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Kevin Sampsell


Kevin Sampsell runs the small press section at Powell's and is the publisher of his own micro-press, Future Tense Books. His books include Creamy Bullets, Portland Noir, and the memoir A Common Pornography.

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Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (American Indian Studies)
Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (American Indian Studies)
by Trevino L. Plenty and Steve Pacheco and Luke Warm Water and Joel Waters
Staff Pick
A vastly entertaining collection that combines four Native American voices unlike any you'll find in today's marginalized poetry circles. These four young writers have been blazing a new, more modern trail in recent years and it is high time that their... (read more)

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Nice Big American Baby
Nice Big American Baby
by Judy Budnitz
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"While this is a difficult book to pin down or pigeonhole, it isn't a difficult book to marvel at or enjoy. Budnitz traffics in contemporary, global themes....Provocative, disturbing, wry, and just plain fascinating, Nice Big American Baby is some of the... (read more)

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Knockemstiff
Knockemstiff
by Donald Ray Pollock
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This book, and its writer, came out of nowhere and knocked me square in the throat. You could see Knockemstiff as a dark, demented updating of Winesburg, Ohio, or you could simply notice it as the work of a new American master. Pollock goes where many... (read more)

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Ghost Machine
Ghost Machine
by Ben Mirov
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This was one of those books that seemed like it came at just the right time in my life. I loved its muted sadness and the occasionally surreal descriptions of that sadness, and I loved the weird way the poems sample from each other throughout the book... (read more)

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Hiding Out
Hiding Out
by Jonathan Messinger
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Hiding Out, Messinger's wonderful debut collection, is full of mishaps and mishaps waiting to happen, but he somehow transforms the uncomfortable moments into familiar sparks that shine and resonate.... (read more)

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Without Wax: A Documentary Novel
Without Wax: A Documentary Novel
by William Walsh
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Without Wax is one of the best novels about the porn industry since Terry Southern's Blue Movie.... (read more)

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The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)
The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)
by Willy Vlautin
Staff Pick
Vlautin is a natural. He's managed to craft a debut novel that is funny, sad, uplifting, and honest, in a voice that seems effortless and yet leaves room for both the imagination of the reader and the growth of the writer. Vlautin is the kind of author... (read more)

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The Ask
The Ask
by Sam Lipsyte
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The Ask takes an unassuming (and seemingly unfunny) premise about a dude who wrangles large financial donations for a school and turns it into an outright laugh riot. Not only is this just as funny as his amazing Home Land, but it also showcases Lipsyte... (read more)

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Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness
Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness
by Amy L. Clark and Elizabeth Ellen and Kathy Fish and Claudia Smith
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This impressive anthology collects four of the best under-the-radar female writers of this decade. Each one presents a section of tight, angular, brave, funny, and innovative flash fictions. Clark writes explosive, playful brain candy. Ellen's work is... (read more)

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Alabama Wildman
Alabama Wildman
by Thurston Moore
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Sonic Youth guitarist makes some noise with his pen in these odd, rambling poems and fake journal entries. In this nice hardcover printing, his language poems can sometimes seem like accompaniment reading for SY's more ambient albums of late, and there... (read more)

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Ever Signed Edition
Ever Signed Edition
by Blake Butler
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Police History and Directory
Police History and Directory
by Anonymous
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The Singing Knives: Poems
The Singing Knives: Poems
by Frank Stanford
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Nellcott Is My Darling
Nellcott Is My Darling
by Golda Fried
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Powerlines: A Decade of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex
Powerlines: A Decade of Poetry from Chicago's Guild Complex
by Julie Parson-nesbitt
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Bicycle
Bicycle
by Paul Fattaruso
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An amazing meditation/fever dream/love song/mini epic about one man's love for a bike. Or is it a girl? All I know is that Bicycle is the ideal gift for any bike geek/poet out there.... (read more)

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A Complicated Kindness
A Complicated Kindness
by Miriam Toews
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Sharp and often howlingly funny — but insistently generous — A Complicated Kindness introduces sixteen-year-old Nomi Nickel, straining under the pressure of family, boys, and authority, common enough conflicts drawn here in extravagant... (read more)

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Demons in the Spring
Demons in the Spring
by Joe Meno
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This beautiful book is generous in so many ways. First off, it's to benefit 826 tutoring centers. Secondly, the stories here are funny, warm, and smart. They change constantly to keep the reader guessing. And third, each story features illustrations by... (read more)

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Lenny Bruce is Dead
Lenny Bruce is Dead
by Jonathan Goldstein
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Goldstein, a former fixture on the Montreal spoken word scene, delivers a disjointed blast of fictions (is it a novel, are they "deep thoughts," are they short stories??) with Lenny Bruce is Dead. The bite-sized chapters are full of skewed observations... (read more)

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I Was Never Cool
I Was Never Cool
by Joseph Musso
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