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March 23, 2011

Book Launch Party for Rust Fish

Fair trade Festival PosterLost Horse Press cordially invites the community to a book launch party for a new poetry title, Rust Fish, by Maya Jewell Zeller. The party takes place Thursday, 7 April 2011 at 6:30 P.M. in the second floor Library (Building 16) of the Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities on the campus of Spokane Community College.

Maya Jewell Zeller’s first collection of poems chronicles a speaker’s tentative relationship with humans versus her comfortable loyalty to the natural/animal world. Through the experiences of the young woman narrator, the reader comes to understand a parallel between femininity and nature, especially as each are exploited by humans. The conceit of the amorphous rust fish extends throughout the manuscript in a series of five title poems, each in some way exemplifying the malleability of life, as well as in other poems throughout the series which allude to decomposition and cycles of birth and death, along with myriad related themes.

Poet Melissa Kwasny has said of Rust Fish that “In the small room of the self, the imaginative child looks out, wishing up the world. Visitors—beetles, “each back opening and closing on itself,” smelt, flood plain, river, even the “rust fish,” bronze statues, now rusted, of salmon in the public place—transform her and are transformed in her presence. The imagination, however, does not trade in illusion. Locals like herself know the “sea smell” the tourists come for is really the rotting corpse of a seal, know the red room she has been locked in is not a dream. In this book of poems infused with magic cadences, Maya Zeller spells the damaged world into sparkle again.”

For additional information or to order a copy of Rust Fish, please contact Lost Horse Press at 208.255.4410 or email