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Posted on February 8, 2011


Army Cats coverArmy Cats

Poetry by Tom Sleigh

Graywolf Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-583-8

Paperback: 104pp; $15.00

"Sleigh's poetry swerves dramatically from the ordinary moment to the onrush of emergency or to the elusive past or to the unexpectedly comic."


The Bee-Loud Glade coverThe Bee-Loud Glade

Fiction by Steve Himmer

Atticus Books, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9845105-8-0

Paperback: 224pp; $14.95

"The Bee-Loud Glade is the story of Finch, a daydreamer whose job as a marketer of plastic plants consists mostly of updating the blogs of the imaginary people he creates."


The Bolero of Andi Rowe coverThe Bolero of Andi Rowe

Stories by Toni Margarita

Curbstone Press, June 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8101-2767-8

Paperback: 136pp; $17.95

Winner of the Miguel Marmol Prize.


The Book of Emblems coverThe Book of Emblems

Poetry by Matthew Ladd

Waywiser Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 9781904130437

Paperback: 80pp; $15.95

Winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, 2009.


Campeche coverCampeche

Poetry by Joshua Edwards

Noemi Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934819-19-7

Paperback: 112pp; $15.00

The debut collection of poems by Joshua Edwards, with photographs by his father Van Edwards.


Eden Lake coverEden Lake

Fiction by Jane Roper

Last Light Studio, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978098270841

Paperback: 376pp; $15.00

"In 1968, newlyweds Clay Perry and Carol Weiss founded Eden Lake, a utopian children’s summer camp. Thirty years later, their marriage is long over and the camp has become a pricey playground for entitled suburbanites. When tragedy strikes, the Perryweiss children have to decide what role Eden Lake—and all that it stands for—will play in their lives."


A Fireproof Box coverA Fireproof Box

Poetry by Gleb Shulpyakov

Translated from the Russian by Christopher Mattison

Canarium Books, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9822376-7-0

Paperback: 151pp; $14.00

Fanny Howe writes, "These poems are fresh, thoughtful, open, thanks to the translator's sensitivity to them."


I-Formation coverI-Formation

Book 1

Poetry by Anne Gorrick

Shearsman Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-84861-118-4

Paperback: 87pp; $15.00

Geof Huth writes, "In this book, Anne Gorrick write poems of heft and delicacy. Each is constructed as a musical thinking through of an idea, as she builds a poem through deft and fluid repetition and musical ways of speaking…"


A Letter to America coverA Letter to America

Nonfiction by David Boren

Univ of Oklahoma Press, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8061-4202-9

Paperback: 112pp; $9.95

"A powerful wake-up call to all Americans with a new postscript that urges political bipartisanship, optimism, and action.


Life on Mars coverLife on Mars

Poetry by Tracy K. Smith

Graywolf Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-584-5

Paperback: 88pp; $15.00

"With allusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel, Life on Mars imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures, and oddities of human existence."


Monster Party coverMonster Party

Fiction by Lizzy Acker

Small Desk Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9789858-3-7

Paperback: 80pp

Debut collection of short stories from Lizzy Acker.


Moving Day coverMoving Day

Poetry by Ish Klein

Canarium Books, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9822376-6-3

Paperback: 95pp; $14.00

Brian Evenson writes, "In Moving Day, instead of composed, stately progressions of words, Ish Klein offers us incantations that subtly undo our sense of ourselves."


Nazareth, North Dakota coverNazareth, North Dakota

Fiction by Tommy Zurhellen

Atticus Books, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9845105-6-6

Paperback: 212pp; $14.95

"The story of a rural kid with superpowers--only this kid might be the messiah."


The Paris Poems coverThe Paris Poems

Poetry by Suzanne Burns

BlazeVOX [books], 2010

ISBN-13: 9781609640460

Paperback: 84pp; $16.00

Nathan Penlington writes, "The Paris Poems are a tender series of linked poems that remind us, that ultimately, we are all just tourists, and there is no place more illusionary than the place we call home."


The Selected Stories of Merce Rodoreda coverThe Selected Stories of Merce Rodoreda

Fiction by Merce Rodoreda

Translated from the Catalan by Martha Tennent

Open Letter, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934824-31-3

Paperback: 255pp; $15.95

A collection of short stories now available in English by Merce Rodoreda (1908-1983), who is widely regarded as the most important Catalan writer of the 20th century.


Silk Egg coverSilk Egg

Collected Novels

Poetry by Eileen R. Tabios

Shearsman Books, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-84861-143-6

Paperback: 132pp; $17.00

The prolific poet releases her collected "novels." 


Trophy coverTrophy

A Novel

Fiction by Michael Griffith

TriQuarterly Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8101-5218-5

Hardcover: 224pp; $24.95

"Just beneath Griffith's dark humor and witty take on our present-day culture lies a meditation on memory and identity and the power of language over both." 


West Cliff Poems coverWest Cliff Poems

The Poetry of Weng Chuan (d. after 1214)

Translated from the Chinese by Jonathan Chaves

Ahadada Books, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-9812744-6-1

Paperback: 72pp; $16.95

Renowned scholar and translator Jonathan Chaves translates the poems of Weng Chuan, one of the "Four Lings" of the late Song dynasty.


The Whitest Sheets coverThe Whitest Sheets

Poetry by Renee Emerson

Maverick Duck Press, 2010

Chapbook: 23pp; $5.00

A new chapbook of poems by regular NewPages contributor Renee Emerson. 


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February 8, 2011


The Bee-Loud Glade, Steve Himmer, Atticus Books

The Bolero of Andi Rowe, Toni Margarita Plummer, Curbstone Press 

Dream Koans, M.V. Montgomery, Fast Forward Press 

Eden Lake, Jane Roper, Last Light Studio

Monster Party, Lizzy Acker, Small Desk Press

Nazareth, North Dakota, Tommy Zurhellen, Atticus Books

Paperboy, Bob Thurber, Casperian Books 

Sea of Lost Dreams, Ferenc Mate, W.W. Norton & Co 

The Selected Stories of Merce Rodoreda, Merce Rodoreda, Open Letter 

Trophy, Michael Griffith, TriQuarterly Books 



A Letter to America, David Boren, Univ of Oklahoma Press 

Poemed On a Beach, David Jaffin, Warren Fulton, Ahadada Books 



Army Cats, Tom Sleigh, Graywolf Press

Becoming Weather, Chris Martin, Coffee House Press

The Book of Emblems, Matthew Ladd, Waywiser Press

Campeche, Joshua Edwards, Noemi Press

Clutch, Zora Howard, Penmanship Books

Dear Twitter, Mahogany L. Browne, Penmanship Books

A Fireproof Box, Gleb Shulpyakov, Canarium Books

Heterotopia, Lesley Wheeler, Barrow Street Press

How Long, Ron Padgett, Coffee House Press

I-Formation, Anne Gorrick, Shearsman Books 

Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith, Graywolf Press

Moving Day, Ish Klein, Canarium Books

The Paris Poems, Suzanne Burns, BlazeVOX [books]

Silk Egg, Eileen R. Tabios, Shearsman Books 

That This, Susan Howe, New Directions Books 

The Whitest Sheets, Renee Emerson, Maverick Duck Press 

They Say This is How Death Came Into the World, Paul Dickey, Mayapple Press 

Vanishing Horizon, Gerry LaFemina, Anhinga Press 

We Are Pharaoh, Robert Fernandez, Canarium Books 

West Cliff Poems, Weng Chuan, Ahadada Books 



Edible Secrets, Michael Hoerger, Mia Partlow, Microcosm Pub

How and Why, Matte Resist, Microcosm Pub