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Posted on July 18, 2008

In the Land of the Free coverIn the Land of the Free

Chapbook by Geoffrey Forsyth

Rose Metal Press, July 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0978984847

Chapbook: 34pp; $12.00

Winner of the 2nd annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest, judged by Robert Shapard.


Invitation to a Secret Feast coverInvitation to a Secret Feast

Poetry by Joumana Haddad

Tupelo Press, May 2008

ISBN-10: 1932195629

ISBN-13: 978-1932195620

Paperback: 72pp; $16.95

The 5th book of poetry by noted Lebanese poet Joumana Haddad, edited and with an introduction by Khaled Mattawa (who also did some of the translations). Haddad’s passionate, poetic voice is renowned throughout Europe and the Middle East. In these gorgeous translations, her voice sings, celebrating sexuality, femininity and womanhood.


Liam's Going coverLiam's Going

Novel by Michael Joyce

McPherson & Co., July 2008

ISBN-10: 0929701887

ISBN-13: 978-0929701882

Paperback: 207pp; $15.00

Liam Williams is heading to college, and eagerly anticipates his independence. But for Cathleen, his mother, and Noah, his father, Liam's going is anything but easy. Both project their lost dreams of youth onto their only child, and when Cathleen leaves Noah alone upstate to drive Liam down through New York's Hudson Valley to his school, their separation becomes a moving story of learning how to come to grips with losing without letting go.


Greenhouse coverGreenhouse

The First 5 Years of the
Rustbelt Roethke Writer's Workshop

Ed. Judith Kerman & Amee Schmidt

Mayapple Press, July 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0932412683

Paperback: 70pp; $14.95

The Rustbelt Roethke Writers' Workshop/Retreat has met each July since 2002 at Saginaw Valley State University. This anthology was published during the centennial year of Roethke's birth as part of the year-long Roethke Centennial celebration.  It showcases the work of all participants in the first 5 year of the workshops.


The Spirit of Tea coverThe Spirit of Tea

Nonfiction by Frank Hadley Murphy

Sherman Asher Publishing, May 2008

ISBN-10: 1890932353

ISBN-13: 978-1890932350

Hardcover: 128pp; $21.95

The Spirit of Tea, is a radical departure from all other tea books, touching upon tea's transcendental nature. While much is written about tea's healing benefits and curative properties, tea's mystical attributes get little attention. What keeps us coming back to humanity's favorite beverage after water? Featuring the six classical categories of tea, white, yellow, green, oolong, black (or red in China) and Pu-erh, Murphy explores heretofore unknown vistas of tea.



New & Noteworthy Books

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June 18, 2008



All you have to do is ask, Meredith Walters (Anhinga Press) 

Dead Languages, Clint McCown (Anhinga Press) 

Face Before Against, Isabelle Garron (Litmus Press) 

In Memory of the Fast Break, Michael Sweeney (Plain View Press) 

Invitation to a Secret Feast, Joumana Haddad (Tupelo Press) 

A Man and His Shadow, Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna (HOST Publications) 

Modern History, Christopher Buckley (Tupelo Press) 

The Monster Loves His Labyrinth: Notebooks, Charles Simic (Ausable Press)

Promise Supermarket, Elizabeth Quinlan (Ibbetson Street Press) 

The Usable Field, Jane Mead (Alice James Books)



In the Land of the Free, Geoffrey Forsyth (Rose Metal Press)



Crazy Love, Leslie What (Wordcraft of Oregon)

The End of the Straight and Narrow, David McGLynn (Southern Methodist University Press)

Liam’s Going, Michael Joyce (McPherson & Co.)

Mantids, Ron Dakron (Black Heron Press) 

Of Kids & Parents, Emil Hakl (Twisted Spoon Press)

Pythagorean Crimes, Tefcros Michaelides (Parmenides Publishing) 

Shipwrecked Body, Ana Clavel (Aliform Publishing) 

The Suburban Swindle, Jackie Corley (So New Media Publishing)



The Chicano/Latino Literary Prize, Ed. Stephanie Fetta (Arte Publico Press) 

Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rusbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop, Ed. Judith Kerman and Amee Schmidt (Mayapple Press) 

Stress City, Ed. Richard Peabody (Paycock Press) 



Signposts to Elsewhere, Yahia Lababidi (Jane Street Press) 

The Spirit of Tea, Frank Hadley Murphy (Sherman Asher Publishing) 

The Sutras of Abu Ghraib: Notes from a Conscientious Objector in Iraq, Aidan Delgado (Beacon Press)