Brain Mill Press and series editor Kiki Petrosino are happy to announce the selection of Christine Brandel’s collection, A Wife Is a Hope Chest, for publication in the Mineral Point Poetry Series. Brandel’s collection will be published in a limited-edition fine first edition of 100 copies signed by the author, as well as trade print and digital formats, and will be made available internationally.

Brandel’s collection was submitted to Petrosino’s open call for collections on the theme “Love & Mercy.” Petrosino and assistant poetry editor C. Kubasta found this year’s submissions to be exemplar, and Brain Mill Press was astonished at the sheer number of submissions, including many from incredibly talented poets with significant honors and awards.

We’re so glad to have received such notable submissions, and to have the opportunity to publish Brandel’s excellent poetry in 2017.

Christine Brandel

About Christine Brandel

Christine Brandel is a writer and photographer. Her work has recently appeared in Callisto, Public Pool, Under the Rader, Blue Fifth Review, and The Fem. She also writes a column on comedy for PopMatters and rights the world’s wrongs via her character Agatha Whitt-Wellington (Miss) at Everyone Needs An Algonquin. She currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she teaches at a community college and serves as a hospice volunteer. More of her work can be found at

A Wife Is a Hope Chest

A wife is a hope chest in which you keep
the things you will need for a good life.
1: A kettle. Tie the cord to her wrist, she should
never be out of its reach. 2: A snapshot of the woman
you wish you had married. Push it through her
eyes, put it in her head. 3: A pen knife. Good
for cutting bread, package strings, the ring
from her finger. 4: Coins. They will make sounds
so you know when she’s coming. 5: Silence.
Do not read the letters she writes you, do not
speak even if she pleads. 6: Cotton wool. To stop
the flow. Because she will bleed. 7: A book.
One heavy hardback you never intend to read.
8: A skeleton key. Trust her. She won’t use it to get out.

About Kiki Petrosino

Kiki Petrosino is the author of two books of poetry: Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), both from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.
Kiki Petrosino

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