Unbound Edition Press today announced it will publish a memoir from poet and essayist Tyler Mills titled The Bomb Cloud, which is Mills’s fifth book and first work of nonfiction. The title is scheduled for release in March of 2024.
“Before he died, my grandfather gave my mother an unauthorized photo of the mushroom cloud spreading above Nagasaki, hinting that he was part of the top-secret bomb wing connected to the devastating event,” Mills said. “The book confronts what clouds the truth, including the nuclear legacy of the Manhattan Project.”
The Bomb Cloud comprises essays and visual art – “graphic essays” – by Mills, who previously lived in the shadow of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. “The memoir extends my investigation into these world-changing events, which are also a family mystery that I first explored in my recent poetry collection, Hawk Parable.”
“The Bomb Cloud is breathtaking in terms of writerly craft, historical importance, and moral reckoning,” said Patrick Davis, publisher at Unbound Edition Press. “It is a courageous book and a timely one in disturbing ways, given the renewed nuclear threats in parts of the world. We exist to publish talented, daring writers like Tyler.”
Tyler Mills’s poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Brevity, Copper Nickel, River Teeth, and The Rumpus. Mills teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She lives in Brooklyn.