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ISBN: 978-1-62557-701-6
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They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing

Publication Date: June 2018


They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as hybridized forms that push the boundaries of concepts like “genre” and “author.”

Contributors to this anthology include:

Kelli Russell Agodon, Anne-Marie Akin, Maureen Alsop, Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, Nin Andrews, James Ardis, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Amy Ash, Jennifer Atkinson, Devon Balwit, Amy Sayre Baptista, Tom Barlow, Tina Jenkins Bell, Andrea Blancas Beltran, Molly Bendall, Mary Biddinger, Kimberly Blaeser, Sarah Blake, CL Bledsoe, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Andrea Blythe, Mel Bosworth, Traci Brimhall, Elizabeth K. Brown, Callista Buchen, John F. Buckley, Michael Burkard, Elizabeth Jane Burnett, Kai Carlson-Wee, Anders Carlson-Wee, Tina Carlson, Brittany Cavallaro, Travis Cebula, Christopher Citro, Ben Clark, Brian Clements, Cathryn Cofell, Mackenzie Cole, Elizabeth J. Colen, Michael Collins, Juliet Cook, James Cummins, Kristina Marie Darling, Justin Lawrence Daugherty, Jon Davis, Kendra DeColo, Page Delano, Matthew DeMarco, Natalie Diaz, Dana Diehl, Cat Dixon, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, Jacqueline Doyle, Denise Duhamel, Alicia Elkort, Chiyuma Elliott, Craig Foltz, Kate Hanson Foster, Bryan Furuness, Elisa Gabbert, John Gallaher, Ross Gay, Ellen Geist, Jennifer Givhan, Benjamin Goluboff, Melissa Goodrich, Anne Gorrick, Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, Daniel Grandbois, Peter Grandbois, Hillary Gravendyk, Susan Gregory, Tracy Jane Gregory, Carol Guess, Michael Gushue, Stephen Gutierrez, Brenda Hammack, Matthew Shrode Hargis, Carla Harryman, j/j hastain, Rebecca Hazelton, Kathleen Heil, Lyn Hejinian, Derek Henderson, Tom Henthorne, Jeannie Hoag, Leslie E. Hoffman, Grant Holly,  Ron Horning, Amorak Huey, Luther Hughes, Karla Huston, Laura Jones, Todd Kaneko, Megan Kaminski, Persis Karim, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, Mary Kasimor, Diane Kendig, Caroline Kessler, Lissa Kiernan, Annie Kim, Dean LaTray, Sarah Layden, David Lehman, Dana Levin, Susan Lewis, Rae Liberto, Sarah Lilius, Ada Limon, Katt Lissard, Janice Tuck Lively, Tony Lopez, Mark Luebbers, Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Pushpa MacFarlane, Sarah Maclay, Felicia Madlock, Kelly Magee, Paul Marion, Holaday Mason, Ryan Masters, Carlo Matos, Melissa Matthewson, Meghan McClure, Kyle McCord, Kevin McLellan, Joe Milazzo, Brenda Miller, Tyler Mills, Justin Rovillos Monson, Gabrielle Montesanti, Alicia Mountain, Erin Mullikin, Rachel Neff, GennaRose Nethercott, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Dustin Nightingale, Meg Noodin, Isobel O’Hare, Rebecca Olander, Daniela Olszewska, Martin Ott, Christine Pacyk, Gillian Parrish, Elizabeth Paul, Michael Peterson, Derek Pollard, Ethel Rackin, Stella Reed, Virginia Smith Rice, Ryan Ridge, Jay Robinson, Andrea Rogers, Sarah Lyn Rogers, Stephanie Rogers, Kathleen Rooney, Bonnie Roy, Tony Ruzicka, Brynn Saito, Shannon Salter, Elizabeth Savage, Philip Schaefer, Michael Schmeltzer, Andrew Scott, Maureen Seaton, Katherine Seluja, Mary Beth Shaffer, Martha Silano, Jonathan Silverman, Matthew Simmons, Leigh Sugar, Sylvia Sukop, Paige Sullivan, Sarah Suzor, Faizan Syed, Jill Talbot, Molly Tenenbaum, Molly Thornton, Julie Marie Wade, William Wadsworth, G C Waldrep, Trent Walters, Jeff Whitney, Wikipoesis, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Laura Madeline Wiseman, David Wojciechowski, Maggie Woodward, Gail Wronsky, Anne Yoder


Carlos Fuentes argued that the most important literary occasions are those in which “genre” is recirculated. Writing survives-thrives, even-on recirculation and the reconception of genre. The collaborations collected here represent such a change, as important, in their own way, as concretism, found, sound or random poetry. Making the author plural, through joint composition, repositions the work, its voice and its experiential and emotion contexts. The more seamless these collaborations seem-and most do seem seamless-the more radical their gestures. Lyric, discursive, sometimes political these pieces manage their changes in compelling duets.

-Michael Anania

According to the Greeks, the origin of the word anthology can literally be translated as “flowergathering”. They Said gathers the most original and complementary blossoms in the literary garden and creates rare and distinctive bouquets. From poetry to creative non-fiction and more, from voices both familiar and yet-to-be discovered by some, there are splendid petals here for every reader to pluck.

-Lynne Thompson

With They Said, we’re presented with an anthology of contemporary work that beautifully illustrates the generative potential and dynamic energy of collaboration-a literary art too often overlooked. For any writer or poet, it’s impossible not to be inspired by the possibilities suggested here.

-Laura Cogan and Oscar Villalon

The best collaborative writing offers a view of an encounter. Is it collusion? That’s a word on everyone’s mind. When there are two (or more) writers in cahoots, what they accomplish together offers us a new definition of perspective. Again and again, the work of They Said blows me back-the resonance and wit of these minds intertwining makes for fantastic new writing. Over and over, in stereophonic sound.

-Christopher Salerno

About the Authors

Simone Muench

Simone Muench is the author of several books including Lampblack & Ash (Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry and NYT Editor’s Choice; Sarabande, 2005), Orange Crush (2010 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Poetry; Sarabande, 2010), and Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014). Her chapbook Trace won the Black River Chapbook Competition (Black Lawrence, 2014), and her collection, Suture, is a book of sonnets written with Dean Rader (Black Lawrence, 2017). She also co-edited the anthology They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence, 2018). Some of her honors include an NEA Poetry Fellowship, several Illinois Arts Council fellowships, the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry, and residency fellowships to Yaddo, Artsmith, VCCA, and VSC.

In 2014, she was awarded the Meier Foundation for the Arts Award that recognizes artists for innovation, achievements, and community contributions; and, in 2023, she received the Lewis University Career Scholarship Award granted “to a faculty member for their lifetime achievement in scholarly activity.” She received her PhD from the University of Illinois and is a professor of English at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. Currently, she serves as faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review, as poetry editor for JackLeg Press, as a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and creator of the HB Sunday Reading Series.

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Dean Rader

Dean Rader’s Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize, and Landscape Portrait Figure Form (2014) was a Barnes & Noble Review Best Poetry Book of the Year. He is the editor of 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poetry and the winner of the 2015 George Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America. A new collection, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (2017) appeared from Copper Canyon. Rader writes and reviews regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, Ploughshares and The Kenyon Review. He is a professor at The University of San Francisco, where, in 2011, he won the University’s distinguished research award. Poems co-written with Simone Munech from Suture (Black Lawrence Press, 2017) have appeared or will appear in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, Zyzzyva, Handsome, The Economy, Columbia Poetry Review, New American Writing, DMQ, Dusie, and many others and have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net Awards.

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