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Anticipated Books of 2015 (Part 4) with Rebecca Morgan Frank

It is the last day of 2014, and we have just posted the newest issue of Memorious, which has our first interactive poem– Nomi Stone’s “Quadrant,” in which you can step into different parts of the US military’s mock Middle Eastern villages where they train soldiers– as well as work from a range of poets and fiction writers, including Catherine Breese Davis, Cathy Linh Che, Robert Wrigley, David Rivard, Cori Winrock, Austin Segrest, Virginia Konchan, and Craig Bernardini. But as we wrap up a wonderful year that included two new issues and our tenth anniversary party at AWP Seattle (thanks to all who came to celebrate, listen, and dance with us!), I’m already eager to get my hands on the books to come in 2015. As always, my list is dominated by our contributors, and, as always, it would take too long to list all of our contributors’ forthcoming books here, but we will be sharing their good news, and new books, throughout the year. Meanwhile, here’s a little taste to get you pre-ordering and planning your reading for 2015! Happy New Year to all of you!

Chord-new-cover-2Rick Barot’s new book, Chord, comes out from Sarabande Books in the summer of 2015. This new collection includes a poem from Memorious, Child Holding Potatoes , which brought us our first appearance in Best American Poetry. The sample poems he has online at his website are all terrific: take a peek and start counting down with me to the pub date. (You can even pre-order the book as part of Sarabande’s nicely priced 2015 subscription, which also includes another book on my list!)

9781935536512Contributor Andrea Cohen’s fourth collection of poems, Furs Not Mine, is the follow-up to her memorable third collection Kentucky Derby(Salmon Poetry). Cohen’s poems both talk to you and skew the world a little more interesting, and her blend of wit and warmth makes poems that stick. We’re glad Four Way Books has decided to publish this, and her fifth collection, due out in 2017. They’ve given us a lot to look forward to.

 

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Many of our staff members started as contributors, and this includes contributing editor Adam Day, whose debut collection, Model of a City in Civil War, will be out from Sarabande Books this year. His chapbook, Badger, Apocryphia, was selected by James Tate for the Poetry Society of America 2010 chapbook series, and many of us who have been reading his poems in journals since then have been waiting to see who will snatch up his first collection. Sample a few poems at Verse Daily and Typo.

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My heart started racing when I saw that Alice Fulton has a new collection, Barely Composed, coming out from Norton in February 2015. It’s hard to believe it has been ten years since Cascade Experiment: Selected Poems, although of course we’ve had her short story collection The Nightingales of Troy in the meantime. While you’re waiting for your copy to arrive, check out our interview with her in issue 15 in the archives!

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I’ll admit, I’m a little late to discovering Rachel Eliza Griffith‘s work, but her fourth collection, Lighting the Shadow,  is also coming out with Four Way Books, and I am taken with the mythical and gorgeous qualities of the poems of hers I’ve read online. It’s not surprising, after experiencing some of her breath-stopping imagery, to learn that she is also a photographer.

61ehngq86yL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Sharma Shields‘ imagination and vivid worlds first grabbed us when we published her back in Issue 2, in 2004. I am excited to see the buzz building for her debut novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, forthcoming from Holt this winter. (Although we have to wonder why Library Journal feels the need for a list “Books for Dudes” list, we are happy to see “dudes” getting encouraged to read this novel along with the rest of us. And we could never have imagined that one of our contributors would make EW’s Breaking Big: 25 Stars on the Rise in 2015 list!The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is her follow-up to her story collection Favorite Monsters and it follows the life of a boy whose mother may have abandoned him to head off with Sasquatch.

 

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A poet who will be delivering some prose in the new year is Tracy K. Smith, whose memoir, Ordinary Light (Knopf,  March 2015), traces her coming-of-age, including her transformed experience of the world after visiting family in Alabama. I’ll confess, I’m restless for her next book of poetry, too, but I am also very eager to see what she’s done here.

The sea of Happyness_2M_Layout 1-3You may be familiar with poetry contributor Jennifer Tseng’s two books of poems, The Man with My Face and Red Flower, White Flower, but this May, Europa Editions will bring us her first novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness. The story of a forty-one-year-old librarian’s relationship with a seventeen-year-old boy in a small town on Martha’s Vineyard, this novel looks to be on some level a book about books.

I’ll also be on the lookout for these new contributor poetry collections: Dennis Hinrichsen’s Skin Music (Southern Indiana Review Press), Cecily Park’s O’Nights (Alice James Books), and Todd Hearon’s  No Other Gods (Salmon),  as well as contributor Benjamin Percy’s  newest novel, The Dead Lands (Grand Central Publishing), and contributing editor Laura van den Berg’s debut novel Find Me (read more about this in Barrett Bowlin’s Anticipated Book’s list). And yes, 2015 will bring us the new Toni Morrison novel God Help the Child! Is there a better grand finale to the list than that?

January 7, 2015 additions: There are so many books that should be on this list and aren’t- 2015 has much to offer! But two of the many I missed here are contributor Jehanne Dubrow‘s fifth collection of poems, The Arranged Marriage (University of New Mexico Press),  and Emily Gray Tedrowe’s Blue Stars, which I have been waiting for since reading her debut novel, Commuters, and which comes out from Harper Perennial in February 2015.

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And finally, one more fiction selection: Patricia Park’s Re Jane (Pam Dorman Books/Viking/Penguin ) is a retelling of Jane Eyre as a mixed-race Korean orphan in Queens. It looks like we’ll have to wait for this one until May 2015.

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-Rebecca Morgan Frank is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Memorious. She is the author of two collections of poems, Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon 2012), and The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon, forthcoming 2016).

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Anticipated Books of 2015 (Part 3) by Joanna Luloff

As I was putting together this list of anticipated books, I realized that there are many links to be made between the narratives included here. Many of these books investigate the often complex relationships and tensions between history and the present, between memory and truth, between community and solitude. This short list includes writers who are very familiar to me as well as those whose work is brand new to me. I realize, too, that this group is limited to books coming out in the first half of the year, so consider these stories a lively way to help us navigate the wintry months ahead, and lead the way to the warmer breezes of late spring.

51gnzzgoelL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Amit Chaudhuri Odysseus Abroad (Knopf, April, 2015)

Chaudhuri is a writer and musician who is always pushing against any fixed genre limits. An essayist, a literary critic, a musician, and a novelist, Chaudhuri’s work is often engaged in the tensions between home and homesickness, solitude and communal identity. His latest book focuses on a young poet from Calcutta, savoring his homesickness while staying with his uncle in London. I’m looking forward to seeing how Chaudhuri explores these two men’s relationships as they wander the streets of London, the younger a naïve artist and the older a self-satisfied failure. Pre-review descriptions of this book call it witty, wry, thoughtful, and charming.

barefoot dogsAntonio Ruiz-Camacho, Barefoot Dogs: Stories (Scribner, March, 2015)

I am not familiar with Ruiz-Camacho’s work, but the descriptions of his debut linked story collection sound really intriguing. The stories trace the kidnapping of José Victoriano Arteaga, the patriarch of a wealthy Mexican family. When his family start receiving gruesome packages holding clues to Jose’s disappearance, the family begins its descent into financial and social exile. Yiyun Li describes the collection: “In the world of today no calamity stays local, no tragedy private. Someone missing at a street corner leaves unhealed scars in other countries, among different generations. It is with this keen sense of intersection between personal and impersonal history that Antonio Ruiz-Camacho approaches his characters–his scrutiny of them, his empathy for them, and his versatile voice reminding us of Grace Paley, among other masters of the short story.” Any allusion to Grace Paley works for me, but on top of that praise, I’m eager to see how Ruiz-Camacho shapes these intersecting narratives.

quan barryQuan Barry, She Weeps Each Time You’re Born (Pantheon, February, 2015)

This is Barry’s first published book of fiction (she has published several books of poetry). Her novel focuses on a young girl born during the height of the Vietnam War. She possesses a magical ability to hear the voices of the dead, and travels with a group of displaced travelers who become a sort of family. Because Rabbit (the girl’s name) has the ability to hear the voices of history, the novel is able to journey across time, from the days of colonial French Indochina to the aftermath of the war. I’m intrigued to read this novel’s approach to the intersection of history and myth via the lens of a character who seems to inhabit multiple worlds simultaneously.

the sympathizerViet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (Grove, April, 2015)

Another novel that explores the complicated history of the Vietnam War, Nguyen’s book focuses on the days leading up to the fall of Saigon. The central character, a spy who has infiltrated the South Vietnamese army, navigates multiple worlds simultaneously. Nguyen layers his character and his novel with multiple and competing dualities/loyalties—between America and Vietnam, between European and Vietnamese lineage, between two armies. The book has been described as a black comedy, historical novel, and literary thriller, but I am perhaps most intrigued by its interest in the psychological and political investigations of what it means to be multiple selves at once.

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I know that Barrett included this book in his anticipated books list also, but I couldn’t help but add it to my list too. Perhaps I’m feeling drawn to novels where characters magically seem to hear a cacophony of voices. Doten’s narrative approaches the American-Iraqi conflict through the discovery of an injured boy, found badly burned in the Akkad Valley. Like Barry’s novel, Doten uses some strategies of the fantastic to offer his commentary on the war on terror. Through a masterful interrogator and a ruthless torture device that produces “perfect confessions,” the boy becomes a mouthpiece from a motley array of voices—from Condoleeza Rice to Osama Bin Laden, Mark Zuckerberg to the more anonymous voices of this perpetual war. With the recent release of America’s “torture report,” this novel feels like a particularly timely investigation into the complex and disturbing interplay of war, torture, and (mis)information.

ishiguroKazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant (Knopf, March, 2015)

There is barely a whisper to be found on the subject of Ishiguro’s latest novel. Ishiguro has indicated that the narrative focuses on “lost memories, love, revenge, and war,” and it begins with a couple setting out for a journey to find a son, separated from them for many years. I’m a huge admirer of Ishiguro’s books, his range of settings and time periods, his quiet restraint, and his embrace of mystery, fragmentation, and irresolution. His work always explores history in complicated ways, the ghostly traces of the past, and its influence on his often solitary characters.

our endless numbered daysClaire Fuller, Our Endless Numbered Days, (Tin House, March, 2015)

Fuller’s novel has a compelling premise—eight-year-old Peggy Hillcoat is taken by her survivalist father out of her London home to live in a remote forest. Her father tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed, and he and Peggy begin to make a life for themselves in the woods. She isn’t seen again for nine years. The narrative moves back and forth between these two time lines, slowly revealing the mystery of Peggy’s return to “civilization” and the fate of her father. There seems to be tons of productive suspense in this novel, but I’m also interested in discovering how Fuller explores the psyche of a child caught between competing worlds and ideologies.

I am an enormous fan (and a subscriber and you should be too!) of And Other Stories press. This independent publishing house based in England publishes books that are strange, that take risks, and that promote translation. I haven’t had the chance to read Deborah Levy’s latest– An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hellbut I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it in the new year. (I’m cheating a little bit because technically this book came out in October, 2014, but I’m including it on my list of my anticipated reading of 2015.) And Other Stories describes Levy’s latest as a dramatic poem, one that follows the unexpected pairing of a disillusioned, tattooed angel and an accountant, worn down by his hum-drum life. Kafka meets Wings of Desire?

esperanza streetI’m also looking forward to the release of Niyati Keni’s, Esperanza Street (And Other Stories, February, 2015). I had the chance to read an early copy of this novel, a quiet and patient coming of age story that follows Joseph, a young house servant to a wealthy family living in a port town in the Philippines. The book explores the tensions between tradition and progress, community and capitalism, and the divides between the classes in a world changing before Joseph’s observant eyes. Keni’s book is densely populated with lively, engaging characters who all see their world (and its rapid changes) differently, but who are united through the singular lens of Joseph’s critical and curious eyes.

clarice lispectorClarice Lispector is one of my favorite writers, and I’m excited that New Directions is releasing her collected stories on the heels of releasing five of her novels in the past few years. The Complete Stories, (August, 2015), includes 86 stories gathered from 9 collections written between her teenage years and old age. New Directions summarizes the collection: “From teenagers coming into awareness of their sexual and artistic powers, to humdrum housewives whose lives are shattered by unexpected epiphanies, to old people who don’t know what to do with themselves. Clarice’s stories take us through their lives—and ours.”

And a brief list of other intriguing titles: From Archipelo Press, A Useless Man: Selected Stories by Sait Faik Abasiyanik (June, 2015) and This Life: A Novel, by Karel Schoeman (May, 2015). From Melville House, The Scapegoat by Sofia Nikolaidou (February, 2015). From Other Press, Where Women are Kings by Christie Watson (April, 2015).

Luloff_Joanna_2008Joanna Luloff is one of Memorious‘s two current fiction editors and the author of The Beach at Galle Road (Algonquin, 2012), a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Pick. A former Peace Corps volunteer, she is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Colorado, Denver.

 

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Anticipated Books of 2015 (Part 2) by Derrick Austin

As part of our countdown to the books of 2015, we invited contributor Derrick Austin to share his list of books to look forward to in the new year. Here’s his line-up!

Richie Hofmann, Second Empire (Alice James Books)

Sometime in 2012, I fortunately stumbled across some of Richie Hofmann’s poems—fortunate because they left me floored. With lush language, formal dexterity, and a clear-eyed vision into the vacillations of the heart, his poems dazzle. His debut collection Second Empire (winner of the 2014 Beatrice Hawley Award) explores love, longing, and loss, but even in their bracing intimacy Hofmann grounds his meditations within the scope of human history, particularly the arts. Mozart, Caravaggio, and Benjamin Britten are some of the varied figures alluded to in his poems. Yet, there is space for calm and quiet amongst the baroque. Hofmann is a poet unafraid of silences, intimating what cannot be said or seen. The stateliness of the past and the wildness of the present commingle in Hofmann’s sensuous work.

Rickey Laurentiis, Boy With Thorn (University of Pittsburgh Press)

A deep sensitivity to the rhythms of words and syntax as well as an unerring gaze on this country’s past and present inability to love those at the margins feature in Boy With Thorn (winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Prize), Rickey Laurentiis’s debut collection. I’m constantly refreshed and invigorated by the intellectual rigor of his poems. The rich, shuttling syntax enacts the mind at work, a mind teasing out the ambiguities and ambivalences of queer desire or violences, historical and contemporary, inflicted upon black bodies. In this particular moment, when it black bodies, queer bodies, and marginalized bodies are daily sites of brutality, when failures of imagination leaves these bodies dead in the street, Boy With Thorn will be a collection to savor and reflect on.

Morgan Parker, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books)

It’s hard to write a fun poem, one that’s not easy or pandering, one that’s frank and weird. There are few poets whose work I would describe as fun and Morgan Parker is one. I eagerly anticipate Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, winner of the 2013 Gatewood Prize. This isn’t to say Parker’s work is smooth sailing. The poems are heartbreaking and real. What’s joyful about them is the abandon Parker displays in her use of image and metaphor, the way she moves from Jay-Z to Amiri Baraka shattering the arbitrary boundary between high and pop culture. Her poems are both surreal and plain, discursive and emotionally vulnerable. Reading a poem by Morgan Parker is like drinking a glass of wine, you can’t just stop at one. Why would you want to?

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Louisiana’s wetlands are the fastest disappearing landmass on earth. Through two previous collections, Martha Serpas elegizes the landscape which nourished her and the Cajun culture settled there. In The Diener, Serpas once again returns to her native soil and meditates on the paradox of its loss and transformation into something new that we cannot know or stop. What’s new in this collection are poems influenced by her experience as a trauma chaplain, the fraught intersections of the body, grief, and religious belief. The diener, a morgue assistant, acts our guide, a persona hovering in the literal realms between life and death. With vivid, chastened language, Serpas explores the difficulty of healing both landscape and the flesh.

Quan Barry, Loose StrifeQuan Barry, Loose Strife (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Over the summer, a good friend suggested I read Quan Barry’s last book Water Puppets and let me borrow his copy. I’d never encountered Barry’s work until then but as soon as I finished the first poem, I considered not giving my friend his copy back. Her poems were some of the most exciting I’d read in a long time. High lyric intensity joins a palpable political gaze in her work. The urgency of international conflict and human cruelty is set into high relief against Barry’s fresh language and formal fearlessness. Loose Strife, her fourth collection, riffs on Aeschylus’s The Orestia and will no doubt reward readers with meditations on suffering and the human capacity for reflection and empathy in spite of it all.

Headshot Contributor Derrick Austin is a Zell fellow and Cave Canem fellow. His work has appeared in Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Crab Orchard Review, Memorious, Unsplendid, and other journals.

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Anticipated Books of 2015 (Part 1) by Barrett Bowlin

It’s that time of year again! Starting today, our staff and contributors bring you their lists of the most anticipated books of 2014. First up, former fiction editor, now contributing editor, Barrett Bowlin, shares his 2015 list.

MarkDoten_TheInfernalMark Doten’s The Infernal (Graywolf) While narratives about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been prominent since just a few years after the start of each conflict, it’s taken us awhile to reach the point where the stories themselves are as impacting as the interminable campaigns. Phil Klay’s Redeployment (winner of the 2014 National Book Award) is one good example, and another one that will debut right after the new year is Mark Doten’s The Infernal. In Doten’s novel, we are told some of these dark stories through the badly burned body of a child in the Akkad Valley, in a series of voices that are as distilled and as hyperkinetic as some of Doten’s other media projects.

LauraVanDenBerg_FindMeLaura van den Berg’s Find Me (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Fellow Memorious contributing editor and short-story rockstar, Laura van den Berg is one of those writers whose stories are just disgustingly good. You can read through such works as last year’s “Antarctica” (anthologized in both the Best American Short Stories and the Best American Mystery Stories for a really, really good reason), for example, and then find yourself staring down at the page after the last paragraph and making guttural noises as to just how excellent her writing is. Following up from her first two short story collections, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, van den Berg’s vision of a plague-infested world in Find Me is going to be just as amazing.

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Jesse Goolsby’s I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Known just as much for his fiction as he is his essays and memoir pieces, Jesse Goolsby is a bit of a literary chimera. He’s an Air Force officer, an editor at journals like The Southeast Review and War, Literature, and the Arts, and the winner of such prizes as the John Gardner Memorial Award for Fiction and the Richard Bausch Fiction Award. (And he’s also a frequent guest in the annals of the Best American anthologies.) In his debut novel, Goolsby depicts the war in Afghanistan from a starkly different vantage point, one that hinges on the decision between self-preservation and atrocity.

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*Benjamin Percy’s The Dead Lands (Grand Central) We here at Memorious have loved Ben Percy’s fiction for a long, long time–see his brutal flash piece, “Revival,” from all the way back in issue #7–and it’s not like the man is ever not on the literary radar, but not putting his post-apocalyptic, nuclear-fallout-staged new novel based on the Lewis & Clark (& Sacagawea) expedition somewhere on our Most Anticipated lists would just feel criminal.

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Jennifer Pashley’s The Scamp (Tin House) A writer whose fiction is as sharp and as subtle as a knife, Jen Pashley is going to have a hell of a good year in 2015. Her first novel, The Scamp, tells the dark story of two cousins, killings, and the impact of violence and poverty on the body, as well as the mind. To get a taste of her work, you can read a flash fiction piece she published with Memorious, called “What You Know” (from issue #20) and you can check out our Fiction Spotlight with her from the blog.

Other Anticipated Books: While details are forthcoming with these additional titles, we are also excited about works like Vanessa Blakeslee’s first full novel, Juventud (Curbside Splendor), Uzodinma Okehi’s graphic & post-experimental work, Over for Rockwell (Hobart), Lindsay Drager’s novel-length social experiment in The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc), and Shanna Mahin’s celebrity-infused first novel, Oh! You Pretty Things (Dutton).

g-bowlin1Contributing Editor Barrett Bowlin’s recent and forthcoming prose can be found in places like The Adirondack Review, The Rumpus, Meridian, PANK, Salt Hill, Camera Obscura, and The Minnesota Review, among others. When he’s not busy writing, he likes to teach his children survival skills they’ll need in the radioactive wasteland.

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More Anticipated Books of 2014!

We were thrilled to see that so many of our readers celebrated and shared our first post about contributor books, which lists ten prize-winning books due out in 2014. But that list was by no means comprehensive, and we want to make sure that you also know about some of our other contributors’ forthcoming books, including a few books that have since won publication prizes, and, of course, including the fine gentlemen we publish! (In case you missed it, our last list was all women.) Cheers to our wonderful and talented contributors whose work is going to continue to make 2014 a great year!                                                                                                                    – Rebecca Morgan Frank, Editor-in-Chief

Contributor Jake Adam York’s posthumous poetry collection, Abide, is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press this March. Preview some of these poems, including the title poem, in issue 20.

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Issue 21’s Ellen Litman’s first novel, Mannequin Girl (Norton) is forthcoming in April. Read an excerpt from the novel published in our latest issue.

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Issue 18‘s Oliver de la Paz’s fourth collection of poetry, Post Subject: A Fable (University of Akron Press), is  forthcoming in August 2014. 

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Sally Wen Mao, another issue 18 contributor, has a debut collection of poems, Mad Honey Symposium, due out in May 2014 as the winner of Alice James Books’ Kinereth Gensler Award.

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Issue 11 contributor Mary Biddinger’s third poetry collection, A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (Black Lawrence Press), is due out in May.

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You don’t have to anticipate  Issue 17′s Sean Hill’s Dangerous Goods: his second collection of poems is out this month with Milkweed Press.

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Issue 13 contributor Aaron Belz’s third collection of poems, Glitter Bomb, will be released by Persea in May 2014.

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Issue 20 contributor Jericho Brown’s The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press) will be released in August 2014.

Contributor Karin Gottshall‘s second collection, The River Won’t Hold You, has been selected as the winner of the 2014 OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry and is due out this year.

Issue 18’s Anne Valente’s debut story collection, Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books),  is forthcoming in October. Sample one of her short stories,”Mollusk, Membrane, Human Heart,”  here.

More contributor book news can be found in our Anticipated Books of 2014 list.

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Anticipated Poetry Books of 2014

Ten years, ten women poets!

Every year we like to look forward to the books of the New Year. (You can take a look at last year’s list and see whether you think we did a good job of telling you what to look out for.)  My list this year is dedicated to nine  contributors (all women!) who have swept the poetry book contests this year and  who have books forthcoming in 2014. My mission at Memorious has always been to seek out exciting emerging writers, so it is thrilling to see so many  of our contributors publish their first and second books. My bonus tenth poet, Lisa Williams, publishes her third book this year with New Issues.  So in celebration of ten years of publishing, here are ten Memorious poets to look out for in 2014!

                      -Rebecca Morgan Frank, Editor-in-Chief

Contributor Kara Candito‘s Spectator (University of Utah Press), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize

Contributor Chloe Honum‘s The Tulip Flame, winner  of the 2013 Cleveland State University First Book Prize for Poetry

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Contributor Sara Eliza Johnson‘s Bone Map (Milkweed), Winner of the 2013 National Poetry Series

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Contributor Sandra Lim’The Wilderness (Norton), winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize

Contributor Sarah Rose Nordgren‘s Best Bones (U of Pitts Press),  winner of the 2013 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Contributor Caki Wilkinson’The Wynona Stone Poems (Persea), winner of Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award

Contributor Lisa William’Gazelle in the House (New Issues Press)

Contributor Tarfia Faizullah’Seam, winner of the Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry First Book Award

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Contributor Vandana Khanna‘s Afternoon Masala (University of Arkansas Press), co-winner of the Miller Williams Award

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Contributor Stefanie Wortman’In the Permanent Collection (University of North Texas Press), winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry

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Barrett Bowlin’s Anticipated Fiction of 2014

Our outgoing fiction editor, Barrett Bowlin, who will remain with us as a contributing editor at Memorious, leaves us with a list of some of the books he is looking forward to in this new year.
Leaving the Sea: Stories (Knopf) by Ben Marcus. A personal favorite, Ben Marcus is a strange, jilting writer, and his stories and novels are fantastically unsettling. The fact that his new story collection is being published early in the year is a wonderful signal for a year’s worth of outstanding fiction.
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Bark: Stories (Knopf) by Lorrie Moore. Only writers like Moore evoke that same feeling of having your favorite band release their upcoming album. Her first collection of stories in fifteen years, Bark is a return to the short story form of a master, and having the chance to read a collection from Lorrie Moore is an incredible experience.
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Train Shots: Stories (Burrow Press) by Vanessa Blakeslee. Blakeslee is one of those rare authors who knows how to interject hope into a story without using it as a crutch to make her characters’ downfalls all the more tragic. Don’t get me wrong, though; her stories are heartbreakingly wonderful, and they’ve finally been packaged together in her debut collection, which is due in early March.
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An Untamed State(Grove/Black Cat) by Roxane Gay . The hardest working woman in fiction, feature writing, and social media, Roxane Gay is the highlight of the 2012 edition of the Best American Short Stories, care of her short story, “North Country.” The backdrop of her debut novel looks pretty damn amazing (Haiti’s privileged society), as well, as Gay is known for her meticulous research.
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The Dog: Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Jack Livings. Another amazing short story author (and one who deserves every bit of praise he gets for them), Livings’ debut collection is set in contemporary China, and I’m looking quite forward to peeking into the geographies and societies that only an author like Livings can produce.
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The Anatomy of Dreams: a Novel (Atria) by Chloe Krug Benjamin. Benjamin’s poetry is lush, rich, and precise, and I’m hoping her first novel will be just as engaging. (Also, it helps that she’s a former student of Lorrie Moore’s, who blurbed wholeheartedly for Benjamin.)
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