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Welcome to Broadstone Books, an independent publisher based in Frankfort,
Kentucky. While specializing in poetry, we publish works in a variety of genres.

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We're honored to share these links to interviews and articles featuring our press:

Broadstone Books was featured in a "Meet the Press" interview with Nin Andrews on the  
"Best American Poetry" website.
 Click here to read the interview.  Thanks, Nin!

Broadstone Books is the subject of an
extended review essay by Nettie Farris in Blue Lyra
Review. Thanks, Nettie!

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Poetry by
Richard Carr

"Fitzpatrick is an elaborate poetic shell game, the aim
of the search being the mystery and nature of art."
—George Looney

"I love this of Richard Carr’s work, that we are guided
through stories we already know, pushed gently down
the hall of a somehow shared humanity."
—Paula J. Lambert

Through the eyes of those who know him best—his
bartender, his drinking buddy, his wife—and through
his paintings, we are introduced (though never first
hand) to the title character, the artist Fitzpatrick.

Publication Date:  February 1, 2018
Paperback, 80 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-40-3
The Day You Miss Your Exit
Poetry by
Jacqueline Berger

"Everything has a place in Berger’s concise and
compelling narratives as she examines intersections of
memory and loss, exploring the infinite ways the
past shadows the present."
—Bruce Snider

"At turns wry, dark, funny, and hungry for meaning,
Berger’s poems give new voice to grief and aging at a
time when even the ways we remember are changing."
—Maria Hummel

In verse both wistful and wishful, Jacqueline Berger
writes of past and potential, of letting go and going on.

Publication Date:  February 1, 2018
Paperback, 70 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-39-7
Poems 2014 - 2017
Jonathan Greene

Jonathan Greene returns with his 37th book (!) in a
poetry career that now spans six decades. As his
long-time fans will know to expect, and new readers
will be delighted to discover, his deceptively simple
verses distill life to its essence. Greene's eye, and his
wit, miss nothing, and if his poems now naturally reflect
more on death and loss, he retains his wry humor and his
delight in little things. It's the knack of holding all of
these things in balance that keeps him, and us, afloat.

Publication Date:  March 1, 2018
Paperback, 88 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-41-0
Gists, Orts, Shards
A Commonplace Book
Enlarged & Revised
Jonathan Greene

"Greene's book is testimony to a mind ripened by a
lifetime of reading—but it's also a fascinating (and
sometimes startling) symposium open to all."
—Robert West

Jonathan Greene has always read with pen in hand,
recording all the best passages from the world's
literature.  This new edition in his series of
commonplace books collects his previous two volumes
and adds much new material that has come his way
since they were published. Aside from the delight of
reading this compendium for it's own sake, it offers
considerable insight into Greene's own work.

Publication Date:  March 1, 2018
Paperback, 176 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-42-7
Poems by
Vickie Cimprich

Contrary-wise is an elegiac meditation on what is past,
passing, and to come. Its voice is as clear and true as the
creek it names.”           —Joe Survant

Contrary, a creek flowing through the Appalachian back
country of Eastern Kentucky, is both a place and an
attitude in this new collection of poetry from Vickie
Cimprich. Several of the poems here relate the history of
Catholics in Eastern Kentucky, contributing to a broader
narrative of the region. As Cimprich's readers have come
to expect, her verse is informed by scholarship and
infused with deep affection for this land and its people.

Publication Date:  April 1, 2018
Paperback, 80 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-43-4
Hush Candy
A poetry chapbook by
Missy Brownson

“Exquisitely distilled, each of Brownson’s poems is a
strong shot, something to down quickly to feel that
delightful, dizzying rush.”
—Nickole Brown

Hush, Candy is a marvelous collection, full of fun, sass,
and splendid rebellion.”
—Kathleen Driskell

This accomplished first collection offers a wicked and
witty rejoinder to the domestic advice manuals of an
earlier age, from the perspective of a contemporary
woman navigating the changing and challenging terrain
of gender expectations and sexual politics and

Publication Date:  July 1, 2018
Paperback, 48 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-44-1
prison recipes
A poetry chapbook by
Jeremy Paden

“Jeremy Paden’s poems are a help to me as I work to
understand what it means to be fully human. While each
poem in
prison recipes underscores there’s nothing one
human won’t do to another, each poem also argues,
through glorious language, that we do have the capacity
to treat each other compassionately.”
        —Kathleen Driskel

These unflinching poems of documentary witness take us
into the lives of the prisoners of political oppression in
Argentina and Chile, describing the means by which both
bodies and souls are sustained in the face of brutality.

Publication Date:  June 1, 2018
Paperback, 40 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-47-2
Lucky Talk
26 Short Poems by
Jeff Worley

The poems are short in length but long on pleasure in
this new collection from award-winning poet Jeff
Worley.  From memories of his Kansas boyhood through
the perils of aging, he takes his readers along on a
random romp through life in between, leaving us the
lucky ones for sharing of his wit and words.

Publication Date:  July 1, 2018
Paperback, 42 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-49-6
No More Poems
Poetry by
F. Keith Wahle

“Keith Wahle, one of the widest and wildest imaginations
I have ever known, is a one-man argument for how much
we need poetry, the language of the imagination, now
more than ever.

— Terri Ford

In this book-length poem announcing the end of poetry,
and enumerating all of the subjects about which poems
will no longer be written, Wahle inventories much of our
culture, high and pop, and makes a compelling case for
why poetry matters, and might just save us.

Publication Date:  July 1, 2018
Paperback, 48 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-46-5
Reasons for the Long Tum
Poetry by
Sara Cahill Marron

“This is an American lyric of the body and mind—a truly
intelligent, unabashed celebration of words, letters and
our relationships to one another.”
—Alison Palmer

“These poems sing and dance and hit the floor and strike
the chord of beauty and even love, at the intervals in
which love appears in this world.”
—Katy Bohinc

In this dazzling, dizzying first collection, Marron leads
her readers into contemplation of art and love and sex
and death, through the office of a secular rosary, often
profane, always humane.

Publication Date:  August 1, 2018
Paperback, 80 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-45-8
The Bean Can:  A Book
A novella by
Steven R. Cope

“Emotionally raw and true to the bone, this novel won’t
leave you where it found you. The world of best friends
Agile and Hills is tragic, comic, shocking, and familiar
all at once.”
                  —George Ella Lyon

Part picaresque crime caper, part most unlikely Grail
quest, this is foremost a lyrical and loving evocation of
the land, the animals, and the people of East Kentucky.

Publication Date:  October 1, 2018
Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-48-9
Broadstone Books is proud to announce our 2018 nominations
for the Pushcart Prize:
Poems by
Lynn McGee

“This is a tactile poet, adept with syntax and slant rhyme,
scent and sound. Lynn McGee’s poems are precise,
incisive, and profound. Her subjects are on their way
somewhere else. You will want to linger, watching
alongside her
              —Pamela Davis

The literal tracks of the New York subway provides a
setting for meditation on the metaphorical tracks we
make through one another's lives, particularly on ones
left behind.

Publication Date:  February 1, 2019
Paperback, 64 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-50-2
if you're not happy now
An Anthology
Poems by
The Boston University
MFA Poetry Class of 2018

"This book offers a pleasing, authentic variety of poets
who share poetry’s happy, stringent disregard for
conventions and clichés: form as a truth-detector. I’m
grateful to know these poets and their work."
                  —Robert Pinsky, former US Poet Laureate

Eight exciting new poetic voices merge into a harmonious
chorus in this anthology, demonstrating that the future of
poetry is in good hands.

Publication Date:  March 1, 2019 (anticipated)
Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-53-3
Eden Incarnadine,or
The Authentic History of the
Terrible Harpes
A Narrative Poem by
Dan Howell

“Howell’s chilling excursion into a buckskin dystopia
explores the dark careers of 'two of the more purely evil
creatures ever to befoul this continent.' Howell
unrelentingly and artfully brings it all alive
                                                            —Richard Taylor

The true story of America's first serial killers comes
brilliantly, if gorily, to life in the style of an imagined
19th century narrator.

Publication Date:  February 15, 2019
Paperback, 56 pages
ISBN:  978-1-937968-51-9