The In-Between State


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$21.95  $20.41
Cornerstone Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.4 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Martha Lundin is a writer and educator living in Minnesota. They completed their MFA in nonfiction at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Martha's work can be found in Fourth Genre, Newfound, Gertrude Press, Ninth Letter, and Shenandoah Literary Journal, among others.


Blending elements of memoir, lyric essay, nature writing, and fractured field guide, Martha Lundin's brilliant new collection accumulates into an incantatory meditation on, and celebration of the queer body, the river's innate meandering, and the sorts of "infinities" that resist the limitations imposed upon them. These essays are full of clear-eyed and intricate declarations of love-for home, for parking lots, for comets and lakes and fish and the Upper Midwest. For bodies bound and unbound. For bodies "that need remembering." Rendered in crisp and sumptuous prose, and grappling toward transcendence, Lundin's work uncovers the beautiful "outliers" lurking amid the ornaments of our world. And in doing so, these essays levitate and whirl, as if miracles.

-Matthew Gavin Frank

author of Flight of the Diamond Smugglers

Martha Lundin's The In-Between State revolutionizes environmental writing, exploring the fluidity of nature and the natural changeable state of bodies of water, from lakes to humans. These lyric essays pulse with the power of Lundin's imagery and insights about the imposition of borders and the spirit that dares to cross them. This collection marks the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American literature.

-May-lee Chai

author of Useful Phrases for Immigrants

American Book Award winner

The In-Between State is about the queerness of bodies, place, and belonging. This is about searching for oneself in the stories we cling to-the ones we attach to neighborhoods, buildings, or trees. Lundin's writing traces Lake Superior and the angles of bodies. Perforating gender into small pockets of the upper-Midwest, they force us into those moments that ping in our chests, those moments we swallow to forget. This is about finding home even when it hurts.

-Zarah Moeggenberg

author of To Waltz on a Pin