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Posted on September 22, 2011


A Broken Thing coverA Broken Thing

Poets on the Line

Ed. Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee

Univ of Iowa Press, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1609380540

Paperback: 288pp; $33.00

In the arena of poetry and poetics over the past century, no idea has been more alive and contentious than the idea of form, and no aspect of form has more emphatically sponsored this marked formal concern than the line. But what, exactly, is the line? Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee’s anthology gives seventy original answers that lead us deeper into the world of poetry, but also far out into the world at large: its people, its politics, its ecology.


Calyx of Teversall coverCalyx of Teversall

Children's/YA Fiction by Maia Appleby

Brighter Books, January 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-927004-02-9

Paperback: 182pp;

After a few years of learning his uncle’s business at the curio shop -- and singlehandedly establishing a trading partnership with the gnomes -- the clever and resourceful Calyx can practically run the shop himself. Things are going so well that he almost forgets why he’s living with his aunt and uncle: his mother is hiding him from a menacing, manipulative Borgh elf named Fenbeck, who could arrive in town any day to claim Calyx as his apprentice.


Here I Am a Writer

Memoir by Christopher McIlroy

Kitsune Books, June 2011

ISBN: 978-0-9827409-1-0

Paperback: 250pp; $15.00

Here I Am a Writer contains poems, stories, and artwork produced by Native American students involved in teacher Christopher “Kit” McIlroy’s ArtsReach program in Arizona. A decade or more after these intensive creative writing sessions took place, McIlroy went in search of the young authors who’d opened their hearts in his classes, to see how they’d fared in the intervening years and if they were still writing at all. What he chronicles is as much his journey of discovery as theirs. To order, visit


A Little in Love a LotA Little in Love a Lot

Poetry by Paul Hostovsky

Main Street Rag Pub Co, August 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1599483030

Paperback: 90pp; $14.00

“This book is full of Hostovsky poems, which is to say it's full of rare, wonderful, funny, incandescent events.”—John Lee Clark


Lunch Bucket Paradise coverLunch Bucket Paradise

A True-Life Novel

Fiction by Fred Setterberg

Heyday Books, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-59714-166-6

Paperback: 256pp; $15.95

This coming-of-age novel is set in 1960s California and depicts an all-but-gone era of prosperity for American blue-collar workers. Another of Setterberg's books, The Roads Taken: Travels through America's Literary Landscapes, won the AWP prize in creative nonfiction.


Mortal Stakes | Faint Thunder coverMortal Stakes | Faint Thunder

Poetry by Timothy Murphy

Dakota Institute Press, July 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9825597-7-2

Paperback: 96pp; $14.95

Murphy’s poetry explores faith, family, spirituality, death, farming, friendship, love, and sexuality, yet it is profoundly rooted in place—the Red River watershed in North Dakota and western Minnesota. He tries to make sense of the wide sweep of the northern plains, to explore how place shapes poetry and how poetry shapes one’s experience of place.


Power Ballads coverPower Ballads

Fiction by Will Boast

Univ of Iowa Press, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-60938-042-7

Paperback: 184pp; $16.00

Real musicians don’t sign autographs, date models, or fly in private jets. They spend their lives in practice rooms and basement clubs or toiling in the obscurity of coffee-shop gigs, casino jobs, and the European festival circuit. The ten linked stories in Power Ballads are devoted to this unheard virtuoso: the working musician.


Renegade Poetics coverRenegade Poetics

Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in
African American Poetry

Nonfiction by Evie Shockley

Univ of Iowa Press, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-60938-058-8

Paperback: 264pp; $39.95

Beginning with a deceptively simple question—What do we mean when we designate behaviors, values, or forms of expression as “black”?—Evie Shockley’s Renegade Poetics separates what we think we know about black aesthetics from the more complex and nuanced possibilities the concept has long encompassed.



Collection by Cecilia Vicuna

Chain Links, September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1930068506

Paperback: 166pp; $16.00

First published in 1973, two months after the military coup in Chile, Cecilia Vicuña's SABORAMI is a document of the times and the way in which history can change art. It is filled with the urgent hope that art, too, can change history.


Waiting coverWaiting

Selected Nonfiction

By Elizabeth Swados

Hanging Loose Press, October 2011

Paperback: 200pp; $18.00

In Waiting, Elizabeth Swados brings her lively autobiographical pieces – many of which first ran in The New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine – together for the first time. Among those appearing in the book are Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Yehuda Amichai, Ellen Stewart, and Marlon Brando, as well as moving accounts of Swados’s schizophrenic brother, her work with young actors, and her explorations of the creative process.


New & Noteworthy Books
Full list of new & noteworthy books received

September 22, 2011


27 Views of Chapel Hill: A Southern University Town in Prose & Poetry, Eno Publishers

A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, Ed. Emily Rosko, Anton Vander Zee, Univ of Iowa Press  

Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction, Ed. Roland Goity, John Ottey, Vagabondage Press  


Children's/YA Fiction

Bernadette in the Doghouse, Susan Glickman, Second Story Press

Calyx of Teversall, Maia Appleby, Brighter Books  

Dear Baobob, Cheryl Foggo, Second Story Press

Walking Home to Rosie Lee, A. LaFaye, Cinco Puntos Press



And, Nonetheless: Selected Prose and Poetry 1990-2009, Philippe Jaccottet, Chelsea Editions  

Saborami, Cecilia Vicuna, Chain Links  



The Book of Life, Stuart Nadler, Reagan Arthur Books

A Compendium of Domestic Incidents, Joanna Ruocco, Noemi Press

Darling Endangered: Lyrical Short Fiction, Carol Guess, Brooklyn Arts Press

Hard To Say, Ethel Rohan, Pank

The Inn at Corbies' Caww, Verlyn Flieger, Kitsune Books  

Logodaedaly: or, Sleight-of-Words, Erzsebet Gilbert, Wolverine Farm Publishing  

Lunch Bucket Paradise: A True-Life Novel, Fred Setterberg, Heyday Books  

My Beginning, Melissa Kline, Lucky Press  

NowTrends, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Short Flight/Long Drive Books  

Power Ballads, Will Boast, Univ of Iowa Press

Pulp and Paper, Josh Rolnick, Univ of Iowa Press

Red Plenty, Francis Spufford, Graywolf Press  

Scars, Juan Jose Saer, Open Letter  

There but for the, Ali Smith, Pantheon Books  

Uptown, Jack Gardner, Main Street Rag Pub Co  

When the Dust Finally Settles, Kat Meads, Ravenna Press  



Body of a Dancer, Renee E. D'Aoust, Etruscan Press  

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas, Thomas Nelson

Books, Crooks, and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, Leslie Budewitz, Quill Driver Books

Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A memoir…of sorts, Ian Morgan Cron, Thomas Nelson  

The Mistress Contract, She and He, Unbridled Books  

The Other Walk, Sven Birkerts, Graywolf Press  

Renegade Poetics, Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry, Evie Shockley, Univ of Iowa Press  

Waiting: Selected Nonfiction, Elizabeth Swados, Hanging Loose Press



A Little In Love a Lot, Paul Hostovsky, Main Street Rag Pub Co  

American Busboy, Matthew Guenette, Univ of Akron Press  

And God Said…: A Brief History of Creation, Barbara Leff, Broadstone Books  

Basil, Katharine Rauk, Black Lawrence Press  

The Body is a Little Gilded Cage: A Story in Letters, Kristina Marie Darling, Gold Wake Press  

Book of the Given, Rusty Morrison, Noemi Press  

By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish, 1916-1959, William Carlos Williams, New Directions Books

The City, Our City, Wayne Miller, Milkweed Editions

Everyday People, Albert Goldbarth, Graywolf Press  

Exhibit of Forking Paths, James Grinwis, Coffee House Press

The Field, Martin Glaz Serup, Les Figues Press  

Frases To Or, Gregory Cole, Ravenna Press  

Graffito, John Burgess, Ravenna Press  

A Heron in Buenos Aires, Luis Benitez, Ravenna Press  

Hypotheticals, Leigh Kotsilidis, Coach House Books

If Words Could Save Us, Anthony S. Abbott, Lorimer Press  

In the Shadow of Al-Andalus, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Coffee House Press  

Li'l Bastard, David McGimpsey, Coach House Books  

Love-In-Idleness, Christopher Hennessy, Brooklyn Arts Press  

Mortal Stakes/Faint Thunder, Timothy Murphy, Univ of Oklahoma Press  

Red Walls, James Tolan, Dos Madres  

She'd Waited Millennia, Lizzie Hutton, New Issues Poetry & Prose

Song I Sing, Bao Phi, Coffee House Press

Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, Murrah Shugars, Dos Madres

St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped, Ann Cefola, Kattywompus Press

The Straw Sandals, Selected Prose and Poetry, Pierre-Albert Jourdan, Chelsea Editions  

Swimming the Eel, Zara Raab, David Robert Books

Three Crows Laughing, Moriah Erickson, Slipstream Press  

Twin Tan Dogs, Obedience & Discipline, Lynn Strongin, Ravenna Press  

The Weary World Rejoices, Steve Fellner, Marsh Hawk Press

What It Is Like, New and Selected Poems, Charles North, Turtle Point Press  

Whorled, Ed Bok Lee, Coffee House Press  

The Year Book, Hugh Fox, Ravenna Press

Your Sorcerer's Way, Ben Somers, Lame House Press  

แ ล้ ว…And Then Entwine: Lesson Plans, Poems, Knots, Jai Arun Ravine, Tinfish Press