June 2020| Poetry | 978-1-948814-25-6 | 140 pp | $15.95
A HISTORY OF KINDNESS
by Linda Hogan
Poems from Linda Hogan explore new and old ways of experiencing the vagaries of the body and existing in harmony with earth's living beings. Throughout this clear-eyed collection, Hogan tenderly excavates how history instructs the present, and envisions a future alive with hope for a healthy and sustainable world that now wavers between loss and survival.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A major American writer and the recipient of the 2007 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, LINDA HOGAN is a Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, teacher, and activist who has spent most of her life in Oklahoma and Colorado. Her fiction has garnered many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and her poetry collections have received the American Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle nomination. A volunteer and consultant for wildlife rehabilitation and endangered species programs, Hogan has also published essays with the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club.
PRAISE FOR A HISTORY OF KINDNESS
“Hogan remains awed and humble in this sweetly embracing, plangent book of grateful, sorrowful, tender poems wed to the scarred body and ravaged Earth.”
“A warm, wise collection of poems focused on living in harmony with self, animals, and Earth.”
"In an age as acrimonious as ours, Linda Hogan’s new poetry collection, A History of Kindness, sounds especially poignant."
—THE WASHINGTON POST
"There’s something calm and steadying about Hogan’s poetry . . . her writing is accessible and complex all at once."
"There is no one like Linda Hogan. I read her poetry to both calm and ignite my heart. A History of Kindness is a series of oracles rising from the page born out of a life of listening, feeling, responding."
—TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS, author of Erosion
“Linda Hogan is one of the most important environmental writers of our time. In A History of Kindness, she weaves themes of the body, family, ecology, and animals into a spiral that traverses time and space. In this troubled and dark world, I am grateful for the wisdom, light, and love found in these poems.”
—CRAIG SANTOS PEREZ, author of Habitat Threshold
“Linda Hogan's new collection speaks to us the way a trusted friend might, inviting you to take warmth by the hearth. Her verses teach us how to live with dignity in a world bent on destruction and show why it is important to fight for the planet.”
—ANA CASTILLO, author of Black Dove
“In this new collection, Linda Hogan weaves together memory, the Milky Way, buffalo and rivers with the wonder and wisdom of an ancient soul, and a passionate heart. We are blessed, once again, by her words.”
—DEBORAH A. MIRANDA, author of Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir
PRAISE FOR LINDA HOGAN
“Hogan's poetry has always been a medicine of sorts.”
—JOY HARJO, US Poet Laureate and author of An American Sunrise
“With her unparalleled gifts for truth and magic, Hogan reinforces my faith in reading, writing, living.”
—BARBARA KINGSOLVER, author of Unsheltered
“Hogan is essential, a mighty and bedrock voice in American letters.”
—LUIS ALBERTO URREA, author of The House of Broken Angels