Books

  • The Bully of Order

    Brian Hart

    The Bully of Order

    (Novel: Harper Collins, Sept 2014)

    "Hart is a conjurer, and he has conjured a singular, searing world. When you step into this novel you submit to its dream, which is terrifying. You read to the end because you trust the storyteller, you believe in his large gift that leaves you stunned and breathless. A wonderful, unique portrait of a particular landscape I was familiar with but now see anew." — Amanda Coplin
  • Resurrection Party

    Michalle Gould

    Resurrection Party

    (Poems: Silver Birch Press, August 2014)

    "A deeply meditative collection at once intelligent, tender, and utterly human." — Hayan Charara
  • Fourth of July Creek

    Smith Henderson

    Fourth of July Creek

    (Novel: Ecco, June 2014)

    "Fourth of July Creek knocked me flat. This gorgeous, full-bodied novel seems to contain all of America at what was, in retrospect, a pivotal moment in its history...Smith Henderson has delivered nothing less than a masterpiece of a novel." — Ben Fountain
  • Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

    Kevin Powers

    Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

    (Poems: Little, Brown, April 2014)

    ". . . a piercing look at what the great traumas of history do to people, and what we do with them." — NPR
  • The Last Days of California

    Mary Miller

    The Last Days of California

    (Novel: Norton/Liveright, January 2014)

    "Miller is a ventriloquist of adolescent angst and a nervy surveyor of American culture." — Alexis Smith
  • What I Had Before I Had You

    Sarah Cornwell

    What I Had Before I Had You

    (Novel: Harper, January 2014)

    "An exhilarting, hurtling, unstoppable ride for the reader." — Margot Livesey
  • Grounded

    George Brant

    Grounded

    (Play: Oberon Books, December 2013)

    2012 Smith Prize, a 2013 Scotsman Fringe First Prize
    "A searing piece of writing" — Guardian
  • A Hundred Thousand Hours

    Rebecca Wadlinger

    A Hundred Thousand Hours

    (translation of poems by Gro Dahle: Ugly Ducking Presse, December 2013)

  • King Me

    Roger Reeves

    King Me

    (Poems: Copper Canyon Press, November 2013)

    Best Poetry Books of the Year, Library Journal
    "These poems are resoundingly humanizing and vital and true." — Terrance Hayes
  • Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

    Kelly Luce

    Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

    (Stories: A Strange Object, October 2013)

    "Kelly Luce writes stories whose charm is a lasting effect. Her work is witty, unpredictable, and freshly written. There’s a genuine imagination at work here that is a delight to spend time with." — Stuart Dybek
  • The Night Guest

    Fiona McFarlane

    The Night Guest

    (Novel: Faber & Faber, October 2013)

    "An accomplished and polished debut. There's a delicacy and poignancy to the writing, combined with almost unbearable suspense." — Kate Atkinson
  • Dear Stranger

    Jenny Browne

    Dear Stranger

    (Poems: University of Tampa Press, September 2013)

    "Angel-fisted lyrics" — Major Jackson
  • The Union of Geometry and Ash

    Josh Booton

    The Union of Geometry and Ash

    (Poems: Bear Star Press, September 2013)

    Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize
    "Booton displays an originality that is mature and wise. This is a splendid debut." — David Biespiel
  • The World of Extreme Happiness

    Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

    The World of Extreme Happiness

    (Play: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, September 2013)

    "Cowhig . . . makes us sit up and listen." — Guardian
  • The Son

    Philipp Meyer

    The Son

    (Novel: Ecco Press, May 2013)

    Finalist, PULITZER PRIZE
    "" . . . raw and dazzling and brutal and real, The Son should come with its own soundtrack.” " — Téa Obreht
  • Absent

    Katie Williams

    Absent

    (YA Novel: Chronicle Books, May 2013)

    " A thriller... which leads to an unexpectedly transcendent and moving finale." — Kirkus Reviews
  • The Still Point of the Turning World

    Emily Rapp

    The Still Point of the Turning World

    (Memoir: Penguin, March 2013)

    ""A beautiful, searing exploration of the landscape of grief and a profound meditation on the meaning of life."" — Kirkus Reviews
  • With or Without You

    Domenica Ruta

    With or Without You

    (Memoir: Spiegel & Grau, February 2013)

    "Freakishly brilliant, brilliantly freakish, this is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. Domenica Ruta has done something every artist with a failed family must do: She has created herself." — Gary Shteyngart
  • Mayakovsky's Revolver

    Matthew Dickman

    Mayakovsky’s Revolver

    (Poems: W.W. Norton, October 2012)

    ""Dickman is big news. He is a lifeboat filled with champagne and asthma inhalers; and his abundant talent and indie-rock spirit are humanizing and reviving American poetry."" — Tony Hoagland
  • The Yellow Birds

    Kevin Powers

    The Yellow Birds

    (Novel: Little Brown, Sept 2012)

    2012 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
    "...the ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT of America’s Arab wars." — Tom Wolfe
  • Inside

    Alix Ohlin

    Inside

    (Novel: Knopf, June 2012)

    Shortlisted Scotiabank Giller Prize
    "Expect to hear her spoken of in the same reverent breath as Lorrie Moore and Joy Williams." — Heidi Julavits
  • Signs and Wonders

    Alix Ohlin

    Signs and Wonders

    (Stories: Vintage, June 2012)

    "I’ve seldom come upon a book so aptly titled for what’s inside, page to page." — Richard Bausch
  • Home Burial

    Michael McGriff

    Home Burial

    (Poems: Copper Canyon Press, May 2012)

    "A lyricist at heart, McGriff is a masterful maker of metaphor." — Third Coast
  • Paradise, Indiana

    Bruce Snider

    Paradise, Indiana

    (Poems: Pleiades Press/LSU, April 2012)

    Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize
    "Snider is a master of the quiet moment, his memory-driven narratives slowly unfolding until the accumulation becomes a kind of redemption, which is what all poetry should aspire to." — The Rumpus
  • How the Losers Love What's Lost

    Patrick Ryan Frank

    How the Losers Love What’s Lost

    (Poems: Four Way Books, April 2012)

    2010 Four Ways Books Intro Prize
    "...one of the best young poets I've come across in many years." — Alan Shapiro
  • The Transition of Doodle Pequeno

    Gabriel Jason Dean

    The Transition of Doodle Pequeno

    (Play: Dramatic Publishing, 2012)

    2013 American Alliance for Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award
  • I Live in a Hut

    S.E. Smith

    I Live in a Hut

    (Poems: Cleveland State Poetry Center, March 2012)

    Cleveland State First Book Award
    "Smith is a somersaulting tightrope walker of a poet and her poems will make you look at anything and everything with new eyes." — Matthea Harvey
  • Hemlock Grove

    Brian McGreevy

    Hemlock Grove

    (Novel: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, March 2012)

    ""A wonderfully creative and twisted reinvention of classic monster archetypes, wrapped up in a mysterious thriller."" — Eli Roth
  • Bright and Distant Shores

    Dominic Smith

    Bright and Distant Shores

    (novel: Washington Sq Press (US) Allen & Unwin (AUS), 2011)

    Shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
    ""Written with extraordinary literary grace, Smith's third novel gleams as a gem of evocative historical fiction." " — Kirkus Reviews
  • Journal of American Foreign Policy

    Jeff Hoffman

    Journal of American Foreign Policy

    (Poems: New Issues, 2011)

    2010 New Issues Poetry Prize
    "Tonic intelligence, exhilarating craftsmanship: Jeff Hoffman's fine first book is a gift to us all." — Linda Gregerson
  • Self Defense and Other Plays

    Carson Kreitzer

    Self Defense and Other Plays

    (Plays: NoPassport Press, June 2011)

  • Flies

    Michael Dickman

    Flies

    (poems: Copper Canyon Press, 2011)

    James Laughlin Award for Best Second Book
    "Reading Michael [Dickman] is like stepping out of an overheated apartment building to be met, unexpectedly, by an exhilaratingly chill gust of wind." — The New Yorker
  • This Isa Nice Neighborhood

    Farid Matuk

    This Isa Nice Neighborhood

    (Poems: Letter Machine Editions, 2010)

    Selected for the Poetry Society of America's New American Poets Series
  • Maxine Banks is Getting Married

    Lori Aurelia Williams

    Maxine Banks is Getting Married

    (YA novel: Roaring Book Press, 2010)

    "A spot-on, unsentimental teen viewpoint; [this] honest story of love, heartbreak, and kindness will keep teens hooked." — Booklist
  • A Curable Romantic

    Joseph Skibell

    A Curable Romantic

    (novel: Algonquin, 2010)

    2011 Sami Rohr Choice Award in Jewish LIterature
    "Intellectual comedy of the highest order." — J.M. Coetzee
  • Elephant's Graveyard

    George Brant

    Elephant’s Graveyard

    (play: Samuel French, 2010)

    2008 Keene Prize in Literature
    "The most striking production in the New Student Drama Festival." — Times of London
  • Lidless

    Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

    Lidless

    (play: Yale University Press, 2010)

    Yale Drama Prize, Keene Prize in Literature
    "[Lidless] recall[s] the political urgency which propelled a previous generation of writers into the theatre in the first place." — David Hare
  • Burn Lake

    Carrie Fountain

    Burn Lake

    (poems: Penguin, 2010)

    Winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series
    "I’m stunned by the power of these poems. Here’s all the real trouble we’re in: death and time and pain—held in a clear crisp collection that seems made of joy." — Marie Howe
  • Nothing Happened and Then It Did:  A Chronicle in Fact & Fiction

    Jake Silverstein

    Nothing Happened and Then It Did: A Chronicle in Fact & Fiction

    (novel: W.W. Norton, 2010 )

    "The great accomplishment is that the reader, in the end, does not care what is fact, what is fiction, because she has happily arrived at that much more elusive grail: truth. " — Antonya Nelson
  • Sisters, Strangers, and Starting Over

    Belinda Acosta

    Sisters, Strangers, and Starting Over

    (YA novel: Grand Central Publishing, 2010)

    2011 International Latino Book Awards, 1st Place Books into Movies
    "Acosta's joyous celebration of sisterhood, motherhood, friendship, and family is an insightful read." — Publisher's Weekly
  • The Sorrow Gondola:  Translated Poems of Tomas Tranströmer

    Michael McGriff, Translator

    The Sorrow Gondola: Translated Poems of Tomas Tranströmer

    (poems: Green Integer, 2010)

    "The first single volume edition of the influential Swedish poet."
  • Betti on the High Wire

    Lisa Railsback

    Betti on the High Wire

    (YA novel: Dial Press, 2010)

    "Heartwarming and refreshing. A remarkable new voice in middle-grade fiction."
  • Noonie's Masterpiece

    LIsa Railsback

    Noonie’s Masterpiece

    (YA novel: Chronicle Books, 2010)

    "Fast, funny and filled wtih Noonie's wild art." — Discovery Girls
  • The Space Between Trees

    Katie Williams

    The Space Between Trees

    (YA novel: Chronicle Books, 2010)

    "The haunting premise and honest narration will equally captivate both teen and adult readers." — BookPage
  • To Build My Shadow a Fire

    David Wevill, ed. by Michael McGriff

    To Build My Shadow a Fire

    (poems: Truman State Univ Press, 2010)

    "A rare harvest of a lifetime's truth-telling" — Eavan Boland
  • The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    Carson Kreitzer

    The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    (play: Dramatic Publishing, 2006)

    Winner of The Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize
    "Kreitzer has a huge vision… Oppenheimer is superb theater." — Cincinnati Inquirer
  • Then Came the Evening

    Brian Hart

    Then Came the Evening

    (novel: Bloomsbury, 2009)

    "What an achingly beautiful and astonishing first novel." — John Dufresne
  • The End of the West

    Michael Dickman

    The End of the West

    (poems: Copper Canyon Press, 2009)

    "Dickman's book moves with careful intensity as it confidently illuminates buried, contemporary suffering." — Publishers' Weekly
  • Damas, Dramas and Ana Ruiz

    Belinda Acosta

    Damas, Dramas and Ana Ruiz

    (YA fiction: Grand Central/Hatchett Book Group, 2009)

    2011 International Latino Book Awards, 1st Place Books into Movies
    "An engaging, touching book." — Julia Alvarez
  • Fire Pond

    Jessica Garratt

    Fire Pond

    (poems: University of Utah Press, 2009)

    Winner of the 2008 Agha Shalid Ali Poetry Prize
    "She narrates her private heartbreaks candidly but without self pity or narcissism, while infusing her work with an Emersonian sense of place." — Medbh McGuckian
  • God Says No

    James Hannaham

    God Says No

    (novel: McSweeney's, 2009)

    "Everything a person could ask of a first novel—and twice that much. " — Jennifer Egan
  • American Rust

    Philipp Meyer

    American Rust

    (novel: Spiegel & Grau, 2008)

    Notable Book 2009 New York Times; Book of the Year, The Economist; Ten Best Books of 2009, Washington Post; Best.Books.Ever, Newsweek.
    "American Rust captures a sense of a menacing society, a wider world in the throes of decay and self-destruction." — Colm Toibin
  • Dismantling the Hills

    Michael McGriff

    Dismantling the Hills

    (poems: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008)

    Winner of the 2007 Agnes Starrett Lynch Prize
    "These are poems of place and generation, lyrically intense and intensely crafted." — Eavan Boland
  • All American Poem

    Matthew Dickman

    All American Poem

    (poems: Copper Canyon Press, 2008)

    Honickman First Book Prize
    "Matthew Dickman's poems are the epitome of the pleasure principle; as clever as they are, they refuse to have ulterior intellectual pretensions." — Tony Hoagland
  • Meditations on Rising and Falling

    Philip Pardi

    Meditations on Rising and Falling

    (poems: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008)

    Winner of the 2007 Brittingham Poetry Prize
    "The real pleasure here is his willingness to . . . examine the familiar in a manner that is both gentle and startling." — Bob Hicok
  • Dream City

    Brendan Short

    Dream City

    (novel: MacAdam/Cage, 2008)

    "Short's work is unmannered and precise, and he tells his story so invisibly well that when you reach the last page you won't expect to be haunted by it. But you will be." — Stephen Harrigan
  • The Beautiful Miscellaneous

    Dominic Smith

    The Beautiful Miscellaneous

    (novel: Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2007)

    "With an exquisite ear not just for language but for emotional truth as well, Dominic Smith has written an ambitious and strikingly unusual tale." — Julia Glass
  • Michelangelo's Seizure

    Steven Gehrke

    Michelangelo’s Seizure

    (poems: University of Illinois Press, 2007)

    Winner of the 2005 National Poetry Series
  • Poster Child

    Emily Rapp

    Poster Child

    (memoir: Bloomsbury, 2007)

    "Everything about Emily is uniquely wonderful: her memory; her story; her voice; her human insights; her endless strength, honesty and grace; her pitch-perfect prose." — Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • The Second Reason

    Jenny Browne

    The Second Reason

    (Poems: Univ of Tampa Press, 2007)

    "There is a surprising calm in the wild leaps this poetry makes, as if the poet is at home with the unpredictable and intent upon bringing us there with her. " — Laura Kasischke
  • The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

    Dominic Smith

    The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

    (novel: Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2006)

    Winner of the 2006 Steven Turner Award for First Fiction, Texas Institute of Letters
    "As beautiful as if it were written not in words but in light." — Stephen Harrigan
  • Babylon

    Alix Ohlin

    Babylon

    (stories: Knopf, 2005)

    "Ohlin’s stories are animated by an intelligence that defies the restraints of literary categories with rare composure and a quiet, almost self-effacing, assurance." — The New York Times
  • Bitter  Milk

    John McManus

    Bitter Milk

    (novel: Picador, 2005)

    "[It] consolidates John McManus's place as one of the most powerful and original American writers of the twenty-first century." — Madison Smartt Bell
  • The Body of the World

    Sam Taylor

    The Body of the World

    (poems: Ausable Press, 2005)

    "One of the most astonishing first books I have encountered in years." — Joseph Stroud
  • Broken China

    Lori Aurelia Williams

    Broken China

    (YA novel: Simon & Schuster, 2005)

    Winner of PEN/Phyllis Naylor Fellowship
  • The Missing Person

    Alix Ohlin

    The Missing Person

    (novel: Knopf, 2005)

    "A wonderful debut by a terrific young writer." — Chris Offut
  • The Student Conductor

    Robert Ford

    The Student Conductor

    (novel: Putnam, 2003)

    "[The Student Conductor] brings uncommon musical sophistication to bear on a love story also fraught with personality clashes and politics." — The New York Times
  • Stop Breakin' Down

    John McManus

    Stop Breakin’ Down

    (stories: Picador, 2003)

    "Here is rage on the page . . . . It’s a whole environment, with a new food chain, and yes, I want to know about it." — Los Angeles Times
  • At Once

    Jenny Browne

    At Once

    (Poems: Univ of Tampa Press, 2003)

    Honorable Mention, 2002 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
    "These poems are grounded in the human, in the bloom and wither of daily life with all its surprise, mystery, and disappointment."
  • Pulling a Dragon's Teeth

    Shao Wei

    Pulling a Dragon’s Teeth

    (poems: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003)

    Winner of the 2002 Agnes Starrett Lynch Prize
    "This poetry is humorous, magical . . . and sad in a very familiar way, as if we were partly living in the lost East Sichuan province of Shao Wei's childhood, partly lost among the living in New York." — Jean Valentine
  • The English Disease

    Joseph Skibell

    The English Disease

    (novel: Algonquin Books, 2003)

    "A wildly funny novel that is equal parts Philip Roth, Groucho Marx, and Woody Allen." — Booklist
  • Down There by the Train

    Kate Sterns

    Down There by the Train

    (novel: Shaye Areheart, 2003)

    "It cannot be long before [Sterns] is mentioned in the same breath as Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro." — The Sunday Telegraph
  • Shayla's Double Brown Baby Blues

    Lori Aurelia Williams

    Shayla’s Double Brown Baby Blues

    (YA novel: Simon & Schuster, 2003)

    "This poetically written and powerful novel has a lyrical quality and emotional honesty similar to Maya Angelous’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." — Voice of Youth Advocates
  • Dogwalker

    Arthur Bradford

    Dogwalker

    (stories: : Knopf, 2002)

    "Stories that are sweet, haunting, resonant, generous, and true the way only the very strange is true." — David Foster Wallace
  • The Pyramids of Malpaghi

    Steven Gehrke

    The Pyramids of Malpaghi

    (poems: Anhinga Press, 2002)

    "His style is already idiosyncratic in the best sense—his thumbprint is clear." — T.R. Hummer
  • The Year We Studied Women

    Bruce Snider

    The Year We Studied Women

    (poems: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002)

    Winner of the 2003 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry
    "[These poems] are content and courageous enough to be what they are: observant, expressive, sometimes sad, sometimes slyly witty." — Kelly Cherry
  • When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune

    Lori Aurelia Williams

    When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune

    (YA novel: Simon & Schuster, 2001)

    "Intrigues, breaks hearts, then soars. Williams is superb." — Angela Johnson
  • The Resurrection Machine

    Steven Gehrke

    The Resurrection Machine

    (poems: BkMk Press, 2000)

    "[These] poems offer us a profoundly moving evocation of illness, death, and a surprising and redemptive faith." — Nicole Cooley
  • Born on a Train

    John McManus

    Born on a Train

    (stories: Picador, 2000)

    "A phenomenal talent blazing up suddenly on the horizon." — Elle
  • Marchlands

    Karla Kuban

    Marchlands

    (novel: Scribner, 1999)

    "Marchlands is more than a fine first novel. It’s as wise, tough, tender, and terrific a coming-of-age yarn as one could wish for." — John Barth
  • Notes for a Late-Blooming Martyr

    Marlys West

    Notes for a Late-Blooming Martyr

    (poems: University of Akron Press, 1999)

    "Marlys Wests’s poems do jazz with our brains. What a refreshing wonder she is!" — Naomi Shihab Nye
  • A Blessing on the Moon

    Joseph Skibell

    A Blessing on the Moon

    (novel: Algonquin Books, 1997)

    Winner of the 1998 Rosenthal Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts & Letters
    "Startlingly original." — Washington Post Book World