“Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing,” a collection of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and visual art by 78 writers and two visual artists who live in the state, has been released by Mongrel Empire Press, an eclectic publishing house specializing in regional and unusual literary works.
The anthology’s title is taken from a Woody Guthrie lyric titled “Way Down Yonder in the Minor Key” – “Way down yonder in the minor key/There ain’t nobody that can sing like me.”
The collection was first compiled and released as a special edition #35 of Sugar Mule Literary Journal. The print version includes all selections from the online version, plus works from four additional authors. An introduction by the editor, award-winning Oklahoma poet Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, opens the collection.
The groundbreaking anthology includes 188 selections. Many of the authors have published their work previously, but several are newly published for the first time.
“Oklahomans will be pleased to find many of their favorite regional authors and will undoubtedly find new favorites,” Mish said. “People from outside the state can enjoy top-notch writing that is not limited by regionalism but instead energized by it.”
Ada area authors include Michael West, ECU student Christopher Clark and ECU faculty members and instructors Jeanne Dunbar Green, Ken Hada, Hugh Tribbey and Mark Walling.
The anthology can be ordered on the Mongrel Empire Press website at www.mongrelempire.org. It will also be available at BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com just before Christmas. Bookstores and other retailers can order from Ingram & Taylor after Dec. 15.