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Prospectus is proud to announce a new event series for emerging writers. Being selected for the series gets your debut book of poetry (both chapbooks and full-length collections welcome), short story collection, or novel reviewed in our print issue, an interview on The Prospectus Blog, and a Zoom reading hosted by us. Plus, your information will stay permanently on this page to help promote your work. Prospectus exists to help new voices be heard, and we thought this would be a great opportunity to do so.

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Stacey Lawrence, Emerging Author

A young widow and breast cancer survivor, Stacey Lawrence is a veteran teacher of poetry and creative writing at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in The Comstock Review, Eunoia Review, and Flora Fiction, among others. In 2019 and 2021 she was short-listed for the FISH Poetry prize judged by Billy Collins. She is an avid hiker in the Catskill Mountains, where she has a writing cabin. Her first book, Fall Risk, has received advanced praise and is now available from Finishing Line Press and Amazon.

Stacey Lawrence

Stacey Lawrence’s brand new debut poetry collection from Finishing Line Press, Fall Risk, is a gutsy rendition of a relationship—and a life—torn apart by tragedy.

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“It's so seldom a book of poems can contain both love poems and acceptance of grief. Take Stacey’s poems to a couch, curl under your great-grandmother's quilt, and understand love and loss are one.” —Nikki Giovanni

“Stacey Lawrence’s first collection of poems renders, in beautiful and precise language, a testament to the human capacity for endurance and survival. At times intimate, at times cinematic, these are moving pieces marked by the poet’s ability to capture us with fresh and brilliant detail, as in ‘Therapy,’ where we encounter ‘a large lone goldfish/orange like an/American president’ or in ‘Christmas in England,’ where ‘silverware glints like dinoflagellates/in a dark lagoon.’ A work of great intimacy and individuality.” —Catherine Doty

See our review of Fall Risk in Issue 5 of Prospectus, due out December 21, 2021.

Read Lynda Scott Araya’s interview with Stacey Lawrence on The Prospectus Blog.

Come join us for a reading and Q&A with Stacey Lawrence followed by an open mic on Friday, September 24, 2021. Tickets will be free via Eventbrite, and you also can purchase Fall Risk and Issues of Prospectus as add-ons. Touch/click here for more information.

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