Books Launching in September 2021

Support small presses and indie bookstores by picking a read from the list below, which features new books forthcoming in September 2021 from CLMP members. (Take a look at last month’s releases as well.)


Lost, Hurt, or in Transit Beautiful by Rohan Chhetri

Tupelo Press | September 1, 2021

Winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, this poetry collection is, according to Kristina Marie Darling, “a work in which poetic technique is brought to bear on lingering questions of identity, artistic tradition, and the cruelty implicit in language itself.”



Wings in Time by Callie Garnett

The Song Cave | September 1, 2021

In this debut poetry collection, Garnett’s experiences are “transcribed, recorded, rewound, shared and edited over emails, and nearly float contextless, full of the desire to touch the immaterial and the dematerialized.”




Afterfeast by Lisa Hiton

Tupelo Press | September 1, 2021

Winner of the Dorset Prize for Poetry, this poetry collection is, according to Mary Jo Bang, “covertly grounded in metaphysical questions… Vast categories and fluid distinctions are fractured and then woven back together.”




In the Neighborhood of Normal by Cindy Maddox

Regal House Publishing | September 1, 2021

In this novel, “eighty-two-year-old Mish Atkinson from Fair Valley, West Virginia, is determined she’s going to make something of the time she has left on this earth.”




Open Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Your Book 

Tupelo Press | September 1, 2021

This handbook from an independent publisher “will prepare you to take the lead in executing your own publicity plan. It is designed to guide you, step-by-step, through the process of making a success of your book.”




EROTECAY by Palaces

LUPERCALIApress | September 1, 2021

According to Taylor Byas, this debut poetry collection “is a story of grief and abuse nestled into the space between the sensual and the grotesque.”




Donuts in Space by Jerica Taylor

Gasher Press | September 1, 2021

A series of linked flash pieces, Donuts in Space “is about a stress-baking human and her new life after the catastrophic crash of her ship from Earth.”




Sparks by David Michael Slater

Regal House Publishing | September 4, 2021

According to Alex Poppe, this novel for young adults “pushes the limits of creative imagination, illuminating what it means to be different in a world consumed with conformity.”




I Was a Bell by M. Soledad Caballero

Red Hen Press | September 7, 2021

In this poetry collection, Caballero “imagines how memory frames and reshapes the present, how memory illuminates and limits the stories of ourselves, and how, despite the passage of time, primal moments in the past are the ghosts and echoes of our present.”




AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect, Extinct, Vibration by CAConrad

Wave Books | September 7, 2021

The poems in AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration “reach out from a (Soma)tic poetry ritual where CA flooded their body with the field recordings of recently extinct animals.”




Insignificance by James Clammer

Coach House Books | September 7, 2021

This lyric novel is “a day-in-the-life of a plumber whose troubles are all coming to a head.”




Pickles Tails: The Hijinks of Muffin and Roscoe, Vol. 1 by Brian Crane

Baobab Press | September 7, 2021

Pickles Tails is Crane’s first collection “dedicated to the beloved Pickles family pets, Roscoe and Muffin, and their wily ways.”




Imminence by Mariana Dimópulos

Transit Books | September 7, 2021

According to J. M. Coetzee, this novel translated from the Spanish by Alice Whitmore is, “with its caustic vignettes of male vanity and its subtle self-mockery… playful on the surface, dark and disturbing in its depths.”




Disruption: New Short Fiction from Africa

Catalyst Press | September 7, 2021

In this genre-spanning anthology edited by Jason Mykl Snyman, Karina M. Szczurek, and Rachel Zadok, “new and emerging writers from across Africa investigate many of the pressing issues of our time: climate change, pandemics, social upheaval, surveillance, and more.”




How to Walk with Steve by Robert Fromberg

Latah Books | September 7, 2021

According to Patricia Eakins, Fromberg’s “poignant memoir details the painful ordinariness of misery—even for the bright scion of an artistic family.”




The Memory Monster by Yishai Sarid

Restless Books | September 7, 2021

This short novel is “a harrowing parable of a young historian who becomes consumed by the memory of the Holocaust.”




Bebikaan-ezhwebiziwinan Nimkii: The Adventures of Nimkii by Stacie Sheldon

Hidden Timber Books |  September 7, 2021

This illustrated book shows children the world “through the joyful eyes of Nimkii, a fun, nature-loving dog who will teach them a whole new language: Ojibwemowin, a language spoken by the indigenous tribes in parts of Michigan, Ontario, northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, and Alberta.”




The Moon’s Tear: A Desert Night’s Dream by Sophie Sheppard

Baobab Press | September 7, 2021

Illustrated by the author, this picture book “follows Raven in his journey to find a companion for the Moon, who is traveling alone across the empty night sky.”




The Accommodation by Jim Schutze

Deep Vellum Publishing | September 7, 2021

Reissued with a new foreword by John Wiley Price, this classic of Dallas history “examines the violent and suppressed history of race and racism in the city, from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement, and the city’s desegregation efforts in the 1950s and ‘60s.”




Pip Pip Toodle Doo by Lisa Sobiak

Baobab Press | September 7, 2021

Illustrated by Paula L. Robison, this picture book “follows Pinky the bird as she sings her playful song, dives through the clouds, and meets new friends.”




Children of Dust by Marlin Barton

Regal House Publishing | September 10, 2021

This is a novel “about the relationship between two women, allied against a formidable and violent man with secrets of his own, and it is also a complex look at race, violence, and the ways in which stories get passed down to future generations.”




Villainy by Andrea Abi-Karam

Nightboat Books | September 14, 2021

Abi-Karam’s second poetry collection “foments political action in public spaces, and indexes the various emotional states, such as rage, revelry, fear, grief, and desire to which queers must tend during protest.”




In Madison’s Cave by Douglas Anderson

Frayed Edge Press | September 14, 2021

This experimental epistolary novel “considers early American history, government & politics, education, race relations, and other themes that still resonate in modern American life.”




Sinking Islands by Cai Emmons

Red Hen Press | September 14, 2021

Following a scientist with the power to influence Earth’s natural forces, this novel “explores how we might become more attuned to the Earth and act more collaboratively to solve the enormity of our climate problem.”




A Line of Driftwood: The Ada Blackjack Story by Diane Glancy

Turtle Point Press | September 14, 2021

Glancy’s retelling of a 1921 Arctic expedition—of which a young Inupiat woman named Ada Blackjack was the lone survivor—is “the story of a woman facing danger, loss, and unimaginable hardship, yet surviving against the odds where four ‘experts’ could not.”




Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body by Megan Milks

Feminist Press | September 14, 2021

This novel “reimagines nineties adolescence—mashing up girl group series, choose-your-own-adventures, and chronicles of anorexia—in a queer and trans coming-of-age tale like no other.”




Umbilical Cord by Hasan Namir

Book*hug Press | September 14, 2021

Namir’s “warm, free-verse poems document the journey that he and his husband took to have a child.”




A Very Irish Christmas

New Vessel Press | September 14, 2021

The sixth volume in the Very Christmas series “transports readers to the Emerald Isle with stories and poems sure to bring holiday cheer.”




Among Elms, in Ambush by Bruce Weigl

BOA Editions | September 14, 2021

This new poetry collection “follows the celebrated poet and Vietnam War veteran as he explores combat, survival, and PTSD in brief prose vignettes.”




Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace with Yiyun Li by Yiyun Li

A Public Space | September 14, 2021

In Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace, Yiyun Li “invites you to travel with her through Tolstoy’s novel—and with fellow readers around the world who joined her for an online book club and an epic journey during a pandemic year.”




Hotel by Carl Adamshick

Four Way Books | September 15, 2021

From the political to the erotic and everywhere in between,” the poems in Adamshick’s latest collection “take us on a sometimes sober, sometimes raunchy ride.”




A Midwestern Poet’s Incomplete Guide to Symbolism by Erica Anderson-Senter

EastOver Press | September 15, 2021

“Equal parts visual dictionary, cryptogram, and Rosetta Stone,” this poetry collection “reads like a map through a Midwestern landscape of love, heartache, and enduring grief.”



The Blank Page by Iván Argüelles

Sagging Meniscus | September 15, 2021

According to Carl Landauer, Argüelles “fills his Blank Page with astounding poetry, bringing us through Homeric, Dantesque, and Vedic worlds as well as the Americana of his youth in beautifully constructed lines with imaginative juxtapositions that would be the envy of André Breton or Paul Éluard.”




Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow by Natalka Bilotserkivets

Lost Horse Press | September 15, 2021

This poetry collection from an active participant in Ukraine’s Renaissance of the late-Soviet and early independence period “still speaks about movement and restricted movement, even symbolic movement.”




Booboo Roi by Marvin Cohen

Sagging Meniscus | September 15, 2021

Of this anti-theatrical adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Cohen writes, “I wrote this play as a compensation for being poor, more than half deaf, and growing up in Brooklyn with poor parents.”




The Hard Life of a Stone by Marvin Cohen

Sagging Meniscus | September 15, 2021

This collection of stories “centers around philosophical themes: the awareness of existence and experience, of reality and truth, and the relativity of time and place.”




Tongue of a Crow by Peter Coyote

Four Way Books | September 15, 2021

This debut poetry collection “takes us on a whirlwind tour of an eclectic and exciting life as an actor and Zen Buddhist priest, meandering from love affairs to marriage to divorce to the Sixties to psychedelic spirituality and beyond.”




Middlemarch by George Eliot

Restless Books | September 15, 2021

Featuring an introduction by Rebecca Mead and illustrations by Keren Katz, this new edition “presents George Eliot’s masterpiece of Victorian fiction in an appealing new light.”




This Alaska by Carlie Hoffman

Four Way Books | September 15, 2021

According to Josh Bell, this debut poetry collection is “a book of heaven that has not forgotten the body nor the shadow cast by the body, nor how hunger leads you to the slaughterhouse and is love.”




It Isn’t a Ghost if It Lives in Your Chest by Joan Houlihan

Four Way Books | September 15, 2021

Houlihan’s sixth poetry collection “reflects upon the persistence of what is lost and the accidental ruptures of trauma that allow re-entry into our world.”




Seed Wheel by Kathryn Hunt

Lost Horse Press | September 15, 2021

The poems in this collection “are drenched in silence and wonderment, miseries and mysteries, and the stubborn cargo of our collective and individual histories.”




Imagine a Death by Janice Lee

Texas Review Press | September 15, 2021

“A depiction of the cycles of abuse and trauma in a prolonged end-time,” this novel “examines the ways in which our pasts envelop us.”




Gentefication by Antonio de Jesús López 

Four Way Books | September 15, 2021

This debut poetry collection “nuances Latinidad as not just an immigration question, but an academic one” and “deals with Latinx death not as the literal passing of bodies, but as first tied with language.”




Cutlish by Rajiv Mohabir

Four Way Books | September 15, 2021

In this new poetry collection, Mohabir “creates a form migrated from Caribbean chutney music in order to verse the precarity of a queer Indo-Caribbean speaker in the newest context of the United States.”




Antique Densities; Modern Parables & Other Experiments in Short Prose by Jefferson Navicky

Deerbrook Editions | September 15, 2021

According to Kristen Case, this short fiction collection “is a joyful counter-spell to the curse of disenchantment, a long, beautiful string of unforeseeable sentences.”



Our Cancers: Poems by Dan O’Brien

Acre Books | September 15, 2021

In this poetry collection, O’Brien “chronicles the year and a half during which both he and his wife were treated for cancer.”




Through a Red Place by Rebecca Pelky

Perugia Press | September 15, 2021

Written in English and Mohegan, this story-in-poems “assembles the author’s research into her Native and non-Native heritage in the land now known as Wisconsin” and “relates narratives of people who converged on and impacted this space in myriad ways.”




Getaway by Glen Pourciau

Four Way Books | September 15, 2021

The characters in Pourciau’s short stories “inhabit a world dominated by interior voices revealing fragmented selves.”




WARD by Ryan Vine

Texas Review Press | September 15, 2021

This poetry collection is “a book about ethos and mythos, about the creation of a character and the investigation of voice.”





In Light of Stars by Bruce Willard

Four Way Books | September 15, 2021

The poems in Willard’s collection “rise up (much like the clouds over his oft-traversed Rockies), as the speaker throws his attention to earth and sky, better to understand his own dynamic and shifting inner weather.”




Masquerade by Carolyne Wright

Lost Horse Press | September 15, 2021

Masquerade is “a jazz-inflected, lyric-narrative sequence of poems, a “memoir in poetry” set principally in pre-Katrina New Orleans and in Seattle, involving an interracial couple, artists and writers.”




Apricots for Donbas by Lyuba Yakimchuk

Lost Horse Press | September 15, 2021

Translated from the Ukrainian by Oksana Maksymchuk, Max Rosochinsky, and Svetlana Lavochkina, this poetry collection offers “intimate glimpses into the story of a woman affected by a life-altering situation beyond her control.”




Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory by James Cagney

Nomadic Press | September 18, 2021

Cagney’s poetry collection, presented in a second edition, “examines the complexities of intimacy for an adopted person trying to find balance between two families—one rattled by age and illness; the other, holding space for a son that doesn’t exist.”




Three, Walking by Nikia Chaney

Bamboo Dart Press | September 20, 2021

This chapbook of short fiction explores “three worlds in which three brave women push against the external structures of their strange worlds that almost work the same way as ours.”




Tenderness by Derrick Austin

BOA Editions | September 21, 2021

Winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, this poetry collection “uplifts communal spaces as sites of resistance and healing, wonders at the restorative powers of art and erotic love, and celebrates the capaciousness of friendship.”




Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin

Deep Vellum Publishing |  September 21, 2021

Bellatin’s novel, translated from the Spanish by David Shook, is an “earth-shattering allegory of plague that brought him to his cult status as auteur of Latin America’s most singular literary vision.”




Student Resistance in the Age of Chaos, Books 1 & 2 by Mark Edelman Boren

Seven Stories Press | September 21, 2021

This “all-encompassing history of today’s global student activism movement” goes “continent by continent, country by country, to show us the contours of the new frontlines of resistance.”




Suture by Nic Brewer

Book*hug Press | September 21, 2021

Brewer’s debut novel “shares three interweaving stories of artists tearing themselves open to make art.”




Ceive by B. K. Fischer

BOA Editions | September 21, 2021

This novella-in-verse is a “poetic retelling of Noah’s Ark set in the near future… that recounts a post-apocalyptic journey aboard a container ship.”




634 Ways to Kill Fidel by Fabián Escalante Font

Seven Stories Press | September 21, 2021

This book is “a disturbing portrait of how US tax dollars fund campaigns to stifle dissent and attempt to rupture movements in the Global South fighting for sovereignty, justice, self-determination, and ultimately a better world.”




Last Words on Earth by Javier Serena

Open Letter | September 21, 2021

Translated from the Spanish by Katie Whittemore, this novel “looks at the price—and haphazard nature—of fame through the lens of a Bolaño-esque writer who persevered just long enough to be transformed out of obscurity into a literary legend right at the end of his life.”




American Home by Sean Cho A. 

Autumn House Press | September 23, 2021

Winner of the 2020 Chapbook Prize, selected by Danusha Laméris, this debut poetry chapbook “directs a keen eye on everyday occurrences and how these small events shape us as individuals.”




Under the Broom Tree by Natalie Homer

Autumn House Press | September 23, 2021

Drawing inspiration from the story of the prophet Elijah, this debut poetry collection “is a trek through the wildernesses of the heart and of the natural world.”




The Animal Indoors by Carly Inghram 

Autumn House Press | September 23, 2021

Winner of the 2020 CAAPP Book Prize, selected by Terrance Hayes, this poetry collection explores “the day-to-day experiences of a Black queer woman who is ceaselessly bombarded with images of mass-consumerism, white supremacy, and sexism.”




Check Engine and Other Stories by Jennifer Companik

Thirty West Publishing House | September 24, 2021

This debut short fiction collection features ten stories exploring “duality in gender roles & expectations, married and unmarried, ghosts and death.”




Girlz ‘n the Hood by Mary Hill-Wagner

Regal House Publishing | September 25, 2021

This memoir is “the unsentimental, moving, and surprisingly humorous account of a girl and her ten siblings who grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.”




The Other Place by Brendan Cleary

Red Hen Press | September 28, 2021

Through this series of love letters and poems, Cleary “explores the ghosts of his past and what it means to experience a loss.”




Habitus by Radna Fabias

Deep Vellum/Phoneme | September 28, 2021

Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, Habitus is “a collection full of thrilling sensory images, lines in turn grim and enchanting which move from the Caribbean island of Curaçao to the immigrant experience of the Netherlands.”




I embrace you with all my revolutionary fervor: Letters, 1947-1967 by Ernesto Che Guevara

Seven Stories Press | September 28, 2021

Edited by Maria del Carmen Ariet Garcia and Disamis Arcia Munoz, Guevara’s letters in this collection “give us Che the son, the friend, the lover, the guerilla fighter, the political leader, the philosopher, the poet.”




Painting Is a Supreme Fiction: Writings by Jesse Murry, 1980–1993

Soberscove Press | September 28, 2021

Edited and with an introduction by Jarrett Earnest and a foreword by Hilton Als, this collection presents the writings of artist and poet Jesse Murry (1948-1993).8-1993).




EM by Kim Thúy

Seven Stories Press | September 28, 2021

Translated by Sheila Fischman, this novel about two siblings “born into the havoc of the Vietnam War” is “a poetic story steeped in history, about those most impacted by the violence and their later accomplishments.”





It’s OK, Slow Lizard by Yeorim Yoon

Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers | September 28, 2021

In this picture book illustrated by Jian Kim and translated from the Koren by Chi-Young Kim, “animal friends discover the advantages of living slowly.”