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In a new poem for TriQuarterly, the Poet Laureate reflects on distance both literal and figurative, and asks “ The days/Are bright but cold. Our shadow/Spreads like ash across each road./ How much more will we bury/ In the earth?”
Halliday’s debut novel, a store from New York City to Kurdistan and back again, is “a deep rumination on the relation of art to life and death,” writes Booklist.
"Where did he get the balls? He didn't know there were balls required,” Sullivan writes, reflecting on the life of young rapper Lil Peep, who recently died of an accidental drug overdose. “There aren't," Sullivan concludes. "Something else is."
"What Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts did for gender and sexuality,” the Review writes, "Call Me Zebra does for the experience of exile." The review also praises Van der Vliet Oloomi’s "quietly devastating moments" in her novel about the power of language and literature.
“Why won’t God-My-Mother’s wounds heal?/ Wounding myself doesn’t cauterize her wounds./ Another wound to her won’t seal her open blooms,” writes Lee, in a new poem about the meaning of words, for Poetry magazine.
Powell Watts won the award for “Best Literary Debut” for her collection No One is Coming to Save Us. Other Image Award winners included director Ava DuVernay and actor Danny Glover.
Lee discusses his complicated relationship to the word “home,” the necessity of exploring perspectives from both the East and West, and “redeeming desire.”
Williams, a Chicago native, talks about that way his birthplace influences work, and why he’s cautious about literary criticism: "I wish for poets to qualify the work we share without emptily commodifying it."
Keene reveals how translation is like being a fiction writer and why the ability to write - 10 pages, a poem a day, or even just a few sentences - is "astonishing."
"Passarello is sassy but tender; smart, angry and wondering,” writes the UK publication, praising the urgency of Passarello's collection of essays about animals.
In a starred review, Publishers Weekly praises Chee’s new collection about everything from tending to a garden to an AIDS march, writing that Chee "informs and educates readers while they’re too enraptured to notice."
In a conversation about books and reading, Aciman discusses hiding Dracula from his parents as a child, and the “unforgettable stateliness” of the King James Bible.
Fellow novelist Laila Lalami reflects on themes of displacement Alarcón’s new collection, and writes that “Alarcón manages to offer a fresh look at migration, the oldest story of all.”
For Harper’s, William T. Vollman interviews petroleum refinery works in the United Arab Emerates, who sleep in bunks separated by ethnicity and only agree to talk to him when they realize he is writing a book – not working for the government.
The Guardian highlights recently published work by Asian American writers, including Yiyun Li, Tony Tulathimutte, and Ocean Vuong, and discusses the importance of immigrant narratives and voices outside the margins.
Alarcón discusses the inspiration behind the title for his new collection, The King is Always Above the People, and his philosophy on story writing: “If things end well in a story it's only because they'd lopped off the last four chapters.”
“If I wake missing the cold,/ fresh sound of new snow,/ I may still miss the kinds of places/ that scar me and complete/ my sorrow,” muses Kane in her latest for Poets.org, a meditation on the quiet life of the forest.
McCrae received an award for Poetry, which recognizes “writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature.”
The Changeling by Victor LaValle, The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, and Danzy Senna’s New People are all featured on the list of ten novels of “compelling writing and fresh storytelling.”
Elif Batuman, Jeffrey Eugenides, Matthew Klam, Victor LaValle, Alice McDermott, and Danzy Senna had fiction titles listed. Poets Jorie Graham and Layli Long Soldier were featured, and Elena Passarello’s nonfiction collection was highlighted on the list.
Doty is the first recipient of the fellowship, which honors a “distinguished poet of international repute.” Professor Fran Brearton, Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, described Doty’s acceptance of the fellowship as an “honor.”
Mehta discusses why rural cities are becoming depopulated, and the problem with data journalism.
NBC writes that García’s latest is her “most striking and profound to date,” and says that the novel serves as an important reminder to confront political demons.
Praising her depiction of city life, the LARB calls Here in Berlin “an impeccable linguistic exercise in narratology and a brilliant exploration of the various identities we adhere to in metropolitan environments.”
In what NPR calls a "penetrating meditation on loss," a woman unexpectedly loses her best friend, then finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. The woman refuses to be separated from the dog, and, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling - but also discovers the rich rewards of companionship.
Asymmetry explores inequities in age, power, and justice. Told in three unique sections, the novel tells the story of an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age and an Iraqi-American detained by immigration officers. "Halliday is knowing," Time Magazine writes, "about isolation, dissatisfaction and the pain of being human."
Zebra, last in a line of autodidacts, leaves New York to retrace the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago. Books are her only companions—until she meets Ludo."Hearken ye fellow misfits, squint-eyed bibliophiles & book stall-stalkers," writes Wall Street Journal. "Here is a novel for you."
When Cantú joins the Border Patrol, he and his partners learn to haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by nightmares, Cantú finds returning to civilian life impossible when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico and does not return. Esquire calls the memoir "a must-read."
Alarcón's story collection, longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Fiction, tells high-stakes tales of migration, betrayal, and uncertain futures. The Washington Post writes that the stories in The King Is Always Above the People "draw out humanity where it seems little hope is left."
Mary Jane is a portrait of a single mother’s relationship with her severely disabled son. As she deals with near-constant crisis, she encounters a cast of women who enable her persistence. The New York Times says "Mary Jane [is] the most profound and harrowing of Ms. Herzog’s many fine plays."
Eugenides's first story collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies. A failed poet becomes an embezzler; a high school student takes drastic measures to escape the strictures of her immigrant family. The Los Angeles Review of Books says that Fresh Complaint "showcases the vast breadth of humanity its author can call to life."
Grise's latest is a performance manifesto drawing from experiences with free health clinics, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, and dermatologists. Your Healing Is Killing Me reflects on living with post-traumatic stress disorder and more in our current moment.
After the suicide of a young Irish immigrant, an aging nun directs the way forward for his widow and his unborn child. Publishers Weekly calls McDermott's latest "an immense, brilliant novel."