Books Launching in September 2022

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


Step  Up to Run by Myel Jenkins, Jackie Smith, Tara Sreekrishnan, Dionne Ybarra, and Delaine Eastin

Pact Press | September 1, 2022

This book features “personal accounts of five women from diverse backgrounds and communities across the state of California, who made the leap to run in 2018.”




Creativity: Where Poems Begin by Mary Mackey

Marsh Hawk Press | September 1, 2022

In this memoir, Mackey “charts the paths of her own creativity as she tries to discover an entry point to the magical place where the seed of a poem starts to open.”




Where Are the Snows by Kathleen Rooney

Texas Review Press | September 1, 2022

Winner of the 2021 X. J. Kennedy Prize, selected by Kazim Ali, this poetry collection “explores the questions of where we are now and where we might be going.”




The Air in the Air Behind It by Brandon Rushton

Tupelo Press | September 1, 2022

According to Donna Stonecipher, in this poetry collection “Rushton delivers a post-wonder diorama of the contemporary non-urban United States in which the vaunted American lawn is artificial.”




Rewild by Meredith Stricker

Tupelo Press | September 1, 2022

According to Maggie Smith, this Dorset Prize–winning poetry collection “grapples with climate change, capitalism, the horrors of human history.”




Seriously Well by Helge Torvund

The Song Cave | September 1, 2022

Translated from the Norwegian by the author, Seriously Well is “a book-length poem that explores the charac­teristics and limits of poetic incantation in relation to memory and illness.”




Surface Tension by Derek Beaulieu

Coach House Books | September 6, 2022

Surface Tension “updates visual poetry for our post-pandemic age, asking us rethink the verbiage around us, to imagine letters as images instead of text, to find meaning in their beautiful shapes.”



Pickles Tails Volume Two (2008-2020) by Brian Crane

Baobab Press | September 6, 2022

Pickles Tails Volume Two  is “the second installment of Brian Crane’s Pickles strips dedicated to the hijinks of the beloved Pickles family pets, Roscoe and Muffin.”



Getting Lost by Annie Ernaux

Translated from French by Alison L. Strayer

Seven Stories Press | September 6, 2022

Getting Lost is “the diary Annie Ernaux kept during the year and a half she had a secret love affair with a younger, married man, a Russian diplomat.”



[To] The Last [Be] Human by Jorie Graham

Copper Canyon Press | September 6, 2022

Collecting Sea Change, Place, Fast, and Runaway, [To] The Last [Be] Human is “a body of work that stands as a ‘lyric record’ of the calamitous decades that began the twenty-first century.”




Voices in the Dead House by Norman Lock

Bellevue Literary Press | September 6, 2022

The ninth stand-alone book in The American Novels series, Voices in the Dead House is “a masterful dual portrait of two iconic authors who took different paths toward chronicling a country beset by prejudice and at war with itself.”




Plain Air: Sketches from Winesburg, Indiana by Michael Martone

Baobab Press | September 6, 2022

In this short fiction collection, Martone “conjures Winesburg, Indiana, a fictional town and all of its inhabitants’ lyric philosophies, tales of the mundane, and the sensation of being ‘lost’ in the heart of the heart of the country.”




Wilted Wings: A Hunter’s Fight for Eagles by Mike McTee

Riverfeet Press | September 6, 2022

In this book McTee, a hunter and wildlife researcher in Montana, “exposes a terrifying link between humans and eagles, while building the framework for how to safeguard these iconic raptors.”




There Are Still Woods by Hila Ratzabi

June Road Press | September 6, 2022

This debut poetry collection is “a radiant appraisal of life at the precipice of climate crisis and a haunting elegy for all we stand to lose.”




Loving the Dead and Gone by Judith Turner-Yamamoto

Regal House Publishing | September 6, 2022

In this novel, “a freak car crash in 1960s rural North Carolina puts in motion moments of grace that bring redemption to two generations of women and the lives they touch.”




Vox Humana by Adebe DeRango-Adem

Book*hug Press | September 8, 2022

This poetry collection is “driven by a sense of political urgency to probe the ethics of agency in a world that actively resists the participation of some voices over others.”




Sailing at the Edge of Disaster: A Memoir of a Young Woman’s Daring Year by Elizabeth W. Garber

Toad Hall Editions | September 13, 2022

Garber’s debut memoir “chronicles a transformative year in the throes of late adolescence that leads to courage, grace, and a reclamation of selfhood.”




Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency by Chen Chen

BOA Editions | September 13, 2022

In his second poetry collection, Chen “continues his investigation of family, both blood and chosen, examining what one inherits and what one invents, as a queer Asian American living through an era of Trump, mass shootings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.”



Black Swim by Nicholas Goodly

Copper Canyon Press | September 13, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Goodly “casts a spell to transform darkness into perfect darkness.”




An Eros Encyclopedia by Rachel James

Wendy’s Subway | September 13, 2022

The winner of the 2019 Carolyn Bush Award, this poetry collection “offers up desire and the attunement to its many objects as the atmosphere of a life.”




Junie by Chelene Knight

Book*hug Press | September 13, 2022

Knight’s novel is an “exploration of the complexity within mother-daughter relationships and the dynamic vitality of Vancouver’s former Hogan’s Alley neighbourhood.”




In the Hands of the River by Lucien Darjeun Meadows

Hub City Press | September 13, 2022

This poetry collection “subverts traditional poetic forms to show how a childhood for a queer boy of both Cherokee and European heritage happens within and outside dominant narratives of Appalachia.”




Panics by Barbara Molinard

Translated from French by Emma Ramadan

Feminist Press | September 13, 2022

This short fiction collection features stories “about violence, mental illness, and the warped contradictions of the twentieth-century female experience.”



Kibogo by Scholastique Mukasonga

Translated from French by Mark Polizzotti

Archipelago Books | September 13, 2022

This novel “recounts, in four beautifully woven parts, the clash between ancient Rwandan beliefs and the missionaries’ determination to replace them with European Christianity.”



Ti Amo by Hanne Ørstavik

Translated from Norwegian by Martin Aitken

Archipelago Books | September 13, 2022

In this novel, an unnamed narrator “tends to her husband, stricken with cancer, in the final months of his life.”



A Very Mexican Christmas

New Vessel Press | September 13, 2022

The seventh installment in the Very Christmas series includes “mouthwatering Nochebuena meals, mysterious felines, multi-colored boxes, marvelous sweet rolls, and many a bedside tale.”



Test Piece by Sheryda Warrener

Coach House Books | September 13, 2022

The poems in this collection “engage with the process and practice of art-making, and specifically with abstract minimalist works like those by Eva Hesse, Anne Truitt, Ruth Asawa, and Agnes Martin.”




Painting Beyond Walls by David Rhodes

Milkweed Editions | September 13, 2022

According to Bennard Fajardo, in this novel “Rhodes returns to the Midwest with this tale set in the near-future about humanity’s relationship with each other, with nature, and with the self.”




Sinkhole by Juliet Patterson

Milkweed Editions | September 13, 2022

According to Terry Tempest Williams, “Sinkhole resurrects our dead from the sorrow and silences surrounding suicide and gives voice to the whys of their voiceless acts.”




Bluest Nude by Ama Codjoe

Milkweed Editions | September 13, 2022

Codjoe’s debut collection “brings generous light to the inner dialogues of women as they bathe, create art, make and lose love.”




Bad Hobby by Kathy Fagan

Milkweed Editions | September 13, 2022

In this poetry collection, “Fagan writes with a kind of practical empathy, lamenting pain and brutality while knowing, also, their inevitability.”




2 A.M. in Little America by Ken Kalfus

Milkweed Editions | September 13, 2022

This novel “imagines a future in which sweeping civil conflict has forced America’s young people to flee its borders, into an unwelcoming world.”




Even the Air, Too Heavy by Riley Danvers

First Matter Press | September 15, 2022

Danvers’s poetry collection “wayfinds through the emptiness of miscarriage with words and experimental forms that examine the vacated, the absent, the lost.”




in abundance and in absence by Kelli Fox

fifth wheel press | September 15, 2022

in abundance and in absence is a “series of typewritten poetic prose juxtaposed over 35mm film.”



Fixed Star by Suzanne Frischkorn

JackLeg Press | September 15, 2022

According to Simone Muench, “Fixed Star is a brilliant treatise on violence, division, loss, longing, and the search for song.”




Palindrome by Elizabeth Genovise

Texas Review Press | September 15, 2022

The characters in this short fiction collection “have no choice but to confront their emotional and spiritual challenges if they wish to move forward with their lives.”




Muse Found in a Colonized Body by Yesenia Montilla

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

This collection features poems “that range far and wide in content—observing pop culture, interrogating history, resisting contemporary injustice—but that share the spinal cord of unflinching love.”




Undress, She Said by Doug Anderson

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

These poems “voyage from the subtle violences of a religious upbringing to complex remembrances of time served in the Vietnam War to contemporary emergencies of real and political plagues.”




Previously Owned by Nathan McClain

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

This collection “scrutinizes one’s own culpability and responsibility in this country, interested in the natural world and beauty, as well as what beauty distracts us from.”




The Listening Skin by Glenis Redmond

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

Redmond’s latest poetry collection “details how generational cycles of poverty, mental and physical illness, and systemic racism impact the self, the family, and the greater African-American collective.”




The Certain Body by Julia Guez

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

In this poetry collection, “Guez aptly frames the recursive paralysis of pandemic rhetoric, whose seeming transitions always arrive at the same uncertainty.”




More Poems about Money by Daniel Wolff

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

More Poems about Money “looks at the economic times we live in, from boom to bust, from the suburbs to the warzone, in a voice that ranges from humorous to desperate.”




Elephant by Soren Stockman

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

The speaker in this poetry collection is “accompanied throughout by the imagined presence of Joseph Merrick, the 20th Century entertainer and medical patient popularly depicted as ‘The Elephant Man.'”




Only by Rebecca Foust

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

This poetry collection “scales the cliff-face of adulthood, that paradoxical ascent in which the longer we live the less we know of life, in which we find that each of us is only ourselves and yet delicately interconnected with everyone, everything, else.”




When You’re Deep in a Thing by Anthony Cappo

Four Way Books | September 15, 2022

When You’re Deep in a Thing “reimagines the coming of age book and the masculine tropes of the bildungsroman, suggesting that adulthood never vanquishes the kids we were.”




Meet the Moon by Kerry L. Malawista

Fitzroy Books | September 15, 2022

According to Jennifer Richard Jacobson, this young adult novel is a “life-affirming story about a girl and her family as they struggle to go on without Mom during a single year in the early seventies.”




Someone I Can Hold Gently by Xylophone Mykland

First Matter Press | September 15, 2022

In this debut poetry collection, Mykland’s “revelatory poems grow the conversation around neurodiversity, abuse, neglect, and growth.”




Returning from Silence: Jenny’s Story by Michèle Sarde

Translated from French by Rupert Swyer

Swan Isle Press | September 15, 2022

Sarde’s novel “tells the story of a Jewish family in World War II and reaches deep into Jewish history.”



All the Tiny Beauties by Jenn Scott

Acre Books | September 15, 2022

Scott’s novel “follows five characters in California as their lives intertwine.”




Stories For When the Wolves Arrive by Hailey Spencer

First Matter Press | September 15, 2022

This poetry collection “is both an academic and psychological exploration into the deeper themes behind our best-known folklore.”




American Sycamore by Lisbeth White

Perugia Press | September 15, 2022

This poetry collection is “an exploration of racial identity and the natural world, rooted in the mythopoetics of wilderness and ancestry as sources of trauma, grief, wonder, and tremendous resource.”




One Row After / Bir Sira Sonra by Sonya Wohletz

First Matter Press | September 15, 2022

According to D. P. Snyder, this poetry collection “offers a way of awakening to a world in which all things breathe, probe, thrill, ache and sigh as we do.”




Between These Borders Wanders a Golem by ahuva s. zaslavsky

First Matter Press | September 15, 2022

Between These Borders Wanders a Golem is “a hybrid book of poems, flash, and short stories that present psychic investigation into repeating ideas that roam a body.”




space neon neon space by luna rey hall

Variant Literature | September 17, 2022

In this poetry collection, “gender is transformed and painted in the brightest lavender, and the speaker must learn to escape the societal violence of labeling anything they fear enough to try and contain.”




Submarine by Anurag Andra

Split/Lip Press | September 20, 2022

This novel “tells the coming-of-age story of Subramaniam, a second-generation immigrant of Indian descent, exploring what it means to make a life in a country both insular and boundless.”




The Rupture Tense by Jenny Xie

Graywolf Press | September 20, 2022

In her second collection, Xie “cracks open reverberant, vexed experiences of diasporic homecoming, intergenerational memory transfer, state-enforced amnesia, public secrecies, and the psychic fallout of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.”




Victorious by Yishai Sarid

Translated from the Hebrew by Yardenne Greenspan

Restless Books | September 20, 2022

This novel is “a gripping examination of the complexities of military service as experienced by Abigail, a psychologist who becomes implicated in the dilemmas soldiers encounter both on and off the battlefield.”




Fire Cider Rain by Rhiannon Ng Cheng Hin

Coach House Books | September 20, 2022

This poetry collection “follows the lives of three Chinese-Mauritian women on the course of dispersing, settling, and rooting over northern landscapes, and the brittle family bonds that tie them to one another and to their home country.”




Names and Rivers by Shuri Kido

Translated from Japanese by Forrest Gander and Tomoyuki Endo

Copper Canyon Press | September 20, 2022

Presented bilingually in English and Japanese, Names and Rivers “brings the poems of Shuri Kido to readers in North America for the first time.”



Three Muses by Martha Anne Toll

Regal House Publishing | September 20, 2022

Three Muses is “a love story that enthralls; a tale of Holocaust survival venturing through memory, trauma, and identity, while raising the curtain on the unforgiving discipline of ballet.”




Seed Celestial by Sara R. Burnett

Autumn House Press | September 22, 2022

Burnett’s debut poetry collection “weaves together themes of motherhood, immigration, social transformation, and interrogation.”




Entry Level by Wendy Wimmer

Autumn House Press | September 26, 2022

Winner of the 2021 Fiction Prize, selected by Deesha Philyaw, this short story collection “contains a range of characters who are trying to find, assert, or salvage their identities.”




Intimacies, Received by Taneum Bambrick

Copper Canyon Press | September 27, 2022

Bambrick’s second poetry collection “moves through streets and fields, households and years, following a survivor of sexual assault as she painstakingly reassembles a narrative of self.”




Martian: The Saint of Loneliness by James Cagney

Nomadic Press | September 27, 2022

In his second poetry collection, Cagney “storms through American fields blooming with artillery and anger on his thirsty quest for love, peace, and acceptance.”




Mirth by Kathleen George

Regal House Publishing | September 27, 2022

This novel “chronicles the struggles of a writer, Harrison Mirth, a romantic man who writes about love and tries to find it through three marriages, in three cities, and always with renewable hope.”




A Shiver in the Leaves by Luther Hughes

BOA Editions | September 27, 2022

Hughes’ debut poetry collection “wrestles with the interior and exterior symbiosis of a gay Black man finding refuge from the threat of depression and death through love and desire.”




The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr

Coach House Books | September 27, 2022

The Sleeping Car Porter “brings to life an important part of Black history in North America, from the perspective of a queer man living in a culture that renders him invisible in two ways.”




Imminent Domains: Reckoning with the Anthropocene by Alessandra Naccarato

Book*hug Press | September 27, 2022

In these essays, Naccarato “addresses fundamental questions about our modern relationship to nature amidst depictions of landscapes undergoing dramatic transformation.”




Sinking Bell by Bojan Louis

Graywolf Press | September 27, 2022

Set in and around Flagstaff, the stories in Sinking Bell “depict violent collisions of love, cultures, and racism.”




Concerning My Daughter by Kim Hye-jin

Translated from the Korean by Jamie Chang

Restless Books | September 27, 2022

This debut novel “confronts familial love, duty, mortality, and generational schism through the incendiary gaze of a tradition-bound mother faced with her daughter’s queer relationship.”




Lunch with Lizabeth by Todd Hughes

Pelekinesis | September 29, 2022

In this memoir, Lizabeth Scott “reveals to Hughes her ebullient personality and zest for life while shedding insight into her fabulously brief career as an international film star.”




Old Growth by Mike O’Connor

Empty Bowl Press | September 30, 2022

Old Growth “gathers a generous selection of the best of O’Connor’s original lyric poetry along with a sampling of new and uncollected poems.”