TRP July Roundup

July Releases

Pictures of the Shark, by Thomas H. McNeely

A Good Girl, by Johnnie Bernhard

How We Came to Be, by Johnnie Bernhard

Audiobook Releases

The Lord’s Acre, by David Armand, narrated by Frank Morris

Ebook Releases

An American Affair, by Mark Brazaitis


Judge Reveal: The X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

TRP announced Kimiko Hahn as the judge for The 2022 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize.

Judge Reveal: The George Garrett Fiction Prize

TRP announced Vi Khi Nao as the judge for the 2022 George Garrett Fiction Prize.


Politics of the Minotaur, by karla k. morton, shortlisted for the 2022 Rubery Book Award.


Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, author of Her Read: A Graphic Poem, reviewed in Rain Taxi Review of Books

“Steinorth’s poetic techniques are empowered by correction fluid, embroidery, ball-point, brush wash, collage, Sharpie, and her own blood, making her engagement with Read’s Meaning truly visceral.”

Joel Turnipseed, Rain Taxi

Pictures of the Shark, by Thomas H. McNeely went on a Lone Star Book Blog Tour. It was reviewed by Boys’ Mom Reads!, Bibliotica, Austin Liti Limits, Reading by Moonlight, Jennie Reads, and The Book’s Delight.

“Stories that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.”

Boys’ Mom Reads!

“A masterpiece in gray tones and grim feelings.”


“McNeely is an astonishingly gifted writer.”

Austin Liti Limits

“A complex glimpse into events and relationships that shape a person’s rocky transition into adulthood”

Ruthie Jones, Reading by Moonlight

“That ‘wow’ moment, when you realize there is much more here than the first glance shows.”

Jennie Reads

“[C]hallenging stories that will stick with you long after the last page is turned.”

The Book’s Delight

Jenny Shank, author of Mixed Company, reviewed by Judy Christie in Shrevepoint Times.

“With its themes of connections between diverse characters in changing communities, the collection seems especially timely in these days of division in our country. Shank writes with affection and insight about neighborhoods and the people who live in them, and her words sometimes seem as much poetry as prose.”

Judy Christie, Shreveport Times

Interviews and More

Kathleen Rooney, author of Where Are the Snows:

“With each piece in the book, I tried to have a given topic in mind – fruit, like you say, or cemeteries or birthdays or the priesthood or real estate – and then let myself free fall through my thoughts and emotions on that topic for as long as possible until I felt like the writing was done and I’d reached some new understanding of whatever I’d been looking at.”

Kathleen Rooney, Brevity

“Allusive and associative, anti-capitalist, and unapologetically political, aligned somewhere between comedy and anger, this poetry juxtaposes the triumphs and tragedies (mostly tragedies) of our current age with those of history”

Eric LeMay, New Books in Literature

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, author of Her Read: A Graphic Poem, interviewed by Martha Stuitt for Pulp: Arts Around An Arbor

“The final image has never been seen before. Though you begin with a ready-made box of pieces, you’ve no idea what you’re making, so there is a marvelous sense of discovery.”

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, Pulp

Faith Adiele writes about travel, community, James Baldwin, and Gabrielle Civil, author of In & Out of Place, for Detour

Just moments before, the air hummed with Baldwin’s words, as performance artist Gabrielle Civil had us recite favorite quotations simultaneously to demonstrate that “Baldwin was not a single story; there were many Baldwins.”

Faith Adiele, Detour

Thomas H. McNeely, author of Pictures of the Shark, went on a Lone Star Book Blog Tour, had a Goodreads Giveaway, and went on a book release tour.

“Houston in the 1970s and ‘80s was an unwieldy prototype for the city that exists today: wilder and more provincial, dangerous.”

Chris Gray, The Houston Chronicle

“Thomas H. McNeely’s largely autobiographical collection of stories explores the roles that parents and children play.”

Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe

Garret Keizer, author of The World Pushes Back, winner of The 2018 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, published his new short story, “Raymond’s Bar,” in The Baltimore Review.

“I was never big on going to bars, not even as an undergraduate. I did go a few times in seminary as part of a class whose professor thought Barth and Bonhoeffer went down best with German beer…”

Garret Keizer, The Baltimore Review

Westword and Colorado Sun reported on the Colorado Book Award Winners, including Mixed Company, by Jenny Shank.

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