New to the shop | Jai-Alai Books

We are glad to announce the newest addition to our curated selection of titles: Jai-Alai Books.

Jai-Alai Books is a literary press designed to create a regional identity for Miami. The press produces books in all genres and is focused on the highest quality design, materials, and collaborators. The press operates a yearly chapbook competition in collaboration with Cave Canem, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for black poets. To date, Jai-Alai Books has published seven titles since its founding in 2014.

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Featured Title: Resurrection Man, by Nick Makoha

Resurrection Man by Nick Makoha is a chapbook manuscript created through a partnership between Cave Canem, The Writer’s Room, the Betsy Hotel and O, Miami Poetry Festival. It is the winner of the second annual  Toi Derricotte + Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, which honors one chapbook manuscript a year by a black poet, regardless of the poet’s publication history or career status. The 2016 prize was selected by National Book Award-winner Robin Coste Lewis.

Nick Makoha is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow who represented Uganda at Poetry Parnassus as part of the Cultural Olympiad held in London. A former Writer in Residence for Newham Libraries, his 1-man-Show My Father & Other Superheroes is currently on tour. His work is featured in the anthology Seven New Generation African Poets (Slapering Hol Press). Nick recently won the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and has poems that appear in the The Poetry Review, Rialto, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri.

All Image Credits: Gesi Schilling