Stephanie Sauer announces new book "Almonds are Members of the Peach Family"

Stephanie Sauer announces new book "Almonds are Members of the Peach Family"

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

KHN Alum (2016) Stephanie Sauer announced her newest book, Almonds are Members of the Peach Family, which is available now for pre-order. 

"I'm happy to let you know that my newest book is available now for pre-order. I've been working at it for seven years, at the pace of a hand-stitched text. Which it also has plenty of. Almonds are Members of the Peach Family looks at the ways humans process violence, history, and intergenerational trauma. Centering upon the making of a crazy quilt, it weaves together oral history, public record, images, scientific findings, diary entries, statistical data, and memory with few sutures. The brilliant editors and designers at Noemi Press will be releasing Almonds in a lovingly-made edition this month." (via Stephanie Sauer's newsletter) 

Stephanie Sauer is an interdisciplinary artist and author of The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force (University of Texas Press). She has earned the Barbara Deming Award for Nonfiction, So to Speak’s Hybrid Book Award, and fellowships from Yaddo and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the De Young Museum, NYC’s Center for Book Arts, and National Library of Baghdad, and has appeared in Drunken Boat, Asymptote, PRISM International, and Verse Daily. She is founding editor of Copilot Press and teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. (via Noemi Press)


"Almonds Are Members of the Peach Family is adept at turning this narrative over to show us the 'back-stitch,' the parts of living like this (with others) that we rarely get to see. There’s information, here, about what it would take to discharge something long held or contained in somatic memory. Tell the truth about what happened to the body, this book seems to say. Tell the truth about the time in which the body got to be a body, and make it real. All of this feels like brave and vital work for a poet to be attending to. Stephanie Sauer has written an important book."  -BHANU KAPIL                               

"Stephanie Sauer’s Almonds Are Members of the Peach Family, is an immaculate meditation in prose, masterfully and poetically aligned. Examining cases from domestic abuse, to national (in)security, to cultural and familial traditions and stigmas, Sauer’s triangulation of histories, theories, and experience revalorizes the overlooked revolutions charged by women in both public and private spaces. Her cadence and distillation of evolution is measured out and noted by the pricking of time as fabric, the ache of the hands and heart at work, the sonorous hum of thread pulled when one thing is stitched to another: this body, that body.  This is a time capsule, a manifesto—at once unraveling and embodying the weight and force of a woman at work."   -LAURIE ANN GUERRERO               

Congratulations, Stephanie!