Books

SUE MELLGIVING CARE
WINNER OF THE 2021 PROSE CHAPBOOK CONTEST

In Giving Care, Sue Mell delivers short, sharp and powerfully rendered essays on caregiving a parent in decline. Mell navigates the shifting mother-daughter boundaries along a complicated past, the relentless present with its crises and consequences, and on toward the inevitable future never far from view. Written with lyrical control, humor and truth at the core, Mell’s essays reveal a kind of grief that infiltrates further with each terrible task, while revealing each terrible task as a profound act of love.

Available on Amazon.

 

SARA SIDDIQUI CHANSARKAR, SKIN OVER MILK
2021 PROSE CHAPBOOK CONTEST RUNNER-UP

Skin Over Milk tells the story of young Chutki and her two sisters who bear the weight of being unwanted daughters in 1990’s India. Told through Chutki’s eyes, we feel the innocence that is childhood, allowing the gratitude for a crust of bread thrown away by her brothers, or the simple joy in making prank phone calls. We meet characters, such as the father who curses their mother for giving him useless girls, the brothers who don’t seem to appreciate the luxury of education. But we also meet the loving grandfather, Dada, who will die and watch over them like a star in the sky and their beautiful, beautiful mother, Ammi, who does what she can to make all of their lives bearable. Exquisitely written with a jeweler’s eye for detail, the deftest of hands with characterization and storytelling, this is a brilliant and unforgettable read.

Available on Amazon.

 

ANDREW KRIVAK, GHOSTS OF THE MONADNOCK WOLVES
WINNER OF THE 2021 POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST

This new volume of poetry from National Book Award Finalist Andrew Krivak explores in supple and often terrifying lines the breathtaking landscapes of memory and the natural world for which his fiction is celebrated. From the Pennsylvania coal mines to the fields and mountainsides of New Hampshire, these poems search for order in a father’s everyday work, the changing seasons, and the myths that shape America and its people. Ghosts of the Monadnock Wolves is a poetic study in what we have lost, and what we still hold on to. A meditation in verse that deepens with each read.

Available on Amazon.

 

Volume 2

ANTHOLOGY OF CHESTNUT REVIEW LITERARY MAGAZINE, 2020-2021

Printed in full color. Featuring works by Ishaq Adekunle, Carrie Albert, Mileva Anastasiadou, Jen Ashburn, John Badura, Mike Bove, Wolff Bowden, Kate Bucca, Mary Lou Buschi, Juliana Chang, William Crawford, Steven Croft, Satya Dash, Martins Deep, Teddy Engs, Angelica Esquievel, Teal Fitzpatrick, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Halle Gulbrandsen, Ceridwen Hall, Madronna Holden, Michael Hower, Bryana Joy, Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Maurya Kerr, E.E. King, Steven Lang, Kathleen Latham, Erin Little, Lorette C. Luzajic, Fatima Malik, Jayne Marek, Avra Margariti, Diane G. Martin, Zackary Medlin, Lucille Miao, Adriana Morgan, Richard Newman, Rees Nielsen, Cyn Nooney, Victoria Nordlund, Frances Ogamba, Danielle O’Hanlon, Jasper Oliver, Steven Ostrowski, James Owens, Rui-Yang Peng/彭阳, Sara Pirkle, Rebecca Poynor, Kait Quinn, Greg Rappleye, Ankur Razdan, Kiyoko Reidy, Dan Reilly, Gretchen Rockwell, Rick Rohdenburg, Jennifer Ronsman, Kimberly Rooney 荣, Elisabeth Sharber, Howard Skrill, Ben Sloan, Marie Metaphor Specht, Cutter Streeby, Matthew Sumpter, Jamie Tews, Yashodhara Trivedi, Cathy Ulrich, Milla van der Have, Tori Grant Welhouse, Erik Wilbur, Brittany White, David Wolfersberger, Cynthia Yatchman, and Xueyi Zhou.

Available on Amazon.

 

ERIK WILBUR, WHAT I CAN DO
WINNER OF THE 2020 POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST

The first half of Erik Wilbur’s debut chapbook illustrates a young man’s struggle to maintain his relationship with a father who’s battling addiction; the second half illustrates a young man’s struggle to process the grief of losing his father to that addiction. At points, this beautiful, imagistic meditation on acceptance reads like a survival guide for adult children of alcoholics. At points, it’s a testament to poetry’s capacity to conjure comfort and forgiveness during life’s most anxiety-and-resentment-laden moments.

Available on Amazon.

 

Volume 1

ANTHOLOGY OF CHESTNUT REVIEW LITERARY MAGAZINE, 2019-2020

Printed in full color. Featuring works by Terry Barr, Alana Benson, Carl Boon, Shevaun Brannigan, Jennifer Brown, Mary Buchinger, Claudia Buckholts, Kevin Burris, Brendan Connolly, Claire Elliott, Alan Feldman, Laura Gill, Lois Marie Harrod, Gloria Heffernan, Katherine Hoerth, Zebulon Huset, Julie Allyn Johnson, Laura Johnson, Yasmin Mariam Kloth, Richard LeBlond, Alex Luft, Cynthia McVay, Brittany Mishra, Nam Nguyen, Deb Nordlie, Robert L. Penick, Laura Perkins, Timothy F. Phillips, Fabrice Poussin, Eric Roller, Russell Rowland, Erin Schalk, Leland Seese, Michael Steffen, Annie Stenzel, Aashika Suresh, Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, Katherine Szpekman, Michael Thompson, Stephen Toskar, Siamak Vossoughi, Britnie Walston, Villania Wen, Anni Wilson, and Kelly Wise.

Available on Amazon.