Books

Fiction

The Stories of Devil-Girl

Devil-Girl is a storyteller smaller than a stain and larger than life, a mythic figure roaming the globe. Born into Brooklyn housing projects and the nightmares of her immigrant family, she becomes a runaway in the human marketplace of the streets of New York. Accompanied by her sense of outrage and sense of humor, ghosts of the ancestors and her prophetic vision, she moves from silence through rage into deep alliance with the marginalized.

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Blue Earth

Blue Earth is a compelling novel of Minnesota, a land that guards its secrets. Carver Heinz loses both farm and family in the farm crisis of the 1980s. Displaced into urban Minneapolis, he becomes obsessed with Angie, a beautiful child he rescues from a tornado in an encounter he insists they keep silent. Her close friendship with a Dakota Indian boy fuels Carver’s rage and unleashes a series of events that reveal the haunting power of each character’s past and of their shared histories, especially the 1862 Dakota Conflict and public hanging of 38 Dakota–the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

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Poetry

I Know What the Small Girl Knew

This early collection of Achtenberg’s poetry treats the intersection of the inner and the outer life through issues of social justice that remain crucial, and the ways history and its traumas sit in us. Her themes include women’s rights, poverty, war, racism, and sexual abuse. Her vision of concern spans the world, from her own inner city neighborhoods to the wider world, anywhere people are oppressed.

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The Stone of Language

“Achtenberg is a poet of lyrical intensity… interested in detail for the wealth of revelation and music it will yield up”
— Luis H. Francia, The Village Voice

“Anya Achtenberg’s visionary workshops on writing for social change have received national acclaim. With this book of poetry, she practices what she preaches–redreaming a just world–in a way that is simply breathtaking.”
— Demetria Martinez, author of Mother Tongue

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Creative writing discourse

How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse

This inspiring collection offers a much needed corrective to the usual dry and uninspired creative writing pedagogy. The collection asks us to consider questions, such as “What does it mean to work through resistance from supposed mentors, to face rejection from publishers and classmates, and to stand against traditions that silence you?” and “How can writers and teachers even begin to make diversity matter in meaningful ways on the page, in the classroom, and on our bookshelves?”

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I Know What the Small Girl Knew

This early collection of Achtenberg’s poetry treats the intersection of the inner and the outer life through issues of social justice that remain crucial, and the ways history and its traumas sit in us. Her themes include women’s rights, poverty, war, racism, and sexual abuse. Her vision of concern spans the world, from her own… Continue reading I Know What the Small Girl Knew

Blue Earth – a novel

Blue Earth is a compelling novel of Minnesota, a land that guards its secrets. Carver Heinz loses both farm and family in the farm crisis of the 1980s. Displaced into urban Minneapolis, he becomes obsessed with Angie, a beautiful child he rescues from a tornado in an encounter he insists they keep silent. Her close… Continue reading Blue Earth – a novel

How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse

How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse offers a much needed corrective to the usual dry and uninspired creative writing pedagogy. The collection asks us to consider questions, such as “What does it mean to work through resistance from supposed mentors, to face rejection from publishers and classmates, and to stand against traditions… Continue reading How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse

The Stone of Language

Following the troubled course of the last decade, these poems move from the stories of individual lives to the events that have entered our global consciousness. They explore the world of work, from circuses to wedding ring factories to classrooms; and the world of war, from the agonies of Israel/Palestine to the Bosnian war to… Continue reading The Stone of Language

The Stories of Devil-Girl

Devil-Girl is a storyteller smaller than a stain and larger than life, a mythic figure roaming the globe. Born into Brooklyn housing projects and the nightmares of her immigrant family, she becomes a runaway in the human marketplace of the streets of New York. Accompanied by her sense of outrage and sense of humor, ghosts… Continue reading The Stories of Devil-Girl