Includes two poetry collections published by Baltimore-based Mason Jar Press: Ashley Sugarnotch and the Wolf by Deanna Morris Lakes and Not Without Our Laughter, edited by Celeste Doaks.
Ashley Sugarnotch and the Wolf:
Poetry. Women's Studies. In the mythic world of ASHLEY SUGARNOTCH & THE WOLF, two characters are cosmically intertwined, both moored to their past and to the expectations of society. Through syllabic and prose poems, the collection asks questions about what happens when people find themselves in a cycle of violence. Myths, retold over centuries, also mean that these cycles repeat through the storytelling. Both Ashley and the Wolf are modern, but they are forever tied to their myth.
Not Without Our Laughter:
The Black Ladies Brunch Collective’s Poetry Anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, (Mason Jar Press, 2017) is a collection of humorous and joyful poems, riffing on Langston Hughes’s novel Not Without Laughter. It explores topics of family, work, love and sexuality. The women of BLBC believe, like Hughes, that even in these currently tense racial times, laughter and the celebration of life is crucial. Historically, it is what African Americans have done and will continue to do, no matter what challenges face them.