poem

·         Prose--up to 3,000 words; excerpts from longer works accepted, but indicate on cover sheet

·         Manuscript double-spaced (single-spaced for poetry is allowed) with single space between punctuation and .3" tabs/indents.

·         Entry fee(s) enclosed with manuscript or paid online


Entry fees are $20 per entry for Poetry, $20 per entry for Prose. Entry fees are nonrefundable. No previously published or simultaneous submissions, no email submissions. No limit on submissions, but each entry must have a cover sheet and fee enclosed (or transmitted online via PayPal or Aquarius Press Storefront). Methods of payment accepted: PayPal (to Aquarius Press), our Storefront, or check/money order payable to Aquarius Press ($25 fee on returned checks). No entries will be returned, so do not send originals. Enclose SASE postcard for confirmation of receipt of manuscript; enclose a #10 SASE for notification of winners.


All judges' decisions are final. Judges reserve the right to not select a winner in either or both categories. Works selected for the anthology must be provided in Word or RTF formats via email before publication. Entrants authorize Aquarius Press to use his/her entry in promotional content as needed and to make light edits as necessary for publication. Entrants may withdraw entries from consideration at any point before the contest end date but request must be made in writing.


Winners will be announced in September 2011.


Postmark deadline is August 1, 2011. Send four (4) copies of entry, along with $20 fee to:

Aquarius Press

PO Box 23096

Detroit, MI  48223

Attn: Bright Harvest Prize





bright harvest  prize The Judges
Desiree Cooper
John Jeffire
Nadia Ibrashi
Curtis L. Crisler 

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