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Smoothed Over with Feeling

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Text by Vanessa Hope Schneider and Drawings by Carissa Potter Carlson

This collection of poems and drawings celebrates the strength, complex emotions, and ongoing creativity of new parents.

Early parenthood can be focused and clear, but also overwhelming and murky. As new parents themselves, Vanessa Hope Schneider and Carissa Potter Carlson offer glimpses—of giving birth, feeding, and long car rides in the backseat—each handled with the regard and wonder they deserve.

The book is an offering of recognition and an invitation for kinship. It elevates the community around a family, with a perforated back cover that new parents can use to create a note of gratitude for someone who has offered support.

44 pages, 2024.

4.25 x 5.5 in.

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Carissa Potter

Carissa Potter is an artist and author who lives and works in Oakland, California. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, is a founding member of Colpa Press, and is the founder of People I’ve Loved. Her prints and small – scale objects reflect her hopeless romanticism through their investigations into public and private intimacy. Speaking both humorously and poignantly to the human condition, Carissa’s work touches chords we all can relate to – exploring situations we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives and conveying messages we simply long to hear.

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