Elegy on Kinderklavier
Author: Arna Bontemps Hemenway
Publisher: Sarabande Books
A collection of short stories explores the profound loss and intricate effects of war on lives that have been suddenly misaligned, from a diplomate in a hostile political environment to an army recruiter shunned in his small town in Kansas.
Author: Caryl Churchill
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Gin and Bleach
Author: Catherine Wing
"My Reptile" 'Little frilled lizardwith your big mouthand your clutch of egg.Pure urge iguana--I wanna wannawanna--heavy petin a moist habitat.Your dewlap licksdown my spine;your creep yearns,yearns your crawl,like a small machinethat you rev andrev and rev untilthe engine floods.' Gin and bleach: two clear liquids aiming for purity, bordering the toxic. Catherine Wing's poems are soaked in her cocktail, mixing doubt, loneliness, rough elbows, and razor focus. It riddles, aiming askew for a straight answer: how do we make our way through this world?
Breece D'J Pancake cut short a promising career when he took his own life at the age twenty-six. Published posthumously, this is a collection of stories that depict the world of Pancake's native rural West Virginia.
First-ever story collection from this distinquished post-colonial writer with international reputation.
Part retrospective, part memoir, Fenton Johnson's collection Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays explores sexuality, religion, geography, the AIDS crisis, and more. Johnson's wanderings take him from the hills of Kentucky to those of San Francisco, from the streets of Paris to the sidewalks of Calcutta. Along the way, he investigates questions large and small: What's the relationship between artists and museums, illuminated in a New Guinean display of shrunken heads? What's the difference between empiricism and intuition? The collection draws together essays that originally appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, All Things Considered and elsewhere, along with new work. Johnson reports from the front lines of the AIDS epidemic, from Burning Man, from monasteries near and far. His subject matter ranges from Oscar Wilde to censorship in journalism to Kentucky basketball. Everywhere Home is the latest title in Sarabande's Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Fenton Johnson is the author of the novels The Man Who Loved Birds, Scissors, Paper, Rock, and Crossing the River, and the nonfiction books Keeping Faith and Geography of the Heart. Johnson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He writes regularly for Harper's, and is a professor in the creative writing programs at the University of Arizona and Spalding University.
Amelia Martens's prose poems sparkle with dark wit, moving from the mundane to the metaphysical with plainspoken lyricism.
Collects eleven short stories depicting rural Kentucky and an array of tormented and battered souls, including a groom that punches his bride on their wedding day.
Author: Julie Marie Wade
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Wade's self-aware, grief-inflected essays attempt to answer the question--what have you given up in order to become who you are?
Author: Kiki Petrosino
Publisher: Sarabande Books
With wit, startling diction, and audacious manipulation of syntax and form, Witch Wife's incantatory poems bring forth wild, singular music.
A luminous second novel from prize-winning Appalachian author is the selection for the 2007 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature.
Poems that examine the cruelty and distance of a father, a broken marriage, and historical narratives.
Author: Brett Eugene Ralph
A debut collection that sings with gutbucket colloquialisms, hallucinatory interludes, and Kentucky's storytelling tradition.
Author: Farrah Rochon
It all begins with a kiss… After tragedy brings her home to Louisiana, all Shayla Kirkland wants is to reconnect with her family. Between helping care for her nieces and running her recently opened coffee shop, there's no time for romance. Until the workaholic entrepreneur meets Xavier Wright, the hunky E.R. doctor who has the local females waiting in line. The sleepy town is the perfect transition place for Xavier to heal others while trying to mend his own heart. Falling for the owner of Gauthier's hottest new hangout isn't part of his short-term goals—even if the passion Shayla's arousing in him is impossible to resist. But how will Xavier offer her forever, if he plans to leave as soon as his work is done?
"Threading the subtle seam between what lives and what remains, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause succeeds in conjuring the poetry of Marcel Marceau's performance as both a character on stage and in history. . . . Like pulling a ghost from a dark room, this is an accomplished work of historical portraiture: precise in its objects, complex in its melancholy, and insightful in its humor." —Thalia Field Part biographic inquiry, part lyric portraiture, radio producer Shawn Wen reanimates world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau's silent art. The book opens in darkness, a single figure standing in the spotlight. It's Marceau in his signature hat, painted face, black clothes, and ballet slippers. Over time, the text accumulates objects: dolls, paintings, icons, wives, children, cities, and performances. By turns whimsical and melancholic, this spare volume takes shape through capsule histories, interview clips, vivid scenes, and archival research. Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, The Seneca Review, The Iowa Review, The White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work broadcasts regularly on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship.