Recenter Press Books
Richard Hamilton’s premiere collection examines the ways race, class, and gender inform daily life. As a black queer, gender non-conforming, disabled male whose spent much of his adult life as an intinerant worker in the service industry, indifferently housed, Richard is interested in intersections and shared struggle among a motley crew grappling with precarity and survival. Viewed through a historical lens, the poems reenact black liberation struggle, peopled responses to capitalist state repression, and international proletariat resistance. Poems like ‘Asylum’ provide new takes on the concept of a prison house of nations. In particular, Richard is interested in the psychological personhood of raced subjects whose lives are undermined by racist political constructions and popular myth. The book suffuses humor throughout to mine how violence begets violence in the struggle for freedom.
A Cave Canem fellow, Richard‘s work has appeared in The Ringing Ear: Lean South, Cave Canem Anthologies, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Steel Toe Review, and The Drunken Boat. He has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio and Chautauqua Literary Arts Festival, and he holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Alabama and MA in Arts and Public Policy from New York University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Gabby Loomis-Amrhein is a trans farmer and naturalist who is particularly enamored of birds. She believes in liberation, love, pawpaws, riding her bicycle, and the collective power of people to overcome the conditions that keep us down. She carves spoons and gardens with her partner on a small farm in southern ohio. Featured in the Fall 2019 Issue of the Recenter Press Poetry Journal, her poems can also be found in Hoxie Gorge Review, Hematopoiesis Press, Sheepshead Review, and forthcoming in Barnhouse Journal.
Gabby's work explores poetry, phenology, and historiographies of body and place. The poems in her forthcoming collection seek to address trans struggle and liberation in the crepuscularity of rural being. They show the country itself as queer, and that home can be found in the h/edges, among the salamanders, birds, and loam. She hopes they will serve as the field guide she needed growing up, marking the passage of time between woodcock dance and trillium bloom, a record of having been, becoming, coming out. You can keep up with her on Instagram @birdingwhilequeer.