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Meerkat Press to Publish Keith Rosson’s Debut Collection.

Meerkat Press is excited to announce we will be publishing Keith Rosson’s debut collection, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons in 2021. It is no secret we love his writing and his short fiction is no exception.

The stories in Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons delve into notions of family, grief, identity, loss, and hope, with the merging of literary fiction and magical realism that Rosson has explored in his previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Hospitality,” a series of interlinking and brutal events unfold at a fading roadside motel, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and will include a number of Rosson’s previously published stories as well as unreleased work.

“Keith’s first submission to Meerkat was his short fiction. It blew me away, and I literally begged him to send a novel, which turned out to be his debut novel, The Mercy of the Tide. We’re delighted that three books later, we’ve gone full circle with the acquisition of his debut short fiction collection,” said Reeks.

“I’m incredibly excited about the release of Folk Songs,” said Rosson. “Probably even more than writing novels, the short story has been a tremendous gift to me. I love the challenge in writing them, I love reading them. Publishing a story collection has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and I’m thrilled to work with Meerkat Press again, who clearly cares so much and works so hard for their authors and the books they publish.”

Keith Rosson

Keith Rosson is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide (2017, Meerkat Press) and Smoke City (2018, Meerkat Press). His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, December, and more. An advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape, he can be found at keithrosson.com.

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons
Road Seven

Smoke City

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Smoke City

Behind the Mask

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Behind the Mask

The Mercy of the Tide

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Beast Heart

2020 Awards Shortlisters, Longlisters so far!

It is that time of the year and we are already blown away at the showing from our 2020 catalog!
*final results in!

  • VELOCITIES : STORIES by Kathe Koja (story collection) | * Bram Stoker Award Finalist, This is Horror Award nominee, Locus prelim ballot
  • THE ATTIC TRAGEDY by J. Ashley-Smith (novella) | Bram Stoker Award prelim ballot, Aurealis Award nominee, Shadows Award nominee
  • THE ROAD TO WOOP WOOP & OTHER STORIES by Eugen Bacon (story collection) | Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year nominee, * BSFA longlist, 2 stories on Nommos Longlist
  • DEPRIVATION by Roy Freirich (novel) | Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year nominee
  • ROAD SEVEN by Keith Rosson (novel) | * Ippy Bronze Winner, Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year nominee
  • BEAST HEART by Kyle Richardson (YA) | Foreword Indies Best Book of the Year nominee
  • CLAIMING T-MO by Eugen Bacon, Nommos Longlist

We loved these books from the start and that’s why we published them, so it warms our heart to see these amazing authors’ babies getting the attention they deserve. We hope you’ll check them out if you haven’t already.

2020 Awards – Shortlisters & Longlisters

Previous Award Winners, Shortlisters, Longlisters

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The Road to Woop Woop & Other Stories
The Cipher
Road Seven
The Attic Tragedy
Velocities: Stories
Beast Heart
Deprivation

Into Bones Like Oil

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Into Bones Like Oil
Carpe Glitter

Claiming T-Mo

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Claiming T-Mo

Collision: Stories

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Collision: Stories

Missing Signal

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Missing Signal

Meet Me in the Strange

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Meet Me in the Strange

Smoke City

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Smoke City
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Aurealis Magazine Reviews Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

Keith Rosson’s new collection, FOLK SONGS FOR TRAUMA SURGEONS was reviewed by Eugen Bacon in Aurealis Magazine #137. An insightful review of an amazing collection.

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons is not your everyday collection. This uncanny offering by Keith Rosson, author of The Mercy of the Tide, Smoke City and Road Seven is a statement, perhaps a rebellion, or a deep and silent bellow: a belly-deep trauma that falls like seditious pebbles out of a tormented jaw.

EUGEN BACON, AUREALIS MAGAZINE #137
Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

With Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson delves into notions of family, grief, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he’s explored in previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Brad Benske and the Hand of Light,” an estranged husband seeks his wife’s whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.

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Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons Blog Tour & Giveaway


With Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson delves into notions of family, grief, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he’s explored in previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Brad Benske and the Hand of Light,” an estranged husband seeks his wife’s whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.

“These powerful stories will leave readers unsettled in the best ways.”

– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Tour Schedule

Feb-22 – All Things Jill Elizabeth – Excerpt
Feb-22 – Sadie’s Spotlight – Excerpt
Feb-22 – Nonstop Reader – Book Review
Feb-23 – b for bookreview – Interview
Feb-23 – Speculative Fiction Showcase – Excerpt
Feb-23 – The Faerie Review – Book Review
Feb-23 – Books, Beans & Booze – Book Review
Feb-23 – The Qwillery – Excerpt
Feb-23 – NB Magazine – Book Review
Feb-24 – Tomes and Tales – Interview
Feb-25 – Vol.1 Brooklyn – Interview
Feb-25 – Literary Gadd -Excerpt
Feb-25 – My Corner of Books – Interview
Mar-1 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Interview
Mar-1 – 100 Pages A Day – Book Review
Mar-2 – The Next Best Book Club – Guest Post
Mar-2 – T Kent Writes – Guest Post
Mar-3 – PaulSemel.com – Interview
Mar-4 – Big Indie Books – Guest Post
Mar-5 – Michelle Meng’s Book Blog – Book Review
Mar-5 – Celticguardian’s Bookish Ramblings – Book Review
Mar – 5 – Crazykidjournal – Book Review
Mar-11 – LargeHearted Boy – Playlist



Other Books by Keith Rosson

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons
Road Seven

Smoke City

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Smoke City

Behind the Mask

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Behind the Mask

The Mercy of the Tide

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The Mercy of the Tide
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