Clara B. Jones reviews Do Your Own Laundry, “an inspired hybrid project formulated by Suzanne Stein and Steve Benson” displaying “discursive tension of an interpersonal nature as each author exerts their identity and agency in a process moving from relative strangers to, more or less, intimate partners.”
Jeff Alessandrelli spoke with Hajara Quinn about community, awe, inspiration, and her award-winning debut poetry collection, Coolth.
“Named for Hyderabad, India, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem’s debut book of poetry, City of Pearls explores loss and grief through the experience of a Muslim Indian woman whose sense of home is further lost following the death of her father.” Gina Myers in conversation with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem.
Intertwining the visceral with the uncanny, Sarah Rose Etter’s gorgeous debut novel, The Book of X, turns an outsider’s coming-of-age narrative into a struggle for survival against the everyday.
“The male dancer appears from the darkness, near her. They circle each other with birdlike lekking. The first cantaor unzips his skin, which falls to his feet. Out of his sinewy throat – or perhaps, from the earth – roars a bristly emotion, smelling of anguish and love and blood and tears.” From the heart of Andalucía, Erica Goodkind’s fierce appraisal of Flamenco.