AWP 2015

April 25, 2015

A few weekends ago, BatCat Press attended AWP for the sixth year in a row, but for the first year with students! Sarah and I, Olivia, represented the press in Minneapolis in an effort to spread our name and sell some books! I know I can speak for Sarah when I say that we had a great time being out in the writing/publishing community and proudly wearing our logo on our shirts!


Sarah behind the table early in the morning.

We got to talk to tons of different people, from aspiring authors, published writers, librarians looking to collect unique books, and even Matthew Mahaney (Your Attraction to Sharp Machines) and Kevin Haworth (Far Out All My Life)! We found ourselves eagerly explaining BatCat to absolutely anyone who walked by (including a very nice blogger who wrote an article about us!), handing out logo pins and little circle, spinning pamphlets with all of our information inside.


Sarah and I did so well with all our talking that we completely sold out of the copies of Surviving we brought with us, plus all the first editions of Poems in Which You Die and our 2013 Broadsides! For the two of us, writing “SOLD OUT” in red Sharpie and then putting out sketchbooks and Where Nothing Can Grow in the open spots was such an adrenaline rush! We were driven from the start, but as the conference went on, we only got more confident.




Sarah and I really pushed the handouts!

We didn’t just sell books, though! You see that green box right there, in that last picture? I made that! I’m so proud of that box, but I suppose what’s more important is the pins inside of it. Each section was full of handmade pins that had five or seven syllable phrases on them – when someone picked up a pin from each bin, they ended up with a haiku!



“Where are you going?
The designated driver
Follow who I am”

Between talking to customers and visitors, Sarah and I had down time that was either dedicated to fry-eating or picture-taking. Personally, this is my favorite photo from the weekend:


I’ve never felt more proud of anything I’ve done than when I was standing behind a table, talking about the press and the projects I’ve worked so hard on. I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by and listened, and to my parents and Miss Mulye for getting me out to Minneapolis. I’m expecting to go to AWP in Los Angeles next year, and I could not be more excited!


From behind the table,

Olivia, BatCat Staff Member

New for 2015

February 18, 2015

We are very excited to announce two new poetry collections for 2015:

Apology to the Moon
by Jim Daniels


The Bone and the Body
by Laura Kochman

Both titles will be released at Lincoln Park’s annual LAVA Festival and will be available online beginning in late May. Follow us on Facebook for updates and process photos!

2015 Title Announcement

Due to the overwhelming number of submissions we receive each year, we have established a new email account specifically for manuscripts. Please send all submissions to

If you have already submitted a manuscript to our main email,, don’t worry – you do NOT need to resubmit. All other correspondence should continue to be sent to this address.


Our 2014 titles are now available in our Square Market store! Title pages have also been updated:
Poems in Which You Die by Sarah Carson
When You’re Down by the River by Christopher Lowe
Surviving by Davy Rothbart

We also want to take a moment and say thanks to everyone who was able to attend the book release this week. We really appreciate your support!

2014 = Amazing.

February 17, 2014

2014 marks our 5th anniversary, and we’re starting off the year in a big way – by taking on three new projects, each in a different genre, all to be released in May of this year. Without further ado, our 2014 projects are:

Poetry by Sarah Carson!
Fiction by Christopher Lowe!
Creative nonfiction by Davy Rothbart!

We’ll be releasing more information about these fabulous writers and their work in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we’re already hard at work editing, designing, and otherwise obsessing over every little detail. We’re also getting ready for the AWP Bookfair, which will be held at the Seattle Convention Center from February 27 through March 1. We’ll be at table M13. Hope to see you there!

We are beyond thrilled that we will once again be a part of Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s premiere arts and crafts fair, now in its tenth year. We will be holding it down at table 96, back by the food and drink area, so please come and visit us! We will have more than a hundred unique journals and sketchbooks to pick from, perfect for holiday gifting, as well as some awesome book-themed seasonal decorations. This will be our third year at Handmade Arcade, so we already know it’s going to be amazing. No, not just amazing – AMAZING. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, you do not want to miss this. Trust us.

Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend and features over 150 artists and crafters from across the country. Note that parking is free in city garages, but not in the convention center garage. But luckily, there is a city garage just one block away!

Saturday, December 7th
11am to 7pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

music note book

Also, don’t forget that Your Attraction to Sharp Machines is currently available for pre-order. Books will be shipped on or before Monday, December 9, with plenty of time to arrive before Christmas. Here’s the link: buy it here!

Last spring we published Matthew Mahaney’s novella-in-verse, Your Attraction to Sharp Machines, which sold out very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that we decided to do a redesigned second edition!


The second edition of Your Attraction to Sharp Machines presents a more traditional reading experience, in paperback, but with hand applied touches such as silver leaf and handsewn signatures. A limited number will be produced, so to secure your copy (or copies), you can preorder now though our new storefront at Square. Click here! The rest of our titles will also be going up in the coming days as we transition over from our old storefront.

Pre-orders will be shipped by Monday, December 9.

We’re Back!

August 28, 2013

by Allison Dushack & Kat Ree, Staff

We are back and better than ever! We have some new students on our team this year, including some returning students! Last year was a huge success with Your Attraction to Sharp Machines by Matthew Mahaney (more info on a second run coming soon) and broadsides featuring the poetry of Christine DeSimone. We are getting ready to start our year and go through this summer’s submissions, but for now, let us introduce to all of our staff members!

First, our returning staff: photo (2)

(from left to right) Autumn, Sydni, Zack, Rae, Sydney, Alyx, and Allison

And here are our newest staff members:

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And then of course, there’s our wonderful Managing Editor, Ms. Mulye! [Photo not available]

Check back soon – we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything that we have planned this year!

Click here to access our Google storefront, where you can now purchase Matthew Mahaney’s Your Attraction to Sharp Machines and broadsides featuring the poetry of Christine DeSimone. Supplies are limited, so act fast. Trust us, you want these poems in your life.

We’d also like to thank everyone who was able to make it to the official book release at LAVA earlier this week – we all had a blast! It’s been an intense year here at BatCat Press and we’re thankful to everyone for their continued support and interest in both our press and our amazing authors.


After next week we’ll be dispersing for the summer. We’ll be back in August, refreshed and with new staff members. We’re so looking forward to next year, but first we need your help: send us your work! Our official reading period begins tomorrow, June 1st, and as always we’re looking for complete manuscripts in all genres and forms. For more details on submissions, click here.

…is happening today!

Your Attraction to Sharp Machines by Matthew Mahaney and broadsides featuring poems by Christine DeSimone will be released into the wild today and will be available online by June 3. We’ll post again with more information very soon, but in the meantime, have a look:


Also, if you’re somewhere in western PA, come to the book release at Lincoln Park’s LAVA festival! 6pm, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, PA. Free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!


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