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God's Will for Monsters (Hillary Gravendyk Prize #2) By Rachelle Cruz, Barbara Jane Reyes (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Rachelle Cruz, Barbara Jane Reyes (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780997093247
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Published: Inlandia Institute - February 1st, 2017

In many ways Rachelle Cruz, here, contests, demolishes and remixes the bizarre, early 20th Century colonial and classic ethnographic summations of the Philippines, of its peoples and culture, those "without history" - with her incredible, leaping, elegant, multi-form, cinematic, "forest" of word-magic.

The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood By Tommy J. Curry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439914861
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Published: Temple University Press - July 1st, 2017

The Before Columbus Foundation 2018 Winner of the AMERICAN BOOK AWARD

Tommy J. Curry’s provocative book The Man-Not is a justification for Black Male Studies. He posits that we should conceptualize the Black male as a victim, oppressed by his sex.

Heaven Is All Goodbyes: Pocket Poets No. 61 (City Lights Pocket Poets #61) By Tongo Eisen-Martin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872867451
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Published: City Lights Books - September 26th, 2017

Shortlisted for the 2018 Griffin International Poetry Prize

2018 American Book Award Winner

2018 PEN Oakland Award Winner

Winner of the 2018 California Book Award for Poetry

2018 NCIBA Poetry Book of the Year

City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965 (Justice) By Kelly Lytle Hernández Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469659190
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2020

The Changeling: A Novel By Victor LaValle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: One World - March 6th, 2018

“Mesmerizing . . . a dark fairy tale of New York, full of magic and loss, myth and mystery, love and madness.”—Marlon James, author of the Dark Star trilogy


Currents: Poems By Bojan Louis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781943491117
Published: BKMK Press - November 1st, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Humane yet often horrifying, Tell Me How It Ends offers a compelling, intimate look at a continuing crisis--and its ongoing cost in an age of increasing urgency. --Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books

Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture By Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson (Editor), B. V. Olguin (Editor) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780895511638
Published: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press - April 13th, 2017

Speculative fiction--encompassing both science fiction and fantasy--has emerged as a dynamic field within Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, producing new critical vocabularies and approaches to topics that include colonialism and modernity, immigration and globalization, race and gender.

The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits By Tiya Miles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620974810
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Published: New Press - March 5th, 2019

Winner of the Frederick Douglass Book Prize
Winner of the American Book Award
Winner of the Merle Curti Social History Award
Winner of the James A. Rawley Prize
Winner of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award (Nonfiction)

Nature Poem By Tommy Pico Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040638
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Published: Tin House Books - May 9th, 2017

A book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can’t bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet.

A Best Book of the Year at BuzzFeed, Interview, and more.


Patriarchy Blues By Rena Priest, Lana Hechtman Ayers (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936657278
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Published: Moonpath Press - May 9th, 2017

"Rena Priest addresses those who crave 'the meat of beasts with beets and leeks.' And while she insists that 'Nature makes you pay, ' her poems tell us that through a 'wistful song of sighs.' The world is not always comfortable, but her poems never 'lose touch with the fluidity of the spirit.' Patriarchy Blues is an amazing collection."

Shadowboxing: poems & impersonations By Joseph Rios Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632430434
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Published: Omnidawn - October 3rd, 2017

Borrowing the poetic language found in boxing lore and in the Rocky films, Shadowboxing pieces together a poetic portrait of Josefo, a Chicano adolescent working and becoming a poet in the farm territories of Central California. Rios confounds the relationship between author, speaker, and subject within various forms and, at times, across genre.

Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation By Sunaura Taylor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620971284
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Published: New Press - March 7th, 2017

2018 American Book Award Winner

A beautifully written, deeply provocative inquiry into the intersection of animal and disability liberation--and the debut of an important new social critic