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Modern History Press Books at the Annual AWP Conference & Bookfair 2013

Victor Volkman

Victor Volkman, Senior Editor at MHP

Eight titles from the Modern History Press (MHP) of Ann Arbor, MI, will be represented at the Annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair in Boston, MA, scheduled for March 6-9th, 2013. On hand to represent MHP in the Exhibition will be writer and visual artist Christine Stark, author of Nickels: a Tale of Dissociation, as well as Sweta Srivastava Vikram, MHP’s most prolific poet and author of No Ocean Here. Teachers, bloggers, and other book reviewers are invited to request copies for review in person at AWP.

Currently the largest literary conference in North America, the annual AWP conference features 450 readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums in addition to book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings. Genres in which the literary writings are featured in the conference include: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and children’s literature.

This year, Modern History Press will be represented in the conference by the following eight titles:

1.  Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependency (Diana M. Raab and James Brown)

2.  Blue Earth (Anya Achtenberg)

3.  The Gothic Wanderer (Tyler R. Tichelaar)

4.  Imposter for Hire (Sandra Levy Ceren)

5.  Nickels: a Tale of Dissociation (Christine Stark)

6.  No Ocean Here (Sweta Srivastava Vikram)

7.  A Short History of the Short Story (Gulnaz Fatma)

8.  Saffron Dreams (Shaila Abdullah)

Sweta Srivastava Vikram’s No Ocean Here, a book-length collection of poems, gives voice to stories of violence against women in certain parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. “It gives voice to all that needs to be heard,” Vikram tells about her book. “Any human being, who considers himself or herself a voice for human rights and women’s rights, and is against any kind of violence against women, would understand the importance of this book.”

Christine Stark’s novel Nickels shows the struggle of a bi-racial girl in an impoverished household as she suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder while also trying to come to terms with her identity as a lesbian and the usual ostracism that surrounds that in rural America. “Her name is Little Miss So And So,” Christine Stark tells about her main character, “and there are many Little Miss So And So’s in the world, and we need to listen to them, understand them, and value them.”

“The mission of Modern History Press is telling empowering stories about the struggle for identity in modern times,” says Victor R. Volkman, Senior Editor at Modern History Press. “Specifically we look for voices that represent a point-of-view of a struggle that is overlooked, forgotten, or marginalized.”

For updates on the conferences and schedules, follow the AWP homepage https://www.awpwriter.org/.

Visit http://modernhistorypress.com/ to learn more about the Modern History Press and browse its titles.

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