Forthcoming in 2020: The Novellas
Let It Be Our Ruin
by Lee Tyler Williams
Arriving Winter 2020
Crisscrossing through the small towns of Argentina to find a rare rock album, a middle-school teacher from Texas is forced to confront his understanding of the past. Through the language of music, Let It Be Our Ruin examines the myths of identity and historic realities. Rumors about a musician whose fame peaked during the Argentine Dirty War and teenage gossip about a high-school friend harmonize with the stories of nations to create a composition about grief, the multiple ways of speaking truth, and the blues.
Listen to the playlist accompaniment on Spotify! It's composed of 1960s - '80s Argentine music and Mississippi delta and Chicago blues.
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"Let It Be Our Ruin is a profound and elegiac novella about exile and friendship. Williams is a graceful, stunning new talent. Following the quest for a mysterious rare album and an Argentine musician whose legacy was nearly forgotten after the Dirty War, Let It Be Our Ruin reveals the vast and intimate ways in which music and loss binds us across myth, language, and shattered histories." ~ Michael Zapata, author of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
"On the surface, Lee Tyler Williams’s novella is a story about a music collector who embarks on a trip to find an obscure record, but at its core, it’s a story about history, loss and love. Its trip into the wilds of obsession asks us to look at what drives us (those shadows of fascination we cannot shake from us). Encyclopedic and shrewd in its cultural observations, Let It Be Our Ruin is an enthralling bifurcated ethnography that sings a wondrous song and we’d be well served to listen." ~ duncan b. barlow, author of A Dog Between Us, The City, Awake, and Of Flesh and Fur
"Lee Tyler Williams has written a charring and delightful quest novel that is a must read for anyone who has sought the answers to the universe's deepest questions in music and travel. Part bonfire ash and part bougainvillea petals, Let It Be Our Ruin is a gem for wayward souls to snuggle against. A super cool novella!!!" ~ Brian Allen Carr, author of Opioid, Indiana
by Patti White
Arriving Winter 2020
A devastating tornadic storm hits Alabama after erasing the state of Mississippi. Among the survivors are a distraught weatherman, a woman strapped to a dental chair, a man carrying a dead cat, and a golf-club wielding real-estate agent who encounters the undead. In this experimental novella, White’s poetic prose captures the endless trauma of catastrophe: the physical and emotional disorder, the chaotic and contingent patterns of events. Here, the reader will find no neat resolution. Life after grand-scale destruction and near-death experience is effectively another kind of cyclone: spinning and relentless, a state of free fall through dense and violent clouds.
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Patti White is the author of four collections of poems, Tackle Box (2002), Yellow Jackets (2007), Chain Link Fence (2013), and Pink Motel (2017), all from Anhinga Press. Recent chapbooks include A is for Aphasia (2013), Kontakion (2014), and District Flood (2014). Her poetry has appeared in journals including Iowa Review, North American Review, River Styx, Nimrod, DIAGRAM, Forklift Ohio, Parcel, McNeese Review, Slippery Elm, Vine Leaves, Waccamaw, and New Madrid; her nonfiction can be found in Gulf Coast and Mulberry Fork Review. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
"The title of Patti White’s Particularly Dangerous Situation may refer to a storm, perhaps even an apocalyptic one. It might refer to some collective delusion, or it might refer to the situation of living in a world that can produce such a storm. In the end, however, White’s dangerous situation comes down to the intellectual and artistic risk this lyrically narrative collection makes: turning disaster into art. White—who lived through a tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2011—has a survivor’s sense of devastation tempered by an artist’s desire to transform the world. With a poet’s sense of language and gifted storyteller’s pacing, White channels voices (like Faulkner in As I Lay Dying) which provide lenses for understanding a loss that each one struggles to conceive, but the struggle to tell their stories on their terms provides the terra firma of this unique novella. After all, as White writes, '[We] are caught in a narrative that might not be survivable.'” ~ Jeff Newberry, co-author of Cross Country
"Poet Patti White concocts with this stunning and stuttering prose engine, Particularly Dangerous Situation, a Medusa-haired memo war on the fly, a transcript of Traumatic Stress Disorder before it gets a chance to be Post. I kept thinking of what black and white disasters were befalling Kansas when Toto wasn’t there anymore. White’s draining novella is all Coriolis effect and falling isobars of emotion, rich in vortices and bowing echoes of booming syntax. Diaphanous and occluded, the book is a catalogue of jagged and jittery clouds—mackerel smacked, nightmare’s tails, an Old Testament hardware store of hammers and anvils." ~ Michael Martone, author of The Moon Over Wapakoneta and Brooding
"Particularly Dangerous Situation consumes and entrances. In fact I became Jonah in the belly of a twister built by White. Each page—each sentence—is another edge, ledge, ledger, conflagration. And yet for every collapsing absence in this tour-de-force, White's poet-steeped prose wills a luminous architecture by which to know the way. And just as I finished this scorcher, I began it again. There is no finer compliment than that arc traced by leaping back to word one. This is White at her finest. I urge you toward PDS today!" ~ Abraham Smith, author of Destruction of Man
The 2019 Catalog
by Brooke Larson
Nominated for the 2020 AML Award for
Nominated for the 2020 CLMP Firecracker Award for
Brooke Larson’s essay collection Pleasing Tree explores the human relationship with the wilderness. Beginning with a Mormon-founded experiment in primitive survival, teenagers hike the Arizona desert while Larson shines light on the effects of prolonged exposure to the outdoors, to lands considered inhospitable to life. Recalling Biblical and religious sojourns, Larson maps her own travels from the desert to Salt Lake City to New York City to Jerusalem, observing the life that curls in a leaf, the bug that spews cinnamon-flavored goo, and the water that occasionally floods the desert. Her essays track the impact the often unnoticed has on the human psyche, discovering the awe upon the recognition that even the desert’s heart beats. This collection crawls with insects, communicative plants, and poetry. It pulses with blood and breath, excrement and the bodies of the living. (Personal Essays/Lyric Essays)
Brooke Larson is a writer, collagist, and sometimes wilderness guide. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A chapbook of her poem-plays, “Origami Drama,” is available through Quarterly West.
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I and You
by J. David Stevens
The four stories in J. David Stevens’s I and You focus on immigrants and their families, characters trying to find the merge point between the China of a previous generation and America today. A teenage son puzzles over his father’s obsession with American football. A Texas lesbian falls for an international graduate student. A divorced middle-aged woman tries to right an old wrong in the life of a man for whom she serves as caregiver. Through episodes where intimacy falters in the face of palpable distance, characters must confront unknowable details in the lives of even those closest to them: parents, lovers, confidantes. These are ghost stories of a kind, tales of what was lost and what was let go during the cultural journey from East to West. (Realism/Short Stories)
J. David Stevens's Mexico is Missing won the Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction in 2006. His work has appeared in a variety of national magazines, including Harper's, The Paris Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, River Styx, and Mid-American Review. In addition, several stories have been anthologized in collections from W.W. Norton and Longman, as well as in The Best American Nonrequired Reading Series. His most recent nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in Post Road, River Teeth, Sonora Review, and Denver Quarterly. He lives in central Virginia with his wife and two children, where he teaches at the University of Richmond.
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"Stevens's stories powerfully demonstrate the never-ending process of adaptation, questioning, and learning that migration forces upon us all, immigrants or not. The unknown, the other, isn't just the new culture or race, but the family history that remains hidden, left behind. Stevens is at his best when he explores the emotional repercussions of having to find one's way through life with this incomplete knowledge. His characters' stories are full of failures and disappointments, unexpressed desires and pains, but Stevens gives us a ray of hope at the end, in the child who finally draws a straight line in calligraphy class, the caregiver who gains a better understanding of the husband who left her, the lover who finds a calling for Chinese cooking. Ultimately, these are stories of empathy and love in the everyday world, where people reach out to each other and keep practicing, even if the end result is imperfect." ~ Patricia Campion, The Collagist
"The ways in which [Stevens's] characters perform their 'liminal identity,' reacting to the dueling social pressures of China and America, give the stories a quiet yet potent drama." ~ David Amadio, Cleaver
Other Interviews & Reviews
The Paper Life They Lead
by Patrick Crerand
Received Honorable Mention in the Writers' Bone 2018 Best Books List!
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Wake in the Night
by Laura Krughoff
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Florida Writer Podcast
Radio Tacoma, 101.9 FM, Tacoma, WA
Q & A
by Rebbecca Brown
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Heavy Feather Review
Q & A