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New Book Releases Within the Creative Writing Program

Photo credits: Dan Doperalski (Ruchika Tomar) Taneum Bambrick (Graham Barnhart) Kris Brunelli (Taneum Bambrick) Shay O'Brien (Shannon Pufahl)
Nov 12 2019

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New Books Alert!

Looking to dig into some new reads? Check out the latest book releases amongst our Jones Lecturers and Stegner Fellows! Published between July and November of this year, these new additions are great gems for your reading list.Take a look...

JULY 2019

 A Prayer For Travelers by Ruchika Tomar

“A Prayer for Travelers is a novel haunted by missing persons and lost souls, written in telepathic prose. Ruchika Tomar sees through walls, around corners, and into the deep heart of what matters, and moves us, the most. A beautiful debut.” —Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Alphabet

Ruchika Tomar was raised in Southern California. She holds a BA in English literature from the University of California, Irvine, and an MFA from Columbia University. She has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, The MacDowell Colony and The Center for Fiction. A recent Wallace Stegner Fellow, she is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.


 Vantage by Taneum Bambrick

Vantage is a moving, radical work of art, written in a quiet clear voice. Taneum Bambrick has given us an extraordinary first book. Part of its freight has to do with ecological devastation, told with no voluptuous sentiment. Not "told" so much as seen―the ferocious images not metaphor but reality. Not ideas but things.”―Sharon Olds, from the Introduction

Taneum Bambrick is the author of VANTAGE, which was selected by Sharon Olds for the 2019 American Poetry Review/Honickman first book award (Copper Canyon Press). Her chapbook, Reservoir, was selected by Ocean Vuong for the 2017 Yemassee Chapbook Prize. She has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.



  The War Makes Everyone Lonely by Graham Barnhart

"In his ruminative debut, The War Makes Everyone Lonely, Graham Barnhart documents in fugitive snapshots the service in Afghanistan and Iraq of a US Army medic, who returned to the States searching for words to describe realities that may have no words, yet require them. Keenly observant about the tension between complicity and bravery, war and the homefront, Barnhart finds himself 'dressed like the men who killed / their husbands, [passing out] sewing machines / to widows so they could make clothes / for their children and embroider cemetery flags.' Here is a poetry that performs 'Notice and Focus'—neither shrieking nor staying silent about the terrible rubble of the Terror Wars. And yet, it still dreams of waking up to nudges from horses, black garbage scrap in barbed wire, and a love that's 'so clear and thin / it couldn’t be seen.'"--Philip Metres, author of "The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance"

Graham Barnhart is a US Army veteran and recent Wallace Stegner Fellow. He is the recipient of a 2020 Pushcart Prize, The Blackwell Prize in Writing from The University of Western Georgia, and The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans from the Iowa Review. His work has appeared in 32 Poems, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, and others. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at The University of North Texas.


 On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl

“Cinematic . . . The spaces she creates for her characters . . . have the aura of realms.” —The New York Times Book Review

Shannon Pufahl grew up in rural Kansas. She teaches at Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction. Her essays, on topics ranging from eighteenth-century America to her childhood, have appeared in The Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She lives in Monterey, CA, with her wife and their dog.