Live Stream | Cheryl J. Fish presents Off the Yoga Mat in conversation with Christy Alexander Hallberg

Image contains the text: Cheryl J. Fish in conversation with Christy Alexander Hallberg : Thursday, October, 27 2022. 6 PM ET. Virtual launch. Next to the text are photo/s of the participant/s and the cover of the featured book/s.

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Off The Yoga Mat follows three characters approaching 40 on a rollicking journey of love, transformation, and jealousy as Y2K approaches. Nate, a graduate student researching jealousy in Darwin and Shakespeare, denies he ever experiences that emotion. In shielding himself from disappointment, he almost misses out on a scintillating romance. After she breaks up with Nate, Nora, fueled by the desire to have a baby, takes a temporary job at Nokia in Finland. She sweats in the sauna, tries on men like miniskirts, and embraces the Finnish concept of sisu: perseverance despite setbacks.

Nate's yoga teacher, Lulu, yearns to get to the bottom of her nightmares of childhood abuse. An experiment concocted by Nate's friends to test his ability to withstand jealousy pushes him into a steamy tryst with Lulu. While she aids her ailing mother in New Orleans, Lulu meets a woman who helps her confront her violent past. After they become lovers, Nate (jealous this time) reconnects with Nora at a wedding. Their boozy nostalgic reunion complicates everything.

Cheryl J. Fish is a poet, fiction writer and environmental humanities scholar. Her recent books of poetry include Crater & Tower, on trauma and ecology after the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption and the terrorist attack of 9/11/01, and The Sauna Is Full Of Maids, poems and photographs celebrating Finnish sauna culture, the natural world, and friendships. She has been a Fulbright Professor and she teaches at City University of New York.

Christy Alexander Hallberg is the author of the award-winning novel Searching for Jimmy Page (Livingston Press, 2021) and host of Rock is Lit: A Podcast About Rock Novels, from Pantheon Podcast Network. She is a Teaching Professor of English at East Carolina University, where she earned her BS and MA in English. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Goddard College. She is Senior Associate Editor of North Carolina Literary Review. Her short fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as North Carolina Literary ReviewThe Main Street RagFiction SoutheastRiggwelterDeep South MagazineEclecticaLitroSTORGYEntropystorySouthStill: The Journal, and Concho River Review. Her creative nonfiction essay “The Ballad of Evermore” was a finalist for the Sequestrum 2020 Editor’s Reprint Award. Her flash story “Aperture” was chosen Story of the Month by Fiction Southeast for October 2020. The editors of the Best Small Fictions anthology series chose it for inclusion in their 2021 issue. Find her at and on Twitter/Instagram @ChristyHallberg.

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Off the Yoga Mat By Cheryl J. Fish Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604893069
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Livingston Press (AL) - October 20th, 2022

Searching for Jimmy Page By Christy Alexander Hallberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604892918
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Livingston Press at the University of West Al - October 20th, 2021

SKU: x672389