Dolly Alderton discusses her new novel, GHOSTS.
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This collection suggests again and again that poets and poetry are conjoined with such places—found on a map and indelibly mapped to the psyche. ...more
Tags: Abigail Chabitnoy, agoraphobia, Breath of Wild, Bruce Snider, Christopher Kempf, Claudia Rankine, climate change, climate crisis, COVID, COVID-19, Du Fu, Eavan Boland, Edward Derby, Elizabeth Bishop, environmental crisis, Gaston Bachelard, George Floyd, isolation, Legend of Zelda, Marshall McLuhan, memory, nostalgia, pandemic, Paradise Indiana, Paterson, place, Pleiades Press, poems, poetry, prose poem, rural, rural America, rural life, Sabrina Orah Mark, setting, Shara Lessley, The Poem's Country, The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice, The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, William Wordsworth, Wordsworth, Zelda, zoom
Rohan is masterful at mining these triads for their palpable uneasiness and unavoidable suffering. ...more
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Shy Watson discusses her new collection, HORROR VACUI: POEMS AND OTHER WRITINGS.
Tags: acid, Amy Saul-Zerby, blush lit, Cheap Yellow, COVID, COVID-19, Giancarlo di Trapano, Horror Vacui, House of Vlad, House of Vlad Press, identity, isolation, LSD, Missouri, pandemic, poems, poetry, privilege, Quarantine, relationships, rural, rural life, Shy Watson
Why was I crying over a can of seasoned squash? ...more
Tags: baking, Betty Crocker, China, Chinese, christmas, COVID-19, culture shock, depression, eating, expat, expats, family, food, holiday season, holidays, isolation, Kristen Van Nest, language, living abroad, Loneliness, Mandarin, moving, pandemic, Shanghai
Narratives, reflections—“bright particulars,” every one. ...more
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Raven Leilani discusses her debut novel, LUSTER.
Tags: audience, autofiction, black women, Brit Bennett, debut novel, dysfunctional relationships, flâneur, isolation, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Loneliness, Luster, marriage, Monet Patrice Thomas, open marriage, privilege, racial inequality, rage, Raven Leilani, Sex, sex writing, sexuality, suburban, suburbs, systemic inequality, systemic racism, The Mothers, women's anger
Abi Palmer discusses her new book, SANATORIUM.
Tags: Abi Palmer, ableism, accessibility, Amy Mackelden, bisexual, bodies, chronic illness, chronic pain, COVID-19, disability, disabled, disabled arts, EDS, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, female bodies, female body, hybrid genre, isolation, Jackie Hagan, Jerron Herman, LGBTQ, Mia Maxwell, misogyny, pandemic, Penned in the Margins, poetry, psoriatic arthritis, queer, queerness, Rape culture, research, Sanatorium, sexual harassment, Sinéad Gleeson, women's bodies
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers discusses her new collection, THE TILT TORN AWAY FROM THE SEASONS.
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She holds me. We hold each other. ...more
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Perhaps space is an inevitable resting place for music of this kind, because time is completely different when conceived of in the vastness of space, and not only because of relativity. ...more
Tags: ambient music, Aphex Twin, Arkansas, Audacity, Bandcamp, Blade Runner, Brian Eno, Cheesy Nirvosa, Duke Ellington, Dune, electronic music, Eliane Radigue, Facebook, Girl Talk, Globoscuro, Herbie Hancock, homeschool, Infected Mushroom, insomnia, Internet, introvert, isolation, James Bond, jazz, john cage, John Coltrane, Koyaanisqatsi, la monte young, Max Richter, Merzbow, metallica, Miles Davis, minimalism, Mira Bartok, Music, Music for Airports, North Star, Papa Roach, Philip Glass, Psyclon Nine, rick moody, rural life, science fiction, Social Media, Spike Snell, Spotify, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, swinging modern sounds, terry riley, The Bloodhound Gang, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, William Basinski, Yellow Swans
My day job is driving on the ride sharing platform, Lyft. Several years ago, I retired from teaching school to devote myself to writing and painting and lived off savings until I couldn’t. Four years ago, I started driving Lyft so I wouldn’t have to take a straight job and could focus on my creative […]
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lay her gift, basking in the sunlight. A gray-green lizard the size of a shoe. It stood so still she thought it was fake. ...more
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Danielle Trussoni discusses her new memoir,
The Fortress, black magic, the cult of marriage, and the dark side of storytelling. ...more
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Robin MacArthur discusses her debut story collection
Half Wild, life in rural Vermont, and how narrative—and fiction—is key to reaching across what divides us. ...more
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Saeed Jones talks about his forthcoming memoir
How Men Fight For Their Lives, his new fellowship program at BuzzFeed, and making peace with the phantom. ...more
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J. Ryan Stradal talks about his debut novel
Kitchens of the Great Midwest and why the rise of the American foodie has less to do with hipsters than you might think. ...more
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A year earlier, I’d celebrated my birthday with an all-night bash. The writing was going well, I went out dancing every night. Now I stared into snowy gloom and wondered what I’d been thinking. ...more