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Posted on August 9, 2012


The Early Death of Men coverThe Early Death of Men

Poetry by Clint Margrave

NYQ Books, August 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-60-3

Paperback: 96pp; $14.95

In his dark and often humorous debut, The Early Death of Men, Clint Margrave gives us poems that peek through telescopes and key holes in equal astonishment, poems that devour words like stars devour planets, or lovers one another.


Favorite Monsters coverFavorite Monster

Fiction by Sharma Shields

Autumn House Press, April 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-932870-58-9

Paperback: 144pp; $17.95

Winner of the 2011 Autumn House Fiction Prize. Sharma Shields’ short fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Fugue, and The Sonora Review. Her numerous awards include the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a grant from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and now lives in Spokane with her husband.


Po-Boy Contraband coverPo-boy Contraband

From Diagnosis Back to Life

Nonfiction by Patrice Melnick

Catalyst Book Press, June 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-9802081-4-6

Paperback: 150pp; $16

Patrice Melnick’s memoir begins with her diagnosis of HIV after serving in the Peace Corps in Africa. From then on, she sinks her readers into the luxuriousness of living—Alaska winters, hot Louisiana nights, spicy foods, and spicier music, learning along the way what it means to love and be loved. Melnick holds a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. She taught English and creative writing at Xavier University in New Orleans for 13 years, where she founded one of the first creative writing programs at a historically black university. In 2010 she established a nonprofit organization to promote the literary arts in the surrounding rural communities where she lives.


Sharp and Dangerous Virtues coverSharp and Dangerous Virtues

Fiction by Martha Moody

Swallow Press, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-8040-1141-9

Paperback: 400pp; $26.95

It’s the year 2047 in Dayton, Ohio. In response to food and water shortages, the U.S. government has developed an enormous, and powerfully successful, agricultural area—the “Heartland Grid”—just north of the city. In the meantime, in the wake of declining American power, a multinational force has established itself in Cleveland. Sharp and Dangerous Virtues is the story of ordinary people caught in situations they had never planned for or even imagined. What will these people do? What choices are left for them, and whom and what can they trust? Behind these quickly shifting alliances lies a troubling yet tantalizing question: what will the American future look like?


The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice coverThe Tall Tale of Tommy Twice

Fiction by Nathan Leslie

Atticus Books, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-9840405-0-6

Paperback: 206pp; $14.95

When Tommy’s parents abandon him as a baby, his grandmother Gaga takes him to her reclusive house at the top of Pike’s Peak. Gaga’s parenting methods are extreme, but Tommy soon learns her eccentricities are nothing compared to the rest of his family. As he’s passed between his outlandish aunts, Tommy’s journey takes him to the country homestead of Aunt Tess (who hides surprising objects in her voluminous hair), the four city houses of Aunt Penny (who prefers to communicate by ESP), and the cave-like desert home of Aunt Chelsea the coyote hunter. As his cross-country romp reveals how bizarrely different families can be, Tommy begins to wonder if the conventional home he’s dreamed of might not be for him after all.


Waxwings coverWaxwings

Poetry by Daniel Nathan Terry

Lethe Press, July 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1590213551

Paperback: 68pp; $15

Daniel Nathan Terry, a former landscaper and horticulturist, is the author of Capturing the Dead, which won the 2007 Stevens Prize. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including New South, Poet Lore, and The Spoon River Poetry Review, and in the recent anthology Collective Brightness. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).


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Posted 9 August 2012


Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine | Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle, Ed. Grace Beeler, Joan Dobbie, Edward Morin, Lost Horse Press

Mountain Memoirs: An Ashe County Anthology, Ed. Chris Arvidson, Scot Pope, Julie E. Townsend, Main Street Rag Pub Co

The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology, Ed. Ann Keniston & Jeffrey Gray, McFarland

Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy, Ed. Mary F. Pharr, Leisa A. Clark, McFarland

Passageways, Ed. Camille T. Dungy, Daniel Hahn, Two Lines Press

Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora, Ed. Marta Moreno Vega, Marinieves Alba, Yvette Modestin, Arte Publico Press



All This Dark: 24 Tanka Sequences, John Elsberg & Eric Greinke, Cervena Barva Press

In Wait, Rodney Nelson, Night Bomb Press

The Land of Four Rivers, Matthew A. Hamilton, Cervena Barva Press

Shampoo Horns, Aaron Teel, Rose Metal Press


Children’s/YA Fiction

Desert Baths, Darcy Pattison, Sylvan Dell Publishing

The Most Dangerous, Terri Fields, Sylvan Dell Publishing

Solar System Forecast, Kelly Kizer Whitt, Sylvan Dell Publishing

The Tree That Bear Climbed, Marianne Berkes, Sylvan Dell Publishing

A Warm Winter Tail, Carrie A. Pearson, Sylvan Dell Publishing


Children’s/YA Nonfiction

Animal Helpers: Wildlife Rehabilitators, Jennifer Keats Curtis, Sylvan Dell Publishing



The Apology and the Last Days, Borislav Pekic, Northwestern Univ Press

Attorney at Large, Gaynell Gavin, Main Street Rag Pub Co

Blue Suburban Skies, Richard Peabody, Main Street Rag Pub Co

Butterfly Moon, Anita Endrezze, Univ of Arizona Press

The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. I, Scott McClanahan, Lazy Fascist Press

Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories, Katherine L. Holmes, Press Americana / Hollywood Books Intl / Poetry Press

Failure & Other Failures, Chris Ridenour, Night Bomb Press

Fall of the Rock Dove, A. Rooney, Main Street Rag Pub Co

Favorite Monster, Sharma Shields, Autumn House Press

The Masked Demon, Mark Spencer, Main Street Rag Pub Co

May We Shed These Human Bodies, Amber Sparks, Curbside Splendor

Out Across the Nowhere, Amy Willoughby-Burle, Press 53

A Question Mark Above the Sun, Kent Johnson, Starcherone Books

The Restaurant at the End of the World, Kenneth Womack, Main Street Rag Pub Co

Rise, L. Annette Binder, Sarabande Books

The Runaway Note, Tyrone Jaeger, Shakespeare & Co, Toad Suck

Sharp and Dangerous Virtues, Martha Moody, Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press

The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice, Nathan Leslie, Atticus Books

The Tree of Forgetfulness, Pam Durban, Louisiana State Univ Press

War Stories, Elisabeth Doyle, Two Harbors Press

The Way of the Dog, Sam Savage, Coffee House Press

What the Zhang Boys Know, Clifford Garstang, Press 53

Wicked Hill, Ed Sams, Main Street Rag Pub Co

With Blood in Their Eyes, Thomas Cobb, Univ of Arizona Press



2500 Random Things About Me Too, Matias Viegener, Les Figues Press

Above All Things: The Journey of an Evangelical Christian Mother and Her Gay Daughter, Shari Johnson, Changing Lives Press

African American Women Playwrights Confront Violence: A Critical Study of Nine Dramatists, Patricia A. Young, McFarland

Approaching the Hunger Games Trilogy: A Literary and Cultural Analysis, Tom Henthorne, McFarland

The Ethnohistory of the Chowchilla Yokuts, Robert Fletcher Manlove, Craven Street Books

The King of White-Collar Boxing, David Lawrence, Rain Mountain Press

Po-boy Contraband: From Diagnosis Back to Life, Patrice Melnick, Catalyst Book Press

Sam Sixkiller: Cherokee Frontier Lawman, Kazanjian Howard and Chris Enss, TwoDot

The Secret Life of Objects, Dawn Raffel, Jaded Ibis Productions

Stan Without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films, 1917-1927, Ted Okuda, James L. Neibaur, McFarland

Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy, Lee Upton, Tupelo Press

The Village Carpenter: The Classic Memoir of the Life of a Victorian Craftsman, Walter Rose, Linden Publishing



The Early Death of Men, Clint Margrave, NYQ Books

Floating Life, Moez Surani, Wolsak & Wynn Pub

Ghost Wife, Suzanne Burns, Night Bomb Press

Given Away, Jennifer Barber, Kore Press

The Golden Road, Rachel Hadas, Northwestern Univ Press

H, Jim Elledge, Lethe Press

In Beauty Bright, Gerald Stern, W.W. Norton & Co

Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems from the First Year Without My Father, Bryan Borland, Sibling Rivalry Press

Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room, Betsy Wheeler, National Poetry Review

Mad Cursive, Joshua McKinney, Wordcraft of Oregon

Nostalgia, My Enemy, Saadi Youssef, Graywolf Press

Opressive Light: Selected Poems by Robert Walser, Robert Walser - Ed. Daniele Pantano, Black Lawrence Press

Painting Czeslawa Kwoka: Honoring Children of the Holocaust, Theresa Senato Edwards, Unbound CONTENT

Pointed Sentences, Bill Yarrow, BlazeVOX [books]

The Pomegranate Papers, Cassie Premo Steele, Unbound CONTENT

Red Army Red, Jehanne Dubrow, Northwestern Univ Press

Rough, and Savage, Sun Yung Shin, Coffee House Press

Saltian: “to dance”, Alice Shapiro, Unbound CONTENT

Shortly Thereafter, Colin D. Halloran, Main Street Rag Pub Co

Waxwings, Daniel Nathan Terry, Lethe Press


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