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About the Author

Emma Trelles is the author of Little Spells, a chapbook of poems published by GOSS183. Her work has appeared in publications such as Verse Daily, 3 AM Magazine, Oranges and Sardines,OCHO, Newsday, the Miami Herald, Latina magazine, and the Sun-Sentinel, where she was the art critic for three years. She is the editor of MiPOesias Magazine's American Cuban Issue, a recipient of a Green Eye Shade award for arts criticism, and a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry. Emma Trelles is a regular contributor to The Best American Poetry blog. She teaches creative writing at the Florida Center for the Literary Arts.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440433909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440433900
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,323,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Trelles is the author Tropicalia, winner of the 2010 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and forthcoming from the University of Notre Dame Press in February 2011. She is also the author of the chapbook Little Spells (GOSS183), a recommended read by the Valparaiso Poetry Review and the Montserrat Review. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of a Green Eyeshade award for art criticism, she has been a featured author at the Miami Book Fair International and at the Palabra Pura reading series at the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago. She received her MFA in creative writing from Florida International University and is a regular contributor to the Best American Poetry blog.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
LITTLE SPELLS is a book of poems that is just what its title suggests: observations of the ordinary made extraordinary in the gifted mind and pen of Emma Trelles. In this collection of 22 poems Trelles manages to ponder love found or desired or lost, survey the intoxicating flora and fauna of Florida, recall childhood in the tastiest ways, and tell short stories of strange incidents in the format of a few lines of free verse poetry. Her command of descriptive vocabulary astonishes without pushing us away for lack of immediate recognition - and she asks (or expects) her reader to think! Refreshing work, this.

For this reader the joy of Emma Trelles is the return to poems that sparkle with descriptive atmosphere much the way memories of favorite places nudge us to return. In HEADING INTO THE EVERGLADES she weaves
'The road rivers through two horizons,
palmetto and dragonflies flower the ground
by the highway that threads through the cypress.'
'...the sky
chalked cobalt and plum, everything
rose-soaked until the very air is watercolored solace.'
In FROM THE SHORECREST, MIAMI BEACH she playfully wanders through her memories of childhood and after
in '....this place where the sky at dusk is an altar
Chagall would have painted with his plain-faced angels.'

At once witty, nostalgic, romantic and funny, Emma Trelles offers Little Spells in every poem she writes. This is an important American poet. Reader Alert! Grady Harp, November 08
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pris Campbell on October 21, 2008
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This is a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down. Both the content of the poems and the wonderful style in which they're written mesmerized me. I should mention that too many poetry books end up disappointing me. Not this one. I plan to read it again and again. Hope to see more of this poet's work in the future.
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