Little Astronaut is back! (with more poems)

Cover artwork by Joy Hwang Ruiz

I am so happy to announce that little astronaut will finally be available!– and with lots of new poems. Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing little astronaut will be in bookstores September, 2022.

I have been so inspired over the years by notes people have written to me about little astronaut and parenthood, people who have started writing their own poems, sharing their poems and little astronaut artwork and tattoos. I’ve carried that with me as I’ve expanded the book and sought broader publication. So many of you have checked in with me to see when little astronaut will be available again, which really kept me going. As a thank-you for all the support, if you pre-order now, I will send you a special limited edition secret book from me called, Notes from the Crooked Nipple.



available at: Indie Bound, Bookshop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore…

Early Praise for little astronaut

“I loved Little Astronaut, a brilliant and searingly honest exploration of new motherhood and marriage amid new motherhood.”

—John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down

“J. Hope is one of my favorite poets.

little astronaut is a beautiful orchestration of the strange experience we call human. There is humor here and wisdom. This astronaut shows us how to find, among the most mundane details, a little bit of magic. In our era of so much destruction and disappointment, what luck to come across this bundle of laughter.” 

—Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic

“In little astronaut, J. Hope Stein writes a parental love so new to her, so overwhelming, that the poems read almost as if Stein were the first person to feel parental love at all. Rarely do such poems so thoroughly inhabit the moment. These poems convince me, effortlessly, that I am seeing the world new.”

—Shane McCrae, author of The Gilded Auction Block and Forgiveness Forgiveness

“The brave, electric, hilarious and indelibly true poems of little astronaut convey the utter shock that is, has always been, and will always be…parenthood.”

—Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of New York Times bestseller The Plot

“I want to buy little astronaut for every mother I know . . . No one talks about what comes next once you have the baby and what you go through and what’s expected of you, but J. Hope Stein does in this courageous collection.”

—Sharon Van Etten, singer song-writer

“Jen Hope Stein evokes Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, Nora Ephron but in a style so totally her own. I read this collection, choked-up, laughing, and in awe.”

—John Mulaney, Comic

“I think of her poem “The Now-Clock” 76 times a day”

Ezra Klein (Host of  New York Time’s The Ezra Klein Show)

“A brilliantly wrought one-inch punch of a collection. Eclectic, funny and tender in a way that shows off Stein’s many, many gifts.”

—Alex Edelman,comic and creator of Just for Us

little astronaut is such a vulnerable and important book. It really connects being a mother and a person with evolution and the way in which we are all animals but have higher aims…A vulnerable look, unafraid of being judged.” 

–Brian Koppelman, host of The Moment

2 thoughts on “Little Astronaut is back! (with more poems)

  1. Yay! I love this collection! Congratulations!
    If I had written a poem with one of these poems as the epigraph and just wanted to send it to you just for the sake of you having it, how could I get it to you?

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