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Newest Chapbook: Haram

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In his debut chapbook, Antony Fangary brings unique and examining poems about identity through the lens of family history, religion, and discrimination. At once Coptic Christian and heretic, at once American and Egyptian, Fangary captures scenes in wide-angle and a deep depth-of-field. He is able to write tender lines that lacerate in an original voice. In Haram, you’ll learn about the “two white boys who sold everything from coke to pitbulls / good guys to know when you’re fifteen and alone,” while being reminded to “love the fear [God] gives you / and be thankful for it.”

Read “Bakhour” from Haram and other poems at Anomaly.

Read two other poems from the collection at Mantra ReviewLeft Hooks.

On sale in the online store and Amazon now! Stay tuned for information on readings and other events.

Etched Press Poet Joins Archive

Kirby Wright’s The Girl with the Green Violin is now included as a part of the special collection at the University of California San Diego’s Archive for New Poetry. This is the first Etched Press title introduced to the archive.

The Archive for New Poetry is a comprehensive research collection of American poetry and poetics reflecting and documenting alternative approaches to writing in the English language that have emerged since 1945. Although the Archive includes mainstream and academic poets, particularly those whose works are antecedent to post-war American experimental writing, most of the collection focuses on the “New American” poets: the Black Mountain poets, the Objectivist movement, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, and the language writers.

The Archive was established in 1968 when Roy Harvey Pearce, professor of literature at UC San Diego, donated important first editions of post-war American poets to the UC San Diego Library. The collection now numbers over 35,000 volumes, 1,800 serial titles, over 700 poetry broadsides, extensive manuscript holdings, and over 1,500 audio recordings, all of which support intense research use by students, scholars and writers internationally.

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Etched Press is proud to be a part of such a important collection. Congratulations to Kirby Wright! Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. Wright is also the author of the companion novels Punahou Blues and Moloka’i Nui Ahina, both set in Hawaii. His third novel The End, My Friend is currently being adapted into a film. More information on the archive can be found here.

A link to the catalog record in UCSD’s special collections.

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Flotsam Chapbook by Catherine Kyle Coming in February

Chapbook Coming Soon

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Photograph by Catherine Kyle
Honeynote font by Denise Bentulan (http://douxiegirl.com)

The next chapbook from Etched Press, Flotsam by Catherine Kyle, will soon be published as a part of the Etched Press Poetry Series. Kyle has crafted a world filled with magical realism, in a traditional and nontraditional sense. The lyrics in Flotsam are imbued with spells. She invokes the ocean, ships, and urban and rural villages to craft a modern fairy tale. This is a chapbook that explores unconscious and conscious desires. Kyle expertly wields vivid imagery, lovely rhythms, textured verbs and taut metaphors. This chapbook explores the idea that “the line between flotsam and jetsam is want.” We learn that “humans distinguish the things waves do not.” By the end, Flotsam takes readers through the waters, across landscapes real and imagined to transform us until “we have become / the forest itself.”

Flotsam will be available as a print chapbook in the Etched Press Shop and as an ebook via Amazon Kindle on Valentine’s Day.