Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Sunday, December 08, 2013

The in-print shelf--

I'll be back with at least one more post about friends with Etsy shops, since it's a time of year when friends in the arts could use some Lady Word of Mouth help.  And I may work on a list of friends' in-print books for Christmas shopping, if enough people want to be on such a list! In the meantime I'm going to post some information about my own books.

Four of my books are currently in print. They are available via the publisher or indie bookstores or Amazon and so forth. The hardcover versions of Thaliad and copies of The Foliate Head are a bit more limited as to where one can order. If you would like to know more about the books (places to order or review clips and other information, including samples of interior art), please click on the appropriate tab above...


Phoenicia Publishing, 2012
Hardcover and paperback

In THALIAD, Marly Youmans has written a powerful and beautiful saga of seven children who escape a fiery apocalypse----though "written" is hardly the word to use, as this extraordinary account seems rather "channeled" or dreamed or imparted in a vision, told in heroic poetry of the highest calibre. Amazing, mesmerizing, filled with pithy wisdom, THALIAD is a work of genius which also seems particularly relevant to our own time.   --novelist Lee Smith


The Ferrol Sams Award.  
The ForeWord Silver BOTYA in Fiction.

Hardcover, paperback, ebook

A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage tells of a young boy's travels through the black heart of Depression America and his search for light both metaphorical and real.  Writing with a controlled lyrical passion, Marly Youmans has crafted the finest, and the truest period novel I've read in years.  --novelist Lucius Shepard



Now in second printing! Whee--
Hardcover
Art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, design by Andrew Wakelin.

A rarity among poets today, Youmans writes in metered verse, sometimes rhyme. Her skill at mastering the forms is impressive. --Greg Langley, books editor, The Baton Rouge Advocate


Mercer University Press, 2012.
Hardcover and paperback
Cover art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, design by Burt and Burt--pretty, huh? It won an Addy award.

When I think of Marly Youmans’ work, the word that comes to mind is “magic.” By this, I mean not only her language, but her evocation of mystery. Youmans’ poems always seem utterly new and startlingly familiar. Moreover, she has admirable range in terms of subject matter and tone. While I tend to favor her poems about the mythological, Youmans shows astonishing skill, whatever the subject. She is a poet working at the height of her powers. --Kim Bridgford, poet, editor, Mezzo Cammin, and Director, West Chester University Poetry Conference

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