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 Bookshop.org 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
Mona at Sea  by Elizabeth Gonzalez James
A darkly funny coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the Great Recession that takes the audience on a wild journey through a strange, uncertain modern America.
Old Stones, New Roads  by Suzanne S. Rancourt
A poetic journey that crosses landscapes and histories, as both human and animal. Rancourt’s strong and lyric voice does not back down when challenged by memory or history. Old Stones, New Roads, a poetic journey of capture and release that is weaved with the poet’s own perfect gossamer thread.
Inheritance Revealed  by Cheryl A. Hunter
When Arianna Sabini is viciously attacked, she awakens and discovers she is a vampire hunter, her boyfriend is a vampire, and the mythology she teaches is not entirely fiction.
The Stars We Share  by Rafe Posey
Set against the backdrop of WWII, a sweeping, atmospheric novel of sacrifice, ambition, and commitment, and the secrets we keep from the ones we love.
I Used to Be Korean  by Jiwon Choi
"These sharp-tongued poems, often levitating on their own buoyant wit, are full of Jiwon Choi's delightful 'wickedness and dirty humor.' Her work is propelled by New York immigrant energy, which of course makes it quintessentially American."—Terence Winch
The Diamond Cutter's Daughter: a Poet's Memoir  by Abhishek Khadka
In short lyrical essays, Terranova recounts the wonder and difficulty of growing up in a working-class Orthodox Jewish home in the Philadelphia of the 1940s and 1950s. "This lovely book functions as an elegy for a father who was late to appreciate his daughter’s gift. 'A diamond, they say, lasts forever, but so too, I’d wanted to tell him, does some writing.'” lovely book functions as an elegy for a father who was late to appreciate his daughter’s gift. 'A diamond, they say, lasts forever, but so too, I’d wanted to tell him, does some writing.'” working-class Orthodox Jewish home in the Philadelphia of the 1940s and 1950s. "This lovely book functions as an elegy for a father who was late to appreciate his daughter’s gift. 'A diamond, they say, lasts forever, but so too, I’d wanted to tell him, does some writing.'” —Natasha Sajé working-class Orthodox Jewish home in the Philadelphia of the 1940s and 1950s. "This lovely book functions as an elegy for a father who was late to appreciate his daughter’s gift. 'A diamond, they say, lasts forever, but so too, I’d wanted to tell him, does some writing.'” —Natasha Sajé
To Zenzi  by Robert L. Shuster
“... a tragic story brilliantly and seamlessly told, full of love, humor and hope.” — BONNIE JO CAMPBELL “Set against the historic fall of Berlin, this debut novel vibrates with emotion...a sweeping portrait of survival...” —KIRKUS REVIEWS “Heart-wrenching and vibrant...” —FOREWORD REVIEWS
WING  by Denise Low
Imagined and real worlds intersect as lyric poet Denise Low dances between mortals and the dead, humans and animals, her European and Indigenous heritages. Real pandemics and wildfires set the stage as she illumines connections between the rational and intuitive. From former Poet Laureate of Kansas.
Touching This Leviathan  by Peter Wayne Moe
Touching This Leviathan asks how we might come to know the unknowable—in this case, whales, animals so large yet so elusive, revealing just a sliver of back, a glimpse of a fluke, or a split-second breach before diving away.
Feral Ornamentals: Poems  by Charlie Green
In Feral Ornamentals, Charlie Green takes the particles and atoms that are our lives, reads them inside out, and gives us beauty that says we are here and that every breath is art, whether we are grieving, loving, at war, or simply watching the snow fall and boiling eggs. “You can’t live in the past, but still you can die there” —Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Easy Does It  by Jennifer Moore
In Easy Does It, Jennifer Moore’s second full-length collection, the speaker brings the reader on an exploration of multiple worlds: the social, the domestic, and the pastoral, considering the difficult questions and problems of the self—of memory, history, grief, and desire.
Stable Weight: A Memoir of Hunger, Horses, and Hope  by Lisa Whalen
A story of resilience, empowerment, and the transformative power of human-animal bonds, Stable Weight illustrates that what matters isn’t whether we fall, but that we rise. Free with purchase: book club guide, educator’s guide, lesson plans, and assignments appropriate for high school and up.
Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa  by Matthew Gavin Frank
“Unforgettable . . . An outstanding adventure in its lyrical, utterly compelling, and heartbreaking investigations of the world of diamond smuggling.” —Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Renditions  by Reginald Gibbons
In Renditions, Reginald Gibbons conducts an ensemble of poetic voices, using the works of a varied, international selection of writers as departure points for his translations and transformations.
The Art of Fiction  by Kevin Prufer
In this his eighth collection of poetry (fifth with Four Way Books), Prufer’s career-spanning talent for estranging the familiar—and also for recording the unthinkable with eerie directness—recurs, enhanced and transformed by the collection’s meta-level attention to the role of fiction in our lives.
Reliquary  by Abigail Wender
In her debut collection, Reliquary, Abigail Wender addresses losing a brother to prison and, ultimately, opiate addiction. The text also considers womanhood, motherhood, and marriage in lyric poems.
Say It Hurts  by Lisa Summe
Say It Hurts grapples with queerness, love, grief, masculinity, coming of age, and coming out in the context of cultural violence rooted in misogyny and familial violence rooted in catholicism. In these poems joy and loss hold hands.
Family Weave  by Lee Sowder
Richly voiced characters tell of ordinary lives with extraordinary humor and tragedy, showing us how not only to survive, but how to celebrate life.
More Enduring for Having Been Broken  by Gwendolyn Paradice
More Enduring for Having been Broken includes stories of children abandoned, forgotten, and ignored, their trauma and the desperate need to survive it. The boys and girls in this collection weather their aloneness in a world touched by the strange and fantastical.
Enrique Alférez: Sculptor  by Katie Bowler Young
Sculptor Enrique Alférez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1903. After service in the Mexican Revolution as a youth, he emigrated to Texas; studied in Chicago; and, in 1929, made his way to New Orleans, where he left a lasting imprint through his figurative sculptures, monuments, and fountains.
Face: A Memoir  by Marcia Meier
At age five, Marcia Meier was hit by a car, losing the left side of her face and eyelid. Over the next fifteen years she underwent twenty surgeries and went on to become a successful journalist. But at midlife her controlled world began to fall apart, and she began a journey into the darkness of her past in order to heal.
Here Lies a Father  by Mckenzie Cassidy
Fifteen-year-old Ian Daly’s moral universe is turned upside down when, at his father’s funeral, he discovers that his father had two secret families.
Still Life with Timex  by Elizabeth Murawski
In Still Life with Timex, Elisabeth Murawski never shifts the focus away from her grief, and yet she manages to incorporate so much more: Argentina, Bethesda, nurse’s aides, Mantegna’s painting, figures from the New Testament, grief counselors, and etymologies. —John Skoyles, poetry editor of PLOUGHSHARES