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  • Eyewear acquires new essay collection by Gwen Goodkin

    Eyewear Publishing is pleased to announce the acquisition of Mass for the Shut Ins, a new essay collection by American writer Gwen Goodkin. Mass for the Shut Ins takes readers through the difficult terrain of loss and grief in the absence of faith. Through essays written by the author, letters written by her father and a letter they wrote together decades ago, Goodkin discovers the magic of life that connects us all.

    Goodkin lives in Encinitas, California. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Her essays and stories have been published by The Dublin Review, Fiction, Witness, The Carolina Quarterly, Atticus Review, jmww, Exposition Review, The Rumpus, Reed Magazine and others. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won the Folio Editor's Prize as well as the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. Goodkin writes for the screen and stage and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her website is:

    Goodkin’s manuscript was a finalist for this year’s Beverly Prize. Eyewear will release Mass for the Shut Ins in early 2019.


    David Hale is the winner of the 2018 Beverly Prize, organized by Eyewear Publishing and open to outstanding works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry or criticism, from authors writing in English based anywhere in the world. His collection of poetry, Dancing Under A Bloodless Moon, selected by distinguished Canadian critic and poet, Dr Bruce Meyer, will be published by Eyewear next year. The prize also comes with a £500 advance.

    David Hale (pictured) was born in Scotland, and currently lives in Gloucestershire, where he passes the time by teaching, setting type, looking after horses and making things. He has two pamphlets out, one from Happenstance and another from Templar. This will be his debut collection.

    The judge said of this work: "This is a superb collection of impeccably crafted poems. Hale writes of a world of journeys, mysteriously death-like train travel, in haunting lines that are both melodic and powerfully concrete. I don't think there is a bad line in the entire book. I don't think there is a bad poem in the entire book.

    This is a classic collection that draws the reader in, and that leaves a ghostly and almost ethereal afterglow not only with each poem but with the collection as a whole. This is a book worthy of the Beverly Prize. It is a work of high distinction and incredible artistry."

    The Runner-Up is Yusuf DeLorenzo for his mystery novel set in Algiers. He worked and studied abroad for 25 years in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. On returning to Fez, Morocco, the last functional medieval city in the world, he began thinking of North Africa as the ideal setting for a sleuth in the midst of the Barbary Pirates. He is presently at work on the seventh book in the series, the first of which placed second in the Royal Palms Literary Awards of the Florida Writers Association.

    The Beverly Prize is unusual for its range and scope, and its large shortlists - this year the winner competed against 17 other shortlisted authors from around the world to win. Last year's winner, Sohini Basak, lives in India, and will be in London on July 5th to launch her debut, at the London Review Bookshop. 

    The prize is named after Beverly Swift, a Quebec-born lawyer and academic, whose passion for books, sense of humour, and compassion for animals, was widely known. She died of cancer over a decade ago and this prize memorialises her.


    EYWEAR PUBLISHING believes it is vital to keep the progressive, and creative, lines of artistic communication (and publication) open between the UK and the USA, especially at times like these.

    AS SUCH we are thrilled to be able to today announce that this year's FINAL JUDGE for the prestigious SEXTON PRIZE for an American poetry manuscript is KIMIKO HAHN.

    Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections inspired by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (WWN, 2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; Earshot (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. Hahn takes pleasure in the challenges of collaboration, most recently with Lauren Henkin’s photographic series. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.

    photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan