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Ahsahta Press Publications Highlighted

Ahsahta Press Publications Highlighted

Three works published by Ahsahta Press, part of the MFA in creative writing program at Boise State, are garnering national and international attention.

In the New Yorker, Stephen Burt’s “Page-Turner” essay, “Literary Style and the Lessons of Memoir,” features a lengthy discussion of Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s On a Clear Day, which Ahsahta Press published in May. “It’s the kind of book,” Burt writes, “that tries to take the temperature of a generation (Wagner’s first book appeared in 2012) or at least of a generation’s narrow, gallery-going, artsy urban slice. In Wagner’s Brooklyn, ‘the cacophony of lo-fi indie rock reverb’ is also ‘the sound of gentrification,’ ‘the sound of if only,’ ‘the sound of why me.’”

“Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments,” Ahsahta’s collection of Beat poet Cowen’s remaining works (after her suicide, friends of her parents destroyed all her poetry they could find) is now going into a Turkish edition. Researched and collected by editor Tony Trigilio, the book has previously been released in German and Spanish editions.

Julie Carr’s “Objects from a Borrowed Confession” received a starred review in Library Journal and already has appeared on the best-seller list at Small Press Distribution. “She’s not chasing the past, which is ‘less than the light that falls toward my face. The future, however, is a red fox, running right past me,’” reads part of the Library Journal review. “Instead of accumulated stories, she sees us each as a ‘perpetual vanishing,’ with the child’s death that opens the book’s second section shuddering her into the crucial, oft-skimmed present. Is confession a search for forgiveness or recognition? Actually, it seems more about attachment (you’re ‘made something rather than remaining (alone and) nothing.’ VERDICT: A rich meditation on self and others; for all smart readers.”

A not-for-profit literary publisher, Ahsahta was founded in 1974 at Boise State to preserve the best works by early poets of the American West.


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