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Posted on March 3, 2011


The Alphabet Conspiracy coverThe Alphabet Conspiracy

Poetry by Rita Mae Reese

Arktoi Books, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9800407-3-9

Paperback: 80pp; $17.95

Mark Doty writes, "Rita Mae's work artfully addresses itself to the way children are taught to enter--and then become trapped by--a world constructed of language."


The Archipelago coverThe Archipelago

A Balkan Passage

Nonfiction by Robert Isenberg

Autumn House Press, November 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-932870-44-2

Paperback: 198pp; $19.95

"Thirteen years after the cease-fire, writer Robert Isenberg explores five countries by bus, bike, and foot, to see what has become of these countries once crippled by genocidal war and largely forgotten by the American consciousness."


The Book of Freaks coverThe Book of Freaks

Fiction by Jamie Iredell

Future Tense Books, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-892061-39-3

Paperback: 138pp; $11.00

"Both hilarious and straight-faced in equal measures, this faux encyclopedia categorizes mundanities and renders them starkly unexpected."


Click and Clone coverClick and Clone

Poetry by Elaine Equi

Coffee House Press, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-56689-257-5

Paperback: 136pp; $16.00

"Click and Clone explores the tone and timbre of American life as it has been colored by the new metaphors and images brought to us by our continuing technological revolution. Equi is interested in a new form of realism--one that acknowledges the fact that what we think of as normal and everyday is now permeated with the fantastic."


Coming from an Off-Key Time coverComing from an Off-Key Time

Fiction by Bogdan Suceava

Translated from the Romanian by Alistair Ian Blyth

Northwestern Univ Press, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8101-2684-8

Paperback: 212pp; $19.95

"In the apocalyptic novel Coming from an Off-Key Time, Bogdan Suceava satirizes events in his native Romania since the fateful end of the Ceausescu regime in 1989."


Cyclops Wearing Flip-Flops coverCyclops Wearing Flip-Flops

The Best of Poetry Inside Out VIII

Ed. John Oliver Simon

Univ of Washington Press, February 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-931883-18-4

Paperback: 218pp; $12.95

"Cyclops Wearing Flip-Flops, the eighth volume in the acclaimed Best of Poetry Inside Out anthology series, showcases poetry and translations from children freed to use the full potential of their imagination."


Damn Sure Right coverDamn Sure Right

Fiction by Meg Pokrass

Press 53, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-935708-17-9

Paperback: 171pp; $14.95

Kyle Minor writes, "Read Damn Sure Right, a collection of miniature tales sure to ruin your waking hours the way you'll want them ruined."


The Goodbye Town coverThe Goodbye Town

Poetry by Timothy O'Keefe

Oberlin College Press, April 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9324404-0-2

Paperback: 76pp; $15.95

Winner of the 2010 Field Poetry Prize.


Le Splee De Poughkeepsie coverLe Spleen De Poughkeepsie

Poetry by Joshua Harmon

Univ of Akron Press, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-931968-92-8

Paperback: 94pp; $14.95

G.C. Waldrep writes, "[A] tender anti-epic, a grunge-tinged love song to America's benighted post-industrial heartland."


Marry or Burn coverMarry or Burn

Fiction by Valerie Trueblood

Counterpoint Press, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-58243-598-5

Paperback: 294pp; $15.95

"From the author of Seven Loves comes this austere, passionately shaped collection of stories that courageously explores the dynamic nature of modern marriage, the heartbreak that often accompanies its collapse, and the fickle way in which the bonds between us can be broken, erased, and newly defined."


New Stories from the Midwest coverNew Stories from the Midwest

Ed. Jason Lee Brown

Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8040-1135-8

Paperback: 300pp; $16.95

"The anthology includes an introduction from Lee Martin and short fiction by emerging and established writers such as Rosellen Brown, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Christie Hodgie, Gregory Blake Smith, and Benjamin Percy."


Prayer and Parable coverPrayer and Parable

Fiction by Paul Maliszewski

Fence Books, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934200-44-5

Paperback: 248pp; $15.95

"In language that is at once simple and supple, plain-spoken and arresting, these twenty-eight stories describe complete lives in unerring detail, lives we may recognize as not unlike our own."


The Requited Distance coverThe Requited Distance

Poetry by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Sheep Meadow Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-931357-91-3

Paperback: 130pp; $14.95

Eric Pankey writes, "These poems soar with stunning lyric grace and yet we feel their earthly gravity along the lengths of our bones."


The Riots coverThe Riots

Nonfiction by Danielle Cadena Deulen

Univ of Georgia Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-3883-5

Hardcover: 192pp; $24.95

Winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction


So Bravely Vegetative coverSo Bravely Vegetative

Fiction by Alan Davis

Hollywood Books, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9829558-1-9

Paperback: 154pp; $16.00

Winner of Prize Americana for Fiction.


Wait coverWait

Poetry by Alison Stine

Univ of Wisconsin Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-299-28314-8

Paperback: 86pp; $14.95

Winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Cornelius Eady.


Welcome to Our Hillbrow coverWelcome to Our Hillbrow

A Novel of Postapartheid South Africa

Fiction by Phaswane Mpe

Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press, May 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-8214-1962-5

Paperback: 150pp; $16.95

"Welcome to Our Hillbrow is an exhilarating and disturbing ride through the chaotic and hyper-real zone of Hillbrow--microcosm of all that is contradictory, alluring, and painful in the postapartheid South African psyche."


The Whalen Poem coverThe Whalen Poem

Poetry by William Corbett

Hanging Loose Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934909-13-3

Paperback: 64pp; $16.00

"William Corbett's homage to poet, zen master & beat fellow traveler Philip Whalen."


The White Museum coverThe White Museum

Poetry by George Bilgere

Autumn House Press, January 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-932870-35-0

Paperback: 77pp; $14.95

Billy Collins writes, "Once again, George Bilgere has shown that imaginative wonders and deep emotional truths can be achieved with plain, colloquial American speech."


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


March 3, 2011


Bad Mood on Earth Day, Harriet O. Leach, imaginaryfriendpress

Biography of the Boy Who Prays to the God of Foreheads, Glenn Sheldon, RockSaw Press

Illinois, My Apologies, Justin Hamm, RockSaw Press

Paper Guillotines, Anthony Frame, imaginaryfriendpress



Brute Neighbors, Ed. Chris Green, Liam Heneghan, DePaul Poetry Institute 

Confessions: Fact or Fiction?, Ed. Herta B. Feely, Marian O'Shea Wernicke, Chrysalis Editorial

New Stories from the Midwest, Ed. Jason Lee Brown, Jay Prefontaine, Ohio Univ Press/Swallow Press



Attention Please Now, Matthew Pitt, Autumn House Press 

The Book of Freaks, Jamie Iredell, Future Tense Books

Coming from an Off-Key Time, Bogdan Suceava, Northwestern Univ Press

Damn Sure Right, Meg Pokrass, Press 53

Keeping the Wolves at Bay, Ed. Sharon Dilworth, Autumn House Press 

Marry or Burn, Valerie Trueblood, Counterpoint Press

Passing Time, Ron Roy, Blue Cubicle Press 

Peter Never Came, Ashley Cowger, Autumn House Press 

Prayer and Parable, Paul Maliszewski, Fence Books

So Bravely Vegetative, Alan Davis, Press Americana/Hollywood Books

Welcome to Our Hillbrow, Phaswane Mpe, Ohio Univ Press/Swallow Press



The Archipelago, Robert Isenberg, Autumn House Press

My Ruby Slippers, Tracy Seeley, Univ of Nebraska Press 

The Riots, Danielle Cadena Deulen, Univ of Georgia Press 



The Alphabet Conspiracy, Rita Mae Reese, Arktoi Books

And If You Don't Go Crazy I'll Meet You Here Tomorrow, Filip Marinovich, Ugly Duckling Presse

Applies to Oranges, Maureen Thorson, Ugly Duckling Presse

Arousing Notoriety/Your Trouble is Ballooning, A. Minette Gold/Amber Nelson, Publishing Genius

As We Are Sung, Christina Mengert, Burning Deck Press 

Click and Clone, Elaine Equi, Coffee House Press

Cyclops Wearing Flip-Flops, Ed. John Oliver Simon, Univ of Washington Press 

The Gift That Arrives Broken, Jacqueline Berger, Autumn House Press 

The Goodbye Town, Timothy O'Keefe, Oberlin College Press

Gowanus Atropolis, Julian T. Brolaski, Ugly Duckling Presse 

Le Spleen De Poughkeepsie, Joshua Harmon, Univ of Akron Press 

Neruda's Memoirs, Maureen E. Doallas, T.S. Poetry Press 

The Requited Distance, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sheep Meadow Press

The Return of the Native, Kate Colby, Ugly Duckling Presse 

Saint Erasure, Donna de la Perriere, Talisman House, Pub

Testify, Joseph Lease, Coffee House Press

This Is What Happens When Talk Ends, Gale Nelson, Burning Deck Press 

Wait, Alison Stine, Univ of Wisconsin Press

The Whalen Poem, William Corbett, Hanging Loose Press

Where the Road Turns, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Autumn House Press

The White Museum, George Bilgere, Autumn House Press