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Posted on February 19, 2009

Praise Song for the Day coverPraise Song for the Day

Poem by Elizabeth Alexander

Graywolf Press, February 2009

ISBN-10: 1555975453

ISBN-13: 978-1555975456

Chapbook: 28pp; $8.00

On January 20, 2009, Elizabeth Alexander served as the fourth ever inaugural poet and a central participant in one of the most closely watched inaugurations in American history. Selected by Barack Obama, Alexander composed and delivered her original poem "Praise Song for the Day" to an audience of millions, and now the poem can be read and savored for posterity.


Three Balconies coverThree Balconies

Fiction by Bruce Jay Friedman

Biblioasis, September 2008

ISBN-10: 1897231458

ISBN-13: 978-1897231456

Hardcover: 200pp; $24.95

From back cover: The first collection of new short fiction by Bruce Jay Friedman in more than two decades. A return to form by a modern American master.


The Plum-Stone Game coverThe Plum-Stone Game

Poetry by Kathleen Jesme

Ahsahta Press, January 2009

ISBN-10: 1934103039

ISBN-13: 978-1934103036

Paperback: 104pp; $17.50

From back cover: "The Plum-Stone Game is a delicate reconstruction of sense-memory and its eros: with archeological precision Kathleen Jesme revitalizes the broken vessel of the world, giving us one beautiful version of its amphora after another." - D.A. Powell


Gringolandia coverGringolandia

Fiction by Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Curbstone Press, May 2009

ISBN-10: 1931896496

ISBN-13: 978-1931896498

Hardcover: 250pp; $16.95

From back cover: Though haunted by memories of his father's arrest in Pinochet's Chile, Daniel Aguilar has made a new life in the U.S. - far away from politics. But when his father is suddenly released and rejoins the family, Daniel sees what five years of prison and torture have done . . . Trying to reach his father, Daniel finds himself in the democracy struggle of the country he thought he had left behind.


FFreeing Tibet coverreeing Tibet

50 Years of Struggle, Resilience, and Hope

By John and Elizabeth Roberts

AMACOM, March 2009

ISBN-10: 0814409830

ISBN-13: 978-0814409831

Hardcover: 304pp; $24.00

From inside front cover: Freeing Tibet is the story of this fifty-year long struggle, from its Cold War beginnings to the present U.S. backing for Tibet's guerrillas in their fight against China.


Breathe coverBreathe

101 Contemporary Odes

Edited by Ryan Van Cleave, Chad Prevost

C&R Press, 2009

ISBN-10: 098150101X

ISBN-13: 978-0981501017

Paperback: 260pp; $19.95

From back cover: A testament to the stunning variety of the human experience, this timely anthology reminds us of the singular importance of poetry to our lives and our souls. The influence of Horace, Keats, and Neruda is deeply evident in the lyric beauty of these poems, but more than a few defy conventions and challenge the form itself in an exciting expansion of boundaries. Selected for their language, their imagery, their honesty, and their insight, this gathering of 101 poems by 95 poets is a fresh sampling of memorable new odes in the English language. 


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February 19, 2009



Alphabet of the Ocean, Josie Kearns (March Street Press)

American Prophet, Robert Fanning (Marick Press) 

Chronic, D.A. Powell (Graywolf Press)

City of Water, Robert Thompson (ahadada books) 

Cradle Song, Stacey Lynn Brown (C&R Press) 

Crazy Love, Pamela Uschuck (Wings Press) 

Demosthenes’ Legacy, Jonathan Monroe (ahadada books) 

Hooked, Carolyn Smart (Brick Books) 

Hyacinth for the Soul, Joan I. Siegel (Deerbrook Editions) 

Mainline to the Heart, Clive Matson (Regent Press)

My Paris Year, Karen Head (All Nations Press) 

The Plum-Stone Game, Kathleen Jesme (Ahsahta Press)

Prolog Pages, Donald Wellman (ahadada books) 

Skirmish, Dobby Gibson (Graywolf Press) 

Soft Chaos, Alma Luz Villanueva (Bilingual Press) 

This Must Be the Place, Alice George (Mayapple Press) 

This Nest, Swift Passerine, Dan Beacy-Quick (Tupelo Press)

To Be Read in 500 Years, Albert Goldbarth (Graywolf Books)

The Whispering of Ice Cubes: New & Selected Pieces, Rupert Wondolowski (Shattered Wig Press) 

The Whole Marie, Barbara Maloutas (Ahsahta Press) 



Praise Song for the Day, Elizabeth Alexander (Graywolf Press)

Ten Songs from Bulgaria, Linda Nemec Foster (Cervena Barva Press) 

A Thirst that’s Partly Mine, Liz Ahl (Slapering Hol Press) 



The Accordionist’s Son, Bernardo Atxaga (Graywolf Press)

AM/PM, Amelia Gray (Featherproof Books) 

Corn & Smoke, Blaster Al Ackerman (Shattered Wig Press) 

Down from Moonshine, Mary Ann Cain (13th Moon Press) 

I Go to Some Hollow, Amina Cain (Les Figues Press) 

The Naked Eye, Yoko Tawada (New Directions) 

Three Balconies, Bruce Jay Friedman (Biblioasis) 



Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, Ed. Ryan Van Cleave &Chad Prevost (C&R Press) 

A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration, Ed. Chris Green (The DePaul Poetry Institute)



Gringolandia, Lyn Miller-Lachman (Curbstone Press) 



12x12: Conversations in 21st-Century Poetry & Poetics, Ed. Christina Mengert & Joshua Wilkinson (University of Iowa Press)

Freeing Tibet: 50 Years of Struggle, Resilience, & Hope, John & Elizabeth Roberts (Amacom) 

Life Learning, Ed. Wendy Priesnitz (The Alternate Press)