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Third Voice

Publication Date: June 2016
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Third Voice
Poems by by Ruth Ellen Kocher

Praising the power of lyric drama, T. S. Eliot described the use of third voice as a means for characters to address and interrogate one another, and second voice as a way for characters to talk to the audience. In this daring new book, the principal narrator presents as a caricature reflecting the tangible experiences of a disembodied “I” posed against absurd selfhood—a voice imbued by sublime otherness. Within a dismantled minstrel show, Ruth Ellen Kocher frames a female voice splintered and re-figured as “self” and “character.” The incomprehensible nature of the sublime emerges through a cast of other personages including Eartha Kitt, Geordi LaForge, Immanuel Kant, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Malcolm X. Third Voice asserts lyric beyond personal expression and drama beyond the stage, using the spectacle of minstrelsy as a deformation of mastery in an audaciously conceptual yet visceral performance.

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Ruth Ellen Kocher

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of six previous books, including domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013), co-winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals and she has been awarded fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, and Yaddo. She is Associate Chair and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado where she teaches Poetry, Poetics, and Literature, and is a Contributing Editor at Poets & Writers Magazine.

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A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments

Publication Date: May 2016
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-79-0
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A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments
poems by Jennifer Militello

In her third full-length collection of poems, Jennifer Militello weaves fragmentary letters addressing illness and struggle through ventriloquisms of mythological heroes and dead composers, ancient goddesses and murdered girls. Stylized “dictionaries” open into lay-ered definitions meant like magical clothing or tutelary amulets to provide shelter from a world that cannot be controlled. As the poet stitches together a plethoric identity to ex-plore disguises, A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments casts a smokescreen of selves.

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Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello is the author of Body Thesaurus, named one of 2013’s top ten poetry books by Best American Poetry, and Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award. She has been awarded the Barbara Bradley Award from the New England Poetry Club, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award from Red Hen Press, and the 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review, as well as grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Writers at Work, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Militello teaches in the MFA program at New England College.

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Brownwood

Publication Date: June 2016
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Brownwood
poems by by Lawrence Bridges

Brownwood, like Berryman’s Henry, is a triad (I, He, You), an “other” character, con-structed within a real-life geography in an arsenal of time and place. Lawrence Bridges offers Polaroid graphics of his protagonist’s identity in the thick of our culture, amid the changing rules of fate and folly. As Elena Karina Byrne observes in her Foreword, “Brownwood is full of angst, wry humor, and sarcasm; he’s a lost twin, doppelganger, living in a melancholy place [and] this book’s poetic plot … arrives with cinematographic aplomb.” Bridges’s third volume of poems is like an autobiography of one stuck inside the vessel of who he is: “Feared as a monster, tame as a clown.”

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Lawrence Bridges

Lawrence Bridges

Lawrence Bridges’s poetry has appeared in the New Yorker and Poetry, and he is author of two previous collections, Horses on Drums and Flip Days (Red Hen Press, 2006 and 2009). He created a series of literary documentaries for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” initiative, and as a film director, editor, and graphic designer he has been honored for his film, music video, and advertising work with Emmy nominations and many film festival awards, including a “Gold Lion” at Cannes. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Cooking with the Muse

Publication Date: Apr 2016
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-68-4
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Cooking with the Muse
by Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla

Cooking with the Muse offers 150 nutritious international recipes with a plenitude of imaginative poetry about food and ingredients, along with enlightening literary essays, playful culinary and historical notes, and 200 beautiful full-color photographs.

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Myra Kornfeld

Myra Kornfeld

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Myra Kornfeld is a chef, educator, and the author of three previous cookbooks, The Healthy Hedonist, The Healthy Hedonist Holidays, and The Voluptuous Vegan. She teaches in the graduate nutrition program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and at the Natural Gourmet Institute, and she is head chef for the website myfoodmyhealth.com.

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Stephen Massimilla

Stephen Massimilla

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Stephen Massimilla is a poet, critic, professor, and painter. Acclaim for his books includes a Stephen F. Austin University Press prize, the Bordighera Poetry Prize, the Grolier Poetry Prize, along with a Van Renssalaer Award. He teaches literature and writing at Columbia University and the New School.

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Halve

Publication Date: Mar 2016
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-71-4
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Halve
by Kristina Jipson

Kristina Jipson’s Halve peels away the layers of orderly narrative with which we try and tame the chaos of mourning. At once frank and elusive, Jipson’s poems resist the pull of storytelling and personal confiding, instead using formal variation to embody emotion and memory. These poems lay bare the experience of losing a brother and evoke the haunting that results as language fails to contain either grief or the love that precedes such a loss.

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Kristina Jipson

Kristina Jipson

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Kristina Jipson holds an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, At Length, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, and DIAGRAM. She is the author of two chapbooks: Lock, Means (Dancing Girl Press, 2011) and How Void of Miracles, (Hand Held Editions, 2009). She teaches in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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One Hundred Hungers

Publication Date: Mar 2016
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-721
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One Hundred Hungers
by Lauren Camp

In her Dorset Prize-winning new collection, Lauren Camp explores the lives of a first-generation Arab-American girl and her Jewish-Iraqi parent. One Hundred Hungers tells overlapping stories of food and ritual, immigration and adaptation, evoking her father’s boyhood in Baghdad in the 1940s at a time when tensions began to emerge along ethnic and religious lines. She also draws upon memories of Sabbath dinners in her grandparents’ new home in America to reveal how family culture persists.

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Lauren Camp

Lauren Camp

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Lauren Camp is author of two previous books of poems, This Business of Wisdom (West End Press, 2010) and The Dailiness (Edwin E. Smith, 2013), which was an “Editor’s Pick” by World Literature Today and winner of the National Federation of Press Women’s 2014 Poetry Book Prize. Since 2004, she has produced and hosted Santa Fe Public Radio’s “Audio Saucepan,” which entwines music with contemporary poetry. She lives in New Mexico.

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Everything Broken Up Dances

Publication Date: Dec 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-66-0
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Everything Broken Up Dances
by James Byrne

James Byrne’s first book to be published in America navigates personal and socio-political worlds, journeying through Burma, Libya, and Syria along with documenting the poet’s years in New York City and subsequent return to England. This is a flexible poetry written “on the hoof,” nomadic and innovative, with imagery and language dexterously sparring. Byrne embraces Maurice Blanchot’s avowal that the fragmentary is permanent, “beyond fracturing, or bursting, the patience of pure impatience, the little by little suddenly.” With linguistic tenacity but by tremendously varied means, Byrne shows how “everything that is broken up dances.”

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James Byrne

James Byrne

James Byrne is a poet, editor, and translator born near London, England, where he now lives again after completing an MFA as a Stein Fellow at New York University. His most recent poetry collections in the United Kingdom are Blood/Sugar and White Coins (Arc Publications, 2009 and 2015). He is the editor if The Wolf, a renowned poetry journal he co-founded in 2002, and also co-editor of Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe Books, 2009). Byrne teaches at Edge Hill University and was previously Poet in Residence at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

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Weston’s Unsent Letters to Modotti

Publication Date: Nov 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-67-7
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Weston’s Unsent Letters to Modotti
by Chad Parmenter

Weston’s Unsent Letters to Modotti inhabits the fluid space between history and imagination,” says Kathleen Jesme. “Parmenter’s extended persona poem deftly investigates the named but uncommunicated, that which is unfinished, unsent, unlived. Weston exists only as an eye behind the photographic lens, and is unable to fully inhabit the rest of the world, or to send the letters he writes to his sometime model and lover.”

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Chad Parmenter

Chad Parmenter

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Chad Parmenter is the author of another innovative chapbook, Bat & Man: A Sonnet Comic Book (Finishing Line, 2012). He has recently had poems published in Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, and Hotel Amerika. He earned his MFA at Southern Illinois University—Carbondale and a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, and he now lives near Niagara Falls.

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Calazaza’s Delicious Dereliction

Publication Date: Nov 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-64-6
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Calazaza’s Delicious Dereliction
by Suzanne Dracius
translated by Nancy Naomi Carlson

In her polyphonic poems, Suzanne Dracius creates protagonists—usually calazazas, light-skinned mulatto women with red or blond hair—who fight like Amazons against racial and gender discrimination. Dracius’s voice is leaping and exalted, often sexually charged, and infused with allusions to Greek and Roman mythology.

Nancy Naomi Carlson has translated Dracius’s Exquise déréliction métisse, poems written in French yet including some Creole versions, and with Creole expressions sprinkled throughout. In French, this book was awarded the prestigious Prix Fètkann, whose judges cited the poet’s richness of language, with varied linguistic registers.

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Suzanne Dracius

Suzanne Dracius

Suzanne Dracius was born in Martinique then lived in Sceaux, a suburb of Paris. She returned to Martinique as a professor of classical literature. In 1989, she published her first novel, L’autre qui danse. Her collection of stories Rue Monte au Ciel was translated into English as Climb to the Sky (University of Virginia Press, 2012). In 2005, Dracius published the play Lumina Sophie dite Surprise, about a woman who led an 1870 revolt against colonial exploitation in post-abolition Martinique. In 2010 she received the Prix de la Société des Poètes Français for her body of work and the Prix Fètkann for Exquise déréliction métisse. In 2014, she published her second collection of poems, Déictique féminitude insulaire. Dracius has been a visiting professor at the University of Georgia and Ohio University. She lives in Fort-de-France, Martinique.

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Nancy Naomi Carlson

Nancy Naomi Carlson

Nancy Naomi Carlson has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland Arts Council, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She is author of three poetry collections and translator of Stone Lyre: Poems of René Char (Tupelo, 2010) and of Djiboutian poet Abdourahman A. Waberi’s The Nomads, My Brothers, Go Out to Drink from the Big Dipper (Seagull, 2015). Her own poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Georgia Review, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner, and she holds a PhD in foreign language methodology. She teaches at the Bethesda Writer’s Center.

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The Book of Stones and Angels

Publication Date: Oct 2015
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The Book of Stones and Angels
by Harold Schweizer

Thematically exploring the contrasts and dynamic interplay between solidity and ephemerality, in his first book of poems Harold Schweizer creates great dramatic tension by poising complex, expansive sentences against the strictures of taut margins. While portraying angels as unfettered, Schweizer doesn’t accept the platonic notion that we ever transcend our physical world. Instead, he imagines angels as immanent, everywhere: “they / inhabit all things.” The Book of Stones and Angels attempts to disclose the angelic lightness of stones in the obstinate materiality of angels, amid the lightness and frailty of our existence.

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Harold Schweizer

Harold Schweizer

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Harold Schweizer was born in Switzerland, where he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Zürich. In 1987, he emigrated to the U.S. and joined the English faculty at Bucknell University, where he teaches courses in literary theory and creative writing. He is author and editor of many publications in literary criticism and theory, most recently the book On Waiting (Routledge, 2008) and Rarity and the Poetic: The Gesture of Small Flowers (Palgrave, 2015). He is an avid hiker and often kayaks on the Susquehanna River.

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Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts

Publication Date: Sep 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-65-3
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Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts
by Lawrence Raab

Longlisted for 2015 National Book Award for Poetry

“Pretend that these poems by Lawrence Raab have come to you from very far away. Think of them as written by Poet Z, a heretofore-unheard-of Eastern European poet, a Kafka-Andrade-Calvino character from Serbo-Chechnya-Lithuania.

What’s in his poems? Angels and human monsters, decades and generations, universities turned into ashes, the consolation of philosophy, despair in the middle of the night, a tutorial in lucid dreaming.

Only his poetic humor gives away his American citizenship. His poems lead you into, then trap you, in strange worlds, boxes constructed of story, logic, and aphorism, which then are revealed to be exactly like life itself.

Now, these poems by Z have finally been translated into an American idiom that is canny, sly, defeated, pessimistic, resilient, and perplexingly knowledgeable about the human predicament. They are also often beautiful, bewildered, disquieting, and full of paradoxical laughter and contemplative solace. Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts is a tender, lonely, deeply intelligent tour of that distinctive country of the soul.”

Tony Hoagland, author of Twenty Poems That Could Save America

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Lawrence Raab

Lawrence Raab

Lawrence Raab is the author of seven previous collections of poems, including What We Don’t Know About Each Other, which was a finalist for the 1993 National Book Award. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as numerous residences at Yaddo and MacDowell. He teaches literature and writing at Williams College.

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Pulp Sonnets

Publication Date: Sep 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-62-2
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Pulp Sonnets
by Tony Barnstone and Amin Mansouri

Improvising on the tropes of classic pulp fiction, including genres like crime noir, horror, sci-fi, superhero, espionage, and vigilante, Tony Barnstone’s audacious new poems are counterpointed by the mischievous (and blood-splattered) ink drawings of Iranian artist Amin Mansouri. At times reinventing the sonnet tradition, Barnstone’s linked sequences evoke serial-format comics and cinema, as each series breaks into discrete frames propelled by action. The ancient gods and epics have been high-jacked by animations and video games, but pulp remains unconquerable — ghastly, shameless, outrageous — and fun!

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Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone

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The son of a poet and visual artist, Tony Barnstone was born in Connecticut and raised in Indiana, Vermont, and Greece. As a poet, translator, editor, and fiction writer, he is the author of seventeen books and a music CD. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Poets’ Prize, the John Ciardi Prize, the Benjamin Saltman Prize, and the Grand Prize of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival. He lived for years in Spain, Greece, Kenya, and China and currently resides in California, where he is the Albert Upton Professor and chair of English at Whittier College.

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Amin Mansouri

Amin Mansouri

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Amin Mansouri is an illustrator, photographer, poet, and professor at the University of Iran, in Applied Science and Technology. He has taught painting and photography in his atelier for ten years, and he has published six books of self-illustrated poetry. Ten individual exhibitions of his work have appeared in Australia and Iran, and his work has been featured in more than seventy international group exhibitions.

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The Good Dark

Publication Date: Oct 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-59-2
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The Good Dark
by Annie Guthrie

In the sequence of poems comprising Annie Guthrie’s first book, the quest for the meaning of human consciousness and its tangled subjectivity is drawn as a slow-building narrative of the mystic experience. The journey enacted is that of the self as character, who encounters insurmountable mysteries in a breaking selfhood.

A dossier of contemplative exploration, THE GOOD DARK chronicles an immersive search in three acts: Unwitting, Chorus, and Body: stations through which the character must pass, and where she is accumulatively confessed, compounded and erased.

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Annie Guthrie

Annie Guthrie

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Annie Guthrie is a writer and jeweler living in Tucson. She has a metalsmithing studio at Splinter Brothers Warehouse and can be found through her website, www.annieguthrie.net. She teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and also mentors select students wishing to apprentice in poetry or to further their art projects through her courses in “Oracular Writing.”

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Fountain and Furnace

Publication Date: July 2015
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Fountain and Furnace
by Hadara Bar-Nadav

Winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Award, selected by Peter Stitt

We fill our days with matter and clutter, objects that might disappear inside their particular and necessary function: soap, a wineglass, nightgown, or thumb. Do we truly think about what the bedroom door has witnessed? Or the fountain, with its sculpture of a boy standing naked in a city square? Like Francis Ponge, Gertrude Stein, Seamus Heaney, and Pablo Neruda, Bar-Nadav makes a poetic investigation of objects to illuminate their visceral and playful potential in our lives.

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Hadara Bar-Nadav

Hadara Bar-Nadav

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Hadara Bar-Nadav is also the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia, 2013), The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007). She is also co-author of a best-selling textbook, Writing Poems (Longman, 8th edition). She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

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gentlessness: poems

Publication Date: April 2015
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gentlessness: poems
by Dan Beachy-Quick

Describing his new book as “an intimate primer to a history of literary epochs,” Dan Beachy-Quick summons his belief that tradition and experiment are mutually embracing, and his curiosity about humble forms of song and rhyme as figures of enchantment that induce the most primal modes of perception. gentlessness is the work of a poetic archaeologist who finds relict layers of meaning still alive in traditional measures and forms.

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Dan Beachy-Quick

Dan Beachy-Quick

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Author or co-author of fourteen books of poetry, exploratory prose, and fiction, Dan Beachy-Quick’s previous Tupelo volumes are Mulberry (2006), This Nest, Swift Passerine (2009), and Circle’s Apprentice (2011). His work has been supported by the Lannan Foundation, and he has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his family.

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The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison

Publication Date: April 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-56-1
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The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison
by Maggie Smith

Dorset Prize, chosen by Kimiko Hahn

Delving into the depths of fairy tales to transform the daily into encounters with the marvelous but dangerous, Maggie Smith’s poems question whether the realms of imagination and story can possibly be safe. Even as her compressed stories are unfolding on a suburban cul de sac, they are deep in the mythical woods, “where children, despite their commonness, / are a delicacy.”

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Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her previous books are Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005) and three prizewinning chapbooks, Disasterology (Dream Horse Press, forthcoming), The List of Dangers (Kent State/Wick Poetry Series, 2010), and Nesting Dolls (Pudding House, 2005). She lives with her husband and two children in Bexley, Ohio, where she works as a freelance writer and editor.

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Lantern Puzzle

Publication Date: March 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-53-0
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Lantern Puzzle
by Ye Chun

Berkshire Prize for First or Second Book, chosen by D. A. Powell

Entranced by time and location and the body’s longings, this is a book of self-translation. Each poem has gone through a transmigration process, as the poet negotiates between her native Chinese and her adopted English, attempting to condense, distill, and expand seeing and understanding.

“Ye Chun’s poetry is remarkably gorgeous, courageous, astute, and inspiring. A ‘space dark enough for a peach tree to bloom.’ These poems are solidly anchored in both the world and the imagination — in fact, they use one in order to make the other possible.”
— D. A. Powell

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Ye Chun

Ye Chun

Ye Chun (叶春) is the author of a book of poetry, Travel Over Water (The Bitter Oleander, 2005), and a 2011 novel in Chinese, Peach Tree In The Sea (《海上的桃树》). She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and is completing a doctorate at the University of Missouri.

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Or, Gone

Publication Date: February 2015
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ISBN: 978-1-936797-52-3
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Or, Gone
by Deborah Flanagan

Snowbound Chapbook Award, chosen by Christopher Buckley

Deborah Flanagan’s prizewinning new chapbook is populated by a menagerie of historic personages — celebrities and scientists, political and artistic luminaries, including George Washington, Houdini, Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, Francis Bacon, Casanova, and Lord Byron’s daughter, the mathematician Ada Lovelace. Juggling voices as she romps among her personae, the poet revisits and revises our complicated connections to the past in ways orthodox history can’t possibly do: coding and decoding her stories while bursting out of the boxes into which we try to fit meaning.

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Deborah Flanagan

Deborah Flanagan

Deborah Flanagan’s poems have appeared in publications including The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, The Southern Review, and Drunken Boat, and AGNI recently nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. She served as Director of Development for the Academy of American Poets before establishing the Center for True Health. In addition to working with patients at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, she has appeared as a wellness expert on national television, in print, and online. Deborah lives with her husband in New York City.

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