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Posted on September 17, 2008

Cities of Flesh and the Dead coverCities of Flesh and the Dead

Poetry by Diann Blakely

Elixir Press, July 2008

ISBN-10: 1932418261

ISBN-13: 978-1932418262

Paperback: 112pp; $17.00

Winner of the Seventh Annual Elixir Press Poetry Award and winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America.


With Everything We've Got coverWith Everything We've Got

A Personal Anthology of Yiddish Poetry

Edited & Translated by Richard J. Fein

HOST Publications, December 2008

ISBN-10: 092404764X

ISBN-13: 978-0924047640

Paperback: 218pp; $17.50

Fein introduces English-speaking audiences to some of the most poignant and passionate voices of the twentieth century.  This comprehensive collection features the work of fifteen acclaimed Yiddish poets, and includes the translator's own poetic responses to their verse, and to the act of translation itself.


The Tsar's Dwarf coverThe Tsar's Dwarf

Novel by Peter H. Fogtdal

Translated by Tiina Nunnally

Hawthorne Books, October 2008

ISBN-10: 0979018803

ISBN-13: 978-0979018800

Paperback: 200pp; $15.95

Soerine, a deformed female dwarf from Denmark, is given as a gift to Tsar Peter the Great, who is smitten by her freakishness and intellect. Against her will, the Tsar takes Soerine to St. Petersburg, where she becomes a jester in his court. There, she lives a life that both compels and repels her. Soerine eventually gives in to the attentions of Lukas, the Tsar’s favorite dwarf, and carves out an existence for herself amidst the squalor and lice-ridden world of dwarfs in the early 18th century. In this inhospitable milieu, Soerine’s intelligence and detached wit provide her some small measure of protection — until disaster strikes in the shape of a priest who wants to “save” her.


Why the Long Face coverWhy the Long Face?

Stories by Ron MacLean

Swank Books, August 2008

ISBN-10: 097442885X

ISBN-13: 978-0974428857

Paperback: 240pp; $15.00

A collection of fifteen stories by acclaimed author Ron MacLean. Stein and Buffy the Vampire Slayer track down the bridal party to save a Las Vegas wedding. An ambivalent geneticist disappears himself in Texas scrub country. A five-year-old in search of her lost mother walks a high-wire between her home and her lesbian neighbor's.


Family Secret coverFamily Secret

Poetry by Rich Murphy

Finishing Line Press, 2008

ISBN-10: 1599243091

ISBN-13: 978-1599243092

Chapbook: 27pp; $14.00

Family Secret is a collection of quietly accomplished poems, some prize-winners. This is a good introduction to the poetry of Rich Murhpy.


Dying City CoverDying City

Drama by Christopher Shinn

Theatre Communications Group, May 2008

ISBN-10: 1559363290

ISBN-13: 978-1559363297

Paperback: 96pp; $13.95

In Christopher Shinn's new play Dying City, a young therapist, Kelly, whose husband Craig was killed while on military duty in Iraq, is confronted a year later by his identical twin Peter, who suspects that Craig's death was not accidental. Set in a spare downtown-Manhattan apartment after dark, scenes shift from the confrontation between Peter and Kelly, to Kelly's complicated farewell with her husband Craig. Shinn's creepy, sophisticated drama-infused with references to 9/11 and the war in Iraq-explores how contemporary politics and recent history have transformed the lives of these three characters.


Crazy Loco Love coverCrazy Loco Love

Memoir by Victor Villasenor

Arte Publico Press, September 2008

ISBN-10: 1558853154

ISBN-13: 978-1558853157

Hardcover: 416pp; $26.95

Growing up on his parents' ranch in North San Diego County, Victor Villasenor's teenage years were marked by a painful quest to find a place for himself in a world he didn't fit into. During his search, Victor wrangles with the usual questions of adolescence: Is it normal to think about sex all the time? Do good girls like sex? Is sex before marriage a sin?


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September 17, 2008



Ace, Richard Carr (The Word Works Inc.) 

After- Dinner Declarations, Nicanor Parra (HOST Publications) 

Ben Casey Days, Rochelle Ratner (Marsh Hawk Press) 

Biogeography, Sandra Meek (Tupelo Press) 

Cities of Flesh and the Dead, Diann Blakely (Elixir Press) 

Dismantling the Hills, Michael McGriff (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Eye-sensing, David Jaffin (Ahadada Books) 

Honorary Astronaut, Nate Pritts (Ghost Road Press) 

Legible Heavens, H.L. Hix (Etruscan Press)

A Poetics of Hiroshima, William Heyen (Etruscan Press) 

A Stranger Here Myself, Niki Nymark (Cherry Pie Press) 



Family Secret, Rich Murphy (Finishing Line Press)



Aquamarine: Final Tales of the Revolution, Peter Pessl (Twisted Spoon Press) 

As a Friend, Forrest Gander (New Directions)

The Bathroom, Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Dalkey Archive Press)

Camera, Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Dalkey Archive Press)

The Family Terrorist, J.L. Torres (Arte Publico Press) 

Invite, Glen Pourciau (University of Iowa Press) 

The Man Who Loved Rilke, Eric Torgersen (March Street Press) 

One Dog Happy, Molly McNett (University of Iowa Press)

Out Loud, Anthony Varallo (University of Pittsburgh Press) 

Parabola, Lily Hoang (Chiasmus Press)

The Plain Sense of Things, Pamela Carter Joern (University of Nebraska Press) 

Songs and Stories of the Kojiki, Yoko Danno (Ahadada Books) 

The Tsar’s Dwarf, Peter H. Fogtdal (Hawthorne Books)

Why the Long Face?, Ron MacLean (Swank Books)



With Everything We’ve Got, Ed. Richard J. Fein (HOST Publications) 



Beauty of the Father, Nilo Cruz (Theatre Communications Group) 

Dying City, Christopher Shinn (Theatre Communications Group) 



Crazy Loco Love, Victor Villasenor (Arte Publico Press) 

Hurry up and Meditate, David Michie (Snow Lion Publications) 

The Wink of the Zenith, Floyd Skloot (University of Nebraska Press)