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Digging Press

Submersion by Marie Baléo

Submersion by Marie Baléo

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Winner of the 2021 Digging Press Chapbook Series Award. 

Marie Baléo's poems articulate dignity, admiration, and a profound kinship for Beirut, Lebanon. On September 1st, 2003, Baléo's family moved to this vibrant city for work. Submersion is a subtle love letter exquisitely expressed in lyrical and narrative verse. Experiencing this new country while coming of age, Baleo's poetry bears witness to the tug-of-war between peaceful and loving daily life and the weight of the country's history of civil strife.

The Digging Press Chapbook Series features pocket-sized books, perfect-bound with square spines, art, and layout design. 

Cover, illustrations, layout, and book design by Cynthia Alvarez. Photography by Marie Baléo.


68 pages.

Chapbook Size: 4.25" x 6.75"

ISBN: 978-1-7336038-5-0

Publication Date: March 2023

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About the Author

Marie Baléo is a French writer, poet, and editor living in Paris. Her work has appeared in Passages North, Split Lip, Redivider, Salamander Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, CutBank, Rust + Moth, and Yemassee, and she earned a commendation in The Poetry Society’s 2020 National Poetry Competition. Marie runs an editorial agency and is one of the editors of Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place and Nature. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Sciences Po.



Semi-Matte Laminated Cover
Natural Tone Paper
Print Run: 250 Books

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