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To Make Room for the Sea: Poems by Adam Clay book cover
Poetry
Adam Clay

To Make Room for the Sea delights as much as it mourns. It looks forward as much as it reflects. Deft and hopeful, the poems in this collection gently encourage us to take another look at a world “only some strange god might have thought...

Kathryn Cowles’s Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World is a collection that lingers in memory and place, in the unsettled distance between reality and its transcriptions. Arresting on both visual and textual levels, this collection...

Fiction
Yuri Rytkheu

Nau’s greatest joy is to visit the sea, where whales gather every morning to gaily spout rainbows. Then, one day, she finds a man in the mist where a whale should be: Reu, who has taken human form out of his Great Love for her. This novel is at...

In Accelerated Silence: Poems book cover
Poetry
Brooke Matson

What to do when a world is split—terribly, wholly—by grief? What else but to interrogate the very fundamental principles themselves: light, religion, physical matter, time? This winner of the Jake Adam York Prize creates an unforgettable portrait...

The Galleons: Poems book cover
Poetry
Rick Barot

These poems are engaged in the work of recovery, making visible what is often intentionally erased: the movement of domestic workers on a weekday morning in Brooklyn; a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, fondly sharing photos of his dog; the...

Gatekeeper: Poems book cover
Poetry
Patrick Johnson

What is the deep web? A locked door. A tool for oppression and for revolution. “An emptying drain, driven by gravity.” And in Patrick Johnson’s Gatekeeper—selected by Khaled Mattawa as the winner of the 2019 Ballard Spahr Prize for...

Poetry
Su Hwang

Against the backdrop of the war on drugs and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, a Korean girl comes of age in her parents’ bodega in the Queensbridge projects. This collection offers a singular perspective on our nation of immigrants and the tensions...

Poetry
Eric Pankey

Taking its name from the Roman goddess of wisdom and her companion bird, Owl of Minerva turns astonishingly precise attention to the physical world, scouring it for evidence of the spiritual as the poet travels through such places as...

This National Poetry Series winner is an unflinching portrait of the actual west—full of beauty as well as brutality, where boys tentatively learn to become, and to love, men. Its landscapes are ravaged but also startlingly lush, and even its...

Nonfiction
Tim Robinson

From cartographer Tim Robinson comes the second title in the Seedbank series, a breathtakingly intimate exploration of one beloved place’s geography, ecology, and history. Footstep by footstep, moment by moment, Robinson takes readers deep into...

Fiction
Faith Sullivan

One winter’s night, Ruby Drake’s beloved parents perish in an accident—and suddenly, Ruby finds herself penniless and nearly alone in the world. Her new path eventually takes her to Harvester, to romance, and to a journey of selfhood on the...

Nonfiction
Max Ritvo and Sarah Ruhl

In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished author and playwright, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Max Ritvo was an exuberant, opinionated, and highly gifted poet in remission from pediatric cancer. Studded with poems and songs, their...

Nonfiction
Annick Smith and Susan O’Connor

A multicultural anthology about the enduring importance and shifting associations of the hearth in our world. Original contributions from some of our most cherished voices—including Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, Bill McKibben, Pico Iyer,...

Nonfiction
Gregory Orr

When Gregory Orr was twelve years old, he shot and killed his brother in a hunting accident. Guilt weighed on him throughout a childhood split between the rural Hudson Valley and jungles of Haiti. But eventually his experiences led him to...

21 | 19: Contemporary Poets and the North American Nineteenth-Century, edited by Kristen Case and Alexandra Manglis
Nonfiction
Alexandra Manglis and Kristen Case

As the twenty-first century unfolds in a United States characterized by deep divisions, diminished democracy, and dramatic transformation of identities, the poets in this collection cast fresh critical light on the golden age of American...

Nonfiction
Margaret Renkl

Growing up in Alabama, the author was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she offers an unusual, captivating portrait of her family and her childhood—and of the...

Nonfiction
Darrel J. McLeod

As a small boy in remote Alberta, the author was immersed in his Cree family’s history, passed down in the stories of his mother, Bertha. But after a series of tragic losses, Bertha turned wild and unstable, and their home life became chaotic....

Poetry
John James

This winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize is an elegant debut that searches widely to ask what it means to exist in a state of loss. These are poems of frequent swerves and transformations, in dialogue with science, geography, art, and aesthetics...

Fiction
Geneviève Damas

From celebrated Belgian author Geneviève Damas, a modern fable about friendship, self-determination, and the power of education.

Illiterate, isolated, and held at arm’s length by a bitter father, François Sorrente has spent his seventeen...

Poetry
John McCarthy

Selected by Victoria Chang, this winner of the Jake Adam York Prize  is a deeply personal examination of violent masculinity, driven by a yearning for more compassionate ways of being. With arresting lyricism and humility, these poems attend to...

Poetry
Alex Lemon

Ants drunk on cherry-red hummingbird nectar. An ambulance rushing into the distance. And rain, endless rain: turning pulpy with sunlight, seemingly on the verge of a flood. These are the moments of an ordinary day—rendered, throughout these poems...

Poetry
Don Bogen

This is a collection about time—about memory, and remembrance, and how the past makes itself manifest in the world. A desk, a mailbox, a house delivering its own autobiography: in these poems, objects hold history, even if they’ve grown...

Nonfiction
Elizabeth Rush

From the Gulf Coast to Miami, and New York City to the Bay Area, climate change is changing the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. This book weaves the firsthand accounts of those who are living through sea level rise today with...

Fiction
Ed Pavlić

Ndiya Grayson returns to her childhood home of Chicago as a young professional, but even her high-end job in a law office can’t protect her from half-repressed memories of childhood trauma. One evening, vulnerable and emotionally disarrayed, she...

Poetry
Lee Ann Roripaugh

In March 2011, a tsunami caused by an earthquake collided with nearby power plant Fukushima Daiichi, causing the only nuclear disaster in history to rival Chernobyl in scope. These poems take a piercing, witty, and ferocious look into the heart...

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