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Posted on 27 February 2012


The Chalk Circle coverThe Chalk Circle

Anthology Ed. Tara L. Masih

Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, May 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-936214-716

Paperback: 218pp; $14.95

Award-winning editor Tara L. Masih put out a call for intercultural essays dealing with the subjects of “culture, race, and a sense of place” in 2007. The prizewinners are gathered for the first time in this ground-breaking anthology that explores many facets of culture not previously found under one cover. These voices—Native American, African American, Asian, European, White—speak on topics . . . such as racism, war, self-identity, gender, and societal expectations.


Chinoserie coverChinoiserie

Poetry by Karen Rigby

Ahsahta Press, January 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1934103258

Paperback: 72pp; $17.50

Winner of the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Chinoiserie travels through centuries in poems that carve wonder from ruin, from an illuminated manuscript to New York on the eve of disaster, the Emperor's nightingale to neon aquariums.


The Collected Poems of Jared Smith coverThe Collected Poems of Jared Smith

Poetry by Jared Smith

NYQ Books, April 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-51-1

Paperback: 600pp

The Collected Poems of Jared Smith: 1971 - 2011 brings together almost 300 poems from 9 books along with over 60 poems that were previously uncollected. Actively involved in poetry for more than 40 years, Jared has served as an editor, board member, and advisory board member of The New York Quarterly; as a contributing editor for Home Planet News; as poetry editor of Trail & Timberline.


The Complete Perfectionist coverThe Complete Perfectionist

A Poetics of Work

Nonfiction by Juan Ramon Jimenez

Translated from the Spanish by Christopher Maurer

Swan Isle Press, February 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0983322009

Paperback: 161pp; $18.00

Few have written more memorably about the work of poetry and the poetics of work than Juan Ramón Jiménez, winner of a Nobel Prize and discerning teacher of an entire generation of Spanish poets. In this series of aphorisms, Jiménez brings together the elements of perfect work, both in writing and in other realms. Among these elements—the wellsprings of any kind of creation—are instinct and inspiration, memory and forgetting, silence and noise, love and regret.


Grand & Arsenal coverGrand & Arsenal

Poetry by Kerri Webster

University of Iowa Press, April 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-60938-091-5

Paperback: 94pp; $18.00

Winner of the 2011 Iowa Poetry Prize. Grand & Arsenal begins, “Bless me I am not myself,” but it is not long before the probability of being blessed is revealed to be as remote as the concept of a whole self. Thus begins the book’s defining struggle, enacted by a multitude of voices which move from rush to stumble and back again—meanwhile using all the tools we as a culture use to hold fear at arm’s length.


Heiress of Russ 2011 coverHeiresses of Russ 2011

The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Anthology Ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft, Steve Berman

Lethe Press, November 2011

Paperback: 286pp; $18.00

Heiresses of Russ offers readers in one volume the best lesbian-themed tales of the fantastical and otherworldly published during the prior year. Editors JoSelle Vanderhooft and Steve Berman read countless books, periodicals, and webzines to collect a range of tales—from new voices as well as award-winning authors—that celebrate the spirit of Russ’s fiction: stories of sorceresses and spectral women, lost daughters and sisters of myth. The transformative power of the written word becomes magic and tests the boundaries of gender, identity, and a woman’s dreams.


Molly's Organic Farm coverMolly's Organic Farm

Children's/YA Fiction by Carol L. Malnor

Dawn Publications, March 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1584691679

Paperback: 32pp; $8.95

Whoosh . . . the wind blows open a creaky gate. Inquisitive and mischievous, a homeless little cat scampers through—and suddenly finds herself in the wondrous world of an organic farm! Affectionately named “Molly” by the farmers who discover her, she romps, naps, and hunts among the vegetables. Seen through Molly’s eyes, the reader discovers the interplay of nature that grows wholesome food.


Natural Selections coverNatural Selections

Poetry by Joseph Campana

University of Iowa Press, April 2012


Paperback: 82pp; $18.00

Winner of the 2011 Iowa Poetry Prize. Whether wandering the paths of the imagination, driving through sparsely populated countryside, or listening for the voices of animals, Joseph Campana’s poems attend to the ways we are indelibly marked by habitat.


Three Poems coverThree Poems

Bassacksenglish, Monopoems, Coming(s) Together

Poetry by Richard Kostelanetz

NYQ Books, December 2011


Paperback: 84pp; $14.95

Having already established his poetry as among the most inventive ever, Richard Kostelanetz realizes further radically formal steps in Three Poems. Each is a sequence of one-word texts continuously interleaved with the others in an unprecedented way, offering an unprecedented reading experience. The book concludes with Kostelanetz’s visual essay “Poetry I Shall Not Make.”


New & Noteworthy Books
Full list of new & noteworthy books received

27 February 2012


City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, Ryan G. Van Cleave, Ed., Univ of Iowa Press

Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, Ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft, Steve Berman, Lethe Press

Off the Beaten Track: Stories by Russian Hitchhikers, Igor Savelyev, Irina Bogatyreva, Tatiana Mazepina, Glas New Russian Writing

Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, Ed. Eduardo Jimenez Mayo, Chris N. Brown, Small Beer Press

Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, Ed. Carol Smallwood, Colleen S. Harris, Cynthia , McFarland


Children's/YA Fiction

Ghost Readers, Victoria Brown, RoseDog Books

Jo MacDonald Had a Garden, Mary Quattlebaum, Dawn Publications

Molly's Organic Farm, Carol L. Malnor, Dawn Publications

Over in the Forest, Come and Take a Peek, Marianne Berkes, Dawn Publications



Tall, Slim & Erect: Portraits of the Presidents, Alex Forman, Les Figues Press



As a Machine & Parts, Caleb J. Ross, Aqueous Books

Autobiography of Childhood, Sina Queyras, Coach House Books

Bring Me One of Everything, Leslie Hall Pinder, Grey Swan Press

Cataclysm Baby, Matt Bell, Mud Luscious Press

The Dying Horse, Jason Jordan, Main Street Rag Pub Co

Eat Your Heart Out, Dayna Ingram, Lethe Press

Eye Lake, Tristan Hughes, Coach House Books

Fast Machine, Elizabeth Ellen, Short Flight/Long Drive Books

Float, Nate House, Aqueous Books

Four New Messages, Joshua Cohen, Graywolf Press

The Heart's History, Lewis DeSimone, Lethe Press

Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living, Daniel M. Jaffe, White Crane Books

Kino, Jurgen Fauth, Atticus Books

Lyric Novella, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Seagull Books

Ministers of Fire, Mark Harrril Saunders, Ohio Univ Press / Swallow Press

No Animals We Could Name, Ted Sanders, Graywolf Press

The O'Briens, Peter Behrens, Pantheon Books

Omicron Ceti III, Thomas P. Balazs, Aqueous Books

Paradise Misplaced, Sylvia Montgomery Shaw, Swedenborg Foundation Press /

Sarmada, Fadi Azzam, Interlink Publishing Group

Small Economics, John Palen, Mayapple Press

Soul on Fire, John E. Forster, Black Rose Writing

Ugly to Start With, John Michael Cummings, Vandalia Press

Watergate, Thomas Mallon, Pantheon Books

We Are All Equally Far from Love, Paul Starkey, Clockroot Books



The 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets: A Self-Help Memoir, Jeffrey Skinner, Sarabande Books

Against Their Will: North Carolina's Sterilization Program, Kevin Begos, Danielle Deaver, John Railey, Scott , Gray Oak Books

All the Roads Are Open, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Seagull Books

America in the Forties, Ronal Allen Goldberg, Syracuse Univ Press

The Chalk Circle, Ed. Tara L. Masih, Wyatt-MacKenzie Pub

The Complete Perfectionist: A Poetics of Work, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Swan Isle Press

Hemingway: Race, and Art, Bloodlines and the Color Line, Marc Kevin Dudley, Kent State Univ Press

Murdering the Mom: A Memoir, Duff Brenna, Wordcraft of Oregon

Niagara Digressions, E.R. Baxter III, Starcherone Books

Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion, Alain de Botton, Pantheon Books

Valley of Shadows and Dreams, Melanie Light, Heyday Books

Women in Cuba: The Making of a Revolution Within the Revolution, from Santiago de Cuba and the Rebel Army, to the birth of the Federation of Cuban Women, Vilma Espin, Asela de los Santos, Yolanda Ferrer, Pathfinder Press



Allegiance, Francine J. Harris, Wayne State Univ Press

At Home In Hernandez, David Starnes, Finishing Line Press

A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics, CAConrad, Wave Books

Blue Rust, Joseph Miller, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

Booker T & Them: A Blues, Bill Harris, Wayne State Univ Press

Call the Catastrophists, Krystal Languell, BlazeVOX [books]

Chinoiserie, Karen Rigby, Ahsahta Press

Civil Twilight, Margot Schlipp, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

The Collected Poems of Jared Smith, Jared Smith, NYQ Books

Comet Star, James Harms, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

The Cupboard Artist, Molly Tenenbaum, Floating Bridge Press

Dream-Clung, Gone, Lauren Russell, Brooklyn Arts Press

Early Creatures, Native Gods, K. A. Hayes, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

Easing into Dark, Jacqueline Kudler, Sixteen Rivers Press

Enigma and Light, David Mutschlecner, Ahsahta Press

Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Shearsman Books

The Girls of Peculiar, Catherine Pierce, Saturnalia Books

Grand & Arsenal, Kerri Webster, Univ of Iowa Press

Help Is on the Way, John Brehm, Univ of Wisconsin Press

Hurricane Party, Alison Pelegrin, Univ of Akron Press

The Kingfisher's Reign, Jonas Zdanys, Virtual Artists Collective Poetry

Lacemakers, Claire McQuerry, Southern Illinois Univ Press

The Light Between, Terry Blackhawk, Wayne State Univ Press

A Map of the Lost World, Rick Hilles, Univ of Pittsburgh Press

Me and Nina, Monica A. Hand, Alice James Books

Mother Desert, Jo Sarzotti, Graywolf Press

My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Ahsahta Press

My Scarlet Ways, Tanya Larkin, Saturnalia Books

Natural Selections, Joseph Campana, Univ of Iowa Press

Night Chant, Andrew Demcak, Lethe Press

Now Make an Altar, Amy Beeder, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

Obedience, Chris Vitiello, Ahsahta Press

Onion Man, Kathryn Mockler, Saturnalia Books

Phyla of Joy, Karen An-hwei Lee, Tupelo Press

Sancta, Andrew Grace, Ahsahta Press

Scar Girl, Maureen Sherbondy, Finishing Line Press

Snowflake/Different Streets, Eileen Myles, Wave Books

Space/Gap/Interval/Distance, Judy Halebsky, Sixteen Rivers Press

Spitshine, Anne Marie Rooney, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

Still Some Cake, James Cummins, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

That Was Oasis, Michael McFee, Carnegie Mellon Univ Press

Three Poems: Bassacksenglish, Monopoems, Coming(s) Together, Richard Kostelanetz, NYQ Books

To Embroider the Ground with Prayers, Teresa J. Scollon, Wayne State Univ Press

Unpublished Poems, Broc Rossell, Brooklyn Arts Press

Vision of the Return, Amin Khan, Post-Apollo Press

Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, Karen J. Weyant, Main Street Rag Pub Co