With Gabrielle Bates, I.S. Jones, and Erin Marie Lynch.
Tags: Abel, Abigail Chabitnoy, Alabama, american south, anorexia, Before the First Book, Birmingham, Blake, Blessing the Boats, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, bulimia, C. D. Wright, Cain, Cain and Abel, Claire Meuschke, craft, Dakota, Dakota Uprising, Defacing the Monument, Derrida, Dian Million, Diane Glancy, Erin Marie Lynch, Feeling for the Frame, Gabrielle Bates, How to Dress a Fish, I.S. Jones, John Berger, Judas Goat, Julia Kristeva, Layli Long Soldier, Linda Gregg, Ludovico Einaudi, M. NourbeSe Philip, Madness Rack and Honey, Mary Ruefle, Muriel Rukeyser, Newfound, Pacific Northwest, Patricia Smith, Patrycja Humienik, Paula Gunn Allen, Philip Metres, poems, poetry, rachel edelman, Richard Scott, Simone Weil, Solmaz Sharif, Songs of Innocence and Experience, Spells of My Name, Standing Rock, Susan Briante, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Sacred Hoop, Tina Campt, Todd Haynes, Upend, Vanessa Beecroft, ways of seeing, Waziyatawin Angela Wilson, writing process, writing ritual
Kate Gaskin discusses her debut collection, FOREVER WAR.
Tags: Air Force, Alabama, debut collection, deployment, ecology, Elegies, elegy, florida, Forever War, gender roles, invasive species, Kate Gaskin, Midwest, Midwestern, military, military life, military spouse, military wives, natural world, nature, nature poet, nature poetry, Omaha, patriotism, Pensacola, plants, poems, poetry, postpartum, Randy Brown, U.S. Military, violence, wildlife, YesYes, YesYes Books
Where my masculinity dwells, I am in control. ...more
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becomes an experiment in itself. ...more
Tags: absent fathers, addiction, Alabama, american south, book review, Christianity, church, depression, drug addiction, drug use, faith, family, Ghana, Ghanian, grief, Heroin, Homegoing, immigrants, immigration, internalized racism, Janet Rodriguez, Mental Health, neuroscience, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, overdose, PhD, Racism, religion, review, science, siblings, Stanford, transcendent kingdom, Yaa Gyasi
Kelly Harris-DeBerry discusses her debut poetry collection, FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME.
Tags: Alabama, american south, appropriation, avery r. young, black women, Broadside Press, Cleveland, debut collection, Demetrie McLorn, Eloise Greenfield, Erica L. Williams, feminism, feminist, Freedom Knows My Name, gentrification, Gil-Scott heron, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Brown, Jayne Cortez, Jessica Krug, Kalamu ya Salaam, Kathryn Stockett, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Langston Hughes, Last Poets, Lucille Clifton, Mari Evans, MFA, Midwest, migration, New Orleans, Nikki Giovanni, ntozake shange, Ohio, Paule Marshall, poems, poetry, Rachel Dolezal, racial inequality, Racism, Rita Dove, Sarah Webster Fabio, Scott Woods, Sonia Sanchez, The Help, Third World Press, Toni Morrison, Wanda Coleman, White Supremacy, Xavier Review Press, zora neale hurston
I refuse to play the part, but I play the part. ...more
Tags: Alabama, american politics, american south, Donald Trump, gender inequality, gender roles, hijab, identity, immigrants, immigration, Islamophobia, microaggressions, muslim, muslim ban, nativism, performative, Politics, Racism, Saeide Mirzaei, sexuality, South, Trump, Tuscaloosa, xenophobia
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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Genevieve Hudson discusses her debut novel, BOYS OF ALABAMA.
Tags: A Little in Love with Everyone, adolescence, Adrienne Maree Brown, Alabama, alison bechdel, american south, angela davis, Are Prisons Obsolete, audre lorde, Boys of Alabama, Catie Hannigan, COVID-19, Deep South, Emergent Strategy, football, Gender Identity, genderqueer, Genevieve Hudson, homophobia, jim crow, Leni Zumas, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Liveright, misfits, Pleasure Activism, police brutality, Pretend We Live Here, queer, queer literature, Roy G. Guzmán, rural, rural America, rural life, segregation, sexism, slavery, Southern, Southern Gothic, Stonewall, systemic racism, teenagers, toxic masculinity, tropes, Tuscaloosa, White Supremacy
A poem by Jessica Smith yields the feeling that atoms of meaning vibrate, then come together. ...more
Tags: Alabama, Birmingham, book review, Charles Olson, Clarence Thomas, class inequality, class privilege, feminist, flowers, Gee's Bend, How To Know the Flowers, jessica smith, motherhood, natural world, nature, objectivism, Objectivist, Oki Sogumi, panic, poems, poetry, poverty, power dynamics, privilege, sexual assault, sexual trauma, trauma, Veliz Books
The pleasure comes from the bounty itself, the viewing of it, knowing that she doesn’t have to eat it but that she could. ...more
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“You don’t have to drink yourself into the Great American Poetry Masterpiece.”
Tags: activism, Alabama, american south, Ashley Jones, audre lorde, Black women writers, Campbell McGrath, creative nonfiction, dark thing, Donald Trump, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hub City Press, Julie Marie Wade, June Jordan, Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize, Lucille Clifton, Magic City Gospel, Pleiades Press, poetry, Racism, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, Sherman Alexie, Sister Outsider, teaching, teaching writing
Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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Chip Livingston discusses his new novel,
Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death, his move to Uruguay, his writing life, and the significance of owls. ...more
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To the extent that America—that great big word that makes us all so anxious—exists at all, it exists as a vast and noisy sheet of bubble wrap. ...more
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Indie bookstore news from across the country and around the world!
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One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren’t as safe. ...more
Tags: A Change is Gonna Come, Alabama, All Kinds of Kinds, Am I Wrong, America, american south, Arizona, black women, Box of Rain, California, Chicago, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, family, fathers, fathers and daughters, Free Fallin', grateful dead, Harry Potter, Hole, I'll Take You There, Indiana, Janis Joplin, Jason Mraz, John A. Williams, John Mellencamp, Kentucky, KKK, Lake Michigan, Lana Del Ray, leesa cross-smith, Long Way Home, Love Someone, Malibu, Me and Bobby McGee, Miranda Lambert, Music, music playlists, Nico and Vinz, Nina Simone, obama, Ohio, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Paul Simon, Pink Houses, playlist, Poldark, race, racial violence, Racism, road trip, Sam Cooke, Sinnerman, Soul Kitchen, South Dakota, The Doors, The Staple Singers, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, travel, Utah, West Coast, Wyoming, YouTube
[F]or the first time, I really see the tradeoffs between privacy and honest-to-god, up-close empathy. ...more
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For the Passages North blog, Jennifer Maritza McCauley discovers a connection to Rosa Parks and goes to Alabama in search of answers. Can you go home again to a place you’ve never been? Enuma Okoro writes for Aeon on moving to Nigeria to escape America’s problems.
Tags: Aeon, Alabama, D.M. Moehrle, Enuma Okoro, Jennifer Maritza McCauley, Jezebel, Kara Brown, Laurie Penny, Lee Matalone, Michael Estrin, Narratively, Nigeria, Pacific Standard, passages north, rosa parks, This Week in Essays
Yaa Gyasi discusses her debut novel
Homegoing, growing up in Alabama, the multiplicity of black experiences, the legacy of slavery, and her writing process. ...more
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My responsibility is to not be negligent and cause unnecessary harm. To a listener or reader. My allegiance is only to truth. ...more
Tags: Ain't No Grave, Alabama, american south, Amiri Baraka, anxiety, Citizen, Claudia Rankine, Dave Chappelle, Dawn Lundy Martin, Deep South, Discipline, gentrification, grief, Harmony Holiday, home, Jayson Smith, Jenny Boully, Jerriod Avant, loss, Louisiana, Mississippi, National Poetry Month, Negro League Baseball, New York City, of the mismatched teacups, poetry, queer, queer writers of color, rachel kaadzi ghansah, S.O.S., Southern, The Conversation, The South, TJ Jarrett, violence, Wendy Xu, writers of color
There are so many spaces in this country where I feel unsafe particularly because of my body. ...more
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The South is my favorite cousin. ...more
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As she presses against Patterson, she feels her feet softening, losing gravity. He’s embracing her, willing her to disappear, swallowing her. ...more
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At Racked, Stephie Grob Plante muses on the melancholy-yet-hopeful experience of shopping at the Unclaimed Baggage Center, a family-run business that sells items from lost luggage that was never reunited with its owner: So here I am, in Alabama, at the Unclaimed Baggage Center, overcome with wanting to know: when I lost, what did I find? There’s […]
Rapper Tyler Gartzman talks about getting high, hypothetically making out with George Bush, not getting laid since high school, and how a white, Jewish kid in Atlanta became a talented hip-hop wordsmith.
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The mountains of Alabama are small mountains—foothills, really—but they are mine like a sports team is mine—like a football game (which I have for so long been near but have not really, really seen) is mine—as in the phrase “We scored! We scored!” ...more
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Well, this is all rather awkward: Harper Lee, who is now 87 and in an assisted-living facility, is suing the gift shop of a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, for trademark infringement. The museum, “built around a refurbished version of the courtroom” from To Kill A Mockingbird, already got rid of gift-shop items like “Calpurnia’s […]
Exciting news: The next Letter for Kids, going out this Thursday, is from Irene Latham! Poetry editor of the Birmingham Arts Journal, Irene has written two novels for kids: Leaving Gee’s Bend and Don’t Feed the Boy. Dear Wandering Wildebeest, forthcoming in 2014, is her third collection of poetry—but her first collection of poetry for young readers. Not bad […]
He sounds so young on the recordings now. After all, he was young when he wrote most the songs.