"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

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Monday Must Read! The Selfless Bliss of the Body by Gayle Brandeis

gayle brandeisGayle Brandeis grew up in the Chicago area and has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old. She is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House Publications), the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage (Ballantine) and Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns (Holt), which won a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. She released The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an e-book in 2011. 2017 brings the release of two new books: in June, a collection of poetry, The Selfless Bliss of the Body (Finishing Line Press) and in November, a memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide (Beacon Press.)

Gayle’s poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies (such as Salon, The Rumpus, The Nation, and The Mississippi Review) and have received several awards, including the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award, a Barbara Mandigo Kelley Peace Poetry Award, a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. Her essay on the meaning of liberty was one of three included in the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial time capsule in 1986, when she was 18. In 2004, the Writer Magazine honored Gayle with a Writer Who Makes a Difference Award.

Gayle currently teaches in the low residency MFA programs at Antioch University Los Angeles and Sierra Nevada College, where she was named Distinguished Visiting Professor/Writer in Residence 2014-2015. She served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014, acting as literary ambassador to and for the Inland Empire region of Southern California. During her tenure, she worked extensively with the community, including at-risk youth, and edited the anthology ORANGELANDIA: The Literature of Inland Citrus. Gayle is currently editor in chief of Tiferet Journal and founding editor of Lady/Liberty/Lit. She is also mom to kids born in 1990, 1993 and 2009.

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Praise for The Selfless Bliss of the Body

From the title poem, The Selfless Bliss of the Body… “somewhere under skirts/of black, a nun brings/herself to orgasm/” to the final poem, “Last Words”… “my love/for the world riding/ my last breath- I love you/ I love you I love you” I am enthralled, inspired; each poem a gift of wonder.”Alma Luz Villanueva, author of Gracias

My whole body arcing / to face itself..” Brandeis, the “Chagall woman” writes at the beginning of this volume. Yes, it is quite a feat to face the translucent and filmy, vibrating and silent flux of being and “almost-not-being.” For this reason alone, we must rise and applaud. Gayle offers us a rarely seen contemporary woman-metaphysics — a liquid diamond made of light areoles and auras, a floating naked body of “surrender,” of “danger zones,” of self-silhouettes — a “pulse of pure movement.” These undulations of perception, eros, and constant questioning, body-life and social investigations of the continuous blur of woman-existence is key to all of our ongoing world chatter. Perhaps, with this book, this almost-self-magic collection, all of us can notice what it takes to inscribe and see our hardened rushing lives as truly meaningful, even though they come and go, as we peer at them. A monumental achievement.Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

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Monday Must Read! Tasha Cotter: Girl in the Cave

tasha cotterThis week meet Tasha Cotter, the author of three poetry collections, including Some Churches (Gold Wake Press, 2013), That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and Girl in the Cave (Tree Light Books, 2016). Winner of the 2015 Delphi Poetry Series, her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Booth. In 2015 she was named runner-up in the Carnegie Center’s Next Great Writer contest. A contributor to Women in Clothes (Blue Rider Press, 2014), The Poets on Growth Anthology (Math Paper Press, 2015), and the 2017 Poet’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books), she makes her home in Lexington, Kentucky where she works in higher education.

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Monday Must Read! Sarah Nichols: Edie (Whispering)

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sarah nichols monday must readThis week meet Sarah Nichols, a writer living in Connecticut. Her chapbook, Edie (Whispering): Poems from Grey Gardens, was recently published by dancing girl press. Her first book, The Country of No, was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press. Her poem, “My Stepmother Responds to My Recovered Memory,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Thank You for Swallowing. Her poems have also appeared inYellow Chair Review, Found Poetry Review, Right Hand Pointing, and Porkbelly Press’s Emily Anthology (2015).

Links to Sarah’s beautiful books

Edie (Whispering)(dancing girl press)Edie (Whispering): Poems from Grey Gardens | Sarah Nichols

Country of No (Finishing Line Press) https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=971

Read Sarah’s work online

“My Stepmother Responds to My Recovered Memory,” thankyouforswallowing.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/my-stepmother-responds-to-my-recovered-memory

“Batman’s Wife,” Yellow Chair Review: Yellow Chair Review – Pop Culture Issue 2015  (Pg. 60)

“The Secret,” Found Poetry Review, Volume Eight:volumeeight.foundpoetryreview.com/855

“Smoke Horse,” in Right Hand Pointing: www.righthandpointing.net/#!sarah-nichols/ci1b

Interview with Sarah



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Monday Must Read! Sarah Busse: Do It Yourself Airplanes

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sarah busseThis week meet Sarah Sadie (Sarah Busse). Sarah is co-editor of Cowfeather Press and one of the Poets Laureate of Madison, Wisconsin (2012-2015). Her poems and books have won the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Niedecker and Posner Prizes, as well as a Pushcart. Her most recent chapbook, Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes, was published in 2015 by Five Oaks Press.

Sarah teaches online at the Loft, at the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival, and occasionally elsewhere. These days you can find her blogging at Dowsing for Divinity on the Patheos Pagan channel, tweeting as @sarahsadie1313 and occasionally posting articles, pictures and notes of interest at sarahsadiesadiesarah.tumblr.com. This month she is participating in Tupelo Press’s 30/30 poetry challenge.

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Somewhere Piano


Given These Magics


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Monday Must Read! Amy Tudor: Book of Birds, Professor of Bees


amy tudorThis week meet Amy Tudor, whose first collection of poetry, A Book of Birds, won the Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry from Briery Creek Press and was published in 2008. Her second collection, Studies in Extinction, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press in early 2016. Her honors and awards include individual artist grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She holds both a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities and a M.F.A. in creative writing and currently teaches creative writing and interdisciplinary courses in thanatology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, Amy is a published essayist, short fiction writer, and photographer, and she is also a working songwriter, with recent collaborations with British artists Mark Chadwick of the Levelers and Jamie Freeman of the Jamie Freeman Agreement.

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Professor Of Bees


The Secret Museum


Book of Birds


And watch for Amy’s new book, Studies in Extinction, forthcoming from Aldrich Books in 2016!

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Monday Must Read!

pedersenauthorphotoThis week meet Lynn Pedersen. Lynn’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in New England Review,EcotonePoet LoreSouthern Poetry ReviewPalo Alto Review, and Heron Tree. She has two chapbooks, Tiktaalik, Adieu (2014 Finishing Line Press New Women’s Voices Series) and Theories of Rain (2009 Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series). A full-length collection, The Nomenclature of Small Things, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in early 2016. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Praise for Tiktaalik, Adieu

Science looms large and lives well in Tiktaalik, Adieu. Pedersen’s lovely poems speak for, and to, our ever evolving, rapidly changing natural world, wherein the human animal seeks peace, or simply survival, from “resting place to resting place.” ~ Nance Van Winckel, author of Pacific Walkers

Lynn Pedersen gathers the world into her poems: its classical elements, its intricate patterns, its infinite mysteries. She makes gorgeous lyrics of stars and bone. ~Tania Rochelle, author ofKaraoke Funeral and The World’s Last Bone

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Heron Tree

A Catalog of What We’re Not Meant to See” Heron Tree (2014)


Wilson’s Warbler” Heron Tree (2013)


Cider Press Review

Begin” Cider Press Review (2014)


Eve Paints the Apple Tree” Cider Press Review (2013)


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