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The Joy of Play: Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces (10th Anniversary Ed.) by David Biespiel

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Biespiel offers a number of best practices—not just for writing poems, but for living a creative life.

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We Will Not Be Contained: Pretty Bitches and Too Much

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There will always be another word used against us.

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Ode to Girlhood: Olivia Gatwood’s Life of the Party

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The world that suffocates girls still has a lot to learn from them.

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The Privilege of Art: Courtney Maum’s Costalegre

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There is no real freedom to create art, only the obligation to wealth.

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Time Is Money: Porn Carnival by Rachel Rabbit White

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This isn’t a book about loss; rather, it’s a book about sheer willpower and intentionality.

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The Body Uncanny: Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch

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Though the stories vary in length and scope, each cuts deep into a truth of humanity.

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The Power of the Crone: Ursula K. Le Guin’s No Time to Spare

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Sweet, nurturing, platitude-accepting granny Le Guin is not.

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A Decade of Surface over Significance: Sleeveless by Natasha Stagg

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A former editor at V, Stagg is no stranger to the slippage between life and editorial.

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Exceptional Pain and Power: Lima :: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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See how visceral? Before I opened this book, I felt I was already inside it.

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A Parcel of Stories: Hard Damage by Aria Aber

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The speaker in Hard Damage, it seems, is writing herself to life.

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Revolutionary Anger: Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad

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The most important idea within the book is that our anger, in all its shapes, is justified.

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Trust Us When We’re Sick: Maya Dusenbery’s Doing Harm

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The systems created for men by men are not sufficient in caring for women. Different bodies and chemical makeups, of course, require different treatments.

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Scripting New Narratives: Mandy Len Catron’s How to Fall in Love with Anyone

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I can’t help but wonder what if, in detangling love stories and our relationships to them, Catron is building yet another narrative—an anti-narrative, perhaps—of love.

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Bodies Testing Boundaries: The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeld

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The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeld is a profound debut that carefully undermines the foundational assumptions we have about other people.

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There Is No Answer: Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles

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As Sentilles makes clear, she is against the wars the United States is currently involved in, and war in general, but she’s critical of what that means.

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At the Intersection of Personal and Political: Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now edited by Amit Majmudar

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American writers have a long, distinguished history of calling out injustice.

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Reclaiming the Language of Pop Culture: Reversible by Marisa Crawford

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Marisa Crawford’s Reversible is an evocative collection, showcasing the ways in which pop culture saturates us with meaning, and how it teaches us to become.

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