cvrsuburbanburn_bookstoreCentral Carolina Community College English instructor and Sanford resident Ty Stumpf announced Sunday that Suburban Burn, his first book of poetry, will be published in April by Charlotte-based Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

The book is currently available for pre-order at a discounted rate. Stumpf has had single poems published in various publications over the years. You can click here or here or here to read some of his work, which is Rant-approved and very good.

Stumpf, the chair of CCCC’s Humanities Department, has worked at the college for more than a decade. Rant readers may recognize him as the author of a heart-warming tale about kids raising money for cancer research on this very website. According to his bio on Main Street Rag’s website, he “received his BA in English from Catawba College and his MA in English and creative writing from North Carolina State University. Ty is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project Grant and a Member-at-Large of the NC Poetry Society. His poetry has appeared in Passages North, Nashville Review, Harpur Palate, Prime Number Magazine, Kakalak, and other journals.”

A review on the website from author Stacy Nigliazzo states that “Suburban Burn deftly flashes a flame on the particulars of modern life. In its whispering pages we strip our skins as the morning light swells/more bone than muscle, we bruise beautifully. His son sings and his daughter momentarily shoulders a world too full of darkness, Ty Stumpf’s poetry is smart, brazen, and vulpine. This collection is to be swallowed and savored.”