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Mayapple author Sarah Carson on Radio Free Albion poetry podcast

Sarah Carson

Sarah Carson, author of Buick City, is featured on Episode 33 of the Radio Free Albion Poetry Podcast with Tony Trigilio. The program is about 46 minutes long.

You can listen to it on the RFA Page, and find other poetry podcasts at the RFA home page.

We have also archived the audio below.

Sara Carson’s “Buick City” reviewed in Rain Taxi

Sarah Carson’s Buick City is reviewed in the Fall 2015 issue of Rain Taxi (Volume 20, Number 3, #79). Penny Guisinger writes:

Sentences […] seem to careen recklessly around corners, but they are imbued with gravity, built to keep readers from being flung off the track. Each narrative swells to fill every small shred of real estate afforded it on the page.
Near the end of the book, after readers have been convinced of Michigan’s slide into despair, the author reminds us she wrote this love letter “just cause some things aren’t ever really as bad as they seem.” In Sarah Carson’s hands, this is not a feel-good platitude: it’s a pragmatic anthem of hope.

The Fall 2015 issue of Rain Taxi is Volume 20, Number 3. Or #79. You can order your copy here: Rain Taxi (Volume 20, Number 3, #79)

You can order your copy of Buick City here

A busy weekend for Mayapple Press authors…

This weekend is one of the busiest for the press in a long time. Mayapple Press authors will participate in several events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday….

Sarah Carson – Buick City

Prose Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-48-7 $14.95 + S&H

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Told in prose poems, Buick City is a coming-of-age tale about growing up in the deindustrialized Midwest – about trailer park kids fending for themselves while laid-off parents navigate their new minimum wage jobs; about teenagers inventing sex on the loading dock behind the convenience store; about young people yearning for a life beyond making a living and fighting with customers at the 24 hour supermarket. From neighborhood Casanovas to part-time hitmen to grandmothers run-ragged,

…….    Read more about Sarah Carson – Buick City

Mayapple Press author Sarah Carson to read – Dollhouse Reading Series #33 – Chicago, IL – June 14th, 2014

Sarah Carson

Later this year (or perhaps early next year), Mayapple Press will publish “Buick City”, by Sarah Carson.

Sarah will be part of the Dollhouse Reading Series event this Saturday June 14th, 2014.

The event takes place at 2265 West Leland Ave, Chicago IL 60625 Map

Doors at 7:00 pm, readings at 7:30pm. Bring your own booze.

In addition to Sarah Carson, there will be readings from Carrie Olicia Adams, Joshua Young and Peter Davis

Sarah was born and raised in Michigan but now lives in Chicago. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Cream City Review, the Nashville Review, the New Orleans Review, and Whiskey Island, among others. She is the author of the books Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press). Sometimes she blogs at

Here’s a public Facebook Event Page