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English Lit
Poems
By Bernard Clay

Compiled from more than twenty years of poetry, Bernard Clay’s long-awaited debut collection captures the unique complexities of black Appalachian identity.

Poetry | American | African American · Poetry | Subjects & Themes | Places · Appalachia · Kentucky · subjects

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Isaac Murphy
I Dedicate This Ride
By Frank X Walker

A new collection of persona poems from award-winning poet Frank X Walker that tell the untold story of legendary African American jockey Isaac Burns Murphy (1861–1896).

Poetry | American | African American · History | African American · Sports | Equestrian · American South

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Ancient Creek
A Folktale
By Gurney Norman

In this new edition of Gurney Norman’s classic tale, the young hero, Jack, wages a revolutionary battle against an evil ruler to free his people, “the folks,” and their lands—the Hill Domain and magical Ancient Creek.

Fiction | Fantasy · Literary Criticism, US

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Affrilachia
Poems
By Frank X Walker

This classic, canonical work of African American and Appalachian poetry portrays award-winning poet Frank X Walker’s journey growing up “Affrilachian” in rural Kentucky.

Poetry | American | African American · Poetry | Subjects & Themes | Places · Appalachian Studies · Appalachia · Kentucky

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Night Garden
A Novel
By Carrie Mullins

Set in rural Kentucky and told from the perspective of seventeen-year-old Marie Massey, this gut-wrenching novel about addiction and family ties offers an unflinching look at the opioid crisis and its devastating effects on a generation of young Americans.

Fiction | Small Town & Rural · Kentucky · Appalachia

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Black Box
Poems
By Frank X Walker

In this collection of African American and Appalachian poetry, Frank X Walker continues the brilliant autobiographical journey of Affrilachia, Walker’s groundbreaking first volume of poems.

Poetry | American | African American · Poetry | Subjects & Themes | Places · Appalachia · Kentucky · Appalachian Studies

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Out of Nowhere
New and Selected Poems
By Mary Ann Taylor-Hall

Out of Nowhere is the first comprehensive collection of poetry by Kentucky writer Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, presenting sixty-six new poems and work from two previous letterpress collections.

Poetry | American · Kentucky · Appalachia

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Militarizing Marriage
West African Soldiers’ Conjugal Traditions in Modern French Empire
By Sarah J. Zimmerman

By prioritizing women and conjugality in the historiography of African colonial soldiers, Militarizing Marriage historicizes how the subjugation of women was indispensable to military conquest and colonial rule across French Empire.

Military History · History | Africa | West · French History · Women’s Studies · African Studies · Social Science | Sociology | Marriage & Family

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Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Named for the distinguished poet who taught for many years at Ohio University and made Athens, Ohio, the subject of many of his poems, the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems.

The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have.

Congratulations to Fleda S. Brown, winner of the 2020 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize for The Goldilocks Zone, selected by Stephen Dunn.

The Audible and the Evident, by Julie Hanson — the 2019 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize winner — has just come out.

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New in African Studies

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Josie Mpama/Palmer
Get Up and Get Moving
By Robert R. Edgar

The latest in the Ohio Short Histories of Africa series, Josie Mpama/Palmer: Get Up and Get Moving tells the story of Josie Mpama/Palmer’s activism and political legacy in South Africa and around the world.

Biography, Activists · Women’s Studies · South Africa · African Studies

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Safari Nation
A Social History of the Kruger National Park
By Jacob S. T. Dlamini

Safari Nation tells the history of the Kruger National Park through a black perspective, helping explain why Africa’s national parks—often derided by scholars as colonial impositions—survived the end of white rule on the continent.

Environmental History · African History · Race and Ethnicity · South Africa · African Studies · Apartheid

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Radical Utu
Critical Ideas and Ideals of Wangari Muta Maathai
By Besi Brillian Muhonja

In Radical Utu: Critical Ideas and Ideals of Wangari Muta Maathai, Wangari Maathai is presented as a scholar whose contributions to gender equality, democratic spaces, economic equity and global governance, and indigenous African languages and knowledges paralleled her renowned environmental activism.

Political Philosophy · Kenya · African Studies · Women’s Studies

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Militarizing Marriage
West African Soldiers’ Conjugal Traditions in Modern French Empire
By Sarah J. Zimmerman

By prioritizing women and conjugality in the historiography of African colonial soldiers, Militarizing Marriage historicizes how the subjugation of women was indispensable to military conquest and colonial rule across French Empire.

Military History · History | Africa | West · French History · Women’s Studies · African Studies · Social Science | Sociology | Marriage & Family

New Trade Titles

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Out of Nowhere
New and Selected Poems
By Mary Ann Taylor-Hall

Out of Nowhere is the first comprehensive collection of poetry by Kentucky writer Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, presenting sixty-six new poems and work from two previous letterpress collections.

Poetry | American · Kentucky · Appalachia

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Affrilachia
Poems
By Frank X Walker

This classic, canonical work of African American and Appalachian poetry portrays award-winning poet Frank X Walker’s journey growing up “Affrilachian” in rural Kentucky.

Poetry | American | African American · Poetry | Subjects & Themes | Places · Appalachian Studies · Appalachia · Kentucky

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English Lit
Poems
By Bernard Clay

Compiled from more than twenty years of poetry, Bernard Clay’s long-awaited debut collection captures the unique complexities of black Appalachian identity.

Poetry | American | African American · Poetry | Subjects & Themes | Places · Appalachia · Kentucky · subjects

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Ancient Creek
A Folktale
By Gurney Norman

In this new edition of Gurney Norman’s classic tale, the young hero, Jack, wages a revolutionary battle against an evil ruler to free his people, “the folks,” and their lands—the Hill Domain and magical Ancient Creek.

Fiction | Fantasy · Literary Criticism, US

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