Recent Books

Read below about our most recent publications.

Diaspora Cafe D.C. edited by Jeffrey Banks and Maritza Rivera

August 2022

An anthology by AfroLatinx writers, Diaspora Cafe D.C. is a collective investigation of survival by writers within a system that deprioritizes their existence. While some poems consider identity and relationships, and others are love poems to family and lovers, all are united by a thread of resistance against invisibility. Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe, author of Periodicos De Ayer, described, “An honest and tender portrayal of the complexities we experience while thriving and surviving within the African diaspora.” Diaspora Cafe is edited by Jeffrey Banks and Maritza. Cover art for the book is by Sami Miranda and Lazaro Batista.

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The Great World of Days

March 31, 2022

The Great World of Days springs to life in the voices of fifty-six poets arranged into a single chorus by editors Gregory Luce, Anne Becker, and Jeffrey Banks. The book documents births, breakups, deaths, abuse, healing, sex, sexuality, and more, and contains poetry first published in the arts magazine Bourgeon, founded by Robert Bettmann. Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri wrote, “I have not read better poetry anywhere.” Cover art for the book is by Pat Goslee.

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Ashes to Justice by R.E.I.L

February 13, 2022

Ashes to Justice traces the path of poet R.E.I.L through love, abuse, betrayal, and recovery toward self-love. In this debut collection the DC-area spoken word performer and poet educator explores the demons in her self and world returning to love for her family of birth, and the family she’s found. Kim B Miller described the book, “Written with a whisper and a hammer.” Cover art for the book is by Luis Del Valle.

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So Much of Everything by Jenn Koiter

October 2021

Jenn Koiter’s debut collection follows the author on international travels, through literary friendships, and within the course of personal tragedy. The winner of the 2021 DC Poet Project, Koiter’s poems and essays have been published widely in magazines and anthologies, including Smartish Pace, Barrelhouse, Bateau, Rock & Sling, and Copper Nickel. David Keplinger wrote, “In this utterly gorgeous debut collection, Jennifer Koiter has arrived as a poet whose voice is only matched by her remarkable intelligence.” Cover art for the book is by Alexandra N Sherman.

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