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Published July 22, 2020

In These States

Written by Katy Haas

In These States is a partial road atlas of the contemporary U.S. soul. The poems in this book are haunted by precise and troubling questions: what, exactly is the condition of the body politic, and how does that condition affect us, both in large and small ways, in abstract and concrete symptoms, in dailiness and in eras? What is the relationship, exactly, between the individual citizen—a unique body in its own right, but also a cell, so to speak, in a greater body? The questions TR Hummer raises in these poems have no answers, but they have existential manifestations.

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Published July 22, 2020

Float True

Written by Katy Haas

A flow of pieces that carry story and emotion via reflections on an immigrant family history, metaphysical musings, and earthly perplexities—with occasional outbursts of ecstatic appreciation of nature. The unsegmented order of pieces is intended to create a loose narrative "swirl" that ushers the reader through layers of reflection and memory into a moving experience of language, discovery, and insight. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

Read more... Published July 22, 2020
Published July 22, 2020

Far Villages

Written by Katy Haas

Poetry manuals, at their most essential, are aimed at demystifying aspects of poetry, in order to make poetry less daunting—especially for beginner poets. Such manuals are also reminders that poetry itself is a discipline with a landscape and a history. Far Villages builds on the body of work in this tradition by bringing a number of established and emerging poets together in a single volume to welcome new and beginner poets to the art of poetry, its craft, and the long journey within it. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

Read more... Published July 22, 2020
Published July 22, 2020

Even As We Breathe

Written by Katy Haas

Nineteen-year-old Cowney Sequoyah yearns to escape his hometown of Cherokee, North Carolina, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. When a summer job at Asheville's luxurious Grove Park Inn and Resort brings him one step closer to escaping the hills that both cradle and suffocate him, he sees it as an opportunity. Even As We Breathe invokes the elements of bone, blood, and flesh as Cowney navigates difficult social, cultural, and ethnic divides. This richly written debut novel explores the immutable nature of the human spirit and the idea that physical existence, with all its strife and injustice, will not be humanity's lasting legacy. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

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Published July 22, 2020

Ancestry

Written by Katy Haas

How does one live a good life? If you’re Pat Graves, you change your name to Cecile Collette, move to Cleveland, and join three churches and the Rotary Club. In the title story, Mackenzie, a girl without looks or potential, builds a full life in Paris, based on the sketchy belief that she had an ancestor renowned for being dauntless. Whether set in Scandinavia, America, France, England, Australia, or Nepal, these stories champion those who are tenacious in the face of life’s surprises. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

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Published June 24, 2020

A Place So Deep Inside America It Can't Be Seen

Written by Katy Haas

In a time of inflated posturing and relentless self-promotion, Kari Gunter-Seymour's poems offer quiet intensity. Her work provides a refuge where one's curiosity, intelligence, and awareness of the complexities of contemporary Appalachian female culture and the struggle to hold on to "old ways" while embracing the new, take shape. The work is firmly and unapologetically attached to the poet's home soil. Each poem is earthy and rich, filled with imagery, exploring beyond the boundaries of feminism, science, and spirituality. There is specific cultural musicality of language and line, a strong sense of observation, giving readers a renewed sense of understanding and discovery of today's Appalachian woman. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

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Published June 24, 2020

Demon Barber

Written by Katy Haas

"Demon Barber wonderfully explores ‘this consolation prize, all of it,’ by which Ruth Bardon means life, all of it, the grace notes we celebrate, the absences that make those celebrations ache. And in this extended elegy, Bardon captures—skillfully—the voices of a party still going strong as well as the plaintive calls of those who’ve left early. Here is a poet, versed in loss, who gives us vivid scenes of complex consolation, prizes to cherish." —David Wanczyk, editor New Ohio Review

Read more... Published June 24, 2020
Published June 24, 2020

Alias

Written by Katy Haas

Alias is Eric Pankey’s second collection of prose poems from Free Verse Editions. In this collection, Pankey continues to investigate the flexibility and possibility of this literary genre, the prose poem, which Hermaine Riffaterre says has “an oxymoron for a name.”  H. L. Hix has praised Pankey’s prose poems for their “elusive and luminous sentences” and how they “take the shape of fire.” Kevin Prufer has celebrated their meditations “on mystery, human sympathy, and the divine.” Cynthia Marie Hoffman says of these new poems, “One has the sense that Pankey sees beyond the visible, or sees both the visible and the invisible at once.” Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

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Published June 24, 2020

Johnny Cash International

Written by Katy Haas

Across all borders, Johnny Cash fans show the appeal of an American performer who simultaneously inspires people worldwide. A Norwegian shows off his Johnny Cash tattoo. A Canadian vlogger sings “I Walk the Line” to camel herders in Egypt. A shopkeeper in Northern Ireland plays Cash as his soundtrack. A Dutchwoman co­ordinates the activities of Cash fans worldwide and is offered the privilege of sleeping in Johnny’s bedroom. And millions of people watch Cash’s videos online. In Johnny Cash International, Hinds and Silverman examine fan communities and the individuals who comprise them, profiling their relationships to Cash and each other, revealing new insights about music, fandom, and the United States. Buy this book from our affiliate Bookshop.org.

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Published June 24, 2020

I'll Be Here for You

Written by Katy Haas

Set in the hardscrabble western Pennsylvania mill town of Ganaego, the interconnected stories in I’ll Be Here for You: Diary of a Town present an ethnic and generational stew of lives and passions.

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