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ISBN: 978-0-9970933-2-2
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Publication Date: March 2016


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Salve was originally published by Nomadic.

Frazier’s stories, in seamless prose, examine the myriad ways in which we soothe ourselves in an attempt to treat what ails us—for better or for worse


These intimate, gutsy, heartbreaking stories—stories about having bodies and having histories, having desire and having had desire—left me pleasantly shaken, cured of some psychic ailment I hadn’t known I was afflicted with. This book is full of secrets, frank revelations, brutal honesties and tenderness; hard-won emotional truths and the bittersweet understanding that our primary relationship is with our self.
Michelle Tea

Harsh and beautiful, yearning and deadly, the stories of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier will remind you of nothing less than the whole wide world.
Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket

Brilliant is a word usually associated with diamonds; therefore, this is the appropriate word for Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, who writes like a young Toni Morrison: clear, clean, yet heart skipping for all the things she is not telling. Crisp. Deliciously enticing as the story unfolds. Soma is a wonderful writer on the rise. Perhaps I should have started this story with the first star of evening, visible to our planet but harking of another shore, lighting our sky. We walk the beach with her. And the tide pulls the diamonds to our hands.
Nikki Giovanni

About the Author

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier's writing has earned nods from numerous authors and entities, including HBO, Nikki Giovanni, Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket), Antonya Nelson, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Molly Giles, Michelle Tea and others. Her debut novel, Off the Books, is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co. in 2024. Before turning to novels, Soma authored three prose chapbooks: Don’t Give Up on Alan Greenspan (CutBank Press), Salve (Black Lawrence Press), and Collateral Damage: A Triptych (Ropewalk Press). Her work has also been published in Story, Glimmer Train, ZYZZYVA, Mississippi Review, Carve Magazine, Eclectica Magazine, and Hyphen, among others. Her poetry and fiction have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and one of her award-winning short fiction pieces was named a Notable Story by the story South Million Writers Award authors. Soma helped build the literary arts department at Oakland School for the Arts in California. She has taught at colleges, universities, and a correctional facility, and worked at KQED, a premier national public media source in the Bay Area. Soma and her family relocated from California, where she lived the bulk of her life and was a San Francisco Library Laureate, to New York. She is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Oswego, where she founded Subnivean—an internationally-known literary publication staffed by her students and nominated by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses as one of just four national 2021 Firecracker Award finalists in the category, “Magazines: Best Debut.” Soma spends her free time with her kid, driving from public park to public park to splash around in the Syracuse region’s many magnificent swimming pools. 

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