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New Book Releases from Madeleine Cravens & Zach Williams

We would like to extend our congratulations to Madeleine Cravens, Stegner fellow, and Zach Williams, Jones Lecturer, on their first book releases. Madeleine Cravens has debuted an astonishing collection of poems while Zach Williams debuted a striking story collection.




Pleasure Principle by Madeleine Cravens 

“To blurb a poetry collection is often to participate in a tradition of commercial hyperbole that great poetry itself resists; books like Madeleine Cravens’s brilliant and utterly crystalline debut make this contradiction all the starker." —MAGGIE MILLNER


Madeleine Cravens is from Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Max Ritvo Poetry Fellowship. She was the first place winner of Narrative Magazine’s 2021 Poetry Contest and 2020 30 Below Contest, a semifinalist for the 2021 92Y Discovery Prize, and finalist for the 2022 James Hearst Poetry Prize. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books and BOMB.


Beautiful Days by Zach Williams 

“Zach Williams is a brilliant, singular, deep, and deeply entertaining writer. You will continue to think about and feel these stories long after you have finished reading them. They will change you.” —JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER


Zach Williams' debut story collection, Beautiful Days, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2024. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. His story “Trial Run” was one of three that won The Paris Review a 2023 ASME Award for Fiction. A Stegner Fellow from 2021-2023, he is now a Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford.