Akron Series in Poetry to publish poetry collections by Krystal Languell and Brittany Cavallaro

The University of Akron Press is pleased to announce that it will publish Quite Apart by Krystal Languell, the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize editor’s choice selection, and Unhistorical by Brittany Cavallaro, author of the previous University of Akron Press poetry collection Girl-King.

Krystal Languell is the author of the collections Call the Catastrophists (BlazeVox, 2011) and Gray Market (1913 Press, 2016) and several chapbooks. She has completed a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace residency in 2014-15 and a Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship in 2013-14. A member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, she continues to publish the feminist poetry journal Bone Bouquet. Languell lives and writes in Chicago where she works for the Poetry Foundation.

Krystal Languell’s Quite Apart offers a guide to solitude in cities and strategies of resistance via “the business of double agency.” Whether through a lens on the mechanics of reading George Eliot’s Middlemarch or a quiet, parenthetical voice recasting familial roles, these poems consider the fraught nature of money and love and how much is too much to ask of one another. In her third collection, Languell chronicles the radical self-education of a woman “in sweatpants thinking about money.”


Brittany Cavallaro is the author of one previous poetry collection, Girl-King, with the University of Akron Press. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels for young adults. She lives in Michigan, where she teaches at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

The poems in Brittany Cavallaro’s second poetry collection, Unhistorical, are haunted by the impossibility of a true history. In diary entries, palimpsests, monographs, and monologues, Cavallaro traces out a Sherlock Holmes mystery story that cannot be solved—and lays beside it the wreckage of a contemporary relationship, played out across two continents, with a shared history as contentious as a murder charge: “I am your constant companion / and we have never lived within these same walls.”