The Hurricane Book: A Lyric History by Claudia Acevedo-Quiñones is now available! In this powerful debut, Acevedo-Quiñones pieces together the story of her family and Puerto Rico using a captivating combination of historical facts, poems, maps, overheard conversations, and flash essays. Organized around six major hurricanes that passed through the island in the last century, The Hurricane Book documents the myriad ways in which colonialism—particularly the relationship between the U.S. and the island—has seeped into the lives of Puerto Ricans, affecting how they and their land recover from catastrophe, as well as how families and citizens are bound to one another. Through accounts of relatives, folklore, and necessary escape, Acevedo-Quiñones illuminates both the tenderness and heartbreak of bonds with family and homeland.

Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, writes: “The Hurricane Book is an important work of art and archive, a blend of poetry, cartography, and Puerto Rican history. Alternating between playful language and sobering reality, Claudia Acevedo-Quiñones interrogates memory and truth, explores family secrets, and sheds light on the realities of colonialism. A multilayered, powerful book—The Hurricane Book is a gift.” Order your copy today!

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Rose Metal

  1. a fusible alloy with a low melting point consisting of 50% bismuth, 25-28% lead, and 22-25% tin. Also known as “rose’s metal” and “rose’s alloy,” rose metal is typically used as a solder
  2. an independent press dedicated to the publication of hybrid genres

Founded in 2006, Rose Metal Press is a not-for-profit publisher specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.

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The Results of Our 2023 Open Reading Period

This past June we held a month-long open submission period for full-length books in hybrid genres. We received 601 manuscripts—a record number! We love seeing the hybrid genre field continue to grow and innovate: the submitted projects were a strong and inspiring group that showcased the impressive variety and creativity of cross-genre work being produced both nationally and internationally.…

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