March 20, 2015 at 1:45pm

Millikin alumna publishes poetry chapbook

Millikin University's Bronze Man Books is pleased to announce the publication of their newest poetry chapbook, "The Dust We Cherish" by Amanda L. Hamilton '14.
The book's subtitle gives insight into what lies within: "A collection of poems about transition, isolation and almost communicating." Hamilton speaks of her home in central Illinois as inspiration for her writing, recalling rural landscapes alongside dream-like images.
Hamilton graduated from Millikin University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English and music. This is her first publication.
Former Millikin professor Katie Schmid Henson notes in the book's introduction that, "The speaker of these poems is mistrustful of language; aware that words are often a site of confusion or even worse, betrayal." Hamilton takes the reader on a journey through transitions and resulting tumultuous emotions. Schmid Henson goes on to say that, "The impulse to both revel in a thing and question its pull runs throughout the chapbook '€“ wrestling with an idea leads to understanding and celebration, and this wrestling is the great power of this collection."
Student editor for "The Dust We Cherish," Brittany Mytnik, a senior English writing major from Plainfield, Ill., says, "Bronze Man Books has paired beautiful photographs, edited to resemble pencil drawings, with the poetry. The result is a stunning and engaging reading experience."
"The Dust We Cherish" will be released on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Community members are invited to attend a release party on March 26 at 7 p.m. in Pilling Chapel on Millikin's campus. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and author Amanda Hamilton will read passages from the book. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in a question and answer session following the reading. Copies of the chapbook will also be available for purchase.
The chapbook will be available on the Bronze Man Books online catalog, found at
Bronze Man Books is a student-owned and operated press that was established in spring 2006. It is located on Millikin University's campus in Decatur, Ill.