The Very Edge is an intense collection of urgent and inspiring poetry that brings together writers in English, Spanish, and French. It features New York poet, Anne Whitehouse, and Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina. Co-edited by Polly Alice McCann and Araceli Esparza, it celebrates thirty-six contemporary poets. Fly from the top of the Swiss Alps, across towns and prairies; from the waters of the Amazon to Manhattan rooftops and through a dry and arid land where you can come to the table, hear histories woven and find that frayed edges reveal true heart and spirit. With art direction by designer, Kēvin Callahan, this book features several artists including the work of textile designer and photographer, Samantha Malay, and incredible meditative portraits by award-winning artist, Mano Sotelo.

Araceli Esparza, a Latinx poeta, writer, and one of the founders of  says about this book. "We all believe in the power of belonging." These poems are not just about identity. Editor, Polly Alice McCann explains, "You could say this collection of poetry is a table where we come together. But it's harder than that. It's hard, like the flatbed of a truck which all of in the back for a ride. Each poem is urgent, gripping, I'd like to think it takes the reader on a journey past the edge where we can be together."

Katie Afshar

Omar Bárcena

Jill Bronfman

Michelle Brooks

Tara Carnes

Kevin Callahan

Don Cellini

Paul Dresman

Alan Dunnett

Kristin Gallagher

Araceli Esparza

Malcolm Glass

Jeffrey Hantover

Eric Machan Howd

Donna Isaac

Vicci Jacobs

A. Kaiser

David Lohrey

Anthony Thomas Lombardi

Evamaria Lugo

Katharyn Howd Machan

Samantha Malay

Janet McMillan Rives

Huascar Medina

Cécile Oumhani

Eloísa Pérez-Lozano

Janet M. Powers

Bruce Pratt

Julie Sellers

Mary Silwance

Mano Sotelo

NOBODY the Poet

Joe Weintraub

Anne Whitehouse

Megan Wildhood

Guinotte Wise

Our International Poetry Contest with winning poems from 2019 in English Spanish and French to be released August, 2020.

The Very Edge

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