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SPD is proud to celebrate recent titles that have drawn critical praise & attention! We've gathered some of our favorite recent review highlights and will compile that buzz for you here regularly.  Publishers & authors: if you've got a new review you'd like considered for our highlights, please send it to publicity@spdbooks.org!

the Internet is for real (C&R Press, 2019) By Chris Campanioni
(C&R Press, 2019)
By Chris Campanioni

from Fence Digital | December 20, 2019
EXTRATRANSMISSION (Kelsey Street Press, 2019) By Andrea Abi-Karam
EXTRATRANSMISSION
(Kelsey Street Press, 2019)
By Andrea Abi-Karam

from The Adroit Journal | December 20, 2019
All That Beauty (Letter Machine Editions, 2019) By Fred Moten
(Letter Machine Editions, 2019)
By Fred Moten

from The New York Times | December 20, 2019
"...All That Beauty includes a whirl of shapes and forms, frequent and conspicuous disjunction, and chunks of prose marinated in theory... This book will be an undertaking for many readers, but it's well worth it."-David Orr

Blackfishing the IUD (Wolfman Books, 2019) By Caren Beilin
(Wolfman Books, 2019)
By Caren Beilin

from The Millions | December 20, 2019
Style (Kenning Editions, 2016) By Dolores Dorantes
(Kenning Editions, 2016)
By Dolores Dorantes

from Lit Hub | December 20, 2019

Love Dream With Television (Noemi Press, 2018) By Hannah Ensor
(Noemi Press, 2018)
By Hannah Ensor

from The Rumpus | December 20, 2019
The Breathing Body Of This Thought (Black Square Editions, 2019) By Genya Turovskaya
(Black Square Editions, 2019)
By Genya Turovskaya

from Publisher's Weekly | December 20, 2019


The Cupped Field (Able Muse Press, 2019) By Deirdre O'Connor
(Able Muse Press, 2019)
By Deirdre O'Connor

from Publisher's Weekly | December 20, 2019
"Readers will need to quiet themselves as they lean into the hushed subtlety of O’Connor's formally precise second collection... Readers will find a poet who masterfully serves the elegiac mode she favors."

SIR (Litmus Press, 2019) By Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
(Litmus Press, 2019)
By Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

from The Brooklyn Rail | December 19, 2019
Me & Other Writing (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2019) By Marguerite Duras, Olivia Baes (Trans.), Emma Ramadan (Trans.)
(Dorothy, a publishing project, 2019)
from Chicago Review of Books | December 11, 2019
".. many of us are already fans of the kind of autofiction that Duras helped popularize, but despite that I was unprepared for how deeply affecting a reading experience Me & Other Writing would be. Duras is not for an age, as they say, but for all time, and the pieces collected lovingly and thoughtfully into this volume will stay with me forever."-Kyle Williams

from Los Angeles Review of Books | December 11, 2019
Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, 2019) By Elee Kraljii Gardiner (ed.)
(Anvil Press, 2019)
By Elee Kraljii Gardiner (ed.)

from Librairie Drawn & Quarterly | December 17, 2019
The Russian Version (2nd Edition) (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019) By Elena Fanailova, Genya Turovskaya (trans.), Stephanie Sandler (trans.)
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019)
By Elena Fanailova, Genya Turovskaya (trans.), Stephanie Sandler (trans.)

from Librairie Drawn & Quarterly | December 17, 2019
Lite Year (Fence Books, 2019) By Tess Brown-Lavoie
(Fence Books, 2019)
By Tess Brown-Lavoie

from Full Stop | December 17, 2019
"Tess Brown-Lavoie's Lite Year is not the lyric wandering among grasshoppers of Mary Oliver or the slow growth of some 19th century sonnet. She is a mad farmer whose linearity has been devoured by the growing chaos of our climate and her body. The book-length series of prose poems she offers to readers depicts the accumulating burdens and wonders of living."-Emma Schneider

from The Brooklyn Rail | November 1, 2019
Deathwish (Newest York Arts Press, 2019) By Ben Fama
(Newest York Arts Press, 2019)
from Guernica | November 15, 2019
"In his poems, Fama explores the haziness between our real lives and the simulations that sustain them. His work solders a yearning for human connection to the faux-mysticism of consumer culture, and expresses it through clear, assured lines."-KrisAnne Madaus

Advantages of Being Evergreen (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2019) By Oliver Baez Bendorf
(Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2019)
By Oliver Baez Bendorf

from Electric Literature | December 16, 2019
Heart Like A Window, Mouth Like A Cliff (Noemi Press, 2019) By Sara Borjas
(Noemi Press, 2019)
By Sara Borjas

from Electric Literature | December 16, 2019
Positions of the Sun (Belladonna*, 2018) By Lyn Hejinian
(Belladonna*, 2018)
By Lyn Hejinian

from Full Stop | December 16, 2019
The Last Innocence / The Lost Adventures (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019) By Alejandra Pizarnik, Cecilia Rossi (Trans.)
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019)
from Pank Magazine | November 26, 2019
"Cecilia Rossi’s sensitive translations will widen Pizarnik’s readership and contribute to the increasingly common recovery projects of female writers and visual artists forgotten, lost, passed over, overpowered, or dismissed. Too many of these women lived or died tragically; the least we can do is to honor their work."-Clara B. Jones

...and Other Disasters (Mason Jar Press, 2019) By Malka Older
(Mason Jar Press, 2019)
from Publisher's Weekly | November 21, 2019
from Foreword Reviews | November 16, 2019
"Older's stories reject monoculture on every level. Her polyvalent characters are completely themselves, exploring human identity, capacity, and potential without centering whiteness, too often the default in science fiction."-Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers

Careen (Noemi Press, 2019) By Grace Shuyi Liew
(Noemi Press, 2019)
from Aster(ix) Journal | November 7, 2019
while they sleep (under the bed is another country) (Birds, LLC, 2019) By Raquel Salas Rivera
(Birds, LLC, 2019)
from Remezcla | December 10, 2019
Materia Prima (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019) By Amanda Berenguer
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019)
By Amanda Berenguer

from The Manchester Review | December 14, 2019
MORELIA (Solid Objects, 2019) By Renee Gladman
MORELIA
(Solid Objects, 2019)
By Renee Gladman

from Librairie Drawn & Quarterly | December 13, 2019
"Renee Gladman—'writer of drawings'—does things with language that no one else can do. Having dubbed MORELIA a 'crime-novel,' Gladman does to the genre what she did to sci-fi with the Ravicka series: she upends it."-Benjamin Bush Anderson

Deer Trails (City Lights Publishers, 2019) By Kim Shuck
(City Lights Publishers, 2019)
By Kim Shuck

from The Rumpus | December 12, 2019
 Colonize Me (Saturnalia Books, 2019) By Benjamin Naka-Hasebe Kingsley
(Saturnalia Books, 2019)
By Benjamin Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

from The Rumpus | December 12, 2019
Grenade in Mouth: Some Poems of Miyo Vestrini (Kenning Editions, 2019) By Miyo Vestrini, Faride Mereb (Ed.), Anne Boyer (Trans.), Cassandra Gillig (Trans.)
(Kenning Editions, 2019)
By Miyo Vestrini, Faride Mereb (Ed.), Anne Boyer (Trans.), Cassandra Gillig (Trans.)

from Chicago Review of Books | December 11, 2019
Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press, 2017) By Virginia Grise
(Plays Inverse Press, 2017)
By Virginia Grise

from NBC News | December 11, 2019
Hope Matters (Book*hug, 2019) By Columpa Bobb, Tania Carter, Lee Maracle
(Book*hug, 2019)
By Columpa Bobb, Tania Carter, Lee Maracle

from CBC's "Books of the Year" | December 10, 2019
 Re-Origin of Species (Book*hug, 2019) By Alessandra Naccarato
(Book*hug, 2019)
By Alessandra Naccarato

from CBC's "Books of the Year" | December 10, 2019
 War/Torn Book*hug By Hasan Namir
(Book*hug, 2019)
By Hasan Namir

from CBC's "Books of the Year" | December 10, 2019
Dunce (Wave Books, 2019) By Mary Ruefle
The Faerie Devouring (Book*hug, 2018) By Catherine Lalonde, Oana Avasilichioaei (Trans.)
(Book*hug, 2018)
By Catherine Lalonde, Oana Avasilichioaei (Trans.)

from Event Magazine | December 9, 2019

Last of Her Name (Kaya Press, 2019) By Mimi Lok
(Kaya Press, 2019)
By Mimi Lok

from Los Angeles Review of Books | December 8, 2019
Flung Throne (Ahsahta Press, 2018) By Cody-Rose Clevidence
(Ahsahta Press, 2018)
By Cody-Rose Clevidence

from Rhino Poetry | December 6, 2019
Factory Girls (Action Books, 2019) By Takako Arai
(Action Books, 2019)
By Takako Arai

from Rhino Poetry | December 6, 2019
Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) (Metonymy Press, 2019) By Hazel Jane Plante
(Metonymy Press, 2019)
By Hazel Jane Plante

from The Star | December 5, 2019
Wild Milk (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2018) By Sabrina Orah Mark
(Dorothy, a publishing project, 2018)
By Sabrina Orah Mark

from Lit Hub | December 4, 2019
Mannequin in the Nude (PANK Books, 2019) Logan February
(PANK Books, 2019)
Logan February

from Chicago Review of Books | December 4, 2019
Invasive Species (Nightboat Books, 2019) By Marwa Helal
(Nightboat Books, 2019)
By Marwa Helal

from The Millions | December 4, 2019

Quarrels (Anvil Press, 2018) By Eve Joseph
(Anvil Press, 2018)
By Eve Joseph

from The Millions | December 4, 2019
Doomstead Days (Nightboat Books, 2019) By Brian Teare
(Nightboat Books, 2019)
By Brian Teare

from Full Stop | December 2, 2019
Is God Is (Soho Rep Special Edition) (3 Hole Press, 2018) By Aleshea Harris
(3 Hole Press, 2018)
By Aleshea Harris

from Los Angeles Times | November 29, 2019
Masterworks and Other Stories (Instar Books, 2019) By Simon Jacobs
(Instar Books, 2019)
By Simon Jacobs

from Vol. 1 Brooklyn | November 26, 2019
The Nothing That Is: Essays on Art, Literature and Being (Book*hug, 2019) By Johanna Skibsrud
(Book*hug, 2019)
from The Woven Tale Press | November 12, 2019
Year By Year Poems (Tender Buttons Press, 2019) By Lynne Sachs
(Tender Buttons Press, 2019)
By Lynne Sachs

from Fonts In Use | November 26, 2019
Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2018) By Jennifer S. Cheng 
(Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2018)
By Jennifer S. Cheng

excerpt from LitHub | November 20, 2019
Taxonomic Drift (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019) By Mark Young
(Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019)
By Mark Young

from Full Stop | November 12, 2019

War/Torn (Book*hug, 2019) By Hasan Namir
(Book*hug, 2019)
By Hasan Namir

from Plenitude Magazine | November 10, 2019
Graffiti (Aunt Lute Books, 2019) By Pallavi Dhawan, Devi S. Laskar, & Tamika Thompson, Eds.
(Aunt Lute Books, 2019)
By Pallavi Dhawan, Devi S. Laskar, & Tamika Thompson, Eds.

excerpt in Longreads | November 7, 2019

A Princess Magic Presto Spell: Parts 1-9 (Flood Editions, 2019) By Lisa Jarnot
(Flood Editions, 2019)
By Lisa Jarnot

from Public Books | November 6, 2019 

A Space Between (Bordighera Press, 2019) By Anna Citrino
(Bordighera Press, 2019)
By Anna Citrino

from Ovunque Siamo | November 2, 2019

Gestures Ugly Duckling Presse By Jayde Will (Translator), Artis Ostups
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018)
By Artis Ostups, tr. Jayde Will

from Tupelo Quarterly | November 1, 2019
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