field guide to autobiography is now available from H_NGM_N Books


I’m thrilled to announce that my first full-length poetry collectionfield guide to autobiography, is now available for pre-order from H_NGM_N Books! This book has been a labor of love, & has changed and evolved in many ways since I first began writing poems toward it 5 years ago. In many ways, field guide truly began as part of my MFA thesis back in 2006. How does a person begin to enumerate the many fragments & fractals that comprise a life? field guide is an attempt at memoir through the lens of various animals & minerals including katydids, wrens, abalone shells, and apple trees.     
Here are a few things others have said about field guide to autobiography:
“This isn’t conventional nature poetry; it’s a poetry that helps us understand the future and the world that embeds us.” – Juliana Spahr
“Here are whorls, and bursts of light, where to fly is to sing is to fly, where “soft noises” compose a listening to instruct your ontological imagination. Following Eleftherion’s exertion towards classification, we are led to its (im)possibility. Read this book! You never know what form you may be compelled to assume.” – Elise Ficarra
If you’re interested in reviewing a copy of field guide to autobiography, please let me know! I will have copies in hand shortly.
Thanks so much for reading.


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Melissa Eleftherion is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & nine chapbooks, including the forthcoming trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at

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