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FRONT COVER by Amy Johnquest, Percy Lightfoot, Star Pupil, Trent School, 2017. ALTERED CABINET CARD, CASEIN, ACRYLIC. Courtesy of the artist.

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New and Forthcoming Titles from MR Contributors

The Massachusetts Review is thrilled to announce the following new and forthcoming releases from the poets and writers who have helped ensure that MR publishes the best in contemporary voices, here and abroad. Congratulations to all! (To purchase back issues of MR, click here.)

Across My Big Brass Bed, the latest novel by Gary Amdahl (Vol. 54, Issue 2 - 4, 2013), is available from Artistically Declined Press. “Gary Amdahl ... is, to boot, a free-wheeling—a whirling—diviner of associations. When the prose is on you don’t need a night-light.” — Sven Birkerts

Collected French Translations: Poetry and Collected French Translations: Prose by John Ashbery (Vol. 54, Issue 4, Winter 2013), is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in Spring 2014. “Meticulously faithful yet nimbly inventive . . . We are fortunate that John Ashbery has . . . brought to it such care and imaginative resourcefulness.” New York Times Book Review

Marianne Boruch’s (Vol. 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014) eighth poetry collection, Cadaver, Speak, will be out Spring 2014 from Copper Canyon Press. “Her poems are contained, steady, and exceptionally precise. They build toward blazing insights with the utmost honesty and care.” — David Young

MR co-founder Jules Chametzky’s Out of Brownsville: Encounters with Nobel Laureates and Other Jewish Writers—A Cultural Memoir is now available from University of Massachusetts Press. “No student of American Jewish writing needs to be reminded that Jules Chametzky is one of its pioneers. . . . He now caps a distinguished career as critic, editor, and teacher with this delightful volume of memoirs.” —  Joseph C. Landis

Gillian Conoley’s (Volume 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014) most recent collection of poems, Peace, will be published by Omnidawn in 2014. “Gillian Conoley’s Peace encompasses the wholeness of a world vision, where the experimental converges with the lyrical narrative—past, present, and future—to unveil those hidden moments surrounding us, as well as the accentuated ones. Peace relies on responsibility in language, through grace and terse energy, and it shows how opposites form a luminous composite of arresting imagery always moving through a tangible truth.” — Yusef Komunyakaa

Anne Halley Poetry Prize-winner Geffrey Davis’s (Volume 54, Issue 3, Autumn 2013) debut collection, Revising the Storm, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in Spring 2014. “Geffrey Davis translates and transforms our contemporary modes of love, violence and history. Revising the Storm feels written by a poet who has traversed several previous lives and honed them into a language of beautiful survival. Urgent, tender, imaginative: this is a tremendous debut.” Terrance Hayes

The Thousand-Year Minutes, the latest poetry collection from Eugene Dubnov (Volume 54, Issue 4, Winter 2013), was published by Shoestring Press (UK) in August 2013. “Dubnov at his best, … with each poem beautifully mirrored in English, too…his is an original voice, molding the Russian language with finesse and sensitivity.” — Donald Rayfield

Violet Kupersmith’s (Vol. 54, Issue 4, Winter 2013) debut novel, The Frangipani Hotel, will be published by Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House, in Spring 2014. A collection of stories based on traditional Vietnamese folk tales, The Frangipani Hotel blends past and present, mundane and fantastic to explore intersections of identity and the legacy of the Vietnam War.

A Boot’s A Boot, from Lesle Lewis (Vol. 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014), is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2014. “Few poets handle both syntax and sound as she does, and few flirt so well both with, and against, common sense, with and against ordinary adult experience.” Publishers Weekly

Dawn Lonsinger’s (Vol. 48, Issue 3, Autumn 2007) Whelm, winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2012, is out now from Lost Horse Press. “In the dark water of these poems, Lonsinger gives voice to those things that cannot be categorized, enumerated, or named—love, language, music, the ghosts of the natural world—all the things that can save us.” — Anthony Doerr

Valerie Martin’s (Vol. 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014) new historical novel, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, is out now from Nan Talese/Doubleday. “[A] sly and masterly historical novel, a page-turner written with intelligence and flair. One way of constructing a novel that makes the whole seem larger than its parts is to variegate the parts — to employ multiple voices, styles and points of view, even interpolated genres, from poetry and court records to newspaper clippings, letters and diaries. Martin does all this and more, and the effect is striking.” The New York Times Book Review

Melanie McCabe's (Vol. 53, Issue 1, Spring 2012) latest collection, What the Neighbors Know, is now out from Futurecycle Press. "To enter Melanie McCabe's What the Neighbors Know is to cross over into an intricate architecture--and to discover in "every room a metaphor." McCabe's voice is one of ghostly removal from its own narrative, her vision one of ghostly engagement with a world of "cumulus and light translated by panes," by windows perceived and real.  Finding "plaster and brick complicit in the deed," McCabe is, in the manner of brilliant architects, master of the seen and unseen--of mystery and revelation."Claudia Emerson, author of Late Wife, Pinion and Secure The Shadow

Falling into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home, by Catherine Reid (Vol. 46, Issue 2, Summer 2005), is available from Beacon press. “[P]ursuing the nature of the 'natural' or calling us to meet her in wonder and in activism, author-naturalist Catherine Reid writes with an uncommonly enthralling acuity and grace. A major contribution to the re-vitalization of the essay and lyric nonfiction short form….” — Mary Cappello

Beachy Head, the second poetry collection from Emily Toder (Vol. 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014), is forthcoming from Coconut in 2014. Toder’s poetry “is written in a limpid vernacular of sudden lacunae, jumps, and about-faces. For all the poems' contemporaneity, they are haunted by an unsaid and probably indeterminate mystical experience.” — Eugene Ostashevsky

A collection of Lee Upton’s (Vol. 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014) short stories, The Tao of Humiliation, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in Spring 2014. Winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize, The Tao of Humiliation is a series of seventeen stories examining the course of shame and growth.

Douglas Whynott’s (Vol. 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014) book about the maple syrup industry, The Sugar Season, will be published by Da Capo Press and Perseus Books in March 2014. “Whynott shows the intimate, almost reverent relationship the maple producers have with their trees. . . . Thorough research provides fascinating insight into the sweet business of maple syrup.”
Kirkus Reviews

Sun Bear, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in Spring 2014, is the fourth collection of poems from Matthew Zapruder (Vol. 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014). “Zapruder's poems don't merely attempt beauty; they attain it.”
The Boston Review


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