A Brief Family History of Drowning


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Sonder Press
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5.98 X 0.16 X 9.02 inches | 0.24 pounds
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About the Author

Bryce Emley was born and raised in Florida and earned an MFA in Poetry from North Carolina State University. His poems, essays, and fiction appear in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere, and he is also the author of the poetry chapbook We Might Never Be This Beautiful Again (Seven Kitchens Press, forthcoming) and the fiction chapbook Smoke and Glass (Folded Word, 2018). A recipient of residencies and scholarships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, The Glen Workshop, Wesleyan Summer Writers Conference, and the University of Central Florida, Bryce is Poetry Editor of Raleigh Review and works in marketing at the University of New Mexico Press. He lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife. Read more at bryceemley.com.


"Bryce Emley's A Brief Family History of Drowning gives a sharp, vivid meditation on grief. And it does so with the beauty necessary to balance such extraordinary loss--a father's ability to think and speak fully after a stroke, a brother's freedom after being imprisoned, a mother's life. With lyrical language, Emley renders each moment with urgency and grace." - Toni Jensen, author of Carry

"In this powerful and wise collection of prose poetry, Bryce Emley explores fullness and emptiness, drowning and praying, grief and rivers and crossings. A Brief Family History of Drowning is a moving portrait of caregiving and the way that work can both strengthen and unmake us. "How can we ever make it back?" Emley asks. These poems are one answer." - Belle Boggs, author of The Gulf

"A Brief Family History of Drowning reads like an already fading fever dream - shifting and curving, sinking and surfacing to explore how the experience of grief is liquid and ungraspable in its uncontainable nature. Bryce Emley brilliant blends the horror and mystery of the natural world alongside the experience of being human - the loss and love of it - and sets humanity back alongside the other animals though young and naïve in our unknowing. A beautiful book as gorgeously crafted as it is slight." - Angela Pelster, author of Limber