Polls are open for the Ohioana Library Readers' Choice Award and Amy Gustine needs your vote, and a new interview with Mark Jarman

Mark Jarman was interviewed for the next issue of Five Points. He speaks to his poetry in The Heronry, his childhood in Scotland, and poetry as politics. Here's a brief statement on The Heronry from Mark Jarman: 

The poems in The Heronry, for me, continue to consider the intersection of the human and the natural worlds, and the point of the intersection, where I think human beings are constantly rediscovering their souls. 

Ohioana Library launched its second annual Readers' Choice Award poll, which lets readers choose their favorite book from among the thirty finalists. Polls close Monday, July 3, at noon. 

Amy Gustine's You Should Pity Us Instead needs your vote! Vote here

Welcoming Our 2017 Summer Interns!

(Left to right) Anne, Justin, and Hannah Rose strike curious poses.

(Left to right) Anne, Justin, and Hannah Rose strike curious poses.

We'd like to introduce and extend a warm welcome to our latest batch of interns:

Justin Allard will be returning to Sarabande Books for the summer development internship. Justin is excited to further explore this role as well as continue writing stories and poems about dinosaurs, dragons, Bowser, jazz, and haunted coffee shops in spare moments.

Hannah Rose Neuhauser, the educational programs intern, is from Louisville, Kentucky. Helping to amplify the voices of underrepresented writers makes Hannah Rose's heart glitter—and she is excited to do just that through the Sarabande Writing Labs. Hannah Rose has a cloud of a cat named Wishes who keeps her company as she writes lyric essays. 

Anne Aberle is from Nebraska but is joining us as editorial intern after spending the past five months in France. Nothing brings her more joy than a perfectly crafted sentence and she can't wait to encounter a multitude of them at Sarabande.

We are excited to work together this summer!

Starred Kirkus Review for Shawn Wen, Amy Gustine is 2017 Ohioana Book Award Finalist, Glowing Praise for McGlynn in Jet Fuel Magazine

Shawn Wen's new essay, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause has earned a starred review from Kirkus! They write:

"A unique, poetic critical appreciation of Marcel Marceau…. A fascinating book…. Readers will marvel not only at Marceau, but at the book itself, which displays such command of the material and such perfect pitch." 

You can read the full review here. This essay is available for pre-order now, and will be officially released on July 11th, 2017.

Amy Gustine, author of You Should Pity Us Instead, is a finalist for the 2017 Ohioana Book Award. The Ohioana Book Award is given out yearly for outstanding books published each year in thecategories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, young adult literature, and books about Ohio or an Ohioan.  

Lastly, Karyna McGlynn's electrifying new poetry collection, Hothouse, earned glowing praise from Jet Fuel Magazine. They write:

"Karyna McGlynn’s Hothouse is a breathtaking display of human growth, specifically of becoming a woman…. McGlynn's collection blooms wit and candor…. An arresting collection.”

You can read the full review here. Hothouse is available for pre-order now and will be officially released on June 13th, 2017.

Happy reading!

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Happy Pub Day to Edie Meidav! Jenny Johnson featured in Entropy Magazine, Scalise reviewed in The Collagist

Edie Meidav's brilliant new story collection, Kingdom of the Young, published on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017. A starred review from Kirkus calls the collection: 

"A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey. Meidav pulls readers through a series of dreamy, complex, poignant stories with language that is by turns gauzy-poetic and pinpoint-precise but unfailingly inventive.... A penetrating collection that glides among an impressive breadth of storytelling modes with warmth and easy brilliance."

Visit her product page here

Jenny Johnson, author of In Full Velvet, was interviewed in Entropy Magazine for #NationalPoetryMonth. When asked, "Why Poetry?" She says: 

"...the work of writing poems and reading poems has made me a better person, can make us better people. In this way, since the personal is political, poems can be catalysts for change."

You can read the full interview here.

The Brand New Catastrophe, debut memoir from Mike Scalise, was reviewed in The Collagist. They write:

“A simple and human story, about fear, self-doubt, deep-seated family resentment that goes back generations, romantic love, and a mother-son rivalry full of mutual love, respect, and animosity…. What makes The Brand New Catastrophe so beautiful is that Scalise genuinely never wants your pity, or even sympathy. If anything, he only wants to make you laugh (his biggest priority) and to tell you something honest about his fear, self-doubt, and insecurity…. The Brand New Catastrophe is beautiful because of its true sense of intimacy."

You can read the full review here.

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ELENA PASSARELLO TO READ FROM ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES ON SEGMENT OF "DINNER PARTY DOWNLOAD" ON NATIONAL PUBLIC MEDIA

Get your radios (and podcast downloads) ready! Tune into The Dinner Party Download tonight to hear our own Elena Passarello read about Mozart’s special bond with a pet bird, from her acclaimed essay collection Animals Strike Curious Poses. Stay for jokes, a boozy history lesson, etiquette tips and more!

The Dinner Party Download airs on over 150 syndicated, national radio stations at various times Friday-Sunday. For listeners in Los Angeles, tune in to KPCC (89.3 FM) at 8PM for the reading, and for those in NYC, tune in to WNYC (93.9FM) at 9PM. For a full list of radio stations and air times, please click here.

You can also listen any time via iTunes and the show's website. Click here for Elena's episode.

Happy listening!

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