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1 Every Hour, Every Atom … Zachary Turpin and Matt Miller, eds.
2 Johnny Cash International … Michael Hinds and Jonathan Silverman
3 Confessions of a Gay Priest … Tom Rastrelli
CONFESSIONS OF 4–5 Driving a Table Down … Barry Phipps
A G AY 6 Hidden Prairie … Chris Helzer
PRIEST 7 Faculty Brat … Dominic Bucca
8–9 Iowa State Parks … Rebecca Conard
TOM RASTRELLI 10 The Book of Jane … Jennifer Habel
11 Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara … William Fargason
12 Angel De Cora, Karen Thronson, and the Art of Place … Elizabeth Sutton
LOVE SONG 13 With Wings Extended … Greg Hoch
DEMON-POSSESSED 14 Wrong … Diarmuid Hester
OF GADARA 15 Contested Records … Michael Leong
16 Poetics of Emergence … Benjamin Lee
17 London in His Own Time … Jeanne Reesman, ed.

18 Recently Published
19 General Interest Bestsellers
20 Regional Bestsellers
21 Index by Author
22 Index by Title
22 Index by Subject
23 Desk and Exam Copy Policies
23 Contact Information
24 Ordering Information
25 Sales Representation The University of Iowa Press is committed to preserving natural

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Cover photos © Barry Phipps. Cover photo has been altered;
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Every Hour, Every Atom
A Collection of Walt Whitman’s Early
Notebooks and Fragments
by Zachary Turpin and Matt Miller, editors
Iowa Whitman Series
Ed Folsom, series editor

“It is one of the mysteries, maybe the mystery of American litera-

ture, that Walt Whitman, a carpenter’s son, a journalist laboring
with no special distinction at his trade, produced in the middle
of his thirties, one of the most original—and originary—works
of American literature in ‘Song of Myself ’ and Leaves of Grass. So
it is thrilling that Zack Turpin and Matt Miller have given us this
endlessly fascinating glimpse into the young poet’s imagination
when he is, as he would say later, ‘simmering’ and on the edge
of a miracle.”—Robert Hass, former Poet Laureate of the United
States, author, Summer Snow

Some of the dimmest years in Walt Whitman’s life precede the

advent of Leaves of Grass in 1855, when he was working as a jour- “The publication of Walt Whitman’s very
nalist and fiction writer. Starting around 1850, what he’d begun early poetry, Every Hour, Every Atom: Walt
writing in his personal notebooks was far more enigmatic than Whitman’s Early Notebooks and Fragments,
anything he’d done before. is nothing short of a miracle. Here, made
One of Whitman’s most secretive projects during this timeframe generally available for the first time, are
was a novel, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle; serialized anonymously the initial tremblings and rumblings of
in the spring of 1852, and rediscovered and properly published in what would become Leaves of Grass. If I
2017. The key to the novel’s later discovery were plot notes Whit- compare it to seeing a planet in its early
man had made in one of his private notebooks. stages of formation, I don’t consider that
Whitman’s invaluable notebooks have been virtually inacces- an exaggeration.”—Michael Cunningham,
sible to the public, until now. Maintaining the early notebooks’ Pulitzer–Prize winner, The Hours
wild, syncretic feel and sample illustrations of Whitman’s beauti-
ful and unkempt pages, scholars Zachary Turpin and Matt Miller’s “This collection of Walt Whitman’s early
thorough transcriptions have made these notebooks available to notebooks and fragments, expertly col-
all; sharing Whitman’s secret space for developing his poetry, his lated and edited by Zachary Turpin and
writing, his philosophy, and himself. Matt Miller, is an indispensable contribu-
tion to the Whitman canon. In it, we see
Zachary Turpin is assistant professor of English at the University Whitman over the years scribbling down
of Idaho. He is editor of Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: The Lost thoughts, impressions, and poetic pas-
Novel of Walt Whitman (Iowa, 2017). He lives in Moscow, Idaho. sages that would appear in finished form
Matt Miller is associate professor of English at Yeshiva University. in Leaves of Grass, his landmark contribu-
He is author of Collage of Myself: Walt Whitman and the Making of tion to world literature. Thanks to Turpin
Leaves of Grass. He lives in New York City. and Miller, we now have an accessible,
affordable volume that shows Whitman’s
july spontaneous effusions bubbling to the
410 pages . 12 b&w photos . 6 × 9 inches surface.”—David S. Reynolds, author,
$25.00 paper original, 978-1-60938-703-7 Walt Whitman’s America
$25.00 e-book, 978-1-60938-704-4
literature / literary criticism
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Johnny Cash International
How and Why Fans Love the Man in Black
by Michael Hinds and Jonathan Silverman
Fandom & Culture
Paul Booth and Katherine Larsen, series editors

“Johnny Cash International gives us a vibrant window into a fandom

that is transnational and translocal. Hinds and Silverman’s
fascinating book shows how fans create community, whether
digitally or in person, with their own exuberant creativity and
meaning.”—Leigh H. Edwards, author, Johnny Cash and the
Paradox of American Identity

Across all imaginable borders, Johnny Cash fans show the

appeal of a thoroughly American performer who simultaneously
inspires people worldwide. A young Norwegian shows off his
Johnny Cash tattoo. A Canadian vlogger sings “I Walk the Line” to
camel herders in Egypt’s White Desert. A shopkeeper in Northern
Ireland plays Cash as his constant soundtrack. A Dutchwoman co- “Where is Cashland? The answer: nearly
ordinates the activities of Cash fans worldwide and is subsequently everywhere. Blending documentary,
offered the privilege of sleeping in Johnny’s bedroom. And on a ethnography, and fieldwork, the authors
more global scale, millions of people watch Cash’s videos online, discover an international ‘signifier of
then express themselves through commentary and debate. sanity’ whose iconicity transcends race,
In Johnny Cash International, Hinds and Silverman examine digital class, geography, and politics. ‘Life and
and real-world fan communities and the individuals who comprise love go on, let the music play,’ the Man
them, profiling their relationships to Cash and each other. Study- in Black once said. In this unique and
ing Johnny Cash’s international fans and their love for the man insightful book, Hinds and Silverman
reveals new insights about music, fandom, and the United States. discover just how far that music goes.”
—Joe Bonomo, author, Field Recordings
Michael Hinds is associate professor of English at Dublin City from the Inside: Essays
University. He is coeditor of Rebound: The American Poetry Book. He
lives in Dublin, Ireland. Jonathan Silverman is associate professor “In Johnny Cash International, Michael Hinds
of English at UMass Lowell. He is author of Nine Choices: Johnny and Jonathan Silverman show how Johnny
Cash and American Culture. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. Cash fans use technology, tribute bands,
globetrotting tourism, and whatever the
next thing coming might be to build inter-
national cultures through the sounds
and images of Johnny Cash.”
—Barbara Ching, author, Wrong’s
What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and
Contemporary Culture

270 pages . 12 b&w photos . 6 × 9 inches
$27.50 paper original, 978-1-60938-701-3
$27.50 e-book, 978-1-60938-702-0
Music / popular culture
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Confessions of a Gay Priest
A Memoir of Sex, Love, Abuse, and Scandal in
the Catholic Seminary
by Tom Rastrelli

“In demanding celibacy and damning homosexuality, the Catholic

Church condemns legions of its best and brightest priests to CONFESSIONS OF
lives of hypocrisy and shame. Rastrelli recounts his struggle with
heart, wit, and courage. The Church’s loss is literature’s gain.”
—Mary Roach, author, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

“Tom Rastrelli is a gifted writer whose personal journey is in-

sightful and enormously important. Confessions of a Gay Priest is
A M E MOI R O F S E X , LOVE , AB U s E , A ND
a riveting, powerful book, rich in detail and deeply relevant to
the times we live in. It exposes painful truths that must be told.
Read it.”—Michelangelo Signorile, author, It’s Not Over: Getting TOM RASTRELLI
Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality

Tom Rastrelli is a survivor of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse

who then became a priest in the early days of the Catholic Church’s “Tom Rastrelli’s brave, candid, self-critical
ongoing scandals. Confessions of a Gay Priest divulges the clandes- memoir is part of a great tradition of spiri-
tine inner workings of the seminary, providing an intimate and tual autobiographies, from St. Augustine’s
unapologetic look into the psychosexual and spiritual dynamics Confessions to Thomas Merton’s The Seven
of celibacy and lays bare the “formation” system that perpetuates Storey Mountain. Tom’s story differs from
the cycle of abuse and cover-up that continues today. theirs because of his time and place. But
Under the guidance of a charismatic college campus minister, he shares with them a commitment to hon-
Rastrelli sought to reconcile his homosexuality and childhood esty and to understanding the meaning of
sexual abuse. When he felt called to the priesthood, Rastrelli be- faith. This is an often beautiful, sometimes
gan the process of “priestly discernment.” Priests welcomed him shocking, always important book.”
into a confusing clerical culture where public displays of piety, —M. G. Lord, author, The Accidental Feminist:
celibacy, and homophobia masked a closeted underworld in which How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness
elder priests preyed upon young recruits. and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty
From there he ventured deeper into the seminary system seeking to Notice
healing, hoping to help others, and striving not to live a double
life. Trained to treat sexuality like an addiction, he and his brother “Rastrelli’s carefully observed testimony
seminarians lived in a world of cliques, competition, self-loathing, speaks real truth to power. I am amazed
alcohol, hidden crushes, and closeted sex. Ultimately, the “for- by his ability to navigate a traumatic emo-
mation” intended to make Rastrelli a compliant priest helped to tional landscape with such grace. This book
liberate him. is an essential document for the Church’s
many victims of abuse.”—Garrard Conley,
Tom Rastrelli is director of digital communications at Willamette author, Boy Erased
University. He lives in Salem, Oregon.
“Tom Rastrelli is that unique blend of
april courage and talent, a remarkable personal
328 pages . 6 × 9 inches story to tell, a passionate voice, and a
$19.95 paper original, 978-1-60938-709-9 sharp, skillful pen with which to fashion
$19.95 e-book, 978-1-60938-710-5 the tale.”—Janet Fitch, author, Chimes of
lgbtq+ / religion / current events a Lost Cathedral

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Driving a Table Down
photographs by Barry Phipps

On September 23, 2018 , photographer Barry

Phipps drove seven hours south from his home in
Iowa to his parents’ house in southern Missouri.
There they wrestled a family heirloom into his car—a
wooden table for his Aunt Diane—and Barry and his Driving a Table Down
mother drove more than twelve hundred miles to Di- BARRY PHIPPS
ane’s home on Florida’s Gulf Coast, stayed a few days,
then drove back to Missouri.
Phipps presents the 104 color photographs in Driving
a Table Down—selected from more than 2,000 photo-
graphs taken over the twelve-day trip—in sequential
order to show, in his words, “what does and does not
change as one travels through shifting cultural and
geographic regions.” By capturing the present mo-
ment while referencing the past with faded signs, al-
most obliterated murals, closed businesses in quiet
towns, forgotten tourist attractions, and many other
layers of historical accumulations, the photographs
illustrate the stark fact that the present is never en-
tirely present tense. Phipps’s attention to the real-time
details of rural regions of the Midwest and the South,
juxtaposed with personal photographs of his family,
gives us a momentary definition of America in a state
of flux, an America that looks to the past in a time of
an uncertain future.

Barry Phipps is a multimedia artist. He is the author

of Between Gravity and What Cheer (Iowa, 2018). He lives
in Iowa City, Iowa.

112 pages . 104 color photos . 8½ × 9 inches
$29.95 paper original, 978-1-60938-699-3
$29.95 e-book, 978-1-60938-700-6
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Hidden Prairie
Photographing Life in One Square Meter
by Chris Helzer
Bur Oak Books
Holly Carver, series editor

“For years now I’ve relied on Chris Helzer to answer

every prairie question I could think of, and not
once has he failed me. When it comes to grass-
lands, his knowledge is as deep as the roots of the
big bluestem grass we all cherish. How wonderful
to examine a single spot, yet see the world.”—Joel Sartore, “Chris Helzer is one of the finest natural
photographer and fellow, National Geographic Society history communicators I know. This beauti-
fully illustrated book collects experiences
Chris Helzer illustrates the beauty and diversity of prairie over a year from a small patch of Nebraska
through an impressive series of photographs, all taken within prairie and weaves them into a glorious
the same square meter of prairie. During his year-long project, account of life overlooked. It will inspire
he photographed 113 plant and animal species within a tiny plot, readers, no matter where they live, to take
and captured numerous other images that document the splendor a closer look at their own backyards.”
of diverse grasslands. Even readers familiar with prairies will be —Clay Bolt, natural history photographer
fascinated by the varied subject matter Helzer captured with his
camera. In addition, his captivating and accessible natural history
writing tells the story of his personal journey during the project
and the stories of the characters he found within his chosen square
meter of prairie.
This book is packed with gorgeous full-page close-up photos
of prairie plants and animals, interspersed with a dozen short
essays that include both ecology and natural history tidbits and
enthralling and gently humorous anecdotes about Helzer’s experi-
ence staring into a tiny bit of prairie for one year. Helzer writes
eloquently about the conservation value of prairies and uses his
photos and stories to reinforce a conservation ethic among his

Chris Helzer has worked as a land steward, project director, and

now director of science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska
since 1997. He is the author of The Ecology and Management of
Prairies in the Central United States (Iowa, 2010). He lives in Aurora,

128 pages . 101 color photos . 8 × 6 inches
$39.95 paper original, 978-1-60938-693-1
$39.95 e-book, 978-1-60938-694-8
nature / midwest
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Faculty Brat
A Memoir of Abuse
by Dominic Bucca
2019 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction

“A powerful, heartbreaking, and fearless essay on abuse, family,

and the fragmentation of the self, Faculty Brat takes narrative
prose to a new and necessary level.”—Susan Steinberg, judge,
Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction

“The darkness of this unflinching memoir is balanced by the au-

thor’s generosity of heart. Although sexual abuse is devastating,
Bucca’s emotional authenticity and stunning writing masterfully
draw the reader inside his fractured world. The book’s combina-
tion of strength and fragility makes this an important and com-
pelling chronicle of literary witness.”—Sue William Silverman,
author, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You

At the most prestigious preparatory schools in the United “Faculty Brat is not your ordinary memoir
States, the children of educators are referred to as “faculty brats.” about abuse nor is Dominic Bucca an
Though generally lacking the privilege of the institution’s wealthy ordinary writer. Both book and author
students, faculty brats enjoy access to the school’s extensive soar on the wings of talent, truth, and
grounds and facilities and are part of everyday campus life. courage. Dominic’s ability to render the
Dominic Bucca’s art teacher mother married his music teacher most horrific of experiences into a riveting
stepfather twice, and the young boy wondered if the union might work of art that burns with the need for
be twice as strong as a result. Instead, this faculty brat quickly justice met is breathtaking. Incessantly
discovered that the marriage was twice as flawed. When Dominic and beautifully written, Faculty Brat is a
was nine years old, his stepfather began sexually abusing him in dazzling debut from a memoirist whose
the faculty housing attached to the boys’ dorm his parents oversaw. voice is unforgettable.”—Connie May
Years later, he found escape by reaching out to his biological father, Fowler, author, Before Women Had Wings 
and learned to split his life between two realities.
For nearly twenty-five years, Bucca hid the secret of his step-
father’s abuse from his mother and sisters. When he decided to
tell, hoping to prevent his stepfather from continuing to teach
young boys, Bucca discovered the limits of both his family and
the legal system.

Dominic Bucca lives in Pottersville, New Jersey.

230 pages . 5¾ × 8¾ inches
$18.00 paper original, 978-1-60938-685-6
$18.00 e-book, 978-1-60938-686-3
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Iowa State Parks
A Century of Stewardship, 1920–2020
by Rebecca Conard
Angela Corio and Jim Scheffler, photo editors
Foreword by Gerald F. Schnepf
Published by the Iowa Parks Foundation

“This book satisfies the soul with exquisite images

and captivating stories of some of Iowa’s greatest “Iowans now have a great up-to-date pathway to the
natural treasures: our state parks. To the uninitiated, entire park system. A must for anyone who camps,
it is an invitation to begin a journey. To the seasoned hikes, boats, fishes, photographs, birds, or in other
park visitor, it is like coming home. But likely all ways uses these marvelous areas.”—Jim Dinsmore,
readers will see Iowa’s state parks, preserves, and author, A Country So Full of Game: The Story of Wildlife
forests with fresh eyes.”—Pauline Drobney in Iowa (Iowa, 1994)

In 1920, Iowa dedicated its first two state parks. Rebecca Conard is professor of history emeritus at
In the century since, the Iowa State Parks system has Middle Tennessee State University. Her publications
evolved into a broad array of lands and waters that include Places of Quiet Beauty: Parks, Preserves, and Envi-
represent a legacy of tireless stewardship. Iowa State ronmentalism (Iowa, 1997) and Benjamin Shambaugh and
Parks commemorates the origins of our state parks the Intellectual Foundations of Public History (Iowa, 2002).
and the riches they offer in the present. She lives in Coralville, Iowa. Angela Corio worked as
The photo essays at the heart of this book feature a state park planner with the Iowa Department of
the artistry of well-known nature photographers such Natural Resources for more than three decades. She
as Carl Kurtz, Brian Gibbs, Don Poggensee, and Larry is coauthor of Iowa State Parks Design Guide: Long-Term
Stone. The images help tell the stories of Iowa’s state Vision for State Park Architecture. She lives in Des Moines,
parks, recreation areas, preserves, and forests. A his- Iowa. Jim Scheffler worked for the Iowa Conservation
torical overview sets the stage, followed by essays on Commission/Iowa Department of Natural Resources
key aspects of our park system. for thirty years. His special projects included develop-
ing the Iowa Civilian Conservation Corps museum and
Contributors: Rebecca Conard, Heidi Hohmann, the Maquoketa Caves State Park visitor center. He lives
Cornelia F. Mutel, John Pearson, Jean C. Prior, in Bondurant, Iowa.
William E. Whittaker

288 pages . 222 color photos . 10 b&w photos
3 b&w maps . 1 b&w figure . 11 × 8½ inches
$30.00 paper original, 978-1-60938-713-6
iowa / travel / nature
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“Our public lands define us. We have taken them for granted
for too long. This attractive volume puts into perspective those
historic figures who cared, those personalities who saw beyond
the horizon. It should be on your shelf.”—Dean Roosa, former
state ecologist of Iowa

“I highly recommend Iowa State Parks. It is a helpful reference

book filled with engaging essays and descriptions and a wealth of
stunning photographs. But even more importantly, this book is
an invitation and a guide for us to visit our state parks, recreation
areas, preserves, and forests to explore the best of Iowa’s natural
world!”—Deborah Lewis, curator, Ada Hayden Herbarium

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The Book of Jane
by Jennifer Habel
2019 Iowa Poetry Prize The
The Book of Jane is a perceptive, tenacious investigation of Book
gender, authority, and art. Jennifer Habel draws a contrast between
the archetype of the lone male genius and the circumscribed, re-
lational lives of women. Habel points repeatedly to discrepancies
of scale: the grand arenas of Balanchine, Einstein, and Matisse
are set against the female miniature—the dancer’s stockings, the
anonymous needlepoint, the diary entry, the inventory of a purse. JANE poems by Jennifer Habel

From “A Guide to Jane’s Office”

That space heater is probably dangerous.

That’s from the gift shop at the Matisse Chapel.
This coaster hides a water ring. “The Book of Jane blooms as a book of many
books—those nipped at the bud, those
Here is the bulletin board, empty as a well.
impossible, unwritten works by women
That’s trash. lost to history. This work is an aesthetic joy
That’s recycling. and a feminist breakthrough, and Jennifer
This stuff needs to be shredded. Habel’s is a voice we need, a voice we’ve
waited a long time to hear.”
That under there is lost. —Brenda Shaughnessy, judge, Iowa
This is not quite what she expected, though it’s possible she Poetry Prize
  never expected.
That sheet of paper says wine “Jennifer Habel’s Book of Jane is quietly
compost spectacular, and here, much as the poet
Dr. Wu? says in the long final poem ‘big ambitions
require small frames.’ These poems are
Here is the thing about female sculptors in the Weimar Republic:
formally inventive and various. Habel’s
  their work was celebrated only if it was small.
readers will marvel at the subtle, remark-
There is the squirrel staring in from the box gutter. able achievement of these poems, ‘Look
There is a long thin crack in the wall. at that.’”—Rebecca Lindenberg, author,
That’s nothing. Love, An Index

That’s private.
“Jennifer Habel’s The Book of Jane is a for-
That’s due. mally inventive romp of a book that wres-
tles with and away from John Berger’s Ways
Jennifer Habel is the author of Good Reason. She lives in Cincin- of Seeing—‘men act and women appear.’
nati, Ohio. Female creativity and agency are central to
Habel’s imaginative flourishes, which are
considerable, brilliant, and always illumi-
april nating.”—Denise Duhamel, author, Scald
110 pages . 7 × 9 inches
$19.95 paper original, 978-1-60938-707-5
$19.95 e-book, 978-1-60938-708-2
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Love Song to the Demon-Possessed
Pigs of Gadara
by William Fargason
2019 Iowa Poetry Prize DEMON-POSSESSED
“In Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara, accelerating OF GADARA
phrasal momentum and sharp figurative detail merge to put us
in the prison made by child abuse and chronic pain. The narrow
confines of such experience, its isolating effect, remind me of
Elaine Scarry’s descriptions of torture. Fargason’s enactments of
what’s happening to him and what has happened warp percep-
tion, as when he sees a lake as ‘a window I want to roll down.’
But he can’t. He’s trapped. Entrances and exits are repeatedly WILLIAM FARGASON

inverted, mirrors mirroring mirrors. The speed of the poems

and their disarmingly sudden stops keep us off-guard, push us
past what we think we know. About anything—pain, death, fear,
anger. These poems wake their readers up. What else is poetry “Reading Love Song to the Demon-Possessed
for?”—Elizabeth Arnold, author, Skeleton Coast Pigs of Gadara made me feel that I am not
alone in the grief and fear of this world—
In his debut collection, William Fargason inspects the pain of I am part of it and it a part of me, but that
memory alongside the pain of the physical body. Fargason takes also one (I, we, the poet, the reader) is
language to its limits to demonstrate how grief is given a voice. integrally part of something larger: the
His speaker confronts illness, grapples with grief, and heals after project of life as something utterly worth
loss in its most crushing forms. These poems attempt to make living as deeply as possible, paths and
sense of trauma in a time of belligerent fathers and unacceptable pasts and pigs and pain and all.”
answers. Fargason necessarily confronts toxic masculinity while —Brenda Shaughnessy, judge, Iowa
navigating spiritual and emotional vulnerability. Poetry Prize

From “Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara” “Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of
Gadara navigates the ground between
The silence just before and just after,
spiritual possession and emotional
and the black eyes as you leapt—
dispossession, between the promises of
      no protest, no acceptance either.
religion and the chokehold of prescribed
You ran almost in unison,
masculinity in the duck hunting, strip-
         a dance without music,
mall, suicidal South, mapping as they
   a curtain call,
go our shared struggle toward intimacy,
and the crowd standing knowing this is what happens
connection, sanity, and love.”
once we find beauty:
—James Kimbrell, Florida State University
          we must watch it leave.

William Fargason teaches creative writing at Florida State Univer-

sity. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

96 pages . 6 × 8 inches
$19.95 paper original, 978-1-60938-705-1
$19.95 e-book, 978-1-60938-706-8
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Angel De Cora, Karen Thronson,
and the Art of Place
How Two Midwestern Women Used Art to Negotiate
Migration and Dispossession
by Elizabeth Sutton Angel De Cor a,
K aren Thronson,
Iowa and the Midwest Experience
and the Art of Place
William Friedricks, series editor
How T wo Midwester n Women

Used Art to Negotiate Migr ation

and Dispossession
“Entwining the lives of two women from very different cultures,
Sutton offers intimate portrayals of Native American and Nor-
wegian American experiences of the frontier United States, Elizabet Suhon
revealing ways that underappreciated handicraft traditions
carry deep meanings and how art more broadly provides links
to tradition and community amid displacement and cultural
upheaval.”—Joni L. Kinsey, author, Plain Pictures: Images of the
American Prairie

Angel De Cora (c. 1870–1919) was a Native Ho-Chunk artist

who received relative acclaim during her lifetime. Karen Thronson “In this incisive study, the lives of two
(1850–1929) was a Norwegian settler housewife who created crafts women—one from the Ho-Chunk Nation
and folk art in obscurity along with the other women of her small and the other a Norwegian immigrant—
immigrant community. The immigration of Thronson and her cast new light on the forces of settler
family literally maps over the De Cora family’s forced migration colonialism and industrial capitalism in
across Wisconsin, Iowa, and onto the plains of Nebraska and Kan- the Midwest. Elizabeth Sutton skillfully
sas. Tracing the parallel lives of these two women artists at the turn bridges their separate experiences by
of the twentieth century, art historian Elizabeth Sutton reveals how drawing on the skeins—art, resilience,
their stories intersected and diverged in the American Midwest. and attachment to place—that braid
By examining the creations of these two artists, Sutton shows such quintessentially American stories
how each woman produced art or handicrafts that linked her new together.”—Katrine Barber, author,
home to her homeland. Both women had to navigate and negoti- In Defense of Wyam: Native-White Alliances
ate between asserting their authentic self and the expectations and the Struggle for Celilo Village
placed on them by others in their new locations. The result is a
fascinating story of two women that speaks to universal themes
of Native displacement, settler conquest, and the connection be-
tween art and place.

Elizabeth Sutton is associate professor of art history at the Uni-

versity of Northern Iowa. She is author of Art, Animals, and Experi-
ence: Relationships to Canines and the Natural World. She lives in Cedar
Falls, Iowa.

196 pages . 1 b&w map . 18 b&w figures . 10 color figures
6¼8 × 9¼ inches
$49.95 paper original, 978-1-60938-687-0
$49.95 e-book, 978-1-60938-688-7
art history / midwest history
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With Wings Extended
A Leap into the Wood Duck’s World
by Greg Hoch
Bur Oak Books
Holly Carver, series editor

Courtesy Carrol Henderson

“Author Greg Hoch, like his avian subjects, turns over every
leaf in search of that fat acorn of evidence, reasoned opinion,
statistic, or intriguing circumstance to nourish his telling. The
result is a pageant of accumulated thought, color, and light
as wondrous as the wood duck’s lair. Once you have read this
book, you will wonder no more why the secretive, yet bril- “This is an extraordinarily thorough and
liantly adorned, wood duck holds such special esteem in the well-researched book by Hoch. The story
Americas and beyond.”—Jay Michael Strangis, editor, American of the wood duck is the story of North
Waterfowler Magazine American wildlife—overexploitation,
management, and recovery. This success
A century ago, many people had given up on the wood duck, story needs to be understood by all those
dooming it to extinction along with the passenger pigeon and with an interest in wildlife and hunting.
Carolina parakeet. Today, it’s one of the most familiar and most I highly recommend it.”—Tom Landwehr,
harvested ducks in the eastern half of the country, and one of author, Hunting Adventures on the Minnesota
America’s great conservation success stories. Frontier: Sportsmen’s Tales from 1850–1900
In With Wings Extended, Minnesota conservationist Greg Hoch
introduces readers to a duck they probably recognize but may not
know well. Hoch illustrates the complexities of wildlife and habitat
management that landowners as well as state and federal wildlife
agencies deal with on a daily basis, and takes readers through the
life stages of what is largely considered the most beautiful duck
in the world. In this fascinating and practical read, Hoch blends
the historical literature about the species with modern science,
and also shows how our views of conservation have changed over
the last century.

Greg Hoch works as a prairie habitat supervisor for the Minnesota

Department of Natural Resources. He is author of Booming from the
Mists of Nowhere: The Story of the Greater Prairie-Chicken (Iowa, 2015)
and Sky Dance of the Woodcock: The Habits and Habitats of a Strange Little
Bird (Iowa, 2019). He lives near Cambridge, Minnesota.

190 pages . 3 b&w figures . 1 b&w table . 19 color photos
6 × 8 inches
$35.00 paper original, 978-1-60938-695-5
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A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper
by Diarmuid Hester
The New American Canon
The Iowa Series in Contemporary Literature and Culture
Samuel Cohen, series editor

“The time has certainly come for a large-scale study of Dennis

Portrait of Dennis Cooper © Sheree Rose

Cooper, and Wrong is a major achievement that satisfies in every
respect. Hester’s ferocious sleuthing conveys us to whole new
areas of understanding about Cooper, and makes the definitive
case for Cooper as both modern day Rimbaud and Sade.”
—Kaplan Harris, coeditor, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley

Dennis Cooper is one of the most inventive and prolific art-

ists of our time. Working in a variety of forms and media since
he first exploded onto the scene in the early 1970s, he has been a
punk poet, a queercore novelist, a transgressive blogger, an indie
filmmaker—each successive incarnation more ingenious and sur- “Diarmuid Hester unfurls a riveting
prising than the last. Cooper’s unflinching determination to probe chronicle of Dennis Cooper’s intertwined
the obscure, often violent recesses of the human psyche have seen life and work, without circumscribing the
him compared with literary outlaws like Rimbaud, Genet, and the possibil­ities that remain for readers to
Marquis de Sade. construct a Dennis of their own. Hester
In this, the first book-length study of Cooper’s life and work, interprets Cooper’s creations within their
Diarmuid Hester shows that such comparisons hardly scratch historical, relational, and political con-
the surface. A lively retrospective appraisal of Cooper’s fifty-year texts, and keeps alive the interpersonal
career, Wrong tracks the emergence of Cooper’s singular style spark that makes Cooper such an inspi-
alongside his participation in a number of American subcultural ration for rebels and artists everywhere.”
movements like New York School poetry, punk rock, and radical —Wayne Koestenbaum, author, 
queercore music and zines. Using extensive archival research, Camp Marmalade
close readings of texts, and new interviews with Cooper and his
contemporaries, Hester weaves a complex and often thrilling
biographical narrative that attests to Cooper’s status as a leading
figure of the American post–War avant-garde.

Diarmuid Hester is a Leverhulme Early Career fellow in English

at the University of Cambridge and a college research associate of
Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His writing has appeared in Ameri-
can Literature, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Journal of
American Studies, Critical Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, 3:AM
Magazine, gorse, and elsewhere. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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biography / literary criticism
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Contested Records
The Turn to Documents in Contemporary
North American Poetry
by Michael Leong
Contemporary North American Poetry Series
Alan Golding, Lynn Keller, and Adalaide Morris, series editors

Why have so many contemporary poets turned to source ma- “This book is a much-needed and well-
terial, from newspapers to governmental records, as inspiration researched historical overview of the
for their poetry? How can citational poems offer a means of so- large field of what Michael Leong calls
cial engagement? Contested Records analyzes how some of the most ‘documental’ poetry. As he patiently sorts
well-known twenty-first century North American poets work with through the noise that surrounds works
fraught documents. Whether it’s the legal paperwork detailing such as Amiri Baraka’s ‘Somebody Blew
the murder of 132 African captives, state transcriptions of the last Up America’ and Kenneth Goldsmith’s
words of death row inmates, or testimony from miners and rescue ‘The Body of Michael Brown,’ he also
workers about a fatal mine disaster, author Michael Leong reveals writes with nuance about some of the
that much of the power of contemporary poetry rests in its poten- more heated arguments about race in con-
tial to select, adapt, evaluate, and extend public documentation. temporary poetry. The result is a fearless
Examining the use of documents in the works of Kenneth study that gives these debates the care
Goldsmith, Vanessa Place, Amiri Baraka, Claudia Rankine, that they deserve.”—Juliana Spahr,
M. NourbeSe Philip, and others, Leong demonstrates how official author, Du Bois’s Telegram: Literary Resistance
records can evoke a wide range of emotions—from hatred to ven- and State Containment
eration, from indifference to empathy, from desire to disgust. He
looks at techniques such as collage, plagiarism, re-reporting, and “Much twenty-first century U.S. poetry
textual outsourcing, and evaluates some of the most loved—and has relied extensively on source texts and
reviled—contemporary North American poems. Ultimately, Leong ‘found’ material. Michael Leong’s Contested
finds that if bureaucracy and documentation have the power to Records provides us with an excellent over-
police and traumatize through the exercise of state power, then so, view of this growing body of work. For
too, can document-based poetry function as an unofficial, counter- instance, Leong shows us how conceptual
hegemonic, and popular practice that authenticates marginalized poetry and documentary poetry, despite
experiences at the fringes of our cultural memory. very different procedures and politics, con-
nect in surprising ways. Contested Records is
Michael Leong teaches in the School of Critical Studies at the an important and incisive contribution to
California Institute of the Arts. His most recent poetry book is Who the literature on the poetry of our own day.
Unfolded My Origami Brain?. He lives in Los Angeles, California. It will educate scholars and poets alike.”
—Joseph Harrington, University of Kansas

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literary criticism
spring ���� | 15
Poetics of Emergence
Affect and History in Postwar Experimental Poetry
by Benjamin Lee
Contemporary North American Poetry Series
Alan Golding, Lynn Keller, and Adalaide Morris, series editors

“Benjamin Lee’s Poetics of Emergence reveals how experimental “Dealing primarily with the New American
poets sought to make sense of the social transformations un- Poetry movement of the 1950s and 1960s,
derway in postwar United States, giving poetic shape to experi- Ben Lee considers the early Cold War
ences that could be felt before they could be known. A powerful years as the nexus for history-making ex-
work of literary criticism and a lucid distillation of affect theory, perimental writing, suggesting that the
it suggests that these poets’ responses to their own histori- anxiety of the age was transformed by
cal present might also help us decipher how we feel about our able hands into an emergent opportunity,
own.”—Brian Glavey, The Wallflower Avant-Garde: Modernism, one in which historical consciousness and
Sexuality, and Queer Ekphrasis everyday rebellion coalesced in poems
we keep coming back to. Lee focuses on
Experimental poetry responded to historical change in the four poets (Frank O’Hara, Amiri Baraka,
decades after World War II, with an attitude of such casual and Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg) who
reckless originality that its insights have often been overlooked. stood at the ‘pivot’ between ‘everyday
However, as Benjamin Lee argues, to ignore the scenes of self and life’ and ‘historical incitement.’ Defying
the historical occasions captured by experimental poets during the technocratic intelligentsia and men
the 1950s and 1960s is to overlook a rich and instructive resource in grey flannel suits, these poets, with
for our own complicated transition into the twenty-first century. their highly intuitive interventions, said as
Frank O’Hara and fellow experimental poets like Amiri Baraka, much about Cold War history as did ‘vital
Diane di Prima, and Allen Ginsberg offer us a set of perceptive center’ intellectuals offering theoretical
responses to Cold War culture, lyric meditations on consequential formulations or public policy statements.​
changes in U.S. social life and politics, including the decline of Literary history truly comes alive in Lee’s
the Old Left, the rise of white-collar workers, and the emergence vibrant new book.”—Timothy Gray, author,
of vernacular practices like hipsterism and camp. At the same Gary Snyder and the Pacific Rim: Creating
time, they offer us opportunities to anatomize our own desire for Countercultural Community (Iowa, 2006)
historical significance and belonging, a desire we may well see
reflected and reconfigured in the work of these poets. “Combining cultural history, affect theory,
and nuanced close readings, Benjamin
Benjamin Lee is associate professor of English at the University Lee’s incisive, beautifully written book
of Tennessee, Knoxville. persuasively argues for a different postwar
American poetry—one profoundly atten-
tive to the lived contradictions of Cold War
culture, to how history feels just as it is
emerging. A brilliant, compelling new ap-
proach to the endlessly vexing question
of poetry and politics.”—Andrew Epstein,
author, Attention Equals Life: The Pursuit
july of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry
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16 University of Iowa Press | spring ����
London in His Own Time

Arnold Genthe; Library of Congress and

A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn
from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs
by Family, Friends, and Associates
by Jeanne Reesman, editor
Writers in Their Own Time
Joel Myerson, series editor

Everyone knows Jack London for his tales of adventure in

Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. With his work translated into
more than 100 languages, London is one of the most popular
American writers in the world, alongside Mark Twain. Yet for
the reader tackling The Call of the Wild or White Fang, or perhaps
his most often-anthologized short story “To Build a Fire,” many
misconceptions about his life confuse his legacy.
London in His Own Time is based on Jeanne Reesman’s nearly
thirty-five years of archival research. The book offers surprising
perspectives on Jack London’s many sides by family, friends, fellow
struggling young writers, business associates, high school and
college classmates, interviewers, editors, coauthors, visitors to his
Sonoma Valley Beauty Ranch in Glen Ellen, California, and more.
People who have commented on and discussed the mercurial
genius include Joseph Conrad, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair,
Sinclair Lewis, Ambrose Bierce, and Mary Austin, as well as his
half-sister, Eliza London Shepard, and his first wife, Elizabeth
Bess “Bessie” Maddern London. There are a few Klondike pals he
kept in touch with, and some fellow writers such as Cloudesley
Johns, but many of those closest to him truly demonstrate his
wide range of friends: barman Johnny Heinold; his second wife,
Charmian, whom he called “Mate Woman”; his daughters, Joan
and Becky; his lover, Anna Strunsky; his closest friends, especially
the poet George Sterling; his former crewmate on the Snark, Martin
Johnson; and his valet/memoirist, Yoshimatsu Nakata. Reesman
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in Hawai’i and the South Seas, fellow war correspondents, neigh-
bors like Luther Burbank, and his long-time editor at Macmillan,
George Brett.

Jeanne Reesman is the Jack and Laura Richmond endowed fac-

ulty fellow in American literature at the University of Texas–San

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. . . Index by Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7 bucca, dominic … Faculty Brat

8–9 Conard, Rebecca … Iowa State Parks
11 Fargason, William … Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara
10 Habel, Jennifer … The Book of Jane
6 helzer, chris … Hidden Prairie
Driving a Table Down 14 Hester, Diarmuid … Wrong

2 Hinds, Michael … Johnny Cash International

13 Hoch, Greg … With Wings Extended
16 Lee, Benjamin … Poetics of Emergence
15 Leong, Michael … Contested Records
1 Miller, Matt … Every Hour, Every Atom
4–5 Phipps, Barry … Driving a Table Down
3 Rastrelli, Tom … Confessions of a Gay Priest
17 Reesman, Jeanne … London in His Own Time
2 Silverman, Jonathan … Johnny Cash International
12 Sutton, Elizabeth … Angel De Cora, Karen Thronson, and the Art of Place
1 Turpin, Zachary … Every Hour, Every Atom

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. . . Index by Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12 Angel De Cora, Karen Thronson, and the Art of Place
10 The Book of Jane
The 3 Confessions of a Gay Priest
Book 15 Contested Records
of 1 Every Hour, Every Atom
7 Faculty Brat

JANE 6 Hidden Prairie

poems by Jennifer Habel 8–9 Iowa State Parks
2 Johnny Cash International
17 London in His Own Time
11 Love Song to the Demon-Possessed Pigs of Gadara
4–5 Driving a Table Down
16 Poetics of Emergence
13 With Wings Extended
14 Wrong

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12 Art History
14, 17 Biography
3 Current Events
Angel De Cor a, 8–9 Iowa
K aren Thronson,
and the Art of Place 3 LGBTQ+
How T wo Midwester n Women

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Elizabet Suhon
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