“Trailer Trash” is a book about the cotton-country of Riverside County, Southern California, in 1980s/90s. A book about poverty, ravaged landscape, and gender, it touches on a fuller, dustier California than Hollywood would have you believe. It is not only a book of class and struggle, it is also a book of triumph, beauty, and constructed worlds. It interfaces with grief and sanctuary in equal measure, creating a deeper understanding of origin stories. Never be ashamed of where you come from, these poems say, even when where you come from is broken, and dry, and made of tin.
About the author
July Westhale is the author of “Trailer Trash,” winner of the 2016 Kore Press First Book Award, The Cavalcade, and the children’s book Occasionally Accurate Science. Her most recent poetry can be found in The National Poetry Review, RHINO, Prairie Schooner, Eleven Eleven, 580 Split, and Quarterly West. Her essays have been nominated for Best American Essays, as well as the Pushcart prize. She moonlights as a journalist at The Establishment, and has appeared in The Huffington Post.
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