Mothers masquerading as witches and sepulchral bellhops who reveal themselves to be fathers: in these poems, nothing is as it seems. Shot through with mournfulness, gorgeously spangled in its language, this National Poetry Series winner illuminates our human failings and the grace we seek.
Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature
J. Drew Lanham
Growing up on his family’s land in South Carolina, the author fell in love with the subtle beauties of the natural world around him—and grew up to be one of the lone black men in a predominantly white field. This memoir is a riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South, asking what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity.”
Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx, the 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Alex Lemon. She is Assistant Professor of Writing and First Year Studies at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.
James DeVita is an author, actor, and theater director. He has published numerous plays and three award-winning novels for young readers, including The Silenced. DeVita is a core company member and literary manager at the American Players Theater, a professional classical repertory company in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Sally Keith is the author of four collections of poems, most recently River House. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and is currently a member of the MFA Faculty at George Mason University. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Brian Laidlaw is the author of The Stuntman, and his second collection of poems, tentatively titled The Mirrormaker, is forthcoming. An accomplished musician, he has toured widely in the United States and Europe. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's MFA program in poetry and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Denver.
Melissa Kwasny is the author of six collections of poems, including Pictograph, Reading Novalis in Montana, and The Nine Senses. Kwasny is also the author of Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision, and has edited multiple anthologies, including, with M.L. Smoker, I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights. Widely published in journals anthologies, her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Boston Review, and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral.
Rosa Alice Branco is the prizewinning author of Cattle of the Lord and numerous collections of poems in her native Portuguese, which have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. She teaches at the Institute of Art and Design in Porto, Portugal.
Chris Santiago is the author of Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. He teaches literature, sound culture, and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas.
Beth Dooley is the author of In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland, a Minnesota Book Award finalist. She has also written six cookbooks, including, with Lucia Watson, Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland (a James Beard Nominee).