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The Red Parts

by Maggie Nelson

Late in 2004, Maggie Nelson was looking forward to the publication of her book Jane: A Murder, a narrative in verse about the life and death of her aunt, who had been murdered thirty-five years before. The case...


Rapture

by Sjohnna McCray

Because I can never say anything

plainly. Because I always stutter

politely. Because there's always the chatter

before the kiss.

--from "In Need of Subtitles"

In this award-winning debut, Sjohnna McCray movingly...


The Making of the American Essay

by John D'Agata

For two decades, essayist John D'Agata has been exploring the contours of the essay through a series of innovative, informative, and expansive anthologies that have become foundational texts in the study of...


Ron Carlson Writes a Story

by Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson has been praised as "a master of the short story" (Booklist). In this essay collection, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, he offers a full range of notes and gives rare insight into a veteran writer's...


Blackass

by A. Igoni Barrett

Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, awakes the morning before a job interview to find that he's been transformed into a white man. In this condition he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. With...


99 Poems

by Dana Gioia

So much of what we live goes on inside--

The diaries of grief, the tongue-tied aches

Of unacknowledged love are no less real

For having passed unsaid. What we conceal

Is always more than what we dare confide.

Think...


Cities I've Never Lived In

by Sara Majka

In subtle, sensuous prose, the stories in Sara Majka's debut collection explore distance in all its forms: the emotional spaces that open up between family members, friends, and lovers; the gaps that emerge...


Window Left  Open

by Jennifer Grotz

The poppies are wild, they are only beautiful and tall

so long as you do not cut them,

they are like the feral cat who purrs and rubs against your leg

but will scratch you if you touch back.

Love is letting the...


Almost Everything Very Fast

by Almost Everything Very Fast Christopher Kloeble & Aaron Kerner

Albert is nineteen, grew up in an orphanage, and never knew his mother. All his life Albert had to be a father to his father: Fred is a child trapped in the body of an old man. He spends his time reading encyclopedias,...


The Narrow Door

by Paul Lisicky

In The Narrow Door, Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. The contours of...


The Darkening Trapeze

by Larry Levis & David St. John

The empty bar that someone was supposed to swing to him

Did not arrive, & so his outstretched flesh itself became

A darkening trapeze. The two other acrobats were thieves.

--from "Elegy with a Darkening Trapeze...


The Art of Perspective

by Christopher Castellani

A writer may have a story to tell, a sense of plot, and strong characters, but for all of these to come together some key questions must be answered. What form should the narrator take? An omniscient, invisible...


One Out of Two

by Daniel Sada

"A literary titan of his time, one of the most innovative novelists in contemporary Latin American letters." -The Washington Post

The most distinctive thing about the Gamal sisters is that they are, essentially,...


Empty Chairs

by Xia Liu

The first publication of the poetry of Liu Xia, wife of the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo

I didn't have a chance

to say a word before you became

a character in the news,

everyone looking up to...


Rails Under My Back

by Jeffery Renard Allen

"Will put Allen in the company of writers such as James Joyce, August Wilson, and Ralph Ellison." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

When it was first published fifteen years ago, Jeffery Renard Allen's debut novel,...


Four-Legged Girl

by Diane Seuss

"Diane Seuss writes with the intensity of a soothsayer." —Laura Kasischke

For, having imagined your body one way I found it to be another way, it was yielding,

but only as the Destroying Angel mushroom yields,...


Changing the Subject

by Sven Birkerts

Trenchant, expansive essays on the cultural consequences of ongoing, all-permeating technological innovation

In 1994, Sven Birkerts published The Gutenberg Elegies, his celebrated rallying cry to resist the oncoming...


Shyness and Dignity

by Dag Solstad & Sverre Lyngstad

An Ibsen scholar falls desperately out of society—publication coinciding with Ibsen's 100th anniversary celebrations

In front of him, twenty-nine young men and women about the age of eighteen who looked at...


Half an Inch of Water

by Percival Everett

A new collection of stories set in the West from "one of the most gifted and versatile of contemporary writers" (NPR)

Percival Everett's long-awaited new collection of stories, his first since 2004's Damned If...


Lawnboy

by Paul Lisicky

"Lawnboy is, quite simply, the real thing, a novel of mystery and great beauty." -Michael Cunningham

They all thought I was good-natured, upright and responsible, generous, affectionate, and kind, and of course...