Sundress Releases The Tripart Heart by Sarah Einstein

Sundress Releases The Tripart Heart by Sarah Einstein

Sundress Publications announces the release of Sarah Einstein’s new chapbook, The Tripart Heart. The chapbook follows three distinct chapters in Einstein’s life, proving that within every individual experience is room for growth.

tripartIn The Tripart Heart, love lays within the grooves and shadows of personal discomfort and there settles into the knowledge that the most important part of love, regardless of form or reason, is that it exists. The woman of Einstein’s stories longs to make an impact on the world. Her relationships echo her revelations as she moves through hospitality, transience, and honesty. A willingness to love guides her on a journey of change as she breaks rules for a dying man whose version of home is a tar paper shack and topples social barriers defining who-reaches-for-whom in a marriage, all amid the fleeting drug-magic of tie-dyed days spent at Rainbow Gatherings. Enlightenment through love traverses each complex facet of Sarah Einstein’s The Tripart Heart, as the woman’s battles with heartbreak and loss cause her to confront the naïveté of widespread affection and reshape it into concentrated moments of intimacy.

Penny Guisinger, author of Postcards from Here called the chapbook, “ … wise, witty, sharp-eyed, and full of compassionate heart. [Einstein] takes a hard look at how we treat and accept each other, how we overlook and discard each other, and how we revere and love each other. The Tripart Heart asks us to work a little harder at the job of being good humans.”

And Alex DeFrancesco, author of Pscyhopomps said, “Walking a line between deeply-felt memory and tender nostalgia for hard-scrabble times, Sarah Einstein’s chapbook delineates the path from trying to change the world to letting the world soften and make fertile the heart.”

Sarah Einstein is the author of Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press 2015), author imageRemnants of Passion (Shebooks 2014). Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Sun, Ninth Letter, PANK, and other journals. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Best of the Net, and the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

The chapbook is available at

Laura Page’s epithalamium Named Winner of 2017 Chapbook Competition


Sundress Publications is pleased to announce that Laura Page is the winner of our sixth chapbook competition. Among a record number of strong and engaging manuscripts, Page’s collection, epithalamium, stood out. Judge Darren C. Demaree had this to say about the chapbook:

unnamed-1epithalamium is an incredible dancer working beautifully, relentlessly, spasmodically on a stage that was constructed small enough that the artist must at some point jump into the crowd to make their work the whole scene. The poems in this chapbook are dynamic and unique. The language, music, and energy used caught me off guard many times, and I can think of no better goals than that for poetry. None of these poems are “that blushing thing.” All of them are working and questioning the archetypes and mythologies that deserve to be questioned, and through that process something larger emerges. Through that process we learn to “forget stardust. / think transit. think love.” This chapbook approaches the real world with an otherworldly understanding of its machinations, and despite that deep look into our workings it emerges with a passionate idea of where this could all be headed.”

Laura Page is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and editor of the poetry journal, Virga. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Rust + Moth, Crab Creek Review, The Rumpus, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, TINGE, and elsewhere. She is the author of two previous chapbooks, Children, Apostates (dancing girl press, 2016) and Sylvia Plath in the Major Arcana (Anchor & Plume, forthcoming).Visit her at

We also are excited to announce that Sarah Einstein’s A Tripart Heart and Grey Vild’s Chickenhawks & Goldilocks were also selected for publication – both collections will be available later this year on the Sundress website.

Other Submitted Chapbooks of Note

Sarah Cooper — 89%
Sarah Einstein — A Tripart Heart*
Alexis Olson — A Girl Fell in Love With a Shark
Grey Vild — Chickenhawks & Goldilocks*

Sara Adams — Swallowing Shark
Kelli Allen — Lyrebird Keeps the Peace
Zeina Azzam — Bayna-Bayna
Kristi Carter — Daughter Shaman Sings Blood Anthem
Melissa Fite Johnson — A Crooked Door Cut Into the Sky
Mary Moore — Amanda and the Man Soul
Shannon Mullally — Perpetual Travel

*Selected for publication

Project Bookshelf: Sarah Einstein

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I’m ashamed of my bookshelf, which is a lot like my purse, in that every few months I clean it out with the intention of keeping it organized and then I immediately just start cramming stuff into it. Sometimes, the same stuff, like receipts and postage stamps and, well, books. (I have a big purse.) I’m so ashamed that I almost took a picture of my husband’s neatly organized bookshelf instead, but then you would all believe that I could read German and was Medievalist with fairly broad-ranging scholarly interests, and neither of those two things is true.

My bookshelf is full mostly of books that I’ve used recently, but not so recently that they aren’t still scattered in the living room, my office at school, the bedroom, or the back seat of my car.  It’s where last year’s books go to live, until I need them again, and they move back to the living room, office, car, bedroom, or car or until I realize I forgot I already owned them and and bought another copy, in which case one of the copies has to go and live at the public library or we will drown in books. (Although you may notice that there are two copies of Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, and both of those stay. One is for rereading, one is for lending. You would also notice that there were two copies of Abigail Thomas’s Three Dog Life, Dorothy Alison’s Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, Sara Pritchard’s Lately, and Dinty W. Moore’s Between Passion and Desire, except that apparently I’ve done that thing again where I lend out both my lending and my rereading copies of most of those books, and so they aren’t on the shelves at all. It’s time to go back to The Athens Book Center and restock, I guess. Because, let’s face it, the difference between lending a book and giving it to someone is negligeable. Really, lent books just go to live in other people’s living rooms, offices, bedrooms, and cars.)

There are also those books that mark me as a graduate student: Oxford companions to things, textbooks I’m teaching from, textbooks from which I am being taught. And those books that mark me as a writer: journals and anthologies in which I’m published and (more, so many more) copies of journals in which I would like to be. There are one or two books that I was meant to review and haven’t yet, but let’s not notice those, okay? I’m doing my best. Graduate school is hard.

Sarah Einstein is the author of Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press 2015), which was awarded the AWP Series Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and of Remnants of Passion (Shebooks 2014). Her essays and short stories have previously appeared in Ninth Letter, Fringe Magazine, PANK, Sixfold, The Fiddleback, and other journals, and been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Best of the Net, and Notable Essay status in Best American Essays. She has been anthologized in Southern Sin by In Fact Books, and her work appears in the upcoming anthology Writing Into the Forbidden, to be published by Ohio University Press in 2014. She lives in Athens, OH, where she is a PhD student in Creative Nonfiction at Ohio University.