Uncomfortable Ecologies is an exploration of relationships and their tenuous nature. Levinson explores the domestic and wild, the macro and the micro, the familiar and the other, the objective and the confessional. These poems seek to uncover vulnerabilities within ecologies as a bridge to a new level of understanding and intimacy.
PRAISE FOR UNCOMFORTABLE ECOLOGIES
Insects, jellyfish, wild horses, hurricanes. Shark teeth and coyotes. Sisters who wait tables. Men who go to sea then come home to dance with our mothers in the family kitchen. These are some of the living, breathing ties that keep a body tethered to place. This collection teems with a longing for connection to the natural world. It asks, “How does a person come to belong?” and it answers again and again that if connection is indeed possible, it is only in moments where we recognize ourselves in what’s considered other, that the moments are fleeting as silverfish across a bare floor. Are we comfortable with discomfort? Can we look in the mirror? When the long-tailed weasel shows us its prey, do we dare keep our eyes open?
--L.I. Henley, Starshine Road (Perugia Press)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Joy Levinson is a high school teacher in Chicago, where she lives with her husband & pets. She has an MFA from Pacific University and an MAT in Biology from Miami University. She is the author of two chapbooks, As Wild Animals (Dancing Girl Press) and Running Aground (Finishing Line Press) and has had work published in many independent journals.
ABOUT THE PRESS
Unsolicited Press strives to produce exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from award-winning authors. Unsolicited Press is based out of Portland, Oregon and focuses on the works of the unsung and underrepresented. As a womxn-owned, all-volunteer small publisher that doesn’t worry about profits as much as championing exceptional literature, we have the privilege of partnering with authors skirting the fringes of the lit world. We’ve worked with emerging and award-winning authors such as Douglas Cole, Amy Shimshon-Santo, Brook Bhagat, Tara Stillions Whitehead, and John W. Bateman. Learn more at unsolicitedpress.com. Find us on twitter and Instagram, @unsolicitedp.
Uncomfortable Ecologies is available on July 18, 2023, as a paperback (100p.; 978-1-956692-60-0) and e-book (all major retailers). Retailers, schools, and libraries can order copies through Ingram. The author is open to speaking with the media, holding readings, and engaging in other author opportunities.
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