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News & Reviews Archive - Red Hen Press


Cai Emmons, author of LIVID, Interviewed by Fellow Red Hen Author Aimee Lu in LA Review of Books!

Date: October 12, 2022

THROUGHOUT HER LENGTHY writing career, Cai Emmons has returned again and again to the topic of catastrophe. Three of her most recent novels, including her 2022 groundbreaker Unleashed, have wrestled with the psychological, emotional, and physical impacts of the climate crisis. Her other novels, like Livid (also published in 2022), revolve around the persistence of danger in the wake […]

Amy Shearn, Author of UNSEEN CITY, Has an Essay Published In the NY Times!

Date: October 10, 2022

Married heterosexual motherhood in America, especially in the past two years, is a game no one wins. During the height of the pandemic, my mom-friend group chats roiled: I’m going to scream, typed women trying to do it all. I am seriously going to kill my husband and/or devour my young (hope they don’t subpoena this text thread) became a […]

Alta recommends IF I WERE THE OCEAN, I’D CARRY YOU HOME by Pete Hsu

Date: October 5, 2022

This debut collection follows a slew of children and young adults as they move through the quotidian patterns of life—celebrating birthdays, enjoying beach parties, attending church events—while also being thrust into grim, chaotic, and violent situations. Hsu’s stories expose the irresistible urge to search for hope within a depraved world. 

Conversations Between Friends: COCO PICARD and Sue Mell in Craft

Date: October 3, 2022

Consider the personal effects one leaves behind, the way those objects, once laid out, recall the idiosyncratic logic of a life—is there more compelling inspiration for a novel? Authors Coco Picard and Sue Mell met through the BookEnds SUNY alumni group months before their debut novels came out. They couldn’t stop talking about books and art—and the […]

Julia Koets’ THE RIB JOINT featured in LGBTQ Reading List

Date: October 3, 2022

Where you live inevitably affects your life experience: our mental maps of reality depend on our space, and what one sees as possible or allowed depends on that space as well, especially in the formative years of our lives. In her memoir in essays, Koets details her life growing up in a heavily religious, and […]

Hasty Book List Features LIVID by Cai Emmons!

Date: September 28, 2022

HBL Note: Cai Emmons, who I first featured when she published Sinking Islands, has not one but two books coming out in September! Cai was diagnosed with bulbar onset ALS in 2021, a disease that causes the degradation of the body and voice (she is now mute)—but not the mind. Cai wrote about this experience […]

Cai Emmons, author of LIVID, discusses women’s rage in The Millions essay

Date: September 26, 2022

When my mother and I used to ride the New York City subway together, she would look at the men sitting across from us with their legs splayed and launch into a rant about the entitlement that allowed them to take up so much space. Couldn’t they squeeze their knees together as we women did […]

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QUESTIONS FROM OUTER SPACE by Diane Thiel Reviewed in the Florida Review!

Date: November 30, 2022

Diane Thiel’s third collection of poetry, Questions from Outer Space, comes after an interlude during which the poet devoted her energies to a travel memoir (The White Horse) and the translation of contemporary Greek fiction. Her first two collections (Echolocations and Resistance Fantasies) garnered acclaim, including the Nicholas Roerich Award, for their intelligence, wit, wordplay, and attention to […]

Adam Kirsch’s THE DISCARDED LIFE reviewed in Literary Matters!

Date: November 30, 2022

The evolution of blank verse from Milton to Wordsworth, via Cowper, was not solely a change in diction and subject matter. Even as classical and biblical themes were displaced by a sense of personal mythos—and even while plain speech triumphed over grammatical inversions—so, too, was there a recalibration of meter. At least as riveting as […]

David Mason’s PACIFIC LIGHT Reviewed in LA Review of Books!

Date: November 21, 2022

A POET KNOWN for his narratives, like Ludlow, the acclaimed historical-novel-in-verse turned opera, David Mason curates the archipelago of intensely satisfying lyric poems in Pacific Light with the skill of a consummate storyteller. His imaginative sweep is evident in “The Air in Tasmania,” set in his adopted home of Australia, where “the land / takes flying lessons from […]

The Friday Poem recommends Ron Koertge’s I DREAMED I WAS EMILY DICKINSON’S BOYFRIEND

Date: November 21, 2022

Koertge inhabits – and endows – his various subjects with insight and humour, dealing out poems in the voices of car crash dummies, Aphrodite, Mickey Mouse, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Bride of Frankenstein, among others. All this sounds as if the collection is a laugh-a-minute, superficial thing. It’s not. It is funny, yes, […]

David Mas Masumoto and Patricia Wakida’s SECRET HARVESTS Receives a Starred Kirkus Review!

Date: November 17, 2022

A simultaneously elegant and sharp-edged exploration of the hidden past. “I am haunted by gaps in family memories, nebulous responses and twisted behavior that must be examined within the context of history—not to uncover excuses but rather reveal family baggage we all must carry and learn to live with,” writes Masumoto near the beginning of […]

Pamela Uschuk’s REFUGEE Earns a Kirkus Star!

Date: November 17, 2022

A mordantly tender triumph rich with natural imagery. Uschuk’s poetry collection calls out authoritarianism and social injustice. This moving set of poems offer messages of hope as it addresses timely issues. It’s divided into four sections—“Skull Song,” “Axis,” “Liquid Book of the Dead,” and “Speaking of Angels and Ghosts”—and deals with a broad spectrum of […]

PEN America Interviews John Weir, Author of YOUR NOSTALGIA IS KILLING ME!

Date: November 14, 2022

The title of your book Your Nostalgia is Killing Me, seems to be an ironic one. The protagonist’s nostalgia is seemingly running havoc on his own life. He can’t escape revisiting the past and all the losses he has incurred: losses in love, familial losses, and the loss wrought by the AIDS epidemic.

TENDER GRAVITY by Marybeth Holleman Reviewed in the Colorado Review!

Date: November 9, 2022

Though Marybeth Holleman is the author of several nonfiction books centering around environmental issues and her chosen home of Alaska, tender gravity is her debut collection of poetry. Its title is drawn from its opening poem, “The Beating Heart, Minus Gravity,” wherein the speaker experiences a dream, or perhaps a nightmare, of “diving / to the blue […]

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