Books Launching in February 2022

Support small presses and indie bookstores by picking a read from the list below, which features new books forthcoming in February 2022 from CLMP members.


ABC Moonlight by Ben Estes

The Song Cave | February 1, 2022

Estes’s “achingly personal second collection unfolds to reveal an uncer­tain past, present, and future that is by turns mysterious and beautiful.”




Poetry Is Life: Writing with Yellow Arrow

Yellow Arrow Publishing | February 1, 2022

Poetry Is Life: Writing with Yellow Arrow is a collection of prompts and poems by Ann Quinn and eight poets from Quinn’s monthly workshop sponsored by Yellow Arrow Publishing.




The River Between Hearts by Heather Mateus Sappenfield

Regal House Publishing | February 1, 2022

According to Todd Mitchell, this middle-grade novel features “a spirited heroine with a voice that leaps off the page, a scenic setting I want to spend time in, vivid characters, adventure, swift page-turning chapters, and heart.”




The Man With Eight Pairs of Legs by Leslie Kirk Campbell

Sarabande Books | February 1, 2022

Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, this collection of short stories “is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally, and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme.”




Henry’s Chapel by Graham Guest

Sagging Meniscus | February 1, 2022

In Guest’s novel “we watch a film by proxy, through the eyes of a narrator who offers a play-by-play account, complete with probing analysis, of Albarb Noella’s Lawnmower of a Jealous God.”




The King’s Touch: Poems by Tom Sleigh

Graywolf Press | February 1, 2022

The poems in Sleigh’s new collection “are charged with a powerful sense of premonition, as if the future is unfolding before us, demanding something greater than the self.”




Echoland by Per Petterson

Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett

Graywolf Press | February 1, 2022

Petterson’s first novel “features a young Arvid Janssen, who is now twelve, on the verge of his teenage years and beginning to understand more about the world and his place in it.”




Men in My Situation by Per Petterson

Translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey

Graywolf Press | February 1, 2022

Petterson’s new novel “finds Arvid Jansen in a tailspin, unable to process the grief of losing his parents and brothers in a tragic ferry accident.”




Stories of a Life by Nataliya Meshchaninova

Translated from the Russian by Fiona Bell

Deep Vellum | February 1, 2022

Stories of a Life is a “memoir-novel of one young woman’s experiences growing up around, and despite, men in the post-Soviet malaise of the late ‘90s.”




A New Name by Jon Fosse

Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls

Transit Books | February 2, 2022

This final installment of Jon Fosse’s Septology follows “the lives of the two Asles as younger adults in flashbacks: the narrator meets his lifelong love, Ales; joins the Catholic Church; and makes a living by trying to paint away all the pictures stuck in his mind.”




The Little House on Everywhere Street by F. M. A. Dixon

Regal House Publishing | February 4, 2022

This novel for young readers is “a rip-roaring adventure through time and space and the story of a family—and more specifically, about what makes for a happy family.”




Down the Foggy Streets of My Mind-Portal to Dissociation by Kelliane Parker

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

Parker’s poetry collection “is an ode to those of us who live with Dissociative Disorders such as PTSD and DID” and “an unapologetic anthem for survivors of sexual violence to rid themselves of being shamed and blamed in silence.”




fool[ishly optimistic] by Katie Aliféris

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

This poetry collection is “a deep-dive into soul-shaking, life-changing love” and “an invitation to own, honor, and process the truths of our bravest and most beautiful feelings of the heart.”




Hell/a Mexican by Kevin Madrigal Galindo

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

“An appreciation of the tragicomedy that is existing on American soil with foreign roots,” this poetry collection explores “the boundless experience of living and learning through your identity.”




Hello Joy by Jarvis Subia

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

Subia’s poetry collection is “an ode to all the simple moments of pleasure that pull us back to the shoreline, that despite our surmounting darkness will always and inevitably find our joy again.”




Hot Thicket by Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

According to Kimi Sugioka, this poetry collection “succeeds by exposing and deposing the violation of the feminine that permeates our personal and societal mythologies.”




Loss and the Other Rivers that Devour by Gustavo Barahona-López

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

In this poetry collection, Barahona-López “struggles with and is shaped by loss and its many hauntings: toxic masculinity, colonial erasures of language and heritage, and the legacy of the United States’ xenophobic immigration policies.”




Phoenix Song by LD Green

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

Green’s poetry collection “has many recurring themes—non-binary gender, queer and bi+ sexuality, and childhood and psychiatric trauma.”




Plans by Dee Allen

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

This poetry collection “examines through verse uncontrolled corporate power and executives’ need for more at our Earth’s expense.”




REVENGE BODY by Caleb Luna

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

REVENGE BODY “traces moments in the aftermath of survival and rebuilding toward a more livable future for survivors.”




The Body Has Memories by Adrienne Danyelle Oliver

Nomadic Press | February 5, 2022

In this debut chapbook, Oliver “is very aware that the act of remembering is a much greater collective process. It is the historical dialogues among the ancestors and the living.”




Ripped Away by Shirley Reva Vernick

Regal House Publishing | February 8, 2022

According to Jeff Zentner, this novel for young readers is “a crackingly good, gaslit, time travel mystery packed with rich historical detail.”




Duplex by Mike Nagel

Autofocus Books | February 8, 2022

In this memoir, “a distinct mind is constantly working over the absurdity, meaninglessness, and mundanity of contemporary life in ways both laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtfully compelling.”




The Bear Woman by Karolina Ramqvist

Translated from the Swedish by Saskia Vogel

Coach House Books | February 8, 2022

This novel blending autofiction and the essay “takes us on a journey of feminism and literary detective work that spans centuries and continents.”




Save the Village by Michele Herman

Regal House Publishing | February 11, 2022

Herman’s novel is “at once a love story about Greenwich Village and a reflection on a changing world.”




More or Less: Essays from a Year of No Buying by Susannah Q. Pratt

EastOver Press | February 15, 2022

The essays in this collection “explore how contemporary Americans have come to be defined by their possessions.”




Pollak’s Arm by Hans von Trotha

Translated from the German by Elisabeth Lauffer

New Vessel Press | February 15, 2022

Set in 1943 in the Vatican, this novel “illuminates the chasm between civilization and barbarism by spotlighting a little-known figure devoted to knowledge and the power of artistic creation.”




Voodoo Libretto: New and Selected Poems by Tim Seibles

Etruscan Press | February 15, 2022

Seibles’s latest poetry collection “is in many ways a book of memories, a chronicle of both the personal and the political sensibility of a black baby-boomer.”




Desgraciado: (The Collected Letters) by Angel Dominguez

Nightboat Books | February 15, 2022

The epistolary poems in this collection “exorcise and explore the material violence and generational trauma of colonization and systemic racism stored within queer Latinx memory.”




Television, a memoir by Karen Brennan

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Television, a memoir is “a hybrid collection of autobiographical pieces, tragi-comic in spirit, that depict a woman’s life evolving through time and culture in fragmentary glimpses.”




The World That the Shooter Left Us by Cyrus Cassells

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Cassells “explores, in his most fearless book to date, the brutality, bigotry, and betrayal at the heart of current America.”




Paradise by Victoria Redel

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

In this poetry collection, Redel “interrogates the idea of paradise within the historical context of borders, exile, and diaspora that brought us to the present global migration crisis.”




Hotel Oblivion by Cynthia Cruz

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Cruz’s poetry collection “chronicles the subject’s repeated attempts at locating an exit from capitalist society via acts of negative freedom and through engagement with the death drive, whose aim is complete destruction in order to begin all over again.”




Aunt Bird by Yerra Sugarman

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Aunt Bird is “an astonishing, hybrid poetry of witness that observes and testifies to social, political, and historical realities through the recovery of one life silenced by the past.”




PLEASURE by Angelo Nikolopoulos

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

Nikolopoulos’s PLEASURE is “a book-length poem which muses on the phenomenology of solitude in a pastoral landscape, written in a diaristic, lyric mode, where the queer ‘I’ alternately savors the decadence of isolation and stands at the precipice of despair.”




indecent hours by James Fujinami Moore

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, “sensual, political, and imagined worlds collide, tracing a history of diaspora and trauma that asks: what do we do in the aftermath of violence, and why do we long to inflict it?”




Midflight by David Corcoran

Four Way Books | February 15, 2022

This posthumous collection gathers “the poems written by beloved science editor and journalist David Corcoran in the latter part of his life.”




Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking by C. T. Salazar

Acre Books | February 15, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, “the speaker is situated in the tradition of Southern literature but reimagines its terrain with an eye on the South’s historic and ongoing violence.”




Systems Thinking with Flowers by Krystal Languell

Fonograf Editions | February 15, 2022

In two sections, this poetry collection “chronicles the complex emotional gymnastics required for existence in male-dominated and colonialist environments, such as professional sports, museums, and other institutions.”




The Almond in the Apricot by Sara Goudarzi

Deep Vellum | February 15, 2022

This debut novel “follows a woman and a young girl a world apart from each other whose paths cross in the most unusual of ways.”




A Circle of Birds by Mark Givens

Bamboo Dart Press | February 16, 2022

According to Susan I. Weinstein, A Circle of Birds is “a gentle children’s book, beautifully illustrated, which tells the story of young Brightful, a bird born into a life of protective feathers.”




No Time for Death by Harris Gardner

Červená Barva Press | February 16, 2022

Gardner’s fourth poetry collection “is divided into three sections: An Argument with Time; Contemplating Mortality Instead of My Navel; and Negotiating for An Afterlife.”




Away to Stay by Mary Kuryla

Regal House Publishing | February 18, 2022

This novel “burns with the urgency of its young narrator who bears witness to a world of desperate people flailing inside a broken system.”




On Earth As It Is by Michael Todd Steffen

Červená Barva Press | February 20, 2022

This poetry collection “upholds the wonders of life on our lonely blue planet, bringing new inflections to the voice of eco-poetry, while formal and topical surprise from poem to poem defies genre.”




What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle by Nicole Rudick

Siglio Press | February 21, 2022

This “unconventional, illuminated biography, told in the first person in Saint Phalle’s voice and her own hand, dilates large and small moments in Saint Phalle’s remarkable life as an artist who pointedly challenged taboos.”




City of Incurable Women by Maud Casey

Bellevue Literary Press | February 22, 2022

According to Sigrid Nunez, this novel “is a brilliant exploration of the type of female bodily and psychic pain once commonly diagnosed as hysteria—and the curiously hysterical response to it commonly exhibited by medical men.”




Ultramarine by Wayne Koestenbaum

Nightboat Books | February 22, 2022

Ultramarine “distills four years of Koestenbaum’s trance notebooks (2015–2019) into a series of tightly-sewn collage-poems, filled with desiring bodies, cultural touchstones, and salty memories.”




Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion

Nomadic Press | February 26, 2022

Painting the Streets: Oakland Uprising in the Time of Rebellion “features a selection of Oakland murals that emerged between May and October 2020 in tandem with the inter/national protests against the police brutality/murder of Black people and systemic-institutional racism in the U.S.”