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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

New Book Announcement + Excerpt - Cutting Teeth by Ivan Hobson!

Dear readers,

Books warm our hearts on these rainy spring days in Kansas. Or, if you live in a warmer area, perhaps they keep you refreshed. There is always a book for just the occasion, yes? 

Please, let us introduce a new book to you, and may you find just the occasion for reading it!

Now introducing Cutting Teeth by Ivan Hobson!

About the Book

The son of a shipyard machinist, Ivan Hobson's debut poetry collection provides insight into his family and community during his youth. These poems show the inner-workings of the machine shop, as well as the shop's direct effect on the Hobson family and their small California community. While many of the poems focus on the shop environment, its people, and their struggles after the shop closes, boiled down, this book is a coming-of-age story about a vulnerable young man, his relationship with his father, and the many lessons learned from family.

Praise for Cutting Teeth

Ivan Hobson’s Cutting Teeth is an ode to the natural world and an elegy for the poet’s past: his home, his father: “They taught me / to grind into the millionths, / split tenths on the micrometer; / taught me to play cribbage, / to speak so people could see my eyes.” These poems are all heart. And Ivan Hobson has put his heart at risk to write them.
—Jericho Brown, The Tradition

I have been excited to watch Ivan’s career. He is a thoughtful, attentive, and conscientious poet who brings important ideas to the table and extends the conversation beyond the small confines of the page. His searching eye and open heart reveal so many possibilities for how to love a hurting world.
—Camille Dungy, Trophic Cascade

This book is brilliant as a snow globe—with its glowy well-lit family scene: the house, the fence, the tall tall trees—shaken up. Hobson looks back at a quieter time and focuses his gaze, goes granular. It was not that quiet. His gaze is sharp and wise. His heart is strong. History is better because of poets like him. You will be too, when you read this book.
—Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of Kansas (2017-19), More Than Words

About the Author

Ivan Hobson
Ivan Hobson is an MFA graduate from San Francisco State University. Along with teaching English at Diablo Valley College, he works as a shipyard machinist in Alameda, California. Ivan’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications, including the North American Review, Hunger Mountain, The Midwest Quarterly, as well as Ted Kooser and The Poetry Foundation’s American Life in Poetry.

About the Artist

Earl Thollander
Earl Thollander was a Californian artist, illustrator, and author who is best known for his painting, sketching, and travel book writing. Earl earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, and later attended San Francisco Art Institute and the Academy of Art.

Earl had a great interest in traveling and started making artwork that related to the different parts of the world he visited. He became renowned for his unique drawing and painting style, often exploring the Napa Valley. In his career, Earl authored and illustrated more than 62 travel, cooking, and children’s books, including Back Roads of California, Earl Thollander’s San Francisco, School for Julio, and Sunset Cookbook.

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