Orison Books is excited to announce the publication of two new titles:
poems by Jordan Rice
finalist for the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize
Publication date: April 1, 2016
Constellarium chronicles the author’s gender transition from biological male to female, and engages the ontological quandaries that arise from this experience. Family history and religious heritage must be reckoned with along the way. In Rice’s poems, the evolving nature of the self, the fluidity of identity, and the lasting influence of the past are all held up to the soul’s penetrating gaze.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jordan Rice is co-editor of the anthology Voices of Transgender Parents (Transgress Press, 2015). Her poems have been selected for the Indiana Review Poetry Prize by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize by Natasha Trethewey, the Yellowwood Poetry Prize from Yalobusha Review by Beth Anne Fennelley, the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review, the Milton-Kessler Memorial Prize from Harpur Palate, and an AWP Intro Journals Award. Her poems have also been anthologized in Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume V, Best New Poets 2011, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Best of the Web 2009, and Best New Poets 2008. Rice received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University, where she served as Associate Editor for New Issues Poetry & Prose and as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast. She currently teaches at Durham Technical Community College and is an Executive Editor for Dublin Poetry Review.
The Divine Magnet:
The Letters of Herman Melville
to Nathaniel Hawthorne
Edited with an introduction by Mark Niemeyer
Foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding
Publication date: April 1, 2016
“The divine magnet is on you, and my magnet responds. Which is the biggest? A foolish question—they are One.”
—Melville to Hawthorne
If you don’t know Melville’s letters to Hawthorne, you don’t know Melville. These letters are full of passion, humor, doubt, and spiritual yearning. Lyrical and effusive, they are literary works in themselves. This correspondence has been out of print for decades, and even when it was in print it appeared in scholarly volumes of Melville’s complete correspondence, aimed at the academy. The Divine Magnet will provide the general literary public as well as the college classroom with a reliable and beautifully produced volume of Melville’s letters to Hawthorne.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Mark Niemeyer is professor of American literature and American history at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. His research focuses on nineteenth-century writings of the antebellum period and is frequently concerned with questions related to cultural nationalism and national identity. He has published numerous articles on authors including Washington Irving, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman and is co-editor of several editions of works by Herman Melville, including the French “Folio Classique” edition of Mardi (2011), the Norton Critical edition of The Confidence-Man (2005), the French “Pléiade” edition of Mardi (1997) and Moby-Dick (2006), and the Northwestern-Newberry edition of Moby-Dick (1988) and Clarel (1991). He is co-editor of Literature on the Move: Comparing Diasporic Ethnicities in Europe and the Americas (2002) and co-author of an American and British history textbook for French students, Repères de civilisation : Grande-Bretagne, Etats-Unis (2003). He has also published illustrated works of general interest including Water: The Essence of Life (2008) and Wonders of the World: World of Man (2010).
If you are interested in supporting the publication of either of these titles, please contact Luke Hankins, Editor, here. Orison Books is a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary press; donations are tax deductible.