• Kathleen Cassen Mickelson

New Book News

Updated: Mar 30

Welcome to a new regular feature here at One Minnesota Writer: New Book News.


Getting the word out about new publications is always challenging for writers. Giving readings is one of the ways we do that, but no one is giving in-person readings for the foreseeable future. No one is going to attend conferences or book fairs for a while. No in-person chats to connect with our audiences.


Luckily, we still have the internet. We have social media and we have places like One Minnesota Writer, where sharing news for all writers is a core value.


New Book News is my new feature designed to foster community, share news, lift other writers up. Once a month or so, I hope to share news of new small press publications other writers share with me. If you are a writer who would like to get in on this community effort, please share your author name, book title, publisher, release date and an optional <100-word description with me via my contact form on this site, which you can link to HERE.


And, now without further ado, here is the first New Book News. Click on the titles for information on where to get these publications.



Kind Chemist Wife: Musings at 3 a.m. by Sarah Bigham. Pski's Porch Publishing, March 2020. Paperback, $12.00. Poetry. From the publisher's website: "Plagued with spiraling pain, and wandering the house in the middle of the night unable to sleep, Sarah Bigham began writing in a desperate attempt to distract herself. This collection of her essays and poems ranges from lyrical to mystical to humorous to soul-piercing. Readers will laugh, cry, and nod in agreement as Sarah reminisces, observes, and describes the journey of an ordinary person living a quietly extraordinary life." For more information, please visit http://www.pskisporch.com/?p=854.




Piccola Poesie by Constance Brewer. Gyroscope Press, December 2019. Paperback, $11.99; Kindle $2.99. Poetry. From the website: "Piccola Poesie contains a variety of Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and American Sentences that explores human relationships with nature, with other people and with inanimate objects. The poems wheel through the seasons, dropping observations and commentary on life. In these short, easily digestible poems, the reader can find answers to questions like, What's up with cats, anyhow? and why winter causes the poet to rush outside to witness the season. Like macarons, the reader can enjoy these poems as a day-by-day treat, or gobble them down by the handful. 100 small bite poems for a fast-moving world." Find out more at constancebrewer.com.


Body Falling, Sunday Morning by Susana Case. Milk and Cake Press, ISBN 978-1-7341066-0-2-51200. Chapbook, $12. Poetry. From the author: Body Falling, Sunday Morning considers the miniature crime scene recreations of Frances Glessner Lee, the mother of crime scene investigation. Case imagines the lives of the victims, many of them women, through their deaths as depicted by Glessner Lee, and in the process invites her readers to think about how an ordinary day in an ordinary life can instantly, chillingly, turn into a shocking tragedy. There are ekphrastic poems inspired by the dioramas, prose poems inspired by the life of Glessner Lee, photographs of some of the dioramas, and even a cocktail recipe. For more information, please visit https://milkandcakepress.com/product/body-falling-sunday-morning-by-susana-h-case/


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Triage by Abigail Kirby Conklin. Duck Lake Books, January 2020. Chapbook, $11.99. Poetry. From the Duck Lake Books website: "Triage explores the longing, contempt and search for meaning that many artists go through, but without the nihilistic angst that one has come to expect from these themes. With an eye for the brutal truth and an ear for poetic honesty, Conklin dives into pain, grief and contempt with the love and joy of the artist at play, the poet laying bare the soul." For more information, visit https://catalog.ducklakebooks.com/p/triage.html.



Boys by Daniel Edward Moore. Duck Lake Books, December 2019. Chapbook, $11.99. Poetry. From the publisher's website: "The chapbook, Boys, like real boys packs raw, powerful emotion in a deceptively small package. These are twenty-five poems that wrestle with sorrows and joys, strength and weakness, power and vulnerability that all boys struggle with on the journey to manhood, but few have the artistic talent to shape into words. Daniel Edward Moore takes us on a poetic journey into the souls of boys with honest grit, integrity and sensitivity. Boys is an epic journey disguised as a chapbook." For more information, visit https://catalog.ducklakebooks.com/p/boys.html/.



Waxing the Dents by Daniel Edward Moore. Brick Road Poetry Press, January 2020. Paperback, $15.95. Poetry. This is Daniel Edward Moore's first full-length poetry collection and it was a finalist for the Brick Road Poetry Prize in 2019. Find out more here: https://www.brickroadpoetrypress.com/order-books/waxing-the-dents-moore.



Queen of the Owls by Barbara Linn Probst. She Writes Press, April 7, 2020. Preorder, $16.95. Fiction. From the author: "A chance meeting with a charismatic photographer will forever change Elizabeth’s life. Until she met Richard, Elizabeth's relationship with Georgia O’Keeffe and her little-known Hawaii paintings was purely academic. Now, it’s personal. When Richard reawakens an awareness in Elizabeth that’s haunted her since she was a child—the truth that cerebral knowledge will never be enough—Elizabeth takes a step she never imagined, and her life begins to unravel. Elizabeth wants what Georgia had. But how much is she willing to risk to be truly seen and known?" Order through any of the seven links on www.BarbaraLinnProbst.com which includes Amazon, IndieBound, and many others.


Bonus: one not so new publication - why not revisit?



A Map and One Year by Karen L. George. Dos Madres Press, 2018. Paperback, $17.00. Poetry. All the poems in this collection are found poems. Found poems have been referred to as the literary equivalent of a collage. According to the author's statement on the website, "Writing these found poems felt addictive and magical because they came from the words themselves, and traveled places my poems might not normally go." Find a little magic for yourself. For more information, visit https://www.dosmadres.com/shop/a-map-and-one-year-by-karen-l-george/.



Just one more thing -


The fifth anniversary issue of Gyroscope Review will be here by April 1. As a co-founder of this quarterly contemporary poetry journal, I know first-hand that this issue offers a diverse group of poets whose poems will fill a hole you didn't even realize you had. Many of the pieces are spring-themed, hopeful and vibrant at a time when we all need just that. Print and Kindle copies will be available from Amazon; a pdf version will be available on the website. Please visit gyroscopereview.com for more information.


Stay safe at home, everybody. And read your hearts out.


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