"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! Dark Roots by Caroline Malone

Caroline Malone was born and lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.  A graduate of The University of Tennessee with a B.A. in English and Classics, she earned the MFA in Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her poems have appeared in Boulevard, The Dos Passos Review, Women’s Voices, Women Period, Heartwood, and others. The collection Dark Roots explores the meaning of family, heritage, and identity. Currently, she teaches writing and literature at South College in Knoxville, TN. She also plays Irish traditional music on the bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, concertina, and fiddle.

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Stark and haunting, these poems dig deep to the roots of identity and the self.”Julia Watts, author of Gifted and Talented

I know how things sink in;” drawing deeply from the ancient land, the collective soul that hums beneath her feet, and in her words, Caroline Malone does, indeed, know, and reveals to us that knowing, of fear and prayer and loss, of the paths we make to seek—and find—our own souls, even when they seem to flee from us, into the history of the secret city of Oak Ridge, to the rubble at the feet of the Parthenon, into the arms of the Civil War ghosts who linger at the shoulders of every Southerner. -Mary Carroll-Hackett, author of (Un)Hinged, Death for Beginners, A Little Blood, A Little Rain, and The Night I Heard Everything.

Monday Must Read! Drifting in Awe by Larry Thacker

Larry D. Thacker is a Kentuckian poet, writer, and artist now hailing from Johnson City, Tennessee with his wife, Karin, and their cat, Abraham Lincoln. A five year veteran of the US army and having served fifteen years in the realm of student services in higher education, he finally paid heed to the voices of adventurous reason and will soon complete his poetry and fiction MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He earned his bachelor of history, master of education in counseling, and education specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University, home of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. Besides Drifting in Awe, he is the author of Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia (2007), and the chapbooks Voice Hunting (2011) and Memory Train (2015). His poems have appeared in over a hundred journals and magazines.

Keep up with what’s happening at http://www.larrydthacker.com

and on Instagram at: thackalachia

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Also, keep an eye out for Larry’s forthcoming collection, Grave Robber Confessional, later this year, from one of my favorites, FutureCycle Press. 

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Praise for Drifting in Awe

The poems in this resonant book offer a strong, hands-on encounter with the world as it is, with the weather, geography, the trees, our fellow creatures. Attending to the muscular and physical realities of the local world, however, rightly leads these poems to the lesser-known and less-certain wonders of the metaphysical, to the apprehension, as far as the mind can reach, of a meaning beyond the limits of physical knowledge. What’s out there beyond the fog rising in a cove? What questions should we ask, only to voice them, knowing they have no ready answer? That strange little paradox is why we have poetry at all, and here is a fine book to prove that point, with elegance, and with elegant reserve.

—Maurice Manning

Larry Thacker writes of the natural world and what hovers on the edge of consciousness. Entities “seen in the corner of the eye” or “the sound of the sun” might manifest if one becomes still enough to see and hear. Drifting in Awe, gives us a manual for doing just that. In his first full length collection, Thacker invites us to be still and let that world come to us if we are brave enough. 

—Jane Hicks

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

More from Gayle Online

http://therumpus.net/author/gaylebrandeis/

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6470116

https://writersalmanac.org/poem_author/gayle-brandeis/

http://aflwmag.com/2017/06/20/gbrandeis/

http://www.literarymama.com/profiles/archives/2003/10/gayle-brandeis.html

http://davidabramsbooks.blogspot.com/2015/09/my-first-time-gayle-brandeis.html

Gayle on Youtube

The Art of Misdiagnosis Book Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ww-UtoxnHM

The Book of Live Wires Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT2Ldr-EpAc

The Book of Live Wires Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBygN8Ds25k

Vanna White Is Pregnant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g87HuJR3V-g

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

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.

Buy Tasha’s books!

http://www.amazon.com/Tasha-Cotter/e/B00AO7JBX6

Read More From Tasha Online:

Superstition Review:

https://superstitionreview.asu.edu/

Interim Magazine:

http://interim.squarespace.com/

storySouth:

http://www.storysouth.com/2015/09/the-passing-of-everyone-else.html

Hear Tasha Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt8936wYw-g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzbeoTpAQEE

Happy Reading, Y’all!

xo

Mary

Monday Must Read! Sarah Nichols: Edie (Whispering)

Monday Must Read!

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

http://www.nicolerollender.com/carpe-noctem-blog/chapbook-interview-with-sarah-nichols

 

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

Monday Must Read! Sarah Busse: Do It Yourself Airplanes

Monday Must Read!

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.

Buy Sarah’s beautiful books!

Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanesc

http://five-oaks-press.com/our-titles/

Somewhere Piano

http://mayapplepress.com/somewhere-piano-sarah-busse/

Given These Magics

https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?cPath=2&products_id=1060&osCsid=k0mh09kddebblprtjbvqqed1j5

Visit Cowfeather Press

http://cowfeatherpress.org/

Follow Sarah on Tumblr:

http://sarahsadiesadiesarah.tumblr.com/

Read More of Sarah Online

http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=442

http://www.webdelsol.com/Perihelion/busse.htm

http://www.dmqreview.com/nov02/bussej.html

http://www.dmqreview.com/nov02/busseo.html

http://www.ayearofbeinghere.com/2015/03/sarah-busse-evening-walk-mid-march.html

 

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

 

 

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.

Buy Amy’s Beautiful Books!

Professor Of Bees

https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=227

The Secret Museum

https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=1893

Book of Birds

http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Tudor/e/B00J7CGLL4

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

Read More of Amy’s Amazing Work Online!

http://www.newsoutherner.com/2012/12/19/studies-in-extinction/

http://www.stilljournal.net/amy-tudor-poetry.php

http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v12n2/poetry/tudor_a/death_page.shtml

http://www.newsoutherner.com/tag/amy-tudor/

http://www.connotationpress.com/a-poetry-congeries-with-john-hoppenthaler/2011/april-2011/812-amy-tudor-poetry

Interview at Boxcar Poetry

http://www.boxcarpoetry.com/019/interview_tudor_cunningham.html

 

 

 

 

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