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AWP Member Bookshelf

Members are invited to list their new and forthcoming books on our AWP Member Bookshelf. Listings will also appear in an issue of the Writer's Chronicle and on our affiliate page when available. Books added ahead of their publication date will receive a special Pub Day shoutout on AWP’s social media pages. To add your book, fill out our submission form.

New and Forthcoming Books by AWP Members

Now Displaying 50 Books

Sex, Love, and Black Lives   by Dr. Mack Curry IV


Come explore the thoughts and experiences that pour from my mind, a bit raunchy, romantic, and radical all at the same time.

Pineville Trace  by Wes Blake


“Wes Blake renders the tale with great empathy and in language that’s so lyrical it practically lifts from the page. Blake is a writer to watch.” —Lee Martin, author of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist The Bright Forever “A haunting debut!” —Julie Hensley, author of Landfall: A Ring of Stories

City of Dancing Gargoyles  by Tara Campbell


In the parched, post-apocalyptic Western U.S. of the 22nd Century, wolves float, bonfires sing, and devils gather to pray. Water and safety are elusive in this chaotic world of alchemical transformations, where history books bleed, dragons kiss, and gun-toting trees keep their own kind of peace.

Alien Soil: Oral Histories of Great Migration Newark  by Katie Singer


This book explores Newark’s Krueger-Scott African-American oral history collection. Singer separates these stories into thematic categories of social and political events, including church, work, and activism in order to paint an intimate portrait of the larger Black urban experience.

Broken Mirror  by Cody Sisco


“A fantastic SF thriller with a sincere and important message.” —Kirkus Reviews Broken Mirror is the first volume in a queer psychological science fiction saga that looks at the stigma of mental illness and the hellish distrust and alienation that goes with it.

My Chicano Heart: New and Collected Stories of Love and Other Transgressions  by Daniel A. Olivas


"These stories are about love, heartbreak, magic, death and other oddities of our Chicano lives, as only Olivas's imagination can tell them... He is without a doubt one of the master storytellers of our time." —Daniel Chacón

Linh Ly is Doing Just Fine  by Thao Votang


Told with deadpan humor and brutal honesty, this debut novel follows Vietnamese-American Linh Ly’s unraveling as she reckons with the traumas of both her past and present. Moving, insightful, and caustically funny all at once, the novel depicts a quarter-life crisis in deeply relatable prose.

The Big Freeze: A Reporter's Personal Journey into Egg Freezing and the Quest to Control Our Fertility  by Natalie Lampert


A fascinating and deeply-researched investigation into the lucrative, minimally regulated, fast-growing industry of egg freezing, from a young reporter on a personal journey into the world of cutting-edge reproductive medicine.

Tender One  by G. Gazelka


Written in 2015–16, these often-personal poems take a spiritual journey through crisis to wholeness and a place of intimacy. Offered in this chapbook are their meditations and truths learned along the way.

Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil  by Ananda Lima


"One of the most original and unforgettable reads of the year." —LIBRARY JOURNAL "A terrific fiction debut.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "will delight readers crushed under the weight of the contemporary world.”—KIRKUS "Absolutely thrilling"—KELLY LINK

Arena Glow  by Angela Chaidez Vincent


Arena Glow: Poems featuring women of the arena: the rodeo arena, the cockpit of a small plane, the boys’ club of engineering, the confines of a murderous board game, the Colosseum in which women also desired to fight as gladiators, the traditional marriage.

Clouds Are the Mountains of the World   by Alan Davis


Mixing terrifying suspense, riveting slice-of-life episodes, terrifying encounters, heart-warming scenes, and splashes of dark humor, Davis narrates a gripping, powerful literary thriller about our human need to connect and endure.

Into the Ancient  by Joseph M Hess


"...INTO THE ANCIENT crosses several continents while digging into memories: ex-lovers, a tragically lost brother. In Joe Hess’s exacting mirror, a troubling American style of loving, fogged-over and obscure against a late Cold War backdrop, starts to come clear." C. Wagner, Of Course, Fence

In the Grip of Grace  by Marianne Mersereau


"Compelling poetry, adroit storytelling, and keen memoir." (Annette Sisson, author of Small Fish in High Branches) "Under the spell of Mersereau's vivid and compassionate voice, readers will be held in awe of her rich-storied life." (Anna Egan Smucker, author of Rowing Home and No Star Nights).

Maine Under Water  by Allison Whittenberg


Set in the 1970s, the book centers on Charmaine "Maine" Upshaw who is about to graduate from junior high, after achieving valedictorian status. However, she is not able to read her grad speech to her class because of a power outage.

Pulp into Paper  by Lenore Weiss


In the close-knit community of Hentsbury, racism and the local paper mill’s oppressive control over the town collide in a gripping tale set in the 1990s in southern Arkansas along the fictional Mud River.

Bonfires & Other Vigils  by Colleen Alles


Any event can be a vigil: a walk by a river, a flu shot at Walgreens, an hour spent by a bird feeder attracting mostly cardinals. These poems are watching the world around them—and the worlds beneath those worlds, too. Alles's second collection relishes in the elusive wonder of otherworldliness.

The Corpse in the Trash Room  by Karla Huebner writing as Colette Tajemna


In a college dorm in the late Seventies, seven hallmates hold a funeral for a pet hamster, only to stumble upon a body ... Keith and his pals must navigate college politics, unruly druggies, and lesbian separatists in order to uncover the truth.

Blue On A Blue Palette  by Lynne Thompson


Thompson’s range in form and subject matter is equaled only by the deftness with which she handles each. In these pages we get a true blue bluesman who knows when to whisper and when to wait. John Murillo

A Kind of Madness  by Uche Okonkwo


Set in contemporary Nigeria, A Kind of Madness is a collection of ten stories concerned with literal madness but also those private feelings that, when left unspoken, can feel like a type of madness: desire, desperation, hunger, fear, sadness, shame, longing.

She Called Me Throwaway - a Memoir  by Shama Shams


Shama Shams spent her childhood in her native land of Bangladesh during a time of political turmoil and daily violence. Her father fled to the United States when her mother turned to extreme religion, which changed Shama's life forever.

The Animal Is Chemical   by Hadara Bar-Nadav


"Hadara Bar-Nadav organizes terror through a language so precise that every line proves how beauty can be wrought from pain." -Jericho Brown, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Judge of the 2022 Levis Prize in Poetry

Is There Room for Another Horse on Your Horse Ranch?   by Cyrus Cassells


Who else could write work so unapologetic in its appetites, so sexy and urbane at the same time? Here we see him at his best-brazen, erotic, confident, and full of verve...In this brilliant collection, Cassells is the "artful, persistent dreamer"... -Richie Hofmann, Author of A Hundred Lovers

Truth Be Told  by Linda Susan Jackson


"In our violence, in our need, in our appetite for every last thing, we are no different than even the most terrifying gods...Truth Be Told is in every way a Revelation." -Tracy K. Smith

unalone  by Jessica Jacobs


"Lucid, deft, circumspect, generous, sagacious, she gets down on her poetic knees and plants a green new tree of knowledge. Jacobs seeds, stakes, pollinates, flourishes, blooms." -Spencer Reece, Presbyterian Minister and Author

Mother, (v)  by Anne Marie Wells


Formally distinctive and beautifully honed, MOTHER, (V) is a reflective, precise and poignant sequence exploring fertility and its absence. This is honest, exquisitely realised poetry written with a freshness and intelligence that draws the reader in deeply, confirming Wells as a unique voice.

Letters from Conflict  by Lisa Stice


Through a welcome bundle of poetic correspondence with an international community of artists and poets, a seasoned North Carolina poet and spouse of a U.S. Marine shares intimate insights and observations on creating history, family, community, and art.

Days of Grace and Silence: A Chronicle of COVID's Long Haul  by Ann E. Wallace


DAYS OF GRACE AND SILENCE documents the experience of living through COVID in spring 2020 and its aftermath, with illness, pain, and healing laid against a broad backdrop of pandemic deaths, mental health crisis, and social unrest. Yet the poems here are marked by hope and resilience.

Chicano Frankenstein  by Daniel A. Olivas


"Olivas puts a Latinx twist on Mary Shelley’s classic in this fascinating modern retelling . . . Part science fiction and part political satire, Olivas’s timely latest explores the pitfalls of assimilation and probes what it means to be 'human.'" —Publishers Weekly

The Truth About Unringing Phones  by Lara Lillibridge


When Lara was four, her father moved from New York to Alaska, a distance of over 4,000 miles. She spent her childhood chasing after him, flying a quarter of the way around the world to tug at the hem of his jacket. Now that he is in his eighties, she contemplates her obligation to an absentee father.

Fine Dreams  by Linda N. Masi


Fine Dreams rewrites myth and history. Framed by a ghost’s first-person narrative, Masi’s debut novel centers on four young friends. While studying for exams, they are kidnapped and taken to a terrorist encampment. Two are claimed as “wives” by their captors, one is forced to wear a suicide vest...

The Next Draft: Inspiring Craft Talks from the Rainier Writing Workshop  by Various


The Next Draft brings together a selection of the “morning talks” delivered by the renowned authors who teach at the prestigious Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program. These diverse essays feature inspiring, innovative approaches to writing and literature across genres.

Ember Days  by Mary Gilliland


Woolf’s pen runs dry, Tesla holes up, Lincoln emerges in yet another bardo, and the rest of us tunnel through Wednesday’s jammed boulevards, Friday’s cash worthless, Saturday’s prodigal feet, in “a radiant testimony—and a triumph—of an unerring ear.”—Ishion Hutchinson

War Bonds  by Christina Lux


This book of poems is about survival in the face of conflict.

Green World: A Tragicomic Memoir of Love & Shakespeare  by Michelle Ephraim


Recipient of the 2023 Juniper Prize in Creative Nonfiction. “GREEN WORLD is one of the funniest and most captivating memoirs I’ve read in years. Ephraim’s wit flies off the page.” —Chris Monks, managing editor, MCSWEENEY'S INTERNET TENDENCY

Sweet Malida: Memories of a Bene Israel Woman  by Zilka Joseph


In this deeply moving collection, Zilka Joseph takes us on a journey through memories scented with cumin and cardamom, grief and regret, as her Bene Israel heritage comes alive. Joseph’s precise and passionate descriptions transcend time and space. —Nancy Naomi Carlson.

The Turtle House  by Amanda Churchill


"Sweeping yet intimate, Amanda Churchill’s Turtle House spans cultures and continents. Minnie and her granddaughter Lia are unforgettable protagonists, whose grit and grace will inspire you. Together, they find a way through in this gripping debut." —Vanessa Hua, author of Forbidden City

WAGER  by Adele Elise Williams


“All sass and smarts, Adele Elise Williams’ WAGER does the duende—that dance with death Lorca said all great poems risk. In life and in art, Williams meets the prospect and memory of annihilation with ferocious honesty, linguistic play, and wit." —Dana Levin, author of NOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE

Entwined: Essays on Polyamory and Creating Home  by Alex Alberto


A moving, often hilarious memoir about polyamory and the radical possibilities of chosen family.

Nonprofit Fundraising - Lessons from the Trenches   by Shama Shams


LESSONS FROM THE TRENCHES adopts a workbook approach with a step-by-step guide to nonprofit fundraising. It encourages readers to annotate, jot down ideas, and work through exercises directly on its pages.

Pencil  by Carol Beggy


"PENCIL" offers a deep look at this common, almost ubiquitous, object. To love a pencil is to use it, to sharpen it, and to essentially destroy it. OBJECT LESSONS is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Ceremonies for No Repair  by Paula Cisewski


"Night skull elegy, matrilineal pandemic pillow book, harrowing florilegium, red-threaded unbinding spell, Paula Cisewski's CEREMONIES FOR NO REPAIR descends into the mouth of the lion called care." —Elisabeth Workman

Passion Struck: Twelve Powerful Principles to Unlock Your Purpose and Ignite Your Most Intentional Life  by John R Miles, foreword by Matt Higgins


PASSION STRUCK delves into the essence of becoming your ideal self, drawing wisdom from luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, Marc Benioff, and Gen. Stan McChrystal. Discover the twelve powerful principles to unlock purpose, overcome self-doubt, catalyze personal mastery, and embrace life with intention.

Fish Streets Before Dawn  by Rick Campbell


Campbell's eighth book of poetry. These poems "are focused on the rapture of the world."

Counterblow Clemency  by Naomi Shibles


Promo City is blazing with advertising pollution, but all sixteen-year-old Bjorn Bear cares about is having fun—until the city’s deadliest assassins attack and he must face the possibility that the only family he’s ever known isn’t real.

Just Add Poetry: Lessons From the OGs, Poet Forms and Style  by Raundi Moore Kondo


Learn from the OGs of poetry by playing with the classics... In this Creative Expression Work Meet the masters and originators of modern poetry and the forms they used to create their unique and inspirational style. BASHO, HAFEZ, SHAKESPEARE, DICKINSON, SANDBURG, BIBB, HUGHES, MOMADAY, and ANGELOU

Ancient Light  by Kimberly Blaeser


ANCIENT LIGHT is more than book: it’s a map of a people thriving in a strange language or it’s a manual with the sole purpose of showing us how we arrive at ‘our / sacred, / our / medicine.’ —Jake Skeets, author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

Acoustic Shadows  by Ceridwen Hall


In poems that are exactly right for this moment, Hall examines how we perceive and communicate across vast distances and through strange and rapidly-evolving media, constantly questioning what we know and how we know it, whether we are communicating via letter, telegraph, or Zoom. --Katharine Coles

Inheritance with a High Error Rate  by Jen Karetnick


Winner of the 2022 Cider Press Review Book Award, selected by Lauren Camp. Camp observes, "The poems carry environmental angst and individual, quotidian worries, and also manage to bound with wit and rhythm." This collection is a feast from a master craftswoman at the top of her form.

Unsettled: a memoir  by Laurie Woodford


At the age of forty-nine, Laurie Woodford rents out her house, packs two suitcases, and leaves her settled life in the U.S. to move to South Korea. What begins as an opportunity to teach college English in Asia, evolves into a four-year nomadic adventure, all the while navigating dating at midlife.