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Posted on September 20, 2012


The Creek at the End of the Lawns coverThe Creek at the End of the Lawns

Poetry by Ira Joe Fisher

NYQ Books, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-65-8

Paperback: 132pp; $16.95

With his fourth collection of verse, The Creek at the End of the Lawns, Fisher delves into the minds and lives lived in both a village and a city. Trees and streets and haunted hills figure in these poems. How does one negotiate each day’s path as well as the shadows of night? These poems suggest a person—a soul—doing so, or dying in the trying.


Dip My Pacifier in Whiskey coverDip My Pacifier in Whiskey

Poetry by Mathias Nelson

NYQ Books, August 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1935520481

Paperback: 164pp; $16.95

In his first full-length collection of poetry, Dip My Pacifier in Whiskey, Mathias Nelson’s poems take the reader on an emotional journey where they are asked to view the world they already know just slightly askew. Nelson’s honest and clear writing takes head on the reader’s preconceived notions of just about everything imaginable from family and children to societal convention and the literary world.


The Incurables coverThe Incurables

Fiction by Mark Brazaitis

University of Notre Dame Press, August 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0268022310

Paperback: 192pp; $20.00

In his latest collection of literary fiction, Mark Brazaitis evokes with sympathy, insight, and humor the lives of characters in a small Ohio town. The ten short stories of The Incurables limn the mental landscape of people facing conditions they believe are insolvable, from the oppressive horrors of mental illness to the beguiling and baffling complexities of romantic and familial love.


The New Arcana coverThe New Arcana

Cross-Genre by John Amen, Daniel Y. Harris

NYQ Books, August 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-59-7

Paperback: 120pp; $14.95

The New Arcana is a multi-genre extravaganza featuring verse, fiction, mock journalism and academic writing, drama, and art. Both referencing and transcending various literary precedents, the book is a pronouncement for the 21st Century, an exploration of and commentary on the fast-paced and mercurial nature of life in the 2000s.


The Open Door coverThe Open Door

100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine

Anthology Edited by Don Share, Christian Wiman

University of Chicago Press, October 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0226750705

Hardcover: 224pp; $20.00

The archives of Poetry magazine are incomparable, and to celebrate the magazine’s centennial, editors Don Share and Christian Wiman combed them to create a new kind of anthology, energized by the self-imposed limitation to one hundred poems. Rather than attempting to be exhaustive or definitive—or even to offer the most familiar works—they have assembled a collection of poems that, in their juxtaposition, echo across a century of poetry.


The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash NonfictionThe Rose Metal Press Field Guide to
Writing Flash Nonfiction

Advice and Essential Exercises from
Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers

Nonfiction by Ed, Dinty W. Moore

Rose Metal Press, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0984616664

Paperback: 208pp; $15.95

Unmatched in its focus on a concise and popular emerging genre, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction features 26 eminent writers, editors, and teachers offering expert analysis, focused exercises, and helpful examples of what make the brief essay form such a perfect medium for experimentation, insight, and illumination. With a comprehensive introduction to the genre and book by editor Dinty W. Moore, this guide is perfect for both the classroom and the individual writer’s desk.


That Mad Game coverThat Mad Game

Growing Up in a Warzone

Anthology by Ed. J.L. Powers

Cinco Puntos Press, September 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935955-22-1

Paperback: 232pp; $16.95

Seventeen writers contribute essays about how they became adults in times of war. Essays focus on modern history but take no sides. Vietnam from both sides. Bosnia. The Gulf War. Rwanda. Juárez. El Salvador. The list goes on and on. There are no winners: just the survivors left behind, picking up the pieces.


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Posted September 20, 2012


The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, Ed. Don Share & Christian Wiman, Univ of Chicago Press

That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone, Ed. J.L. Powers, Cinco Puntos Press



Fractal Cut-Ups, Terry Wright, Kattywompus Press


Children’s/YA Fiction

Purple Daze, Sherry Shahan, Running Press Book Pub


Children’s/YA Nonfiction

We Are Their Voice, Ed. Kathy Kacer, Second Story Press



The New Arcana, John Amen & Daniel Y. Harris, NYQ Books

Redstart: An Ecological Poetics, Forrest Gander & John Kinsella, Univ of Iowa Press



Down in the Hole: the unWired World of H.B. Ogden, Joy DeLyria & Sean Michael Robinson, PowerHouse Books

The Incurables, Mark Brazaitis, Univ of Notre Dame Press

The Lighthouse Road, Peter Geye, Unbridled Books

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, Shani Boianjiu, Hogarth

The Rose Hotel, Rahimeh Andalibian, Nightingale

Suite for Three Voices, Derek Furr, Fomite Press

What Happened to Ivy, Kathy Stinson, Second Story Press



Braided Worlds, Alma Gottlieb & Philip Graham, Univ of Chicago Press

Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch: A Guide to the Homeric Punkhole, 1980 - 2012, Kenneth Warren, BlazeVOX [books]

Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and After: A Poetic Career Transformed, George Monteiro, McFarland

Ghetto Medic: A Father in the ‘Hood, Rachel Hennick, BrickHouse Books

The Gus Van Sant Touch: A Thematic Study—Drugstore Cowboy, Milk and Beyond, Justin Vicari, McFarland

Language and Culture in the Growth of Imperialism, Sharron Gu, McFarland

My CIA: A Memoir, Katherine McCord, Telling Our Stories Press

Origins of Arthurian Romances: Early Sources for the Legends of Tristan, the Grail, and the Abduction of the Queen, Flint F. Johnson, McFarland

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers, Ed, Dinty W. Moore, Rose Metal Press

Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence, Ed. Sibylla Brodzinsky & Max Schoening, McSweeney’s Books



Blueprints for a Genocide, Rob Cook, Spuyten Duyvil

The Creek at the End of the Lawns, Ira Joe Fisher, NYQ Books

Dip My Pacifier in Whiskey, Mathias Nelson, NYQ Books

Green is for World, Juliana Leslie, Coffee House Press

If One of Us Should Fall, Nicole Terez Dutton, Univ of Pittsburgh Press

It Becomes You, Dobby Gibson, Graywolf Press

Meridian, Kathleen Jesme, Tupelo Press

Port of Call, Davida Singer, Plain View Press


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