Beach Haven

Beach Haven (Long Beach Island), August 2009. Photo credit/copyright: Lauren Vallese 2009.

Beach Haven (Long Beach Island), August 2009. Photo credit/copyright: Lauren Vallese.

Exclusive Web-Only Content Coming Soon to WHAT’S YOUR EXIT?

We are pleased to announce that, beginning next month, the What’s Your Exit? site will be launching exclusive web-only stories, essays, and poems not available in the forthcoming anthology!  We will also begin reviewing new submissions for our online “anthology extension” project in February 2010, so stay tuned for more information.

Maureen Egen Writers’ Exchange Award

Attention New Jersey (resident) writers! Here’s an excellent, no entry-fee contest through Poets & Writers.

Video: Junot Diaz on why N.J. makes for good writing

At a recent visit to Bergen Community College, Junot Diaz talked to The Star-Ledger’s Brian Donohue about the role New Jersey plays in his writing:

Ledger Live: Author Junot Diaz's New Jersey

Official author list for WHAT’S YOUR EXIT?

Susanne Antonetta
Alicia A. Beale
Jason Biggs
Laura Boss
Susan Briante
Darin Ciccotelli
Jackie Corley
Dave Della Fera
Louise DeSalvo
Mary DiLucia
Lorraine Doran
Denise Gess
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Edvige Giunta
Josh Goldfaden
Stuart Greenhouse
John Hennessy
Mark Hillringhouse
James Hoch
Erica Kaufman
Lee Klein
Jeffrey Ethan Lee
J. Robert Lennon
Paul Lisicky
Timothy Liu
Farid Matuk
Joyce Carol Oates
Alicia Ostriker
Tom Perrotta
Robert Pinsky
Dominic Preziosi
James Richardson
Michael Aaron Rockland
Susan Fox Rogers
Dan Rosenberg
Sandy Solomon
Donna Steiner
Gerald Stern
Jackson Taylor
JC Todd
Ed Valentine
Joe Vallese
Timmy Waldron
BJ Ward
Joe Weil
Sung J. Woo
Linda Woolford
Marion Wrenn

In Memory of Denise Gess 1952-2009

Denise Gess, one of our wonderful WHAT’S YOUR EXIT? contributors, has passed away. We wish her loved ones our deepest condolences on behalf of the Word Riot Press family during this sad and difficult time.

Pre-order copies of What’s Your Exit?

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What’s Your Exit? announcement

photo credit: Lauren Vallese June 2009

photo credit: Lauren Vallese June 2009

Press Release

July 2, 2009

Middletown, NJ — Punk rock-spirited independent publisher Word Riot Press will release What’s Your Exit?: A Literary Detour through New Jersey in May 2010.

The anthology, edited by Alicia A. Beale and Joe Vallese, will feature new and previously published work from over 40 writers.  Among the book’s contributors are Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Perrotta, Robert Pinsky, Jason Biggs, J. Robert Lennon, Alicia Ostriker, Paul Lisicky, Louise de Salvo, Donna Steiner, Joe Weil, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Lee Klein, Susanne Antonetta, James Richardson, Susan Fox Rogers, Gerald Stern, JC Todd, BJ Ward, and Sung J. Woo.

What’s Your Exit? will be comprised of contemporary literary fiction, memoir, and poetry about, inspired by, and representative of the Garden State.  Themes of family, friendship, travel, culture, sexuality, love, fear, violence, nostalgia, and longing populate the anthology, which features writers and styles as eclectic and beautiful, and as unnerving and mysterious and bold as the place that unites them in this work.

An index in the back of the anthology will list the collected works by Parkway and Turnpike exits, an homage to the traditional way Jersey folk identify and relate to one another—the simple but loaded inquiry, “What exit?”

“We want What’s Your Exit? to be our gift to New Jersey,” said Vallese, a Palisades Park native and undergraduate writing teacher at New York University.

After developing their vision for the anthology, Beale and Vallese sought a New Jersey-based publisher equally enthusiastic about the scope of the project.

“We believe Word Riot Press is a company with the passion and literary aesthetics to propel this book in both a profitable and artistic direction,” said Beale, a Long Branch native.

Word Riot Press publisher Jackie Corley, a New Jersey resident, sees the book’s publication as a milestone for the company.  “Up until this point, we have mainly published small paperbacks by rising literary notables, such as Nick Antosca, Kevin Sampsell and David Barringer,” Corley said. “An anthology of this range, with such an impressive collection of established and up-and-coming authors represents an exciting step in our growth.”

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