TS Authors-Books Mix

Steven Dunn

Steven Dunn is the author of Potted Meat, co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. Steven was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from University of Denver. He is the Reviews & Interviews Editor for Horse Less Press, and currently lives in Denver.

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Steven Dunn: water & power

Navy veteran Steven Dunn’s second novel, water & power (Tarpaulin Sky Press 2018) plunges into military culture and engages with perceptions of heroism and terrorism, in a collage of voices, documents, and critical explorations that disrupt the usual frequency channels of military narratives. “Steven Dunn’s remarkable talent for storytelling collapses the boundaries between poetry and prose, memoir and fiction” (NIKKI WALLSCHLAEGER); “Complex and bold and conflicted and powerful and terrified and tough and human” (KHADIJAH QUEEN)

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Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown is a the author of a dozen books published in the US and abroad, including American Romances, The Last Time I Saw You, The Dogs, The Terrible Girls (all with City Lights Books), and The Gifts of the Body (HarperCollins). She been awarded The Boston Book Review Award, The Lambda Literary Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, two Washington State Book Awards, and a Stranger Genius Award, as well as grants to MacDowell, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Hawthornden Castle, and The Breneman-Jaech Foundation.

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Rebecca Brown: Not Heaven, Somewhere Else

Praise for Rebecca Brown: “Strange and wonderful…Brown strips language of convention to lay bare the ferocious rituals of love and need.” (THE NEW YORK TIMES) “Simply one of the best contemporary lesbian writers around.” (DOROTHY ALLISON) “Constantly pushes both her own boundaries and those of her readers.” (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)”America’s only real rock ‘n’ roll schoolteacher.” (THURSTON MOORE, SONIC YOUTH)

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Jennifer S. Cheng

Jennifer S. Cheng’s hybrid collection Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems, was chosen by Bhanu Kapil as co-winner of the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Award. Cheng is also the author of House A, selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize.

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Piper J. Daniels

Piper J. Daniels is a Michigan native, queer intersectional feminist, and professional ghostwriter who holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from the University of Washington. She is the co-winner of the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize for her debut collection of essays, Ladies Lazarus. Her work appears in Hotel AmerikaThe RumpusThe Monarch ReviewWomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington State with her dog, Omar Little Daniels.

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Piper J. Daniels: Ladies Lazarus

“Piper J. Daniels is going to rip the essay world apart. She’s the kind of writer who buries herself, lives among the dead, then comes to life again to levitate in the stormy air. Ladies Lazarus is the best debut I’ve read in a long time. Daniels has resurrected the personal essay and what it is and what it can do” (Jenny Boully); “An extremely intelligent, impressively understated, and achingly powerful work” (David Shields); “A siren song from planet woman, a love letter from the body, a resistance narrative against the dark” (Lidia Yuknavitch).

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Steven Dunn: Potted Meat

A novel set in a decaying town in southern West Virginia, Potted Meat follows a young boy into adolescence as he struggles with abusive parents, poverty, alcohol addiction, and racial tensions. Using fragments as a narrative mode to highlight the terror of ellipses, Potted Meat explores the fear, power, and vulnerability of storytelling. “Steven Dunn’s Potted Meat is full of wonder and silence and beauty and strangeness and ugliness and sadness and truth and hope…. This book needs to be read” (LAIRD HUNT). “An extraordinary book. Here is an emerging voice that calls us to attention…. Like a visceral intervention across the surface of language, simultaneously cutting to its depths, to change the world” (SELAH SATERSTROM).

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