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2017 Editors’ Selection from bull city press

In Tunsiya/Amrikiya, emerging Tunisian-American poet Leila Chatti explores the nuances of multicultural identity, the necessity of family, and the perennial search for belonging. From vantage points on both sides of the Atlantic, Chatti investigates the perpetual exile that comes from always being separated from some essential part of oneself.



included in the New Generation African Poets Series: Tano


“If there is one word that captures the tone of these lithe and sonorous poems, it is the Portuguese term saudade. Although broadly considered untranslatable, it is proximate to melancholy, nostalgia—a sense of longing and loss, for a lover, a situation, or place. . . as a poetic construct, it is only partly elegiac, as it also describes something active, a presence of the absence itself.”

— Karen McCarthy Woolf, from the preface



forthcoming from copper canyon press in 2020