Author: Dan Mahoney

Winner: Notes from the Birth Year by Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Notes from the Birth Year is the official winner of Bateau’s 2021/2022 BOOM Chapbook contest. Out of a big ole batch of amazing manuscripts, Mia’s just kept rising. We really loved it. We can’t wait to work with Mia. We can’t wait to get this chapbook into people’s hands. We can’t wait to launch it at AWP Bookfair 2022 in Philly.  



Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako, a California Book Award finalist and winner of the Alice James Award, the Nautilus Gold Award, a National Indie Excellence Award, and a Maine Literary Award. She is a Kundiman fellow and founding editor of Lantern Review, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Yale Review, Indiana Review, and The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit. She tends a hillside in the San Francisco Bay Area.


pic by Zach Domes

Finalists for BOOM Chapbook Contest 2021/2022

holy smokes peoples. we got us a good group this year. thanks to everyone who submitted, asked a question, allowed us to read their work, said hello, or cursed at us from a passing car. we read a whole bunch of amazing / sexy / strong / odd manuscripts but sadly we we can only publish one. but we can’t do what we do without all of you.  thanks to all of the authors that trusted us with their work.


Here are the finalists for the 2021/2022 contest:

Lupine by Jenny Irish

Breathe by Amina Gautier

“Never Trust Your Instincts” by Tara Roeder

Starfish Dismantling an Oyster by Stuart Greenhouse

American Poetry Review by Matthew Lippman

Notes from the Birth Year by Mia Ayumi Malhotra

18 Poems by Kate Greene

Grandma June by Mara Beneway

Dreamsoak by Will Russo

Mutually Assured Construction by James D’Agostino


Big thanks to our super talented and hard working COA student editors. They were first, second, and third readers for the contest. Bateau is nothing without the following people: Bella DeHart, Sarah Stovicek, Linnae D’Auria, Lydia Solomon, Crystal Guzman Emmy Fenwick Alexa Parkinson, Cass Martoccia, Sarah Cyr, Sophia Saccente, Managing Editor Gaby Gordon-Fox, Managing Editor Anna Parsons, Danylo Shuvalov, and Sadie Cooley.  Thank you all!


by Miss Expanding Universe


It Is Coming!!!  Look for HTBTWLFIP-O-SITWE! EFSC in early October, 2021


With How To Be The Worst Laziest Fattest Incontinent Piece-of-Shit In The World Ever! Encouragement For Struggling Creatives, Bateau Press & Miss Expanding Universe are officially entering the self-help book industry.<<<Because that’s where the money is, yo>>>>This beautiful 8 x 10 comic book is meant to get your juices flowing, your mojo rising, and your genitals exploding.

Critics say: “…this book has that Certain Something that makes you want to lick it.”

Critics say: “…after reading this chapbook, you will experience total identification with the worm.”

Critics say: “…shamewanking…”

WE say: “Are you willing to spend $14.00 to change your life for good?”


Preorder How To Be The Worst Laziest Fattest Incontinent Piece-of-Shit In The World Ever! Now!

Ashley Yang-Thompson aka Miss Expanding Universe produces a weekly zine, WORM HOUSE: the only source of real news in the world / bringing Las Vegas to the Berkshires, to Oregon, and beyond. 

2021 & Michael Chang & Ashley Yang-Thompson & Bateau

Drakkar Noir by Michael Chang is the winner of the 2020/2021 BOOM Chapbook Contest


We had a whole bunch of really amazing & incredibly strong manuscripts sent to us this year.  To be honest, we really need that. When the world is going to hell and life seems pointless / locked down it helps to read a bunch of work that rises up / resists. As Jeanette Winterson so eloquently says in her essay Art Objects: Art, all art, is the communication cord that cannot be snapped by indifference or disaster. Against the daily death it does not die. Congratulations, Michael! Look for Drakkar Noir in the spring of 2021.


A Lambda Literary fellow, MICHAEL CHANG (they/them) was awarded the Kundiman Scholarship at the Miami Writers Institute. A finalist in contests at the Iowa Review, BOMB, NightBlock, & many others, their poems have been nominated for Best of the Net & the Pushcart Prize.







As Bateau navigates through pandemics & recessions & lost funding & funding found & Mahoney’s onrushing midlife crisis, it makes sense for us to work with Miss Expanding Universe (aka Ashley Yang-Thompson) on a book project that is not a typical Bateau chapbook. A project that involves something else.  Something we have never done before.  Something akin to wonder.  So keep your eyes open for How to be the worst laziest fattest most incontinent piece-of-shit in the world EVER headed your way sometime in the early fall of 2021.


Ashley Yang-Thompson aka Miss Expanding Universe produces a weekly zine, WORM HOUSE: the only source of real news in the world / bringing Las Vegas to the Berkshires.

Finalists For The 2020/2021 BOOM Chapbook Competition

Sault Ste. Marie by Jeff Ewing

FM by Matthew Lippman

Jonah by Elizabeth Robinson

Weltshmerz by Kevin Tosca

The Old Fashioned Way by Dinah Cox

Speaks the Dark Lobe by L. I. Henley

Drakkar Noir by Michael Chang

How to be the worst laziest fattest most incontinent piece-of-shit in the world EVER by Ashley Yang Thompson

Still Life with Skull, Cluster of Grapes, Nintendo 64 Controller by Jim Redmond

Major League Gaming by Devin Taylor

Indigent by Elizabeth Robinson

The Pocket Oracle by Sharon Dolin

In the Whale by Halo Lahnert


Bateau wishes to give a shout out to everyone who entered this year’s contest. Your writing is fierce, amazing, and really fucking needed.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

CHAPBOOKS But No Lit Mag This Year

Dearest Family

We at Bateau Press have been thinking things over, confronting the hard truth that there is no way we can publish a Bateau Lit Mag in the year of the plague, lost revenue from AWP & COA, and hope to survive.  So: BATEAU PRESS IS NOT GOING TO PUBLISH A LIT MAG IN 202O.  We will publish a Lit Mag in 2021 once the world is sane again.  Will it be sane again?

The entire literary landscape might dissolve. Magazines and small presses might become smoke. We are lucky that we have student labor and institutional support but who knows what the next five years will look like. Bateau might die five years from now, or a decade from now, but for the time being, WE WILL LIVE. We will run the chapbook contest in the fall. Instead of relying on outside designers and printers, we will bring the letterpress printing and design of our chaps and lit mags onto the COA campus. This has always been the plan, now we are fast-forwarding.  We will be more ruthless in our exploitation of student labor. ((the kids love it!!!))

We will also reenvision what it means to publish a lit mag in the post COVID-19 landscape. We might become a record label. We might become a dreamscape or a seagull. Check out what Sleeperhold Publications is up to.  Whatever we become it will be a physical object, it will have to do with creating art that affirms life, and it will be beautiful. Most likely a lit mag but a seagull would be fucking awesome!