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Posted on April 28, 2011


About the Author coverAbout the Author

Chapbook by Larry O. Dean

Mindmade Books, 2011

Chapbook: 20pp;

"In this new collection Larry O. Dean displaces the focus of auto-referentiality from the text to the author as the paratextual 'author bio' becomes the matter of poems."


Address coverAddress

Poetry by Elizabeth Willis

Wesleyan Univ Press, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8195-7098-7

Hardcover: 80pp; $22.95

"[A] rich and contrarian voicing of late America."


The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry coverThe Autumn House Anthology
of Contemporary American Poetry

Second Edition

Anthology Ed. Michael Simms

Autumn House Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-932870-48-0

Paperback: 416pp; $34.95

"A comprehensive selection of work by 112 important American poets."


Birds, Beasts, and Seas coverBirds, Beasts, and Seas

Nature Poems from New Directions

Anthology Ed. Jeffrey Yang

New Directions Books, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1919-8

Paperback: 192pp; $14.95

"Crossing cultures and centuries, the collection traces poetry's ever-changing relationship to nature from antiquity to the present." Featuring work from 140 New Directions poets.


Cowboy Maloney's Electric City coverCowboy Maloney's Electric City

Fiction by Michael Bible

Dark Sky Books, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9830674-4-3

Paperback: 90pp; $10.00

Barry Hannah writes, "Michael Bible may have hit what a lot of us were trying, a singular new voice for CEO's to slackers. He's so open, so easy, so fluid, you'll smile with joy turning every page."


The Fetch coverThe Fetch

Poetry by Nico Rogers

Brick Books, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-894078-82-5

Paperback: 104pp; $19.00

"Drawing on family recollections, interviews with elders and extensive research in archives and regional museums, The Fetch, Nico Rogers' first book, is a brilliant hybrid."


The Great Lenore coverThe Great Lenore

Fiction by J.M. Tohline

Atticus Books, June 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9845105-5-9

Paperback: 204pp; $14.95

"The tale of a ravishing young Brit whose falsely-reported death breathes new life into the money-and-booze sodden landscape of Nantucket high society."


How Like Foreign Objects coverHow Like Foreign Objects

Poetry by Alexis Orgera

H_NGM_N BKS, 2011

ISBN-13: 9780983221517

Paperback: 120pp; $14.95

Dean Young writes, "Orgera's poems perpetually, vitally involve the reconceiving and reenacting of the means of intimacy even as they say again and again, I can no longer be myself."


The Incompossible coverThe Incompossible

Poetry by Carrie Hunter

Black Radish Books, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9825731-3-6

Paperback: 120pp; $15.00

Eileen R. Tabios writes, "Every poem in The Incompossible is 'an utterly unique void.' What seems consistent is a rhythm of certainty, even as the poems posit uncertainties."


Jonestown: A Vexation coverJonestown: A Vexation

Poetry by Carmen Gillespie

Lotus Press, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9797509-3-9

Paperback: 94pp; $18.00

Winner of the 2011 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. //


Lie Down Too coverlie down too

Poetry by Leslie Lewis

Alice James Books, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-882295-85-2

Paperback: 80pp; $16.95

James Tate writes, "[T]his is a book of joy, impossible to put down, impossible to deny."


The New Black coverthe new black

Poetry by Evie Shockley

Wesleyan Univ Press, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8195-7140-3

Hardcover: 128pp; $22.95

"In the new black, Evie Shockley offers a reconsideration of the meaning of race, especially 'blackness,' in twenty-first century America."


The Pilot House coverThe Pilot House

Chapbook by David Rigsbee

Black Lawrence Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9815899-5-4

Chapbook: 48pp; $9.00

Winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. //


A Real Life coverA Real Life

Restoring What Matters,
Family, Good Friends and a True Community

Nonfiction by Ferenc Mate

W.W. Norton & Co, June 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-920256-69-5

Hardcover: 256pp; $24.95

"Mate's impassioned, humorous prose challenges us to re-evaluate the meaning of 'success,' 'security,' technological 'progress,' and how we work, eat, play, love, and raise our children."


Short Bus coverShort Bus

Fiction by Brian Allen Carr

Texas Review Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-933896-54-0

Paperback: 160pp; $22.95

Mary Miller writes, "Short Bus balances the harshness of characters' lives with beautiful and precise language, making parched land feel lush.”


To Make It Right coverTo Make It Right

Poetry by Corrinne Clegg Hales

Autumn House Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-932870-47-3

Paperback: 104pp; $14.95

Winner of the 2010 Autumn House Poetry Prize.


Traveling Light coverTraveling Light

Fiction by J.L. Morin

Harvard Square Editions, July 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9833216-9-9

Paperback: 316pp; $14.95

"A novel on human trafficking in a highly palatable form by J.L. Morin, author of the award-winning novel Sazzae, whose work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011." //


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April 28, 2011


The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry: Second Edition, Ed. Michael Simms, Autumn House Press

Birds, Beasts, and Seas: Nature Poems from New Directions, Ed. Jeffrey Yang, New Directions Books



About the Author, Larry O. Dean, Mindmade Books

Shelter, Gigi Marks, Autumn House Press //

The Pilot House, David Rigsbee, Black Lawrence Press //


Children's/YA Fiction

The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale, Lucine Kasbarian, Marshall Cavendish/ Benchmark Books //

Tia's Tamales, Ana Baca, Univ of New Mexico Press //



Child Wonder, Roy Jacobsen, Graywolf Press //

Cowboy Maloney's Electric City, Michael Bible, Dark Sky Books

The Great Lenore, J.M. Tohline, Atticus Books

The Hands of Strangers: A Novella, Michael F. Smith, Main Street Rag Pub Co //

Instructions For Living, Laurie Blauner, Main Street Rag Pub Co //

Short Bus, Brian Allen Carr, Texas Review Press

Traveling Light, J.L. Morin, Harvard Square Editions //



Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism, Jennifer Frost, New York Univ Press

A Real Life: Restoring What Matters, Family, Good Friends and a True Community, Ferenc Mate, W.W. Norton & Co



Address, Elizabeth Willis, Wesleyan Univ Press

all seeds & blues, Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, CW Books

The Fetch, Nico Rogers, Brick Books

How Like Foreign Objects, Alexis Orgera, H_NGM_N BKS

In the Body of Our Lives, Jeanne Wagner, Sixteen Rivers Press //

The Incompossible, Carrie Hunter, Black Radish Books

Jonestown: A Vexation, Carmen Gillespie, Lotus Press //

lie down too, Leslie Lewis, Alice James Books

the new black, Evie Shockley, Wesleyan Univ Press

Return from Erebus, Julia McCarthy, Brick Books

The Stranger Dissolves, Christina Hutchins, Sixteen Rivers Press

That Other Beauty, Karen Enns, Brick Books //

To Make It Right, Corrinne Clegg Hales, Autumn House Press