SEPTEMBER 2016 – forthcoming book & more!

We Love Booksellers — all kinds!

If you joined us via our BookBub promo, you know we support choice in booksellers. Unlike most BookBub BUY links, which take you straight to “you know who,” ours linked to our website, where you can choose your bookseller, including independent bookstores via Whether you arrived from BookBub or elsewhere – welcome and thanks for signing up!  * click to tweet *

LOPLOP IN A RED CITY, by Kenneth Pobo

We’re very pleased to announce that Circling Rivers will publish poet Kenneth Pobo’s collection LOPLOP IN A RED CITY, in 2017. The poems in LOPLOP IN A RED CITY spring from artworks old and new, figurative to abstract, Vincent Van Gogh to Leonora Carrington to Max Ernst. Like those works, the poems in LOPLOP are agonized and idyllic, uneasily at home in the surreal, animated and complex. Kenneth Pobo’s work has appeared in Hawaii Review, The Fiddlehead, Mudfish, Indiana Review, Madison Review, Caesura, Eclectica and more. His collection Bend of Quiet won the 2014 Blue Light Press Book Award. He teaches creative writing at Widener University, Pennsylvania. | Join Ken on Twitter @KenPobo | Take one last look back at August, with Ken’s Razor August in The Wild Word.


Letter from Marta:

Traveling through the land of the Hudson, the Catskills, the Delaware, Annisquam, and Navesink Rivers, we met new friends who introduced AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS to new readers. Thank you, old friends, new friends, and family who support this venture with love and friendship. Thank you also to our hosts:
Garrison, NY | Desmond Fish Library
New Paltz, NY & Saugerties, NY | Inquiring Minds Bookstore
Philadelphia, PA | Last Word Bookstore
Gloucester, MA | The Bookstore of Gloucester at the Gloucester Writer’s Center
Peabody, MA | Barnes & Noble
Red Bank, NJ | Red Bank Library
And thank you to my scheduling agent, Michael. This was the best business trip, ever.

Says filmmaker and MacArthur Fellow John Sayles: “With AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS Marta Elva pulls us into the minds of a half-dozen members of a border family in crisis, dramatizing the state of living ni aqui, ni alla—neither here nor there geographically and emotionally. A moving first novel.” | Visit American Tumbleweeds at Circling Rivers


My blog post The Civil War Dead, for Real examines the Civil War dead, via photo and memoir, and dispatches the “beautiful corpse.”

Walt Whitman called Washington, D.C. a city of “romance,” “of things begun.” My blog post Walt Whitman’s Washington DC provides links to the way DC was in his time. Politics remain, and so does the BS, but not the herds of cattle that once grazed around the Washington Monument. Included in the links is a Whitman tour of DC.


Monica Babcock guest-posted on my blog with a fascinating, up close (as in, her own ancestor) account of PTSD in the Civil War. Read Maloney’s Irritable Heart. Monica Babcock is a poet, novelist, and Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop alumnus. Her poetry collection Heartscape probes the enigmatic, perplexing moments of ordinary life. Goodreads link

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