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A Lake of Light and Clouds
poems by Terri Kirby Erickson

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"As Erickson shares images and experiences in her richly textured poems, she invites her readers into her own psyche, a place where we are all likely to feel accepted and warm." 
—Felicia Mitchell, author of The Cleft of the Rock
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Time of Drums
a novel by John Ehle

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Time of Drums is the third book in John Ehle's seven-book Appalachian series, and follows the Wright and King families as the Civil War wreaks havoc on the South, both in the camps and at home.

The Seven Stages of Anger
and Other Stories
stories by Wendy J. Fox

Winner of the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

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"... you can't help but hold your breath for the big break you know is coming."
—Anastasia Ashman, editor of Tales from the Expat Harem
Waltzing with Horses
poems by Felicia Mitchell

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“This beautiful, magnificent book touched me almost beyond words. Felicia Mitchell is a poet whose voice matters. This volume, with its spare, moving words, will be with me for the rest of my days.”
—Philip Lee Williams, author of Elegies for the Water

Paper, Cotton, Leather
poems by Jenny Sadre-Orafai

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"Eloquent, wistful, and inventive, Jenny Sadre-Orafai's first book proves 'everywhere is an atlas.' She enlarges moments of wonderment and sadness into poems that map radiant intimacies and flickering bonds."
—Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning

This Miraculous Turning
poems by Joseph Mills

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"Disturbingly brilliant, breaking boundaries with shocking immediacy, This Miraculous Turning lays bare a trail of poems that navigate extreme terrain.."
—Jaki Shelton Green, author of Breath of a Song: New and Selected Poems

Frozen Latitudes
poems by Therése Halscheid

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"In Frozen Latitudes, Therése Halscheid welcomes the lucky reader into a world of deep love, familial illness, and the dual human urges to speak and be heard."
—Donna Baier Stein, editor of Tiferet

by Shelby Stephenson

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"I am very moved by Fiddledeedee, by the accumulating strength of its forward movement as well as by telling details, of the natural and spiritual world." 
—A.R. Ammons, winner of the 1973 and 1993 National Book Award for Poetry

Twelve Women in a Country Called America: Stories 
by Kelly Cherry

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Kelly Cherry’s tenth work of fiction delivers twelve compelling stories about women of the American South. These are women struggling to find their way through the everyday workings of life while also navigating the maze of self. From a young woman’s nightmare piano lesson to an elderly woman’s luminous last breath, Twelve Women in a Country Called America takes readers on a journey sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always enlightening.
Hotel Worthy
by Valerie Nieman

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" Like a daring archeologist, the poems of Hotel Worthy dig [deeply] into the intimate layers of years, excavating the fossils of memory, love, loss, and family history."
—Ansel Eklins, author of Blue Yodel, winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets

Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust
Winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

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“There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful.”
—Thomas Lux, author of Child Made of Sand and God Particles
Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories by Grant Faulkner

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"Grant Faulkner’s sharply observed, darkly funny, heart-breaking bursts of highly compressed prose offers a startling view of what reality might look like through a funhouse microscope. Fissures pushes the boundaries of flash prose, and thank goodness for that. Sometimes less is so much more."

—Dinty W. Moore, author of Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals

Women Who Loved Me Despite
by Richard Krawiec
A Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection

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"Women Who Loved Me Despite deals with fatherhood and loyalty, love realized and love betrayed, the lessons and misadventures of a man coming into his prime."
—Joseph Millar, author of Overtime 

Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers: Second Edition by Joseph Mills

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“…a must-have for all wine lovers. No ideology here, just perspective. Mills has a keen sense for why wine is so improbably important to so many of us, and on page after page, the wine lover will say, ‘Oh yes, that's me.’"
—Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Baby's on Fire by Liz Prato

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“In her terrific debut, Baby’s on Fire, Liz Prato pulls off the ultimate balancing act: the stories are at once beautifully written and tremendously compelling—not to mention filled with characters so full of life that they feel as real as people we know. A knockout collection.” 

—Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans
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