LitHub features Douglas Manuel, author of TROUBLE FUNK!

By Diana Arterian

The poet Douglas Manuel’s debut poetry collection Testify follows the topic so many of us (this poet included) attend to first: family. Testify attended to the stark realities of Manuel’s childhood in Anderson, Indiana, a place that once had a burgeoning Black middle class—until the General Motors factory shut down. Anderson was subsequently a community depressed both in finances and morale, and then struck particularly hard by the crack epidemic.