TRP September Roundup

September Releases

Where Are the Snows, by Kathleen Rooney

Ebook Releases

Enter Water, Swimmer, by Mary Morris

Fluffing the Concrete, by Mack Dryden

The Death of Bonnie and Clyde, by Michael Gills

Down & Dirty, by George Drew

The Waiting Girl, by Erin Ganaway

Pictures of the Shark, by Thomas McNeely


The X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize: Closed for Submissions

Thank you to everyone who submitted their poetry collections to the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. The 2022 winner will be announced in the next few months and published fall 2023.

The George Garrett Fiction Prize: Closed for Submissions

Thank you to everyone who submitted their manuscripts to the George Garrett Fiction Prize. The 2022 winner will be announced in the next few months and published fall 2023.


David Armand to receive 23rd Louisiana Writer Award.

David Armand has published four books with Texas Review Press. The Lord’s Acre (20202), My Mother’s House (2016), Harlow (2013), and The Pugilist’s Wife (2011).

“It is wonderful that this annual award gives us the opportunity to spotlight a Louisiana author from the wealth of talented writers throughout our great state. Through his novels set in Louisiana, his revelatory poetry, and a memoir that demonstrates his perseverance in overcoming and rising above obstacles to become the accomplished writer he has become, David and his work represent so much about the indomitable Louisiana spirit with which we all can identify.”

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

Whatever Happened to Black Boys, by James Jabar and Permutations of a Self, by Thomas V. Nguyen longlisted for the first Perennial Press Chapbook Awards.


Where Are the Snows, by Kathleen Rooney, went on a book tour throughout the month of September to celebrate her debut collection through her home city of Chicago. Her book was reviewed in Brooklyn Rail Review.

“Such sophisticated moves, pivots on a dime, are integral to the book’s special spell…”

John Domini, Brooklyn Rain Review

Interviews and More

Marisa Tirado, author of Selena Didn’t Know Spanish Either:

  • Featured on CLMP’s 2022 National Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List.

Caridad Moro-Gronlier, author of Tortillera:

  • Featured on CLMP’s 2022 National Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List.

Tim Jones-Yelvington, author of Don’t Make Me Do Something We’ll Both Regret:

“In this episode, Tim Jones-Yelvington (Don’t Make Me Do Something We’ll Both Regret) talks to us about their new book, writing about sex, working toward accessing a more traditional narrative form, their work in social movement contribution, the influence of pop culture, their favorite camp authors, and more!”

Alex Higley and Lindsay Hunter, I’m a Writer But…

Jenny Shank, author of Mixed Company:

We are all forced to work within limitations. We have limited time, limited money, and limits on our own creative capacities. But that doesn’t mean we should give up in frustration.

Jenny Shank, The Tumbleweed

I hope the stories in Mixed Company will entertain readers, make them laugh, make them embarrassed for the awkwardness of the characters, and encourage them to reach out and try to get to know someone who has a different perspective.

Jenny Shank, Highlighting Denver Authors

Thomas H. McNeely, author of Pictures of the Shark:

  • In discussion with Chelsea Bieker and K-Ming Chang on the art of writing short stories. A Writers’ League of Texas event; moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.
  • An excerpt of “No One’s Trash” from Pictures of the Shark published in Bloom.
  • Interviewed by Scott Semegran in Austin Liti Limits.

Kathleen Rooney, author of Where Are the Snows:

“To cease to hope would mean to cease trying to bring this better, more just and equitable and safe and harmonious world into existence. Hope is the most beautiful product of the human imagination, as beautiful as any poem or song. So when I dedicate the book to the future, I mean it with hope.”

Kathleen Rooney, Chicago Review of Books

“As she tours us through the ages, Rooney seems to take on the role of a Dickensian Christmas ghost, pointing a knowing finger at the pains of the past—the greed, the disregard, the inequalities, the plagues—and calling attention to how those issues still remain.”

Carrie Muehle, TriQuarterly

“The elevator pitch for my latest poetry collection Where Are the Snows includes the fact that my goal was to make each line at least as goofy and determined to connect as a YouTube comment.”

Kathleen Rooney, Largehearted Boy

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