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Grand Prize winner of the 2019 UWA poetry book competition, With Only Which She Could Carry is a collection of poems chronicling transient characters trying to establish lives in multiple spaces at the same time, existing everywhere and nowhere at once. The author invites you to read, consider, and imagine a life lived out of terminals, stations, and the ether. Consider the motions of a life pressed through these turnstiles and what shapes might be formed of you from it. Consider what you might take and leave behind.

Whether it’s how the higher education system has left the entertainer disillusioned on the path to self discovery, or the way wonders of the unknown ripple through the wayfarer in solitude, the stories woven between these poems share a heart. A nuanced look at life in limbo.

Underground Writers Association is dedicated to making big splashes and bringing daring book projects into the literary world. This collection is the first UWA title to be in stores nation wide. Other titles from the publisher can be found in regional independent booksellers.


About the Author

Nicole Jean Turner is an artist from New England with an affinity for vignettes, napping outdoors, and conversations that confront the human condition. She writes in cursive to hide the butchered spelling that would otherwise raise suspicion about her master’s degree in writing. NJ has been published by over a dozen presses since 2012 and has authored two paperback poetry books: With Only Which She Could Carry: a poetry collection (UWA, 2020) and a limited-print reader-funded chapbook, Coffee Stout and Rain Water (GFM, 2017). 


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Due to COVID19, there will be no more events for this book and all pending / scheduled events are cancelled through 2021. A million thank-yous to those who came out to the launch night, I wish you all well. x

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