News & New Work
News & Reviews
Jackson discusses the implications of the increasing role of technology in our lives, and why he believes that “if you want to get to know a people, you look at the poems they’ve written.”
Dwight Garner praises Lacey’s “intricately detailed” world, and declares that Lacey is “the real thing, and in The Answers she takes full command of her powers.”
In the New Yorker, writer David Means remembers his experience in Denis Johnson’s class at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “I felt,” he writes, “in the immediate presence of humility.”
In Poetry magazine, a new poem by Reeves depicts violent acts committed against black Americans, and asks, “Let’s find us another theory of light. Or darkness.”
Williams talks about how "molecules of memory" figure into his poems and trying to inspire hopefulness.
The poetry magazine applauds Long Soldier’s “daunting undertaking,” writing that her collection is a “damning volume of poetry that subverts bureaucratic corrosion of words.”
Cantú discusses his relationship with West Texas, and the long and complicated journey to identifying as a Latino writer.
VICE features an excerpt from Lacey’s latest novel, The Answers, about a woman with a mysterious ailment who participates in a romantic experiment with a rich actor. “What a danger it is to love,” Lacey's narrator muses, “how it warps a person from the inside, changes all the locks and loses all the keys.”
On Glamour, Greenidge reflects on the media’s reluctance to explore black female depression, writing “Everywhere we look, black people—especially black women—are expected (or misinterpreted) by both white people and people of color to be superhuman.”
LaValle discusses his latest project, the Frankenstein-inspired comic book series Destroyer, and how comics enable him to create monsters that prose can’t.
On the 20th anniversary of Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis, Jeff VanderMeer reflects on the “strange, if beautifully so” novel that “makes you think even as it traps you in its surreal, fictive dream.”
In Esquire, Daniels journeys to Lebanon, Kansas, geographic center of the United States. “Take me to the eye of the storm, I said to my suitcase,” he writes, “and my suitcase said, Okay.”
For Poetry magazine, Williams expands on his recently published poem “Interruptive” and the notion of failing, asking “What does it mean for a country to be a cage and for that cage to escape the very dream it tried to hold in captivity?”
Fellow writer J. Robert Lennon reviews Daniels’s latest, calling the collection “surprising,” “disturbing,” and “often brilliant.” “The Correspondence is a complete work about a work-in-progress,” Lennon writes, “the self-portrait of a writer slowly coming into his own.”
On Literary Hub, Dan Chiasson discusses why the amount of anguish in Robert Lowell's work is "inspiring" - and timely.
In World Literature Today, a new poem by Bitsui introduces readers to a strange but familiar world. It begins, “A bottom-lit sea ponders the lake’s questions,/ their secret conversations/ thatch howls to whimpers exhaled/ from an isthmus of drowned wolves.”
Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad received the award for Adult Fiction Book of the Year. The winning titles “are representative of the engaging and thought-provoking titles hand-sold every day,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.
Long Soldier talks to recent Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement in poetry winner, Joy Harjo, about how to be fearless, and “the journey toward poetry that we’re all on, together.”
Publications & Productions
Sayrafiezadeh's play, starring a character named Saïd, explores growing up Iranian and Jewish-American during the Iran hostage crisis. As he and his well-meaning collaborators try to stage his script, things go quickly and hilariously from bad to worse, leading Saïd to wonder if he will ever be able to fit in.
In this collection, poems selected from Cox's thirty-year career converse with each other across books and across time. They explore essential connections--one's relationship to poetic tradition, the reader, the natural world, other lives, language itself.
Set in Bolton, in the near future, Winter Hill centers on a group of eight local women as they deal with the ramifications of land on nearby Winter Hill being sold to developers to create a luxurious skyscraper hotel. Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new play explores how a group of seemingly ordinary women endeavour to protect their local community, no matter the cost.
Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth, each of the essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. "This book will leave little doubt that Passarello is one our country’s most gifted young prose writers," writes Héctor Tobar.
Nathaniel Mackey’s Late Arcade opens in Los Angeles and details Jazz musicians and artist invention. Bookforum calls the Jazz novel's lyricism "exquisite."
WHEREAS confronts the language of the United States government in its responses, treaties, and apologies to Native American peoples and tribe. Booklist writes that the collection is “searingly intelligent, masterfully crafted, and unarguably important."
Vang is based on Swander's research into recent Iowa immigrant farmers. Through interviews and photographs, Swander has created a play about the struggles, survival skills, and connection to the land of Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese and Dutch immigrants.
Buck Studies explores an intersection of Greek and black stories through forms like gangsta rap and the murder ballad. "Kearney is at the other end of the century, using a multicultural voice inflected with the concerns of what it means to be a young black man at this time and at this place," writes The Los Angeles Times.