We are beyond excited to be sharing our chapbook selections for the upcoming year! Here's a peek at the goodness we have in store!
Greg Zorko's Chirp
Zorko's poems are as humorous as they are heartbreaking, as playful as they are formal, as curious and mystifying as they are plainly in front of your nose. Greg Zorko was born in 1990 in Albany, New York. He is the author of Ghost in the Club (Metatron, 2016). He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Devon Balwit's A Brief Way to Identify a Body
Inspired by lines of Sylvia Plath, Balwit's poems interweave current events within the multifaceted experiences of a teacher, poet, parent, and flotsam in the techno-global maelstrom. Balwit's work is equal parts somatic and cerebral. Devon Balwit teaches in Portland, OR. She has six chapbooks and three collections out, among them: We are Procession, Seismograph (Nixes Mate Books), Risk Being/Complicated (A collaboration with Canadian artist Lorette C. Luzajic); Where You Were Going Never Was (Grey Borders); and Motes at Play in the Halls of Light (Kelsay Books). Her individual poems can be found in The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday, the Aeolian Harp Folio, Red Earth Review, Queen's College Quarterly, The Fourth River, The Free State Review, Red Paint Hill, and more.
Adam Tedesco's MISRULE
Tedesco's syntax is like synapse, his musings can seem sudden, almost incantatory, as if trying to vanquish an immediate threat. MISRULE is an urgent collection of poems ready to fight, dream, die, and love at a moment's notice, ready to flush away all the shit of the world with a firm hand. Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Laurel Review, Gramma Weekly, Prelude, Pouch, Powderkeg, Fanzine, Fence, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently ABLAZA, as well as the forthcoming collection Mary Oliver (Lithic Press, 2019).
Keegan Cook Finberg's The Thought of Preservation
Finberg's collection uses the found language of gentrification to examine the systemic and internalized violence of North Nashville development. We hope these poems will help everyone to examine the hidden prejudice in language and the political effects of where we use and place our bodies. Keegan Cook Finberg's poetry has recently appeared in Prelude Magazine, Bone Bouquet, Rove, and Two Serious Ladies. Her criticism has appeared in The Rumpus, The Believer, Jacket2, Textual Practice, and Canada and Beyond. She will be an assistant professor of English in Modern and Contemporary American Literature at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall.
Naomi Washer's American Girl Doll
In apostrophe reminiscent of Ginsberg's "America," Washer's poem addresses the conditions, frustrations, and expectations of our monolithic and problematic country through a lens that seems both extrinsic and intrinsic, the self being called into the same rhetorical criticism as the setting that conditioned it. Naomi Washer is a writer and dancer working in cross-genre and multimedia forms. Her essays, poems, dance films, and translations have appeared and are forthcoming in Interim Magazine, Homonym, The Boiler, Split Lip Magazine, Essay Daily, Crab Fat Magazine, and other journals. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Hambidge Center for the Arts, and Columbia College Chicago where she received her MFA in Nonfiction. She is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Ghost Proposal.