I'll be reading poetry with Omaha poet Trey Moody at Postcript in Ashland, NE, on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.
I am delighted to announce that the sequel to Union Square, Miracuous Medal, has been accepted for publication by Apprentice House Press, and will be published in 2020.
My review of Jennifer Militello's powerful memoir, Knock Wood, is up at Tupelo Quarterly this month
See my work at The Poetry Foundation
Read Steven Wingate's interview with me about Union Square, in Fiction Writers Review
Praise for Union Square
"I loved this book. It is flat-out the best thing I’ve read in several years, and that includes a number of award-winning novels. I hardly know how to describe the experience of reading it. Koesters reminds me of Virginia Woolf in her atmospheric power and ability to convey interiority, of Hemingway in her clarity and punch, and, once-in-a-lovely-while, of Cormac McCarthy in her syntactic drive and her swooping dives into metaphysical brooding. She gets everybody, from cocky-but-yearning teenage boys to psychically shattered, violent young men to snarky, guilty old pedophiles to heartbreakingly innocent young girls torn between desire and God. Really—if you have another novel you’ve started, put it aside and read this one. The other one will wait. This one will pin you to the wall.
-Kent Meyers, author of Twisted Tree
"Brilliant, disturbing, sad and maybe full of hope. [...] A novel not to be forgotten, for any of us."
Praise for Three Days with the Long Moon
"The long moon that Adrian Koesters invokes in her powerful second collection pulls at every best-laid intention and barely-contained desire. The abiding theme here is control and the allure of losing it. Constrained by a variety of forms, speaking through characters who wear the nun’s habit or the invisibility of middle age, these poems voice an insatiable hunger for the forbidden, the unavailable, the irretrievable. Koesters’ lines are tense and alive, as intimate as love letters. Three Days with the Long Moon is a thrilling read."
—Kathleen Flenniken, author of Famous and Plume
Praise for Many Parishes
"Koesters’ Many Parishes is an original. The poems seem to smack the hard-ass contemporary world up against a deep spiritual sense, until we see they’re one and the same."
— Fleda Brown, author of No Need of Sympathy
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