Three creative writing professors are publishing books this fall at Graywolf Press

Ander Monson, Bojan Louis, and Manuel Muñoz, faculty members of the University of Arizona’s acclaimed Creative Writing MFA program, which is celebrating its 50e anniversary this year – getting books published this fall by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher.

A deep dive into Predator and American male culture

The first is Ander Monson’s book Predator: a memoir, a film, an obsessionwhich was released on September 6. Monson received a prestigious Guggenheim Prize for writing this book in 2017.

“In his early memoir, Ander Monson guides readers through a scene-by-scene exploration of the 1987 film Predator, which he watched 146 times. He turns his obsession into a lens through which he poignantly examines his own life, shaped by dominant, white, male American culture,” the book description notes.

Praises for the book include: “An unlikely treatise on manhood with the charm of a late-night movie marathon” (Kirkus); “One of the most fascinating and eccentric books I’ve read this decade” (Jeff VanderMeer); and “It is a book full of ideas and also an intensely personal book, a book that only Ander Monson could have written – with his wit, honesty and considerable powers of insight” (Charles Yu). You can read this wonderful review of the book by Alison Deming, professor emeritus of UArizona.

Also check out these Q&As with Monson posted by Cleveland Book ReviewBrooklyn Rail, Salon and Writers Lives.

“Violent collisions of love, cultures and racism”

Bojan Louis’ book The sinking bell will be released on September 27.

This collection of short stories is set in and around Flagstaff and depicts “violent collisions of love, cultures, and racism,” notes the book’s description. motel managers, aspiring writers and musicians, construction workers, people passing through hoping for something better somewhere else.

Praises for the book include: “Louis’ prose carries his poetic sensibility with decided rhythm and resonant detail, and the narrators painfully convey their status as outsiders. The result is immersive and powerful” (Weekly editors). Deb Olin Unferth writes, “Now that I’ve read Bojan Louis’ first fiction book, sinking bell, I’m sure I’ll read every book he writes – partly for his overwhelming, poetic voice, partly for his characters, with their wild hopes and entrenched disappointments, their visions of a better world. And in part, I will read for deep Navajo consciousness the inhabited stories: the language, the pride, the loss, the search, the spirits on the way.”

Check out one of Louis’ “A New Place to Hide” stories at Electric Lit.

“Shimmering Stories Set in California’s Central Valley”

Manuel Muñoz’s book The results releases October 18.

The book description notes, “These exquisite stories are set mostly in the 1980s in the small towns surrounding Fresno. With an unyielding hand, Muñoz portrays the Mexican and Mexican American farm workers who put food on our tables. but are regularly and ruthlessly stopped by migrants, as well as the daily struggles and immense challenges facing their families.The messy and sometimes violent realities traversed by its characters – straight and gay, immigrant and American-born, young and old – are tempered by moments of surprise, of tenderness of care.”

Praises for the book include: “Haunting, powerful, humble, precise, this collection shook my being. I would have liked to write these stories” (Sandra Cisneros); and “These stories are evanescent, unforgettable, taking us deep into California’s Central Valley, the homeland that Manuel Muñoz for years gave to the world as a place of shimmering mystery. Muñoz is one of the best working writers in America” ​​(Susan Straight).

The book received and received a rave review in The Los Angeles Times: “Lucid and elegantly written, “The Consequences” tells the stories of characters who hurt for each other or for fleeting moments of liberation; who hurt – physically – from a life spent harvesting the sweetness that will adorn ‘other tables.’