Kate Angus of Augury Books and Joe Pan of Brooklyn Arts Press discuss the challenges and triumphs that come with running an indie press, and the recent decision to make Augury an imprint of BAP. ...more
The February installment of Carol Connolly’s Reading by Writers will feature Sandy Beach, Cristopher Gibson, Ibé, Rebecca Ramsden, and Lynette Reini-Grandell. The University Club of St. Paul, 7:30 p.m., free.
Ask anyone who grew up in an area that’s a tourist attraction—there are few things more annoying than a person visits and then claims to understand it as well as or better than a native. This is exponentially worse when the visitor is from another country, culture, and/or religion. Expatriates writing about the places and people they’ve met have to be careful not to exoticize or romanticize their subjects. It’s also important to acknowledge one’s own position in relation to one’s subject (even if that subject is one’s own life). Shara Lessley does this very well in The Explosive Expert’s Wife, her second collection, published by the Wisconsin Poetry Series. Shane McCrae put it this way: “Lessley’s gift is to make experiences alien to most people familiar, without suppressing the alien qualities.”
Erica Garza and I first met online in a group for new moms. It was only later that we discovered we had gone to the same MFA program, albeit several years apart. We talked about what we were working on—typical stuff of MFAers—and she told me about her memoir. I was instantly intrigued.
What the memoir is not is titillating or full of shock value. In this day and age, that might be surprising, given the content. What it is, in the end, is a story about connection: to oneself, and to others. (more…)
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45’s proposed military parade would cost between $10M and $30M.
The current administration wants to decide what food SNAP recipients will get.