pungent dins concentric
poetry by Vanessa Couto Johnson
December 4th, 2018
"Propelled by extraordinary imaginative force, the poems of Vanessa Couto Johnson’s dazzling pungent dins concentric unfold in a sequence of evocations, each one summoning into view a moment of bustle in a specific but overloaded social space. The works are built of sentences, swirling syntactic image structures that seem to be the outcome of critical attention to the strangeness of the world around us. Linguistic wit and sassy irreverence partially veil Johnson’s dismay, but they cannot veil the poet’s ebullient joie de vivre."
Lyn Hejinian, author of My Life
Too Many Questions About Strawberries
poetry by Jen Hirt
November 13th, 2018
“In Too Many Questions About Strawberries, Jen Hirt is a horticulturalist of words, joining joy and grief, grafting prose to poetry, and cultivating new growth from the rootstock of memory. Like vines, her sentences twist and climb, enlivening her poems with surprising turns. Like seeds carefully placed and tended, the words in each poem unfurl with breathless abundance. As her poems wrestle with change, Hirt celebrates all that survives. Unpredictable and vibrant, the poems in this chapbook are ripe with tender insight, playfulness, and persistence.”
Stephanie Lenox, author of The Business
Blood in the Asphalt:
Prayers From the Highway
photos, stories, and poetry by Jesse Sensibar
October 16th, 2018
"In a piece near the end of Blood In The Asphalt: Prayers From The Highway, Jesse Sensibar chooses not to set upright a toppled roadside cross because he doesn’t “want to interfere.” That could be an aesthetic statement about a riveting collection made all the more
remarkable by all the things it doesn’t do. He says what happened. He documents with stark, vibrant photographs the makeshift shrines that would otherwise be only a blur. He achieves great feeling without sentimentalism. He is frank but never blasé, never manipulative. We are so often moving at breakneck speed, and this book is that rare thing: a quiet, commanding voice saying stop. Stop, and notice. You’ll never get it right if you try to explain. He never buries the material under directives about how to feel about it, and in so not doing, he’s created a powerful, haunting book that you’ll be richly rewarded for reading."
Carolyn Guinzio, author of Ozark Crows
Animal You'll Surely Become
non-fiction and poetry by Brittany Hailer
"Animal You'll Surely Become is a brutal and lyric shape-shifter of a book. It reinvents itself with each chapter, always turning on the reader. This book is an animal who is smart and soft, intuitive and vicious. It is a hybrid-myth of a beast with three faces pointing backwards, forwards, and most importantly: straight ahead, daring its reader, its prey, to blink. Hailer debuts with a lush and dirty book that is as adventurous as it is ambitious, and as I read it, I couldn’t look away."
Sarah Shotland, author of Junkette
How Much Of What Falls Will Be Left When It Gets To The Ground?
poetry and photography by Carolyn Guinzio
September 25th, 2018
“In this book Carolyn Guinzio creates a world out of elements far beyond language on a page. Maps, photos, collage, typographical art, all intertwine as poetry of breathtaking freshnessnes and depth. This hybrid work is a beautiful exploration of the meaning of place, both present and past. *How Much of What Falls Will Be Left When It Gets To The Ground?* is a wildly layered memory book that demands to be returned to again and again.”
Jacob Shores-Arguello, author of Paraíso
stories by Shome Dasgupta
September 12th, 2018
"Shome Dasgupta's Mute reveals how the desperation to please friends, coaches, would-be lovers, parents, wives, and daughters results in an overwhelming sense of disorientation. Fraught with anxieties, Mute transforms situations that could easily turn toxic into moments of personal sadness and loneliness that, productively for our time, unveil a multitude of imaginative maneuvers that help these narrators accept their lives and fates."
Molly Gaudry, author of We Take Me Apart and the forthcoming Desire: A Haunting
Penultimate Human Constellation
poetry by Benjamin and Steven Ostrowski
August 21st, 2018
"You will never encounter another volume of poetry like this. Father and son, Steven and Ben Ostrowski give the reader the most intimate and engaging look into a closeness between two family members I’ve yet encountered; a dialogue couched in experimental form and imagery that is always fresh and inventive. A book of correspondences that often spans oceans and continents as the two are separated. Not a single lazy line and nothing telegraphed. Surprises abound around every corner, hallmarked by wit, love and a genuine, deep affection for one another."
Cover Art by Steven Ostrowski
I'm Not a Robot
prose poems by Howie Good
July 17th, 2018
"Overuse over time means that our current Reality has worn thin; but Howie Good has come to the rescue & provided a sturdy under-blanket to create a safe viewing platform. His new Reality spills through the holes in the old so sometimes we see the familiar, sometimes not. But the juxtaposition of old & new means that we do have reference points to hang on to, that we do have time to prepare for the craziness he thinks might be ahead if not already here. I'm not sure if I want to face this new Reality, but Howie Good has done such a great job identifying it in I'm Not a Robot that I'm sure I'll be comfortable dealing with it when it confronts me."
Mark Young, author of Genji Monogatari
Cover Art by Logan Riley
Nobody Is Ever Missing
poetry by Cody Wilson
May 15th, 2018
"Cody Wilson has a great feel for the details that speak of what hides below the surface. There’s a deeply human mix here – he celebrates, worries, remembers, and looks ahead – and a feeling that he’s trying to enact the multitude of woundings and survivals that have shaped who he is. This book is a beautiful reminder of the joy and risk surrounding us every day."
Bob Hicok, author of Sex & Love &
poetry by Jennifer Battisti
April 1st, 2018
“These poems are rooted deeply in the body and body of the Earth, but also untethered in their imagination, their reach. Battisti’s Echo Bay will long echo inside my bones.”
Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide
Cover Art and Design by Dale Novak
The Lost Girls Book of Divination
comics-poetry by Letisia Cruz
April 1st, 2018
"The Lost Girls Book of Divination is a stunningly cool graphic poem, aka a lyrical narrative accompanied by captivating imagery, far superior to anything Instagram has to offer! It is a spiritual quest, both ancient and postmodern in its insights, a poetic tarot for the new millennium. It is seasonal, cyclical, and maddeningly like our own lives, resonant with our struggles, offering up the ultimate wisdom—that being alive means being lost. Lastly, it is a powerful statement on the earth and our loss of connectedness to it—for as we unspool from ourselves, forests vanish."
Rosemarie Dombrowski, Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ
stories by Chad Meadows
December 18th, 2018
“In his wonderful debut collection, Fluoride, Chad Meadows gives us worlds inhabited by bizarre misanthropes, fumbling idiots, and radical subversives. These stories dramatize enough absurd and hilarious situations to last a lifetime. At the same time, these seem like people we know in their yearning for direction and connection. Indeed, this book reminds us that even the strangest among us is human.”
Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank
How To Live: A Suggestive Guide
visual poetry by Elizabeth Hellstern
stories by Thomas Mundt
March 13th, 2019
SFO: Pictures and Poetry about San Francisco
by Pablo Luque Pinilla & Jose Luis R. Torrego, translated by Korbin Jones
The Sting of It
poetry by A.J. Odasso
If One of Us Should Die, I’ll Move to Paris
stories by Brandon French