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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
“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
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, and many more!
The Scarlet Thread
“One of the many delights of The Scarlet Thread is the intense, vivid sense of place and history unfolding... 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
Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand
edited by Jeffery Hess
Stories by David Abrams, Zoey Byrd, Caleb S. Cage, Jon Chopan, Paul Crenshaw, Tracy Crow, James R. Duncan, Roland Goity, Kevin C. Jones, Brooke King, Jack King, Fred Leebron, Court Merrigan, Joseph Mills, Thomas Vincent Nowaczyk, Kathleen M. Rodgers, Max Ruback, Brian Seemann, Paul Stroebel, Daniel Taylor, Jim Walke, and Robert Wallace.
Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories
Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories celebrates more than 30 years of writing, awards, and honors by David Jauss, whose short stories have been reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, and twice in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses.
“Scissored Moon is as bold and astonishing as it is tender. Its poems are drenched in tactility—in the blood and bones of our lives, and they are informed by a fierce intelligence. The language is lush, rich, and exquisite in its details.”—Jay Neugeboren, author of The American Sun & Wind Moving Picture Company
Bones of an Inland Sea
Evocative and brimming with redemption, Mary Akers' newest collection BONES OF AN INLAND SEA takes the reader on a journey of exploration and transformation that begins with a 19th century shipwreck, passes through Bikini Atoll's atomic testing, sinks into the heart of a devastating tsunami, and slides forward into a futurist island utopia floating in the Sargasso Sea.
Solving the World's Problems
"Rather than solving the world’s problems, this collection turns them to the sun like a prism—casting bright and spare images of humanity in flux...Compassionate, challenging, and filled with slinky swerves of phrase, these poems refresh how we look at our daily lives." —Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox
A Fingerprint Repeated
“In these stories, Jeffrey Condran deliberately addresses the tensions and promise of our post-9/11 world with courage, intelligence, and empathy....Condran writes in a voice that radiates self-assurance and knowledge of the hopes and regrets that unite us all."—Caitlin Horrocks, author of This is Not Your City
Blood a Cold Blue
“Claffey is a collector of moments that throb to life, shapes appear out of the mist of memory as irreducible as the mystery of existence itself. Blood a Cold Blue is fueled by a masterful writer; powerful, unforgettable and mesmerizing.”
—Meg Tuite, author of Bound By Blue
The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest
"This is one of those rare books of poetry—earthy, sensuous, brave-spirited—that gives us the feeling of a full human life as vividly as a novel aspires to do." —John Frederick Nims, judge for the 1985 Associated Writers Award Series for Poetry
The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers
"Hardship, cruelty, heartbreak, bleak sorrow—these sad themes are plentiful in the pages of Cathy Smith Bowers. But in its smoldering heart, her poetry holds, like the piñata in 'The Party,' a 'sweet, dark center.'”
—Fred Chappell, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina
The Clock Flower
Born in Belfast and now teaching in the U.S., "Adrian Rice has a nice sense of what he is up to as a poet: I like and admire the way his district and his diction are so artfully tongue-in-cheek and hand-in-glove." —Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature