Titles are listed alphabetically by author.
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Performing Worlds into Being: Native American Women’s Theater
Armstrong, A.E., Johnson, K.L. and Wortman, W.A., Eds.
2009. 978-1-4243-3112-3 / 1-4243-3112-9
Based on the rich results of a 2007 conference at Miami University, this volume brings together some of the most prominent voices in Native North American theater. Subdivided into four thematic sections, it skilfully combines plays, interviews, surveys, critical analyses, poetic responses and essays into a truly communal approach to contemporary indigenous performance. Includes DVD with color photographs and performances.
2002. 1-881163-39-3 / 1-881163-40-7
“In Molly Bendall’s gorgeous new book, Ariadne’s Island, the contemporary moment and Ariadne and
Theseus’ mythic moment of ‘Pain and Departure’ are driven together. Out of that collision issues a world jagged,
askew, and ravishing. Ariadne’s Island is a ‘house of shimmering water’ in which time, love, and
departure dodge and circle, slippery as fish. What endures is the presiding force of a woman's voice: a current that cuts the vacancies
of desertion into form. This is a brilliant book: glittering and intelligent.”
2007. 978-1-881163-49-7 / 1-881163-49-0
“Talk Poetry is so hot. High bandwidth textblocks buzz with wonderful conversations. Verbal quadrats frame teeming diversifications. It’s just gorgeous. What do you think’s going to happen when a magnificent poet finds her perfect form? Don’t let this one slip through your fingers. Unmissable.”
The Old Whitaker Place
2010. 978-1-4507-0092-4 / 1-4507-0092-6
“Tom Whitaker, the aging hero of David Chambers’ fine first novel, is one of the most captivating characters I’ve encountered in some time. In a voice that is by turns tender, biting, nostalgic, and fearful, he tells a tale that, while succinct, speaks volumes about what it means to grow old in America today. But do not read this as a book with a political agenda, because it isn’t. It is, above all, a wonderful story.”
“In Camp Olvido, Lawrence Coates paints a sensual and humane picture of life and death in a depression-era work camp peopled by Latino fieldworkers . . . showing not only the sorrow of endemic poverty and powerlessness but the love and good humor of a community that can endure.”
—Bonnie Jo Campbell
Under the Small Lights
2010. 978-1-4507-0091-7 / 1-4507-0091-8
“Under the Small Lights is a kaleidoscopic glimpse at an intense circle of friends as they mix love and obsession in a sort of game of art. John Cotter knows how to write cutting dialogue and create slices of ardent and ambitious lives as they balance on the last edge of youth.”
That Night Alive
"Beautifully paced, That Night Alive records a woman’s yearning to
make something lasting in a post-apocalyptic world of surveillance
and subterfuge where genuine art is forbidden. Tara Deal’s ambitious, inventive, continually surprising, and finely etched novella immerses
us in a woman’s struggles and rewards the most close and attentive reading."
Burning the Aspern Papers
2003. 1-881163-41-5 / 1-881163-42-3
“John Drury’s marvelous new collection is a celebration of lives both extraordinary and everyday, from the sweet moan
of a delta blues singer to the high extravagance of Baron Corvo. Deft and uncanny in their psychological insights, powerful and
surprising in their meditations, these poems reflect the maturing of a true formal master, a genuine virtuoso of both soul and song.”
—David St. John
The title poem of this new collection received The Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review.
The Printer’s Error
2001. 1-881163-35-0 / 1-881163-36-9
“Of the overlooked poets of our time, Aaron Fogel may be the most brilliant and the most imaginatively complex.
If you haven't read him, there is great pleasure in your immediate future. I love his work.”
VIII Stepping Poems & other pieces
2011. 978-1-45-7-3710-4 / 1-45-7-3710-4
VIII Stepping Poems & other pieces brings together ten years of work from Irish poet, critic and art practitioner Fergal Gaynor. This is poetry in the modernist tradition, often in experimental forms. The Stepping Poems make apparent a surrounding silence or inarticulacy; the terse, gnomic triads of the Runes are based on Old Irish riddling forms.
Galactic Milk: the Five
Questions of Mortality
Frederick Farryl Goodwin
"In the night I drink from Frederick Farryl Goodwin's eternal Galactic Milk, joined by the whispering stars. The book has a healing effect like that of Achilles' spear: it healed the mortal wounds that no other medicine could possibly heal. But, at the same time, so exciting and detoxifying and purifying from the mud and quicksand of everyday life!"—Ferid Muhić
Frederick Farryl Goodwin
2009. 978-1-4243-3113-0 / 1-4243-3113-7
Twenty years in the making, Virgil's Cow is the debut collection by apocalyptic American poet and former hardcore vocalist Frederick Farryl Goodwin. Improbably fusing the best of what tradition has to offer this “Oxbridge” educated poet with attention to recombinatory energies, Virgil’s Cow presents a luminous voice for today’s brave new linguistic world of “hybridized” possibility.
2011. 978-1-4507-6214-4/ 1-4507-6214-4
“Mitko is a novella of astonishing force and poignance, and Garth Greenwell’s Sofia, Bulgaria, brings to mind Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin or the Saigon of Marguerite Duras.”
A Fight in the Doctor’s Office
2008. 978-1-4243-3111-6 / 1-4243-3111-0
“Cary Holladay’s lovely tale of misguided desire combines the precise vision of Flannery O’Connor with the brutal comic touch of Lewis Nordan. I can’t remember the last book I read with as many moments of mystery, illumination and emotional honesty.”
—Michael F. Parker
Winner of the 2014 Novella Prize.
"Fountain seems not unlike a witty and elegant English translation of some peculiar allegory from another land and another time. It’s wonderful, in other words. I deeply admire this antic, atmospheric, and dreamily vivid tale."
—Chris Bachelder, author of Abbott Awaits and U.S.!
Finding Freedom: Memorializing the Voices of Freedom Summer
“Western College for Women, known for its dedication to social justice, was a natural partner in the events of Freedom Summer '64. By opening the campus to those training to work as civil rights volunteers in Mississippi, Western became a witness to history, and to the courage and commitment of all those associated with the Freedom Summer movement.”
—Mackenzie Becker Rice, Director, Western College Alumnae Association
poems of nomadic dispersal
Poems, Creative Nonfiction
Janice A. Lowe
“The magic trick is that Lowe makes you feel through all the flux there is something unshakable at center. Words untangle and recombine, then land with stunning clarity. A stealth memoir emerges as Lowe turns an ode to family and city into music.”
Stéphane Mallarmé: The Poems in Verse
Poems in Translation
Stéphane Mallarmé; translation and notes by Peter Manson
2012.978-1-8811-6350-3 / 1-8811-6350-3
The Poems in Verse is Peter Manson’s translation of the Poésies of Stéphane Mallarmé. Long overshadowed by Mallarmé’s theoretical writings and by his legendary visual poem “Un coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hasard,” the Poésies are lyrics of a uniquely prescient and generative modernity. Grounded in a scrupulous sounding of the complex ambiguities of the original poems, Manson’s English translations draw on the resources of the most innovative poetries of our own time — these may be the first translations really to trust the English language to bear the full weight of Mallarméan complexity. With The Poems in Verse, Mallarmé’s voice is at last brought back, with all its incisive strangeness, into the conversation it started a hundred and fifty years ago, called contemporary poetry.
Between Cup and Lip
2008. 978-1-4243-3110-9 / 1-4243-3110-2
Between Cup and Lip is Peter Manson’s first American book publication. Containing 18 years of previously uncollected work, Between Cup and Lip forms the missing link between two collections published in Britain, For the Good of Liars (Barque, 2006) and Adjunct: An Undigest (Edinburgh Review, 2005), demonstrating the continuum between the prosodically-dense, endlessly considered poetry of the former and the procedural work of the latter.
March 2015. 978-1-4243-3109-3
Alissa Quart's first book of poetry sifts brilliantly through our landscape of damaged Americana. From spam ads to tech speak, from self-help to real estate to the lingo of gossip or "mom" sites, these poems insistently limn a country where nearly everything has taken on the character of money. Quart, the acclaimed author of Branded and two other books of reported cultural criticism, cuts into our clamorous culture, summoning its strangeness and humor. Monetized also reflects upon a shared longing for the analogue era, as well as our longing for a less commercialized past. This book is a remarkable account of a state of yearning for the passing moment in a period of rapid acceleration, a feeling Quart calls "right-now-nostalgia."
2007. 978-1-4243-3109-3 / 978-1-4243-3108-6
Winner of the 2006 Miami University Press Novella Contest, Badlands portrays the twenty–four–year marriage of Caro and Daniel Singleman—the marriage that was, is, and might have been. As the dying Caro confronts a night of crisis, the couple attempt to reshape the present by reconstructing the past through the interleaving of memory, hallucination, and dream. In this fraught terrain, Badlands explores two human mysteries—the inscrutability of the heart and the persistence of hope in the face of overwhelming loss.
The Waiting Room
2006. 1-881163-48-2 / 978-1-881163-48-0
Winner of the Miami University Press Novella Contest for 2005, The Waiting Room is a compact tale of alienation, abandonment, love and transgression. Albert Sgambati’s prose is sharp, funny and very much of the moment, and his characters are unique and sympathetically drawn. The Waiting Room will stay with readers long after the reading and the waiting is over.
A Personal History
Phillip R. Shriver. Edited by Dr. William Pratt
Miami University: A Personal History incorporates the lectures on Miami history which have been given by a former president to large classes for many years. As a complement to Walter Havinghurst’s narrative of The Miami Years —the primary source of university history ever since the Sesquicentennial Year of 1959, when it was first published— the Shriver history is a personal account, often with humorous asides, of a university rooted in the western academic tradition, which bears an Indian tribal name native to southwestern Ohio.
For individuals and trade, call (513) 529-2600 or fax (513) 529-2625 Miami University Bookstore, Phillip R. Shriver Center, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056.
Hafez: Translations and Interpretations of the Ghazals
Poems in Translation
“Geoffrey Squires’ translations of Hafez are not only beautiful (and they are) but innovate a new approach to the translation and presentation of poets from the distant and exotic past. In finding fresh means to show Hafez in context, Squires composes a work both faithful to Hafez and with a narrative power that opens a true dialogue between present and past. His Hafez in that sense sets a new standard for our time and for years to come."
Men Beware Women
2012. 978-1-881163-51-0 / 1-881163-51-0
“Men Beware Women is a charming story of one young man’s wide-ranging education abroad. It is also a wise, fast-paced novella that you will not be able to put down. When you do finish it, you’ll immediately be looking to pick up more work from the extremely talented Gwen Thompson.”
An Anthology of African American Poetry
Edited by Keith Tuma, with photographs by Lynda Koolish
2005. 978-1-881163-47-3 / 1-881163-47-4
Rainbow Darkness gathers poems by a range of established and newer African American poets including Jeff Allen, Wanda Coleman, C. S. Giscombe, Terrance Hayes, Kim Hunter, Honorée Jeffers, Nathaniel Mackey, Harryette Mullen, Mendi Lewis Obadike, Reginald Shepherd, Timothy Siebles, Evie Shockley, Lorenzo Thomas, Natasha Trethewey, Anthony Walton, Crystal Williams, and Tyrone Williams, and essays by Herman Beavers, Aldon Nielsen, Kathy Lou Schultz, Evie Shockley, and Lorenzo Thomas.
The Guide to the Flying Island
2009. 978-1-60743-571-6 / 1-60743-571-3
“Lee Upton’s The Guide to the Flying Island is a carefully nuanced enchantment which unfolds in the community around an isolated island chapel and on the threshold between the psychological and the metaphysical. As I watched Jake Isinglass attempt to unravel the mysteries of a missing nun and the loss of his mother, I was captivated by the mist-filled maritime setting and the enigmatic behavior of locals and pilgrims. Any fan of Picnic at Hanging Rock or The Magus will be spellbound by Upton’s deft prose and compelling characters."—R.T. Smith
Nance Van Winckel
2003. 1-881163-43-1 / 1-881163-44-X
“Nance Van Winckel’s poems work, walk, shine, splash, and heal. Their facts are hallucinatory. This traveling
phosphoric light registers and defines simultaneously many—all—parallel worlds born on the spot while walking.
Amorphous borders are the sharpest edges. ‘Blink, and this sleep is a pebble carried in the great / gullet of a dream
—augering down the lava core / and rising into the night mountains…’ Yes. And more. Fascinating.”
Mayor of the Roses
By Marianne Villanueva
2005. 1-881163-45-8 / 1-881163-46-6
In stories simultaneously sorrowful and hopeful, Villanueva writes of the contrary beauty, ugliness and violence of her native land, the Philippines, as well as of the myriad contradictions of immigrant life in the new landscapes of America.
By Liz Waldner
"The difference between looking anywhere you can and looking anywhere you want reasons the weather of these exquisite poems, inside which malady, melody, severity, doubt, and pleasure approach and pass to be claimed by a voice too beautiful to ever stop listening for. Liz Waldner may be here to show us how joy made sad gets to keep being joy, how to be beheld by meanness and not be it. This is the work of a vital, profuse mind undeniably at home in poetry." —Kathleen Peirce