Press Release for AN ANIMAL I CAN’T NAME

Here’s the release for my chapbook, An Animal I Can’t Name! Thanks once again to Leigh Anne Hornfeldt at Two of Cups Press for publishing this collection, and thanks to Lori Desrosiers and Nettie Farris for sharing such kind sentiments about my poetry! It’s a project I hope will reach those who need it most.

RP Press Release



An Animal I Can’t Name

Winner, 2015 Two of Cups Press Poetry Chapbook Contest


“Raegen Pietrucha’s devastatingly moving chapbook, An Animal I Can’t Name, is a collection of well-crafted and language-rich poems. … Pietrucha’s work is graphic and gorgeous without falling over the cliff of sentimentality.”

—Lori Desrosiers, publisher of Naugatuck River Review and author of The Philosopher’s Daughter, Inner Sky, Three Vanities, and Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak

“The artistry of this collection goes well beyond theme. The control of the voice of these poems about childhood recollected in adulthood is remarkable.”

—Nettie Farris, author of Communion, Fat Crayons, and The Wendy Bird Poems


An Animal I Can’t Name is a narrative in poems that details a young woman’s survival of sexual and psychological abuse. This feminist, survivor-centric work seeks to empower readers through its unabashed examination of modern-day family life, religion, labels, and the implications of each.


Raegen Pietrucha lives in Las Vegas; works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and writes, edits, and consults on professional and creative bases. She received her M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University, where she served on the staff of Mid-American Review. In addition to An Animal I Can’t Name, Pietrucha’s creative work has been published in Cimarron Review, Puerto del Sol, and other literary magazines. Visit her at

TWO OF CUPS PRESS is an independent poetry chapbook and anthology publisher based in North Carolina. For more information, visit


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