Publications by Cooperative Members

If you’d like to read more by The Coop: A Poetry Cooperative editors, you can find their publications here.

Recent Books from our Editors

Through a Grainy Landscape by Millicent Borges Accardi

NEA fellow, Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American writer, is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Through Grainy Landscape (2021) and Only More So (Salmon Poetry, Ireland). She guest-edited The Coop in April of 2022, and you can find her own poems on the site here and here. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright, CantoMundo, Creative Capacity, the California Arts Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Covid grant). The Corporation of Yaddo, Fundação Luso-Americana (Portugal), and the Barbara Deming Foundation, “Money for Women.”  She lives in Topanga and holds degrees from CSULB and USC.

This is a vital book for those of us whose heritage is Portuguese, but it’s also an important book for  readers of every background and tradition. It stands as an esthetic bridge between cultures.  
            –Frank X. Gaspar

America often prides itself in being “a melting pot” of cultures, but the truth is that the dominant culture often strives consciously and unconsciously to make the new citizens change who they are and how they act to fit in and disappear. Accardi’s collection is often an exposition of how that happens and the anxiety and even terror of losing one’s identity. 
          — John Brantingham

Wing by Densie Low

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, has been a frequent guest-editor of this site, last editing in May 2022. You can read one of Denise’s more recent poems here. She is winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Award for SHADOW LIGHT (Red Mountain Press, 2018). Other recent books are a memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press) and A Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press. Jackalope (Red Mountain Press,2015),short fiction, was acclaimed by Pennyless (U.K.), American Book Review, and New Letters. She edited Kansas Poems of William Stafford (Woodley). Low is past board president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs.

Denise Low writes places, events, frustrations, and joys that are felt in nail bed and hair root. “Pray to the gods of gravity to untangle chaos”. I don’t know for certain where the keratin of human meets the keratin of dark feathers, but it may be that in the smoke of wildfires and pandemic the stubborn shapeshift just enough and know each other more clearly. Denise is a writer I come back to again and again. Read Wing and you may understand why.

~K Shuck, 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco

Denise Low makes poems of striking verticality. There are fault lines and scored buffalo bones beneath them, sand crab holes bubbling at their toes. They breathe wildfire smoke and are touched from above by a buzzard’s shadow. When they sleep, they go to the stars for instruction. Go to Wing for instruction; every poem in it is a core sample of our humanity.

~Eric McHenry, former Kansas Poet Laureate

How Time Moves by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

New and Selected Poems

by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Available through Meadowlark Press and the Raven Bookstore.

See the book trailer and videos of readings here.

How Time Moves: New and Selected Poems brings together over 30 years of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s poetry on what it means to be human in a particular place, time, body, history, and story. “She is our teacher speaking from the sky, from the field, from the heartland,” writes Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford. “Like William Blake’s ‘doors of perception,’ these pages lead readers inward and outward at once,” Denise Low, past poet laureate of Kansas, says of the new poems. The collection also includes poetry from Mirriam-Goldberg’s previous six collections: Following the Curve, Chasing Weather, Landed, Animals in the House, Reading the Body, and Lot’s Wife. 

“In How Time Moves, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg offers us a magical gift: a compilation of new and selected poems, rich with memory and meaning. ‘Expect to be startled,’ the poet tells us. And we are,” writes poet Joy Roulier Sawyer. Poet Patricia Traxler adds, “This is the real work of a poet–to see and speak the often-hidden truths of a human life in a way that enlightens and informs.” Poet Diane Suess points out that “True to its title, time is a paramount issue in these poems—not simply its passing, but its potential, in complicity with imagination, to invent and resurrect the future.”

See more about the book here.