We are delighted to announce that Piper J. Daniels’s debut collection of essays, Ladies Lazarus (TS 2018) has been longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
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 Amerika, The Rumpus, The Monarch Review, WomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington State with her dog, Omar Little Daniels.
Co-winner: 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Press Book Awards.
Longlist: PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
Paperback, 140 pp.
Pub date: April 2018
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Equal parts séance, polemic, and love letter, Piper J. Daniels’ Ladies Lazarus examines evangelical upbringing, sexual trauma, queer identity, and mental illness with a raw intensity that moves between venom and grace. Fueled by wanderlust, Daniels travels the country, unearthing the voices of forgotten women. A tear appears in the universe: girls and ghosts speak freely, murdered women serve as mentors, and those who’ve languished in unmarked graves convert their names to psalms. At every turn, Daniels invites the reader to engage, not in the soothing narrative of healing, but in the literal and metaphorical dynamism of death and resurrection.
“Beautifully written collection of 11 lyric essays…. [Daniels] emerges as an empowering and noteworthy voice.” (Publishers Weekly); “Piper J. Daniels is going to rip the essay world apart. 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)
TS author Piper J. Daniels (Ladies Lazarus) discusses books by Catherine Bresner, Rosemarie Dombrowski, Akwaeke Emezi, and Danez Smith, as well as a collaboration by Elizabeth J. Colen and Carol Guess.
“In this beautifully written collection of 11 lyric essays, debut author Piper J. Daniels challenges popular narratives about suicidal ideation, sexual assault, mental illness, and female bodies…. (and) emerges as an empowering and noteworthy voice.”
We don’t need to tell you that the last several months have been exceptionally brutal. Nor will we comment further, except to say it is in the context of this nationwide brutality that we read manuscripts for the 2017 TS Book Prizes.
An exceptional essay on demons, mental illness, self-harm, and suicide, which we’re publishing just in time for Christmas. “If human life is an oath, then suicide for me was like an oath recited backwards, a protest against the physical body that gave entrance to that first strange and violent ghost and all that followed,” writes Piper J. Daniels.