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Posted 16 March 2012


Axe in Hand coverAxe in Hand

Poetry by Melanie Moro-Huber

NYQ Books, January 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-56-6

Paperback: 96pp; $14.95

A mixture of humor and tragedy, experimental and traditional forms, Axe in Hand pulls you into the absurd as well as the sacred moments of parenthood and familial relationships, delving into the daily chaos of life in an attempt to find meaning. The poetry in this collection invokes ghosts, giving voice to inter-generational concerns surrounding our daily environment and the way we communicate and learn from one another.


Burying the Typewriter coverBurying the Typewriter

A Memoir

Nonfiction by Carmen Bugan

Graywolf Press, July 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1555976170

Paperback: 192pp; $15.00

Chosen by Lynn Freed for the Bakeless Creative Nonfiction Prize, Burying the Typewriter is a childhood memoir of political oppression and persecution during Romania's Ceausescu years.


Chicago Stories coverChicago Stories

40 Dramatic Fictions

Fiction by Michael Czyzniejewski

Curbside Splendor, March 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-9834228-5-3

Paperback: 168pp; $14.99

40 dramatic fictions by Michael Czyzniejewski, each told in the persona of a famous Chicagoan, from Mrs. O’Leary to Barack Obama.


Fjords coverFjords vol. 1

Poetry by Zachary Schomburg

Black Ocean Press, March 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-9844752-5-4

Paperback: 72pp; $14.95

Zachary Schomburg's previous books have enthralled thousands of readers with surreal landscapes populated by gorillas in people clothes, jaguars, plagues of hummingbirds, and even Abraham Lincoln. His poems have inspired art installations, shadow puppetry, rock albums, and string quartets. In Fjords, Schomburg inhabits the icy landscape, walking among all his little deaths as he explores the narrow inlets between the transcendent and the mundane.


Monkey Ranch coverMonkey Ranch

Poetry by Julie Bruck

Brick Books, March 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-926829-74-6

Paperback: 88pp; $19.00

Comic and sober by turns, these poems ask us what is sufficient; what will suffice? A mandrill, a middle-aged woman, a shattered Baghdad neighbourhood, a long marriage, even a spoon, grapple with this unanswerable conundrum—sometimes with rage, or plain persistence, sometimes with the furious joy of a dog who gets to ride with his head through a truck’s passenger window.


Special Ed coverSpecial Ed

Voices from a Hidden Classroom

Poetry by Dennis J. Bernstein

NYQ Books, February 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-47-4

Paperback: 84pp; $14.95

Come into the special ed classroom, where the kids who don't fit in anywhere else spend their day. For these kids—real kids Dennis J. Bernstein taught in the New York City public schools before he became an internationally known investigative journalist—pistols, switchblades, police cars and hunger are more instructive than textbooks. Special Ed is about daily life under the siege of poverty, racism, and class warfare.


Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard coverStories Wanting Only to Be Heard

Selected Fiction from Six Decades of The Georgia Review

Anthology edited by Stephen Corey, Douglas Carlson, David Ingle, Mindy Wilson

University of Georgia Press, March 2012

Paperback: 384pp; $24.95

The year 2012 marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of The Georgia Review, and Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard will acknowledge that milestone by presenting a selection of the remarkable short fiction published across the decades. The collection includes the work of well-known writers, many of whom were not yet so well known when first selected for publication by The Georgia Review, and also highlights compelling work from writers whose names may not be as familiar but whose stories are equally compelling and memorable.


A Very Funny Fellow coverA Very Funny Fellow

Poetry by Donald Lev

NYQ Books, February 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-55-9

Paperback: 112pp; $14.95

Donald Lev's latest book is a compilation of ninety-two short poems, mostly written over the last decade and a half. These are poems of inner observation, of quotidian magic or lack of magic, in which one finds wisdom, wry humor, and echoes of one's own complexities. The real subject of each poem is the knot in the core of human existence, which each reader is allowed the pleasure of untying.



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


Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard: Selected Fiction from Six Decades of The Georgia Review, Ed. Stephen Corey, Douglas Carlson, David Ingle, Mindy Wilson, Univ of Georgia Press


The Book of Mischief: New and Selected Stories, Steve Stern, Graywolf Press

Chicago Stories, Michael Czyzniejewski, Curbside Splendor

The Cranes Dance, Meg Howrey, Vintage Books

Drama: Pilot Episode, Karen Hines, Coach House Books

It's Fine By Me, Per Petterson, Graywolf Press

Must I Weep for the Dancing Bear: & Other Stories, Louis Phillips, Pleasure Boat Studio

None of This Is Real, Miranda Mellis, Sidebrow Books

The Planets, Sergio Chejfec, Open Letter


Burying the Typewriter: A Memoir, Carmen Bugan, Graywolf Press

Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike, Ron Thibodeaux, Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette Press

The Russian Writer's Daughter, Lydia S. Rosner, Mayapple Press

Wonderful Investigations: Essays, Meditations, Tales, Dan Beachy-Quick, Milkweed Editions


Axe in Hand, Melanie Moro-Huber, NYQ Books

A Bird Black As the Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens, Ed. Enid Osborn, Synthia Anderson, Green Poet Press

Butcher's Tree, Feng Sun Chen, Black Ocean

The Coal Life, Adam Vines, Univ of Arkansas Press

Consolation Prize, Laurie J. MacDiarmid, Georgetown Review Press

Divide and Rule, Walid Bitar, Coach House Books

Dream Cabinet, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Wings Press

Fjords vol. 1, Zachary Schomburg, Black Ocean

Hurrah's Nest, Arisa White, Virtual Artists Collective Poetry

I Remember, Shane Allison, Future Tense Books

Inferno, Dante Alighieri, Graywolf Press

Mined Muzzle Velocity, Jennifer H. Fortin, Lowbrow Press

Monkey Ranch, Julie Bruck, Brick Books

New Theatre, Susan Steudel, Coach House Books

The Normal Heart and How It Works, Rachael Lyon, White Eagle Coffee Store Press

Omens in the Year of the Ox, Steven Price, Brick Books

Play Button, Liz Robbins, Cider Press Review

Plume, Kathleen Flenniken, Univ of Washington Press

The Principle Agent, Sarah Suzor, Black Lawrence Press

Rousing the Machinery, Catherine MacDonald, Univ of Arkansas Press

The Sky is a Bird of Sorrow, Steve Dieffenbacher, Wordcraft of Oregon

Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, Dennis J. Bernstein, NYQ Books

Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine American Poets, Ed. David Baker, Univ of Arkansas Press

Turn, Steven Schroeder, Virtual Artists Collective Poetry

A Very Funny Fellow, Donald Lev, NYQ Books

Vital Pursuits, Evan Glasson, H_NGM_N BKS

Wild in the Plaza of Memory, Pamela Uschuk, Wings Press