Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series

Hilda Raz, Series Editor

The Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series publishes two to four books a year that engage and give voice to the realities of living, working, and experiencing the West and the Border as places and as metaphors. The purpose of the series is to expand access to, and the audience for, quality poetry, both single volumes and anthologies, that can be used for general reading as well as in classrooms.

origin story

poems
By Gary Jackson

origin story outlines a family history of distant sisters, grieving mothers and daughters, and alcoholic fathers.

Subjects: Poetry

Nowhere

Poems
By Katie Schmid

This brilliant debut collection offers cohesive trauma narratives and essential counter-narratives to addiction stories, and it consistently complicates the stories told by the world about so-called fatherless girls and the bodies of women.

Subjects: Poetry

Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride

Poems
By Sy Hoahwah

Fierce, visceral, sometimes funny, and wholly original, Hoahwah’s poems will linger in a reader’s dreams long after she’s closed the book.

Subjects: Poetry

The Definition of Empty

Poems
By Bill O'Neill

The Definition of Empty is the story of a dedicated advocate trying to help adolescents facing incarceration and newly released parolees navigate imperfect and seemingly indifferent legal systems and societies.

Subjects: Poetry

Feel Puma

Poems
By Ray Gonzalez

In Feel Puma, Ray Gonzalez traces his love of reading, philosophy, and learning with poems constantly in conversation—with each other, with texts by other writers and the writers themselves, with world history and his personal history and people he has encountered.

Subjects: Poetry

Grief Land

Poems
By Carrie Shipers

In Grief Land Carrie Shipers explores the paradoxical nature of bereavement as both a universal human experience and an intensely personal one.

Subjects: Poetry

The Shadowgraph

Poems
By James Cihlar

In The Shadowgraph James Cihlar explores the ways images, performances, and memories shape and inform LGBTQ+ identity.

Subjects: Poetry

Crosscut

Poems
By Sean Prentiss

In this memoir-in-poems, Prentiss shares a music most of us will never experience, set to tools swung and sharpened, backdropped by rain and snow and sun, as individuals transform into crew.

Subjects: Poetry

The Music of Her Rivers

Poems
By Renny Golden

“Her rivers are urgent witnesses; her rivers sing truths, shimmer in the darkness. Here are songs pure as water to nourish and cleanse us in the season of lies.”—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

Subjects: Poetry

to cleave

poems
By Barbara Rockman

In this stunning collection Rockman explores the themes of aging; our relationships to our bodies; marriage; and the surprises, griefs, and joys of motherhood.

Subjects: Poetry

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