New & Noteworthy Books

New Books from Independent &
University Presses

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Posted on February 25, 2010

Bobcat Country coverBobcat Country

Poetry by Brandi Homan

Shearsman Books, January 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-84861-085-9

Paperback: 80pp; $15.00

Featuring "My Mother Can't Stand This Poem," "Why I Hate Ian Harris," "Reality TV Has Ruined My Childhood," and much more. //


Currency coverCurrency

Fiction by Zoe Zolbrod

OV Books, May 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9825204-3-7

Paperback: 232pp; $16.95

Robin, an American backpacker low on money but infatuated with travel and beauty, and Piv, her charismatic Thai lover who dreams of a better life, become embroiled in the dangerous world of international animal trafficking in this exotic literary thriller.


Dead Letter Office coverDead Letter Office

Fiction by Daniel Natal

Black Lawrence Press, October 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0-9815899-4-7

Paperback: 267pp; $18.00

From website: Daniel Natal has existed on the fringes of the literary world for his entire life, attending artists' parties with his Bohemian parents from a very young age. [This is] his first novel.


Entrepot coverEntrepot

Poetry by Mark McMorris

Coffee house Press, February 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-56689-236-0

Paperback: 108pp; $16.00

From website: Missives from the entrepôt—or port city—where civilization trades in art, love, and war. //


Going through Ghosts coverGoing through Ghosts

Fiction by Mary Sojourner

University of Nevada Press, February 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-87417-809-8

Paperback: 281pp; $25.00

Going Through Ghosts is a novel about a search for healing after pain and loss. //


Gurlesque coverGurlesque

the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics

Edited by Lara Glenum, Arielle Greenberg

Saturnalia Books, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9818591-4-9

Paperback: 312pp; $20.00

Gurlesque brings together eighteen poets of wide-ranging backgrounds, united in their ability to push the aesthetic envelope through radical, femme, Third Wave strategies, and pairs them with visual artists who do the same.


How Beautiful the Beloved coverHow Beautiful the Beloved

Poetry by Gregory Orr

Copper Canyon Press, April 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1-55659-283-6

Paperback: 103pp; $16.00

Gregory Orr explores the carnal ache of living and loving in this [. . .] collection.


The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats coverThe Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats

Fiction by Hesh Kestin

Dzanc Books, November 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0-9767177-8-2

Paperback: 372pp; $16.95

Jewish gangsters in 1960's New York City. A fast-paced, look at a time when America still seemed young and moving forward. A smart, young man is mentored by the gangster of his time. //


Light and Trials of Light coverLight and Trials of Light

Poetry by Cynthia Reeser

Finishing Line Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-59924-543-0

Chapbook: 27pp; $12.00




Lost Alphabet coverLost Alphabet

Poetry by Lisa Olstein

Copper Canyon Press, June 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1-55659-301-7

Paperback: 104pp; $15.00

In Lisa Olstein’s new book, an unnamed lepidopterist—living in a hut on the edge of an unnamed village—is drawn ever deeper into the engrossing world of moths, light, and seeing.


Neighbour Procedure coverNeighbour Procedure

Poetry by Rachel Zolf

Coach House Books, February 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-55245-229-5

Paperback: 87pp; $14.95

Plucked from a minefield of competing knowledges, media and public texts, Neighbour Procedure sees Zolf assemble an arsenal of poetic procedures and words borrowed from a cast of unlikely neighbours, including Mark Twain, Dadaist Marcel Janco, blogger-poet Ron Silliman and two women at the gym. //


Shoulder the Season coverShoulder the Season

Poetry by Angle Mlinko

Coffee house Press, April 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-56689-243-8

Paperback: 81pp; $16.00

Ange Mlinko is the author of Starred Wire, a National Poetry Series Award winner, and Matinées, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Poems from this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, Poetry magazine, and elsewhere. A longtime East Coast resident and language columnist for The Nation, she currently lives in Beirut.


New & Noteworthy Books

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February 25, 2010


Gurlesque, Ed. Lara Glenum, Arielle Greenberg, Saturnalia Books

Seriously Funny, Ed. Barbara Hamby, David Kirby, Univ of Georgia Press //



Light and Trials of Light, Cynthia Reeser, Finishing Line Press //

Pretending to be Italian, Katy Giebenhain, RockSaw Press //



Sandy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint, Femida Handy, Carole Carpenter, Second Story Press //



And What Have You Done?, Jose Castro Urioste, Latin American Literary Review Press //

Currency, Zoe Zolbrod, OV Books

Dead Letter Office, Daniel Natal, Black Lawrence Press

Fragile, Chris Katsaropoulos, Luminis Books //

Further Adventures in the Restless Universe, Dawn Raffel, Dzanc Books

Going Through Ghosts, Mary Sojourner, Univ of Nevada Press //

I, Benjamin, Theodore Enslin, McPherson & Co //

The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, Hesh Kestin, Dzanc Books //

Love in Tennessee, John Bowers, Red Hen Press //

The Mechanics of Falling and Other Stories, Catherine Brady, Univ of Nevada Press

Moon is Cotton & She Laugh All Night, Tracy DeBrincat, Subito Press //

The Taste of Penny, Jeff Parker, Dzanc Books //

Welcome to Miami, Doctor Leal, Rene Vazquez Diaz, Latin American Literary Review Press //



Manhattan Project to the Santa Fe Institute, George A. Cowan, Univ of New Mexico Press //

Revenge of the Saguaro, Tom Miller, Cinco Puntos Press //



Bobcat Country, Brandi Homan, Shearsman Books

The Dance of No Hard Feelings, Mark Bibbins, Graywolf Press //

The End of the West, Michael Dickman, Copper Canyon Press //

Entrepot, Mark McMorris, Coffee House Press //

Find the Girl, Lightsey Darst, Coffee House Press

Having Cut the Sparrow's Heart, Malinda Markham, New Issues Poetry & Prose //

How Beautiful the Beloved, Gregory Orr, Copper Canyon Press

A Little Middle of the Night, Molly Brodak, Univ of Iowa Press

Long Distance, Steven Cordova, Bilingual Review Press //

Lost Alphabet, Lisa Olstein, Copper Canyon Press

Marbles, Mary du Passage, Box Turtle Press //

The Meditations, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, Otoliths

My Heart Flooded with Water, Alfonsina Storni, Latin American Literary Review Press

Neighbor Procedure, Rachel Zolf, Coach House Books

Personification, Margaret Ronda, Saturnalia Books //

Rest in Black Haw, Emily Elizabeth Schulten, New Plains Press //

Rising, Falling, Hovering, C.D. Wright, Copper Canyon Press

Shoulder the Season, Ange Mlinko, Coffee House Press

Sky=Empty, Judy Halebsky, New Issues Poetry & Prose //

Song & Glass, Stan Mir, Subito Press //

Swerve, Cohen Bruce, Black Lawrence Press //

Tocqueville, Khaled Mattawa, New Issues Poetry & Prose //

The White Visitation, David Brennan, BlazeVOX [books] //


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