Monday, 29 May 2017

The Life and Times of José Calderon by José Faus

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Life and Times of José Calderon by José Faus.



The Life and Times of José Calderon

by José Faus

Overview

If you would have met José Calderon on the street, you might have wondered if he was all there — not because the man lacked substance but because he blended well with shadows and light. Though tall and imposing, his gait was easy and slight, as if a breeze could carry him away like a scent or a leaf. One friend said of him: "He suffered his life silently to the point of indifference." That is until he found inspiration from an old gypsy woman with young girl's smile and set out to chronicle his life, motivated by "a question life had begun to ask of him."

The Life and Times of José Calderon — compiled from papers he left behind and the cryptic asides he made to the few acquaintances he let into his musty house on Independence Avenue in Anytown, USA, where he lived with a rambunctious cat and a majestic harp — follows This Town Like That, the debut book of poetry by José Faus.

Product Details

Paperback
Publication Date: 30 May 2017
ISBN: 978-0-9908649-8-1
LoC Control No.: 2016953095
Catalogue No.: 39WP-21
Pages: 118
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.2 inches

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Striking the Black Snake: Poems from Standing Rock by MG Salazar

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Striking the Black Snake: Poems from Standing Rock by MG Salazar.


Striking the Black Snake
Poems from Standing Rock

by MG Salazar

Overview

Striking the Black Snake by MG Salazar, a lifelong activist for equality and justice, is a wild and raw book in equal parts manifesto, testimonial, how-to-manual, and confessional. Written during the winter of 2016-2017 after Salazar's "calling" to travel to the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota to be a water protector and prevent the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the poems chronicle the struggles and trials of the protesters, look deeply at those behind the crop dusters and riot gear, and speak to the children of the future, for whom the water must be preserved.

But this book is more than a call to a shared humanity. It is a journal of discovery and purpose in search of a code in which the heart, the voice, and the tears—the primordial gifts of the Creator—can make a being whole, and its poems are a liturgy couched in terms of a personal narrative that investigates the poet themselves: their life-long sense of alienation, their struggles with addiction, the acceptance of their identity, and the need to contribute meaningfully to future generations by standing up for the rights of indigenous peoples and the health of our planet.

Salazar, who was raised Latinx but discovered through genetic analysis their native American lineage, shares with us from the ground their perspective of an important moment in U.S. history, which has its roots in a harrowing youth, a whispered and denied ancestry, and the dogged determination to stand like a pillar of salt in the wake of a social and political system intent on destroying rather than creating. The poet also shares their intimate journey, facilitated by their endeavors at Standing Rock, to reclaim an identity that had been lost to colonialism.

The songs of Striking the Black Snake tell not only Salazar's story but also proudly sing of the strength and endurance of native peoples, who battle daily the dirge of the black snake, the oil, which the current U.S. government and its corporate partners value more than We the People. This book, therefore, represents the culmination of those songs.

Product Details

Paperback
Publication Date: 25 April 2017
ISBN: 978-1-946358-03-5
LoC Control #: 2017934283
Pages: 102
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.2 inches

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A Secret History of the Nighttime World by Jason Ryberg

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of A Secret History of the Nighttime World by Jason Ryberg.



Overview

Welcome to the world of Jason Ryberg—a world of true crimes and misdemeanors in the American grain—transformed through the poet’s retelling into miniature works of art. Reading Ryberg is like driving a pick-up truck across Kansas on shrooms, and his imagery, as fresh as a midnight S curve, takes the reader on a journey from city streets to wheat fields, navigating through a landscape bright with the "five-battery-flashlight of a moon." A Secret History of the Nighttime World, the twelfth book of poetry by Ryberg, delivers one great breath of fire directly from his heart onto the page.


Product Details

Paperback
Publication Date: 25 April 2017
ISBN: 978-1-946358-04-2
LoC Control #: 2017938920
Pages: 132
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Black Girl Shattered by Sheri Purpose Hall

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Black Girl Shattered by Sheri Purpose Hall.



Overview

Black Girl Shattered, the third book by spoken word artist Sheri Purpose Hall, effortlessly weaves her spirituality, black consciousness, and femininity into a tapestry of fully poetic words that are part memoir, part Black Studies thesis, part feminist manifesto, and part sacred text. By exploring the root causes of misfortunes that have been engineered to break the spirit of every woman—and revealing a path that leads to the beauty of mending—she ministers to all women (and men) while also speaking directly to issues that are both unique and specific to the black woman. This collection of poetry, prose, epistles, and essays is built on the kind of raw honesty designed to reveal, refresh, and uplift.

Product Details

Paperback
Publication Date: 21 February 2017
ISBN: 978-1-946358-01-1
LoC Control #: 2016958895
Pages: 130
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.3 inches

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Desolate Country: We the Poets, United, Against Trump by Art Uprising

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Desolate Country: We the Poets, United, Against Trump by Art Uprising.

Retail Price: $5.00
Paperback: 96 pages, 6x9
ISBN: 978-1-946358-02-8
LoC Control #: 2017900193
Publication Date: 13 January 2017

Overview:
Now, more than ever, our collective voices (and actions) must stand united in opposition to Donald J. Trump, who—by following the demagogue's playbook—seeks to divide and conquer by turning Christians against Muslims, white folks against people of color, men against women, and straights against LGBTQIAs, thereby creating fear and hate amongst the populace.

While We the People quarrel and vilify each other, Trump, without opposition, slyly invokes his true agenda: the marginalization of the masses and the continued facilitation of the advancement and concentration of wealth of the most affluent members of our society, which is evidenced by his billionaire cabinet nominees and bizarre infatuation with Russian President (and evil dictator) Vladimir Putin.

Desolate Country, therefore, represents an amalgamation of defiant work by established artists and those who, as a result of Trump's election, were inspired to write in protest. It aims to give voice to believers in the power of art as both a spiritual catharsis and a manifestor of change and to those who are morally opposed to saying, "Trump is my President."

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Novel Cliché: Aphorisms by Jeanette Powers

39 West Press is please to announce the publication of Novel Cliché: Aphorisms by Jeanette Powers.

Retail Price: $10.00
Paperback: 72 pages, 4x6
ISBN: 978-1-946358-00-4
LoC Control #: 2016958886
Publication Date: 29 November 2016

Overview:
Poet Jeanette Powers, well-known for her quips, presents her first collection of modern maxims. Novel Cliché: Aphorisms is a book of simple thoughts, or micropoems, that range from humorous to potent to pointing, and each adage is memorably quotable.  

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Corazón y una lengua peregrina by Latino Writers Collective

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Corazón y una lengua peregrina by Latino Writers Collective, edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs.

Overview:
Corazón y una lengua peregrina es una antología atípica que recoge en sus páginas a escritores de diferentes meridianos literarios. Es un compendio de historias en que la realidad y la ficción se mezclan para crear un mundo alterno que surge de la problemática social de sus protagonistas.

La escritora Mexicana, Minerva Margarita Villarreal, en su comentario del libro Corazón y una lengua peregrina, hace una apología de la literatura de habla hispana en los Estados Unidos, y como ella misma menciona, es la defensa de “una cultura permanentemente amenazada con la deportación”, añadiendo que la segregación a que se ven sometidos los hispanos indocumentados en los Estados Unidos va acompañada del acoso y el rechazo social, que hace que los inmigrantes se mantengan y experimenten una vida de miedo constante. Por lo tanto, la defensa de la lengua es la defensa de la cultura.

De ahí, la importancia del lanzamiento de esta antología, cuando empieza a hacer carrera en este país, un sentimiento atávico de odio hacia los inmigrantes, que promete criminalizar a los individuos simplemente por su lengua, color o religión; todo ello impulsado por personajes de ingrata recordación, pero que revisten gran importancia en una nación que siempre se calificó como tierra de inmigrantes.

En este libro hay veintiocho poemas de facturas muy diferentes, pero que a pesar de las barreras generacionales de sus autores, conforman un todo homogéneo que nos revela una preocupación universal por nuestra identidad y nuestros orígenes. También encontramos once cuentos, relatos deslumbrantes, que recrean la vida y la muerte, en un transcurrir de disímiles experiencias que nos transportan a la madre tierra. Si bien los poetas de esta antología cuestionan en una reflexión interna y profunda el tipo de sociedad en que vivimos, de igual modo, nos presentan el amor como una consecuencia natural y algunos relatos nos brindan una muestra de brillante humor que nos trae de regreso a la realidad.

Praise for Corazón y una lengua peregrina:
Juan Felipe Herrera, Poeta laureado de Estados Unidos: “Esta antología es un nuevo mar de voces hondas, energías de Rosario Castellanos, Neruda y Borges-añoranzas, micro-historias que nos iluminan. Celebremos estos poetas de infinitos horizontes.”

Minerva Margarita Villarreal, Premio Nacional de Poesía, Aguascalientes, México, 2016: “Esta es la virtud del libro Corazón y una lengua peregrina. La defensa de la escritura en español es la defensa no sólo de la lengua, sino de una cultura permanentemente amenazada con la deportación, una cultura de indocumentados, en la que ser hispano es estar marcado por la segregación y estar condenado a vivir con miedo, bajo el acoso y el estigma. Una cultura en la que el español queda relegado a la vergüenza, como si nuestra lengua fuera útil sólo para el sector terciario, para nombrar comidas y exigir trabajos que implican extenuantes fatigas.”

Duncan Tonatiuh, Premio al mejor Illustrador de Libros Infantiles por el New York Times: “Corazón y una lengua peregrina posee una amplia gama de voces. Refleja la diversidad de los autores Latinos que la conforman. Sin embargo hay un sentimiento que impregna todas sus hojas. Estos escritores se niegan a olvidar sus raíces y se niegan a olvidar las injusticias.”

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