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Blood Sisters of the Republic
“'Here's a full-out 21st century poet — wrangler with history, domestic confidante, disrupter of narratives, down-home story teller, linguistic fire breather. Wendy Willis fills this striking book to bursting with the rich matter of home life and the world's grand, baffling sweep.”— Greg Glazner, author of Opening the World
Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6
"Think: Flannery O'Connor meets Desperate Housewives. A poetic, hilarious and haunting collection.”
—Susan Shapiro, author of Overexposed and Five Men Who Broke My Heart
“In The Waterhouse, Jubal Tiner traces the intersecting fate of three boyhood friends as they navigate the world of masculinity and its discontents. These are stories bristling with a fierce wisdom, masterfully written, and emotionally fearless. Tiner is a writer to watch.” — Steve Almond, author of God Bless America and My Life in Heavy Metal
In the Company of Spirits
“Carmen Calatayud’s courageous poems not only sing, but talk straight from the heart about love and death, the everyday as well as the inexplicable. These poems accomplish that rare feat of weaving a spell from the first to last page that causes everything else to fall away...”
— Devreaux Baker, winner of the 2011 PEN Oakland award for Red Willow People
"...Sinuous and supple, his verse twines around our nomadic unease, rooting us in a poet's imagination. Alfred Corn is a national resource, a bard of astonishing breadth.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Tea in Heliopolis
“Hedy Habra's hospitable poems, lush with intricate landscapes of relating and remembering, are so rich they make me homesick. Here are worlds, both ancient and modern, spun and sung in shining wonder.”
—Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Transfer
Beasts and Men
“What you feel first is the simplicity—of sentences, of tone, of description—but then before you know it, complexity has crept in on every level, and by the end of each of these stories you are left marveling at the layers of life history and humanity Curtis Smith has evoked.”
—Robin Black, author of If I loved you, I would tell you this
Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn
"Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn marks the debut of a poet of deep feeling, one who filters the 'pear light of hope' through daily existence and who recognizes each 'odd hour… pressed by love.'...
—Michael Waters, author of Gospel Night
Useful Information for the Soon-to-be Beheaded
prose poetry by Shivani Mehta
“Even if you won’t be losing your head anytime soon, Useful Information for the Soon-to-be Beheaded should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in spending some time with a wild imagination set to beautiful use.”
—Rick Bursky, author of Death Obscura
In the Middle of Many Mountains
“Nahal Suzanne Jamir is a startling writer. Her work defies simple categorization, and I find myself a little breathless sometimes, story to story, page to page, line to line. This is a wonderful, boldly experimental debut by a unique new voice. Here is a brilliant mind at work. Make way!”
—Julianna Baggott, author of the Pure trilogy
poetry by Joseph Bathanti
“In Anson County Joseph Bathanti's generous heart turns the local into universal praises. Radiant as a welcome sun after rain, his reverence for people, places, and things fashions rare and extraordinary truths. Anson County is a substantive union of hymn and prayer.”
—Shelby Stephenson, author of Play My Music Anyhow
24 Bar Blues: Two Dozen Tales of Bars, Booze, and the Blues
edited by Andrew Scott
Stories by Lee K. Abbott, Rusty Barnes, Victoria Barrett, Robert Boswell, Karen Brown, Eugene Cross, Jennine Capó Crucet, Murray Dunlap, Roxane Gay, Becky Hagenston, Holly Goddard Jones, Victoria Lancelotta, Sarah Layden, John McNally, Kyle Minor, Debra Monroe, Darlin' Neal, Michael Parker, Victoria Patterson, Andrew Roe, Jared Yates Sexton, Chad Simpson, Anne Valente, and Richard Yañez.
A Hero for the People: Stories of the Brazilian Backlands
"This is a remarkable collection. The Brazil that Arthur Powers brings to life in these stories is a testing ground for the human heart, an alarmingly real place where the extremes of poverty and opulence, iniquity and justice, hate and love, bring his characters—and readers—face to face with life."
— Bernardo Aparicio García, Publisher, Dappled Things
The Scarlet Thread
“One of the many delights of The Scarlet Thread is the intense, vivid sense of place and history unfolding. Doris Betts is not only a master of narrative art and insight into character, she is also a master of the history and life of a region... I know of no work of either fiction or nonfiction that portrays that part of the South in the aftermath of the Civil War with more realism, honesty, complexity, compelling narrative, and sensitivity.”
— Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek