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While training as a psychotherapist, a young woman recovering from anxiety is called to counsel a girl who’s attempted suicide. Each must find a way to carry herself forward…

Slide a Mirror to Me (Transcendent Zero Press, 2017) is the debut poetry collection by Anna Kander, a writer in the Midwest who previously trained as a psychotherapist. Kander weaves poems and stories into a loose narrative with villains, heroes, and hope.

Heather Kinnane, author of Faery Dream, calls the book “heartbreaking in places, and beautiful.” The book is available now in paperback.

Praise for Slide a Mirror to Me

“Raw and emotional. Anna Kander has created a collection of poetry that anyone can relate to—and enjoy.”

—Anne Wheeler, author of Forever’s End

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“More women should have loud and obnoxious creative spirits, telling us not to shut up, telling us not to give up, making us be loud and obnoxious too.”

—Dr. Sara L. Uckelman, author and Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Durham University

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“These poems are genuine. Good poetry can make me feel I’m breathing through it. My breath is the poem’s breath. I trust it totally. That is the case here.”

—Owen Kaelan, Editor, Gone Lawn Poetry

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“There’s anger in the speaker’s voice… it’s a truth that is hard to express in any other way. A more forgiving voice would be self-defeating. A more ambiguous take belongs somewhere else.”

—Yotam Hadass, Editor, Leveler Poetry

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“It was like reading bits of someone’s journal through verse and prose. I almost felt the need to remind myself this isn’t actually someone’s personal account of sad things, as well as those of people they know. Reader problems, right? (Also, OMG, HER BROTHER.) I love how it ended. People are just going to have to read it to know what I’m talking about…”

—Lexi Lefevre, YA author and poet

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“Anna Kander’s poignant and often playful poetry throws light on some dark and difficult areas and, with its unshouty tone, reels us in.”

—Beth Somerford, Editor, Smeuse Poetry

About the Author

Anna Kander is a Pushcart Prize-nominated author in the Midwest. She trained as a psychotherapist and remains licensed to practice. Her first poetry collection is Slide a Mirror to Me (Transcendent Zero, 2017).

Her contemporary poetry and fiction have also appeared in Gone Lawn, Ellipsis, Leveler, Train, and other magazines, and her speculative poetry has been featured on the back cover of Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association.

Anna writes with her sidekick, a fearless blue fish who doesn’t realize he’s only one inch tall. She also loves chai tea, kindness, and snarky advice.

Read her work here.

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Anna is an Associate Editor of 1932 Quarterly and reads poetry for Helen: A Literary Magazine. Previously she read fiction for Empire & Great Jones Press and edited for academic journals.

She hosts 51 Writers, a writers’ group for established and aspiring authors who write strong female characters.

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