Finding Shakespeare at the Library of Congress
UncategorizedThe following is a guest post by Abby Yochelson, English and American Literature Reference specialist at the Library of Congress’s Main Reading Room, Humanities and Social Sciences Division. This is the second in a small series of blog posts on Shakespeare at...
Exploring Juan Felipe Herrera’s La Casa De Colores Project
UncategorizedThe following post, which originally appeared on the Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog, was written by Educational Resource Specialist Danna Bell. We were thrilled to hear that Juan Felipe Herrera has accepted a second term as Poet Laureate of the United...
The “Historical” Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
UncategorizedThe following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. Henry W. Longfellow, head and shoulders portrait [between...
“Make No Bones About It” – It’s William Shakespeare’s Birthday!
UncategorizedHistorians believe that Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, and that he died on the same day in 1616. The 400th anniversary of his death this year is being celebrated worldwide through special exhibitions, performances, classes, and books. In honor of this...
Raves for Prolific Press and Staff
Prolific Press has breathed new life into Haiku, 3 liners and poetry generally and having been part of its Innovation is a pleasure.
I thoroughly appreciated my experience of publishing my chapbook with Glenn and Prolific Press. The entire experience from initial acceptance to book delivery at my doorstep was friendly, supportive, clear, and honest. After purchasing books from many different small presses, I chose to submit my work to Prolific Press based on the quality of the books they produce. They have a genuine care and interest in the books and the authors.
Always great to work with Prolific Press. I've had the pleasure of being published twice by Three Line Poetry, and I am quite pleased. Thanks!
When you’re a writer, you come across some of the big bad guys in the publishing industry—people who never respond to your pitch, don’t read your manuscript, talk down to you, or who are simply unprofessional.
My experience with Prolific Press has been precisely the opposite. Glenn and April are consummate professionals, probably because they are writers themselves. They know the industry because they are part of it on all sides. Their respect of both the craft and the business is evident in the quality of their publications.
Full book review of Three Line Poetry and Prolific Press:
Prolific Press consistently publishes some of the very best haiku to be found. I am grateful for their expertise in selecting the best of the best for publication in Haiku Journal, and always look greatly forward to receiving the print edition in my mailbox.
I'm a reader and I'm hooked. I have all the journals except 3 or 4 of the earlier Haiku Journals...Other than that, I have them all. I love reading all the journals Prolific Press offers. Inwood Indiana is probably my favorite, but Jitter and Dual Coast Magazine are definitely up there. If I had to offer criticism it would be that overseas shipping has been a little expensive but that is probably out of their control. A long time ago, I decided to pick a press and support them. I chose Prolific Press because they produce Poetry Quarterly and everyone knows that journal. They have never let me down. Every issue is delivered on time, the quality is great and they even send me a free gift once in a while. I love Prolific Press!
I'm so pleased to have worked with Haiku Journal! They produce great work, and I look forward to future issues.
I submitted my manuscript to Prolific Press. Even though they did not accept my book, they gave me feedback. It was clear they read my work carefully. I will submit again.
budding and seasoned poets
are published alike
Glenn is super fast, efficient, produces great products and artwork. He is affable and courteous as well, unlike many editors. I recommend highly.
I have very much enjoyed my experience with Prolific Press-Three Line Poetry to be exact. They are one of the few publications who don't charge submission fees and the paperback issues are beautiful! They also pay a token payment to writers that they publish, which is much appreciated in this day and age of widespread expectation that writers should remain satisfied with working/writing for free. Kudos to Prolific Press!
A writer for more than forty years, I have had a number of pieces accepted by Prolific Press. I've also had a few rejected. Glenn Lyvers will not take just anything you send his way. A poet and writer himself, he understands the craft and sets a high standard for his contributors. To be published by Glenn and April is to work with a friendly, discriminating and professional team. It is also an opportunity to join a diverse and talented family of writers.
I have enjoyed working with Prolific Press and fortunate to be able to share my poetry with others. What a great honor it is to be published alongside some amazing talent!
Poets would still be poets though our poems would be as silent as ants on an ant hill and as invisible as ether without people like Glenn and the staff at Prolific Press. (5 Stars!)
Being published in Prolific Press's many journals has given me the incentive and encouragement to keep writing. Glenn, April, and the folks behind the scenes do a first-class job in getting the work of many deserving poets out there in the world.
Prolific Press has been great to work with. A quick response time, the opportunity to review proofs (that looked like what I expected), publication on schedule, painless payment and discounted author copies--everything I want from professionals who believe in what they're doing.
Prolific Press has given me an opportunity to share my voice and I will always be grateful to them. It is an honor to share ink with all the talented poets they promote.
It's always a joy to work with Glenn at Jitter Press. The submission and publication process could not have gone any smoother. Easily my best experience with an editor.
My experience with Prolific has been wonderful, outstanding and extremely professional. April and Glenn are so talented, dynamic editors, hardworking, creative and so responsive. The quality of all of their publications is superb. I cant say enough wonderful things!
Having published 20+ pieces of writing across the web (and in print) I can say confidently that Prolific Press is a great place to submit. I've had two stories published in Jitter Press issues and the process was smooth for each. It's fantastic to work with such dedicated people!
I had no problems with the Prolific Press and my submission was reviewed within a few weeks. Thank you.
Good objective of Prolific Press to provide opportunities to all writers. Keep it up!
I love the attention given by the staff at this journal from the start of my submission to the acceptance of my poem. I also love the journal.
What a wonderful, professional experience for a first-time published poet. I hope to have success, obviously, but I also hope all experiences are as wonderful as this one. Thank you!
Glenn Lyvers & Poetry Quarterly stand out, in tenacity and dedication, during this challenging pandemic stresses and deliver. This is something to marvel at and appreciate deeply. A commitment to this ethos is to be honored. To stand firm in the changing tides and times deserves respect. Enough cannot be said to the selfless efforts to keep the poetical spirit circulating.
I started submitting poetry to Prolific Press in 2015 and have been published in Poetry Quarterly, Dual Coast Magazine, Inwood Indiana and Three Line Poetry. I trust Glenn’s judgement and care with my work. The quality and design of the journals have been first rate.
Glenn also hosts many helpful videos on the website on how to write poetry. Through these videos I have tried 3 line poetry and haiku for the first time.
Prolific Press supports writers at any stage of their career and I recommend them whole-heartedly. Glenn and his team are warm, personable and very easy to work with. Thank you!
Poetry Quarterly is simply excellent! The quality of work published is exquisite!!!
I started submitting to Prolific Press this year and they have been exceedingly kind and generous to me. I am grateful for their support and encouragement. I highly recommend their publications for both submissions and a very good read!
This is the third acceptance I've had from Prolific, and I've found it a pleasure to deal with them: They're prompt (the most recent acceptance came three hours after I submitted), communicative and issue a good product.
I've worked with many small presses and I was impressed by Jitter Press's professionalism. They were extremely responsive, offered a very quick turnaround and provided plenty of assistance and feedback. I would definitely work with them again.
This is my first interaction with Prolific Press/Jitter Press and so far I've found it quick, efficient and most importantly of all, favorable. From the bottom of my heart to the top, Thank You!
I was extremely impressed by the professionalism and diligence of April Zipser and Glenn Lyvers, who edited my submission to Jitter (Issue #5) and weren't satisfied until every detail was right.
Jitter is a phenomenal horror publication, one that with any luck will someday be among the all-time greats. I appreciate the opportunity of having something I wrote appear in its pages.
I consider myself an aspiring horror writer. I submitted [to] Jitter Press. They came back to me and told me my story had been selected. Since then, communication has been top, the edits they made to my text were completely in line with the sense of my story.
It is a pleasure to work with Glenn and April, who show a personal interest in both the author and author's work. Prolific Press may bill itself as a small press, but it has a very large heart.
When my poem was accepted to Poetry Quarterly, I did my research. That lead me to Prolific Press. The deeper I dug the more excited I was to have a piece published in Poetry Quarterly.
Glenn Lyvers and staff is fast, friendly, and the print will make you proud.
I waited to give this review until I'd received the issue my poem was published in. No complaints. Take it from me, I'm hard to please.
Glenn Lyvers, April Zipser have an unerring instinct for the poetry and prose, which will make important contributions to and have a lasting impact upon, today's art and literature. Besides publishing the work of established writers, Prolific Press insures that readers will see a wealth of offerings from exciting emergent talent.
The barre is set high and will continue to rise thanks to the dedication and passion of Glenn and April [Prolific Press]. Heartfelt appreciation from an author who is among your most avid readers
It has been my great pleasure to be included within the pages of Prolific Press Publications. Their eye for quality is unsurpassed. Thank you for including me within your pages of beautifully expressed moments.
Prolific Press is great for new writers seeking opportunities. They make the whole process of submitting poems to their wonderful publications exceptionally easy.
Of the various publishers that have accepted my poems over the last few years, none has been as supportive, responsive and professional as Prolific Press. They are always quick to answer any concerns I might have, their book design always puts the writing first, and the selected works are invariably thought provoking and original. I look forward to the release of each issue, and particularly enjoy the cover art of 50 Haikus and 3 Line Poetry. Thanks for all your hard work!
I've been working with prolific press since my first day as a published poet. It is because of their loyal dedication to creativity that I always feel at home here.
Working with Prolific Press has been a wonderful experience. I appreciate their professionalism, timely communications, and support. I'm delighted my short fiction story "Fractured" found a home with Inwood Indiana. Continued success to the Prolific Press family and all the writers they support.
I really appreciate 50 Haiku because it has given me an outlet for my poems. Each issue and author gives me an education in how to craft better work. I really appreciate 50 Haiku and Prolific Press both!
I love Prolific Press! Thank you for giving a voice to new authors.
Profilic Press and Glenn showed themselves to be wonderful publishers with high standards.
Thanks Prolific Press! I am overjoyed at being published. The pieces you choose are always outstanding!
Thanks Prolific Press! I am overjoyed at being published in your outstanding publication! The pieces you choose are always outstanding!
I was very excited to have my book published by Prolific Press. Everything was easy and professional from start to finish. I am especially pleased with the beautiful artwork they had designed for the cover. Glenn and April were wonderful to work with and made the process a truly delightful experience.
I've very much enjoyed working with Prolific Press, largely because of the editors, Glenn and April. They are communicative, encouraging, and it's clear that they care about the authors they work with and the books they publish.
I am so pleased to have published some of my poetry with Prolific Press. They were a complete joy and so helpful. I look forward to working with them again in the future.
It has been my pleasure to submit my poetry to Prolific Press Journals. Some of my poetry has been featured in Three Line Poetry, and Poetry Quarterly.
Prolific Press staff is very courteous, well informed, and always go above and beyond to publish beautiful works from various poets across the globe.
I am thrilled to be involved with Three Line Poetry, and Poetry Quarterly. I look forward to composing more poetry that is worthy of Prolific Press.
Working with the editor and staff at Prolific Press has been a wonderful experience. My work has been responded to in very timely fashion from submission through acceptance and publication to decline at this time. Any questions and/or problems I have encountered have been addressed promptly and with courtesy. I recommend PP to poets, beginning and established.
I am very grateful I got to work with this company. Getting your work out there is hard, and they make it [uncomplicated] for you!
It was a fun and easy process to work with Prolific Press--thanks for the great experience!
Love these journals!
It is always a wonderful experience working with Prolific Press. I love reading their journals and being published in them. They publish budding writers alongside established writers. I am so grateful for their service to the writing community.
I really appreciated my experience publishing my poem with Prolific Press and Poetry Quarterly. It was an enjoyable and productive exchange in all ways!
It's refreshing to have a straightforward and professional publishing experience! Thanks, Prolific Press Inc. and staff~
I have submitted to, and been published by the Prolific Press publications Three Line Poetry and Poetry Quarterly. I am very grateful for their support and professionalism, and I encourage other poets to consider submitting their work to Prolific Press publications.
Prolific Press does a great job! I am pleased to have had stories accepted in Dual Coast Magazine, Jitter Press, and Inwood Indiana Press. Thank you so much for encouraging budding writers.
I am honored to have my poems published in Poetry Quarterly and be among so many talented writers. I greatly appreciate Glenn and April's commitment, diligence, and time to produce a quality poetry journal. Working with Prolific Press is a wonderful experience as they genuinely care about their contributors. I strongly recommend submitting to and reading all the Prolific Press publications.
Glenn and the folks at Prolific Press offer an unusual level of support and encouragement. I felt respected as a poet and as a human being throughout the submissions process. It was refreshing to receive timely, individualized, clear answers to questions I emailed to them. The green submissions process was very easy. It is obvious that a lot of thought has gone into creating their publications and into their regard and esteem for writers and readers.
Prolific Press is certainly prolific and hard-working, providing so many opportunities for writers to find a place for their work. I am fortunate to have found a home for my first chapbook, a 100-word piece of flash fiction, and a poem in the Poetry Quarterly. It feels very affirming.
Prolific Press is not your run-of-the-mill publisher (high end or low). They take a sincere interest in your work and are genuine in their support and feedback. Another author's feedback said that working with Prolific Press was like "being welcomed home by colleagues after a long journey." I echo that sentiment fully.
Prolific Press is easy to work with and transparent about their process. The issues they put together curate beautiful writing between artistic covers; I am proud to be part of their books.
Prolific Press published me in their Haiku Journal. I have high praise for the craftsmanship of this little book and even the beautiful design of their cover art. It was a pleasure submitting work from start to finish and communication was easy and professional too.
Working with Prolific Press has been a positive experience. I appreciate the fact the editor cared about the details of publishing a manuscript. The book has a beautiful cover and I couldn't be more pleased.
I loved working with Prolific Press! (5 Stars!)
After several years working with Prolific Press, I can only say that it has been a wonderful ongoing experience. Glenn and
April always communicate like friends.
I am so fortunate that my first chapbook found a home at Prolific Press. Glenn and April are a brilliant and caring team. From the moment my manuscript was accepted, I felt that every step taken in the publication process was done in service of the writing. As an emerging poet, my experience with Prolific Press has given me tremendous confidence to keep doing the work that is so vitally important to me.
Very professional and responsive publishers who treat authors as valued partners. Well done, and thank you Prolific Press.
I am extremely proud to have my short story published in Dual Coast Magazine. The magazine is beautiful, and the layout of my story is amazing! I look forward to working with them in the future and will highly recommend Prolific Press to anyone looking for a great home for their work.
It's been a pleasure working with Glenn on my contribution to Issue 7 of Jitter Press. Very pleased with the entire process and so excited to see the paperback!
I've been lucky enough to have been published several times by Prolific Press. Dealing with Glenn and April is always a pleasure and the journals are beautiful, full of excellent writing and with such variety. (5 Stars!)
Thank you so much for featuring my poem, "Survivors", in the Summer 2018 issue of Poetry Quarterly! It is always a pleasure to work with you. You are always professional and efficient, and it is obvious that you truly appreciate the creative work of your talented authors. Why not check out some more of my poetry at https://roberthale.info/my-poetry/ (5 Stars!)
A great company to deal with! (5 Stars!)
I was ecstatic to have my short story "The Moat" published with Prolific Press (Jitter Issue #7, to be exact). The submission process was simple and I heard back in a timely manner. From start to finish, it was a smooth process and I'm so happy that my piece found a lovely home! (5 Stars!)
Prolific Press recently published my short story "Sometimes..." within their Jitter Issue #7 pages. I was very pleased with the process as they professionally handled and answered all questions I had along the way. Not only that, but the product is outstanding!
What a great experience! I can't believe what a good job Prolific Press did with my chapbook, and the cover is a knockout. I have had a lot of chapbooks and books, and I have worked with many fine editors, but Glenn is at the top.
I had a wonderful experience with Prolific Press. They were professional and incredibly quick in their turnaround. I hope to work with them again soon.
The Fall 2018 edition of Poetry Quarterly reflects the delightful diversity of poetry today. Traditional Japanese forms (haiku and tanka) appear beside free verse. Reflections on nature serve as counterpoints for commentary on humankind's capacity for violence and self-destruction. This issue captures voices that ache with the need to be heard.
Prolific Press and Poetry Quarterly make submitting and publishing much more pleasant than usual! The editors are responsive, professional, and sensitive to timelines. They created an attractive cover design for my chapbook in harmony with its themes. I love seeing the work that they bring to light, and the light that they bring to work.
Every step in the publishing process has been a joy, and the end product always turns out to be something in which all involved can be proud.
I can't express enough gratitude and appreciation for the way Glenn, April, and the Press approached the publication process with my book. Each step was clearly and swiftly executed, with much accommodation for my own comments and requests along the way. It's hard to imagine a more professional and generous editorial and publication experience for a writer. I am exceptionally proud of the finished product, thanks to them.
Thank you so much, Glenn and staff of Prolific Press for accepting a few of my poems, I greatly appreciate it. I have enjoyed other poets' works featured in Prolific Press publications.
From start to finish, Poetry Quarterly has been a joy to work with, and I am thrilled to join the pages of this beautiful publication. I have been impressed with their professionalism and generosity throughout the process, from initial submission to communications regarding acceptance, final edits, publication timing, and author perks. Thank you PQ for all you do! (5 Stars!)
I have enjoyed my relationship with Prolific Press. The thrill of having my poetry accepted and shared in one of the publishing house's journals is ongoing. Prolific Press is a wonderful venue, giving "poets rising" and more seasoned veterans opportunities to share their work. Having my poetry published in the fine Prolific Press journals makes me realize that I AM a poet deserving of respect. The staff is professional, responsive, and supportive. I highly recommend Prolific Press. Thank you Glenn.
I am happy to have been published in Dual Coast, Inwood Indiana Press, and Jitter Press. Thank you, Prolific Press! (Five Stars!)
Prolific Press is my most consistent poem publisher. They also published my chapbook, Souls Cleaner Than Ours. All their poetry journals are slightly different but all excellent and a joy to read.
I've had poems published in several of the journals by Prolific Press and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. The editors are professional and kind, and the journals are beautiful. Thank you Prolific Press for including my work with such talented artists.
I will always be grateful that they were the first people to publish my poetry, I an unknown poet, and amazed that they continue to do so.
My submissions to Poetry Quarterly are treated with a respect and humanity that are all too rare in the publishing world. I can always expect a prompt, clear, individualized, and kind answer to any question I have asked. I know that my work is read blindly in Prolific's climate of high professionalism - and that makes me very proud to have my poems selected for publication in PQ! I am engaged in reading the high quality work of fellow poets published in PQ. An all-around armful of appreciation to Glenn and April!
The quality of poetry by so many talented writers in Poetry Quarterly is a treat to read. I am honored to have my poetry included. Working with Glenn, April, and the rest of the Prolific Press staff is a pleasure. Suzanne Cottrell
I was pleased with how specific and professional their procedures and general operation are. I've been submitting work for more than 40 years and they are on the high end of my experiences.
I love everything about Prolific Press — from the personal e-mails to the ease of submitting, everything they do makes me feel valued as an author! Thank you!
I am so thankful to Glenn Lyvers and Prolific Press team for publishing my work in the wonderfully crafted Haiku Journal. I look forward to additional collaborations in the very near future. Kudos!!
A challenging writing environment made me realize how to best raise my game. Being in the big leagues means I needed to bring a bigger game. I am grateful that I was pushed to meet the expectations and endeavor to keep improving.
I wish to thank Prolific Press
I am happy and very excited. One of my poems was accepted by Poetry Quarterly which led me to Prolific Press. Such a wonderful experience that all writers should feel. I am honored that my poem was accepted by talented professionals who publish beautiful works.
The staff have been very responsive and encouraging, and provide a wonderful set of venues for people to share their creative work. This is a gift for both writers and readers. The places where short-form poetry can come before the public are limited, and so Three Line Poetry, Haiku Journal, and Poetry Quarterly are very valuable for our society's creative life.
Impressive service from the Prolific Press, who were helpful and courteous throughout. They would not hesitate to go the extra mile - and I would like to show appreciation for their help and approachable manner.
From submission of my 3 line story, their acceptance of my piece and ultimately, publication of it was a total pleasure and an honor!
Thank you so much to all the dedicated people at Prolific Press!
I have published several poems in the last few years in Prolific. They are always professional and appear to care about poets, poetry--and all writers.
Those of us who have lived long enough know there are times of testing in one's lifetime. This is a time of testing for the entire planet, and I commend Glenn, April and all the staff for their steadfastness when the world is bathed in fear-- for that is the essence of love....
Thank you so much Prolific Press for giving my writing hope and a prestigious home where they can be enjoyed. I am honored to be part of your family of remarkable writers and excited for this encouraging opportunity.
Prolific Press journals inspire me both as a writer and reader. The publish works that pack so much meaning into such a small amount of space. It's touching to see the work their editors due to find and publish such excellent poetry.
Prolific Press is always professional and always transparent in their dealings with those who submit. I have had submissions accepted and declined, and the experience in both instances has always been positive and supportive. There is often insanity in this business, but not at Prolific Press. I would definitely encourage you to entrust your work with Prolific Press. Francis M Flavin
I am so grateful to Prolific Press for publishing Poetry Quarterly and for being so accessible to writers who are eager to share and publish their work. I always have a great experience working with Glenn and all the staff at this Press and want to thank them for publishing such excellent journals and books. They make the whole process easy and make you feel valued as a writer.
I received a fairly quick and positive response from Prolific Press within ten weeks, which was very heartening.
Working with Prolific Press is the most comfortable, enjoyable and transparent process I've experienced in submitting my work for consideration. I know that it is to be respected, safe and if necessary nurtured.
I've always been pleased to be a part of the publications produced by Prolific Press.
They are a professional publisher and always prompt to reply to submissions. They welcome novelty and experimentation in poetry, which is a big plus.
Prolific Press is efficient, professional, yet with a personal touch built in. They appear to love poetry and poets. I plan to send more work their way.
Delighted to have poetry accepted by oh-so-worthy Prolific Press- all, be well and thrive!
I am grateful to Prolific Press for publishing my poetry. They are professional, ethical, and very easy to work with.
It has been a pleasure collaborating with Prolific Press, and I'm honored to have found a home for my work with Poetry Quarterly!
A wonderful place for writers to get together under the guardianship of the talented, and indeed Prolific, Glenn. Without people like him, the publishing world would be a much colder, isolated environment. We need him (more than he needs us. But shhh, don't tell him that).
I'm so honored to be a part of Prolific Press. Being able to share my poetry with others has brought me such joy. Glenn is a pleasure to work with, and I love how committed he is to every single issue of each journal. Prolific Press is like being part of a warm family.
Love & respect interactions with Prolific Press each and every time!
My poems have been accepted by a number of Prolific Press Journals, and some have been declined. The folks at Prolific Press seem to honestly care about their contributors, always treating me with kindness and encouragement. I continue to support them because this is very uplifting.
Prolific Press provides me with ongoing inspiration and terrific support for my work. I thoroughly enjoy reading the work they publish and working with them when my work finds its way into one of their journals. A terrific press.
Working with Glenn and the staff of Prolific Press is a pleasure. Communication and cooperation is timely and productive--and the turnaround time between submission, consideration, and a decision is first-rate.
The editors at Prolific Press do a fine job of communicating with the authors whose work appears in the journal Poetry Quarterly. We're kept informed about opportunities, status of submissions, and rare glitches. Kudos to the Press for carrying on through a pandemic for the benefit of their writers and readers!
What Our Authors Say!
"I have been very pleased with the way Prolific Press handled my book from initial acceptance through contract through publication of final product. Glenn is interested in the authors and available to answer questions and concerns."
"I very much enjoyed working with Prolific Press, and love the cover they chose for my book, which received some nice compliments. I would be happy to recommend them for your book!"