A Shared Voice edited by Tom Mack and Andrew Geyer
A Shared Voice is a conversation in narrative by twenty-four of the finest fiction writers in America. A total of twenty-four tales, each linked to another by at least one literary element such as character or setting or theme, make up this first-of-its-kind anthology by writers from Texas and the Carolinas. The individual short stories in A Shared Voice include twelve anchor tales—six by writers from Texas and six by writers from the Carolinas—and twelve original works of fiction written in response to the anchor narratives. The result is a rich and varicolored tapestry of narrative voices by writers who have spent their lives weaving tales.
Jeffrey DeLotto's impressive new collection is aptly named as the poet gives voice to characters both historical and personal. From Geronimo—who curses his captors and his captivity—to the hapless sailor in "The Whistle Buoy"—who cannot make it to shore before sunset—DeLotto's narrators, like all of us, contemplate their mortality, "the deep mystery of the dark" to which they return again and again. And there is something timeless in the way the poet captures experiences of ephemeral simplicity—rounding up crabs boiled out of a stock pot, studying spiders inhabiting a sailboat, watching rain turn to snow. These poems haunt us with their challenging familiarity. —Jerry Hamby, author of Letters Drawn in Water More
Mimi Ferebee, Wildfires and Atmospheric Memories
Ferebee has published poetry in numerous journals, including Contemporary World Literature, Decanto Magazine (UK), Both Sides Now, Houston Literary Review, Obsidian: Literature of African Diaspora, Pirene's Fountain, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Bewildering Stories and Black Magnolias Literary Journal. She serves as editor-in-chief of Red Ochre LiT.
Michelle Hartman, Disenchanted and Disgruntled
Michelle Hartman, who has published poetry in journals in the USA as well as magazines in Ireland, Germany and Australia, is editor of Red River Review; hers is a well-known and important voice in Texas letters.
Gretchen Johnson understands small towns are big stages. In The Joy of Deception she shows us in well-crafted short stories the odd, the bored, and the trapped. As one of her characters says about a mop that absorbs all the water in a swimming pool, they “wish for that kind of magic” in their lives, and they wait for another life to begin, hoping renewal stands in the wings. Their moments of truth, great beauty and disappointment seep from the pages. —Jennifer Ravey, ThePickyGirl.com
Dave Oliphant, The Pilgrimage, Selected Poems: 1962-2012
This wonderfully entertaining picaresque novel by Harold Raley falls in the tradition of rogue literature established by Tom Jones and other early novels. Set in the nineteenth century, Louisiana Rogue will take you on a wild, fast-paced romp through all levels of Cajun society in the 1830s. The title page says the book promises to tell
This book tells a story you will not want to miss.
Named a Writers' League of Texas Finalist in the fiction category for 2012
Jan Seale's Appearances is a collection of remarkable short stories by a master story-teller who is also a well-known poet. She is the Texas Poet Laureate for 2012.
Cover Art by Irene Hardwicke Olivieri
"Jan Seale writes stories with the insight, economy and impact of poetry. They are narrative, of course, with plots of simple things, the history and glory in a stained candlewick bedspread, the recovered joy of a favorite machine even when it is operated by another, the simple but rewarding and joyous life of someone unlike yourself, the folly of men trying to impress women. All ending in epiphany." —Robert Flynn, author of Jade: The Law
David Bowles, Flower, Song, Dance
Aztec and Mayan Poetry
David Bowles has produced a new translation of selected lyrical poems from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. The book contains an informative and insightful introduction and a helpful glossary of terms. But most of all this volume is a collection of poems that are well worth reading.
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In A Garden on the Brazos Dominique Inge shares her considerable gardening expertise in a series of astute observations about the joys and trials of Texas gardening. The book contains both carefully researched scientific information and insightful musings in prose so well wrought and charming that you will read for the pleasure of reading as well as for the book’s practical guidance in gardening.
Carol Coffee Reposa, Underground Musicians
In Underground Musicians Carol Coffee Reposa hypnotizes us with the music of languages other than our own—and the magic of locale. Using history, landmarks, or even mundane events as central pieces, in both free verse and structured forms, she shows us that each place, each moment can be extraordinary. A keen observer, she finds meaning in details and landscape that would escape most casual travelers. She points out the truth in objects—by simply describing those objects. Like in the exquisite poem ‘Fire-Gilding St. Isaac's’ this manuscript is gold and mercury melded together.
Alan Berecka, With Our Baggage
The range of subjects here is vast, from baseball heroes to the failures of fathers, from being a poet to being Polish in South Texas, from God’s radio to American machismo. But the real subject here is the human animal, in all its glorious strivings and bumbling failures. The result is my favorite kind of book, firmly rooted in a world I thought I knew, until this irresistible writer showed me that it’s an even stranger, funnier, more beautiful place to live than I thought it was. I guarantee that after you read With Our Baggage you will want to sit down over beers with Alan Berecka and just talk things over. —George Bilgere
Jean Andrews, High Tides, Low Tides: the Story of Leroy Colombo
The subject of this remarkable biography is Leroy Columbo, a superior athlete who happened to be deaf. He is famous in Galveston, Texas, for saving thousands of people in his long career as lifeguard in the Galveston waters.
Jean Andrews is a professor of deaf education at Lamar University.
Melvin Sterne, The Number You Have Reached"Melvin Sterne’s stories are remarkable in the range and depth of the settings, the characters, and the universal longings that roil within them. They command a reader in the way fine writing sometimes can, from a sensibility that has experienced widely and knows much. The Number You Have Reached is a splendid collection from a brilliant new voice."
—Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
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Janet McCann, The Crone at the Casino
Ken Hada, Margaritas and Redfish
The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill
The poems in Margaritas and Redfish are sensual delights. Hada experiences the world (especially nature) with intensity, and in words that delight and surprise, he loans us his visions, his understandings.
Jan Seale, The Parkinson PoemsParkinson’s disease and poetry square off in this volume written from the perspectives of a caregiver and her husband. With grit, humor, and compassion, Jan Seale spells out the vicissitudes of dealing with this so-far incurable neurological condition affecting seven million people worldwide.
From onset through progression and treatment to final simple toleration, the poems testify to the mysteries and vagaries of the disease. Seeing faces in everything, lacking the ability to smile, stalling in doorways, obsessing on creativity—these and other peculiar symptoms of the brain syndrome are explored in accessible poetry from the desk of a Texas poet laureate.