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Hush, by Nikki Ummel
(Belle Point Chaps #1)

Inside these pages, Nikki Ummel leads us into a quiet corner. Intimacy takes on many forms as she considers the weight of being responsible for those she loves. Whether confronting the reality of a sick sister, recalling traumatic experiences, or wandering the streets of New Orleans, Hush hums with a tenderness that stays with you long after the lights go out.


Sample Poem: "And He Takes and He Takes and He Takes"

Nikki Ummel is a queer writer, editor, and educator in New Orleans. Nikki's work has been published or is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, The Georgia Review, and more. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and twice awarded an Academy of American Poets Award. She is the 2022 winner of the Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize. You can find her on the web at or in person wandering around Holy Cross with her beautiful dog and equally beautiful partner.

Read our Substack interview with Nikki.

A review of Hush in Fjords Review

A review of Hush in The Good Life Review


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  • Publication Date: October 25, 2022
  • Trim size: 5x7 in
  • 28 pages
  • ISBN: 979-8-9858965-2-7
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