We want all our readers to be prepared for #AWP19. Find our backlist classics and current titles, and these select forthcoming titles at Booth 7089 in the Bookfair!!!
"Must-Read Poetry: February 2019," The Millions
In Reenactments, Hai-Dang Phan grapples with the history, memory, and legacy of the Vietnam War from his vantage point as the son of Vietnamese refugees. Through a kaleidoscope of poetic forms, the past and present, the remembered and imagined, all intersect at shifting angles providing urgent perspectives on conflicts both private and public. Phan weaves throughout the collection stories of his family’s exodus from Vietnam, thoughtfully reenacting an American experience of immigration, dislocation, inheritance, and hope. And, in a fresh move, Phan widens the lens, incorporating translations of several Vietnamese poets. This moving debut marks a vital addition to the literature of immigration and a distinctive contribution to contemporary poetry.
Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers. He currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Reeanactments is his first book.
PRAISE FOR REENACTMENTS:
“'To make things worse, they are extremely supportive of my choices' is such a strange and quintessentially immigrant utterance. . . .What to do with the guilt we feel that our lives are often so much easier than the lives of our parents? How can any of our fears, anxieties, lonelinesses be worth mentioning when theirs have been so great? For you (and often, for myself), I prescribe Hai-Dang Phan’s “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981).”
—Kaveh Akbar, The Paris Review
"Phan's debut unflinchingly presents the trauma inherited through cultural memory as a kind of endless war reenactment. In these poems, even the most mundane setting is haunted by living ghosts. . . . These poems are unadorned and ominous in their vision of memory, a clarion that never ceases to alarm or awe."
"Phan’s mixture of original and translated work creates a unique debut that is both singular and anthological."
—Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions
“Hai-Dang Phan is a poet of fearless vision. With brutal and exquisite precision, he reveals that the effort to make art out of the real world—history, memory, and experience—often intensifies a feeling of irresolution. The brilliance of his first book Reenactments: Poems and Translations lies in a deft interrogation of mimesis and, in particular, how representing the history of war and migration for Vietnamese Americans can reify silences, erasures, and cultural dislocations. But Phan also builds a powerful stay against despair through translations that spotlight contemporary Vietnamese poetry while slyly suggesting that no language or history is isolate and every poem may very well be a translation. Such remarkable insights accumulate, and by book’s end I was struck by the immense beauty and feeling of Reenactments and had to read it again.”
AWP is right around the corner, and we have all the info you'll need to keep up with Sarabande right here. Find us in the bookfair at Booth 7089 or at our offsite event on Thursday (details below) celebrating our 25th anniversary. We're stacking the books high with all our favorite titles from over the years, all our new titles, and a few you can snag early. Follow us on Twitter (@sarabandebooks) and Facebook, and look for updates in the official #AWP19 hashtag.
Book SIGNING SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, March 28
1:30 - 2:30 Kimiko Hahn signing her new chapbook Brood
1:30 - 2:30 Elena Passarello signing her latest collection of essays Animals Strike Curious Poses
1:30 - 2:30 Nona Caspers signing her latest collection of short stories The Fifth Woman
1:30 - 2:30 Lia Purpura signing her new collection of essays All the Fierce Tethers
1:30 - 2:30 Randa Jarrar signing her collection of short stories Him, Me, Muhammad Ali
3:00 - 4:00 Ann Townsend signing her new poetry collection Dear Delinquent
FRIDAY, March 29
12:30 - 1:30 Joe Sacksteder signing debut short story collection Make/Shift
1:30 - 2:30 Peter Mishler signing his collection of poetry Fludde
2:30 - 3:30 Rosellen Brown signing her novel The Lake on Fire
3:30 - 4:30 Pamela Hart signing the 2017 Kathryn A. Morton Prize winning collection Mothers Over Nangarhar
3:30-4:30 Hai-Dang Phan signing his newest collection of poems and translations Reenactments
Celebrate 25 years of Sarabande Books!
We’re having an anniversary party on Thursday March 28th, party the night away with us at Union/Pine from 7pm until 10pm!
Be one of the first 100 people to join our 25th anniversary celebration and get a free signature cocktail! Play ping pong with your friends and Sarabande authors, take photos in our photo booth with takeaway print outs, or dance away the night under a disco ball! Wear your best silver-studded, sequined, or foiled dresses and capes for the ultimate glam night.
Enjoy our signature cocktails, Fierce Tethers and The Sarabandit, beer, or wine responsibly.
“Fierce Tethers”: Old Forester Classic Bourbon 86 Proof, Angostura Bitters, Ginger Ale, Lemon Peel
"The Sarabandit": Old Forester, single pour
FIND US ON PANELS AND READINGS: bolded panels are hosted by Sarabande!
THURSDAY, March 28
9:00-10:15, Translators are the Unacknowledged Ambassadors of the World, featuring Zack Rogow, translator of Green Wheat
12:00-1:15, Sarabande Books Silver Anniversary Reading, featuring Sarah Gorham publisher, Lia Pupura author of On Looking, Rough Likeness, and All The Fierce Tethers Ann Townsend author of The Coronary Garden and Dear Delinquent, Randa Jarrar author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, and David Tomas Martinez author of Hustle and Post Traumatic Hood Disorder
12:00-1:15, Reclaiming the Mine: Nonfiction Writers Explore Mining as Method and Metaphor, featuring Ander Monson author of Other Electricities and The Available World
12:00-1:15, Putting Together a First Book: Kate Tufts Winners Tell How They Did It, featuring Cate Marvin Dupont the author of World’s Tallest Disaster, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century
12:00-1:15, Books for a Well-Read Life: Celebrating Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, featuring Brock Clarke the author of What We Won’t Do
12:00-1:15, The Minor is Major: Talking about the Creative Writing Minor, featuring Wayne Thomas author of Red Holler
12:00-1:15 Crafting the Short Form featuring Kristen Miller, Kimiko Hahn the author of Brood, Elena Passarello author of Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, and Nona Caspers the author of The Fifth Woman
1:30-2:45, Furies for Muses: The Poetry of Anger, featuring Cate Marvin Dupont the author of World’s Tallest Disaster, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century
1:30-2:45, 25 Years of Creative Nonfiction: An Anniversary Reading, featuring Brenda Miller the author of Seasons of the Body
1:30-2:45, The Wandering Stops Here: Place as Central in Recent Jewish American Fiction, featuring Majorie Sandor the author of Portrait of My Mother Who Posed Nude in Wartime
3:00-4:15, UnBiography: Creating Fictional Characters from Factual People featuring Caitlin Horrocks author of This is Not Your City
4:30-5:45, The National Book Critics Circle Presents: Paul Beatty and Joan Silber, featuring Joan Silber the author of In My Other Life
FRIDAY, March 29
9:00-10:15, Composing an Anthology from Start to Strong Finish, featuring Simone Muench author of Lampblack & Ash, Orange Crush and Wolf Centos
10:30-11:45, Reinventing the Wheel: The Tradition of Innovation in Poetry, featuring Jenny Johnson the author of In Full Velvet
1:30-2:45, From the First “The End” to Hitting Send: On Revising the Novel, featuring Randa Jarrar author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali
1:30-2:45, My Brother, My Antagonist: Memoirists on Developing Family Members as Characters, featuring Mike Scalise the author of The Brand New Catastrophe
1:30-2:45, Me Too: Writing Your Way Through (and Out of) Childhood Sexual Abuse, featuring Nickole Brown author of Air Fare: Stories Poems & Essays on Flight
3:00-4:15, Swamps, Forests & Borders: Literature of Place and Displace, Sponsored by Grove?Atlantic, Hugo House, and Seattle Arts & Lectures, featuring Emily Fridlund the author of Catapult
4:30-5:45, I Keep My Eyes Open and Have to See: The Poetry of Laura Jensen, featuring Sharon Bryan the author of Flying Blind and Planet on the Table Poets on the Reading Life
4:30-5:45m A Celebration of the Life and Work of Lucie Brock-Broido, featuring Frank Bidart author of Music Like Dirt
SATURDAY, March 30
9:00-10:15, Real True Crime: Nonfiction Writers Reimagine the Genre featuring Angela Pelster author of Limber
10:30-11:45, VIDA Voices & Views Transgender, Non-Binary, & Gender-Nonconforming Interview, featuring Paige Lewis the author of Space Struck
1:30-2:45, Crafting Diversity: Race, Sex, Gender, and Poverty in Working-Class Fiction, featuring Lee Martin the author of The Least You Need to Know
3:00-4:15, Taxonomy of Creative Nonfiction: Building a Nonfiction Glossary of Terms, featuring Wendy S. Walters author of Multiply/Divide
4:30-5:45, Any Color You Like: Inspiration in the Twenty-First Century, featuring Ralph Angel the author of Twice Removed
Natalie Wollenzien is in her last semester of attending the University of Iowa for English and Creative Writing (and serving a long-distance relationship with her online classes). She is incredibly excited to be learning the in’s and out’s of the publishing world from manuscript to shelves, as well as what it’s like to work for an independent press. When not in the office, she enjoys loitering in coffee shops, brushing up on her Brooklyn 99 references, and petting as many dogs/cats as physically possible.
She's excited to join as part of the team!
Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner who noticed a need for poetry, short fiction, and essay to have a home outside of literary journals. For the last 25 years Sarabande Books has set out to disburse these works with diligence and integrity.
In 1996 our first titles appeared on bookshelves we published 3 books that year. Over the last 25 years we have more than 220 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize winning. We could not have done any of this without support from our donors.