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Recent Books

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Balsa and Tissue Paper

Balsa and Tissue Paper
by Lex Williford

Publisher: Ploughshares Solos
Genres: Novella

Release Date:
October 1, 2019

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Baptizing the Dead and Other Jobs

Baptizing the Dead and Other Jobs
by Michael Palmer

Publisher: Bauhan Publishing
Genres: Nonfiction

A meditation on lost faith, lost friends, and the longing for familiar landscapes and rituals that bind us to ourselves and one another, this collection is a love song to the American West, and a farewell.

Release Date:
October 9. 2019

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How Fires End

How Fires End
by Marco Rafalà

Publisher: Little A
Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and redemption.

Release Date:
October 15, 2019

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A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son
by Sergio Troncoso

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Genres: Literary Fiction

“Sergio Troncoso is one of our most brilliant minds in Latina/o Literature...This is a world-class collection.” —Luis Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels and The Hummingbird’s Daughter

Release Date:
October 15, 2019

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The Anti-Grief

The Anti-Grief
by Marianne Boruch

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Genres: Poetry

Release Date:
October 19, 2019

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Two Californias

Two Californias
by Robert Glick

Publisher: C&R Press
Genres: Fiction (Stories)

From the suburbs of Los Angeles to the countercultures of the Bay Area, the emotionally powerful, intricately woven stories in Two Californias explore the unexpected and unorthodox ways we come to terms with everyday tragedies.

Release Date:
November 1, 2019

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Tender Cuts

Tender Cuts
by Jayne Martin

Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Genres: flash fiction collection

"A badass writer if there ever was one" —Kathy Fish

Release Date:
November 1, 2019

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Birthright: Poems

Birthright: Poems
by Erika Dreifus

Publisher: Kelsay Books
Genres: Poetry, Jewish Studies, Women's Studies

Erika Dreifus’s first full-length collection is a welcome addition to the modern American poetry canon—narrative, Jewish, feminist, or otherwise.—Sivan Butler-Rotholz

Release Date:
November 5, 2019

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Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems

Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems
by Marjorie Maddox

Publisher: Wipf and Stock
Genres: Poetry

"[Maddox’s] carefully constructed word pictures offer dramatic snapshots of infield flies and collisions between fielders, sacrifice bunts, balks and pitch-outs, stolen bases, and grand slams...will be savored by casual sports fans and hardcore baseball addicts alike." —School Library Journal

Release Date:
November 19, 2019

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In My Feelins

In My Feelins
by Cedric Tillman

Publisher: WordTech Poetry
Genres: Poetry

In My Feelins is both a bracingly candid memoir-in-verse and a chronicle of societal change and controversy in the Obama years.

Release Date:
November 29, 2019

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Through his Eyes

Through his Eyes
by Ruchira Khanna

Publisher: Amazon.com Services LLC
Genres: Fiction

Meera Bhatt's upbringing had been outsourced ever since she was born. Through his Eyes is a narration of her journey from a toddler to an adult. She reflects on how her helper taught her to distinguish between right and wrong without speaking a single word. Did she get lost in translation?

Release Date:
December 10. 2019

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A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry

A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry
by Marjorie Maddox

Publisher: Wipf and Stock
Genres: Poetry

"If you love to hear words dance, or can envision language in motion, you must pick up this book and read it aloud to someone who adores listening to fun and imaginative poetry...So come learn about collective nouns....animated with rich language and is full of life. —Library Media Connection

Release Date:
December 13, 2019

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Dark Fathers and Other Poems

Dark Fathers and Other Poems
by David Anthony Sam

Publisher: Kelsay Books
Genres: Poetry

In Dark Fathers, David Anthony Sam examines the bitter-sweet juxtaposition of life, death, genetics and the cosmos, Sam provides the reader with a balance and harmony that great poetry and great art illuminates in ways that pure science and pure logic just can’t seem to manage.

Release Date:
December 26, 2019

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Prismatics: Larry Levis & Contemporary American Poetry (Interviews from the Documentary Film A Late Style of Fire)

Prismatics: Larry Levis & Contemporary American Poetry (Interviews from the Documentary Film A Late Style of Fire)
by Gregory Donovan & Michele Poulos

Publisher: Diode Editions
Genres: Poetry

These transcribed interviews double as oral histories, flash memoirs, and spontaneous poetics essays not only about Larry Levis, but about contemporary American poetry in the years spanning his larger-than-life life. —"Terrance Hayes

Release Date:
January 1, 2020

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Awkward Grace

Awkward Grace
by Mark Tulin

Publisher: Kelsey Books
Genres: Poetry

A moving collection of downtrodden tales speckled with moments of virtue, humor, beauty, and calm. Tulin writes not just of deprivation but of the acceptance of it—a learned helplessness, a passivity, that fills the heart with that strange, sad beauty, with that awkward grace.

Release Date:
January 2, 2020

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The Good Parts

The Good Parts
by Eric Blanchard

Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Genres: Poetry

Eric has woven emotional threads from a broad spectrum of textures, materials, and colors into a work of progressive scenes that reflect the all-encompassing experiences of life. —O.P.W. Fredericks

Release Date:
January 3, 2020

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Before and After the Book Deal: A writer's guide to finishing, publishing, promoting and surviving your first book

Before and After the Book Deal: A writer's guide to finishing, publishing, promoting and surviving your first book
by Courtney Maum

Publisher: Catapult
Genres: Nonfiction

Are MFA programs worth the time and money? How do people actually sit down and finish a novel? Did you get a good advance? Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about publishing but were too afraid to ask is right here in this funny, candid guide by acclaimed author Courtney Maum.

Release Date:
January 7, 2020

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(My Life and Other) Famous Train Wrecks of Ohio

(My Life and Other) Famous Train Wrecks of Ohio
by Bill Abbott

Publisher: Milk & Cake Press
Genres: Poetry

These wryly funny, self-deprecating poems offer observations on depression, loneliness, divorce, single parenting, dating, and Middletown, Ohio. And actual train wrecks.

Release Date:
January 10. 2020

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RESPECT: The Poetry of Detroit Music

RESPECT: The Poetry of Detroit Music
by Jim Daniels and M.L. Liebler

Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Genres: Poetry Anthology

While there have been countless books written about Detroit, none have captured its incredible musical history like this one. This collection of poems and lyrics covers numerous genres including jazz, blues, doo-wop, Motown, classic rock, punk, hip-hop, and techno.

Release Date:
January 15, 2020

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supermoon

supermoon
by Gillian Parrish

Publisher: Singing Horse Press
Genres: Poetry

"Composed of a delicate, roving parataxis located between the visible and invisible...shadow countries and future possible worlds..." —Gillian Conoley
"supermoon is a prayer book, full of praise songs and lamentations; it is a medicine book of spell and charms." —Eric Pankey

Release Date:
January 30, 2020

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After the Hunger: Stories

After the Hunger: Stories
by MaryEllen Beveridge

Publisher: Fomite Press
Genres: Literary Fiction

The central figure in many of the stories is the psychically wounded World War II veteran who is absent. Here the definition of the family is changed and its re-imagining remains problematic. A major theme of the collection is the search for place which often involves a search for faith as well.

Release Date:
January 31, 2020

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Naming the Leper

Naming the Leper
by Christopher Lee Manes

Publisher: LSU Press
Genres: Poetry

Between 1919 and 1941, five relatives of Christopher Lee Manes were diagnosed with an illness then referred to as “leprosy”. The five Landry siblings were separated from their loved ones and sent to the National Leprosarium in Louisiana, where they remained in quarantine until their deaths.

Release Date:
February 5, 2020

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Politics and the American Language: Reviews, Rants, and Commentary, 2011-2018

Politics and the American Language: Reviews, Rants, and Commentary, 2011-2018
by William O'Rourke

Publisher: Welcome Rain
Genres: nonfiction, essays, journalism

This new collection is William O'Rourke's third volume of a diverse mixture of long and short articles and it extends his reputation as a brilliant social historian and curmudgeonly contrarian.

Release Date:
February 7, 2020

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Sisters of the Undertow

Sisters of the Undertow
by Johnnie Bernhard

Publisher:Texas Review Press
Genres: Upmarket Fiction

With both humor and depth, Johnnie Bernhard probes beneath the superficialities of life in Sisters of the Undertow, revealing an unexpected hero.

Release Date:
February 14, 2020

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The Minuses

The Minuses
by Jami Macarty

Publisher: Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University
Genres: Poetry

The Minuses invites us into borderlands battlegrounds between the myriad forms of domination and resistance. Desert, coasts, and interpersonal boundaries provide both context and figure, as human beings abuse one another and themselves under the aegis of patriarchy.

Release Date:
February 14, 2020

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Flourish

Flourish
by Dora Malech

Publisher: Carnegie Mellon University Press
Genres: Poetry

“Malech wields an elegant knife . . . Flourish is dazzling.” —Terrance Hayes, author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

Release Date:
February 18, 2020

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Prairie Architecture

Prairie Architecture
by Monica Barron

Publisher: Golden Antelope Press
Genres: Poetry

"Architecture doesn't just apply to buildings. It can apply to the way we shape our environment and the habitats of other creatures," says Monica Barron. "There's also an architecture to our emotional/intellectual makeups." Deeply aware of how humans read their surroundings, and how these...

Release Date:
February 25, 2020

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If Anyone Asks, Say I Died from the Heartbreaking Blues

If Anyone Asks, Say I Died from the Heartbreaking Blues
by Philip Cioffari

Publisher: Livingston Press
Genres: Fiction (a novel)

Joey Hunter turns eighteen on the day of his senior prom, a whirlwind 24 hour period during which he struggles with heartbreak, the loss of his brother, and threats of violence from a local gang as he searches for true love. A comic and bittersweet novel of coming-of-age in 1960s America.

Release Date:
February 28, 2020

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The Audible and the Evident

The Audible and the Evident
by Julie Hanson

Publisher: Ohio University Press
Genres: Poetry

Bristling with alert attention, Julie Hanson’s poems witness and recover the world of things (and things felt), caught as they are in the contingencies of time.” —Jennifer Atkinson, author of The Thinking Eye

Release Date:
February 28, 2020

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Giving up the Ghost (and Other Hauntings)

Giving up the Ghost (and Other Hauntings)
by Tina V. Cabrera

Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Genres: Fiction

Release Date:
March 1, 2020

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(aviary)

(aviary)
by Genevieve Kaplan

Publisher: Veliz Books
Genres: Poetry

The poems in (aviary) circle themes of enclosure, feminism, and the natural world. Much of the collection was initially composed in local public gardens, lending these poems an air of urgency, the stink of voyeurism, and the hum of participation.

Release Date:
March 1, 2020

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Faculty Brat

Faculty Brat
by Dominic Bucca

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Genres: Memoir

“A powerful, heartbreaking, and fearless essay on abuse, family, and the fragmentation of the self, Faculty Brat takes narrative prose to a new and necessary level.” —Susan Steinberg, judge, Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction, author, Machine

Release Date:
March 2, 2020

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The Book of Kane and Margaret

The Book of Kane and Margaret
by Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi

Publisher: Fiction Collective Two / University of Alabama Press
Genres: Speculative Fiction, Asian American

Kane Araki is also the name of a man who, mysteriously, sprouts a pair of black raven's wings overnight... Margaret Morri is the name of an eleven-year-old girl who communes with the devil, trading human teeth for divine wishes...

Release Date:
March 3, 2020

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The Body Papers

The Body Papers
by Grace Talusan

Publisher: Restless Books
Genres: memoir

Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan’s memoir The Body Papers bravely explores her experiences with sexual abuse, depression, cancer, and life as a Filipino immigrant, supplemented with government documents, medical records, and family photos.

Release Date:
March 3, 2020

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In Our Other Lives

In Our Other Lives
by Theodore Wheeler

Publisher: Little A
Genres: Fiction

A provocative novel about abandoned faith, heartbreaking loss, and inescapable government scrutiny in the heartland of a post-9/11 nation.

Release Date:
March 3, 2020

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May 27, 2020

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Vanishing

Vanishing
by Cai Emmons

Publisher: Leapfrog Press
Genres: Fiction stories

These five stories feature female protagonists who have struggling to find their places in a world that often overlooks and devalues them.

Release Date:
March 4, 2020

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The Elements

The Elements
by James Scannell McCormik

Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Genres: Poetry

Release Date:
March 9, 2020

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The Gringa

The Gringa
by Andrew Altschul

Publisher: Melville House
Genres: Literary Fiction

A gripping and subversive novel about the slippery nature of truth and the tragic consequences of American idealism. Inspired by the true story of Lori Berenson, who spent 15 years in a Peruvian military prison on terrorism charges.

Release Date:
March 10, 2020

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April 14, 2020

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Eleanor

Eleanor
by Gray Jacobik

Publisher: CavanKerry Press
Genres: Poetry

Release Date:
March 12, 2020

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Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children

Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children
by Kathryn Winograd

Publisher: Saddle Road Press
Genres: Creative Nonfiction/Essays

Bronze Medal Winner in Essay for the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children explores in the microcosm of a forty-acre high mountain meadow and its surrounding lands vast worlds of ecological and familial migrations

Release Date:
March 15, 2020

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March 15, 2020

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Silverworld

Silverworld
by Diana Abu-Jaber

Publisher: Crown Books/ Random House
Genres: Fantasy

A fantasy-adventure story about an Arab-American girl who finds the courage to save her grandmother by walking through an ancient mirror and discovering an enchanted world on the other side. To save Sitti and Silverworld, Sami must brave adventure, danger, and the toughest challenge of all: change.

Release Date:
March 17, 2020

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Enso

Enso
by Shin Yu Pai

Publisher: Entre Rios Books
Genres: Poetry, Non-fiction, Visual Art

Release Date:
March 17 2020

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Rise of the Sons

Rise of the Sons
by JD Mitchell

Publisher: Amazon
Genres: YA Fantasy

Love YA fantasy with magic, monsters, and romance? Download a copy of Rise of the Sons by JD Mitchell!

Release Date:
March 21, 2020

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Burning Province

Burning Province
by Michael Prior

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Genres: Poetry

"Acerbic, moving, and formally astonishing, Michael Prior’s second collection explores the enduring impact of the Japanese internment upon his family legacy and his mixed-race identity."

Release Date:
March 24, 2020 Purchase:
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A Wolf by the Ears

A Wolf by the Ears
by Wayne Karlin

Publisher: University of Massacusetts Press
Genres: Historical Fiction

A Wolf by the Ears is a splendid novel [filled with] unforgettable people. Wayne Karlin gives us a universe of well-honed, well-realized characters who... offer a new dimension about American slavery and what it did to us. Edward P. Jones. Pulitzer Prize winner for The Known World.

Release Date:
March 31, 2020

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The Fish & The Dove

The Fish & The Dove
by Mary-Kim Arnold

Publisher: Noemi Press
Genres: Poetry

Incredible writing for our times. The Fish and the Dove is powerful, raw, and honest in its attestations questioning the answers provided by those who decide the fate of another. —Sam Roxas-Chua

Release Date:
April 1, 2020

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Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara

Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara
by William Fargason

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Genres: Poetry

In his debut collection, William Fargason inspects the pain of memory alongside the pain of the physical body. Fargason takes language to its limits to demonstrate how grief is given a voice. His speaker confronts illness, grapples with grief, and heals after loss in its most crushing forms.

Release Date:
April 1, 2020

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This Will Be A Sign

This Will Be A Sign
by Jeffrey Johnson

Publisher: Fernwood Press
Genres: Poetry

Release Date:
April 1, 2020

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Disparates

Disparates
by Patrick Madden

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Genre: Essays

Humorous essays with guest collaborators, including hermit crabs: eBay auction, word search, definition, erasure, magazine profile, and more.

Release Date:
April 1, 2020

Launch Event:
April 20, 2020

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Inside Out

Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poesm with Insider Exercises
by Marjorie Maddox

Publisher: Kelsay Books
Genres: Poetry, Pedagogical

"If I had to pick one book to introduce students to the joy of writing poems, this would be it...I dare you to read a page or two without reaching for your pen...From alliteration to sonnets and the villanelle, Marjorie Maddox makes metaphors meaningful and memorable."
—Charles Ghigna

Release Date:
April 1, 2020

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Loving in Truth: New and Selected Poems

Loving in Truth: New and Selected Poems
by Jay Rogoff

Publisher:Louisiana State University Press
Genres: Poetry

Drawing on 40 years of work, Loving in Truth marks a milestone for this confident, wise, and rigorous poet, a compendium of his finest work and a powerful introduction to his range of gifts.

Release Date:
April 1, 2020

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More Than Watchmen At Daybreak

More Than Watchmen At Daybreak
by Cyrus Cassells

Publisher: Nine Mile Books
Genres: Poetry

Release Date:
April 6, 2020

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May 4, 2020

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Indigo

Indigo
by Ellen Bass

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Genres: poetry

"Indigo plants in any reader the need to turn the page, to know more even if it means more heartbreak. You hold in your hands the work of a sorceress at the height of her powers." —Jericho Brown

Release Date:
April 7, 2020

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April 7, 2020

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God had a body

God had a body
by Jennie Malboeuf

Publisher: Indiana UP and the Indiana Review
Genres: Poetry

"What a glorious debut." —Stuart Dischell, author of Children with Enemies
The mind and the body. The heavens and earth. God and animal. The speaker in God had a body considers how the image of a higher power is presented to her, beginning with a Catholic upbringing in Kentucky.

Release Date:
April 7, 2020

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Her Sister's Tattoo

Her Sister's Tattoo
by Ellen Meeropol

Publisher: Red Hen Press
Genres: Fiction

"...a story of not just of two sisters but of our country, where politics have so often torn apart families, loved ones, and communities. This tenderly told novel brings humanity to all sides of struggle, lifting us with its grace, compassion, and hope for the future." —Rene Denfeld

Release Date:
April 7, 2020

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April 7, 2020

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Junebat

Junebat
by John Elizabeth Stintzi

Publisher: House of Anansi
Genres: Poetry

John Elizabeth Stintzi's unforgettable debut collection, Junebat, grapples with the pain of uncertainty on the path towards becoming.

Release Date:
April 7, 2020

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Deep Gossip: New & Selected Poems

Deep Gossip: New & Selected Poems
by Sidney Wade

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Genres: Poetry

Release Date:
April 7, 2020

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And Luckier
by Leatha Kendrick

Publisher: Accents Publishing
Genres: Poetry

In her new collection And Luckier, poet Leatha Kendrick offers us an unflinching and holistic look at our world. Her poems are full of humanity... complex and masterfully figurative, always allowing for two things to be said at once, two things to be true at once. —Kathleen Driskell

Release Date:
April 15, 2020

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Wanderlust 2020

Wanderlust 2020
by Sarah Leamy

Publisher: Wild Dog Press
Genres: Travel

Wanderlust is a literary travel journal, focused on first person narratives. In these divisive political times, our focus is on experiences of places and cultures that connect us across the globe. The printed anthology comes from the best of those published online in 2019.

Release Date:
April 15, 2020

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An Honest Hunger

An Honest Hunger
by Robert Lowes

Publisher: Resource Publications
Genres: poetry

If more poets wrote like Robert Lowes, more people would read poetry. An Honest Hunger appeals to humanity's better self and reminds us that we are united not so much by our strengths as by our woundedness. —Robert Nazarene, Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Poetry

Release Date:
April 16, 2020

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Insofar

Insofar
by Sarah Gridley

Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose
Genres: Poetry

Insofar is a collection of poems dedicated to analogical reasoning, seeking to remember basic terms of relation and proportion. Its theology, insofar as it finds one, is earth-based, pluralistic, and cyclical. Its fondest prayer is that we come to our senses.

Release Date:
April 21, 2020

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In Our Midst

In Our Midst
by Nancy Jensen

Publisher: Dzanc Books
Genres: Fiction

In December 1941, a German-American family are arrested as enemy aliens, split apart, and interned. In Our Midst illuminates a nation gripped by suspicion, fear, and hatred strong enough to threaten all bonds of love.

Release Date:
April 28, 2020

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April 28, 2020

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Muslim Women Are Everything Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration, and Adventure

Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration, and Adventure
by Seema Yasmin

Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Art, Popular Culture, Biography/Autobiography, Women, Social Science, Islamic Studies

Tired of seeing Muslim women portrayed as weak, sheltered, and limited, journalist Seema Yasmin reframes how the world sees them, to reveal everything they CAN do and the incredible, stereotype-shattering ways they are doing it.

Release Date:
April 28, 2020

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Vanishing Monuments

Vanishing Monuments
by John Elizabeth Stintzi

Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Genres: Literary Fiction

A brilliant novel whose lead character returns home to their long-estranged mother who is now suffering from dementia.

Release Date:
May 4, 2020

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After Rubén

After Rubén
by Francisco Aragón

Publisher: Red Hen Press
Genres: poetry, prose

After Rubén unfolds as a decades-long journey in poems and prose, braiding the personal, the political & the historical, interspersing along the way English-languish versions & riffs of a Spanish-language master: Rubén Darío.

Release Date:
May 5, 2020

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May 5, 2020

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Taking the Homeless Census

Taking the Homeless Census
by Alexis Ivy

Publisher: Saturnalia Books
Genres: Poetry

“Alexis Ivy has boundaries without borders. Her touch of what others have touched–their needles, their drink, their piss– turns her hands into doorways that open to so many wondrous and homeless rooms. You think you’ve seen it all, and then she opens herself.” —Barrett Warner

Release Date:
May 5, 20220

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Exile Music Book Cover

Exile Music
by Jennifer Steil

Publisher: Viking Books
Genres: Literary Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction, Historical Fiction

Based on an untold slice of World War II history, Exile Music follows a family of Jewish musicians who flee Vienna in 1939 to seek refuge in the mountains of Bolivia. Between 10,000 and 20,000 Jewish refugees sought asylum in Bolivia during World War II, many of them artists and musicians.

Release Date:
May 5, 2020

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May 30, 2020

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Fagg Nation

Fagg Nation
by Tristen Fagg

Publisher: Thicker Ink Press
Genres: Nonfiction

Fagg Nation is a compelling collection that explores the relationships in Fagg’s large Mormon family and their role as the baby in the line-up as Fagg negotiates through the past and present. She reveals hard truths about experiences within these relationships with great sensitivity and skill.

Release Date:
May 9, 2020

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May 9, 2020

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The Three of Them

The Three of Them
by Zeke Jarvis

Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genres: Young Adult

Harper, Krista, and James share two things in common. They all have disabilities, and they all have paranormal abilities. Both of those things leave the three separated from their peers but closer to each other. When a malevolent force within their high school begins to threaten them...

Release Date:
May 9, 2020

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Exit thru the Afro

Exit thru the Afro
by Jalynn Harris

Publisher: SoftSavagePress
Genres: Poetry

When was the last time you went to a queer museum in the future? Well, looks like you’re in for a ride. Exit Thru the Afro is excited for you to explore our galleries. Make sure you stop by the juke joint & hop in a fast car with Tracy Chapman, all the other queer and trans folks featured here.

Release Date:
May 10, 2020

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The Poet's Garage

The Poet's Garage
by Terry Tierney

Publisher: Unsolicited Press
Genres: Poetry

Enriched by deep images that refuse to remain static, The Poet’s Garage explores personal relationships, the environment, and the effects of war with simple language and occasional humor.

Release Date:
May 12, 2020

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Vortex Street

Vortex Street
by Page Hill Starzinger

Publisher: Barrow Street Press
Genres: Poetry

"Last swelling of the uterus, last circuit of a childhood home, last flare of recognition on a father’s face. . . . We love the world because we are doomed to lose it, and nowhere is that love more eloquently manifest than in Vortex Street," writes Linda Gregerson.

Release Date:
May 15, 2020

Launch Event:
May 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. EDT

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The Prettiest Star

The Prettiest Star
by Carter Sickels

Publisher: Hub City Press
Genres: Fiction

The Prettiest Star, set in 1986, is about Brian Jackson, a young gay man with AIDS, who leaves New York to return to the small town where he grew up. The novel examines the AIDS crisis of the 1980s through the lens of rural America. It’s about silence, shame, and the binds of home and love.

Release Date:
May 19, 2020

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Anthropocene

Anthropocene
by Dean Gessie

Publisher: Raw Art Review
Genres: Short Story Collection

Anthropocene has won two international competitions for a short story collection. Dean Gessie has won eight international short story competitions. Henry Stanton, publisher at Uncollected Press, says, "Gessie is one of the finest short story writers in the world."

Release Date:
May 20, 2020

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The Distance Between Stars

The Distance Between Stars
by Jeff Elzinga

Publisher: Water's Edge Press
Genres: Literary Fiction

In an African country quickly sliding towards civil war, an American diplomat adrift in his personal life searches for an investigative reporter who has gone missing in the bush. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS is a story about duty, race, and national identity.

Release Date:
May 24, 2020

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Gas! Gas! Gas!

Gas! Gas! Gas!
by Guy Choate, Illustrations by Evan Hallmark

Publisher: Runaway Trolley Press
Genres: Illustrated Essay

Artist Evan Hallmark interprets this essay from writer Guy Choate's account of enduring basic combat training and the result is a collaborative piece of art readers will find aesthetically and emotionally endearing.

Release Date:
May 29, 2020

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Drumming Armageddon

Drumming Armageddon
by George Drew

Publisher: Madville Publishing
Genre: Poetry

Surely all good poets, especially the ones born in Mississippi, think of their poetry as a sort of blues. George Drew's Drumming Armageddon is, without question, not merely a celebration of the blues, but the blues in fact.
—Jack Butler

Release Date:
June 1, 2020

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Island of the Innocent: a Consideration of the Book of Job

Island of the Innocent: a Consideration of the Book of Job
by Diane Glancy

Publisher: Turtle Point Press
Genres: poetry / poetic prose

Christianity and the Native American are rarely found harmoniously in the same sentence, let alone the same poem. Yet Diane Glancy's sensibility makes her sui generis, allowing her to write around these two subjects until they sing. What bounty to have Glancy's great art erupt once more.

Release Date:
June 1, 2020

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Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We're Discussing in the Faculty Lounge

Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We're Discussing in the Faculty Lounge
by Shannon Reed

Publisher: Atria Books/Simon & Schuster
Genres: Humor, Memoir

This hilarious, inspirational, and wise collection of personal essays and humor from a longtime educator explores all the joys, challenges, and absurdities of being a teacher, following in the footsteps of such classics as Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, The Courage to Teach, and Up the Down

Release Date:
June 1, 2020

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Ivy is a Weed

Ivy is a Weed
by Robert M. Roseth

Publisher: Robert M. Roseth
Genres: Mystery

Ivy is a Weed is a murder mystery that will tickle your funnybone. It is in the tradition of Joshua Ferris's Then We Came to the End. Fans of Dilbert will find the novel a logical extension of its humor, teleported to a university campus.

Release Date:
June 1, 2020

Launch Event:
June 2, 2020

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Paper $13.99
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Was Body

Was Body
by Billie R. Tadros

Publisher: Indolent Books
Genres: Poetry

“[A] fresh & haunting reintroduction to the corporeal form as a wilderness for word play & reclamation.” —Meg Day, author of Last Psalm at Sea Level

Release Date:
June 1, 2020

Launch Event:
June 1, 2020

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Category Five

Category Five
by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Publisher: Tor Teen / Macmillan
Genres: young adult supernatural thriller

Category Five is a mystery-driven supernatural YA thriller and follow-up to Five Midnights. Set in Puerto Rico, Cardinal pens a wickedly thrilling tale that brings to life the sobering reality of island life post Hurricane Maria.

Release Date:
June 2, 2020

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Sidie by Side but Never Face to Face

Sidie by Side but Never Face to Face
by Maggie Kast

Publisher: Orison Books
Genres: Short Fiction

This book asks, Can new love be found in old age? these linked narratives unfold the story of Greta— wife, mother, widow, and seeker—with profound insight into the emotional conflicts, spiritual yearnings, and everyday experiences that link us to others of every time and place

Release Date:
June 2, 2020

Launch Event:
August 27, 2020

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Outline of My Lover, twentieth anniversary edition

Outline of My Lover, twentieth anniversary edition
by Douglas A. Martin

Publisher: Nightboat Books
Genres: Fiction

"a piece of stylish and ferociously sharp prose."--Colm Toibin | "For me, it isn't just a 'queer story' or a 'queer narrative' or 'queer characters.' It queered structure. It queered syntax and vocabulary. It queered tense. It gave me permission to question..." —Tommy Pico

Release Date:
June 2, 2020

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Wolf

Wolf
by Douglas A. Martin

Publisher: Nightboat Books
Genres: Fiction

"Wolf is a horror story, a love story, story of survival, of parenting and of coming of age. It manages to be so many contradictory things by a-newly creating the English language—by making a brand new English that is both alienating and intimate. It is a marvel." —Tiphanie Yanique

Release Date:
June 2, 2020

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Mostly Water: Reflections Rural and North

Mostly Water: Reflections Rural and North
by Mary Odden

Publisher: Red Hen Press
Genres: memoir, linked essays

From women cowboys to arctic villages, Mary Odden’s linked essays transport the reader along light-filled paths at the top of a shrinking world. Visit maryodden.com, watch video book trailer.

Release Date:
June 2, 2020

Launch Event:
June 3, 2020

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The Secret Music at Tordesillas

The Secret Music at Tordesillas
by Marjorie Sandor

Publisher: Hidden River Press
Genres: Fiction

"An historical novel of striking imagination and lyricism, this sly tale of sixteenth-century Spain, with its secrets and masks involving the interrelationships of Catholics, Muslims and Jews, has an uncanny bearing on our own country's diversity tensions." —Philip Lopate

Release Date:
June 15, 2020

Launch Event:
June 1, 2020

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Paper $20.00
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A Short Move

A Short Move
by Katherine Hill

Publisher: Ig Publishing
Genres: Fiction

“An ode to both the singular glory and the heavy cost of greatness. Katherine Hill uses the rhythms of the sports novel to explore everything from the complexities of masculinity to the illusion that is the American Dream―and makes the form her own in the process." —Laura van den Berg

Release Date:
June 16, 2020

Launch Event:
June 18, 2020

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WRITING WILD: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World

WRITING WILD: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World
by Kathryn Aalto

Publisher: Timber Press
Genres: Nature and Science

In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto celebrates 25 women, both historical and current, whose influential writing helps deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers

Release Date:
June 23, 2020

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Lost Girls

Lost Girls
by Ellen Birkett Morris

Publisher: Touchpoint
Genres: Fiction

“A dazzling collection of stories that showcases Morris' impressive ability to hide devastating truths within seemingly small moments.” —Jenny Offill

Release Date:
June 26, 2020

Launch Event:
June 26, 2020

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Summertime Fine

Summertime Fine
by Jason B Crawford

Publisher: Variant Literature
Genres: Poetry

The poems in Summertime Fine are built to live on the tongue. Full of block parties and Slurpee machine, and cayenne and ribs, the collection reminds us that what we taste, what we savor, we consume. —Ross White

Release Date:
July 11, 2020

Launch Event:
July 11, 2020

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Paper $12.00

I'm Feeling Blue, Too!

I'm Feeling Blue, Too!
by Marjorie Maddox

Publisher: Wipf and Stock
Genres: Poetry

"What do you get when you take a morsel of midnight, a pinch of sky, a splash of sea, a flower petal, a bee-kissed mulberry, the hum of blue firs? . . . .Maddox leads young readers across mood-lifting, make-believe landscapes. Feeling blue has never felt so good!" —David L. Harrison, author

Release Date:
August 1, 2020

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Gaijin

Gaijin
by Sarah Z Sleeper

Publisher: Running Wild Press
Genres: Fiction

Lucy is a journalist at Northwestern University and she’s in love with an exotic new student, Owen Ota. When he disappears without explanation, sets out on a three-month quest across Japan to find him. She finds anti-U.S. protests and menacing street thugs, and no trace of Owen.

Release Date:
August 1, 2020

Launch Event:
August 1, 2020

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Paper $21.99
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Law & Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers

Law & Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers
by Jacqueline Lipton

Publisher: University of California Press
Genres: Nonfiction

This accessible, reader-friendly handbook is an invaluable resource for authors, agents, and editors in navigating the legal landscape of the contemporary publishing industry for both traditionally published and self-published authors.

Release Date:
August 4, 2020

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Paper $22.95
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Between Inca Walls, A Peace Corps Memoir

Between Inca Walls, A Peace Corps Memoir
by Evelyn Kohl LaTorre

Publisher: She Writes Press
Genres: Memoir

An adventurous and romantically inclined twenty-on-year old seeks fulfillment volunteering in Mexico and Peru. She joins the Peace Corps and works in the Andes, where she falls in love with her village, her indigenous pupils—and a university student.

Release Date:
August 11, 2020

Launch Event:
August 19, 2020

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Devil's Lake

Devil's Lake
by Sarah M. Sala

Publisher:Tolsun Books
Genres: Poetry

Devil's Lake ripples with formal invention as Sarah M. Sala finds ways to talk about love. Her images are unadorned, her style telegraphic and surreal as she contends with the violences that endanger women and women's desire for each other. Devil's Lake shook me awake! —CAConrad

Release Date:
August 11, 2020

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Dear October

Dear October
by Mary Morris

Publisher: Texas Review Press
Genres: Poetry

In caring for her mother before death, Mary Morris has moved a familiar subject forward with new beauty, truth, and humor. These poems are part folklore, part history, part mysticism. Dear October should be a choice for “Best of the Year.” —Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

Release Date:
August 15, 2020

Launch Event:
August 15, 2020

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Or What We'll Call Desire

Or What We'll Call Desire
by Alexandra Teague

Publisher: Persea
Genres: Poetry

This heartrending and darkly playful new collection of poems by Alexandra Teague mixes high-art and popular culture in an exploration of the representation and misrepresentation of the female form.

Release Date:
August 20, 2020

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The Artifact Hunters

The Artifact Hunters
by Janet Fox

Publisher: Viking Children's
Genres: middle grade

"Detailed and fast-paced, each [episode] moving the tale forward, and there are lots of unexpected twists, turns, and revelations." —Kirkus

Release Date:
August 25, 2020

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Winter Counts

Winter Counts
by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Publisher: Ecco
Genres: Native American, thriller

“Winter Counts is a marvel. It’s a thriller with a beating heart and jagged teeth--a brilliant meditation on power and violence. Weiden is a powerful new voice. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Tommy Orange, author of There There

Release Date:
August 25, 2020

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A Place Remote: Stories

A Place Remote: Stories
by Gwen Goodkin

Publisher: West Virginia University Press
Genre: Fiction

From farm to factory, alcoholism to war wounds, friendship to betrayal, the stories in ‘A Place Remote take us intimately into the hearts of people from all walks of life in a rural Ohio town.

Release Date:
September 1, 2020

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Comanche

Comanche
by Brett Riley

Publisher: Imbrifex Books
Genres: Western Horror

Something is killing the people of Comanche, Texas. Rumors fly that it’s the ghost of The Piney Woods Kid, back to wreak vengeance on the descendants of the vigilantes who killed him. Those investigating the murders soon find themselves in the killer's cross-hairs.

Release Date:
September 1, 2020

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Cloth $25.00
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Mannequin and Wife: Stories

Mannequin and Wife: Stories
by Jen Fawkes

Publisher: LSU Press
Genres: Short Stories

The award-winning tales in Mannequin and Wife trip seamlessly across borderlands, navigating the mundane and the marvelous. These stories examine the vagaries of human relationships, teasing out the startling complications that arise from our associations with those we loathe and those we love.

Release Date:
September 2, 2020

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Paper $22.46
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By Broad Potomac's Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital

By Broad Potomac's Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital
by Kim Roberts

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Genres: Poetry

A comprehensive anthology of 132 poets, well-known and overlooked, who lived in Washington, DC from the city’s founding in 1800 to 1930. The book celebrates women poets, working class poets, and poets of color, including a significant number of poets born enslaved. "Impeccable research."

Release Date:
October 1, 2020

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Magnetic Woman: Toyen and the Surrealist Erotic

Magnetic Woman: Toyen and the Surrealist Erotic
by Karla Huebner

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Genres: art history, biography

Part art book and part biography, Magnetic Woman examines the life and work of the artist Toyen (Marie Čermínová, 1902–80), a founding member of the Prague surrealist group, and focuses on her construction of gender and eroticism.

Release Date:
November 8, 2020

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Stick Figure with Skirt

Stick Figure with Skirt
by Cathryn Cofell

Publisher: Main Street Rag
Genres: Poetry

"This book is Dickinsonian in its way of believing in the power of the mind, the internal world, the imagination that always reaches beyond the self." —Jericho Brown

Release Date:
November 19, 2020

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Paper $14.00

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