Alumni Bookshelf

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Hannah Baker Saltmarsh
Author, Male Poets and the Agon of the Mother: Contexts in Confessional and Postconfessional Poetry
The University of South Carolina Press, 2019

In the late 1950s the notion of a “mother poem” emerged during a confessional literary movement that freed poets to use personal, psychosexual material about intimate topics such as parents, childhood, failed marriages, children, infidelity, and mental illness.

Jason Reynolds
Author, Sunny
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2018

Sunny tries to shine despite his troubled past in this third novel in the critically acclaimed Track series from National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds.

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Elizabeth Acevedo
Author, The Poet X
HarperCollins, 2018

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

Joelle Biele
Author, Tramp: Poems
Louisiana State University Press, 2018

Using newspaper accounts and court records from the late 19th and early 20th century, poet Joelle Biele follows three women who left their homes and families to start new lives or to find work. In the process she shares their stories about life on the roads and rails.

Tramp is composed of rich, unusual poems containing quotes from interviews, letters, and printed articles. Intermittently, pages are headlined “Dictionary,” explaining terms in use at the time, and “Newsbreaks,” which are assembled quotes from newspapers.

Mark D. Larabee
Author, The Historian's Heart of Darkness: Reading Conrad's Masterpiece as Social and Cultural History
ABC-CLIO, 2018

The phrase "heart of darkness" has become familiar shorthand for conjuring an ominous sense of hidden or deeply rooted evil. How did these words become so evocative? The answer lies in the richness and acute insight of Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad's story based on his 1890 journey on the Congo River.

Liz Countryman
Author, A Forest Almost
Subito Press, 2017

Moving from suburban spaces to the chaos of New York City and back again, the speaker of A Forest Almost delights and despairs in a feeling of instability and flux. Memories are stirred up and confronted by a weird and equivocal world of metaphor as the poems move among different angles of sight and moments in time. By turns wry and ecstatic, epistolary and in search of a missing listener, these poems impart the threat and excitement of breaching one’s own isolation.

Jason Reynolds
Author, Long Way Down
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2017

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

Julie Enszer
Editor, The Complete Works of Pat Parker
A Midsummer Night's Press, 2017
During her lifetime, Pat Parker was a renowned African-American, lesbian-feminist poet and performer. She was the author of Jonestown & Other Madness (1985), Movement in Black (1978, 1983, 1989, 1999), Womanslaughter (1978), Pit Stop (1974, 1975), and Child of Myself (1972, 1974). Her poems appeared in numerous journals, newspapers, and anthologies. With Judy Grahn, she recorded the album Where Would I Be Without You (Olivia Records, 1976), and one of her spoken poems appeared on the album Lesbian Concentrate.
Tim Fitts
Author, Go Home and Cry for Yourselves
Xavier Review Press, 2017
Jason Reynolds
Author, Patina
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2017

From the publisher:

A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons in this follow-up to the National Book Award finalist Ghost by New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds.

Jason Reynolds
Co-author with Brendan Kiely, All American Boys
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2017
Jason Reynolds
Author, Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Marvel Press, 2017
Jason Reynolds
Author, Ghost
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2017

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel in a new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

Meg Eden
Author, Post Hight School Reality Quest
Rare Bird Books, 2017

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: the text parser. Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands: Finish school. Go to party. Fall in love.

Jason Reynolds
Author, As Brave As You
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books; Reprint edition, 2017
Shara McCallum
Author, Madwoman
Alice James Books, 2017

“. . . McCallum beautifully incorporates the patois of her native Jamaica and employs myth as a way to deal with the mistakes and hurts of the past. [Her] striking poems take the madwoman out of her attic so that she may walk and speak among the living.”
                                                — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Tim Fitts
Author, Hypothermia
MadHat, Inc., 2017

Lara Vetter
Author, A Curious Peril: H.D.'s Late Modernist Prose
University Press of Florida, 2017

A Curious Peril examines the prose penned by modernist writer H.D. in the aftermath of World War II, a little-known body of work that has been neglected by scholars, and argues that the trauma H.D. experienced in London during the war profoundly changed her writing.

Elizabeth Acevedo
Author, Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths
YesYes Books, 2016

Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths is a collection of folkloric poems centered on the historical, mythological, gendered and geographic experiences of a first generation American woman. From the border in the Dominican Republic, to the bustling streets of New York City, Acevedo considers how some bodies must walk through the world as beastly beings. How these forgotten myths be both blessing and birthright.

Jason Reynolds
Author, The Boy in the Black Suit
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2016
Simone Drake
Author, When We Imagine Grace: Black Men and Subject Making
The University of Chicago Press, 2016

Simone C. Drake spent the first several decades of her life learning how to love and protect herself, a black woman, from the systems designed to facilitate her harm and marginalization. But when she gave birth to the first of her three sons, she quickly learned that black boys would need protection from these very same systems—systems dead set on the static, homogenous representations of black masculinity perpetuated in the media and our cultural discourse.

Julie Enszer
Author, Avowed
Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016
Len Abram
Author, Debris: A Novel of Love, War and the Lusitania
Moonshine Cove Publishing, 2015

THE TORPEDOING AND SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA ON MAY 7, 1915 CLAIMED 1201 LIVES. COULD THE GREAT SHIP HAVE BEEN SAVED? "Debris, A Novel of Love, War and the Lusitania" holds a mirror up to the turbulent times of World War I, and the critical year 1915. A German U-Boat sinking of the liner "Lusitania" helped bring America into the war against Germany on the British side. The "Lusitania" sailed with close to 2000 passengers and crew, over half of whom would die. Germany's warnings to passengers were largely ignored. Hidden on board were munitions and war supplies for the British army.

Len Abram
Author, Debris: A Novel of Love, War and the Lusitania
Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC, 2015
Patrick Phillips
Author, Elegy for a Broken Machine
Knopf, 2015

The poet Patrick Phillips brings us a stunning third collection that is at its core a son’s lament for his father. This book of elegies takes us from the luminous world of childhood to the fluorescent glare of operating rooms and recovery wards, and into the twilight lives of those who must go on.

Meg Eden
Author, A Week With Beijing
NEON, 2015

A Week With Beijing by Meg Eden – published February 7th 2015 – is Neon‘s second chapbook. This book of twenty-one poems charts the narrator’s relationship with the mysterious Beijing, a woman who personifies the city for which she is named.

Reginald Dwayne Betts
Author, Bastards of the Reagan Era
Four Ways Book, 2015

The poet Raymond Patterson once asked “But who can conceive / Of cities lost in a blackman?” That’s what these poems are about: what does it mean to be nearly broken by something you love? Bastards of the Reagan Era is a challenge, a confrontation of the hard realities that frame America.

Len Abram
Author, The Medallion
Damnation Books, 2014
Pursuing the American Dream, he ended up fighting for his life. Sasha Denisov dreams of buying his own taxi medallion and remarrying the beautiful Ani. He got his green card from her and fell in love. His pursuit of happiness clashes with criminals. They want the same medallion. An assassin and the police are after the cabbie. The pursuit of justice drives two Boston detectives assigned to his case. They get an unexpected break in a ten-year old murder and push both investigations forward.
Len Abram
Author, The Medallion
Caliburn Press, 2014
Author, The Merchant of Feathers
Peepal Tree Press, 2014

Longlisted for the 2015 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, this second collection is full of poems that have their finger on the pulse of contemporary Jamaica in all its exuberance and brokenness. Tanya Shirley tells these stories with a winning mixture of acute observation, outrage, outrageousness, tenderness and understanding​.

Annette Debo
Editor, Within the Walls and What Do I Love?
University Press of Florida, 2014

This volume presents two rare works by the modernist writer H.D.: Within the Walls, a collection of fourteen short stories, and What Do I Love?, a set of three long poems. Written during World War II in London, where H.D. chose to stay despite offers of refuge in the United States, the stories and poems recount her experiences during the Blitz. These texts capture the essence of war-torn London from the perspective of a woman with her boots on the ground.

Elissa Washuta
Author, My Body Is a Book of Rules
Red Hen Press, 2014

As Elissa Washuta makes the transition from college kid to independent adult, she finds herself overwhelmed by the calamities piling up in her brain. When her mood-stabilizing medications aren’t threatening her life, they’re shoving her from depression to mania and back in the space of an hour. Her crisis of American Indian identity bleeds into other areas of self-doubt; mental illness, sexual trauma, ethnic identity, and independence become intertwined.

Natasha Sajé
Author, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory
University of Michigan Press, 2014

Windows and Doors is a poetry handbook that places poststructuralist and postmodern ways of thinking alongside formalist modes, making explicit points of overlap and tension that are usually tacit. Each of Natasha Sajé’s nine essays addresses a topic of central concern to readers and writers of poetry while also making an argument about poetic language and ideology.

A. V. Christie
Author, The Wonders
Seven Kitchens Press, 2014
Rita Zoey Chin
Author, Let the Tornado Come: A Memoir
Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition, 2014

From an award-winning poet comes this riveting, gorgeous memoir about a young runaway, the trauma that haunted her as an adult, and the friendship with a horse that finally set her free.

Natasha Sajé
Author, Vivarium
Tupelo Press, 2014
A vivarium is an enclosure for living things -- plants or animals -- which might likewise be said of a poem. With a vivacious sensibility and unruly leaps from elegiac to ironic, Sajé's new book is an abecedarium, fully using the page, and challenging all manner of received wisdom. Employing lyrics, lists, arguments, narratives, and meditations, and including prose poems devoted to particular letters as well as invented visual or conceptual pieces, in Vivarium the alphabet is endowed with power far beyond usefulness.
Kara Candito
Author, Spectator
The University of Utah Press, 2014

Kara Candito’s second poetry collection is anything but a comedy, although it ends happily. At the book’s center is the struggle of a U.S. citizen and a Mexican citizen to find a common space and language in their relationship while navigating the U.S. immigration system, a process that sometimes requires magical thinking just to endure. By employing a kind of documentary poetics that views the application process through different angles and perspectives, Candito crafts discourses around xenophobia, otherness, and national and ethnic identity.

April Naoko Heck
Author, A Nuclear Family
Upset Press, 2014

UpSet Press is pleased to announce the release of A Nuclear Family, April Naoko Heck’s debut book of poetry. As we approach the 70-year anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, Heck’s timely collection explores the brink of creation and annihilation — the dawning of the nuclear age and the shaping of Japanese American identity within the shadows of WWII.

Lara Vetter
Editor, By Avon River
UP of Florida, 2014

    H.D. called By Avon River "the first book that really made me happy." In this annotated edition, Lara Vetter argues that the volume represented a turning point in H.D.’s career, a major shift from lyric poetry to the experimental forms of writing that would dominate her later works.

Paul Otremba
Author, Pax Americana
Four Way Books, 2014

The poems in Pax Americana are born out of the violent, fractious, and disillusioning opening to the 21st century. The decade of protracted wars and economic collapse—coupled with the polarizing of wealth and ideologies in the U.S.—create the catalysts for this book. These are social poems that want to talk and, through talking, hopefully make a space where people can meet and find meaning in each other.

Jason Reynolds
Author , When I Was the Greatest
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.

Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, Ana Kothe
, Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism
Excelsior Editions/State University of New York, 2013

This unique literary anthology is devoted to unruly Catholic women. In short stories, poems, personal essays, and drama, the contributors describe women’s struggles with Catholicism and also complicate contemporary understandings of women’s relationships to their faith. Catholicism often oppresses the women in these creative pieces, but it also inspires them to challenge literary, social, political, and religious hierarchies.

Julie R. Enszer
Author, Sisterhood
Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013

Julie R. Enszer's second collection mines the multiple meanings of sisterhood, exploring the burdens and joys of sisters, real and imagined. These poems ache with loss: of a sister, of friends from AIDS, of elder poets, of innocence, of exuberance and idealism in middle age. But at the same time, these poems affirm life: the desire of humans to live, to hold one another tightly, to build new ways of living amid fragile remains.

Shane H. Finkelstein
Author, Finding Gordon Lipschitz
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Ann Fraistat
Co-Author with Shawn Fraistat, Romeo and Juliet: Choose Your Own Ending
Playscripts, Inc. , 2013

What if Romeo had stayed helplessly in love with Rosaline instead of Juliet? Or if Mercutio and Tybalt hadn't died...but had gotten together instead? In this Shakespearean take on the "Choose Your Own Ending" model, the audience casts votes throughout the performance to determine which course true love will take; ultimately deciding whether everybody lives or everybody dies. With eight dramatically different possible endings, this isn't the tale of star-crossed lovers that you read in high school. An irreverent, madcap reimagining of Shakespeare's most beloved romance.

Elizabeth DeLoughrey
Introduced and co-edited with Renée Gosson and George Handley, Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture
University of Virginia Press, 2013

Perhaps there is no other region in the world that has been more radically altered in terms of human and botanic migration, transplantation, and settlement than the Caribbean. Theorists such as Edouard Glissant argue that the dialectic between Caribbean "nature" and "culture," engendered by this unique and troubled history, has not heretofore been brought into productive relation. Caribbean Literature and the Environment redresses this omission by gathering together eighteen essays that consider the relationship between human and natural history.

Josh Milberg
Director of Promotions and Outreach, Electric Literature
Electric Literature, 2013

Electric Literature’s mission is to guide writers and readers through a rapidly evolving publishing landscape. By embracing new technologies and mixed media, collaborating with other publishers, and engaging the literary community online and in-person, Electric Literature aims to support writers while broadening the audience of literary fiction, and ensure that literature remains a vibrant presence in popular culture.

Kelly Wisecup
Author, Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures
University of Massachusetts Press, 2013

The conquest and colonization of the Americas resulted in all kinds of exchanges, including the transmission of diseases and the sharing of medicines to treat them. In this book, Kelly Wisecup examines how European settlers, Native Americans, and New World Africans communicated medical knowledge in early America, and how the colonists represented what they learned in their literatures.

Rhondda R. Thomas
Co-editor, The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought
The University of South Carolina Press, 2013

In The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought, each of the nineteen authors is introduced with a supplementary scholarly essay to illustrate the cultural and historical import of their works and to demonstrate how they draw on and distinguish themselves from one another. These connections exhibit a coherent legacy of engagement, brought on and nurtured by South Carolina traditions.

John Van Kirk
Author, Song for Chance
Red Hen Press, 2013

Keyboard man Jack Voss spends his evenings in the relative sanctuary of the clubs, playing jazz standards on the piano and occasionally singing some of the songs that made him famous. His 1974 rock opera, The Enchanted Pond, catapulted his band, Vossimilitude, into the stratosphere of rock superstardom. Later, solo albums earned him a reputation as a musician's musician. Reverence for his genius led his shortcomings--as a husband, father, and friend--to be forgiven, or at least overlooked.

Meg Eden
Author, The Girl Who Came Back
Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013

Meg Eden’s The Girl Who Came Back is a collection of narrative poems that circle  around a Mother’s love of an amusement park that has been destroyed by time and  urban sprawl.  The Mother’s recollections are shared with the daughter, until the  love of the past amusement park becomes a shared fantasy. Eden asks us to consider  the way experience shapes memory and the way memory shapes reality. It begs to  question the importance of shared narratives.

Katy Didden
Author, The Glacier's Wake
Louisiana State University Press, 2013

In her debut poetry collection The Glacier's Wake, Katy Didden attends to the large-scale tectonics of the natural world as she considers the sources and aftershocks of mortality, longing, and loss. A number of the poems in the collection are monologues in recurring voices specifically those of a glacier, a sycamore, and a wasp offering an inventive, prismatic approach to Didden's ambitious subject matter. As poet Scott Cairns says, Didden's is a capacious voice, able at once to deliver both wit and wonder, canny insight and meditative mystery.

Tyler Mills
Author, Tongue Lyre
Southern Illinois University Press, 2013

In Tongue Lyre, Tyler Mills weaves together fragments of myth and memory, summoning the works of Ovid, Homer, and James Joyce to spin a story of violence and the female body. Introducing the recurring lyre figure in the collection—a voice to counter the violence—is Ovid’s Philomena, who, while cruelly rendered speechless, nonetheless sets the reader on an eloquent voyage to discover the body through music, art, and language. Other legendary figures making appearances within—Telemachos, Nestor, Cyclops, Circe, and others—are held up as mirrors to reflect the human form as home.

Rhondda R. Thomas
Author, Claiming Exodus: A Cultural History of Afro-Atlantic Identity, 1774-1903
Baylor University Press, 2012

During the 18th century, American Puritans introduced migrant and enslaved Africans to the Exodus story. In contrast to the ways white Americans appropriated the texts to defend the practice of slavery, African migrants and slaves would recast the Exodus in defense of freedom and equality, creating narratives that would ultimately propel abolition and result in a wellspring of powerful writing.

Meg Eden
Author, Rotary Phones and Facebook 
Dancing Girl Press, 2012
Anne Keefe
Author, Lithopedia
Bull City Press, 2012

Lithopedia, the winner of the 2010 Bull City Press First Book Prize, marks the emergence of a haunting and lyrical new voice.

James Hoch
Author, Miscreants
W.W. Norton, 2012

Troubled young men and boys scarred by their gritty surroundings animate this careful sophomore effort from Hoch (A Parade of Hands), much of it focused on the city and the blue-collar suburbs of Philadelphia, where the poet grew up. The well-handled 22-part central poem, Bobby Almand, takes its name and subject from a gruesome murder case: the titular boy becomes both hoodlum and victim, a sacrificial representative for the tough teens who run through the rest of the book—Like wild dogs, we were raised/ in packs, by packs.

Sean Enright
Author, My People
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012

Enright's flexible syntax, and his weaving in and out of impression and meditation, illuminate these sixty-three extraordinary and memorable poems, written over the last twenty-five years. He enacts a double mood of nostalgia and skepticism, where he at once longs for the past and distrusts the powerful images his longing conjures. Enright's honesty toward the past, and his sense of memory as both essential and inadequate, heighten what is already a vivid constant irony.

Blas Falconer
, The Foundling Wheel
Four Way, 2012

Centered on the adoption of a gay couple's first child, The Foundling Wheel employs apt imagery to create an emotional mosaic that explores the complicated bond between father and son. Beginning in a place where the desire to have a child has not yet been realized, this book is a journey, and while the poems certainly rejoice in fatherhood, they also grapple with the fears that accompany it.

Sean Enright
, Nearly True
, 2012

It's 1938, post-Depression, pre-WWII Catholic Queens, NY. Ten year old Kenneth Cadogan leads silent film star Clara Bow, a deranged WWI veteran who’s obsessed with the actress, and his gang of friends who pretend to be cowboy heroes, in a search for missing television stock certificates. Kenneth also tries to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance after swimming in plain view of his son and his wife. Poking around in his father’s haunts in their neighborhood, Kenneth uncovers mysteries about his father’s life and marriage and demons.

William FitzGerald
, Spiritual Modalities: Prayer as Rhetoric and Performance
Penn State University Press, 2012
Mike Carter
Co-Author, Haunted Annapolis: Ghosts of the Capital City (Haunted America)
The History Press, 2012

Beneath the statehouse dome and from the banks of the Severn River, the ghosts of Annapolis rise to roam the red-bricked streets of the old city. The capital of Maryland since 1694, the city hosts the restless dead who never left the narrow alleys, taverns and homes where they met their ends. Come dine with Mary Reynolds at the tavern she's been keeping since the 1760s, stand vigil at the sarcophagus of Admiral John Paul Jones and search for the figure of Thomas Dance, who plummeted from the heights of the statehouse dome in 1793.

Koritha Mitchell
, Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930
University of Illinois Press, 2012

Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890–1930 demonstrates that popular lynching plays were mechanisms through which African American communities survived actual and photographic mob violence. Often available in periodicals, lynching plays were read aloud or acted out by black church members, schoolchildren, and families.

Ryan Claycomb
, Lives in Play: Autobiography and Biography on the Feminist Stage
University of Michigan Press, 2012

Lives in Play explores the centrality of life narratives to women's drama and performance from the 1970s to the present moment. In the early days of second-wave feminism, the slogan was "The personal is the political." These autobiographical and biographical "true stories" have the political impact of the real and have also helped a range of feminists tease out the more complicated aspects of gender, sex, and sexuality in a Western culture that now imagines itself to be "postfeminist."

Rose Solari
, A Secret Woman
Santa Fe Writer's Project, 2012
Louise Terry is the quintessential, modern American woman; a successful and independent artist, sexually liberated and head strong, she’s determined to carve out a life for herself where her painting comes first and where she can avoid messy romantic entanglements. But when her estranged mother, Margaret, dies, leaving a box of documents, photos, and journals, Louise discovers in its contents a new and very different woman from the one who raised her.
Annette Debo
, The American H.D.
University of Iowa Press, 2012

In The American H.D., Annette Debo considers the significance of nation in the artistic vision and life of the modernist writer Hilda Doolittle. Her versatile career stretching from 1906 to 1961, H.D. was a major American writer who spent her adult life abroad; a poet and translator who also wrote experimental novels, short stories, essays, reviews, and a children’s book; a white writer with ties to the Harlem Renaissance; an intellectual who collaborated on avant-garde films and film criticism; and an upper-middle-class woman who refused to follow gender conventions.

Shara Lessley
Author, Two-Headed Nightingale
New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2012

"These poems describe the outside world with a luminous grasp of detail, clarity, connection. Soon enough in every poem it seems the external world is giving way to a subtle interior of feeling and nuance. What is surprising is the command of language and music in which this occurs, and the sheer precision of both. There are pleasures on every page here, making this one of the best debut collections I have read."—Eavan Boland

Author, Your Son
NFSPS, 2012
Marc Singer
, Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics
University of Mississippi Press, 2011
David Durham
, The Sacred Band
Doubleday, 2011

With the first two books in the Acacia Trilogy, Acacia and The Other Lands, David Anthony Durham has created a vast and engrossing canvas of a world in turmoil, where the surviving children of a royal dynasty are on a quest to realize their fates—and perhaps right ancient wrongs once and for all. As The Sacred Band begins, one of them, Queen Corinn, bestrides the world as a result of her mastery of spells found in the ancient Book of Elenet.

Lara Vetter
Co-Editor with Annette Debo, Approaches to Teaching H.D.'s Poetry and Prose (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)
Modern Language Association of America, 2011

The poet Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) came on the literary scene in the 1910s as a young American expatriate living in England. Her early lyric poems, in Sea Garden, helped launch the free verse movement known as imagism. Her work as a whole, spanning five decades, includes long narrative poems, novels, memoirs, and translations. Her experience of the two world wars in Europe is felt throughout her oeuvre, much of which focuses on the power and destructiveness of war.

Blas Falconer
Co-Editor with Lorraine M. López , The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity (Camino del Sol)
University of Arizona Press, 2011

The sheer number of different ethnic groups and cultures in the United States makes it tempting to classify them according to broad stereotypes, ignoring their unique and changing identities. Because of their growing diversity within the United States, Latinas and Latinos face this problem in their everyday lives. With cultural roots in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, or a variety of other locales, Hispanic-origin people in the United States are too often consigned to a single category. With this book Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López set out to change this.

Shane H. Finkelstein
, Finding Gordon Lipschitz
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011

"Finding Gordon Lipschitz" is the story of one man's desperate search for his long-lost friend and high school valedictorian. At his twenty-five year high school reunion, Harris Greenberg realizes that his once promising life has turned into a depressing failure. When he discovers that Gordon Lipschitz hasn't been seen since graduation, Harris embarks on a desperate mission to find him. Enlisting the help of old friends, Gordon is found in the most unlikely place, a shell of his former self.

Jon Reiner
Author, The Man Who Couldn't Eat
Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, 2011

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Julie R. Enszer
Editor, Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry
A Midsummer Night's Press, 2011

In this land of Milk & Honey, poems flow. Contemporary Jewish, lesbian poets address an array of experiences – relationships between and among women, family relationships, politics, solitude, ethical responsibilities, history, solidarity, and community. Milk & Honey features beloved poets like Ellen Bass, Robin Becker, Elana Dykewomon, Marilyn Hacker, Eleanor Lerman, Joan Nestle, Lesléa Newman and Ellen Orleans, as well as new and emerging voices.

Barbara A. Barnett
Contributor , Wilde Stories 2011: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction
Lethe Press, 2011

Celebrate a decade of gay speculative fiction with Wilde Stories 2011! This expanded volume from Lethe Press brings stories of undead lovers, stranded astronauts, ghosts and phantom reflections, men lost in an inhospitable wilderness, and fiends who hide under handsome veneers, all written by award-winning authors (Laird Barron, Richard Bowes and Joel Lane) and fresh voices in the field (Nick Poniatowski and Jeffrey Ricker) No other anthology provides readers the widest variety of gay men men facing the weird, the fantastic, and the horrific.

Linda Dove
, Oh Dear Deer,
Squall Publishing, 2011
Ellyn Bache
, The Art of Saying Goodbye
William Morrow Paperbacks, 2011

She was the thread that wove their tapestry together.

Elizabeth DeLoughrey
Co-edited with George Handley, Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment
Oxford University Press, 2011
Alison Stine
, Wait
University of Wisconsin Press, 2011

In a small town under a spell, a child bride prays for the sheriff’s gun. Iron under a bed stops a nightmare. The carousel artist can carve only birds. Part fairy tale and part gothic ballad, Wait spans a single year: the year before a young woman’s marriage. Someone is always watching—from the warehouse, from the woods. And on the outskirts of town, someone new is waiting.

Joelle Biele
, Elizabeth Bishop and the New Yorker: Letter 1934-1979
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011
"I sort of see you surrounded with fine-tooth combs, sandpaper, nail files, pots of varnish, etc.—with heaps of used commas and semicolons handy, and little useless phrases taken out of their contexts and dying all over the floor,” Elizabeth Bishop said upon learning a friend landed a job at The New Yorker in the early 1950s. From 1933 until her death in 1979, Bishop published the vast majority of her poems in the magazine’s pages. During those forty years, hundreds of letters passed between Bishop and her editors, Charles Pearce, Katharine White, and Howard Moss.
Karen Nelson
co-editor, Masculinities, Childhood, Violence: Attending to Early Modern Women--and Men: Proceedings of the 2006 Symposium
University of Delaware Press, 2011

Edited by Amy E. Leonard and Karen L. Nelson

Blas Falconer, Beth Martinelli, and Helena Mesa
Co-Editor , Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets
Southern Illinois University Press, 2010

In Mentor and Muse, a collection of twenty-nine insightful essays by some of today’s leading poetic minds, editors Blas Falconer, Beth Martinelli, and Helena Mesa have brought together an illuminating anthology that draws upon both established and emerging poets to create a one-of-a-kind resource and unlock the secrets of writing and revising poetry.

Reginald Dwayne Betts
Author, Shahid Reads His Own Palm
Alice James Books, 2010
Judith Skillman
Dream Horse Press, The Never
, 2010

Judith Skillman's "The Sister," which I accepted for Seneca Review earlier this year, was striking for recasting Cain as sister and memorably arresting for the feral fierceness of the portrait. Her other poems in The Never are equally astute, unsentimental and unflinching; her identification with the icons and motions of mythology, the armature for so many of the poems here, derive from their visceral passions. These poems sizzle with elemental directness and judgment, linguistically sharp and probing.

Ellyn Bache
, Raspberry Sherbert Kisses
Harlequin, 2010
Julie R. Enszer
, Handmade Love
A Midsummer Night's Press, 2010

In her first collection, Julie R. Enszer offers poems that are as unabashedly erotic as they are unabashedly feminist. Whether responding to queer cultural icons, fantasizing about sex, or mourning illness and loss, these poems are sweet and sultry, fierce and tender. From demonstrations on the streets to bedroom romps, these smart and sexy poems interweave narrative and lyrical moments with the political and the sensuous.

Lara Vetter
, Modernist Writings and Religio-scientific Discourse: H.D., Loy, and Toomer (Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics)
Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Modernist Writings and Religio-scientific Discourse explores literary modernism through the lens of cultural history. Focusing on the intersection of scientific and religious discourse in the works of H.D., Mina Loy, and Jean Toomer, Lara Vetter argues that a peculiarly modern spiritual understanding of science appealed to modernist writers as a way of negotiating the perceived threats to a radically unstable body.

Marc Singer and Nels Pearson
Co-Editor, Detective Fiction in a Postcolonial and Transnational World
Ashgate, 2009
Linda Dove
, In Defense of Objects
Bear Star Press, 2009

"The meditative, quiet beauty of Linda Dove's In Defense of Objects helps defend the reader against all sorts of daily blindnesses. Although there are lovely poems here about art, Dove leads us to see the ordinary material world, too, as shaped and heightened. 'Until memory is allocated, objects do not exist,' says a computer science document quoted here, and many of Dove's poems will now be allocated to my memory. Not least of the objects worth defending, this poet shows, are words themselves, which she employs with subtlety, wit, and depth of feeling"--Mary Jo Salter.

Michelle Osherow
, Biblical Women's Voices in Early Modern England
Ashgate, 2009

Biblical Women's Voices in Early Modern England documents the extent to which portrayals of women writers, rulers, and leaders in the Hebrew Bible scripted the lives of women in early modern England. Attending to a broad range of writing by Protestant men and women, including John Donne, Mary Sidney, John Milton, Rachel Speght, and Aemilia Lanyer, the author investigates how the cultural requirement for feminine silence informs early modern readings of biblical women's stories, and furthermore, how these biblical characters were used to counteract cultural constraints on women's speech.

David Durham
, The Other Lands
Doubleday, 2009

A few years have passed since the conquering of the Mein, and Queen Corinn is firmly in control of the Known World-perhaps too firmly. With plans to expand her empire, she sends her brother, Daniel, on an exploratory mission to the Other Lands. There Daniel discovers a lush, exotic mainland ruled by an alliance of tribes that poses a grave danger to the stability of the Known World. Is Queen Corinn strong enough to face this new challenge? Fans of this bold, imaginative series will not be disappointed in the answer.

Kara Candito
, Taste of Cherry
University of Nebraska Press, 2009

In Kara Candito’s prize-winning debut collection a “garish/human theatre” comes to life against richly textured geographic and psychic landscapes. These poems are high-speed meditations on a world where Walter Benjamin meets the “glitzy chain-link of Chanel scarves” and Puccini’s Tosca meets the din of the Times Square subway station. Ferociously witty and intensely lyrical, Taste of Cherry speaks to us in a language that is simultaneously private and public, sensual and cerebral.

Reginald Dwayne Betts
Author, A Question of Freedom: a Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison
Avery/Penguin, 2009

A unique prison narrative that testifies to the power of books to transform a young man’s life 


Judith Skillman
, Prisoner of the Swifts
Ahadada Press, 2009
Tanya Shirley
Author, She Who Sleeps with Bones
Peepal Tree Press, 2009

from Peepal Tree Press:

Tajie Silverman
, Houses are Fields
Louisiana State University Press, 2009

Taije Silverman's debut collection chronicles her family's devotion and dissolution through the death of her mother. Ranging in style from measured narratives to fragmented lyrics that convey the ambiguity of loss, these poems both arc into the past and question the possibility of the future, exploring the ways in which memory at once sustains and fails love.

Jason Reynolds
Co-author with Jason Griffin, My name is Jason. Mine too.
HarperTeen, 2009
Alison Stine
, Ohio Violence
University of North Texas Press, 2009

Imagine you step into a vintage clothing store in a new city. You see: the usual mix of leather jackets, crinoline, motorcycle t-shirts, a yellow sundress, a poison ring. Only all of these clothes belong to Alison Stine, and she's there, saying, "Try this-- it'll fit you better" or "This shirt I've never even worn." As you stand in front of the full-length mirror, tags dangling from your sleeves, you start to see, slowly, what Stine sees: A bullied girl in a science classroom; a sleight-of-hand trick in a dark auditorium; a teenager running in snow from a party.

Paul Otremba
, The Currency
Four Way Books, 2009

The finely-sculpted poems of The Currency animate the world of art and architecture, from Caravaggio and Frank Gehry to the contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan and the filmmaker Jean-Pierre Limosin. Exploring such works of art for how they lead us to pause for thought and breath--how they infuse mind and body in equal measure, helping us keep and pass the time we spend--Otremba poignantly articulates the hues of familial life.

Helena Mesa
, Horse Dance Underwater
Cleveland State University Press, 2009
Ellyn Bache
, Daughters of the Sea
Banks Channel Books, 2009

Three generations of women, each with a special attraction to water, yearn to find where they belong. Ernie, 70 years old and ailing, is a dowser who finds underground water with a stick. Veronica, 38, has moved inland after many years near the sea, only to realize how powerfully she misses it. Her 19-year-old daughter, Simpson, feels an affinity for a tranquil mountain lake that soon yields a terrifying secret.

Emily Orlando
, Edith Wharton and the Visual Arts (Amer Lit Realism & Naturalism)
University Alabama Press, 2008

This work explores Edith Wharton's career-long concern with a 19th-century visual culture that limited female artistic agency and expression. Wharton repeatedly invoked the visual arts--especially painting&#151as a medium for revealing the ways that women's bodies have been represented (as passive, sexualized, infantalized, sickly, dead). Well-versed in the Italian masters, Wharton made special use of the art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, particularly its penchant for producing not portraits of individual women but instead icons onto whose bodies male desire is superimposed.

Adele Steiner
, The Moon Lighting
March Street Press, 2008

Like the softened edge of a lit moon, Adele Steiner's poems reflect back the poet's sense of mystery and connection found in the world that surrounds her, from her own circle of family and friends, to the larger sphere where, in a Mexican cavern, Side to side/rock masses shifted to love one another/bone dry.

Adele Steiner
, Look Ma, "Hands" on Poetry
Dog Ear Publishing, 2008

The workshops in Look Ma,"Hands" on Poetry are designed to help teachers and poets familiarize elementary through high school students with a variety of creative and fun ways to engage their imaginations and write poetry! They do so by encouraging teachers and students to explore, together, the art of poetry; i.e., the art of employing the five senses to capture experience in language. The workshops also introduce young writers to a wide range of poets and the poetic techniques and styles that they have incorporated in their writing.

Christine Stewart
, Freshly Squeezed: a Write Here, Write Now Anthology
Apprentice House, 2008

Late night at the corner diner. Struggling with that character who just won't speak to you or searching for that perfect word. Laboring over gallons of coffee, greasy comfort food, and blank notebook pages. Called by the feelings or ideas that compel a writer to set down her thoughts whenever she can find the time, wondering whether there are others out there doing the same. This is why writers' workshops are so important-they are a place where one's passion and efforts can be shared, acknowledged, and improved in the presence of supportive, honest, risk-taking fellow writers.

Daniela Garofalo
, Manly Leaders in 19th Century British Literature
SUNY Press, 2008

From the 1790s to the 1840s, the fear that Britain had become too effeminate to protect itself against the anarchic forces unleashed by the French Revolution produced in many British writers of the period a desire to portray strong leaders who could control the democratic and commercial forces of modernization.

Marsha Orgeron
, Hollywood Ambitions: Celebrity in the Movie Age
Wesleyan University Press, 2008

Working with a varied and untraditional cast of characters--Wyatt Earp, Jack London, Clara Bow, Gertrude Stein, and Ida Lupino--author Marsha Orgeron examines the Hollywood ambitions of a fading western legend, a successful popular author, a poor Brooklyn girl turned flapper icon, a self-proclaimed avant-garde genius, and a frustrated actress on her way to becoming a director. Investigating their separate involvements with the expanding film industry, Orgeron illustrates the implications of film celebrity during the era in which cinema's impact was first felt.

Patrick Phillips
, Boy: Poems
University of Georgia Press, 2008

This second collection, a follow-up to Patrick Phillips's award-winning debut, navigates the course of the male experience, and particularly young fatherhood. Like Virgil's Aeneas, the book's central figure is in the middle time of life, a grown man with an aging father on his shoulders and a young son at his hand. Phillips's plainspoken and moving lyrics add an important voice to the poetry of home as he struggles to reconcile fatherhood and boyhood, present and past, and the ache of loving what must be lost.

Lara Vetter
Edited with Martha Nell Smith., Emily Dickinson's Correspondence: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry
University of Virginia Press, 2007

Unpublished in book form during her lifetime, the poems of Emily Dickinson were nonetheless shared with those she trusted most—through her letters. This XML-based archive brings together seventy-four poems and letters from Emily’s correspondence with her sister-in-law and primary confidante, Susan Dickinson. Each text is presented with a digitized scan of the holograph manuscript. These images have zoom functionality as well as a special light-box feature that allows users to view and compare constellations of related documents.

Anita Gilman Sherman
, Skepticism and Memory in Shakespeare and Donne
Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

This book argues that in the course of grappling with skepticism, Shakespeare and Donne revolutionize the art of memory and discover an art of doubt.  Topics important to students of Renaissance literature—such as mimesis, exemplarity, pastoral and typology—become transformed, seen now as a set of vital responses to the incursion of skeptical doubt. By discussing the aesthetics of memorialization, the representation of collective memory, and ideas of women as countermonuments, the book investigates how Donne and Shakespeare respond to epistemological uncertainty.

Devin Orgeron
, Road Movies: From Muybridge and Melies to Lynch and Kiarostami
Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
Road Movies engages with two foundational twentieth century technologies: cinematic and automotive.  It is a book about road movies, a genre burdened by its own seductiveness.
Jeana DelRosso
Editor, The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays
Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

This collection covers varied perspectives on both canonical and lesser-known Catholic women writers, all focusing on unruliness in what is commonly thought of as a restrictive site of writing for women: Catholicism. This volume is comprised of fourteen selected essays divided into three main sections by chronology:  (1) medieval through the seventeenth centuries; (2) eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and (3) the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Bruce MacKinnon
, Mystery Schools
Washington Writers' Pub. House, 2007

In his attention to detail and in his reverence for the smallest moments of experience Bruce MacKinnon compounds and intensifies the events of daily life. Mystery Schools sings with a passionate and capacious clarity reminiscent of Gerald Stern and like Stern, he portrays our life and death struggles that go on without mercy.

Anna Leahy
, Constituents of Matter
Kent State University, 2007

"In Constituents of Matter, Anna Leahy looks hard and long at the `solid things' of the world and discovers that they are both reflected and refracted by time. The matter that constitutes her experience occupies a space that is `immense' with `emptiness' but is also `buoyant' with `joy.' Like the moose she looks at and who catches her looking (`Moose, Looking'), I find that I'm contained by a `large life' that's revealed in intervals of repose and stillness."--Michael Collier

David Durham
, Acacia: The War with the Mein
Anchor, 2007

Leodan Akaran, ruler of the Known World, has inherited generations of apparent peace and prosperity, won ages ago by his ancestors. A widower of high intelligence, he presides over an empire called Acacia, after the idyllic island from which he rules. He dotes on his four children and hides from them the dark realities of traffic in drugs and human lives on which their prosperity depends. He hopes that he might change this, but powerful forces stand in his way.

Faith J. Hooper McDonnell
, Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children
Chosen Books, 2007

For several decades a brutal army of rebels has been raiding villages in northern Uganda, kidnapping children and turning them into soldiers or wives of commanders. More than 30,000 children have been abducted over the last twenty years and forced to commit unspeakable crimes.

Blas Falconer
, A Question of Gravity and Light
University of Arizona Press, 2007

It is rare to find contemporary American poetry that speaks to readers with engaging directness, free of pretense or posturing. That is exactly the kind of poetry that Blas Falconer writes. In his first collection, Falconer presents 46 poems that are emotionally forthright and linguistically evocative but written without affectation or subterfuge. Although Falconer is formally trained and is aware of the structures and potential of both free verse and traditional poetic forms, he crafts exquisite, heartfelt poems that surprise us with their simple intensity.

Elizabeth DeLoughrey
, Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures
University of Hawai’i Press, 2007

Routes and Roots is the first comparative study of Caribbean and Pacific Island literatures and the first work to bring indigenous and diaspora literary studies together in a sustained dialogue. Taking the "tidalectic" between land and sea as a dynamic starting point, Elizabeth DeLoughrey foregrounds geography and history in her exploration of how island writers inscribe the complex relation between routes and roots.

Jehanne Dubrow
, The Promised Bride
Finishing Line Press, 2006
David Biespiel
, Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets
Oregon State University Press, 2006
Judith Skillman
, Coppelia, Certain Digressions
Wordtech Communications, 2006
Doreen Baingana
, Tropical Fish: Stories out of Entebbe
University of Massachusetts Press, 2006

In her fiction debut, Doreen Baingana follows a Ugandan girl as she navigates the uncertain terrain of adolescence. Set mostly in pastoral Entebbe with stops in the cities Kampala and Los Angeles, Tropical Fish depicts the reality of life for Christine Mugisha and her family after Idi Amin’s dictatorship.

Audrey Kerr
, The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Colorism, and Rumor and the Case of Black Washington, D.C.
The University of Tennessee Press, 2006

The Paper Bag Principle: Class, Colorism, and Rumor in the Case of Black Washington, D.C. considers the function of oral history in shaping community dynamics among African American residents of the nation’s capitol. The only attempt to document rumor and legends relating to complexion in black communities, The Paper Bag Principle looks at the divide that has existed between the black elite and the black “folk.”

Ellyn Bache
, Over 50's Singles Night
Harlequin, 2006

In this charming, wry look at sisterhood . . . the love, misunderstandings, anger and complexity of sister relationships are brought out . . . . Well-written, humorous, and emotional.
--Romantic Times Book Club Magazine

Ellyn Bache
, Riggs Park
Thorndike Press, 2006

A poignant novel about a lifelong friendship, this is the story of Barbara and Marilyn, who once shared an idyllic childhood in the modest Riggs Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. Now, at age 58, each is dealing with a crisis - Marilyn with recurrent breast cancer, Barbara with a difficult relationship with a man. Yet both feel driven to return to the old neighborhood together to solve a decades-old mystery that still haunts them. The heart-wrenching secret they discover tests their friendship.

David Durham
, Pride of Carthage
Anchor, 2005

This epic retelling of the legendary Carthaginian military leader’s assault on the Roman empire begins in Ancient Spain, where Hannibal Barca sets out with tens of thousands of soldiers and 30 elephants. After conquering the Roman city of Saguntum, Hannibal wages his campaign through the outposts of the empire, shrewdly befriending peoples disillusioned by Rome and, with dazzling tactics, outwitting the opponents who believe the land route he has chosen is impossible.

Judith Skillman
, Heat Lightning, New & Selected Poems 1986-2006
Silverfish Review Press, 2005

Judith Skillman sings. She sings of home so as to define it. She sings home back to origins, both Hebrew and Hellenic, that give it warmth and meaning. Her precise, quick stepping lyrics help us find our own way home, and to face the mystery of never fully knowing it. -- David Hamilton, Editor, The Iowa Review

Anna Leahy
, Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project
Multilingual Matters, 2005

Power and Identity In the Creative Writing Classroom remaps theories and practices for teaching creative writing at university and college level. This collection critiques well-established approaches for teaching creative writing in all genres and builds a comprehensive and adaptable pedagogy based on issues of authority, power, and identity. A long-needed reflection, this book shapes creative writing pedagogy for the 21st century.

Kevin Craft
, Solar Prominence
Cloudbank Books, 2005

The intelligence, the imagination, the quick humor in Solar Prominence all point in the same direction: toward the poem as a made thing, a thing of light, crafted, the way craft, through its various art, transforms the generalities into the specifics of magic. The layering of detail, the building and unbuilding of the arguments of narrative, the commissions and omissions of the poet's autobiography form designs as well as designations, symbols as well as signatures. There is a wealth of information here, but changed, at every turn, into different riches.

Jeana Delrosso
, Writing Catholic Women: Contemporary International Catholic Girlhood Narratives
Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

This work examines the interplay of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality through the lens of Catholicism in a wide range of works by women writers, forging interdisciplinary connections among women's studies, religion, and late twentieth-century literature.

Ellyn Bache
, The Activist's Daughter
Banks Channel Books, 2005
Rosemarie Solari
, Orpheus in the Park: Poems
Bunny and Crocodile Press, 2005

Rose Solari’s second full-length collection of poems is made up of two compellingly different yet intertwining strands. In one, Solari explores a variety of myths, climbing beneath the skin of classical heroes and villains to offer contemporary perspectives on these characters and their tales. The other strand consists of poems of celebration and farewell, written for the author’s late parents, as well as in honor of relationships, illusions, and old selves that have passed on.

Judith Skillman
, Opalescence
Wordtech Communications, 2004
Jessica Grant
, Making Light of Tragedy
Porcupine's Quill, 2004
Patrick Phillips
University of Arkansas Press, 2004

Patrick Phillips' first book, Chattahoochee, received a 2003 "Discovery" / The Nation Award, and was published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2004. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including recent issues of Poetry, DoubleTake, and Ploughshares. His honors include the Sjoberg Translation Prize of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently a MacCracken Fellow at New York University.

Judith Skillman
, Latticework
Wordtech Communications, 2004
A. V. Christie
Author, The Housing
Ashland Poetry Press, 2004
Stacy Gilett Coyle
, Cloud Seeding
High Plains Press, 2003
David Biespiel
, Wild Civility
University of Washington, 2003
David Biespiel's long poetic lines fairly crackle with rhythmic energy and a jazzy, bittersweet richness of language. Rolling out across the page like darkly luminous highways, his innovative, nine-line "American sonnets" promise adventure, offering a variant on the sonnet form that is both lyric and dramatic and bringing his masterful formal inventiveness to free verse. 'I've come to imagine the nine-line sonnet to be like one of those classic Thunderbirds', says Biespiel, 'something distinctly American: wide, roomy, and with a robust engine'.
Ellyn Bache
, Daddy and the Pink Flash
Banks Channel Books, 2003

How do new dads teach their daughters how brave baby girls can be...and how smart...and how athletic? Why by lifting them into the air and flying them around the room, turning them into the intrepid Pink Flash!

Suzanne Greenberg
, Speed-walk and Other Stories
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003

Many authors seek the extraordinary in the ordinary, but Suzanne Greenberg's talent lies in illuminating the ordinary in the midst of the extraordinary. She takes us on a moment-to-moment journey through the human psyche, where life's looming issues( an incurable cancer diagnosis, an abusive relationship, an accidental kidnapping(form the backdrop for all of the minor observations, urges, decisions, and reflections that accumulate to make up the true majority of our lives.

David Durham
, Walk Through Darkness
Anchor, 2003

When he learns that his pregnant wife has been spirited off to a distant city, William responds as any man might—he drops everything to pursue her. But as a fugitive slave in Antebellum America, he must run a terrifying gauntlet, eluding the many who would re-enslave him while learning to trust the few who dare to aid him on his quest.

Holly Nicole Hoxter
, The Snowball Effect
HarperCollins, 2003

Eighteen-year-old Lainey has a lot to deal with: her mother’s recent suicide, caring for her behaviorally challenging five-year-old adopted brother, the reappearance of her long-alienated older sister, and a too-perfect boyfriend who wants her to express her emotions. While this could make for a snowballing plotline of issues, Hoxter instead carefully balances real problems and creates a compelling character who develops some emotional maturity even as she gives up the independence she values.

James Hoch
, A Parade of Hands
Silverfish Review Press, 2003

"James Hoch's poems contain an eerie and clarifying power that reminds that reminds me of Chardin's still lifes. Lake Chardin, Hoch celebrates the beauty and fragility of life by fixing on the luminous details of mortality. He does so through a dense but elegant syntx. Unlike most first books, experience drives Hoch's poems. A PARADE OF HANDS is so sure of itslef that raders will think of James Hoch's achievement and accomplishment rather than of his promise and potential"--Michael Collier.

Stephanie Allen
, A Place Between Stations: Stories
University of Missouri Press, 2003

Selma detests my small considerations of strangers. When she catches me nodding at the panhandlers she ignores, or opening doors for women I don't know, she says nothing, but holds herself tall and aloof. She is doing it for the both of us. She is compensating for what she believes is a weakness in her husband that, even in this day and age, a black man still cannot afford. And she may be right. But at this stage of my life I feel not so much black or male, middle-aged or well-to-do or professional, as incomplete.

Shara McCallum
Author, Song of Thieves
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003
"Generous with grief and sweetness. . . . Simplicity isn’t easy and honesty is harder, but McCallum’s verse and voice are completely honest. These are poems you cannot turn down."
--Carol Frost

“Rich with imagery, with longing, memory, and self-assertion.”

Judith Skillman
, Circe's Island
Silverfish Review Press, 2002

"Without any posturing, Judith Skillman's are dramatic poems, whose power derives from the play of opposing tensions. They set the meticulous eye that records external phenomena against the highly original-at times almost surrealistic-sensibility that makes arresting connections and transitions between outer and inner landscapes. The lucid urbane voice of these poems is skillfully deployed to make what might otherwise sound imaginatively extravagant seem eminently reasonable"-William Dunlop

Abby Bardi
, The Book of Fred
Washington Square Press, 2002

Mary Fred Anderson, raised in an isolated fundamentalist sect whose primary obsessions seem to involve an imminent Apocalypse and the propagation of the name "Fred," is hardly your average fifteen-year-old. She has never watched TV, been to a supermarket, or even read much of anything beyond the inscrutable dogma laid out by the prophet Fred.

Joelle Biele
, White Summer
Southern Illinois University Press, 2002

In White Summer, Joelle Biele investigates the problems of personal and cultural memory. Rich with images of flight and displacement, Biele’s poems show a love for words, their music and physicality. In lyric addresses, historical meditations, and autobiographical narratives, she takes readers on a journey that includes stops at a dinner party in ancient Rome, a market square in Germany, an Italian feast in the Bronx, and the main concourse of Manhattan’s Grand Central Station.

David Durham
, Gabriel's Story
Anchor, 2002

When Gabriel Lynch moves with his mother and brother from a brownstone in Baltimore to a dirt-floor hovel on a homestead in Kansas, he is not pleased. He does not dislike his new stepfather, a former slave, but he has no desire to submit to a life of drudgery and toil on the untamed prairie. So he joins up with a motley crew headed for Texas only to be sucked into an ever-westward wandering replete with a mindless violence he can neither abet nor avoid–a terrifying trek he penitently fears may never allow for a safe return.

Ellyn Bache
, Holiday Miracles
Banks Channel Books, 2001
Judith Skillman
, Sweetbrier
Blue Begonia Press, 2001

Out of print.

Judith Skillman
, Red Town
Silverfish Review Press, 2001

"I always learn something rare and mysterious about language and the layered world when I read Judith Skillman. She has a stubborn appetite for beauty and a consistent accuracy of rhythm. She takes extravagant emotions and pares them down into slender, articulate images. I recommend this latest volume to anyone with a penchant for almost painful longing and an 'inclination for romance that can't be satisfied'" - Bart Baxter

Alison Stine
, Lot of My Sister
Kent State University Press, 2001

"Alison Stine's best poems here are confessional and meditative sequences, but are shadowed by the tradition of dramatic narrative; they propose types of redemptive performance....Their white spaces are crucial to this ironic self appraisal, in which a lost, outcast belated family is assembled by invocation."--Robert Hill Long

Sean Enright
, Goof and Other Stories
CA Creative Arts Book Company, 2001
Meet Digby Shaw, on the verge of turning teenager. Right now he's still child enough to grow angry at the mere mention of the Keebler dwarves (he suspects they hoard their cookies). About to graduate from grade school, and outlawed by his family, Digby's every move at home is mysteriously known by his mother, and in the classroom he's under the sharp eye of a powerful nun, twice the size of the Lord God, with a man's name. And he has a theory his father doesn't like him one bit. Nothing is safe anymore.
Ilona Rashkow
, Taboo or Not Taboo: Sexuality and Family in the Hebrew Bible
Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2000

In a changing society, Christians and Jews have looked to the Bible to find values and models. But the Hebrew Bible does not offer just a single model for family behavior or relationships. This volume explores the positive and negative aspects of family life in ancient Israel as portrayed in the Bible. Rashkow examines the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and siblings, looking at the variety of conflicts that emerged: incest, rape, abuse, murder, and hatred.

Karen Nelson
co-editor, Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain
Syracuse University Press, 2000

Edited by Mary Burke, Jane Donawerth, Linda Dove, and Karen Nelson

Winner of the 2000 Award for Best Collaborative Project from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

Shara McCallum
Author, Water Between Us
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999

The Water Between Us is a poetic examination of cultural fragmentation, and the exile's struggle to reconcile the disparate and often conflicting influences of the homeland and the adopted country. The book also centers on other kinds of physical and emotional distances: those between mothers and daughters, those created by being of mixed racial descent, and those between colonizers and the colonized. Despite these distances, or perhaps because of them, the poems affirm the need for a multilayered and cohesive sense of self. McCallum's language is precise and graceful.

Sarah Pleydell
, The Dramatic Difference: Drama in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom
Heinemann, 1999

Young children learn best through two kinds of experiences: dramatic play and interaction with their peers-learning through action precedes learning through language or thought. In The Dramatic Difference, Victoria Brown and Sarah Pleydell introduce drama as a bridge between children's natural propensity for active learning and the demands of the preschool and kindergarten curriculum.

Judith Skillman
, Storm
Blue Begonia Press, 1998
Judith Skillman
, Worship of the Visible Spectrum
Far Corner Books, 1998
A. V. Christie
Author, Nine Skies
University of Illinois Press , 1997
Ellyn Bache
, Culture Clash
Banks Channel Books, 1996

A first-person journal about the author's sponsorship of a Vietnamese refugee family in the mid-'70s.

Jusith Skillman
, Beethoven and the Birds
Blue Begonia Press, 1996
David Biespiel
, Shattering Air: Poems
Boa Editions, 1996
Ellyn Bache
, Safe Passage
Banks Channel Books, 1994

As the mother of seven boys, Mag Singer fears she will never have the career she dreams of. But she begins to re-evaluate her priorities after she learns that her troubled middle son is missing after the terrorist bombing of his Marine barracks in Beirut. For three days, as the family awaits word of his fate, they are forced to come to terms with themselves and each other, and to rediscover the deep reservoir of love they once shared.

Ilona Rashkow
, The Phallacy of Genesis: A Feminist-Psychoanalytic Approach
Westminster John Knox Press, 1993
Ilona Rashkow
, Upon the Dark Places: Anti-Semitism and Sexism in English Renaissance Biblical Translation
Sheffield Academic Press, 1990