The gift-giving season is now in swing, and UNC Greensboro has plenty to offer. From new music and novels to gripping poetry to a book based on a recent Weatherspoon Art Museum exhibition, these 2018 releases by faculty and alumni make great gifts.

The Wild Inside (Harper Collins/William Morrow)
By Jamey Bradbury ’09 MFA
Bestselling novelist John Irving calls “The Wild Inside”  “an unusual love story and a creepy horror novel — think of the Brontë sisters and Stephen King.” Bradbury is a graduate of UNCG’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Wolf ears

From the cover of Jamey Bradbury’s “The Wild Inside.”

Exhaling Space (Navona Records)
By Alejandro Rutty
School of Music professor Alejandro Rutty and his cast of remarkable performers have created captivating music combining Latin and world music styles with the classical tradition.

Gotham: Season 4 (DC/Fox)
The hit television series stars School of Theatre alumnus Chris Chalk ’01.

Three men over a desk.

A still from “Gotham.”

The Raiment We Put On: New & Selected Poems 2006-2018 (Press 53)
By Kelly Cherry ’67 MFA
Kelly Cherry, a UNCG Distinguished Alumna, former poet laureate of Virginia, and author of more than 20 books takes on what few contemporary poets are willing to: the ways and hows of human existence, in both personal and historical terms.

The Ballad of Sally Rose, Expanded Edition (Rhino/Warner Bros.)
By Emmylou Harris
This expanded version of alumna Harris’ classic 1985 country concept album features the original recordings newly remastered and previously unreleased demos.

Album cover

From “The Ballad of Sally Rose” by UNCG alumna Emmylou Harris

The Prom Original Cast Recording (Sony Classical)
By The Broadway Cast of The Prom (featuring Beth Leavel ’80 MFA)
“The Prom” tells the story of an Indiana high schooler banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, and a group of eccentric Broadway performers who arrive at the town to help. The cast recording, featuring alumna Beth Leavel, will be released digitally Dec. 14 and on CD Jan. 19.

Love Like Sky (Disney-Hyperion)
By Leslie C. Youngblood ’05 MFA
A story for young readers about a family facing change, the challenges of friendship, and the strength of sibling and intergenerational relationships.

From the cover of Leslie C. Youngblood’s “Love Like Sky”

Still Lives: A novel (Counterpoint)
By Maria Hummel ’98 MFA
A page-turning flight through the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into an industry flooded with money and secrets.

The Other Side of My Heart (Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble)
By Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble
A musical-visual artwork composed of songs and recorded conversations with six Latina immigrants who reflected on their dreams and fears while evaluating the things they gained and lost. All interviews were conducted by the artist, School of Music professor Lorena Guillén.

Band performing at night.

The Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble

Empty Clip (The University of Akron Press)
By Emilia Phillips
Poems that bore into the cultures of violence while cross-firing upon the poets’ complicity and testifying on these cultures’ effects upon female body image and mental health. Phillips is a faculty member in UNCG’s Department of English and MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Dread and Delight, Fairy Tales in an Anxious World (Weatherspoon Art Museum)
By Emily Stamey
The hardcover accompaniment to the museum’s knock-out fall exhibition explores fairy tales in contemporary art and offers insight into many of the works featured in the exhibition. It also includes a new story by UNCG MFA program alumna and recent McArthur “Genius” grant winner Kelly Link ’95.

Book Cover

From Dr. Emily Stamey’s “Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World”

From Asylum to Prison (UNC Press)
By Anne Parsons
Parsons recasts the political narrative of the late 20th century, charting how the politics of mass incarceration shaped the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric hospitals and mental health policy making. In doing so, the UNCG professor of history offers critical insight into how the prison took the place of the asylum in crucial ways, shaping the rise of the prison industrial complex.

Big Windows (Carnegie Mellon Press)
By Lauren Moseley ’08 MFA
Named one of the 12 most anticipated poetry collections of 2018 by Bustle Magazine and in the “35 over 35” annual list for debut books, “Big Windows” examines love, family, marriage, and self-knowledge through the lens of the natural world.

From Lauren Moseley’s poetry book “Big Windows.”

No, It’s Just You: a Memoir in 58 One-Act Plays and One Montage (Scuppernong Books)
By Andrew Saulters ’08 MFA
A collection of 58 humorous vignettes and one montage, presenting nearly verbatim conversation from the last seven years of the author’s life. Available from the publisher.

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Compiled by Avery Campbell and Susan Kirby-Smith, University Communications
Includes copy and images drawn from publisher websites