Books Launching in June 2022

Support independent literary publishers by picking a read from the list below, which features new books forthcoming in June 2022 from CLMP members.



The Maybe-Bird by Jennifer Elise Foerster

The Song Cave | June 1, 2022

In this poetry collection, Foerster “uses new poetic forms and a highly conceptual framework to build these poems from myth, memory, and historical document, resurfacing Mvskoke language and story on the palimpsest of Southeastern U.S. history.”




If Rust Can Grow on the Moon by Joan Kwon Glass

Milk & Cake Press | June 1, 2022

If Rust Can Grow on the Moon is a “brave recounting of addiction and recovery through unsparingly direct language and vivid vignettes.”




Christ Never Showed Up:  the disappointing near-death of Joe McPuppet and his curious life afterward by Tim Kirk

Pelekinesis | June 1, 2022

According to Rodney Ascher, this is “not just a book about a ventriloquist but an extraordinary performance by one, as Tim Kirk expertly channels the voice of Joe McClain, a lonely small town innocent adrift in the wilderness of Hollywood.”




The Trickster Riots by Taté Walker

Abalone Mountain Press | June 1, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Lakota storyteller Walker “steps into the role of a contemporary trickster to continue the purposefully disruptive legacy of a cultural icon: Iktómi, the Spider.”




Fly High, Lolo by Niki Daly

Catalyst Press | June 7, 2022

The fourth book in Daly’s Lolo series for beginning readers “follows Lolo as she explores her world, and the new adventures each day brings.”




The Reservoir by David Duchovny

Akashic Books | June 7, 2022

In Duchovny’s novella, “a former Wall Street veteran, quarantined by the coronavirus, becomes consumed with madness—or the fulfillment of his own mythic fate.”




Condiments & Entrails by John Durak

Sandorf Passage | June 7, 2022

According to Stephen Fry, Durak’s poetry is “hard, sensual, clear, funny, and dazzling in its clarity and directness.”





Still Water by Jewelle Gomez

BLF Press | June 7, 2022

In this poetry collection, Gomez “contemplates her sexuality, multi-ethnic and class identities, and what it means to experience love, loss, grief, friendship, and solidarity with other women during times of political upheaval.”




All the Rivers Flow into the Sea & Other Stories by Khanh Ha

EastOver Press | June 7, 2022

This collection of short fiction “is a great journey where redemption and human goodness arise out of violence and beauty to become part of an essential mercy.”





Remnants by Celine Huyghebaert

Translated from French by Aleshia Jensen

Book*hug Press | June 7, 2022

This novel “is an exploration of our relationships with family and perception, told through a profound investigation of a father’s life and sudden death.”




God’s Children Are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu

A Public Space Books | June 7, 2022

The nine stories in this collection, all exploring queer male intimacy in contemporary Nigeria, ask, “can deep love and hope be sustained in spite of the dominant expectations of society, and great adversity.”




The NBA in Black and White by Ray Scott

Seven Stories Press | June 7, 2022

Introduced by Earl the Pearl Monroe, this book is “a memoir of hard lessons learned in the racially segregated and sometimes outright racist NBA of the early ’60s by celebrated NBA player and the first Black Coach of the Year.”




Generations by Dante Di Stefano, William Heyen, and H. L. Hix

Etruscan Press | June 7, 2022

The third Tribus from Etruscan Press presents The Nazi Patrol by  William Heyen, How It Is That We by H. L. Hix, and Lullaby with Incendiary Device by Dante Di Stefano.




Now Lila Knows by Elizabeth Nunez

Akashic Books | June 7, 2022

In this novel, “Caribbean professor Lila Bonnard arrives in Vermont for a short-term teaching position and is forced to confront the terrible legacy of American (in)justice.”




What You Won’t Do For Love: A Conversation by David Suzuki, Tara Cullis, Miriam Fernandes, and Ravi Jain

Coach House Books | June 7, 2022

What You Won’t Do for Love is “an inspiring conversation about love and the environment” among David Suzuki, Tara Cullis, Miriam Fernandes, and Ravi Jain.




I Only Cry with Emoticons by Yuvi Zalkow

Red Hen Press | June 7, 2022

This novel is “is a quirky comedy that reveals the cost of being disconnected—even when we’re using a dozen apps on our devices to communicate—and an awkward man’s search for real connections, on and offline.”




Metamorphoses, Book XVI by Teresa Carson

Translated from Italian by Alessandro Di Mauro

Deerbrook Editions | June 9, 2022

Presented in both English and Italian, Carson’s poetry collection seeks to question and expand the traditional definition of epic poetry: “What if the ‘epic’ or ‘heroic’ deeds are the stories of everyday life? What if Time itself becomes the protagonist and our desire to conquer Time becomes the overarching theme?”




Novel by Cati Porter

Bamboo Dart Press | June 10, 2022

The poems in this collection “will lead you across a bridge made of bread, through a door in the forest, to a paddock containing stories.”




Driving Lessons by Tim Coursey

Deep Vellum | June 14, 2022 

In this debut short fiction collection, “thirteen interconnected stories explore friendship and intimacy, loneliness and dislocation, and the physical contours of a dilapidated American landscape.”




No Document by Anwen Crawford

Transit Books | June 14, 2022

This “work of composition and collage” is “an exploration of loss in its many forms, embracing histories of protest and revolution, art-making and cinema, and border policing.”




The Fastening by Julie Doxsee

Black Ocean | June 14, 2022

In Doxsee’s fifth poetry collection, “bodies are soft sketches that could detonate at the pop of a flashbulb, diffuse into a cloud of vapor, or escape into a small recess with just enough space to breathe.”




Lives by CJ Evans

Sarabande Books | June 14, 2022

According to Victoria Chang, this poetry collection “explores and circles around, into and out of what it means to be free and alive in a world where humans insist on war and environmental destruction.”





Moving a Stone by Yam Gong

Translated from Chinese by James Shea and Dorothy Tse

Zephyr Press | June 14, 2022

Presented bilingually in Chinese and English, this poetry collection “refashions borrowed language, including English song lyrics, Cantonese wordplay, Chinese folk stories and poems, news reports, prayers, and slang.”




Diary of a Film by Niven Govinden

Deep Vellum | June 14, 2022

In this novel, “a filmmaker meets a woman named Cosima at an Italian espresso bar, spinning a gorgeous tale of love and the creative process.”





MissSettl by Kamden Ishmael Hilliard

Nightboat Books | June 14, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, “sonically vibrant, polyphonic, typographic experimentation gleefully strategizes resistance and life under white supremacist capitalism.”





A Suitable Companion for the End of Your Life by Robert McGill

Coach House Books | June 14, 2022

This novel is “a darkly comic dystopian tale that probes our anxieties around boundaries, whether territorial or bodily, and our fraught desire not to die alone.”




Altamira by Myra Sklarew

Washington Writers’ Publishing House | June 14, 2022

In this new edition featuring a foreword by Jona Colson, Sklarew’s poems focus “on her love of science and natural history.”




Breaking into Air by Emily Wall

Red Hen Press | June 14, 2022

This book of poems based on collected birth stories is “a look into the story that women, for centuries, have been quietly sharing with each other.”




Standing Alone, Leaning Against by Jim Friedman and Dave Smith

Coverstory books | June 18, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Friedman and Smith “bring to their work a full gamut of feelings, from grief to joy, humour to depth, sympathy and objective observation.”




Standard American English by Elisabeth Houston

Litmus Press | June 20, 2022

In this poetry collection, Houston “brings her readers deep into the world of baby, a persona she has been developing in performance contexts for nearly a decade.”




Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love by Carlos Allende

Red Hen Press | June 21, 2022

Allende’s novel is “a campy dark comedy for the angry and the disenchanted.”





Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina by Dara Barrois/Dixon

Wave Books | June 21, 2022

The poems in Barrois/Dixon’s latest collection “are curious about the world we inhabit and the worlds we create.”





Translation of the Lilies Back into Lists by Laynie Browne

Wave Books | June 21, 2022

This poetry collection “playfully employs the list poem and delivers poems which evade genre and subvert the quotidian material of daily life.”





A Postcard for Annie by Ida Jessen

Translated from Danish by Martin Aitken

Archipelago Books | June 21, 2022

This collection of short fiction “follows the inner lives of several women on the brink, or the sidelines, of catastrophe.”




The Second Substance by Anne Lardeux

Translated from French by Pablo Strauss

Coach House Books | June 21, 2022

In this novel, “squatters at a rural gas station try to find freedom and build something new on the ashes of our petrocivilization.”




Always Alwaysland by Stanley Moss

Seven Stories Press | June 21, 2022

Moss’s new poetry collection is “a book of songs, devotion, beautiful, painful, useful truths, some work songs, spirituals, grand opera, hymns, chants to God and no God.”




Virgil Kills by Ronaldo V. Wilson

Nightboat Books | June 21, 2022

Wilson’s short fiction collection features “linked stories alighting from a U.S., Black and Filipino imaginary through a central character, Virgil, and his accounts of race, sex, and desire.”




Until It Feels Right by Emily Costa

Autofocus Books | June 21, 2022

Until It Feels Right is “a series of framed and stylized diary entries written during the three weeks” of an intensive program of cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder.




Grotesque Weather and Good People by Lim Solah

Translated from Korean by Olan Munson and Oh Eunkyung

Black Ocean | June 21, 2022 

The poems in this collection “explore the simultaneous intimacy and alienation of everyday life in urban Seoul.”




Tania Bruguera: The Francis Effect

Deep Vellum | June 21, 2022

Edited by Noah Simblist, The Francis Effect “explores Tania Bruguera’s work as an artist, activist, and Cuban immigrant to the U.S. engaging the tension between art’s pragmatic, activist, and aesthetic possibilities.”




Plainchant by Eamon Grennan

Red Hen Press | June 28, 2022

Set mostly in coastal Connemara, Grennan’s new poetry collection “shows again his powers of close, patient, plainspoken observation.”




A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times by Meron Hadero

Restless Books | June 28, 2022

Winner of the 2020 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing and the 2021 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing, this short fiction collection “follows characters on the journey toward home.”




Things to Come and Go by Bette Howland

A Public Space Books | June 28, 2022

Introduced by Rumaan Alam and originally published in 1983, Things to Come and Go is a “trio of novellas about three women’s bold exploration of the desire for belonging as it comes into conflict with the fulfillment of our individual selves.”




Don’t Make Me Do Something We’ll Both Regret by Tim Jones-Yelvington

Texas Review Press | June 28, 2022 

“Linked by their exploration of queer evil,” the stories in this collection follow “gnostics and mystics, ogres and queens whose defiance of the normative both liberates and confines.”




The Solar Grid: Issue 06 by Ganzeer

Radix Media | June 29, 2022

Presented in 10 issues, this graphic series spans “several centuries after a great flood plunges much of the modern world under water.”




Border/Between: A Symphony in Essays by Carol D. Marsh

Bamboo Dart Press | June 30, 2022

In these essays, Marsh writes “about death, addictions, and war while also exploring how written form and expression have a counterpart in music.”