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Davis Mason's THE SOUND was recently reviewed by Stanford University's Cynthia Haven on her blog, THE BOOK HAVEN! She refers to Mason's poems as "centripetal" and "mesmerizing". Read the full review here!
Midwest Book Review provided a short review of Peggy Shumaker's latest work Cairn: New and Selected. A collection of poems which encompass Peggy's experiences in Alaska and Arizona, Midwest Book Review writes that "Cairn: New & Selected represents a major body of work [that] leads the reader deep into what remains unresolved, savoring mysteries of heart, mind, and soul." "An especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and acadmic library American Poetry collections," Midwest Book Review applauds Peggy's impressive collection.
Martha K. Davis' SCISSORS, PAPER, STONE was recently reviewed by Gertrude Press' Jess Travers. The novel, narrated in alternating chapters by Catherine, her adopted daughter Min, and Min's best friend Laura, spans twenty years of love, loss, and the complex reality of female relationships. Seeing similarites between her own experiences and those of Martha's characters, in "Realizing Queer Kinship," Travers applauds Martha for creating such a compelling novel and "ruptur[ing] the construct of kinship." Travers writes, "Scissors, Paper, Stone reminds me to keep putting pressure on my own prejudices about what makes family, and it challenges me to keep rethinking desire. These are not easy tasks for a book to take on, but Davis' novel rises to the occasion by pointing to the limitations of defining family by way of biology or ethnicity and by inviting the possibility for kinship to be realized in divergent, queer ways."
Michelle Anne Schlinger from Foreword Review gives an in-depth review of Cai Emmons' upcoming title WEATHER WOMAN. Taking a close look at characters and plot, Schlinger praises the work of fiction: "The novel may fit the almanac definition of a work of magical realism, but its appeal lies in its deeper truths . . . The novel doesnt lead with its politics, but it still functions beautifully as an ecofeminist allegory."
In her recent review of Doug Lawson's Big Foots in Paradise on her website, Sarah Leamy says that, "Doug Lawson Writes with confidence and his prose is lyrical, poetic and he comfortably blends dark comedy and empathic observations."
"'The Wilderness' broaches subjects both infinite and infinitesimal, contemplating cosmic forces and commas on an equal scale," writes Jessica Weber of UCR Today in this review and interview with Maurya Simon. Check out the full article here!
Loren W. Cooper's CrossTown is getting great visibility. An excerpt of the book is quoted in a blog from New Zealand.
"This book is fearless, even in its confrontation of fear and trauma."
Chelsea Clammer is praised for Circadian by the US Review of Books. They write, "In this volume, the author proves that no topic is taboo, especially with the right choice of words." Read the full review here.
The "bad" reviews keep rolling in for Steve Almond's BAD STORIES!
Congratulations to Steve Almond for his first newspaper feature for BAD STORIES on PORTLAND MERCURY. Read the review here!
You can read the full review of Loren W. Cooper's CrossTown on the Midwest Book Review's website, but here's a taste of what it contains : "[CrossTown is] an impressively original and deftly scripted novel by an author with a genuine flair for imaginative and narrative driven storytelling." Thanks Midwest Book Review.
The Midwest Book Review describes Florencia Ramirez's Eat Less Water as "an extraordinary and life-changing read that is very highly recommended." Thanks Midwest Book Review! Check out the full review here.
Cynthia Hogue, author of In June the Labyrinth, receives a truly laudatory review by the Shining Rock Poetry Anthology, which calls the book "a masterly creation," among other things. Thank you Shining Rock Poetry! You can read the full review here.
Thank you Hobart Pulp for this insightful interview with Chelsea Clammer, author of Circadian. "Essays seem to encourage digression and tangents, and you do such a great job of managing that - letting these essays wander, but, by the end, justifying that wandering and all of the places you arrived in the process," says interviewer Jac Jemc. You can read the full interview here.
Ron Koertge is in the news again, this time in The Baltimore Sun, for his poem "Negative Space," which inspired the Oscar-nominated animation. "Porter, 36, who has been collaborating with his wife since they married... said they stumbled upon the poem on social media in 2014, and 'immediately connected with the subject matter, and thought it was a story a lot of people could relate to.'" Check it out here!
Many thanks to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune for giving a shout-out to Ron Koertge, whose prose poem, "Negative Space," has been made into an Oscar-nominated short film. Thanks SGVT! Check out the article here.
We're excited that Steve Almond's Bad Stories is the recipient of a starred review by Booklist. The full review will appear in the February 15th edition of Booklist, but here's a taste of what it contains: "With the same biting wit that marks Almonds previous books of social criticism, Against Football (2014), the accomplished fiction writer and journalist aims to decode the social conditions that landed Trump in the White House. . . . Almond holds up literature as a guide through Americas age-old moral dilemmas and finds hope for his country in family, forgiveness, and political resistance."
Huge thanks to Reader Views for this fantastic review of Chelsey Clammer’s CIRCADIAN! “If you read just one essay collection this year, make it “Circadian” by Chelsey Clammer.” Read the full review here!