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Clarke dazzles with a dizzying study in extremes, cruising at warp speed between bleak and optimistic, laugh-out-loud funny and unbearable sadness. His comedy of errors is impossible to put downPublishers Weekly

Brock Clarke has published his new book, The Happiest People in the World. Clarke’s work has appeared in several issues of NER, most recently in the current issue and 33.1.

Clarke is the author of five works of fiction, including the novels Exley and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. His fiction and non-fiction have been included in a number of magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies, and have earned him an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Mary McCarthy Prize, and the Prairie Schooner Book Series Prize, among other awards.

 

lewisFor Lewis, roller derby represents some of her favorite things: women’s empowerment, Midwestern populism, spectacle and ambiguous sexuality.—Vox Talk

Congratulations to NER contributor Trudy Lewis on her new novel The Empire Rolls. Lewis’s work has appeared in Volumes 20.1, 21.3, and 25.1-2 of NER.

 

 

our-secret-life-in-movies-21We are particularly excited to announced that NER Associate Editor J. M. Tyree has published Our Secret Life in the Movies, a collection of stories in collaboration with Michael McGriff. Film scholars Tyree and McGriff present paired short stories inspired by selected works of film. Tyree’s previous book is BFI Film Classics: Salesman (British Film Institute, 2012). His work has appeared numerous times in NER, most recently in 30.4.

“Wildly intelligent and deeply felt, Our Secret Life in the Movies gives us a fascinating look at American life, shot through an insightful and compassionate lens. After reading it, the world seems bigger. A tremendous book.” —Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

“Reading Our Secret Life in the Movies is like finding a lost frequency on the AM dial. The voices you hear in this book are strange, hypnotic, and intensely American.” —Jim Gavin, author of Middle Men

“A book of poignant and affecting beauty. Readers are presented with characters who are losing their innocence in lockstep with the changing nation they inhabit, and the end result is a book that provides great insight into both who we are and how we got this way. A remarkable achievement.” —Skip Horack, author of The Eden Hunter

New Books for October from NER Authors

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gallaher. . . as he struggles to understand the meaning of family, love, and death, Gallaher addresses life questions in a way that few poets of his generation have been willing to risk.—BOA Editions

We are pleased to announce the publication of In a Landscape (BOA Editions), a book-length poem by NER contributor John Gallaher. His poem “Your Lover, Later” was featured in 30.1 and “In a Landscape: VI” first appeared in 33.2.

“Reading these poems is like listening in on the thoughts of a brilliant mind at work on unsolvable, often existential, problems, the poet always peering outward, toward a landscape of autobiography and memory that ‘goes on all night, dotted with little fires.'” —Kevin Prufer, author of National Anthem

John Gallaher is the author of The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way, 2007), Map of the Folded World (University of Akron Press, 2009), and Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA Editions Ltd., 2011), co-written with G. C. Waldrep. He currently teaches at Northwest Missouri State University and co-edits the Laurel Review.

 

a selected history of her heart.pdf. . . a collision of bodies, cultures, opportunity and motive, innocence and experience that layers a coming-of-age story into a multi-cultural background.Martha Collins, author of White Papers

We are pleased to announce the publication of NER contributor Carole Simmons Oles’s most recent collection of poetry, A Selected History of Her Heart (University of New Mexico Press, 2014). Her poem “Travel With the Missing” was featured in 20.3.

“These powerhouse poems reach out generation to generation with generosity and compassion. These poems invite us in, offer food and drink and shelter.”—Peggy Shumaker, author of Gnawed Bones.

Carole Simmons Oles has authored eight other collections of poetry, including The Deed: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 1991) and Waking Stone: Inventions on the Life of Harriet Hosmer (University of Arkansas Press, 2006).

 

howard-progressive-education-coverPropelled by layers of allusion and irony, Howard’s account of the children is a comedy with a plot. Howard gained fame for verse in the voices of literary and historical characters, often very sophisticated ones: the sixth-graders here are as much fun as any characters in any poetry this year, even as their improbably long senteces ask, seriously, “how the system we’re trying / to live by operates.”—Publishers Weekly

MacArthur Grant recipient, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, and NER author Richard Howard has published his most recent book of poetry, A Progressive Education (Turtle Point). Garnering from his own school days, Howard uses the voices of children at a Cleveland private school to probe serious questions with irony and wit. Howard’s poem “Eidyia: An Interview” was featured in NER 27.1.

“It seems to me that, in the voices of L. Frank Baum, Wallace Stevens, and a whole cast of others, Richard has been working toward these fifth graders all along, minds bent on creative engagement with knowledge but able to stave off, for the span of their youth, for the span of a poem, an excess of hopelessness, which damns all art and life. Richard’s work in and on behalf of poetry is, precisely, an antidote to hopelessness.”—Craig Morgan Teicher for the Los Angeles Review of Books

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PlacetoRead” . . . a collection of personal retrospectives that deserve a place in the finest tradition of the American essay.”

We are pleased to announce the publication of NER contributor Michael Cohen‘s essay collection, A Place to Read: Life and Books (Interactive Press). The book includes an investigative essay published in NER 31.4 as well as The King in Winter, which appeared as an NER digital.

From Christina Thompson, Editor, Harvard Review: “Michael Cohen’s essays on the reading life are a treat to read. Relaxed, personal, wide-ranging, they contain fascinating nuggets of information and lively assessments of hundreds of books, as well as a whole life’s worth of thoughtful rumination on time, love, travel, and family, as well as what it means to be, almost existentially, a reader.”

“Each [piece] is in its own way a comment on the human situation, filtered through a personal optic that is both refined and erudite. Amusing, highly personal, insightful, they’ll make you smile, smirk, frown, and gasp . . .” —E. A. Allen, author of the Montclaire Mysteries

Since retiring from university teaching, Michael Cohen’s essays have appeared in Harvard Review, Birding, the Humanist, Missouri Review, and the Kenyon Review in addition to NER. He is also the author of five books, including a poetry text, The Poem in Question (Harcourt Brace, 1983) and an award winning book on Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Georgia, 1989).

 

“The poetic sensibility itself is characterized by restlessness–a ‘daring’ aspiration toward fuller meaning, feeling, and vision.”

9781555976811Congratulations to NER contributor Carl Phillips on the publication of his collection of essays, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Graywolf). An excerpt of this book appears in NER 35.2. His reflection, “On Restlessness,” can be read in full online.

From Publishers Weekly: “Abundant autobiographical glimpses lend substance and specificity to Phillips’s tenet that ‘art and life are forever part of the same thing.’ Phillips analyzes individual poems by Shakespeare, Herbert, Shelley, Frost, Gunn, and others, along with his own work. The result is a slim volume memorable for delicate
insights . . . and for its grounding of theory in the life and personality of the poet.”

Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Silverchest (2013), Double Shadow (2011), and Rest of Love (2004). He is the recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

 

” . . . his poems, more than anyone else’s, take the shape of fire, all its ambiguity and wind-shreddedness, all its likeness to poppies in the wheat.” —H. K. Hix

Gpankey100Eric Pankey has published his tenth poetry collection, Dismantling the Angel (Parlor Press, 2014). Pankey has been appeared in several issues of NER, most recently in 34.1.

“In these precise, dream-like poems, Eric Pankey peers through the clarifying lens of metaphor and parable to meditate on mystery, human sympathy and the divine. Here, the shifting image of fire both articulates and consumes our sense of the vastness of history and the ineffable nature of divinity.”—Kevin Prufer

Pankey’s other publications include The Pear as One Example: New and Selected Poems 1984-2008 and Trace. He is Professor of English and the Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University.

 

9781556594663_p0_v1_s600“Kasischke astonishes with her lyricism and metaphorical power as she considers illness and mortality through exacting, imaginative poems.”

Laura Kasischke’s newest collection of poetry, The Infinitesimals (Copper Canyon, 2014) is now out with strong reviews. Her work appears most recently in NER 34.2.

From Publisher’s Weekly: The brevity of Kasischke’s lines movingly captures the absence of death and the limitations on memory, and her mastery of meticulous, though seemingly effortless, description shines throughout, as when she dubs a cake once baked for her father as “Soggy church bell on a plate,” or describes a tumor as a “terrible frog/ Of moonlight and dampness on a log.”

Laura Kasischke has published nine novels and eight previous collections of poetry. For her collection, Space, in Chains, she received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at the University of Michigan.

 

9780822963127_p0_v2_s260x420“It’s the music, the beauty, after all, that’s balm to all this sorrow. The American reminds me of this.” —Ross Gay

Longtime NER contributor David Roderick has published his poetry collection, The Americans with the University of Pittsburgh Press. His work has previously appeared in NER issues 24.2 and 32.1.

The Americans is a compelling meditation on the ways we go about our lives at this cultural moment, often unmoored from the facts of history though we drift along its shores. Part complicated love letter to suburbia, these poems demand that we consider not only what we are drawn to but also what we fail to see, how the apocryphal feeds our cultural amnesia. The poet asks: ‘Must nostalgia / walk like a prince through all our rooms?’ This lovely collection shows us a way to confront that question within ourselves.” —Natasha Tretheway, U.S. Poet Laureate

David Roderick’s first book, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize. He is a recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and he currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

 

Lisettes-List-A-NovelNew York Times bestselling novelist Susan Vreeland is back with the publication of Lisette’s List. Her short story, “Love Burning,” was featured in NER 20.2.

Susan Vreeland is the author of four New York Times bestselling novels—The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, Clara and Mr. Tiffany, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue, which was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame television drama. Her books have been translated into 26 languages.

“Vreeland’s ability to make this complex historical novel as luminous as a Tiffany lamp is nothing less than remarkable.”The Washington Post

“Vreeland’s writing is so graceful, her research so exhaustive, that a reader is enfolded in the world of Tiffany and Driscoll.”Los Angeles Times

New Books for July from NER Authors

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The Great Glass Sea“A genuinely fascinating novel—for its inventiveness, its passionate breadth and vision.”

We are pleased to announce Grove Atlantic’s publication of The Great Glass Sea, the debut novel from NER contributor Josh Weil. His piece “Liberation Square” appears in NER 27.2

Anthony Doerr of The New York Times Book Review describes Weil’s writing as “Full of tenderness and looming menace . . . Gripping . . . Weil meticulously imagines people and their histories, and presents them as a product of their places.”

Josh Weil is a National Book Award “Five Under Thirty-Five” author, and recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, Columbia University, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Sewanee. His celebrated collection of novellas, The New Valley, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Granta, and other publications.

 

“A lively and clever story starring an estate with an intricate history…”Makkai

Congratulations to NER contributor Rebecca Makkai on the release of her second novel, The Hundred-Year House (Viking). Rebecca Makkai’s story “The Briefcase” appears in 29.2.

From Publisher’s Weekly: “The book is exceptionally well constructed, with engaging characters busy reinventing themselves throughout, and delightful twists that surprise and satisfy.”

Rebecca Makkai’s work was chosen by Salman Rushdie for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2008. Her work has also appeared in Threepenny Review, Iowa Review, Shenandoah, and Sewanee Review. She is a 2004 graduate of Bread Loaf and in January 2014, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, receiving an award of $25,000.

 

“Thoughtful American readers who have grown tired of hothouse surrealism should embrace Sosnicki’s humor, understated intelligence, and dry ironies . . .”

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From Publisher’s Weekly: “The first American book from the prolific and celebrated Polish poet and critic not only survives translation; its urbane, articulate, unpredictable freeverse positively flourishes in the American English that the facing-page edition provides.”

Boris Dralyuk has translated several collections of poetry and prose from Russian and Polish. He is the recipient of the 2011 Compass Translation Award and received joint first prize in the 2012 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Translation Prize with Irina Mashinski. He is a co-editor of the forthcoming Anthology of Russian Literature from Pushkin to Brodsky (Penguin Classics, 2014).

These books can be purchased from Powell’s Books and other independent booksellers. 

New Books for June from NER Authors

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“… the boundless potential of everyday encounters.”

We congratulate NER contributor David Guterson on the publication of his newest collection of stories, Problems with People (Knopf). We are proud to have recently published his stories “Tenant” (NER 33.3) and “Feedback” (NER 35.1).

From Publisher’s Weekly: “People struggle to connect with each other in this succinct but ambitious collection of 10 stories from the author of Snow Falling on Cedars.”

David Guterson is the author of five novels: Snow Falling on Cedars (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), East of the MountainsThe OtherOur Lady of the ForestSeattle Post-Intelliger, and Ed King; and a story collection, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind. He is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 

978-0-8101-5244-1-frontcover“…stories so alight with lust and danger and longing and loss…”

We are pleased to announce Triquarterly Books’ publication of Let Me See It, the newest collection of short stories from NER contributor James Magruder. His short story “Matthew Aiken’s Vie Bohème” appears in NER 32.3.

Author of The Wonder Bread Summer, Jessica Anya Blau: “Let Me See It overflows with honesty, hilarity, and heart. It’s impossible not to love this book, impossible to turn away from its brilliant prose, wicked humor, and utterly engaging characters.”

James Magruder, author of the novel Sugarless, is also a playwright and award-winning translator. He teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College and fiction at the University of Baltimore.

 

9780812993967_custom-d846708e56eebe6d09a303e84047536cbd3f9b93-s2-c85…a vivid and often amusing portrait of the New York’s Upper East Side literary scene…

Congratulations to David Gilbert on the paperback publication of his novel, & Sons (Random). Gilbert is a 1990 graduate of Middlebury College, and read his work at a tribute event for NER hosted by Middlebury’s Potomac Theatre Project in 2012.

From The New York Times literary critic Michiko Kakutani: “A contemporary New York variation on The Brothers Karamazov, featuring a J. D. Salinger–like writer in the role of Father, and a protagonist who turns out to be as questionable a tour guide as the notoriously unreliable narrator of Ford Madox Ford’s classic The Good Soldier . . . a big, ambitious book about fathers and sons, Oedipal envy, and sibling rivalry, and the dynamics between art and life, talent and virtue. The novel is smart, funny, observant and . . . does a wonderful job of conjuring up its characters’ memories of growing up in New York City in layered, almost Proustian detail.”

David Gilbert is the author of the story collection Remote Feed and the novel The Normals. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, and Bomb.

These books can be purchased from Powell’s Books and independent booksellers. 

New Books for May from NER Authors

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We are pleased to announce that NER contributor Norman Lock‘s new novel, The Boy in His Winter, is out from Bellevue Literary Press. His most recent story for NER, “A Theory of the Self,” appears in 34.2.

Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Gilbert King: In this surreal and otherworldly river journey through time, Norman Lock transports Huck Finn down the Mississippi and deep into America’s history—and future. Elegant and imaginative, The Boy in His Winter is a tale that’s as hypnotic as it is profound.”

Norman Lock is a recipient of a fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, saw his play The House of Correction revived in Istanbul, and published a new collection of stories, Love Among the Particles, featuring three pieces of fiction originally published in New England Review.

 

9781556594663_p0_v1_s260x420Mythical sea beasts, loads of laundry, and high school athletics 

Congratulations to NER contributor Laura Kasischke on the publication of her newest collection of poems, The Infinitesimals (Copper Canyon Press). Laura Kasischke’s poetry first appeared in NER 16.1 in 1994, and most recently in NER 32.4.

Publisher’s Weekly describes Kasischke’s latest work: “Mythical sea beasts, loads of laundry, and high school athletics all populate Kasischke’s rich imagination.”

Laura Kasischke is currently the Allan Seager Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. She is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book Space, in Chains (Copper Canyon) and has recently been honored by the Michigan Library Association with the 2013 Michigan Author Award.

 

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We are pleased to announce Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s publication of Wonderland, the newest novel from NER contributor Stacey D’Erasmo. Her essay “Influence: A Practice in Three Wanders” appears in issue 31.4.

Publisher’s Weekly calls this “A story of second chances . . . meticulously crafted. . . .”

Stacey D’Erasmo is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Fiction. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine,  New York Times Book ReviewBoston ReviewBookforum, and Ploughshares, among other publications.

 

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NER is pleased to congratulate Nicholas Samaras on the recent publication of his newest collection of poetry American Psalm, World Psalm (Ashland Poetry Press). His poetry has been published in NER several times since 1994, and his most recent contributions (“Approach” / “At Night”) appear in 28.3.

From The Daily Beat News Blog: “Samaras … has reinvented modern poetry with this groundbreaking book … The poet combines a sense of morality that is virtually unmatched with a concrete abstraction reminiscent of the likes of a Pablo Neruda.”

Nicholas Samaras’s first book, Hands of the Saddlemaker, was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1992. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, New Republic, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. In 1997, he was a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Fellowship.

New Books for April From NER Authors

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Poetry, Literary Criticism, and
a Reconsideration of Europe’s Darkest Modern Days

41hGZqVGNKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“This book’s a little crazy . . . it’s also packed with truth.”

Mark Bibbins‘ new book of poetry, They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full, is out this month from Copper Canyon Press. His work has appeared in several issues of NER (“Arriving in Your New Country / Dilemma” in 29.4, and “Grief!” in 34.2).

Publisher’s Weekly: “Bibbin’s newest displays his caustic wit and probing insight admit an exhilarating range of cultural references.”

From NPR: “The book’s a little crazy, packed with air quotes and brackets, jokes and condemnations, forms that explode across the page. Crazily enough, it’s also packed with truth.”

Mark Bibbins  teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University. His most recent poetry collections are The Anxiety of Coincidence (Floating Wolf Quarterly Chapbooks, 2012), and The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon, 2009). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Best American Poetry, and more.

 

51qexzrdGML._SY344_BO1204203200_-200x300NER congratulates Marianne Boruch on the publication of her newest sequence of poems, Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press). Marianne’s work was first published in NER in 1994 (16.4) and her literary criticism “The End Inside It,” selected as a prose feature by Poetry Daily, appears in NER 33.2.

Marianne Boruch speaks to the Georgia Review about the project from which the poems emerged: “This thirty-page sequence of poems—“Cadaver, Speak”—grew out of a profoundly odd privilege given me in the fall of 2008 by Purdue University, where I’ve taught for twenty-three years. I was awarded the provost office’s “Faculty Fellowship in the Study of a Second Discipline” but, in fact, I had double luck. James Walker of the IU School of Medicine on Purdue’s campus allowed me to participate in his gross human anatomy course (the so-called “cadaver lab”), and Grace O’Brien—artist, and teacher of life drawing at Purdue—said yes, I could join her class, too.”

Marianne Boruch currently teaches in the M.F.A. program at Purdue University and in the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers. Her most recent poetry collections are The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon, 2011) and Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan, 2008).

 

Frederick Brown Cover Photo“A brilliant reconsideration.”

Frederick Brown‘s biographical narrative, The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914–1940 (Knopf), traces writers such as Maurice Barres and Charles Murras through France’s descent into instability after the first World War.

From the publisher: The Embrace of Unreason is “a brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France’s embrace of Fascism
and anti-Semitism . . . Brown masterfully brings to life Europe’s—and France’s—darkest modern years.”

Frederick Brown has been published in NER multiple times, most recently in NER 30.4 with Alexis de Toqueville’s Impressions of America: Three Letters, a translation from the French.

 

9780674430662_p0_v1_s260x420We congratulate Denis Donoghue, professor of English, Irish, and American Literatures at New York University, and NER contributor, on the publication of Metaphor (Harvard University Press). Reflected on every page of Metaphor are the accumulated wisdom of decades of reading and a sheer love of language and life. His literary criticism, “Yeats, Trying to Be Modern,” appears in NER 31.4.

Publisher’s Weekly: “In this prodigiously learned meditation, Donoghue takes readers through the history of the rhetorical device and its incarnation in poetry, fiction, philosophy, and everyday life.”

Denis Donoghue is a member of the International Association of University Professors of English and the Association of Literary Scholars and Teachers. He has published books on English, Irish, and American literature and the aesthetics and practices of reading. His recent books include Speaking of Beauty (Yale 2004), The American Classics (Yale 2005), and On Eloquence (Yale 2008).

Book can be purchased from Powell’s Books and independent booksellers. 

 

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“First books don’t usually take on the world at this level of seriousness and skill”

Hardship_Post2Jehanne Dubrow‘s first poetry collection, The Hardship Post, is being re-released by Sundress Publications

From Stanley Plumly, author of Argument & Song: “There’s a tensile strength of line here—predominantly pentameter—
that underscores the ease of the poetic idiom: just as the heartfelt yet disciplined feeling—life of the content underwrites this collection’s larger themes of Judaism and its ancient traditions. The Hardship Post has a good deal on its mind as well as the load in its heart. Polish history and heritage may be one personal focus, but displacement and identity are the greater subjects. First books don’t usually take on the world at this level of seriousness and skill.”

The Hardship Post includes work previously published in NER. Dubrow’s poetry has appeared in NER 26.2 and 30.2. 

 

 

Bangalore“gritty, hard-hitting debut”

NER contributor Kerry James Evans has published his first book of poetry, Bangalore, with Copper Canyon Press. Appearing in Bangalore is “A Good Hunt,” originally published in NER 30.2.

From Publishers Weekly: “Evans’s gritty, hard-hitting debut combines war poems, elegies, and high Southern lyrics to create a new understanding of American identity.”

From Brian Spears of The Rumpus: “Evans spares nothing and no one in his poems, and yet he still finds a way to celebrate what deserves celebrating, and in the end, we’re left with hope.”

 

Every Possible Blue“tender observation[s] not of the clothing but of the wearer”

We are pleased to announce that NER author Matthew Thorburn‘s new book of poetry, Every Possible Blue, has been published by CW Books. Thorburn’s poem “Proof” appeared in NER 30.1.

From Publishers Weekly: “Saturated with color and light, Thorburn’s second collection celebrates New York with deft, vivacious strokes. Similar to the way a city is always rebuilt, or a painter reworks a canvas, Thorburn’s poems pay special attention to the clothing and adornments that change to fit life’s varied occasions. ‘Oh to be crisply cuffed, / something in fall flannel to flatter / this flaneur,’ he writes in ‘Men Swear.’ An airy poem describing a white blouse—’like a sail’ with ‘two buttons un / done / a peek of pale breast / bone’—becomes a tender observation not of the clothing but of the wearer. But ‘inky / silks, slinky satins’ don’t fool Thorburn. No matter what people wear, whether it is a second-hand tuxedo or a ‘mint green’ sari, he reminds himself, ‘you’re human, / you’re human.'”

 

New Books from NER Authors

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Poetry, Translation and a “Stunning Debut”

mad farmer coverNER author Wendell Berry has reissued his collection of poetry, The Mad Farmer Poems, with Counterpoint Press.

“. . . Mindful of time and earth, of joy and love, Berry calls us to the hard work of a hope and peace and gratitude so incarnate that they rest ‘on the ground underfoot.'”—Christian Century

Wendell Berry is an essayist, novelist, and poet, and has been awarded the T. S. Eliot Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. His poetry is featured in early issues of NER, and his essay “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer” was published in NER 10.1.

 

roget's illusion cover“surprising delicacy and . . . language rich with insight”

Acclaimed poet Linda Bierds has published Roget’s Illusion, with Marian Wood Books/Putnam.

“Bierds’s poems, with their constantly surprising delicacy and their language rich with insight and a sensuous music, radiate real power and authority and animal presence.”—W.S. Merwin (Poet Laureate, 2010-12)

Linda Bierds is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the PEN West Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker,  Atlantic,  Kenyon Review and many others. Five of her poems were published in NER 24.4 and 31.1.

 

Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 10.13.13 AM“disquieting, beautiful, upsetting, and exacting”

NER author Rebecca Cook has published a new book of poems, I Will Not Give Over, with Aldrich Press.

“The greatest quality of the prose poems in I Will Not Give Over is the one quality a writer can’t beg, borrow, or steal: they are genuine. They are disquieting, beautiful, upsetting, and exacting. Here, ‘Love shows up first dressed in fear.’ These are poems playing for keeps.”—Sue William Silverman, author of Hieroglyphics in Neon

Rebecca Cook is a 2009 Bread Loaf Scholar and her essay “Flame” was a notable essay in the 2013 Best American Essays. She is the author of The Terrible Baby, and her poems have been featured in numerous journals, including Antioch Review and Massachusetts Review. Her story “You Girls Have the Loveliest Legs” was published in NER 29.2.

 

9781936747559“A stunning debut”

Joanne Dominique Dwyer‘s first collection of poetry, Belle Laide, has been published by Sarabande Books.

From Dana Levin, author of Sky Burial: “Harems, mechanical bulls, Christina the Astonishing: Dwyer’s first book, Belle Laide, is a tour de force of verse; you never know where the next turn will take you. A vivid amalgamation of dream, association, and researched material, the poems sacrifice no depth of feeling in their wild meditations on the phenomenal world; or what it means to be a person—and a woman—in our contemporary moment. A stunning debut.”

Dwyer is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a Bread Loaf Scholar award. Her poetry has been featured in NER several times, most recently in NER 34.1.

 

beans“Richly textured and wonderfully evocative … Undeniably original”

NER translator Bill Johnston has published a new book by Wiesław Myśliwski, translated from the Polish, with Archipelago Books. Johnston’s translation of Witold Gombrawicz’s story “The Rat” appeared in NER 25.1-2.

“Like a more agrarian Beckett, a less gothic Faulkner, a slightly warmer Laxness . . . Richly textured and wonderfully evocative . . . Undeniably original.” Publishers Weekly

“Sweeping . . . irreverent . . With winning candor . . . Pietruszka chronicles the modernization of rural Poland and celebrates the persistence of desire.” —The New Yorker

Bill Johnston’s previous translation of Wiesław Myśliwski’s book, Stone Upon Stone, won the PEN Translation Prize, 2012, the Best Translated Book Award 2012: Fiction, and the AATSEEL Translatino Award, 2012. He has translated numerous books and stories from the Polish.

Books can be ordered from Powell’s Books or your independent bookseller.  

 

 

New Books from NER Authors: Rachel Cantor

Categories: NER Authors' Books, NER Community

“Rife with deadpan humor and memorable characters”

Rachel Cantor’s new novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario, has been published by Melville House.

A Highly Unlikely Scenario cover photoFrom the New York Times: “By layering the ridiculous inventions of her mind with the ridiculous facts of the world, Cantor creates a novel about being incredulous and certain at the same time, about listening without judgment, about acting on faith . . . A dystopian satire; a story about ­storytelling, believing and listening—A Highly Unlikely Scenario is ultimately a history of our own strange world.”

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Rife with deadpan humor and memorable characters mixed with time travel and supernatural powers, Cantor suspends disbelief and creates a loony world entirely of her own, which is terrifically funny and effortlessly enjoyable.”

Rachel Cantor’s stories have appeared in Paris ReviewKenyon ReviewFence, and other publications. Her fiction has been featured in several issues of NER (20.4, 23.3, 24.4, and 29.4).

A Highly Unlikely Scenario is available from Melville House and other independent booksellers.