CALYX Books

Who in This Room

by Katherine Malmo

A breast cancer memoir with gritty humor and cutting realism.

"The musical precision of her words is felt in the body, cutting straight to the core. You emerge from Who in This Room as if from a vigorous swim, refreshed and more alive.” — Claire Fuqua Anderson, Shelf Awareness for Readers, Featured, Starred Review

ISBN 9780934971126

Paper & Ebook, $14.95

(Trade paper only)

 

 

Crow Mercies

by Penelope Scambly Schott

Winner of the Sarah Lantz Memorial Poetry Prize

Poems from the surreal landscape of shifting family ties.

“Penelope Scambly Schott's Crow Mercies celebrates the naming of small things in order to know basic truths.  An accumulative momentum rises out of the mercy of an attentive eye: not for gazing at the surface of things but looking into the heart of what matters, what keeps us fully engaged as humans.  There are no shortcuts in Crow Mercies.” —Yusef Komunyakaa

Poetry/ Women's Studies

ISBN 978-0-934971-11-9

Paper, 86 pages, $14.95

 

 

Humming the Blues: Inspired by
Nin-me-sar-ra, Enheduanna's Song to Inanna

by Cass Dalglish

Ancient poems sung in a contemporary feminist voice.

“One can’t help when reading this to think of present-day Iraq and the current cast-of-characters from President Bush on down as stand-ins for Big-Man-in-the-Sky with their hungry Humming the Blues grab for power. The poems are lush and thought provoking. This is a book for any reader fascinated by language and poetry at the intersection of an ancient culture.” Cary Waterman, The Salamander Migration

Poetry/ Women’s Studies/ History

ISBN 978-0-934971-92-8

Paper, 90 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

Far Beyond Triage
by Sarah Lantz

“In Far Beyond Triage, Sarah Lantz has crafted a series of poems whose fierce—indeed icy—clarity is matched by a bitter poignancy. At times visionary (observing, for instance, ‘the chaos of daybreak/and its obsession with the sun’) and at times trenchantly political (noting, for example, that ‘the distinction between/criminals and heroes/is frequently only fashion’), Lantz is always fully in command of complex and acutely relevant lyric material.” -Sandra Gilbert


“Large-hearted, linguistically inventive, historically engaged—these poems have a disarming and daft magic, an unlikely mix of sophistication and folk tale—at times, Chagallian; at others, darkened by historical sorrow" - Eleanor Wilner

Poetry/Jewish Studies/Women’s Literature

ISBN 978-0-934971-91-1

Paper, 100 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling

Storytelling in Cambodia

by Willa Schneberg

Powerful poems about Cambodia awakening from the killing fields to the dawn of free elections.

“She writes with a lyrical beauty. … It’s like an intimate companion whispering secrets in one’s ear, secrets that sometimes make us gasp.” – Jewish Review

“These are the poems of a traveler and a lover who feels both the terror of time passing and the consolation of eternity. From such tension spring lovely poetic objects, ready for intelligent use.” – Andrei Codrescu

Poetry/Asian Studies/Women’s Studies,

ISBN 0934971-90-0

Paper, 132 pages, $13.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

A Fierce Brightness:

Twenty-five Years of Women’s Poetry

Edited by Margarita Donnelly, Beverly McFarland,Micki Reaman

A landmark collection, on the list of Oregon 150 Poetry Books

“This is an extraordinary anthology of women’s poetry that is both a landmark and a cause for celebration...powerful.... Highly recommended.” – Tulsa World

 

Poetry/Women’s Studies,

ISBN 0-934971-82-X

Paper, 218 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes: Notes from Nepal

Revised edition, 2005

by Barbara J. Scot

Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award

A moving account of the author’s travels in Nepal and her journey of self-discovery

"Scot gives us the Nepal she saw, touched, visited with a feminist’s respect for difference. Hers is a tale of sharing, and we are privileged to see through her eyes, understand through her exquisite sensibility.” – Margaret Randall

 

Travel & Travel Guides/Memoir/Women’s Studies

ISBN 0934971-88-9

Paper, 300 pages,

$16.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

A Line of Cutting Women

Edited by Beverly McFarland, Margarita Donnelly, Micki Reaman, Teri Mae Rutledge, et al.

Fine writing from over two decades of CALYX Journal

“What an extraordinary collection of worthwhile writing, brave in many cases, beautiful in almost all.” – Grace Paley

 

Anthology: Fiction and Essay

ISBN 0-934971-62-5

Paper, 256 pages, $16.95 + Shipping and Handling

Going Home to a Landscape:Writings by Filipinas

Edited by Marianne Villanueva and Virginia Cerenio

Preface by Rocío Davis

Memory, joy, loss, and history – a multitude of voices

“It is very rare for me to read a book that resonates so close to my entire being…. Going Home is beautifully crafted, not just a collection ... writings like these not only serve as food for our souls, but provide insight into the human consequences of dislocation and dispossession.” – Multicultural Review

 

Anthology/Asian American Studies/Women Studies

ISBN 0-934971-84-6

Paper, 312 pages, $17.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

 

Femme’s Dictionary

Poetry by Carol Guess

Finalist, 2005 Lambda Literary Award

Raw lyricism and musical language.

“Femme’s Dictionary takes place in a lineage with Minnie Bruce Pratt’s We Say We Love Each Other, Chrystos’ In Her I Am, and Adrienne Rich’s sequence ‘Twenty-One Love Poems’! Guess is a new lesbian voice who fulfills her longing to ‘Kiss your thighs and call it making history!’ – Lambda Book Report

Poetry/Lesbian Studies/Women’s Literature

ISBN 0-934971-86-2

Paper, 90 pages, $13.95 + Shipping and Handling



Undertow

by Amy Schutzer

Today’s Librarian Best Gay/Lesbian Fiction Award 2000

Finalist for the Violet Quill Award

Shortlisted for the 2000 Lambda Literary Award

Winner of the Astraea Fiction Fellowship

 

Experimental and beautiful, this book has a solid core.

 

"…fresh, original, and real. A poetic and authentic exploration of heartbreak and healing.” –Ellen Bass, author of The Courage to Heal

Fiction/Lesbian Studies

ISBN 0-934971-76-5

Paper, 244 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-9349731-77-3

Hardcover, $29.95 + Shipping and Handling

Switch

by Carol Guess

Finalist for the American Library Association GLBT Fiction Award

The gorgeously multifaceted underbelly of the American Dream

Guess deftly performs the parlor trick of handling several different voices, switching fluidly from perceptive Caddie to the clipped cadence of masculine Jo to jaded Selena. This Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore for the 1990s celebrates the differences between people without fudging the loneliness that these entail. Guess’s attempts to put a Midwestern spin on magical realism are blessedly rare: in a book loaded with so many natural surprises, any supernatural extras would be gilt on the lily.” – Publishers Weekly

 

Fiction/Lesbian Studies,

ISBN 0-934971-60-9

Paper, 300 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling


ISBN 0-934971-61-7

Hardcover, $28.95 + Shipping and Handling

The End of the Class War

by Catherine Brady

Finalist for the WESTAF Book Award

 

Working-class heroines and powerful prose

“Brady’s strong, funny, admirable—and ordinary—women are extraordinary. But more than that, they are triumphant.” – The Bloomsbury Review

Fiction/Irish American Literature

ISBN 0-934971-66-8

Paper, 270 pages, $13.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-67-6

Hardcover, $27.95 + Shipping and Handling

The Inner Life of Objects

by Maxine Combs

Hilarious, zany, and wise

A wonderfully funny and poetic book. Maxine Combs has a keen eye for the poignant oddities of ordinary lives.” Dori Appel, 1998 Oregon Book Award Winner

Fiction

ISBN 0-934971-72-2

Paper, 230 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

ISBN 0-934971-73-0
Hardcover, $29.95 + Shipping and Handling

Four Figures in Time

by Patricia Grossman

 

An intricate and compelling work by a gifted novelist

“Patricia Grossman brings to the novel the sensibility of a classicist, the sophistication of a modernist, the intelligence and heart of a maverick…. It should be savored.” – Sandra Scofield, National Book Award Nominee for Beyond Deserving

Fiction/Women’s Studies

ISBN 0-934971-47-1

Paper, 272 pages, $13.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-48-X

Hardcover, $25.95 + Shipping Handling

 

The Adventures of Mona Pinsky

by Harriet Ziskin

Magic, truth, and flamboyance

The Adventures of Mona Pinsky is crowded with authentic and singular characters – living and otherwise. I liked Uncle Gabe and the world of mythic spirits that fit so comfortably into Mona’s everyday world. Mona is an especially engaging character who has carved out, with her heroic reluctance and naïve flamboyance, a niche in my memory where she will always abide.” – M.K. Wren

Fiction/Women’s Studies,

ISBN 0-934971-43-9

Paper, 168 pages, $12.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-44-7

Hardcover, $24.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

Second Sight

by Rickey Gard Diamond

A gripping novel set in the Upper Peninsula

A tragedy, a thriller, a mystery, and a psychological profile all rolled into one.… Diamond’s first novel has the depth, characterization, and foreboding of one of the greats … a great effort from a promising author.”Midwest Book Review

 

Fiction/Women’s Literature/Nature and Outdoors

ISBN 0-934971-80-3

Paper, 275 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-81-1
Hardcover, $28.95 + Shipping and Handling

Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist

by Kathleen Alcalá

This is a book of wonders.

 

“By making the unlikely seem commonplace, Ms. Alcalá draws on the strong tradition of magic realism in Latin American literature.” – New York Times Book Review

Fiction/Chicana Studies

ISBN 0-934971-25-0

Paper, 192 pages, $9.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-26-9

Hardcover, $19.95 + Shipping and Handling

Killing Color

by Charlotte Watson Sherman

GLCA New Writers Fiction Award

Washington Governor’s Arts Award

King Country Arts Commission Award

Seattle Arts Commission Individual Artist Award

Mesmerizing, musical

*“The stories are mythic and aphoristic, and each contains the key to the riddle of human behavior. ... The writing in this auspicious debut is musical and mesmerizing, carrying the reader along like a river flowing through deep canyons of feeling.” – Publishers Weekly

Fiction/African American Studies

ISBN 0-934971-17-X

Paper, 120 pages. $9.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-18-8
Hardcover, $19.95 + Shipping and Handling

Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila

by Marianne Villanueva

Nominee Manila Critics Circle Award

Subtle and alluring

“These subtle, alluring stories depict the beauty and the myriad contradictions of her native Filipino culture as a sumptuous, sometimes bitter feast.” – Utne Reader

Fiction, Asian American Studies

ISBN 0-934971-19-6

Paper, 120 pages, $9.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-20-X
Hardcover, $19.95 + Shipping and Handling

Light in the Crevice Never Seen

Revised edition

by Haunani-Kay Trask

Penetrating and passionate

“Hers is a powerful rage that comes from the depths of the very Earth, Herself!”The Bloomsbury Review

Poetry, Women’s Studies, Native Studies

ISBN 0-934971-70-6

Paper, 128 pages, $13.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-71-4

Hardcover, $26.95 + Shipping and Handling

Black Candle: Poems about Women from India,

Pakistan, and Bangladesh

Revised edition

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Gerbode Award

Prize-winning poetic gems

Black Candle is a book that bears witness to the condition of women and to the condition of the world. Rich with colors, sounds, scents, with flowers and spices and fabrics and waters and sorrows and smoke, the world in this book is a necklace of bright pearls that burns the skin, yet is daily lifted up and owned, fastened to the body with a jeweled clasp: the compassion of Chitra Divakaruni’s fiercely seeing heart.” – Jane Hirshfield

Poetry/Asian American Studies,

ISBN 0-934971-74-9

Paper, 128 pages, $12.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-75-7
Hardcover, $26.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

The Woman of Too Many Days

by Mary I. Cuffe

Uncanny wisdom

In a culture of too little respect for difference, The Woman of Too Many Days is a compelling and cohesive collection that quite confidently insists on the value and wisdom of the homeless crone at its heart.” – Deb Casey

Poetry

ISBN 0-924971-68-4

Paper, 96 pages, $12.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-69-2

Hardcover, $26.95 + Shipping and Handling

Indian Singing

Revised edition

by Gail Tremblay

Poetry that sings the 20th Century

“Gail Tremblay is a singer of eminent power and grace. And we are compelled to listen, to sing with her.” – Joy Harjo

Poetry/Native American Studies

ISBN 0-934971-64-1

Paper, 96 pages, $11.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-65-X

Hardcover, $23.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

The Country of Women

by Sandra Kohler

Rich melodies, dark undertones

“In the poems of Sandra Kohler the aubade [or dawn song] tradition is given fresh and surprising shape in poems of rich harmonies where a dark undertow, a sweet languor pulls back towards dream.… Her full-bodied, meditative songs of mother-love, sexuality, desire, and discovery unashamedly unfold a life in these memorable ‘long cadences of morning’” – Eleanor Wilner, author of Otherwise

Poetry, Women’s Studies

ISBN 0-934971-45-5

Paper, 112 pages, $11.95 + Shipping and Handling


ISBN 0-934971-46-3

Hardcover, $21.95 + Shipping and Handling

Another Spring, Darkness: Selected Poems

of Anuradha Mahapatra

Translated by Carolyne Wright, Paramita Banerjee, and

Jyotirmoy Datta

 

The hot breath of the gods

“It’s a rare pleasure to read translations of poems that convey them as poetry. These versions from the Bengali...evoke that thrill of recognition: that across culture and language we are encountering a great world poet. [Her] vision is simultaneously poetic and political, local and horizonless, moved by love and utterly unsentimental.” – Adrienne Rich

Poetry/Women’s Studies

ISBN 0-934971-51-X

Paper, 112 pages, $12.95 + Shipping and Handling

$12.95 + $4.50 shipping and handling,paper

ISBN 0-934971-52-8
Hardcover, $23.95 Shipping and Handling

Details of Flesh

by Cortney Davis

Imagery both luminous and gritty

“A book of uncompromising emotional integrity, imaginative verve, even virtuosity, and at the heart of each poem is her heart, her poet’s heart, her nurse’s heart – clarifying, celebrating, elegizing. This is a powerful and beautiful book.” – Thomas Lux, author of Split Horizon and The Drowned River

Poetry/Women’s Studies/Health

ISBN 0-934971-57-9

Paper, 96 pages, $11.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

ISBN 0-934971-58-7
Hardcover, $23.95 + Shipping and Handling

Raising the Tents

by Frances Payne Adler

Finalist for the WESTAF Book Award

Fierce, strong poems

“Notable for its strong feminist, intergenerational, personal, and political messages, this is recommended for all poetry collections.” Library Journal

 

Poetry/Women’s Studies/Jewish Studies

ISBN 0-934971-33-1

Paper, 96 pages, $9.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-34-X
Hardcover, $19.95 + Shipping and Handling

Open Heart

by Judith Mickel Sornberger

 

The sinewy, emotional beauty of heritage and hearth

“The poet’s control of forms holds her readers in place while Sornberger steals, retells, and resignifies women’s stories.” – Hilda Raz, editor of Prairie Schooner

Poetry/Women’s Studies

ISBN 0-934971-31-5

Paper, 128 pages, $9.95 + SHIPPING


ISBN 0-934971-32-3

Hardcover, $19.95 + SHIPPING

Color Documentary

by LuAnn Keener

Discover humanity’s meditations and mediations in this tender, intense collection

“Here the personal and the political meet in a fine lyric intensity. Color Documentary is the debut of a poet who makes us believe in ‘the silk line of the voice.’” – Susan Ludvigson

Poetry/Women’s Studies/Ecology/Nature

ISBN 0-934971-39-0

Paper, 96 pages, $11.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-40-4

Hardcover, $21.95 + Shipping and Handling

Idleness Is the Root of All Love

by Christa Reinig, translated by Ilze Mueller

Blunt beauty

“Christa writes clearly, concisely and unequivocally ... describes an intimacy and an idyll... [that] startles not only men, but women as well.” EMMA Magazine

Poetry/Lesbian Studies

ISBN 0-934971-21-8

Paper, 114 pages, $10.00 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-22-6

Hardcover, $18.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

The White Junk of Love, Again

by Sibyl James

Passionate postmodern poetry

“James creates a jazzy, tough-minded voice that is easy to imagine as that of an avant-garde poet of 1550 transported to the late 20th century.” – Seattle Times

Poetry

ISBN 0-934971-05-6

Hardcover, 75 pages, 19.95 + Shipping and Handling

Cracking the Earth: A 25th Anniversary

Anthology from CALYX

Edited by Beverly McFarland, et al.

Our silver anniversary edition

“Thank you for all your good and beautiful work.” – Gloria Steinem

Anthology/Women’s Studies

ISBN 0-934971-78-1

Paper, 176 pages, $12.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-79-X

Hardcover, $25.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

Present Tense: Writing and Art by Young Women

Edited by Micki Reaman and the CALYX Young Women’s

Editorial Collective

Bumbershoot Bookfair Award

Pushcart Prize for contributor Kristin King’s story “The Wings”

 

Voices from the future

“Sistas, you sing, make my spine shiver: what you know, I know—the diaspora of your lives crystallizing in words, the pissed-off frantic sweet lyric the resounds for all of us here in present tense. My thanks to you.” – Lois-Ann Yamanaka, author of Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers

Literature and Essay, Art, Multicultural Studies, Women’s Studies

ISBN 0-934971-53-6

Paper, 176 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling


ISBN 0-934971-54-4

Hardcover, $26.95 + Shipping and Handling

The Forbidden Stitch:

An Asian American Women’s Anthology

Edited by Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Mayumi Tsutakawa, Margarita Donnelly

American Book Award

The ground-breaking first Asian American women’s anthology

“Asian American women writers step out of the shadows of anonymity, beyond the cultural boundaries of forbidden subjects, to reveal an often stunning radiance…a monumental task…chosen with admirable focus and sensitivity.” – The Seattle Times

Anthology: Art, Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Bibliography,

ISBN 0-934971-04-8

Paper, 290 pages, $16.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-10-2

Hardcover, $32.00 + Shipping and Handling

Women and Aging: An Anthology by Women

Edited by Jo Alexander, Debbie Berrow, Lisa Domitrovich, Margarita Donnelly, and Cheryl McLean, et al.

Strong stuff from old women

“Strong Stuff from Old Women.... The anthology makes old women visible with positive images, close attention and space to show their world.” – Library Journal

Anthology: Art, Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Bibliography

ISBN 0-934971-00-5

Paper, 262 pages, $15.95 + Shippnig and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-07-2

Hardcover, $28.95 + Shipping and Handling

 

CALYX International Anthology

Edited by Barbara Baldwin and Margarita Donnelly, et al.

The first color reprints of Frida Kahlo’s artwork published in the U.S.

The first English translations of work by Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska

A DUAL LANGUAGE EDITION of International art and writing by women

“It is awesome how such a span of time and space has been made in a single volume to demonstrate a presence so consistently credible. This volume is a must for every library with a Feminist collection....” – Small Press Review

Anthology: Art, Poetry, Fiction, Essays

ISBN 0-934971-59-5

Paper, 200 pages, $12.00 + Shipping and Handling

Florilegia: A Retrospective of CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, 1976-86

Edited by the CALYX Editorial Collective

Features the work of Julia Alvarez, Frida Kahlo, Barbara Kingsolver, & Ursula K. Le Guin

Fresh flowers for the mind and eyes

"CALYX collects its finest writing from the last decade." USA Today

Anthology: Poetry, Art, Fiction, Essays

ISBN 0-934971-06-4

Paper, 252 pages , $12.00 + Shipping and Handling

 

ISBN 0-934971-09-9
Hardcover, $24.95 + Shipping and Handling

Natalie on the Street

by Ann Nietzke

Finalist for PEN West Nonfiction Award

Raw courage, compassion, and hope

“Nietzke courageously treats Natalie as something other than another ugly feature of the urban landscape, revealing, through her personal testimony, Natalie’s human face.” – Publishers Weekly

Homelessness/Aging/Women’s Studies

ISBN 0-934971-41-2

Paper, 190 pages, $14.95 + Shipping and Handling

ISBN 0-934971-42-0

Hardcover, $24.95 + Shipping and Handling

In China with Harpo and Karl

by Sibyl James

Delightfully ironic yet tender-hearted

“A fine and tonic introduction to the mysteries of pan-culturalism and the future. A terrific read. Sibyl James has given us a delightful and useful gift.” – William Kittredge, author of Owning It All

Travel/Memoir/Essays

ISBN 0-934971-15-3

Paper, 210 pages, $9.95 + Shipping and Handling


ISBN 0-934971-16-1

Hardcover, $17.95 + Shipping and Handling