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Alden Jones shares a reading list to celebrate THE WANTING WAS A WILDERNESS.
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Tracy O’Neill discusses her new novel QUOTIENTS.
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Miah Jeffra shares a reading list to celebrate THE FABULOUS EKPHRASTIC FANTASTIC!.
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Wherever I go out on tour, I always have a book with me, and another for when I’m finished. ...more
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Kendra Allen shares a reading list to celebrate her debut essay collection, WHEN YOU LEARN THE ALPHABET.
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Kiese Laymon discusses his new memoir, HEAVY.
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Queer literature isn’t a box to unlock so that it can unlock me. ...more
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Meghan Flaherty discusses her debut memoir,
Tango Lessons, how the book found its current format, and writing a memoir at a young age. ...more
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Danzy Senna discusses
New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs. ...more
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…yet she did what she did, and in the process made the most successful album of her career. ...more
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I met one of my favorite writers before she ever published a single story. We were classmates vying for our MFAs in Creative Writing from Florida International University and would smile at each other from across the room. She was shy, but never defensive, in workshop and always strove, really made the effort, to answer […]
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Garth Greenwell discusses his debut novel,
What Belongs to You, crossing boundaries, language as defense, and the queer tradition of novel writing that blurs boundaries between fiction and essay and autobiography. ...more
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Happy birthday to James Baldwin, who would have been 89 today. A pioneering author of fiction, essays, plays, and poetry, Baldwin explored what it meant to be black and gay long before such themes became acceptable to the mainstream. He left behind a legacy of bravery and political activism, as well as classic works like Go […]