Books and other publications


The Stories of Devil-Girl

An autobiographical novella. Devil-Girl is a storyteller smaller than a stain and larger than life, a mythic figure roaming the globe.

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Blue Earth

Blue Earth is a compelling novel of Minnesota, a land that guards its secrets. “Deep and searing, Blue Earth is perhaps one of the best novels of the past decade.” -Kathleen Spivack, author of With Robert Lowell and His Circle

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I Know What the Small Girl Knew

This early collection of Achtenberg’s poetry treats the intersection of the inner and the outer life through issues of social justice that remain crucial, and the ways history and its traumas sit in us.

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The Stone of Language

“Stunning and original! Powerful ‘make it new’ language” -Stratis Haviaras, founder and editor of Harvard Review

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Creative writing discourse

How Dare We! Write

How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse offers a much needed corrective to the usual dry and uninspired creative writing pedagogy. 

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