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S. Thomas Summers Releases the Second Title in His Civil War Series

Anaphora Literary Press is thrilled to once again work with poet S. Thomas Summers on his latest publication, “The Journals of Lt. Kendall Everly: A Story of the American Civil War.”

Wayne, NJ, July 17, 2013 --( The Journals of Lt. Kendall Everly: A Story of the American Civil War is the second book in S. Thomas Summers’s Civil War series. A school teacher and a pacifist, Kendall Everly pits himself against the war, saddened by the fleeting innocence of his students and the purity he feels that innocence personifies. Everly embraces the Union effort and enlists, a noble effort to protect the youth he knows will soon understand the terrible realities of blood and steel. Yet, the war and its horrors envelope him and transform him into a man he no longer knows or recognizes.

($15, ISBN: 978-1-937536-41-1, LCCN: 2013904201, 6X9″, 80pp)

“In ‘The Journals of Lt. Kendall Everly,’ S. Thomas Summers metaphorically marches his readers into the history and heart of the American Civil War. Through particular attention to detail, powerful sonic impression, and stunning imagery, these brilliant and disturbing poems take us directly into battle with Kendall Everly. Today, the weapons, war fields, and faces have changed, but the emotional, physical, and spiritual battles remain the same. Summers is a perceptive and uncompromising ‘witness’ who leads us to the sad wisdom of every war’s horror and loss.”
—Adele Kenny, editor, author of What Matters

“S. Thomas Summers has written another poignant, inspiring collection of poems that well portrays the angst, camaraderie, fear, and other human emotions that all Civil War soldiers experienced.”
—Scott L. Mingus, Sr., historian and author of Flames Beyond Gettysburg

“Artillery whistles like a murder of banshees, white tents hover over last night’s battlefield like praying angels, muskets scratch the morning with poisonous tips—S. Thomas Summers’s page-turning lyrics reenact the Civil War so compellingly that readers will check themselves for wounds. This cinematic, personal book is truly Summers’s ‘battle to protect the poetry of lives.’ In our world, still at war with itself, still sanitizing carnage with statistics, he reminds us that poetry is our best hope for peace.”
—Susanna Rich, professor of English at Kean University and author of Television Daddy

S. Thomas Summers is a teacher of English at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, New Jersey and an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ. He is the author of three poetry books, including Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War, which has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Summers’s poetry has also been featured in several respected reviews and journals, including The Atlantic, the Loch Raven Review, MiPo, and The Pedestal Magazine. He lives with his wife and children in the hills of Northern New Jersey and blogs at

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Anaphora Literary Press is an independent publisher that has published dozens of creative and non-fiction books. Among these publications is the tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal, which has published such best-selling authors as Cinda Williams Chima and Carrie Ryan. The Press is a member of The Independent Book Publishers Association and The Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Anapahora Literary Press authors have done readings at major venues, while several titles have been assigned in college courses and reviewed in major academic, trade, and news publications. The Press’s Director, Dr. Anna Faktorovich, is an English professor.
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