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december

02decthuFeaturedEl Club Bilingüe: Two Stories7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Bilingual Book Club

02decthuFeaturedSix Foot Love Series presents: Swirve // Your Loving Son7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Show

07dectueFeaturedCremation - with Valerie Miles7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

08decwedFeaturedInner Moonlight: Shug Avery7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Type :Poetry Reading

09decthuFeaturedSix Foot Love Series presents: Jolie Holland & Stevie Weinstein Foner7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Show

29decwedFeaturedClimate Book Club - Don't Even Think About It7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Book Club

january

13janthuFeaturedSurveyor Books Presents Chris George & Robin Myrick7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

Literature

Poetry Review: Fingerspell by Lindsay Illich

Poetry Review: Fingerspell by Lindsay Illich

Published by Black Lawrence Press in November 2020, Lindsay Illich’s poetry collection, Fingerspell, begins by presenting the images for spelling out the letters of the alphabet. After the birth of Illich’s daughter, who has Down syndrome, she “felt every emotion as if through a vivid filter, supersaturated”.

Literature

Poetry Review: The Rented Altar by Lauren Berry

Poetry Review: The Rented Altar by Lauren Berry

I was excited when I found out Lauren Berry’s second poetry collection, The Rented Altar (2020), would be published by C&R Press. Her debut collection, National Poetry Series winner The Lifting Dress (Penguin, 2010), is a book I’ve returned to many times over the years since I first picked it up. I was fascinated by the lush, dark, terrifying world of Berry’s young speaker in the first book, and I expected her second book to be just as compelling.

Literature

The Best Prey

The Best Prey

The Best Prey (Pleiades Press, 2021), Paige Quiñones’s debut poetry collection and winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, contain poems that pulse to a provocative beat. It’s a rhythm that edges on the powerful intersection of  danger and desire.

Literature

I Am This State Of Emergency

I Am This State Of Emergency

Robin Myrick describes her debut poetry collection, I AM THIS STATE OF EMERGENCY (Surveyor Books, 2020), as “about us.” The result of an eight-year listening project, Myrick’s poems examine the ways political discourse permeates our lives, our relationships, and our imaginations.

Literature

The Other Half of Happy

The Other Half of Happy

Rebecca Balcárcel’s debut middle-grade novel, THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY (Chronicle Books, 2019) stars Quijana, a bicultural girl who grappling with the tumult of being 12 years old. Why is your friendly neighborhood poet reviewing a novel written for children ages 8 to 12?

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Literature

Meditation On Home

Meditation On Home

During the 2-month lockdown in Madrid, a picture book arrived for me in the mail: Carson Ellis’s Home. And while we are no longer in strict lockdown, I still spend much more time at home than I ever have before. I think about home much more than I ever have before.

Interviews

On Lighthouses

On Lighthouses

Jazmina Barrera’s first book to be translated into English by Christina MacSweeney, On Lighthouses, is an exploration of many things—writing, collecting, travel, literary history—centered around various lighthouses and the stories they contain. The following is a conversation between author Jazmina Barrera, translator Christina MacSweeney, and WD contributor Katy Dycus.

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