My new poetry book JACOB’S HIP is out now on Ten Dollar Books

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My fourth book is a collection of poetry, and it’s out today. Here’s some more info about the project, plus a few links to pieces that are included in the book:

In the middle of grad school and probation, a new family unit was born. Jacob’s Hip is a collection of poems about fighting to stick together through pregnancy, prison, and heartbreak. There’s sex and bedbugs and jail visitation and more. 

Poem list:
Pregnant in Grad School
After Prison
You Have a Pre-Paid Call
Repeat Visitor
The Property of Easiness
This Love Will Undo Us All
You Choose Your Family

About the writer:
Rachel Wagner is a writer from New Jersey, currently living in Newark. She has three other books out—FEM: New Millennium Beauty & Fashion, Abandonment Issues: Alive in New Jersey, and Back Like I Never Left: Dating as a Single Mother—plus poems and shorter prose pieces. Her work can be found at

About the artist:
Nasreen Khan is an artist and writer living in Indianapolis by way of New York City. She grew up in West Africa and Indonesia and writes poetry to stay sane. She’s a lover of yellow roses and hard liquor and on a Friday night she can be found cooking various organ meats or chasing down a stellar mint julep. Her work can be found at

Notes from the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry workshop:
What a dynamic piece Rachel debuted with—“pregnant in grad school”—It was a pure narrative, in prose form, telling the story of, well, you know. But the thing that made it special was how insouciant and vivid the language was: “By December I was limiting my caffeine, even though I wanted to drink like three free cappuccinos at the department’s get together thing.” And “I took off my shoes and got into a real fight with him then. Out in the hall, my dress would end up on the floor with me still in it.” Great stuff.

@slaughtersanity (on “Pregnant in Grad School”):
I love your style and how you speak your truth so real, raw, and vivid. The world needs more of this. Women need more of this.

Notes from the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry workshop:
Wonderful, biting, emotionally fraught stories–all three of them connected–“Pregnant in Grad School,” “Life After Prison,” and now “Repeat Visitor” about her and her son visiting her son’s father in prison. What makes these pieces great is their vertiginous headlong voice, and their absolute grasp of the knots, the speed bumps and the hard landings that communicate that anguish of prison most quickly. Great stuff. Read it.

@letterbake (on “Repeat Visitor”):
I loved it… ‘He pretends to push the walls or lift the window up.’ That image in particular will really stick with me–that he is pretending and is aware that he can only pretend–at such a young age.

-Rachel Wagner 2021

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