This is Matthew Frank. Thank you once again for your interest in my work in the past (specifically BAROLO). My new book, POT FARM, just came out, and I am hoping the book may be of interest to you and your readers, in regards discussion/Q&A/guest-blogging, review, or general reading interest. Here’s a bit about the book:
My new nonfiction book, POT FARM (The University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books), is now available on the press website and on Amazon. (I’ll paste the links below). The book is a behind-the-scenes exploration of a Northern California medical marijuana farm, based on my experience as a seasonal employee. A portion of the book deals with the food culture on such farms. Poets & Writers Magazine recently chose the book as a New and Notable selection. Thanks so much!
Here are the links:
Here’s some advance praise for the book:
Pot Farm is the curious and compelling tale of a hazy season spent harvesting medical marijuana. The cast of characters rivals those found in the finest comic fiction, except these folks are real, and really peculiar. Pot Farm is smart, sly, revelatory, often laugh-out-loud funny, and entirely legal.”—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire
“Sex, politics, intrigue, crime, adventure, life and death—it’s all here, in a strangely compelling hybrid of action flick meets postmodern philosophical meditation meets Cheech and Chong. This compulsively readable exposé from a self-proclaimed ‘unreliable narrator’ has it all, including a cast of outcast characters who simply jump off the page.”—Gina Frangello, author of Slut Lullabies
“Frank takes the reader into the fields, where a pair of good clippers can make or break a man, and describes the intricate methods used to cut and dry the product to ensure good quality. . . . Investigative research coupled with personal reflections on a controversial arena of American farm production.”—Kirkus Reviews
Additionally, my book BAROLO has gone into its second printing in paperback, and will include links to Italian Piemontese recipes. That edition is available here:
Here’s a brief bio:
I am the author of “Barolo” (The University of Nebraska Press), “Pot Farm” (The University of Nebraska Press), “Warranty in Zulu” (Barrow Street Press), “The Morrow Plots” (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), “Sagittarius Agitprop” (Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books), and the chapbooks “Four Hours to Mpumalanga” (Pudding House Publications), and “Aardvark” (West Town Press). Recent work appears in The New Republic, The Huffington Post, Field, Epoch, AGNI, The Iowa Review, Seneca Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, The Best Food Writing, The Best Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Gastronomica, and others. I was born and raised in Illinois, and currently teach Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where I am the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North.
Thanks so much for your support! I hope all is well with you!
All the best,
Matthew Gavin Frank
Finalist in the Writing and Publishing category of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, “$uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book,”