Books Launching in March 2023

Support independent literary publishers by picking a read from the list below, which features new books forthcoming in March 2023 from CLMP members.


All the Woods’ Wild: The Story of the Swamp Witch of Maurepas by Jack B. Bedell

Belle Point Press | March 1, 2023

In this poetry chapbook, “Bedell crafts a story through sonnets that leaves us feeling like we know a woman who never lived—and never died.”




The Lady of Elche by Amanda Berenguer

Translated from the Spanish by Kristin Dykstra

Veliz Books | March 1, 2023

Presented bilingually for the first time, this 1987 poetry collection “drips with prophecy still relevant to our own time.”




Migrations and Other Exiles by Letisia Cruz

Lost Horse Press | March 1, 2023

Winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry, Migrations and Other Exiles “questions the contradictory nature of human love.”




In the Cities of Sleep by Elizabeth C. Herron

Fernwood Press | March 1, 2023

In the Cities of Sleep is “a collection of poems centered on the ramifications of a warming world.”




A Violin from the Other Riverside by Dmytro Kremin

Translated from the Ukrainian by Svetlana Lavochkina

Lost Horse Press | March 1, 2023

Each poem in this bilingual collection is “akin to a dictionary entry on Ukraine composed in complex and intellectually laden—yet colourful and virtuosic—light-footed verse.”




Ishmael Mask by Charles Kell

Autumn House Press | March 2, 2023

This poetry collection is “a collage of the journeys and interior lives of various wanderers—from Ishmael, the son of Hagar, to Melville’s Ishmael, and from Pierre of The Ambiguities to Pierre Guyotat.”




Mississippi River Museum by Keith Pilapil Lesmeister

WTAW Press | March 2, 2023

According to Benjamin Anastas, this short fiction collection “is a gut punch of an American story, set in a corner of northeast Iowa that simmers with menace and a slow-moving beauty.”




Lost Reflection by Dennis Callaci

Bamboo Dart Press | March 5, 2023

The seven stories in this collection “are sewn together with characters whose reflections on the past are not to be trusted.”




A Noble Cunning: The Countess and the Tower by Patricia Bernstein

History Through Fiction | March 7, 2023

This historical fiction novel tells “of one woman’s tremendous courage and incomparable wit in trying to rescue her husband from the Tower of London the night before he is to be executed.”




Banzeiro Òkòtó: The Amazon as the Center of the World by Eliane Brum

Translated from the Portuguese by Diane Whitty

Graywolf Press | March 7, 2023

This essay collection is “a confrontation with the destruction of the Amazon by a writer who moved her life into the heart of the forest.”




Emma and the Queen of Featherstone by Lindsay Fryc

Orange Blossom Publishing | March 7, 2023

In this children’s book, “Emma must navigate her new assignment of guarding her new planet from portal intruders while also figuring out what the Kabiren are hiding.”




Heating the Outdoors by Marie-Andrée Gill

Translated from the French by Kristen Renee Miller

Book*hug Press | March 7, 2023

This collection of micropoems “describes the yearnings for love, the domestic monotony of post-breakup malaise, and the awkward meeting of exes.”




Fat Off, Fat On: A Big Bitch Manifesto by Clarkisha Kent

Feminist Press | March 7, 2023

In this memoir, Kent “unpacks the kind of compounded problems you face when you’re a fat, Black, queer woman in a society obsessed with heteronormativity.”




Maker of Heaven & by Jason Myers

Belle Point Press | March 7, 2023

This debut poetry collection “explores the implications of how we might experience the Imago Dei in the midst of a culture fraught with racism, violence, and the simple limits of our human frailty.”




Siblings by Brigitte Reimann

Translated from the German by Lucy Jones

Transit Books | March 7, 2023

Reimann’s first novel to appear in English is “a story of sibling love ruptured by the Iron Curtain.”




The Beautiful Misfits by Susan Reinhardt

Regal House Publishing | March 7, 2023

Set “in the gorgeous mountains of Asheville N.C.,” this novel will “give hope to those with addicted sons and daughters.”




The History Hotel by Baron Wormser

CavanKerry Press | March 7, 2023

“Touching on topics such as the Jewish resistance, Godard films, and the National Football League,” The History Hotel “opens the door to both political and personal histories.”




From From by Monica Youn

Graywolf Press | March 7, 2023

In Youn’s latest poetry collection, “one sequence deconstructs the sounds and letters of the word ‘deracinations’ to create a sonic landscape of micro- and macroaggressions, assimilation, and self-doubt.”




Fieldnotes by Tommy Archuleta

Lily Poetry Review Books | March 8, 2023

According to Johan Gallaher, in this lyric essay “Archuleta is witnessing the contemporary, but believing in more.”




The Scorpion’s Question Mark by J. D. Debris

Autumn House Press | March 9, 2023

In this debut poetry collection, Debris “focuses on characters who live on society’s outskirts and demand greater visibility in the face of marginalization.”




Every Transmission by Adam Deutsch

Fernwood Press | March 8, 2023

This debut poetry collection “is about the erosion of our mechanical relationships and the movement to natural forms.”




Wood-Solace, a Return to Belonging by Lisa Lundeen

Plants and Poetry | March 8, 2023

This collection of poetry and photography “models meditation through creativity, encouraging the reader-beholder to savor each pairing in contemplative, restorative stillness and celebration.”




The Hole in the Ocean by Kathleen March

Veliz Books | March 8, 2023

In this short fiction collection, “March’s brief and intimate stories keenly tease mundanity into existential, stark, and oftentimes hilarious buoyancy.”




Promiscuous Ruin by Julian Mithra

WTAW Press | March 9, 2023

In Mithra’s short fiction chapbook, “deer hunters Lemuel and Lars hitch up as backwoods companions” and “edge closer to a blizzard of repressed desire.”




Helen of Bikini by Phoebe Reeves

Lily Poetry Review Books | March 8, 2023

According to Cynthia Bargar, Reeves “showers us with the hard rain of atomic fallout, juxtaposed with a compendium of flora and fauna.”




Five Conversations About Peter Sellers by Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Texas Review Press | March 12, 2023

This essay “begins as an exploration of the author’s burgeoning obsession with Peter Sellers, and specifically his role in hijacking and derailing production of the spy spoof, Casino Royale, in the late 60s.”




She Calls the Moon by Its Name by Lonnie Hull DuPont

Fernwood Press | March 13, 2023

This series of poems “follows a nineteenth-century farm woman in spiritual isolation as she finds strength in naming what is alive around her-or even hidden in plain sight.”




Not Yet a Jedi by Partridge Boswell

Kallisto Gaia Press | March 14, 2023

This poetry chapbook “rockets through the late 20th century and into the present with its diction in hyperdrive, fusing whimsy to seriousness, blunt statement to syntactic complexity.”




Indigo Field by Marjorie Hudson

Regal House Publishing | March 14, 2023

In this novel, Hudson “lays out the boundaries of a field that contains the soul of the South, and leads us to a day of reckoning.”




The Glue Trap and Other Poems by Julio Marzán

Fernwood Press | March 14, 2023

The Glue Trap and Other Poems is “a volume in which range should be read as trajectory, the personal and the social as reciprocal metaphors.”




Nights from this Galaxy by Wil Weitzel

Sarabande Books | March 14, 2023

Weitzel’s short fiction collection “captures the spirit of a wild and wonderful planet, while acknowledging our shared fragility and the imminent grief that binds us all.”




If Some God Shakes Your House by Jennifer Franklin

Four Way Books | March 15, 2023

In her third collection, Franklin “reimagines an Antigone for our times.”





To the Boy Who Was Night by Rigoberto González

Four Way Books | March 15, 2023

To the Boy Who Was Night collects the poetry published by Rigoberto González since 1999, including selections from five previous books as well as new work.




Romantic Comedy by James Allen Hall

Four Way Books | March 15, 2023

Hall’s poems “resist the formulaic while paying homage to the oeuvre, a formal balancing act that celebrates queer life.”




When There Was Light by Carlie Hoffman

Four Way Books | March 15, 2023

The poems in Hoffman’s second collection “map out a topography where global movements of diaspora and war live alongside personal reckonings.”




Holding Patterns: A Collection of Words on Ritual

Good Printed Things | March 15, 2023

Edited by Beth Ables and Angie Toole Thompson, this anthology features poems, prose, and short stories “on rituals of every kind, and the ways that they save us, challenge us, and utterly shape who we are.”




Bianca by Eugenia Leigh

Four Way Books | March 15, 2023

In this poetry collection, Leigh “strives to reconcile the disconnect between her past and her present as she confronts the inherited violence mired in the body’s history.”




So Long by Jen Levitt

Four Way Books | March 15, 2023

So Long “fleshes out a full elegiac register, sitting with the mourning of farewell while holding onto gratitude, remembrance, and a permeating love.”




Childcare by Rob Schlegel

Four Way Books | March 15, 2023

Childcare “explores the paradox at the root of raising kids: the joy of new life accompanies an awareness of potential loss.”




When I Reach for Your Pulse by Rushi Vyas

Four Way Books | March 15, 2023

In this debut collection, “lyric works to untangle slippery personal and political histories in the wake of a parent’s suicide.”




Bodies in Recline by Michael C. Keith

Pelekinesis | March 20, 2023

Bodies in Recline “contains microfiction tales that probe the experience and struggle of humans as they attempt to retain their sanity in a world that frequently conspires against their effort to do so.”




Phantom Advances by Mary Lynn Reed

Split/Lip Press | March 20, 2023

In this short fiction collection, “young queer women travel America’s back roads, roaming through the South, Midwest, New York, and California, while questions of gender and identity ride shotgun.”




Biggest Little Girl by Jodi Angel

Madville Publishing | March 21, 2023

In Angel’s debut novel, “14-year-old Joey has run away from home in smalltown California in search of anything better.”




The Adventures of the Flash Gang: Episode One by M. Downing and S. Waugh

Regal House Publishing | March 21, 2023

In this children’s book, “a Nefarious Deed is afoot, one that threatens the entire country.”




Before All Who Have Ever Seen This Disappear by Michael Gills

Madville Publishing | March 21, 2023

Gills’s fifth novel “plumbs the depths of the Stepwell family tendency toward theatrical catastrophe.”




Ten Planets by Yuri Herrera

Translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman

Graywolf Press | March 21, 2023

The characters in Herrera’s new story collection “inhabit imagined futures that reveal the strangeness and instability of the present.”




Songs for the Gusle by Prosper Mérimée

Translated from the French by Laura Nagle

Frayed Edge Press | March 21, 2023

First published in 1827, La Guzla “purported to be a collection of folktales, ballad lyrics, and travel narratives compiled and translated into French by an anonymous traveler returning from the Balkans.”




All Else Failed: The Unlikely Volunteers at the Heart of the Migrant Aid Crisis by Dana Sachs

Bellevue Literary Press | March 21, 2023

Sachs’s book “tells a story of despair and resilience, revealing the humanity within an immense humanitarian disaster.”




The Green Mage: The First Chronicle of Tessia Dragonqueen by Michael Simms

Madville Publishing | March 21, 2023

In this fantasy novel, “Tessia, a skilled hunter, recruits three friends…and sets out on a quest to find a legendary dragon who lives in the mountains.”




The Cloud Notebook by Ada Smailbegović

Litmus Press | March 21, 2023

This debut collection “is a long poem that unfolds from the narrative instability and fracturing that occurs from experiences of forced displacement and war, and from configurations of gender and power.”




Doomsday Dani by Carissa Turpin

Orange Blossom Publishing | March 21, 2023

In this children’s book, Dani must “come to terms with her new reality: her parents’ recent divorce, a blossoming, awkward friendship, and repeated humiliation at the hands of a school bully.”




Crying Wolf by Eden Boudreau

Book*hug Press | March 22, 2023

Crying Wolf is “a gripping memoir that shares the raw path to recovery after violence and spotlights the ways survivors are too often demonized or ignored when they belong to marginalized communities.”




Ordinary Light by Laura Maher and L.I. Henley

Bamboo Dart Press | March 25, 2023

This poetry chapbook “traces a correspondence of the growing connections of two strangers, uncovering a shared archeological dig of lost loves, regrets, questions, and other half-buried artifacts of memory.”




My Dear Comrades by Sunu Chandy

Regal House Publishing | March 28, 2023

In this poetry collection, Chandy “includes stories about her experiences as a woman, civil rights attorney, parent, partner, daughter of South Asian immigrants, and member of the LGBTQ community.”




This Conversation Is Being Recorded by Hannah Kezema

Game Over Books | March 28, 2023

Kezema’s hybrid debut is “a vibrant collection of poems and erasures of painted, dirtied, and flora-filled legal documents and interview notes from her experiences as an investigator and editor in the insurance fraud industry.”




Generation Exile by Rodrigo Dorfman

Arte Público Press | March 31, 2023

In this memoir Dorman, who was six years old when his family fled Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship, “writes about his experiences as an exile and a migrant.”




Player’s Vendetta by John Lantigua

Arte Público Press | March 31, 2023

In this mystery novel, an investigation “reveals an assortment of suspicious characters who were in Havana when the Players were killed, including a former Cuban spy now living in Little Havana.”




Literature & Politics: Selected Writings by Robert Musil

Translated from the German by Genese Grill

Contra Mundum Press | March 31, 2023

This book “presents Robert Musil’s writings on the relationship between literature and politics from World War I through World War II and elucidates his personal struggle to bear witness during the Age of Totalitarianism.”




A Night of Screams: Latino Horror Stories

Arte Público Press | March 31, 2023

Edited by Richard Z. Santos, this anthology of horror stories and poems “contains themes impacting Latinos, such as cartel violence and immigration.”




Bookworm: Conversations with Michael Silverblatt by Michael Silverblatt

The Song Cave | March 31, 2023

This book “gathers interviews with some of the most influential luminaries of our time,” including John Ashbery, John Berger, Octavia Butler, Joan Didion, and Carlos Fuentes.