New Books by NER Authors

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.19.17 PMAt once gospel and troubadour song, these deeply spiritual and expansively erotic poems are lucid, unflinching, urgent. Mary Szybist, winner of the National Book Award

A hearty congratulations to NER contributor Derrick Austin on the release of his debut poetry collection, Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016). Trouble the Water is the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Austin’s poetry appeared in NER 34.3-4.

C. Dale Young, former poetry editor of NER, wrote of Trouble the Water: “Skilled with the ability to harness detail and stringent images, Derrick Austin creates a lush and smoldering landscape in which the very soul is tested.”

Austin is a Cave Canem fellow and earned his MFA from the University of Michigan, where he was awarded a Hopwood Award in graduate poetry. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, The Paris-American, Memorious, and other journals and anthologies. He is the Social Media Coordinator for The Offing.

Trouble the Water is available from BOA Editions and independent booksellers.

Sam Ligon has mastered the art of capturing the sweet derangement of love. . . his prose is incandescent, absurd, wickedly funny and, in the end, achingly true. Steve Almond on Wonderland

NER contributor Samuel Ligon has not one but two new books out this month: a new novel, Among the Dead and Dreaming (Leapfrog Press, 2016), and an adult picture book, Wonderland (Lost Horse Press, 2016). He has previously published a novel and a short story collection, and has work in Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, StoryQuarterly, Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth, Post Road, Keyhole, Sleepingfish, Gulf Coast, and in NER 30.1.

wonderlandAuthor Pam Houston says of Ligon’s novel Among the Dead and Dreaming, which features a character who has appeared in Ligon’s other work: “Part meditation on modern love’s dark and often unexamined underbelly; part can’t-put-it-down-even-for-a-dinner-break-thriller.”

Wonderland takes the form of a picture book for adults, with illustrations from Stephen Knezovich. Ligon describes it as “full of weird, playful, absurd stories about love and donkeys and bearded ladies and goats and whiskey bosoms and pie and country songs and blackbirds pecking off noses.”

Ligon’s books are available on Amazon, through their individual publishers’ websites (Leapfrog Press and Lost Horse Press, respectively), and will be in bookstores next month.

44e5d7_078251cad5ed4b20bf688d6bd25a080bVisceral, tender and lyrical, fleet and agile, these poems unflinchingly face the legacies of violence and cultural displacement but they also assume a position of wonder before the world. – 2016 Whiting Award Citation

We are excited to announce Ocean Vuong‘s debut poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon, 2016), out this month. Vuong was the 2012 recipient of the Stanly Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. His poem, To My Father / To My Unborn Son,” was featured in NER 36.1.

This collection focuses on themes personal to Vuong, including poverty, depression, sexuality, violence, and the personal impact of the Vietnam War, but his poems nevertheless, as Traci Brimhall writes, “restore you with hope, that godforsaken thing—alive, singing along to the radio, suddenly sufficient.”

Night Sky with Exit Wounds is available online.

Drones, torture, immigration, weaponry, James Bon, King Lear, medical practice, Hinduism, and the sex life of Adam and Eve are but a few of the subjects treated here without any sacrifice of lyric texture or pulse.—Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate

www.randomhouse.comCongratulations to Amit Majmudar on a new book of poetry, Dothead (Knopf, 2016). Majmudar is a novelist, poet, essayist, and diagnostic radiologist, writing and practicing in Dublin, Ohio, where he was named the first Poet Laureate of Ohio. His poetry was featured in NER 27.1.

This poetry collection investigates the formation of identity in the alleged “melting pot” of America by playing with forms both traditional and uncommon. The result is what Publishers Weekly calls “a portrait of humankind that exposes its overreliance on the persuasive strength of fear.”

Dothead is available online.

O’Connor produces a tale that is overflowing with the rage of human emotion; in its depiction of feeling, the novel is often brilliant, dense in poetry and light on unearned sentimentality.—Kirkus Review512wOV0Wa6L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_

The striking Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings (Viking Penguin, 2016) is NER contributor Stephen O’Connor‘s debut novel. He is the author of four books and his fiction has appeared numerous times in NER (27.4, 29.3, 33.3) He teaches in the Columbia and Sarah Lawrence MFA programs.

This novel explores the story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, in what Karen Russell calls, “a kind of quantum historical novel—simultaneously fiction and nonfiction, rave and particle.” O’Connor uses the unique medium of fiction to explore the costs of the Jefferson and power imbalances that drove so much of history, while giving a fierce and honest voice to Hemings’ story as well.

O’Connor’s striking novel can be found online and at other booksellers.

51RS2wMs5ML._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Shrewdly pithy and nuanced, edgy and commiserating, Miller’s poems are beacons.—Booklist‘s Donna Seaman

Congratulations to NER contributor Wayne Miller on the publication of his fourth collection of poems, Post- (Milkweed Editions, 2016). His other books have been named “Best New Book of Poetry of 2009” and recognized by the William Rockhill Nelson Award in 2007. His poetry is forthcoming in NER 37.2.

Post- features a world in the wake of catastrophe, full of painful pasts and hidden danger, grief and uncertainity. Nevertheless, it is a world in which Miller finds “fresh meaning . . . pathos and humor, pain and the beauty of living” (from the publisher).

Miller’s new collection can be found online and in the upcoming issue of NER.

New Books by NER Authors

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This is a beautiful collection of poems: half-cryptic, half-open; half based on ancient myths, half on actual life. Adam Zagajewski, author of Unseen Hand

NER would like to congratulate Christopher Bakken on the publication of his newest poetry collection, Eternity & Oranges (University of Pittsburgh Press).

From the publisher: The voices we encounter in this book speak from a place marked by disintegration and loss, and they speak on the verge of disappearance, out of desperation and terror. Bakken’s poems are acts of conjuring. They move from the real political landscapes of Greece, Italy, and Romania, into more surreal spaces where history comes alive and the summoned dead speak.

Eternity & Oranges is Bakken’s third collection of poems. Two of Bakken’s poems, “Elegy” and “Myth,” appeared in NER 36.2. He also co-translated The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios (Truman State University Press, 2016), and wrote Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table (University of California Press 2013).

Eternity & Oranges is available from University of Pittsburgh Press and independent booksellers.

9780374230449In tones that shift effortlessly from journalistic to atmospheric to deeply, darkly funny, Berlinski evokes a very detailed sense of place.Publishers Weekly

Mischa Berlinski will release his second novel, Peacekeeping, this month. Set in a small Haitian town, it tells the story of a American sent by the UN to help train the Haitian police. Soon, however, he becomes embroiled in the town’s politics and falls in love with a corrupt judge’s wife.

Berlinski’s first novel Fieldwork was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. His short story “In the Dark” appeared in NER 28.1.

Peacekeeping is available from Macmillan Publishers and other booksellers.

51iHD7EPWoL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Hernandez is a poet writing to us from poetry’s epicenter—where music invents itself, and the psyche and the sensory world are one.Laura Kasischke, author of Space, in Chains, and The Raising

Dear, Sincerely (University of Pittsburgh Press), a new poetry collection by David Hernandez, has arrived.

From the publisher: an exploration into the relationship between the Self, the collective We, and the cosmos, as well as the murky division that separates one from the other.

Hernandez’s most recent book of poetry, Hoodwinked (Sarabande, 2011), won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. He has also published Always Danger (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006), and A House Waiting for Music (Tupelo Press, 2003), as well as two young adult novels. His poetry has appeared in NER 32.3 and 35.1.

Dear, Sincerely is available from University of Pittsburgh Press and independent booksellers.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 10.55.42 AMJay Parini is one of those writers who can do anything. —Stacy Schiff, New York Times Book Review

A warm congratulations to NER founding editor Jay Parini on the release of his new poetry collection, New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015 (Beacon Press). His work appeared in NER 14.1

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur writes of Parini’s work: “Jay Parini’s poetry in keen-eyed, thoughtful, artful, yet unaffected.”

Parini is the author of over twenty books, including five books of poetry, eight novels, and several biographies. His recent work includes Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal (Doubleday Books, 2015), Jesus: The Face of God (New Harvest, 2013), and The Passages of H.M. (Anchor, 2011). He is the D.E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College. 

New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015 is available from Beacon Press and independent booksellers.  

Groundspeed CoverIn her powerful new collection, Emilia Phillips gives us a world that refuses to be stilled. Exploring the blurred boundaries of a cartographer’s spinning globe, Groundspeed offers a dynamic exploration of the liminal physical and psychological landscapes in which our tentative and transient identities flicker. —Kathleen Graber, author of The Eternal City

Emilia Phillips‘s second poetry collection, Groundspeed, arrives this month from University of Akron Press.

Phillips’s poem, “Supine Body in Full-Length Mirror, Hotel Room, Upper West Side,” appeared in NER 36.1. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, US poets in Mexico, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the author of another poetry collection, Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013), as well as three chapbooks.

Groundspeed is available from University of Akron Press and independent booksellers.

Shipers-FamilyResemblancesAs the narrator sets out “To see myself the size I really am,” we accompany her on this quest back and forth through time and the lives of her family as she uses all instruments available to learn what she must know. —Carole Simmons Oles, author of A Selected History of Her Heart: Poems

Carrie Shipers also has a new collection of poetry coming out, entitled Family Resemblances (University of New Mexico Press).

From the publisher: Throughout this beautiful volume, the multiple meanings of family—whether formed by biology or choice—are questioned through careful attention to the often conflicting notions of connection, inheritance, absence, and escape. The truths these poems find are much like life itself: complex, provisional, and rich.

Shipers published her “Anti-Anxiety Poem” in NER 32.4, as well as an essay in NER Digital. She is also the author of Ordinary Mourning and Cause for Concern. Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals.

Family Resemblances is available from the University of New Mexico Press and independent booksellers.

The Halo CoverYoung is a doctor as well as a poet, and [his poetry] demonstrates a skilled physician’s combination of empathy and formal precision. David Orr, NPR

Congratulations to former NER poetry editor C. Dale Young on the publication of The Halo, a new collection of poetry that tells the story of a man born with wings who wants nothing more than to be simply human.

Young teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, while practicing medicine full-time. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He served as NER‘s poetry editor for 19 years.

Young has published three other collections: Torn (Four Way Books, 2011), The Second Person (Four Way Books, 2007), and The Day Underneath the Day (Northwestern University Press, 2001).

The Halo is available from Four Way Books and independent booksellers.

January Books from NER Authors

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 10.04.02 AMYou’ll want to re-read the final chapters more than once, delighted anew each time by how well Cantor speaks our language. —Kirkus Review

We congratulate NER contributor Rachel Cantor on the release of her second novel Good on Paper (Melville House, 2016). Her work appeared in NER 20.4, 23.3, 24.4, and 29.4

Jim Crace, IMPAC award winning author of Harvest, says of Good on Paper: “It is a vivacious, potent blend of the touching and the erudite, the garrulous and the thoughtful, the playful and the tender.”

Cantor is also the author of A Highly Unlikely Scenario (Melville Books, 2014). Her fiction has appeared in Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Fence, One Story, and other publications. Her work has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and shortlisted for both the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.

Good on Paper is available from Melville Books and independent booksellers.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 10.30.37 AMQuiet and languorous, sweeping steadily and inexorably along like a curtain of drifting snow identified too late as an avalanche. —Publishers Weekly

The chilling Travelers Rest (Little, Brown, 2016) is NER contributor Keith Lee Morris‘s third novel. His fiction appeared in NER 23.1, 23.4, 24.4, 26.2 and 28.4.

Kirkus Review wrote of Travelers Rest: “The novel gradually proves itself weighty, suspenseful, and even wistful.”

Morris is also the author of The Greyhound God (University of Nevada Press, 2003) and The Dart King (Tin House Books, 2008), as well as two collections of short stories. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Clemson University.

Travelers Rest is available from Powell’s Books and other independent booksellers.


51Ik1tOr31L._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_NER is pleased to announce that Oleg Kashin‘s Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin, translated into English by Will Evans, is now available from Restless Books. Excerpts from this political satire appeared in NER 34.3-4.

Oleg Kashin is a Russian journalist and political activist who gained notoriety in November 2010 when he was beaten nearly to death by unknown assailants, in an attack likely politically motivated by his reporting. It came two months after he had delivered the manuscript of his satirical Fardwar, Russia!, which takes on the absurdity and corruption at the heart of Russian political life in the Putin era. The attack has prompted protests and international media coverage but, with cruel irony, the corruption Kashin skewered has been proven by the refusal of the authorities to bring his attackers to justice.

Get your copy from Restless Books or your independent bookseller.


Congratulations to Katrina Roberts on her new anthology, Because You Asked, which includes insights on the writing life from dozens of writers, among them NER contributors Kazim Ali, Jericho Brown, Paisley Rekdal, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Oliver de la Paz.

From the publisher: Katrina Roberts’s Because You Asked is an anthology that brings together anecdotes, approaches, aspirations, confessions, warnings, challenges, passions, foibles, secrets, prompts, craft notes, manifestos—that is, perspectives from writers, their insights and revelations shared often during “Q & A sessions” with young—or simply young-at-heart—writers and readers.

Katrina Roberts has published four books of poems: Underdog, Friendly Fire, The Quick, and How Late Desire Looks. She is the Mina Schwabacher Professor in English and the Humanities at Whitman College, where she directs the Visiting Writers Reading Series.

Her work appeared in NER 36.2 and 25.3. Because You Asked is available at Lost Horse Press and other booksellers.

Bohince.SWALLOWS-AND-WAVESPaula Bohince’s empathic lyrics based on Japanese scroll paintings and wood prints demonstrate “how attention and technique coalesce / into art.” —Edward Hirsch

Congratulations to Paula Bohince on the publication of her new poetry collection, Swallows and Waves. Bohince’s work has appeared previously in NER volume 31.4.

From the publisher: Paula Bohince draws from a palette of Japanese scroll paintings and woodblock prints created centuries ago. Looking deeply into images of birds, animals, flowers, mothers, soldiers, and lovers, she returns with poems that risk everything in their transformation, reflecting loneliness and eros, doubt and reassurance.

Swallows and Waves is is Bohince’s third collection and is available through Sarabande Books and other bookstores. Her earlier publications, Children and Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods, are available through Powell’s.




More New Books by NER Authors


Paine’s stellar collection offers readers a transporting experience.—Publishers Weekly

NER is pleased to announce the release of Tom Paine‘s new book A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns (LSU Press). Tom Paine is a member of our editorial panel, and his work has appeared in NER 20.3.

The author of The Pearl of Kuwait and Scar Vegas, Paine is associate professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire. He has published work in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Story, among others, and has been featured in anthologies for the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the South: The Year.

A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns is available from LSU Press and other booksellers.



The world in its raging, rich variety fills these poems, overflowing into vivid images that root Maia’s political and social attention firmly in the real scenes and objects all around us. —Cole Swenson

University of Pittsburgh Press has recently released The Invisible Bridge/El puente invisible: Selected Poems of Circe Maia, written by Maia and translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval, an NER author. His work was most recently featured in Vol. 16.2. 

Kercheval is a poet, fiction writer, memoirist, and translator. She is the author of fifteen books, most recently the bilingual poetry collection Enxtranjera/Stranger (Editorial Yaugarú, 2015) and the novel My Life as a Silent Movie (Indiana University Press, 2013). She was the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing for six years, and is now the Director of the MFA Program of Creative Writing there. She has been the recipient of various fellowships, including one to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

The Invisible Bridge/El puente invisible is available from University of Pittsburgh Press and other booksellers.


41WLEkIU8YL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_[The I Ching is] the only thing that is amazingly true, period . . . You don’t have to believe anything to read it, because besides being a great book to believe in, it’s also very fantastic poetry.Bob Dylan

We are pleased to announce that David Hinton‘s translation of I Ching has been released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His work has previously appeared in NER in 1984.

Hinton’s many translations of classical Chinese poetry have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary poems that convey the actual texture and density of the originals. He is also the first translator in more than a century of the four seminal masterworks of Chinese philosophy: Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Analects, and Mencius. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has won the Landon Translation Award, the PEN Translation Award, and, most recently, the Thornton Wilder Award for lifetime achievement from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Hinton’s I Ching is available directly from Macmillan and other booksellers.


51JjcqtnioL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_If the devil is in the details, then the devil has met his match. Castle Freeman Jr. conjures an intricate tete-a-tete with the devil into a Vermont home-brew of brimstone and beneficence. Fast-paced, compulsive, The Devil in the Valley leaves you wanting more. Temptation on the page.Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and After Alice

NER is excited to announce Overlook Press’s release of The Devil in the Valley, by Castle Freeman Jr. Freeman’s work has appeared frequently in NER, most recently in Vol. 35.4.

Freeman is the author of four other novels, including All That I Have and Go With Me (coming as a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles), two collections of short stories, and many essays and other nonfiction. His stories have been mentioned or included in The Best American Short Stories and other collections. He lives in southeastern Vermont.

The Devil in the Valley is available at the Vermont Book Shop and other booksellers.


41kbYmCgjJL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Huddle is a source of light in an often gray world.Booklist

[Huddle’s poetry is] luminous and majestic.― Philip Deaver, Southern Review

NER congratulates poet David Huddle for recent publication of his collection Dream Sender: Poems by LSU Press. His work has appeared in Vol. 13.2 in 1990 and he formerly served as acting editor for NER in 1995.

David Huddle is from Ivanhoe, Virginia, and he’s lived in Vermont for 44 years. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Esquire, Appalachian Heritage, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Poetry, Story, Shenandoah, Agni, Green Mountains Review, The Sow’s Ear, Plume, and Georgia Review. He is the author of nineteen novels, short story collections, essays,  and volumes of poetry, including Glory River and Blacksnake at the Family Reunion.

Dream Sender is available from LSU Press and other booksellers.

New Books by NER Authors

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 11.12.27 AMA debut collection that feels like a lost manuscript of early modernism, with its insecurities over lust and love and history, where emotion becomes an object to fear and respect. —Publishers Weekly

We are proud to announce the release of NER Reader Richie Hofmann‘s debut collection, Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015). Hofmann’s poetry appears in NER 33.4

Poet James Longenbach, author of Threshold, writes of Second Empire: “Even more seductive than the preternatural elegance of these poems is the fact that Richie Hofmann inhabits that elegance truly as a style.”

Hofmann is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, among other honors. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines, including Poetry, FIELD, Yale Review, and the New Yorker.

Second Empire is available from Alice James Books and independent booksellers. 

51QrfxcpW5L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_In each piece, LaSalle shows himself to be a smart and open writer with a restless intellect and infectious passion for travel and literature.—Publishers Weekly

New England Review is proud to announce the publication of Peter LaSalle’s new book of travel essays The City at Three P.M.: Writing, Reading, and Traveling (Dzanc Books). LaSalle’s fiction has been published in NER 21.2, 32.4, and most recently his short story “He Was Beginning to Wonder” was published in 35.3.

From the Publisher: “Spanning nearly four decades of writing, these essays thoughtfully and provocatively explore the relationship between place and literature, and more especially the power of books to make their own place in the world. LaSalle ventures to Buenos Aires of Jorge Luis Borges and chases down Gustave Flaubert’s visions of ancient Carthage in modern Tunisia; he calls for broader readership of neglected classics such as Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano, and he explores the shabby glamour of Nathanael West’s Hollywood, among other adventures.”

Peter LaSalle has published several books of fiction. His short stories have won the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Richard Sullivan Prize. LaSalle’s essays on literary travel have been published in The Nation, Tin House, The Progressive, Worldview, Commonwealth, Agni, and The Best American Travel Writing. He divides his time between Austin, Texas, and his native Rhode Island.

Purchase this book from Dzanc Books or other independent booksellers.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 11.24.44 AMJollimore combines the passion and wonderment of language with the stark observations that drive human curiosity. —Publishers Weekly

NER contributor Troy Jollimore published his third full-length collection of poems, Syllabus of Errors: Poems (Princeton University Press, 2015). Jollimore’s poetry appears in NER 35.1

Jollimore is the author of At Lake Scugog: Poems (Princeton, 2011) and Tom Thomson in Purgatory (Margie/Intuit House, 2006), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. As a philosopher, he wrote On Loyalty (Routledge, 2012) and Love’s Vision (Princeton, 2011). He has published poems in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Poetry, Believer, and elsewhere. Jollimore is the recipient of fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow.

Syllabus of Errors: Poems is available from Princeton University Press and independent booksellers. 

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 11.47.00 AMSinuously intellectualized. —The Chicago Tribune

Congratulations to NER contributor Kathryn Kramer on the publication of her memoir, Missing History: A Covert Education of a Child of Great Books (Threshold Way Publishing, 2015). Kramer’s work, including an excerpt of this memoir, appears in NER 35.1, 32.2, and 27.4

Kramer is the author of three novels: Sweet Water (Knopf, 1998), Rattlesnake Farming (iUniverse, 2001) and A Handbook for Visitors from Outer Space (iUniverse, 2001). She is also the co-author of a language textbook, Welcome to Vermont: English for Working and Living. She teaches at Middlebury College. 

Missing History: A Covert Education of a Child of Great Books is available from Threshold Way Publishing and independent booksellers. 

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.03.58 PMMyka’s eleven tales effectively capture those moments in life when we find ourselves frozen at the edge of a cliff. —Booklist

NER contributor Lenore Myka has released her debut story collection, King of the Gypsies (BkMk Press, 2015), the winner of the 2014 G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Myka’s fiction appeared in NER 35.3.

Lorraine M. López, a PEN/Faulkner finalist, wrote of King of the Gypsies: “Myka’s characters release uncountable fibers, connecting them to one another in the linked narratives, binding them to the harshly beguiling Romania they inhabit and that inhabits them.”

Myka’s fiction has been selected as “notable” by Best American Short Stories and Best American Non-Required Reading. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Iowa Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, West Branch, and Massachusetts Review, among others.

King of the Gypsies is available from SPD and independent booksellers.

New Books From NER Authors

Lori Ostlund’s wonderful novel After the Parade should come with a set of instructions: Be perfectly still. Listen carefully. Peer beneath every placid surface. Be alive to the possibility of wonder.  Richard Russo, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls.

New England Review congratulates Lori Ostlund on the publication of her debut novel, After the Parade (Scribner). Ostlund’s stories “The Children Beneath the Seat” and “Domestic Interiors of the Midwest: Two Stories” were published in NER 27.1 and 30.3.

“Written over the course of 15 years, Ostlund’s debut novel follows a broken and empty man who embarks on a six-month journey to make sense of his past, in hopes of comfortably inhabiting his present.” —Publishers Weekly 

Ostlund’s collection, The Bigness of the World, was the recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. Her stories have appeared in many literary publications including Best American Short Stories, O Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, Southern Review, and Kenyon Review. She has been a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference fellow, and currently lives in San Francisco.

After the Parade is available from Powell’s Books and other independent booksellers.

The most striking element of Saer’s writing is his prose, at once dynamic and poetic … It is brilliant. Harvard Review

41rgVmsHZaL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_New England Review congratulates Juan José Saer on the publication of The One Before (Open Letter Books). Saer’s novel excerpt “Thursdays at La Giralda” appeared in  NER 35.1.

From the publisher: “From the story of the two characters who decide to bury a message in a bottle that simply says “MESSAGE,” to Pigeon Garay’s attempt to avoid the rising tides and escape Argentina for Europe, The One Before evocatively introduces readers to Saer’s world and gives the already indoctrinated new material about their favorite characters.”

Juan José Saer is a leading Argentinian author of stories and novels, and received Spain’s competitive Nadal Prize in 1987 for his novel The Event.

The One Before is available from Open Letter Books and other independent booksellers.

A brilliant demonstration that less can be more and that readers can find entire worlds in a page or two.—Alan Cheuse, author of Prayers for the Living

Congratulations to Robert Shapard, Christopher Merrill, and James Thomas on theUnknown publication of their very-short-stories collection, Flash Fiction International (W. W. Norton). NER has published Shapard’s short story “The Old Bathysphere Film” (NER 12.4), as well as  Christopher Merrill’s review, “Reclaiming the Frontier: New Writings from the West” (NER 12.2).

From the publisher: “What is a flash fiction called in other countries? In Latin America it is a micro, in Denmark kortprosa, in Bulgaria mikro razkaz. These short shorts, usually no more than 750 words, range from linear narratives to the more unusual: stories based on mathematical forms, a paragraph-length novel, a scientific report on volcanic fireflies that proliferate in nightclubs. Flash has always—and everywhere—been a form of experiment, of possibility.”

Robert Shapard directed the University of Hawaii MFA program and now lives in Austin, Texas. Christopher Merrill directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Get your copy of Flash Fiction International at W.W. Norton & Company or at independent booksellers.

The mystery of the process of expansion and the state of never having enough are expertly envisioned and tested in Teague’s powerful, relevant poems, which give us a glimpse of our past and mirror our present. Booklist

51aiKZPdF9L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Alexandra Teague has released a new book of poetry, The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea Books). Teague’s poems have appeared in both NER (29.2 and 25.1), and NER Digital—”Stone Disease” and “Safe.”

“These detail-rich poems possess both the attractions and the dangers of popular prose histories, even as they break out into lyricism that connects era to era, as when an early photographer’s “portable darknesses/fill with faces we keep hoping to/like.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Teague’s poetry is included in Best American Poetry 2009 and has been published in Missouri Review, Iowa Review, New England Review, Threepenny Review, and Southern Review. She was the 2014 winner of the Jeffrey E. Smith Missouri Review Editors’ prize and is Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Idaho and the editor of Broadside Press.

Purchase The Wise and Foolish Builders at Powell’s Books and other independent booksellers.

41VZVnYLRsL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Matthew Vollmer has a newly published book of short stories, Gateway to Paradise (Persea Books). Vollmer’s essay, “Keeper of the Flame,” appeared in NER 33.1.

From the publisher: “In these bold stories set in the mountains and small towns of the south, men and women looking for escape from dull routines and a culture of hype (whether of consumerism, sex, or religion) are led to places of danger and self-reckoning. A dentist on a tryst is seduced by and impregnates an impetuous ghost. A beleaguered young writing professor follows his imagination one step too far while escorting a famous writer he finds darkly alluring . . . Gateway to Paradise surpasses the promise of Vollmer’s first collection.”

Vollmer is the author of Future Missionaries of America, a collection of stories, as well as Inscriptions for Headstones, a collection of essays. He is the editor of A Book of Uncommon Prayer, and with David Shields is co-editor of Fakes; An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. His work has appeared in, among others, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Epoch, Best American Essays, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and New England Review. He directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Virginia Tech.

Gateway to Paradise is available from Powell’s Books and from other independent booksellers.

New Books from NER Authors

31x688yc99L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Mesmerizing and beautiful in the language and rhythms of his pen. ―Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

We congratulate NER contributor Reginald Dwayne Betts on the recent release of his poetic collection Bastards of the Reagan Era (Stahlecker Selections)His work appeared in NER 35.5.

Regniald Dwayne Bett’s Shahid Reads His Own Palm won the Beatrice Hawley Award. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, received the 2010 NAACP Image Award for nonfiction. He is a Yale Law student.

Bastards of the Reagan Era is available from independent booksellers.

41Nam6YLaYL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Yusef Komunyakaa is one of our period’s most significant and individual voices . . . He has a near-revelatory capacity to give himself over to his subject matter . . . Dazzling. —David Wojahn, Poetry on Yusef Komunyakaa

We are also pleased to announce Komunyakaa‘s collection, The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).

Komunyakaa’s books of poetry include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Neon VernacularTalking Dirty to the GodsTabooWarhorsesThe Chameleon Couch, and Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker. His plays, performance art, and libretti have been performed internationally. He teaches at New York University.

The Emperor of Water Clocks is available from independent booksellers.

51cX2y5gkLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A truly interdisciplinary thinker, Gregerson reaches through literature, art, and the everyday to find territory in which the confounding conditions of our age still give rise to understanding and empathy.Publishers Weekly

NER is pleased to announce the publication of Linda Gregerson‘s first book of collected work, Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2014 (Mariner Books). Gregerson’s work has appeared in multiple issues of NER, most recently NER 31.4.

Gregerson is the author of Waterborne, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, and Fire in the Conservatory. She teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry as well as in the Atlantic, Poetry, Ploughshares, the Yale Review, TriQuarterly, and other publications. Among her many awards and honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Kingsley Tufts Award.

Prodigal is available from independent booksellers.

513YIrt8CZL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Shards of elegy, lament, intermittent flashes of wit, a philosophical sensuality throughout: this is subtle, sophisticated, gorgeous, and unsettling work by a poet open to being ‘torn by the lyric’ as well as history. Sze-Lorrain aims ‘to honor / the invisible,’ ‘to get silence right’: she does. —Maureen N. McLane, author of My Poets

Fiona Sze-Lorrain‘s The Ruined Elegance: Poems has been published by Princeton University Press. Her work appears in NER 35.2.

Eleanor Wilner, author of Tourist in Hell, writes of Ruined Elegance: “The luminous art of Sze-Lorrain reveals how imaginative vision requires the veil. Hers is a contemporary, polycultural poetry, a language of distance and silence, rich with suggestion. The disparate, brilliant images of her Ruined Elegance fend off narrative, ‘torn by the lyric,’ whose instrument is more enduring than its players: its ‘strings stayed taut. None / broke. Her fingernails did.'”

Fiona Sze-Lorrain is a poet, literary translator, editor, and zheng harpist. The author of two previous books of poetry in English, My Funeral Gondola and Water the Moon, she also writes and translates in French and Chinese. She lives in Paris.

The Ruined Elegance: Poems is available from Princeton University Press and independent booksellers.

5159SYcAF2L._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_Whether in praise songs, appraisals, or meditations, the poems of Boy with Thorn embody an ardent grace . . . The result is an extraordinary and ultimately irreducible debut. —Terrance Hayes, judge

Rickey Laurentiis has released his latest collection, Boy with Thorn, winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press). Laurentiis’s work appeared in NER‘S Volume 36.2.

Laurentiis, a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, as well as fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Washington University in St. Louis. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Fence, Kenyon Review, New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. Born in New Orleans, he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Boy with Thorn is available from the University of Pittsburgh Press and independent booksellers.

A superbly personal biography that pulsates with intelligence, scholarship, and heart. —Kirkus Review

NER is pleased to announce that founding editor Jay Parini’s Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 3.44.34 PMEmpire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal was recently published with Doubleday Books. Parini’s work, including “An Interview with Gore Vidal” (NER 14.1), has appeared in multiple NER issues.

Parini has published over two dozen books, including Benjamin’s CrossingThe Last Station, Robert Frost: A Life, and The Apprentice Lover. He is a winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993 and the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He has received honorary degrees from Lafayette College and the University of Scranton. Currently, Parini is the D. E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College.

Parini’s access to Vidal and his thoughtful reflections on him establish this as the definitive biography of a major writer. — Publisher’s Weekly. 

Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal is available from Doubleday Books and independent booksellers.


New Books from NER Authors

The fluidity with which Barot walks this difficult line between meaning and certainty makes these poems feel more born than made. This is a fantastic book.—Bob Hicok 

Rick Barot, poetry editor for New England Review since fall 2014, has recently published a new book of poetry, Chord (Sarabande Books).

“Barot demonstrates his mastery of image throughout this collection of meditative, personal poems in which language is a boat that ‘cuts the water, like scissors/into fabric.’ At his best, Barot seamlessly weaves history, image, and etymology in ways that offer the reader new eyes to see language and the world it describes.”            —Publishers Weekly

Barot has also published The Darker Fall (2002), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and Want (2008), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and winner of the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review, and more.

Chord is available from Sarabande Books and independent booksellers.

Bayer tells a taut, gritty tale that gives a fresh and revealing insight into the Soviet Union of the Khrushchev years. —William Ryan, author of The Holy Thief, The Darkening Field, and The Twelfth Department.

410O1v-fdrL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Congratulations to Alexei Bayer on his new mystery novel, The Latchkey Murders, a prequel to the first novel in the series “Murder at the Dacha” (Russian Information Services, Inc). Bayer’s short stories have appeared in NER 19.426.1, and 31.2.

From the publisher: “A serial killer is on the loose in Khrushchev’s Moscow, rattling the foundations of the communist state (such anti-social crimes only occur in decadent bourgeois societies, after all). The victims are as pitifully innocent as the crimes are grievous . . .”

Bayer lives in New York and is a writer and translator in both English and Russian. His short fiction has been published in Kenyon ReviewChtenia, and New England Review.

The Latchkey Murders is available from Russian Life and independent booksellers.

The collection demonstrates Beattie’s craftsmanship, precise language, and her knack for revealing psychological truths.  —Publishers Weekly

UnknownNew England Review contributor Ann Beattie has published a new collection of short stories, The State We’re In: Maine Stories (Scribner). Beattie’s fiction appeared in NER‘s very first issue (1978).

“The 15 loosely connected stories in Beattie’s latest collection, set on Maine’s southern coast, feature drifting adults and their rootless offspring at seemingly unimportant moments that are in fact critical.”                 —Publishers Weekly

Beattie has received the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her stories, and has been included in John Updike’s The Best American Short Stories of the Century and four O. Henry Award collections. She is currently the Edgar Allan Poe Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

The State We’re In is available from Powell’s Books and independent booksellers.

For years Gregerson has been one of poetry’s mavens . . . whose poetics seek truth through the precise apprehension of the beautiful while never denying the importance of rationality  —Chicago Tribune

Unknown-1New England Review is pleased to announce the publication of Linda Gregerson‘s new collection of poetry, Prodigal (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Many of Gregerson’s poems have appeared in NER, most recently “Theseus Forgetting” in 31.4.

From the publisher: “Prodigal [ranges] broadly in subject from class in America to our world’s ravaged environment to the wonders of parenthood to the intersection of science and art to the passion of the Roman gods, and beyond . . . A brilliant stylist, known for her formal experiments as well as her perfected lines, Gregerson is a poet of great vision. Here, the growth of her art and the breadth of her interests offer a snapshot of a major poet’s intellect in the midst of her career.”

Linda Gregerson is the author of Waterborne, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep, and Fire in the Conservatory. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry as well as in New England ReviewAtlantic Monthly, Poetry, PloughsharesYale Review, TriQuarterly, and other publications. Among her many awards and honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Kingsley Tufts Award.

Prodigal is available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and from independent booksellers.

Binding together and moving through this delectable collection there’s a mystery, the one that makes you keep turning the pages . . . —Kathryn Davis, author of Duplex

Mitchell-ViralEmily Mitchell has published her new collection of stories, Viral (W. W. Norton).

From the publisher: “The characters in these stories find that the world they thought they knew has shifted and changed, become bizarre and disorienting, and, occasionally, miraculous. Told with absurdist humor and sweet sadness, Viral is about being lost in places that are supposed to feel like home.”

Mitchell’s stories have appeared in many magazines, including Harper’s and Ploughshares. Three of the stories from this collection first appeared in NER: “Lucille’s House” (28.2), “On Friendship” (31.3), and “Three Marriages” (34.2). She teaches at the University of Maryland.

Viral is available from Powell’s Books and independent booksellers.

New Books for May from NER Authors


The most moving and expansive poet to come out of the American Midwest since 9780393246124_198James Wright.”

New England Review congratulates David Baker on the publication of his new book of poetry, Scavenger Loop (W. W. Norton & Company). Baker is an NER author with poetry forthcoming in NER 36.2.

Baker’s latest work layers the natural history of his beloved Midwest and traces the “complex history of human habitation, from family and village life to the evolving nature of work and the mysterious habitats of the heart.”

David Baker is the author of Never-Ending Birds and several other collections, and has won awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Poetry Society of America, Society of Midland Authors, and the Pushcart Foundation. He is editor of the Kenyon Review and teaches at Denison University.

 Purchase this book at W.W. Norton & Company or at independent booksellers.


riverhouseCongratulations to NER contributor Sally Keith on the publication of her newest collection, River House (Milkweed Editions, 2015), which features poems of absence written after the loss of her mother. Keith is the author of The Fact of the Matter and two previous collections of poetry, Design and Dwelling Song. She is a faculty member of the MFA program at George Mason University and lives in Washington, DC. Keith’s poem “Song from the Rain” appeared in NER 24.4, and two  poems, “In the Desert Near . . .” and “What heavenward gesture . . . ” in NER 33.2. In addition, her essay “The Spirit of the Beehive” appeared as an original New England Review Digital piece in our ongoing series, Confluences.

“. . . when you’re finished reading, your dream comes true: you can read the poems again.  I do not know of a book of poems that embodies more heartbreakingly or more intelligently the experience of irreconcilable loss.” —James Longenbach, author of The Iron Key

Purchase River House at Milkweed Editions or at independent booksellers. 


testament_bookstore“Waldrep offers us his most necessary book, one that asks us that question we fear ourselves to ask: how is this real, any of it, all of it, faith, language, light, history, and that cipher that collects them all, the human heart?” —Dan Beachy-Quick

We are pleased to announce the publication of G. C. Waldrep‘s latest work, Testament (BOA Editions, 2015). From the publisher: A book-length poem, Testament addresses matters as diverse as Mormonism, cymatics, race, Dolly the cloned sheep, and his own life and faith. Drafted over twelve trance-like days while in residence at Hawthornden Castle, Waldrep . . . tackles the question of whether gender can be a lyric form. Intimately autobiographical, Waldrep’s fifth book masterly takes its own place in the American tradition of the long poem.

Waldrep’s most recent poems in New England Review include “What David Taught and Where He Taught It” (NER 34.3-4) and “Their Faces Shall Be As Flames” (NER 35.3). The recipient of multiple awards, Waldrep teaches at Bucknell University, is editor for the literary journal West Branch, and editor-at-large for Kenyon Review.

Purchase Testament at BOA Editions, Ltd. or at independent booksellers. 


Russian_Poetry“An enchanting collection of the very best of Russian poetry.” — Penguin Classics

NER congratulates Robert Chandler and Boris Dralyuk on their new anthology The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry (edited with poet Irina Mashinski, Penguin Classics, 2015). From the publisher: This anthology traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, including work by several great poets—Georgy Ivanov and Varlam Shalamov among them—in captivating modern translations.

Chandler and Dralyuk’s translations and writings have appeared in the special section “The Russian Presence” of New England Review‘s double issue 34.3-4. Chandler is a poet and translator of many works of Russian literature and teaches part time at Queen Mary, University of London. Dralyuk is a lecturer in Russian at the University of St. Andrews and translator of many books from Russian.

Purchase The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry from Penguin Classics or an independent bookseller. 

  “A new book of poems—or of anything—by Mark Doty is good news in a dark time. The precision, daring, scope, elegance of his compassion and of the language in which he embodies it are a reassuring pleasure.” —W. S. Merwin


9780224099837-1-edition.default.original-1We are pleased to announce the publication of NER contributor Mark Doty‘s newest collection of poems Deep Lane (Norton 2015). From Publisher’s Weekly: “Having gained renown for his self-consciously beautiful, heart-on-sleeve elegies, Doty remains elegiac and continues to attend to beauty. He also does some of his best work yet as a nature poet.”

Mark Doty’s work appears in NER volumes 13.3-4, 31.2, and 32.1. He has published eight volumes of poetry, and his collection Fire to Fire won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Doty’s work has also received numerous honors including the National Book Critics Circle Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a professor and writer-in-residence at Rutgers University.

Purchase Deep Lane at W. W. Norton & Company or at independent booksellers.


New England Review congratulates contributor Lauren Acampora on her debut novel, The Wonder Garden (Grove, 2015). Acampora creates a portrait of a Connecticut suburb through a collection of linked stories that wonder garden coverPublisher’s Weekly calls “intelligent, unnerving, and very often strange.”

From the publisher: “A keen and brilliant observer of the strangeness that is American suburbia. Acampora joins the ranks of writers like John Cheever and Tom Perrotta in her incisive portrait of lives intersecting in one Connecticut town . . . Deliciously creepy and masterfully choreographed, The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.”

Lauren Acampora’s fiction has appeared in NER 27.3 as well as NER Digital, Paris ReviewMissouri ReviewPrairie Schooner, and Antioch Review. 

Purchase The Wonder Garden from Grove Atlantic or at independent booksellers.


“A brace and necessary set of early flares of the literary imagination into the Panopticon we all find ourselves living inside these days.” — Jonathan Lethem

We are excited to announce the publication of Watchlist (OR Books 2015), a collection of short stories about surveillance society edited by NER contributor Bryan Hurt.

Hurt’s work appears in NER 33.2 as well as in American Reader, Kenyon Review, and Tin House, and many others. He has published a novel, Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France, and is the winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.

Purchase Watchlist at OR Books or at independent booksellers.

New Books by NER Authors for April

Series-India-front-cover “Gray possesses a fine poetic intelligence, as humble and compassionate as it is keen.” 

NER congratulates Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. on the publication of her book of poetry Series | India (Four Way Books).

From her publisher: “The poems in Series | India explore the rich borderlands between the familiar and the foreign, illumination and opacity, gods and charlatans, through the braided, sometimes unstable narratives of young Westerners in India.”

Poems and translations of Ms. Gray’s have been published or are forthcoming in Little Star, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry International, Harvard Review, New Orleans Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other publications. She is a translator of Persian and Tibetan literature, and has published her translations in several publications including Iran: Poems of Dissent (2013) and King Kesar of Ling (2012). Gray has also published a book of her translations called The Green Sea of Heaven: Fifty Ghazals from the Diwan-i Hafiz-i Shirazi (1995).

Series | India can be purchased from Four Way Books and independent booksellers.



 “His territory is [where] passion and eloquence collide and fuse.”
—The New York Times

New England Review is pleased to announce the publication of 51c--Jy36qL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_NER contributor Richard Siken‘s newest book of poetry, War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon 2015). This collection of poems features careful meditations that lead to questions of being, knowing, and power.

Siken’s work appears in NER 35.4. His debut collection, Crush, was the winner of the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize and a Lambda Literary Award.

Find War of the Foxes at Copper Canyon Press or at independent booksellers.



“Graham is one of our great poets. Her words will long outlast all of this chatter” —The New York Times

NER commends Jorie Graham on the publication of her second volume of selected poems From the New World: Poems 1976–2014 (Ecco 2015). y450-293

From the New York Times: “Graham’s great body of work, summarized in “From the New World,” her new career-spanning selected poems (one can understand why active poets resist the tombstone of a “collected” volume), has so much in it, more of life and of the world than that of almost any other poet now writing.”

Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts (1980), Erosion (1983), The End of Beauty (1987), Region of Unlikeness (1991), Never (2002), Sea Change (2008), and Place (2012), among others. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her first volume of selected poems, The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1992.

From the New World is available at Ecco Press or at independent booksellers.



“A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and essayist”

NER is pleased to announce to publication of New England Review contributor Jane Hirshfield’s collection of essays Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf 2015).

From the publisher: “‘Poetry,’ Jane Hirshfield has said, ‘is language that foments coverrevolutions of being.’ In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds and explores some of the ways this is done—by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in our lives; by language’s own acts of discovery.”

Hirshfield’s work has appeared in several issues of New England Review including NER 21.2 and NER 25.4. Poems of Hirshfield’s have also been published in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Times Literary Supplement, the Nation, New Republic, Harper’s, Orion, and American Poetry Review, among others. She is the author of seven previous collections of poetry, two books of essays, and four books collecting and co-translating the work of poets from the past.

Purchase Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World from Knopf or at independent booksellers.



“Hirshfield’s riddling recipes for that world offer a profoundly altered understanding of our lives’ losses and additions, and of the small and larger beauties we so often miss.”

It is also our pleasure to announce the publication of The Beauty (Knopf 2015), the latest collection of poetry from NER author Jane Hirshfield.

cover-2From Publishers Weekly (starred review): “The book pleads itself to remember the past; the moments where days drifted by and doors could open or close. It pleads not to be forgotten. If Hirshfield’s previous work could be accused of lacking duende, this one surely cannot; it is a book of late-midlife koans that finally only want one thing, for ‘fate to be human'”

Purchase The Beauty from Knopf or at independent booksellers.