A Million in Prizes was selected by Carl Phillips as winner of the 2008 New Issues Poetry Prize, an award for a first book of poetry. Phillips, in his judge's citation, writes, "A Million in Prizes seduces in the best possible way: subtly, with a poignant wit, and a sly charm." Marks is the founder and editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks in New York City.
Hilarity is Seyburn's third book of poetry and winner of the 2008 Green Rose Prize, awarded for a full-length collection of poetry by an established poet. Seyburn is an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach, and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry based in Los Angeles. Poet David Citino notes that Seyburn's poems are "filled with a strange, ambitious and compelling music made of the mythic, momentous and mundane days of our lives."
Cover art was designed by Abby Anderson (Hilarity) and NatalieAnn Rich (A Million in Prizes), students in the graphic design program in the Frostic School of Art. Both titles were copyedited and arranged by New Issues's Layout Editor Kory Shrum.
Two more poetry titles will be released in May. WMU News: New Issues Poetry & Prose releases four new books.