6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Free shipping starts the end of November, 2023
Crowdfunding Goal: $5,000
Funds Raised: $5,590.00
Please join us in promoting and supporting this anthology to showcase ten outstanding achievements in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from established and emerging voices around the Piscataqua region.
Choose your reward from the column on the left below and donate generously! To send books to more than one address, please make separate individual donations.
All Backers and Patrons of the project are listed at the bottom of this page unless they wish to remain anonymous. In addition, Patrons of the project have their name printed on the last page of the book unless they too wish to remain anonymous.
Crowdfunding Deadline: Midnight Sunday, November 5, 2023
Support Regional Writers
Support Local Writers!
Ten Piscataqua Writers 2024 is a way for the regional arts community to regularly discover, explore, and celebrate the outstanding writers we have among us. We intend to publish this anthology of regional writing on a biennual basis. It’s not an anthology of just short stories, just essays, or just poetry, our goal is to present an eclectic mix of ten established and emerging writers working in the region. These are writers we think you should know about.
• A regular arts platform for writers. Our Call for Entries and selection process proved what we knew already, that our region is blessed with incredible writing talent working in all kinds of literary forms. Most folks who belong to that community become aware of each other through local writers’ groups, readings, book signing events, and hoots. But what’s really missing is a way for everyone to discover these talents in a printed paperback that can be shared and/or gifted. Book publishing is in a state of upheaval, but that upheaval offers new opportunities and business models. Our model is to build on community at all levels, not just folks who want back a good read for $20, but for those who can recognize and support an excellent idea for the writing community.
• Community building. Our books recognize a larger arts community than any individual city or town, celebrating the arts community of a larger region—the Piscataqua River watershed straddling the southern NH &ME border and all the tributaries that feed into it. We feel strongly that the more a community is aware of and supports its local genius, the more grounded and sustainable that community becomes. Members of the writing community have come together in this book in various ways: the writers who’ve offered us their visions; creative professionals who invested their time and talent to produce and market the book, readers who back us when collecting or gifting copies, and art patrons (businesses, organizations, and individuals) who support the effort with generous donations because they recognize the larger community benefits.
• Supporting local writers! Every dollar we can raise beyond our crowdfunding target (breakeven) to get the book on press starts putting money directly into the pockets of not only the ten contributing writers, but the creative professionals who have also invested their time and talents to produce and market the book. A traditional publisher would never undertake and anthology like this, the market is simply too small. The only way it can happen is through collaboration, where everyone gambles we’ll find enough support from a community of Backers and Patrons.
• An ongoing series. The paperback anthology of regional writers builds on our success with our two Studio to Coffee Table Books showcasing local visual artists, Ten Piscataqua Photographers, and Ten Piscataqua Painters, and the first entry in our Paperback Writer series, Ten Piscataqua Writers 2022. Once the 2024 volume is Published in November, we’ll be announcing the “Call for Entries” for the 2026 anthology.
• An educational tool. This book opens a window into the worlds of ten different storytellers. It teaches what regional writers are up to. It teaches that good writing is not just about decoration, good writing has things to say. These writers have things to tell us. A book in your hand is such an intimate way to take the time to explore, see, and listen to what they’re saying.
• An historical document. The Piscataqua region has a rich history of writers, and Ten Piscataqua Writers 2024 presents a snapshot of what writers in the region are up to today.
The ten chapters of the book have all been written, selected, edited, designed, and paged. They have been proofed and are ready to go on press. What we need now is to raise the money with pre-orders from Backers—readers, booklovers, and gift-givers in the community, along with more donations from Patrons who play an important role in supporting efforts like ours that would never happen otherwise. Please consider pre-ordering your copy before the deadline with as large a donation as you feel is right for you.
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A Digital Copy of the Book (PDF)
• $10 or more donation.
First Edition Paperback
• 252 pages, color covers, trade paper
• $20 or more per copy donation
Gift Giver’s Six Pack
• Excellent stocking stuffers, share local genius w/ family or friends, employees, or other groups.
• $100 or more per Six Pack.
The 2024 Writers
Many thanks to all the terrific Piscataqua writers who answered our Call for Entries last summer by sending our editors 15–30 manuscript pages to consider for a chapter in our anthology. We regret we could not include everyone. The ten writers below were chosen not only for outstanding work, but also to represent a wide diversity of style, subject matter, media, and geography. For example, our 3 chapters of fiction in this year’s anthology contain a full-length short story, an excerpt from a novel, and a collection of 3 short short stories. You’ll find no two chapters in the anthology are alike. We do not assert these are the best ten writers in the region, rather we think these are ten diverse and outstanding writers the community should know about. We will be holding readings and book signings all around the region in the year following publication so the community will have opportunities to meet and hear these prodigious talents (and get your copy signed as well!).
Kittery Point, ME
Ann Joslin Williams
This truly is an amazing anthology. I really appreciate how you give each of the writers adequate space. Most anthologies just give a small bite of the work. Thank you!
—Bill Schultz, founder & editor of Hole In The Head Review
The river-centered Piscataqua region of coastal Maine and New Hampshire has inspired writers for generations. Immerse yourself in this wide-ranging anthology to connect with ten gifted wordsmiths.
—John Breneman, writer & editor, Portsmouth and York
It’s not often that a reader is given the opportunity to experience the sweep of a writer’s oeuvre, culled from her published work,in such a carefully curated gallery of poems, each one engaged in conversation with the others. Mimi White, our docent, invites us to see her world “looking out and in,” however thorny the themes. She asks us to “Assume nothing: illness, safety, spring, / and begin with wonder . . .” And at the heart, every poem in this collection is wonder-full.
—Marie Harris, author of Desire Lines (Hobblebush Books)
What a treat to dive into this Whitman’s Sampler of reading selections: sweet poetry, dark mystery, the crunch of memoir—all in one place, tinged with the region’s particular beauty. You will delight in wondering what to choose next!
—Jean Anne Feldeisen, author of Not All Are Weeping
Hope is an oak full of crows in a clearing of caws, a shag on a rock, a duck on a bay. These Foerster poems thrive on a chorus of birds, on a shimmer of words, on a flash of sheer insight from his canopy of song. Reader, as you wander this dusk for sustenance, savor these lines: the breadth of their wings.
—John Perrault, author of Season of Shagginess, North Hampton
The Piscataqua region is brimming with terrific writers, and this anthology collects ten of the best. What a treasure of talent awaits the reader in these pages.
—Grace Mattern, artist & writer, Northwood
Bob & Karen Graham
J. Dennis Robinson
Ron Bourgeault & Jim Horan