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Philadelphia Stories’ tenth anniversary anthology brings together some of the best short fiction, poetry, and essays published by the magazine, in print and online, between 2004 and 2014. This volume includes work by Philadelphia-area writers as well as by winners of the magazine’s national contests—the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry.

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Extraordinary Gifts: Remarkable Women of the Delaware Valley

Edited by Melissa Tevere, Tara S. Smith, Carla Spataro, and Courtney Bambrick

PS Books announces the publication of Extraordinary Gifts: Remarkable Women of the Delaware Valley, which combines original visual art with poems and short fiction inspired by twenty remarkable Delaware Valley women. Some of these women—Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Mead, and Marian Anderson among them—are well known. Others, such as Alice Steer Wilson, Dorothy P. Miller, and Helga Testorf, might be less familiar. But none of them allowed the limitations of society’s expectations for their gender to stop them from fulfilling their potential—and all of them paved the way for the dozens of contemporary female writers, poets, and artists featured in this book. Extraordinary Gifts spans centuries of local history and global shifts as it explores timeless themes of love, loss, creativity, achievement, and sacrifice through the stories of these remarkable women. Read more here:

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In Forgotten Philadelphia, artists and writers reimagine the stories told in these silent spaces of Philadelphia history. Included in this volume of work is poetry by J.C. Todd, Kim Gek and Lin Short, stories by Sarah Rose Etter, Michelle Reale, and art by Anna Norton and Kip Deeds. To order your copy of Forgotten Philadelphia, ($30 hardback) email

 The Best of Philadelphia Stories: Volume 2

The Best of Philadelphia Stories: Volume 2 includes the best of the magazine and online content from Spring 2007-Summer 2009. Encompassing fiction, poetry, and personal essays, Volume 1 (now out of print) garnered glowing reviews from all of Philadelphia’s newspapers of record, and was described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “A Collection that Loves You Back.” Following in the first volume’s footsteps, Volume 2 includes work by David Sanders, Autumn Konopka, and Helen Mallon, the winner of the 2008 Philadelphia Stories essay contest.

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Prompted: Stories, Poems, Essays from The Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio

This anthology comes from students who participated in Alison Hicks’ Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio, which has worked with nearly 200 Delaware Valley writers. This first anthology includes fiction, poetry, and essays and showcases the best of the varied and diverse voices that have enriched and delighted the workshop over the past thirteen years. Prompted is edited by Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio Director Alison Hicks, the author of the novellaLove: A Story of Images and Falling Dreams, a volume of poetry.

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