Books Launching in October 2022

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



bull-jean & dem/dey back by Sharon Bridgforth

53rd State Press | October 1, 2022

bull-jean & dem/dey back “collects two performance/novels centering Sharon Bridgforth’s southern-Black-butch-sheroe, bull-jean.”




Ore Choir: The Lava on Iceland by Katy Didden

Tupelo Press | October 1, 2022

In this poetry collection, “lava speaks ‘with the focus of a burning glass,’ lighting lyric core samples through geo-historical and cultural texts about Iceland.”




uncollected trash collection by Kate Kremer

53rd State Press | October 1, 2022

uncollected trash collection “draws on a 3-month record Kremer kept of everything she threw away, along with the refuse of earlier writing projects.”




Architects of the Imaginary / Los arquitectos del imaginario by Marta López-Luaces

Translated from the Spanish by G. J. Racz

Gival Press | October 1, 2022

According to Peter Gizzi, in this bilingual poetry collection “the world and its phenomena are respected, named, and given their proper occupation.”




Disputed Site by Kate Monaghan

Gival Press | October 1, 2022

According to Henri Cole, the poems in this collection “yearn for a planet without hateful border stations, floating-trash islands, and elaborate human grief.”




I Understand Everything Better by David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group

53rd State Press | October 1, 2022

This book is a “performance piece, a multi-disciplinary, dance-based work that explores the impulse to report on calamity, the shimmer of attention to realms unseen, and the evidence of the body as possessing a will to let go of living.”





In the Same Light: 200 Poems for Our Century from the Migrants & Exiles of the Tang Dynasty

Translated from the Chinese by Wong May

The Song Cave | October 1, 2022

This collection features “70 sections that span the millennia,” in which Wong May “traverses continents and civilizations to retrieve the text of Tang Poetry for our century.”




Speaking Out: Families of LGBTQ+ Advance the Dialogue by Esther Schwartz-McKinzie

Gival Press | October 1, 2022

Speaking Out: Families of LGBTQ+ Advance the Dialogue is “an interview project inspired by the author’s daughter in the spirit of pushing back against current hateful anti-LGBTQ+ politics and trends.”




John Ashbery Live at Sanders Theatre, 1976 by John Ashbery

Fonograf Editions | October 4, 2022

This archival LP includes “forty-seven minutes of poetry from Houseboat Days, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, and The Double Dream of Spring” as well as liner notes with original essays by Douglas Crase, Dara Barrois/Dixon, and John Yau.




In My Secret Life by Amy Bleu

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

In My Secret Life “follows the adventures of Amelia, a freelance art and fashion model who also does adult content.”




We Are Mermaids by Stephanie Burt

Graywolf Press | October 4, 2022

Burt’s poems “revel in their multiplicity, their interconnectedness, their secret powers to become much more than they at first seem.”




Seed Celestial by Sara R. Burnett

Autumn House Press | October 4, 2022

This poetry collection “weaves together themes of motherhood, immigration, social transformation, and interrogation.”




The Story of the Hundred Promises by Neil Cochrane

Forest Avenue Press | October 4, 2022

Cochrane’s novel is “a loose retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that centers queer and trans characters.”




The Language of Bodies by Suzanne Dewitt Hall

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

Dewitt Hall’s novel “probes the seduction of vengeance using vivid, sensual imagery to explore how love transcends the particulars of body parts, and how revenge blurs the line between victim and perpetrator, hero and villain.”




Landings: A Crooked Creek Farm Year by Arwen Donahue

Hub City Press | October 4, 2022

In these 130 ink-and-watercolor drawings, “the story of one year on a family farm in Kentucky unfolds in captured moments of daily life.”




Cry Perfume by Sadie Dupuis

Black Ocean | October 4, 2022

This collection features “lyrical poems that engage with grief and loss and the toll of overdose and addiction with an activist bent.”




The Animals by Cary Fagan

Book*hug Press | October 4, 2022

This novel “explores the nature of relationships faunal and human, and reminds us of the challenges of finding one’s place in society.”




When the Bough Breaks by Nancy Ferraro

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

When the Bough Breaks, True Stories of Hope and Encouragement of Mothers Who Have Had to Reinvent Their Relationships with Their Children “seeks to shed light on that moment when Mom has to reach into the well of courage and ask for outside help.”




It Came from the Closet

Feminist Press | October 4, 2022

In this anthology edited by Joe Vallese, queer and trans writers consider the horror movies “that deepened, amplified, and illuminated their own experiences.”




Life Is Everywhere by Lucy Ives

Graywolf Press | October 4, 2022

Ives’s novel “captures emotional events that hover fitfully at the borders of visibility and intelligibility, showing how the past lives on, often secretly and at the expense of the present.”




Echo’s Errand by Keith Jones

Black Ocean | October 4, 2022

In this poetry collection, Jones “conjures the longue durée of the Middle Sea and the Middle Passage, by excavating history through its vanishing figures and the always already erasure of voice.”




When I Was the Wind by Hannah Lee Jones

June Road Press | October 4, 2022

This debut poetry collection is “a richly textured map of love and loss, a tapestry of hard-won truths both personal and universal.”




Porneia by Eduardo Kac

Translated from the Portuguese

Nightboat Books | October 4, 2022

Porneia “features a selection of works by Eduardo Kac realized in the context of the Porn Art Movement, a vanguard that emerged in 1980 under a military dictatorship in Brazil.”




Late Summer Ode by Olena Kalytiak Davis

Copper Canyon Press | October 4, 2022

In these poems, Davis writes from “a heightened state of ambivalence, perched between past and present tensions.”




Angel of Ambition by Glenn Kaplan

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

In this thriller spanning “London to New York to super-yachts in the Caribbean, Angela plays a ruthless game of deception, betrayal and murder to try to win the ultimate prize.”




I Dreamed I Was Emily Dickinson’s Boyfriend by Ron Koertge

Red Hen Press | October 4, 2022

In these poems, “a mannequin joins the Me Too movement, a summer job turns into a lesson in class distinctions, and Jane Austen makes a surprise appearance at a mall.”




Good Person Trouble by Noëlle Kröger

Translated from the German by Natalye Childress

Fieldmouse Press | October 4, 2022

In this debut graphic novel, “Sebastian, the tobacconist, stands trial for the disappearance of his cousin Teresa, but all is not what it seems.”




The Devil Hound by Franklin E. Lamca

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

Set in mid-eighteenth century Europe and the Americas, this novel follows two Romani brothers searching for their mother.




Bearded Lady by Allison Landa

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

Landa’s memoir is “a tale of hiding and revealing, of secrets and salvation, of how what we believe sets us apart actually unites us.”




The New Empire by Alison McBain

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

Set in “a much different America than we’ve read about in the history books,” this novel “paints a vibrant picture that draws strongly on a non-Eurocentric worldview.”




Dialect of Distant Harbors by Dipika Mukherjee

CavanKerry Press | October 4, 2022

Mukherjee’s poetry collection “summons a shared humanity to examine issues of illness and family.”




The Solar System by Gregory L. Norris

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

Norris’s science fiction novel explores “some of the wonders and adventures to be experienced from Sol to Pluto within The Solar System.”




The Strangers of Braamfontein by Onyeka Nwelue

Sandorf Passage | October 4, 2022

In this novel set in Johannesburg, South Africa, “two strangers, both of them from other countries, struggle to fulfill the dreams that urged them to leave home.”




Find Me in the Time Before by Robin Stevens Payes

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

In this novel about time travel, “no spacetime is out of bounds, history is nothing like what you learn in school, and the future is yours to imagine into being.”




Blood Red by Gabriela Ponce

Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker

Restless Books | October 4, 2022

Ponce’s English-language debut “centers the female body in a radical exploration of desire, choice, and consequences.”




Where’s My Wine Glass?! by Linda Presto

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

Where’s My Wine Glass?! Getting Your Kid to College Without Losing Your Mind is a collection of “humorous essays for parents of children who are prepping for, leaving for, or attending college.”




Nextdoor in Colonialtown by Ryan Rivas

Autofocus Books | October 4, 2022

In this book, Rivas pairs photos of Orlando’s Colonialtown North neighborhood “with conversations assembled from the area’s posts.”




Now and Other Dreams by Daryl Seitchik

Fieldmouse Press | October 4, 2022

The comics in this collection, made between 2012 and 2022, “guide the reader down into the depths of the unconscious, and through the mundane, mystical absurdities of being alive.”




Unbound: Composing Home

New Rivers Press | October 4, 2022

Edited by Nayt Rundquist, this essay anthology features 21 writers “on the concept of home and its polyvalent meanings.”





Catastrophe Theory by Rebecca Lowry Warchut

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

In this novel, “due to a rare brain tumor, Vera Garcia’s soccer career is suddenly sidelined at the start of her senior year.”




Some Months in 1968 by Baron Wormser

Woodhall Press | October 4, 2022

This novel follows “the Brownsons, a family of five living in suburban Baltimore, who experience one of the most tumultuous moments in American history.”




A Deadly Mermaid Fetish by Pamela Mones

Woodhall Press | October 5, 2022

In this novel “a dead girl, dressed in a tattered, mermaid costume and a harpoon jutting from her chest, washes ashore on a world-renowned beach in Florida.”




The Running Body by Emily Pifer

Autumn House Press | October 7, 2022

Pifer’s debut memoir “wrestles and reckons with power and agency, language and story, body dysphoria and beauty standards, desire and addiction, loss and healing.”




COMRADE by Daniel Liu

fifth wheel press | October 7, 2022

COMRADE is a poetry chapbook “tracing a queer personal history and interrogating a relationship between a father and his son as immigrants in a new country.”




Swansdown by Donald Platt

Grid Books | October 11, 2022

In this poetry collection, Platt “makes a study of life’s inevitable transitions, from love’s astonishing evolutions, to aging and its attendant losses.”




DIG by Robert Paul Moreira

Frayed Edge Press | October 11, 2022

Moreira’s cross-genre collection “explores themes of physical and emotional violence, human relationships, and the weight of politics, history, and culture on individuality and identity.”




Pantalla Parade by Laura Swart

Sea Crow Press | October 11, 2022

In Pantalla Parade, the Canadian journalist “records stories of ethnicity and diversity, belonging and isolation, faith, failure, life and philosophy, and what it all means.”





Hole Studies by Hilary Plum

Fonograf Editions | October 11, 2022

This essay collection explores “writing and labor, art and activism, attention as a transformative practice, difference and collaboration, adjuncting and the margins of the academy, whiteness and its weapons, professionalization and its discontents, the radical importance of surprise, friendship at work, the self and its public and private modes.”




The End of Michelangelo by Dan Gerber

Copper Canyon Press | October 11, 2022

This poetry collection reminds readers “that the very fact of being alive—experiencing our fleeting, fragile existence—is our only source of joy, our only avenue of consolation.”




The Visible Unseen by Andrea Chapela

Translated from the Spanish by Kelsi Vanada

Restless Books | October 11, 2022

The Visible Unseen is a “collection of experimental essays exploring the properties and poetics of glass, mirrors, and light as a means of understanding the self.”




The Anchored World: Flash Fairy Tales and Folklore by Jasmine Sawers

Rose Metal Press | October 11, 2022

This flash fiction collection is “equal parts love letter to the old tales and indictment of their shortcomings, offering a new mythology to reflect the many faces and voices of the twenty-first century.”




Delphic Oracle, U.S.A. by Steven Mayfield

Regal House Publishing | October 11, 2022

According to Alice Kaltman, this novel is “a multi-generational romp that rolls along with the fevered pitch of a screwball comedy.”




Pacifique by Sarah L. Taggart

Coach House Books | October 11, 2022

According to Deborah Willis, in this novel “Taggart illuminates the dark corners of delusion (or is it delusion?) and a mental-health system that consigns people to endless limbo.”




If I Were the Ocean, I’d Carry You Home by Pete Hsu

Red Hen Press | October 11, 2022

In this debut story collection, “children and young people navigate a world where the presence of violence and death rear themselves in everyday places.”




A Tinderbox in Three Acts by Cynthia Dewi Oka

BOA Editions | October 11, 2022

In her fourth poetry collection, Oka “performs a lyric accounting of the anti-Communist genocide of 1965, which, led by the Indonesian military and with American assistance, erased and devastated millions of lives in Indonesia.”




Bittering the Wound by Jacqui Germain

Autumn House Press | October 12, 2022

This debut poetry collection is “a firsthand account of the 2014 Ferguson uprising that challenges how we document and report on political unrest.”




tend by Kate Hargreaves

Book*hug Press | October 13, 2022

Hargreaves’ latest collection “explores feelings of being distanced from loved ones, physically and emotionally; striving to be better (at chores, at intimacy); and tending to the things that fracture.”




The New Low by Jennifer Lewis

Nomadic Press | October 15, 2022

The stories in The New Low “move around each other, creating everchanging insights between its characters. Each of whom struggle with identity, addictions, judgments, and life’s contradictions.”




Hidden Cargoes by Chris Arthur

EastOver Press | October 15, 2022

This essay collection “ranges over subjects as various as a girl’s ear, a vulture’s egg, the letters in a Scrabble game, a sprig of witch-hazel, and the chasms of complexity contained in an ordinary moment.”




Manatee Lagoon by Jenna Le

Acre Books | October 15, 2022

In this poetry collection, “sonnets, ghazals, pantoums, villanelles, and a ‘failed georgic’ weave in contemporary subject matter, including social-media comment threads, Pap smears, eclipse glasses, and gun violence.”




Barzakh: The Land In-Between by Moussa Ould Ebnou

Translated from the French by Marybeth Timmermann

Iskanchi Press | October 17, 2022

In this novel set in the distant future, “members of the Institute for the Archeology of Human Thought unearth the bones of Gara, a young man, whose Myelin will unravel the secrets of his ancient consciousness.”




Dream Rooms by River Halen

Book*hug Press | October 18, 2022

Dream Rooms is “a book about personal revolution, about unravelling a worldview to make space for different selves and realities.”




Hunger Heart by Karen Fastrup

Translated from the Danish by Marina Allemano

Book*hug Press | October 18, 2022

Hunger Heart is “a sensual, profound work of autofiction about love, relationships, mental illness, and recovery by one of Denmark’s most celebrated literary writers.”




Your Face My Flag by Julian Gewirtz

Copper Canyon Press | October 18, 2022

In this poetry collection, “Gewirtz explores the place of poetry in a globalized era, shaped by escalating geopolitical tensions between China and ‘the West.'”




Pretend It’s My Body by Luke Dani Blue

Feminist Press | October 18, 2022

This debut story collection “blurs fantasy and reality, excavating new meanings from our varied dysphorias.”




A Knit of Identity by Chris Motto

Regal House Publishing | October 18, 2022

In this novel, “Danny is left struggling to find her identity in a world that doesn’t want her. That is until she stumbles into a hole-in-the-wall bar in a small South Carolina town.”




The Consequences by Manuel Muñoz

Graywolf Press | October 18, 2022

The stories in Muñoz’s new collection “are mostly set in the 1980s in the small towns that surround Fresno.”




What We Talk About When We Talk About Dumplings

Coach House Books | October 18, 2022

In this anthology edited by John Lorinc, “food writers, journalists, culinary historians, and musicians share histories of their culture’s version of the dumpling, family dumpling lore, interesting encounters with these little delights, and even recipes.”




A Brilliant Loss by Eloise Klein Healy

Red Hen Press | October 18, 2022

This poetry collection, written after the poet’s experience with Wernicke’s aphasia, “is a poetic journey into the loss of language and the reclaiming of it.”




stemmy things by imogen xtian smith

Nightboat Books | October 18, 2022

The poems in this collection “build towards an expansive world celebrating fluidity while casting a critical lens on state power, ecological precarity, and the yearning for queer utopia on stolen land.”




Truth is a Flightless Bird by Akbar Hussain

Iskanchi Press | October 24, 2022

In this novel, “Nice—real name, Theresa” has just arrived at the Nairobi airport, “where she will be picked up by her old friend, Duncan, an American pastor for a small evangelical denomination.”




João by a Thread by Roger Mello

Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

elsewhere editions | October 25, 2022

This children’s book is “an intricate and exquisite tale of how bedtime fears can be transformed into wondrous dreams and magical adventures.”




Imminent Domains: Reckoning with the Anthropocene by Alessandra Naccarato

Book*hug Press | October 25, 2022

This essay collection “invites readers to join a contemplation of survival—our own, and that of the elements that surround us.”





Wind, Trees by John Freeman

Copper Canyon Press | October 25, 2022

Freeman’s latest book of poetry is “a politically urgent yet timeless collection that studies the devastating failings of humanity and the redemptive possibilities of love.”




Noor and Bobby by Praline Gay-Para

Translated from the French by Alyson Waters

Restless Books | October 25, 2022

This children’s book is “a compassionate and empathetic introduction to displacement and the realities of war and a heartwarming story of friendship.”




Blood Snow by dg okpik

Wave Books | October 25, 2022

This poetry collection “tells a continuum story of a homeland under erasure, in an ethos of erosion, in a multitude of encroaching methane, ice floe, and rising temperatures.”




Slight Return by Rebecca Wolff

Wave Books | October 25, 2022

In this poetry collection, Wolff “voyages in the myopia of American consumer consciousness—erotic regard, spiritual FOMO, gentrification, branding—without destination.”




Daughter of Spies by Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop

Regal House Publishing | October 25, 2022

In this memoir, Alsop “explores who her mother was, why alcohol played such an important role in her mother’s life, and why her mother held herself apart from all her children, especially her only daughter.”




Little Mr. Prose Poem: Selected Poems of Russell Edson by Russell Edson

BOA Editions | October 25, 2022

Edited by Craig Morgan Teicher, this selection of poems spanning Edson’s career presents “a new and contemporary view of a poet of startling imagination and strangeness.”




My Manservant and Me by Hervé Guibert

Translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman

Nightboat Books | October 25, 2022

“Written from the uneasy perspective of an aging, incontinent author of extremely successful middlebrow plays,” My Manservant and Me is “a story about the trials and tribulations of having a live-in valet.”




In the Zero of Sky by Tamra Plotnick

Assure Press | October 25, 2022

The poems in this collection “course the dialectic between freedom and containment, banging up against elements and identities along the way.”




You Have Reached Your Destination by Louise Marburg

EastOver Press | October 26, 2022

In this collection of short fiction, Marburg “captures turning points in the lives of twelve disparate women.”




Believers And Hustlers by Sylva Nze Ifedigbo

Iskanchi Press | October 28, 2022

This novel is “an exposé into the underbelly of Nigeria’s Pentecostal fervor and the lives of rich celebrity posterity preachers, their motivations, rivalries, pretenses and fears.”




Headstone by Mark Elber

Passager Books | October 30, 2022

In this poetry collection, according to Molly Peacock, Elber “draws us in with wordplay, long Ginsbergian lines, angst, and charm.”