Ranging from West Texas to Baghdad and from Hanoi to Mexico City, Graywolf’s Winter 2018 books explore family, loss, and the experiences that shape the self. Including debut novels, expansive essays, and the new poetry collection from the incoming Poet Laureate of the United States, these upcoming releases explore our shared and divergent stories and histories as they redefine the role of the artist in our contemporary moment.


See below for brief descriptions, and click here for the full pdf of the Winter 2018 catalog.




Any discussion of Graywolf in 2018 must start with Wade in the Water, the new poetry collection from the incoming Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith. This potent and luminous work explores relationships between the past and the present, and the known and the unknown, boldly tying America's current moment both to our nation's fraught founding history and to a sense of the spirit, the everlasting. This is Tracy K. Smith’s first collection of poetry since her Pulitzer Prize-winning Life On Mars, and we’re thrilled to publish it in hardcover on April 3.






Maud Casey's The Art of Mystery is the fourteenth volume in the much-loved Art of series, and its January publication kicks off the year. Casey explores the work of Shirley Jackson, J.M. Coetzee, and many others as she reaches beyond the usual tool kit of fictional elements to ask the question: Where does mystery reside in a work of fiction? Encompassing spirit photography, contradictory characters, and the radical nature of empathy, The Art of Mystery is a must for anyone interested in how fiction works.






January will also bring the paperback publication of CinderSusan Stewart's collection of new and selected poetry. From brief songs to longer meditative sequences, and always with formal innovation and exquisite precision, Stewart evokes the innocence of childhood, the endangered mysteries of the natural world, and deeply felt perceptions, both acute and shared.







Tom Sleigh's brilliant new collection of poetry, House of Fact, House of Ruin, ranges across the landscapes of contemporary experience, touching on everything from war and climate change to selfhood and self-estrangement. The book ultimately turns on conundrums of selfhood and self-estrangement in which Sleigh urges us toward a different realm, where we might achieve the freedom of spirit to step outside our own circumstances, however imperfectly, and look at ourselves as other, as unfamiliar, as strange. 





Alongside this new poetry collection, we will also publish The Land Between Two Rivers, Sleigh’s first work of nonfiction in over a decade. Following him in his travels throughout Africa, the Middle East, and beyond, these essays focus on three central questions: “What did I see? How could I write about it? Why did I write about it?” Sleigh's essays are at once harrowing, humorous, and hopeful, addressing the urgency of our global refugee crisis and our capacity as artists and citizens to confront it.






Some Hell is Patrick Nathan's wrenching and layered debut novel that follows a gay teen's coming of age in the aftermath of his father's suicide. Colin and his mother undertake a tough journey, aided and complicated in surprising ways by the strange writing Colin’s father kept in a series of notebooks locked in his study. Some Hell is a moving demonstration of how unspeakable tragedy shapes a life, and how imagination saves us from ourselves. 







In March, Julián Herbert explodes into the English-language literary world, with Tomb Song, which inhabits the fertile ground between fiction, memoir, and essay. Sitting at his dying mother's side in a hospital in Northern Mexico, the narrator is immersed in memories of his youth, much of it spent with his mother as a prostitute. This son’s clear-eyed assessment of his flawed mother becomes a moving deathbed elegy, as well as a kaleidoscopic, tender, and often darkly funny exploration of sex, love, and death.







Registers of Illuminated Villages is Tarfia Faizullah’s highly anticipated second poetry collection, following her award-winning debut, Seam. Faizullah’s new work extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. Faizullah is an essential new poet, whose work only grows more urgent, beautiful, and— even in its unsparing brutality—full of love. 






Carl Frode Tiller's Encircling 2: Origins is the second book of The Encircling Trilogy, and it further pieces together the fractured identity of David, the absent central figure who has lost his memory. With a carefully scored polyphony of voices and an unwavering attention to domestic life, Tiller shows how deeply identity is influenced by our friendships through this innovative, starkly honest portrayal of one man's life.







April brings the publication of this year’s winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Jenny Xie’s Eye Level is animated by a restless inner questioning, and meditates on the forces that moor the self and set it in motion. These poems take us far and near, to Phnom Penh, Corfu, Hanoi, New York, and elsewhere, as we travel closer and closer to the acutely felt solitude that centers this searching, moving collection. 





In Waiting for Tomorrow, Natacha Appanah follows up on the success of her debut novel, The Last Brother, with an elegant and distilled meditation on family bonds and the artistic impulse. After settling down in rural France, Adam and Anita set aside their creative passions in favor of their day jobs, and the monotony of daily life begins to erode their marriage. When an undocumented Mauritian immigrant named Adéle begins caring for their daughter, everything changes, and Waiting for Tomorrow is the devastating and beautiful rendering of this dramatic transformation.