Composing Temple Sunrise by Hassan El-Tayyab Blog Tour Sept. 1-Nov. 3, 2016

ComposingHello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for Sept. 1-Nov. 3, 2016: Composing Temple Sunrise: Overcoming Writer’s Block at Burning Man by Hassan El-Tayyab published by Poetic Matrix Press in June.

Composing Temple Sunrise is a coming-of-age memoir about a 26-year-old songwriter’s journey across America to find his lost muse.

Triggered by the Great Recession of 2008, Hassan El-Tayyab loses his special education teaching job in Boston and sets out on a cross-country adventure with a woman named Hope Rideout, determined to find his lost muse. His journey brings him to Berkeley, CA, where he befriends a female metal art collective constructing a 37-foot Burning Man art sculpture named “Fishbug.” What follows is a life-changing odyssey through Burning Man that helps Hassan harness his creative spirit, overcome his self-critic, confront his childhood trauma, and realize the healing power of musical expression.

In this candid, inspiring memoir, singer-songwriter Hassan El-Tayyab of the Bay Area’s American Nomad takes us deep into the heart of what it means to chase a creative dream.

After experiencing multiple losses (family, home, love, job, self-confidence) , El-Tayyab sets out on a transcontinental quest that eventually lands him in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. His vivid descriptions capture both the vast, surreal landscapes of the Burning Man festival and the hard practice of making art.

Advance Praise:

“Going to Burning Man for the first time can be a powerful, life-changing experience. That’s particularly true when someone is involved with building a major art installation, and even more
so when that person is wrestling with personal demons and searching for a new life path…” -Steven T. Jones, How an Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping Author of The Tribes of Burning Man: the New American Counterculture

“Composing Temple Sunrise is both a page turning adventure and a road map for anyone struggling to forge their way.” –Faith Adiele, Author of Meeting Faith: An Inward Odyssey

Literary Nonfiction. Music. Arab American Studies. California Interest. “In this candid, inspiring memoir, singer-songwriter Hassan El-Tayyab of American Nomad takes us deep into the heart of what it means to chase a creative dream. After experiencing multiple losses (family, home, love, job, self- confidence), El-Tayyab sets out on a transcontinental quest that eventually lands him in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. His vivid descriptions, paired with artist’s renderings, capture both the vast, surreal landscapes of the Burning Man festival and the hard practice of art-making. Composing Temple Sunrise is both a page- turning adventure and a road map for anyone struggling to forge their way.”—Faith Adiele

ElTayyabAbout the Author:

Hassan El-Tayyab is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, teacher, and cultural activist currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. His critically acclaimed Americana act American Nomad performs regularly at festivals and venues up and down the West Coast and beyond and he teaches music in the Bay Area.

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Sept. 1: OakTreeReviews (Review)
Sept. 2: The Serial Reader (Review)
Sept. 3: Applied Book Reviews (Review)
Sept. 7: Everything Distils Into Reading (Review)
Sept. 13: The Soapy Violinist (Review)
Sept. 15: Bermudaonion (Guest Post)
Sept. 20: Tea Leaves (Review)
Sept. 23: Write-Read-Life (Review)
Sept. 30: DonnaBookReviews (Review)
Oct. 5: Eva Lucia’s Reviews (Review)
Oct. 6: Bibliotica (Review)
Oct. 11: Eva Lucia’s Reviews (Interview)
Oct. 13: Katherine & Books (Review)
Oct. 17: Margaret Reviews Books (Review)
Oct. 20: Diary of an Eccentric (Guest Post)
Oct. 26: Peeking Between the Pages (Guest Post)
Oct. 27: Rainy Day Reviews (Review)
Nov. 3: Sportochick’s Musings (Review)

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Saris and a Single Malt by Sweta Srivastava Vikram Blog Tour Aug. 1-31

SARIS AND A SINGLE MALTHello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for Aug. 1-31, 2016: Saris and a Single Malt by Sweta Srivastava Vikram published by Modern History Press in August.

Saris and a Single Malt is a moving collection of poems written by a daughter for and about her mother. The book spans the time from when the poet receives a phone call in New York City that her mother is in a hospital in New Delhi, to the time she carries out her mother’s last rites. The poems chronicle the author’s physical and emotional journey as she flies to India, tries to fight the inevitable, and succumbs to the grief of living in a motherless world. Divided into three sections, (Flight, Fire, and Grief), this collection will move you, astound you, and make you hug your loved ones.

Advance Praise:

“There are few books like Saris and a Single Malt in which the loss of a mother, a homeland, and the self come together in a sustained elegy. Throughout, Vikram is courageous in allowing us to share the nakedness of her grief, the anger, and deception; even the surprise of laughter and joy. And having been privy to this, we feel better equipped to deal with our own grief. Saris and a Single Malt shows us how we survive. We are changed by grief. It isn’t acceptance one finds, but something in us, which continues to burn on.” —Justen Ahren, Director Noepe Center, Author of A Strange Catechism

“In life, as in poetry, one must come from the heart. Sweta Vikram has done both with touching eloquence. Her work resonates deeply within one’s deepest emotional sacristy. A compelling read. I highly recommend it.” —Sharon Kapp, Owner & Founder, Houston Yoga & Ayurvedic Wellness Center

“Saris and a Single Malt is a fitting and delightful tribute of a writer daughter to her affectionate mother which goes deep into the minds of all children who love their moms. Kudos to Sweta Vikram, who could enlighten and delight readers’ minds with excellent poetry bleeding from her heart in just thirty-six hours!” —K. V. Dominic, English poet, critic, short-story writer, and editor from Kerala, India

SwetaSVikram_backcoverphoto_WET SILENCEAbout the Poet:

Sweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of 11 books, writing coach, columnist, marketing consultant, and wellness practitioner who currently lives in New York City. A graduate of Columbia University, she also teaches the power of yoga, Ayurveda, & mindful living to female trauma survivors, creative types, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. Sweta is also the CEO-Founder of NimmiLife, which helps you attain your goals by elevating your creativity & productivity while paying attention to your wellness.

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Tour Schedule:

Aug. 4: Everything Distils Into Reading (review)
Aug. 9: Peeking Between the Pages (review)
Aug. 10: Chick with Books (review)
Aug. 11: Chick with Books (guest post)
Aug. 15: Jorie Loves A Story (review)
Aug. 20: Jorie Loves A Story (guest post)
Aug. 26: The Chronicles of Chaos (review)
Aug. 27: Create With Joy (review)
Aug. 29: Diary of an Eccentric (review)
Aug. 29: Eva Lucia Reviews (Interview)
Aug. 30: Suko’s Notebook (review)
Aug. 31: Eva Lucia Reviews (review)
Aug. 31: True Book Addict (review)

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A Moment Forever by Cat Gardiner Blog Tour July 29-Aug. 31

Hello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for July 29-Aug. 31, 2016: A Moment Forever by Cat Gardiner, published by Vanity & Pride Press in May.

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In the summer of 1992, a young writer is bequeathed the abandoned home of a great-uncle she never knew. The house has a romantic history and is unlike any home she has ever seen. Juliana Martel felt as though she stepped into a time capsule—a snapshot of 1942. The epic romance—and heartache—of the former occupant unfold through reading his wartime letters found in the attic, compelling her on a quest to construct the man. His life, as well as his sweetheart’s, during the Second World War were as mysterious as his disappearance in 1950.

Carrying her own pain inflicted by the abandonment of her mother and unexpected death of her father, Juliana embarks on a journalist’s dream to find her great-uncle and the woman he once loved. Enlisting the reluctant assistance of a man whose family is closely related to the secrets, she uncovers the carefully hidden events of her great-uncle’s and others’ lives – and will ultimately change her own with their discovery.

This story of undying love, born amidst the darkest era in modern history, unfolded on the breathtaking Gold Coast of Long Island in 1942. A Jewish, Army Air Forces pilot and an enchanting society debutante—young lovers—deception—and a moment in time that lasted forever.

A Moment Forever is an evocative journey that will resonate with you long after you close the book. Romance, heartache, and the power of love, atonement, and forgiveness transform lives long after the horrors and scars of the Second World War have ended.

Here’s what others are saying:

“This novel reads like one of the blockbuster sagas of the 1980s. It’s full of beautiful wealthy people and packed with emotion of every kind. The mysteries and secrets keep you guessing throughout even though you get little hints along the way to start piecing it together yourself. A huge amount of research, very obviously, went into this novel. I learned a lot about WW2 and the Jewish side of it. The writing was lovely and atmospheric. At times I forgot I was reading fiction.” –Bookworm, Amazon Reviewer

“Cat Gardiner has a special way with words and detail. She takes her research about a subject seriously and immerses herself in the world of her story. There is nothing fluffy about this love story. It’s for the strong of heart.” –Elicia, Goodreads Reviewer

A Moment Forever is surely one of my most unforgettable reads. 5 stars isn’t enough to show how much I love this book.” – Of Pens & Paper, Nissa, Goodreads Review

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IMG_0325_kindlephoto-205541230About the Author:

Born and bred in New York City, Cat Gardiner is a girl in love with the romance of an era once known as the Silent Generation, now referred to as the Greatest Generation. A member of the National League of American Pen Women, Romance Writers of America, and Tampa Area Romance Authors, she and her husband adore exploring the 1940s Home Front experience as living historians, wishing for a time machine to transport them back seventy years.

She loves to pull out her vintage frocks and attend U.S.O dances, swing clubs, and re-enactment camps as part of her research, believing that everyone should have an understanding of The 1940s Experience™. Inspired by those everyday young adults who changed the fate of the world, she writes about them, taking the reader on a romantic journey. Cat’s WWII-era novels always begin in her beloved Big Apple and surround you with the sights and sounds of a generation.

She is also the author of four Jane Austen-inspired contemporary novels, however, her greatest love is writing 20th Century Historical Fiction, WWII-era Romance. A Moment Forever is her debut novel in that genre.

For more on her book, visit A Moment Forever.

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Tour Stops:

Aug. 3: True Book Addict (Guest Post & Giveaway)
Aug. 9: So Little Time… (Guest Post & Giveaway)
Aug. 11: Impressions in Ink (Review)
Aug. 16: The Calico Critic (Guest Post & Giveaway)
TBD: Margie’s Must Reads (Review)
Aug. 29: Jorie Loves a Story (Review)
Aug. 30: Celticlady’s Book Reviews (Review)
Aug. 31: Jorie Loves A Story (Interview)

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Book Trailer Reveal & Bonus Reading: The Couple Who Fell to Earth by Michelle Bitting

couple-who-fell-to-earthMichelle Bitting’s latest collection, The Couple Who Fell to Earth, is garnering attention from the Poet Laureate of the United States and others.

These meditations, cosmic-toned, yet utterly visceral, demonstrate Michelle Bitting’s continuing growth and power as a poet of love, loss, the daily and deeply human experience, together with a maturing eye to understanding greater mythological tropes. Woven throughout her contemplation of the terrible beauty and struggle of family dynamics, corporeal desire, the injustices and revelations of life in the 21st century, thrums a vital connectivity to the mystic and mythological strains of the past, newfangled to the present in a way that ultimately sheds light on what it is to be alive and conscious of who we’re called to be.

To read Michelle’s poetry is to take a wild, passionate ride through the rubble of the quotidian, to be shocked by sensual discovery and awakened to a relentless curiosity for both the surreal and historical. These poems travel–an expansion in service of communion with the world, confrontation and acceptance of self.

Join us for her online blog tour this month, chock full of readings and reviews. Get to know Bitting’s style, her humor, and more.

Here she reads “Lupercalia” from the collection, which was published by C&R Press in March 2016:

Please join us and celebrate poetry and Michelle Bitting’s new collection, The Couple Who Fell to Earth.

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The Couple Who Fell to Earth by Michelle Bitting Blog Tour June 1-30

couple-who-fell-to-earthHello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for June 1-30, 2016: The Couple Who Fell to Earth by Michelle Bitting, a poetry collection published by C & R Press in March.

These meditations, cosmic-toned, yet utterly visceral, demonstrate Michelle Bitting’s continuing growth and power as a poet of love, loss, the daily and deeply human experience, together with a maturing eye to understanding greater mythological tropes. Woven throughout her contemplation of the terrible beauty and struggle of family dynamics, corporeal desire, the injustices and revelations of life in the 21st century, thrums a vital connectivity to the mystic and mythological strains of the past, newfangled to the present in a way that ultimately sheds light on what it is to be alive and conscious of who we’re called to be.

To read Michelle’s poetry is to take a wild, passionate ride through the rubble of the quotidian, to be shocked by sensual discovery and awakened to a relentless curiosity for both the surreal and historical. These poems travel–an expansion in service of communion with the world, confrontation and acceptance of self.

Here’s what others are saying:

In a multi-directional “one shape” of voices, time, people, spaces Bitting takes us in and out of her all seeing third eye poetics. We go into an orb of family, love, then we swoop out into the delight of humanity. And, in a sense, these refractions are the “the self’s / shady daguerreotype coming to surface / through exposure to light.” In day-to-day terms we find enlightenment and paradox—“ of death and peppermint,” of “birth and strange beauty,” of “Elysium nothingness” and “mythmaking machinery.” I find Michelle’s cosmic mechanics fused with historical platforms akimbo and the “sheen” of personal meditations, a rare accomplishment. A unique treasure of visions and voice. –Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

There’s delirious beauty tumbling down every page of The Couple Who Fell To Earth. Michelle Bitting’s poems deal with the domestic and the feral; I’m caught up in “Eden-scorched mouths,” and “a sea of furrowed manes and exoskeletons,” and I never want to leave. She confronts personal history, the familiar body, the spiritual world, and the human condition in rich, wildly original language. –Bianca Stone, Author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows

Michelle Bitting is a poet of the natural world but in a completely Transcendental sense. Like Emerson, her poems seem to claim that, even in the face of all kinds of traumatic loss, “beauty breaks in everywhere.” The Couple Who Fell to Earth holds things of the world up to the eye in an effort to glimpse heaven, or as Bitting herself says, “Accept me. I love the dawn. / The sun is a sea / I throw myself into…” This book is all heart. –Jericho Brown, Author of The New Testament

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About the Poet:

Michelle Bitting’s first collection, Good Friday Kiss (C & R, 2008) won the DeNovo First Book Award. Her second collection, Notes To The Beloved (SPC, 2011) won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award and received a starred review from Kirkus. Poems have been published in the American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, The L.A. Weekly, diode, Linebreak, and The Paris-American, and have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She grew up in Los Angeles near the ocean.

 

 

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June 7: Everything Distils into Reading (review)
June 18: Chick With Books (review)
June 19: Chick With Books (video post)
June 20: Peeking Between the Pages (book spotlight)
June 21: Diary of an Eccentric (video post)
June 23: I’d Rather Be at the Beach (Video post)
June 26: Tea Leaves (review)
June 28: The Chronicles of Chaos (review)
June 29: Eva Lucia Reviews (review)
June 30: Suko’s Notebook (review)
July 11: True Book Addict (review)
July 18: Eva Lucia Reviews (Interview)

The Jane and Bertha in Me by Rita Maria Martinez Blog Tour April 1-April 30

BerthainMeHello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for April 1-30, 2016: The Jane and Bertha in Me by Rita Maria Martinez, a poetry collection published by Aldrich Press in January 2016.

This spring marks the bicentennial of Charlotte Brontë’s birth. In her ambitious and timely debut, The Jane and Bertha in Me, Rita Maria Martinez celebrates Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre. Through wildly inventive, beautifully crafted persona poems, Martinez re-imagines Jane Eyre’s cast of characters in contemporary contexts, from Jane as an Avon saleslady to Bertha as a Stepford wife. These lively, fun, poignant poems prove that Jane Eyre’s fictional universe is just as relevant today as it was so many years ago. The Jane and Bertha in Me is a must-read for any lover of Brontë’s work.

 

Here’s what others are saying:

The Jane and Bertha in Me is a Rubik’s Cube(TM) of Janes. Each poem is a smartly annotated, hauntingly revisionist homage to Jane Eyre. Martinez’s astounding poems are literary, conversational, personal, fun, as she confidently transports her Janes from the Moors to Macy’s, from Thornfield Hall to the world of tattoos.  —Denise Duhamel, author of Blowout

Rita Maria Martinez’s The Jane and Bertha in Me gives an unusual twist to the well-known characters from Jane Eyre, envisioning Jane at the guidance counselor, Bertha getting a makeover. These persona poems give us greater insight into the minds of madwoman and governess alike and even minor characters like Blanche and Alice, with beautiful, lush language and empathetic vision. Even casual fans of Brontë’s great book will enjoy this lively re-imagining.  —Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of The Robot Scientist’s Daughter

IMG_0377 - CopyAbout the Poet:

Rita Maria Martinez is a Cuban-American poet from Miami, Florida. Her writing has been published in journals including the Notre Dame Review, Ploughshares, MiPOesias, and 2River View. She authored the chapbook Jane-in-the-Box, published by March Street Press in 2008. Her poetry also appears in the textbook Three Genres: The Writing of Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry and Drama, published by Prentice Hall; and in the anthology Burnt Sugar, Caña Quemada: Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish, published by Simon & Schuster. Martinez has been a featured author at the Miami Book Fair International; at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida; and at the Palabra Pura reading series sponsored by the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Florida International University.

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Tour Stops:

April 4: Musings of a Bookish Kitty (interview)
April 12: Everything Distils Into Reading (review)
April 15: Book Dilettante (review)
April 16: Suko’s Notebook (review)
April 18: True Book Addict (review)
April 22: Jorie Loves a Story (review)
April 23: Emma Eden Ramos (review)
April 25: Diary of an Eccentric (review)
April 27: Unabridged Chick (review)
April 27: Pretty Purple Polka Dots (review)
April 28: Impressions in Ink (review)
April 30: Create With Joy (review)

Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust Blog Tour Jan. 1-Jan. 31, 2016

cover of PD_jpeg_7-15-15Hello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for Jan. 1-Jan. 31, 2016: Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust, a poetry collection of published by Press 53 in April 2015.

Paradise Drive links 80 sonnets in a narrative about a modern Pilgrim on a journey from rust belt Pennsylvania to the glittering suburbs of Marin County, California. The book takes great pleasure in questioning, tinkering with, and ultimately exploding the sonnet form. It has been well received, with more than 50 reviews and features since its release last April. Rumpus and the Washington Review of Books included it in their National Poetry Month picks, and the San Francisco Chronicle recently published this review.

Here’s what others are saying:

“Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking.” –Molly Peacock

“Foust reinvents the sonnet form. … a masterful book and also a great deal of fun to read.” —James Cummins

“There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona.” —Thomas Lux

Other reviewers are engaged as well:

“Bay Area poet Rebecca Foust emerges as an original voice in contemporary poetry.” —Diana Whitney, San Francisco Chronicle

“This book proves that the record of humankind will be found in poetry. It is funny and compelling. It aches with truth.” –Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

“Foust’s language makes me think of Nabokov and how dark and light he can be in the same phrase. Like Nabokov, Foust knows when to turn up the heat or turn down the lights.” –Dean Rader, Huffington Post

“Foust has created a ripe mixture of classic and contemporary poetry within a classic form, which readers can and will spend hours ruminating over.” – Serena Agusto-Cox, Savvy Verse & Wit

“What made Chaucer relevant to his time is what makes Foust relevant and compelling for us today.” —M.B. McClatchey, The Collagist

Photo Credit: Jeremy Thornton

Photo Credit: Jeremy Thornton

About the Poet:

Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, the MacDowell Colony, and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry. Her other books include All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving Prize), God, Seed (Foreword Book of the Year Award) and two chapbooks that won the Robert Phillips Chapbook Prizes in 2008 and 2009. Foust’s poems appear widely in journals including American Academy of Poets Poem-A-Day series, Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Poetry Daily, Sewanee Review, and Verse Daily. A first generation college graduate, Foust attended Smith College (BA 1979), Stanford Law School (1979), and Warren Wilson College (MFA 2010). She lives in Northern California and works as Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change and assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. She also won the 2015 American Literary Review Creative Writing Award for Fiction judged by Garth Greenwell and the 2015 James Heart Poetry Prize judged by Jane Hirshfield.

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January 1: Eva Lucia (review)
January 5: Everything Distils Into Reading (review)
January 6: Jorie Loves a Story (review)
January 7: I’d Rather Be at the Beach (review)
January 9: Eccentric Everything (review)
January 11: Musings of a Bookish Kitty (review)
January 13: Diary of an Eccentric (Video post)
January 15: True Book Addict (review)
January 20: I’m Lost in Books (video post)
January 25: Emma Eden Ramos (review)
January 26: Bookgirl’s Nightstand (video post)
January 27: Necromancy Never Pays (review)
January 28: Suko’s Notebook (review)
January 30: Create With Joy (review)
TBD: Absurd Book Nerd (review)

Sweta Srivastava Vikram Reads from Wet Silence at 2015 New York Poetry Festival

Wet Silence by Sweta Srivastava Vikram is on tour from Aug. 21-Sept. 18 with Poetic Book Tours. Please find the schedule here.

As part of her tour, we have exclusive content — her reading at the New York Poetry Festival 2015:

Wet Silence bears moving accounts of Hindu widows in India. The book raises concern about the treatment of widowed women by society; lends their stories a voice; shares their unheard tales about marriage; reveals the heavy hand of patriarchy; and, addresses the lack of companionship and sensuality in their lives. It’s a collection of poems that covers a myriad of subjects centered on social evils such as misogyny, infidelity, gender inequality, and celibacy amongst other things. The poems in the collection are bold, unapologetic, and visceral. The collection will haunt you. Click on the cover to buy on Amazon.

Wet Silence by Sweta Srivastava Vikram Blog Tour Aug. 21-Sept. 18

WET SILENCE BOOK COVERHello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for Aug. 21-Sept. 18: Wet Silence by Sweta Srivastava Vikram, a poetry collection of moving accounts of Hindu widows in India published by Modern History Press in August 2015.

Wet Silence bears moving accounts of Hindu widows in India. The book raises concern about the treatment of widowed women by society; lends their stories a voice; shares their unheard tales about marriage; reveals the heavy hand of patriarchy; and, addresses the lack of companionship and sensuality in their lives. It’s a collection of poems that covers a myriad of subjects centered on social evils such as misogyny, infidelity, gender inequality, and celibacy amongst other things. The poems in the collection are bold, unapologetic, and visceral. The collection will haunt you.

What others are saying about Wet Silence:

“Nothing short of sacred genius, Wet Silence reads with a sensual and dangerous grace. It is a body of work that ushers presence into absence and love into a world that has all but done away with the word.” – Slash Coleman, author of The Bohemian Love Diaries and perspectives blogger for Psychology Today.

“Sweta’s poems did a powerful job at highlighting the mental and sexual abuse, violence, loneliness and the pain experienced by millions of widows in India. Wet Silence reminded me of how hollow our traditions are which make widows as young as 15 years old feel like a forgotten flower, burn their wishes and discards them from the society like toxic waste. Why I ask, is being a widow a crime?” – Shruti Kapoor, Founder of Sayfty, an organization that helps women protect themselves against violence, and winner of Rex Karamveer Award & Global Fellowship.

“Sweta Vikram captures bold raw passion, poignant reality and crafts a powerful voice for the voiceless.” – Kate Campbell Stevenson, Actor & Producer

“In a gorgeous choir of reclaimed voices, Sweta Srivastava Vikram tells the stories of women forgotten and passed over, women silenced and without choices, women who ‘don’t exist’—Hindu widows. They leave kisses wrapped in turmeric and sandalwood, or inside urns in white sheets. They fear or dream of the pyre, a burning that annihilates the early flames of passion. Their heads are shaved, and their bangles are shattered. Through this vibrant imagery—through the magical breath of her poetry—Vikram not only animates these women’s hopes, sorrows, dreams, and defeats, she lovingly restores them to honor.” – Melissa Studdard, award-winning author of I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast.

SwetaSVikram_backcoverphoto_WET SILENCEAbout the Poet:

Sweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as “One of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, three times Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of nine books, novelist, poet, essayist, and columnist who currently lives in New York City with her husband. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and online publications across nine countries in three continents. A graduate of Columbia University, Sweta reads her work, teaches creative writing workshops, and gives talks at universities and schools across the globe.

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Aug. 21: Suko’s Notebook (review)
Aug. 23: Emma Eden Ramos (review)
Aug. 25: Everything Distils Into Reading (review)
Aug. 27: Musings of a Bookish Kitty (review)
Sept. 4: Peeking Between the Pages (review)
Sept. 5: Bookie Obsessed (review)
Sept. 6: A Geography of Reading (review)
Sept. 9: Caught Between the Pages (review)
Sept. 10: Caught Between the Pages (interview)
Sept. 16: 5 Minutes for Books (review)
Sept. 18: Create with Joy (review)

Exclusive video reading by Sweta Srivastava Vikram.

Reconnaissance by Anne Higgins Blog Tour May 1-30

Hello everyone, we’ve got a new tour filling up for May 2015: ReconnaissanceReconnaissance by Anne Higgins, a collection of poems published by Texture Press in Sept. 2014. Check out the early praise:

“‘The river flows by like a giant’s dream,/and if I dipped my hand in, what would come?’ writes Anne Higgins. Countless moments of wonder like this illuminate Reconnaissance, a collection that is both lovely and fierce. Elegant and precise descriptions of birdlife and gardens mingle with angry confrontations with illness and a tour de force poem about a catastrophic fire in a Catholic elementary school. A poet in full command of her lyric powers, Higgins also offers us jets of language play and splashes of Magritte-inspired surrealism. An eclectic collection of many pleasures and surprises.” — Lynn Levin, author of Miss Plastique “Anne Higgins is a first-class observer of the natural world and a poet with poise and grace. In this excellent collection, she charts the habits of birds, imagines the lives of French painters, and reflects vividly on her own childhood. The poems in Reconnaissance embody their title: they are ranging explorations reported to us with intelligence and insight.” —Ryan Teitman, author of Litany for the City “To say Anne Higgins is profound is to be embarrassingly reasonable. She comes alive in a sensory world liberated by ideas worthy of our love. Her excitement in living and dying changes all the complex problems turned to vexed questions. Hers is the predicament of a kind of faith otherwise forgotten in our cyber-fracture world. I’m beginning to think people are just born with faith in God (i.e., life, beauty, language, spectacle,) and if this is so, then the luckiest of them can take all that potential and show us what is possible.” —Grace Cavalieri, presenter for “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress,” on Vexed Questions

Early praise for the book can be found in the The Hollins Critic magazine: “Reconnaissance is Anne Higgins’s seventh poetry collection. In it, she reconnoiters her past, significant events in American history (the assassination of JFK, 9/11, a fire in which twenty-eight eight-year-olds died), her diminishing eyesight. (In “Another Blind Beggar” she informs us that there is “a grey footprint in the center of my vision, / a grey cat sits in the center of the field.” She writes about life as a nun and favorite pop songs. There are poems about birds, insects, and her mother. In short, this book maps an entire life, the life of a vibrant, intelligent, and sharply observant woman. “Morning yelps with cold,” she writes, and we feel and hear the charged air, become conscious of the exciting chill.” — Review by Kelly Cherry HigginsB&WAbout the Poet:

Anne Higgins teaches at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. She is a member of the Daughters of Charity. Her poems have appeared in Commonweal, Yankee, Spirituality and Health, The Centrifugal Eye, and a variety of small magazines. Garrison Keillor has read two of her poems on “The Writers Almanac” – on 10/8/01 and 8/8/10. She is the author of six previous collections of poetry.  Check out an interview with her by Susan Smith Nash.  Author photo by Michael Hoover.

Available on Amazon: Reconnaissance Add to the GoodReads Shelf:

Reconnaissance

Sign-ups are now CLOSED. Tour Stops:

May 11: Peeking Between the Pages (review)

May 12: Everything Distils Into Reading (review)

May 23: Create With Joy (review)

May 28: Impressions in Ink (review)

May 29: The True Book Addict (review)

TBD: Tea Leaves (review)

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