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Love and Other Collisions
by Joseph Mills

8.5 X 5.5 paperback, 88 pages
Sending Christmas Cards to Huck & Hamlet
by Joseph Mills

8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 100 pages
Somewhere During the Spin Cycle
by Joseph Mills

8 x 5 paperback, 80 pages
Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers
by Joseph Mills

8 x 5 paperback, 80 pages

Joseph Mills grew up in Indiana, and, in the first thirty years of his life, he kept moving farther and farther West, earning literature degrees at the University of Chicago, University of New Mexico, and the University of California, Davis. He spent a year in Bordeaux where he met his wife, and, after living for a couple years in the San Francisco Bay area, they moved to North Carolina. Joe teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. In addition to his four poetry collections, he is the co-author (with wife Daniele Tarmey) of A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries. He also recently edited A Century of the Marx Brothers.
Listen to Garrison Keillor read "The Good Nights," from Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, on NPR's "The Writer's Almanac."
Liliana Italiano was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She used to dwell in “La Boca,” a picturesque neighborhood of the capital city where she studied at the National Ceramic School. After finishing her art studies at the State School of Fine Arts Dr. Figueroa Alcorta in Cordoba Province, she taught pottery, sculpture, and painting at private and public institutions, and participated in several exhibitions in her home country. Later, she settled with her husband and children in Anisacate, a very small village in the hills. Liliana lived in Charlottesville, Virginia for four years, where she had the opportunity to share her art more widely in solo and group exhibitions. Some of her art works were exhibited (and still are) in XVI Iberoamerican Art Salon, Washington DC, Art Upstairs Gallery, Black Rock Gallery, and several art festivals around the states, as well as in her home country of Argentina, and across Latin America. Liliana returned to Argentina, to the hills of Cordoba, in 2007, and is now working on new projects. 
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Joseph Mills
Cover artist: Liliana Italiano
“Joseph Mills is a poet who understands that Love’s great nemesis isn’t Hate but Time. Time and again, the poems in Love and Other Collisions explore the inherent pain created when Love and Time meet. This book stands as a chronicle of the speaker’s growth from a hopeful youth to a father carving out the best life he can for his own children to a man who is a helpless witness to his mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In the words of one poem, Mills “show[s] how you [can] make something of your life if only you [can] stand enough punishment over the years.” Love and Other Collisions is at once ambitious, unflinching, and tender—It is definitely a must-read.” 
  — Shaindel Beers, author of A Brief History of Time
"To Joe Mills a glass of wine reveals a little of 'the almost infinite risk in being who we are.' Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers is, then, a collection of revelations, truths to be found in and about wine. Witty, mordant, melancholy, funny, these bright poems fix and illumine the many moods we may encounter in a bottle of happy red. I shall recommend this volume most heartedly, saying, 'Here, I think this / will help make things a little better.'"  
   Fred Chappell, author of Family Gathering
These are poems borne of the poet's heart and spirit as he gracefully spins fleeting moments into memories.  Mills experiences life deep into the marrow and shares his visions with readers. The striking cover art, "Sudestada" by Liliana Italiano, entices the eye and prepares readers for the profound poetry inside the book. If you enjoy poetry, Mills' work is highly recommended.
 Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review
“I have been reading Joseph Mills’ work for years, but this, his fourth collection, is my favorite. Ultimately, his poems do what poetry should do: simplify the complicated and complicate the seemingly simple. You’ll never think of Rapunzel as a victim again.” 
— Lori Ostlund, author of The Bigness of the World
Meet Cover Artist Alireza Darvish 
Cover artist Alireza Darvish was born in Rasht, Iran and studied History of Art and Painting at the Fine Arts Institute in Teheran, Iran. He has worked as an illustrator for many art and literature magazines, and has taught painting and drawing. His art has been featured in solo exhibitions and his animated films have been shown and have earned awards throughout Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.

At the age of fifteen in Iran, Alireza says he was forced to avoid trouble by throwing into a river many books from his personal library that were prohibited by the Iranian government. Now living as a political refugee in Germany, Alireza creates art through illustrations and animations, many using books as a metaphor for the human being and his or her relationship to the world through books. 

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