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New Books to Watch For - Pride Edition!

As Pride Month comes to a close, this is a great opportunity to support LGBTQIA+ authors by preordering their forthcoming books! Below you’ll find poetry previews from our forthcoming fall 2022 titles and a brief look at some of our spring 2023 and fall 2023 collections! 

Coming this fall: 

"A Favorite Room" from Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency by Chen Chen
Down the sideways face, through the dilapidated waterfall,
we entered late afternoon’s house
& a favorite room: the room of the butterfly skeleton.

Intricate, delicate, somehow not an ounce of tragic.
So beautiful we thought we could have perfect
unswollen gums, be less predictable
gay men, obsessed with our mothers. 

It whispered: the new year will bring more coffee flavors,
& sodas, overall more beverage-related upheavals. 

It advised us never to buy anything
fresh again, & thus we could be just like it– 

Never misspelling a state capital.
Never missing a coworker’s birthday.
Always just pretending to be dead.
Chen Chen is the author of Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency (forthcoming September 13, 2022). In this eagerly awaited second collection, Chen continues his examination of family, both biological and chosen, exploring what one obtains and devises as a queer Asian American. At times heavy, the poems are balanced with humor and transparency that keeps the reader engaged through every page. His first collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (2017) is also available.  

"Such Things Require Tenderness" from A Shiver in the Leaves by Luther Hughes

Into the rain, I walk— 
the rain falling like light
falls before a storm—
and I never look back. 

About storms, truly, what did I know?
I knew beauty. The clouds gathering

 gray as depression or the taste of it
 in my mouth.
 No, that’s not beauty.

 Before the storm, a declaration of birds.
 Before the birds, a discarded pill,

a black hat with a clipped rose.
I did what storms do: held 

against the frail night, made longer
by my wails and crashes,

which, by now, as I dissolve into
the cadence of rain, is only memory.

When the declaration makes use of its boredom,
I’ll return to this place to walk again

and again into the rain knowing
I must tackle such turmoil

if, by the laws of nature, 
I want to grow.

—The rain is clearing. 
I hold out my hand.


In his debut poetry collection, A Shiver in the Leaves (forthcoming September 27, 2022), Luther Hughes analyzes what it means to be a gay Black man in the world today. Set in Seattle, these poems explore dark landscapes, vulnerability, and the desire for reverence. Hughes is also the author of the chapbook Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018).

"The New Order" from A Tinderbox in Three Acts by Cynthia Dewi Oka

Everywhere, afterlife

With your noses vigilant
to the ground,


an infection’s harsh 
slander. I said I felt you 

like teeth above, 

teeth below, therefore, 
I resolved to master 

you like my own 

memory. Yes, I rose 
like a flower from the scrotum 

of the devil. Yes, I 

moved like a flood against 
the igneous mother. 

She was strong 

as American radio, but you 
are the ministry of bones. 

Dig, and you will find – 

like those nights I stood, 
fist not knocking on 

my beloved’s door – 

no body
on the other side.


In her third collection of poems, A Tinderbox in Three Acts (forthcoming October 11, 2022), Cynthia Dewi Oka performs a lyric accounting of the anti-Communist genocide of 1965, which, led by the Indonesian military and with American assistance, erased and devastated millions of lives in Indonesia. Drawing on US state documents that were only declassified in recent years, Oka gives form and voice to the ghosts that continue to haunt subsequent generations despite decades of state-produced amnesia and disinformation.

Coming next year:

Four in Hand by Alicia Mountain (forthcoming spring 2023) is comprised of four crowns of sonnets, carving out room for lesbian gaze, speakership, and personhood.

Buffalo Girl by Jessica Q. Stark (forthcoming spring 2023) focuses on the burdens often suffered by women in this world, simultaneously exploring the different versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story. 

Winner of the Poulin Prize, Good Grief, the Ground by Margaret Ray (forthcoming spring 2023) is a collection of poems encompassing the different phases of grief and touching on the struggles of communication through personal afflictions.

Transitory by Subhaga Crystal Bacon (forthcoming fall 2023) is a collection of elegies commemorating transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals murdered in the US and Puerto Rico in 2020, intertwining personal explorations and experiences through the many desires and tribulations of those in the Queer community.


Finally, if you just can't wait for these exciting collections to publish, check out this list of BOA titles by LGBTQIA+ authors that are available now! 


Written and compiled by Lauren, summer '22 intern at BOA Editions.

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