Summer Sale Spotlight: Creative Writing from UGA Press

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Catch up on your reading with the UGA Press Summer Sale and get 40% off all books during the month of June! Today we’re highlighting creative writing: short fiction, poetry, essays, and memoir. Take a look at some of our best creative writing titles below, and use code 08JUNE40 at checkout to get 40% off. You can buy books that are out now or preorder forthcoming titles. We’ve also included links to similar books in the same subject areas, so feel free to branch out beyond this list. Happy shopping!

Hold That Knowledge, edited by Ethan Laughman, is an anthology of stories from the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. This anthology reframes and reimagines award-winning fiction revolving around the unifying theme of love.

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Rituals to Observe, edited by Ethan Laughman, is an anthology of stories about holidays from the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. These stories amount to something more than a celebration of the holidays dotting our calendars from month to month. Each story serves to complicate how we observe the human observation of holidays and offers a nuanced understanding of related themes such as family and motherhood, travel, grief and mourning processes, and memory. More generally, holidays are days of observance, and that aspect alone offers a lot to unpack.

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Things New and Strange by G. Wayne Clough is a tapestry of southern history woven through an exploration of the Smithsonian collections. In following his engaging and personal narrative, we learn how nonspecialists can use museum archives and how family, community, and natural history are intertwined.

“Things New and Strange is a powerful statement written by a humble south Georgian who has a passion for life-long learning. I think he inspires all of us on that quest to continue to learn and to continue to explore our own homes and communities.”
—Ann E. McCleary, author of Food, Family, and Community: A Collection of Georgia Memories

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A Man’s World: A Gallery of Fighters, Creators, Actors, and Desperadoes is a collection of twenty profiles of some of the most interesting men of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by author and magazine writer Steve Oney.

“Taken separately, these are superb and acute accounts by a truly perceptive journalist. Taken together, they’re a piece of social history that might be read a hundred years from now. For better or worse, this is what we were, guys. A Man’s World is a collection of twenty profiles of some of the most interesting men of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries by author and magazine writer Steve Oney.”
—Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series

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The Longer We Were There by Steven Moore is a memoir of a returning soldier who grapples with the tough questions that surround his war experience. His stories are about having one foot on each side of the civilian-military divide, the difficulty of describing one side to those on the other, and how, as a consequence of this difficulty, that divide gets replicated within the self.

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Made Holy by Emily Arnason Casey is a collection of creative nonfiction essays about memory and the art of noticing. Casey’s willingness to honestly examine the past and present with contemplative lyricism offers fresh perspective and new understanding. In electric moments that are utterly relatable, she weaves a tale of love and commitment to the truth of her experience despite the incredible desire to keep alive a legacy of secrets.

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Coming of Age in a Hardscrabble World: A Memoir Anthology, edited by Nancy C. Atwood and Roger Atwood, is a collection of narratives from authors with working-class backgrounds that reveals resiliency in tough times.

“Wonderfully varied . . . unique in its focus . . . I recommend this anthology with great enthusiasm. At a time when the gap between rich and poor seems to be growing ever larger and in which communication among classes seems to be at an all-time low, these memoirs have the potential to enlighten readers both in the university and beyond it.”
—Julia Prewitt Brown, author of Jane Austen’s Novels: Social Change and Literary Form

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Once Removed is a collection of stories by Colette Sartor that reveals the emotional challenges of the lives of women. With depth and an acute sense of the fragility of intimate connection, Sartor creates stories of women that resonate with emotional complexity.

“These are short stories the way they were meant to be told, from a writer who, tale after tale, proves her mastery of the form. Peopled with characters who are bracingly complex, these stories tease out the subtleties of human relationships, especially when they’ve gone awry. I was absorbed and moved from every first sentence to the last.”
—Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

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Valuing by Christopher Kondrich is a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, selected by Jericho Brown. Here Kondrich navigates the link between what we see as our inner value and the external world that supplies it. Valuing‘s deeply personal poems explore faith, love, ethics, and mortality from a variety of angles and through a variety of poetic forms as a means of questioning the origination of one’s own value system.

“There is not space enough for me to write all I love about this book and its potential for influence on poetry and on any mind made vulnerable to poetry.”—Jericho Brown, author of The New Testament

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Begin with a Failed Body by Natalie J. Graham is rooted in the landscape of the U.S. South as it voices singular lives carved out of immediate and historical trauma. While these poems dwell in the body, often meditating on its frailty and desire, they also question the weight that literary, historical, and religious icons are expected to bear. Within the vast scope of this volume, the poems arc from a pig farmer’s funeral to Georges de la Tour’s paintings and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. With an ear tuned to the lift and lilt of speech, they wring song from sorrow and plant in every dirge a seed of jubilation. Rich in clarity and decisive in her attention to image, Natalie J. Graham writes resonant, lush poetry.

“In her we have a poet acutely sensitive to the ways of the body, its betrayals, its pleasures, and its unknowable selves.”—Kwame Dawes

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In Chouteau’s Chalk, Rosa Lane’s poems take a deep dive into the emotional and the erotic. Gender bent, her poems reside amid a tomboy’s emerging sexual identity within a world confined by heterosexual construction and its persistent mores. Her collection piques a countermythos that unfolds within a small fishing village opening a forbidden and hidden world with sensorial intensity and lyrical momentum.

“Rosa Lane’s Chouteau’s Chalk is poetry to learn poetry from, perfectly catching the web of nature that is outside and inside us at the same time, continually reflecting and notifying our lives. Then she has placed this in the context of living myth and literature, animated by desire, love, and grief. A sumptuous feast.”
—Judy Grahn, author of Hanging on Our Own Bones

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