FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2019
Contact: Virginia H. Underwood, Publisher
Email: [email protected]
Award-winning Affrilachian Poet and Playwright Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Bianca X) Has Signed with Shadelandhouse Modern Press to Publish New Poetry Collection, We’re Still Big Banging
Lexington, Kentucky – Monday, December 9, 2019. Award-winning Affrilachian poet and playwright Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Bianca X) has signed with Shadelandhouse Modern Press to publish a new poetry collection, We’re Still Big Banging, a companion to Spriggs’s collection The Galaxy Is a Dance Floor (Argos Press, 2016).
We’re Still Big Banging interrogates matters of the heart through the lens of the cosmos and natural world as well as the stories people tell one another about how and where we belong. This new collection will take Spriggs’s earlier collection a step further to ask what of us survives our past, our trauma, our exigency, and what can we still recognize of ourselves during soul-retrieval when we have healed not by proxy but by distance, when we no longer identify with who we used to be and are not certain who we are to become. Spriggs says she chose the title We’re Still Big Banging because “at a time where I have never been more aware of my Blackness, of my Woman-ness, of my Otherness, Alan Watts’s description of how the Big Bang resembles an ink splotch spreading to the edge of a page has never been more relevant to my narrative and discipline.”
“We are excited and honored to collaborate with Bianca X, a very talented writer and multidisciplinary artist, to share her new poetry collection with readers.” said Stephanie P. Underwood, Associate Publisher. “Bianca and I have collaborated on the stage in theatre productions in Lexington, Kentucky, and now I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to collaborate on the page to produce her exciting new poetry book.” We’re Still Big Banging is scheduled for release in 2021.
About Bianca Lynne Spriggs (Bianca X):
Bianca X is an award-winning poet and playwright from Kentucky. An Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, she is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University. Her work has been included in such publications as POETRY, Oxford American, Obsidian, The Chattahoochee Review, and Split This Rock. Most recently her work has been anthologized in Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Victory in Defiance (Apex, 2019), A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia (University of Georgia Press, 2019), The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2017), and Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern University Press, 2019). Bianca X is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, Black Mermaid (Argus House Press, 2018) and the co-editor of three poetry anthologies, most recently, Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets (University of Kentucky Press, 2018). She is also currently working on Medusa: A Mythopoem, an origin story about Medusa in the form of a full-length play commissioned by Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, and set to premiere during the 2020-2021 academic year. Spriggs graduated from Transylvania University in 2003. She received her M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005 and in 2017 she received her PhD in English at the University of Kentucky.
About the publisher:
Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC, a Lexington, Kentucky-based, family-operated independent book publishing company, was founded to publish authentic and compelling nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and plays and is committed to the advancement of established and emerging writers, to excellence in publishing, and to the production of high quality, entertaining, and artistic books. The press debuted with two award-winning legal nonfiction (history and true crime) books. Shadelandhouse Modern Press is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and an associate member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. For more information please contact Virginia H. Underwood, Publisher, Tel (859) 576-1030 [email protected] or Stephanie Underwood, Associate Publisher, [email protected].