America Is Not the World

an international collection of poetry and short fiction


You won’t like everything you read in this book, and you shouldn’t; though there is beauty, there are also many ugly truths. The writers in this collection have contributed thought-provoking and sincere work: some of the tellings will make you angry; others will inspire curiosity; many will urge new respect for people you may have feared.

These are stories of humanity and what it is to exist:
whether it’s in the headlines, or in silence.


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SHINJINI BHATTACHARJEE, poet and Editor of Hermeneutic Chaos and Press:

The landscape of America Is Not the World enacts important historical and cultural intersections through a vivid mélange of symbolic and imagistic riches that are unsparingly true. The collection reconstructs our perception of America through poems and stories that fold maps and question binaries by narrating the lives of our complex, often troubled worlds that do not harbor easy answers. But, at the same time, it also offers the splendid possibility of a human culture that dissolves the glistening weight of its wounds together. This is an anthology that hums and crackles with a formidable urgency that is rare, intimate, poignant and necessary, assembling languages that our identities won’t reveal. Prepare to emerge from it transformed.

, columnist for Art-Parasites and author of WAR SONGS and Coffee and Cigarettes:

“Nothing feels like loss anymore,” says a powerful Pakistani poem by one of the many international writers in America Is Not The World. This book is raw, diverse, and impassioned, and comes at a time when the entire world needs it, even when many prefer to remain deaf to the truth. Pankhearst’s new collection is not another scream into the void – it is a wake-up call. Everyone ought to hear the alarm.

DONNA-MARIE RILEY, author of Love and Other Small Wars:

These are the voices we need – voices that break the monotony. This collection is wonderful and heart-wrenching in equal measure. Wonderful because these voices are so incredibly articulate and individual and necessary. Heart-wrenching because I am so sorry for the things they have to say. I am amazed and humbled by the tenderness of these poems. They throb while you’re reading them and echo long after you’ve finished. A collection that sings.


As reviewed by James H. Duncan at Hobo Camp Review:

Also placed on his list of his favorite books of 2016:

With love and gratitude toward the following contributors:

Jonatan Allin, Lean Angstman, Iris Appelquist, Prerna Bakshi, Anita M. Barnard, Lana Bella, Carl Boon, April Michelle Bratten, Victoria Briggs, Michael Campagnoli, Chris Campanioni, Abigail Carl-Klassen, Beth Copeland, Meg Drummond-Wilson, Brett Evans, D. Dina Friedman, Kate Garrett, Hannah Hamilton, Nels Hanson, Felicity Hughes, Claire Ibarra, Evangeline Jennings, Donna Jones MBE, Loma Jones, Soniah Kamal, Amy Kinsman, Laurie Kolp, Simon Lewis, Shahe Mankerian, Brandon Marlon, Caitlin McGill, Kevin McGuirk, Sarah Frances Moran, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Christine Rhein, Dale Ritterbusch, Noel Sloboda, James Stack, George Such, Kelly Talbot, Adeeba Shahid Talukder, Jessica Thompson, Rhiannon Thorne, Allyson Whipple, m.nicole.wildhood, Orooj-e-Zafar, and zean.I