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JOHN EHAB is a poet and journalist who grew up in Cairo, Egypt and is now based in Central California. John composes his poetry in both English and Arabicnot only translating, but re-composing to capture the same rhythm and feeling.

Ehab has performed his poetry internationally and in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the USA.

 

 

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ISBN 978-0-9911878-5-0

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A SHELF TOPPED WITH BOOKS
John Ehab

From a coffee break in Berlin to a funeral in Cairo and all the way down to the bottom of a sludgy well, John Ehab portrays an image of incompatible, inharmonious worlds. The poet attempts to grapple with the differences by traveling inwardly between contrasting poles or simply pausing in a state of confusion.

The location of each poem's inception is of equal importance to the feeling and experience of the poet. It is a journey of pain, longing and hope. It is an escape or a quest for that "best place," or maybe just for "a shelf, topped with books, topped with a shelf, topped with books."

 

BRANDi KATHERINE HERRERA holds a M.F. A. in Writing from Pacific University, and is the author of the chapbook the specificity of early spring shadows (Bedouin Books, 2013). Her poetry, reviews and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Common, Word For/Word, VoiceCatcher, The Oregonian, Charlotte, and Written River, among others. Brandi lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

LISA WUJNOVICH is a poet/farmer who lives and works at Mountain Dell Farm in Hancock, New York. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Fieldwork, (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and This Place Called Us, (Stockport Flats, 2008). Her poems have appeared in 5AM, Naugatuck River Review, Adanna, Earth First, Canary Press, New York Organic News, and other publications. Her anti-fracking poems are forthcoming in the poetry anthology, Vigil for the Marcellus Shale (Foothills Press, 2013). She holds a M.F.A. in Poetry from Drew University.

 

 

 

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ISNB 978-0-9840285-9-7

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THE LAKE RISES
Brandi Katherine Herrera & Lisa Wujnovich, Editors

Contemporary poets write on, in and through water to examine humans’ responsibility to this endangered resource. These poets calm, quench, transport, cleanse as they protest derogation and mourn drowning. Editors Lisa Wujnovich and Brandi Katherine Herrera achieve a fluid weave of innovative and contemplative poets to usher in climate change. The poems in The Lake Rises: poems to & for our bodies of water reach coast-to-coast, asking readers to drink a diversity of voices that resonate with each other in astounding ways. Some splash. Some sink. Simple narratives and experimental structures become meditative sieves readers can flow through to renew awareness.

LILLIEN WALLER was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She studied English literature at the University of Michigan and received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. She also holds degrees from the New School for Social Research and Emory University. She has been a Cave Canem Fellow, a member of the Sisters of Color Writers Collective (SOC), and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals and the anthology Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry (HarperCollins). She is currently working on a collection of poems exploring family and community life in Detroit in the wake of the 1967 riots. She lives in Harlem, New York.

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ISBN 978-0615-44807-7

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AMERICAN GHOST: POETS ON LIFE AFTER INDUSTRY
Lillien Waller

Accelerated by the Great Recession, late twentieth-century deindustrialization in the United States left many manufacturing cities, and their rural counterparts, economically battered by the experience of unprecedented joblessness, poverty, and depopulation. We characterize these locales as ghost towns, phantoms of a former glory, while often failing to acknowledge the people who fare the downturns and form the core of America's urban and rural cultures.

The nine poets represented in American Ghost: Poets on Life after Industry counter such myopia in verse, with thoughtful reflections on the real costs of industry and its dismantlement--community life, personal identity, cultural traditions, and the natural world--in Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin, and beyond. This intimate collection culls inspiration from personal and collective experience, found text, and oral history, as it speaks to the complicated humanity surviving amid so-called ruin. American Ghost asks us to consider: what will sustain us? How will we sustain each other?

POEMS BY b: william bearhart, Suzette Bishop, Anne Gorrick, Randall Horton Denise Miller, Ruby Murray, Kate Schapira, Lillien Waller, Deborah Woodard. Photographs by Ruby Murray and Valaurian Waller.

MARY OLMSTED GREENE, a resident of Narrowsburg, New York, was born in Mexico City and raised at the New Jersey shore. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from Brooklyn College. She is founder and director of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective which sponsors workshops, publications and events in the Upper Delaware River valley. She is also associate editor of The River Reporter rnewspaper in Narrowsburg. Greene's poetry has appeared in numerous national and local journals, and she has given readings and performances in venues all over the region. She has published two books of poetry, Where You're Going in this Dream and A Painting With You Running Through It, and her work has appeared in several anthologies. Her favorite wild place is the Atlantic Ocean.

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ISBN 978-0-9819267-9-7

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WOMEN OUTSIDE
Mary Olmsted Greene

The thirteen women interviewed by Mary Olmsted Greene in Women Outside: Conversations about Nature, Art & Spirit invite readers to reconnect with wilderness and wildness. These women share an intensity that comes from contact with nature. We read how their exchange with the non-human blossoms through artistic and spiritual practices. As associate editor of The River Reporter and as facilitator/founder of The Upper Delaware Writers Collective, Greene fosters awareness in individuals who are activists in their ecosystem. Here, we meet some of these women. She introduces us to a nine-year-old walking a streambed and an eighty year old living alone in the woods. We meet a wildlife rehabilitator, a shorthorn shepherd, a Sufi master, a Yoruba priestess, a dancer, a photographer, an activist, a gardener, a naturalist and a mountaineer. Their words are echoed in poems that examine the book's four sections: Earth's Daughters, Crossing Paths, Body Knowledge and Answering the Call. The book is 272 pages and features 12 interviews and 24 poems.

 

LISA WUJNOVICH is a poet and farmer who lives and works at Mountain Dell Farm in Hancock, New York. Her poems can be seen in the New York Organic News, High Watermark Salo[o]n, The River Reporter, Earth’s Daughters, 5am, Canary Press, and Adanna Journal; her translationappears in Poetry International 2010. She has two books of poetry, This Place Called Us, (Witness Post Publication, Stockport Flats 2008) and a forthcoming chapbook, Fieldwork (Finishing Line Press 2012.) Her anti-fracking poetry was featured in the traveling art show, Earth Stewards: Artists Respond to Drilling in the Marcellus Shale and in 1,000 Poets for Change. She holds a MFA in Poetry from Drew University and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti. .

MARK DUNAU was born in Washington, D.C. in 1952, and is the son of two labor lawyers. He graduated from Antioch College in 1974 with a degree in drama. From 1969 through 1986 he wrote eight plays, all of which were produced. His play Glass was nationally toured for three years, and was the first play in history to be supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. He is the author with Elizabeth Henderson of The Farmer’s Pledge of NOFA-NY. In 2008, Mark’s first new play in twenty years was produced at Antioch College. Mark is currently an advocate and birdddogger for the self-employed: Don't Submit. See http://www.dontsubmit.org/

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ISBN 978-0-9819267-1-1

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THIS PLACE CALLED US
Lisa Wujnovich & Mark Dunau

Organic farmers Lisa Wujnovich and Mark Dunau document their passion for the slow food movement through poems and photographs. This collaboration grows out of their daily life on Mountain Dell Farm. Wujnovich's poems, entitled Hands and Knees, take us through the seasons, exposing us to the toil and joy she experiences through a full growing cycle. Dunau's photography collection, Sky to Plant, kaleidoscopes from aerial photos down to dirt-level: we see crop circles from an airplane then zoom down to close-ups of seedlings. We watch their children mature harvest after harvest. Page after page, we experience the internal and external landscapes of a farm family as it forges a sustainable relationship to the land. The books is 62 pages and features 28 poems and 22 photos.

 

WITNESS POST Series features works by those who are dedicated stewards of sustainability. The geological term, witness post, refers to a signpost “placed on a claim line when it cannot be placed in the corner of a claim because of water or difficult terrain.” Our culture makes reclamation and sustainable land practices extraordinarily difficult. The writers and artists in this series bear witness to this complex task; their claims help us work toward awareness and action.