"Maiurro spills his mind onto the page with fervent energy, chasing after each notion through a series of rabbit holes as though it may never run its course. In his characteristic narrative prose style, he brings together a seemingly paradoxical combination of grim confessionalism and romantic idealism while inhabiting a surrealist world—a recognizable-yet-dreamlike corner booth of Denver, Colorado, where canaries swallow fire and poets swallow cities, where cities are moving, breathing characters comprised of the people who reside in them, and where people can make their blood stand still if they follow his directions...Through all of this abstraction, metacommentary, and philosophical curiosity, Maiurro remains a poet of the people, never straying into academic or literary pretense. Instead, he speaks onto the page like a punk-themed poetry night microphone for anyone willing to listen. All told, these poems make for an imaginative and readable collection by a storyteller who captivates readers whether they consider themselves fans of poetry or not."
-Tim Becker, Author of Sorrow Birds and New York City Bones
Macey Webb writes a potent and poignant poetic memoir of the loss of Webb's partner to cancer from diagnosis to death and then the aftermath of those left behind. This genuine and intimate experience of grief is raw without dramatics, devastating while resilient, and manages to keep the sense of humor that shows our deepest humanity.
Crying at Walls chronicles the passing of a life and a life changed by that passing. Grief is encapsulated in moments by time, although “chronoclock time isn’t a good measure of life” and the grand spirit of Jessica Elise could never be fully expressed in a single day of elegy. The monodies written by Macey Webb “cobble together a whole religion/ called i love you & you are sacred” and after reading these poems I, too, am left a believer.
—Huascar Medina,Poet Laureate of Kansas
Nathanael Stolte brings us his first full-length collection of poetry with Shoot the Alligators Closest to the Boat. He is a well-seasoned poetry vet, having toured relentless across America with his captivating performances and this book is well over-due. It is the second winner of the Victor Allen Smith Poetry Prize for a first full-length, a prize issued by Mule editor, Jason Ryberg.
Some poets are born of the fire that makes the world in all of its beautiful doom, Stolte is one of those poets – let him sing.
—RA Washington, author of BLACK Eunuch
Award- winning poet/playwright/essayist John Macker lives in Santa Fe, NM. His latest books are The Blues Drink Your Dreams Away Selected Poems 1983-2018 (Stubborn Mule Press), Gorge Songs (DCArt Press,2017) with Denver wood- block artist Leon Loughridge and Blood in the Mix (with El Paso poet Lawrence Welsh) Lummox Press, 2015. In 2014 Disassembled Badlands was published (the 3rd book in the Badlands trilogy). Other books include Woman of the Disturbed Earth, Underground Sky, Adventures in the Gun Trade , Las Montañas de Santa Fe and The Royal Road: Impressions of El Camino Real ( both in limited edition and with woodblock art by Leon Loughridge.). In 2006, he edited the Desert Shovel Review. He has won a Colorado Council on the Arts grant, A Colorado Arts (Tombstone) Award for Poetry and the 2006 Mad Blood magazine award for the long poem, “Wyoming Arcane.”
Rikki Santer has worked as a journalist, a magazine and book editor, co-founder and managing editor of an alternative city newspaper in Cleveland , and a poet-in-the schools. She earned a M.A. degree in journalism from Kent State University and a M.F.A. degree in creative writing from The Ohio State University. Her work has won honors from The Poetry Forum (the William Redding Memorial Contest), Black Lawrence Press (the St. Lawrence Book Award Competition), the Ohio Poetry Association, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, the Best of Ohio Writer Contest sponsored by the Poets' & Writers' League of Greater Cleveland, as well as two Pushcart and Ohioana Book Award nominations, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. You can contact her through her website: www.rikkisanter.com
Editor in Abetting: JP is a working class queer artist and non-binary in person and politically. Their poetry explores where habits and assumptions are born from and how to excavate the inner self from the pressures of fitting into society. Having worked with numerous presses over the years on everything from acquisitions, cover design, marketing and editing, Stubborn Mule is the press where JP finally takes the lead.
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Editor in Absentia: Jason Ryberg
This river rat and publishing beast puts out way more books than JP, but has been doing it for two decades and is responsible for bringing to the press some of the wonderful heavy hitters and life-long poetry heads that we are so proud to be publishing. Find his primary press at Spartan Press.
Cover Editor: Elim J. Sidus
Trans guy born and raised in KC, a denim gremlin of a human being living as a visual artist and part time poet between hoarding fall leaves and people watching or learning fictional languages.
Cover Photographer: Jon Lee Grafton
We are so lucky to have the astonishing photography of Jon Lee Grafton for many of our covers! check out his work @thegraftongallery
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