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PRESS RELEASE / Adams-Santos



Stephanie Adams-Santos’ Swarm Queen’s Crown

Portland, OR (1 November 2016)—Fathom Books is pleased to announce the release of Stephanie Adams-Santos’ first long volume of poems, Swarm Queen’s Crown.

In Swarm Queen’s Crown, Adams-Santos—author of the shortbooks Total Memory (Finishing Line, 2016), Little Fugues (Sola Books, 2011), and The Sundering, which won a chapbook fellowship from the Poetry Society of American in 2009—deals majorly with self’s inherent Otherness. We are spun, Adams-Santos says, ‘in the veiled gore / of becoming.’

This ‘becoming’ seeks to know the creaturely, the animal; and to examine the loss and estrangement of being human alongside our abiding capacity to love. The poems wield a sacerdotal power that thwarts simple rational approach; Swarm Queen’s Crown is the longbook debut of a contemporary mystic.

The volume features a cover image by British artist Darren Hopes, whose periodical credits include The Telegraph, New Scientist, Killzone, and the Washington Post; Hopes’ other clients include Houghtin Mifflin, The Folio Society, and Penguin.

Joanna Klink calls Adams-Santos ‘heir to Roethke.’ She continues: ‘There is a distinct, composed wildness to her voice . . . one famished and unafraid.’

Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American poet and divination artist educated at Columbia University and Stanford. Among her magazine credits are Boston Review, Guernica, Gramma, The Bacon Review, and Orion.

Fathom Books is an imprint of SHARKPACK Poetry Review, a critical web journal addressing contemporary poetry and poetics since 2011. The SHARKPACK’s literary initiatives also include the creative glossy SHARKPACK Annual.

Swarm Queen’s Crown is available for purchase through Fathom Books’ website. Limited review copies are available by request.

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