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19aprfriFeaturedThe Wild Detectives & Deep Vellum 10th Anniversary Party6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (21) Event Type :Anniversary Party

26aprfriFeaturedAn Evening with Ira Wolf6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Music Show

27aprsatFeatured2nd Annual Oak Cliff Book Crawl12:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type :Book Crawl

may

02maythuFeaturedMike Viola7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Backyard Concert

09maythuFeaturedThe Lengest Neoi: Poetry Reading & Book Signing (Stephanie Choi + Friends)7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

10mayfriFeaturedA Texas Tradition: Inside Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

10mayfriFeaturedPoetry on the Patio with Verb Kulture8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Event Type :Poetry & Music

24mayfriFeaturedA Journey through Psychological Sci-Fi with Chris Panatier and Ryan Leslie6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Event Type :Book Presentation

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Possessed Books: A spooky spin on your favorite classic books

Possessed Books: A spooky spin on your favorite classic books

Halloween is a beloved holiday with many long-standing traditions. However, many people find themselves repeating the same activities each year: trick-or-treating, visiting haunted houses, dressing up, and watching scary movies. One tradition that isn’t common this time of the year is reading.  This October The Wild Detectives will give people a new, spooky spin on their favorite stories for them to read.

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Book Review: Doll Apollo by Melissa Ginsburg

Book Review: Doll Apollo by Melissa Ginsburg

Melissa Ginsburg’s Doll Apollo (LSU Press, 2022) resists conventional narrative notions. Organized in three sections, “Doll,” “Apollo,” and “Toile,” the book explores identity, doubt, mythology, and violence, both bodily and environmental, in poems linked by the lush imagery of a common landscape. “Toile” refers to a canvas-like fabric that depicts pastoral vignettes and it is a popular decorative element, particularly in the U.S. South. The gorgeous cover art for the book includes a toile pattern that reflects the unique concerns of Ginsburg’s poems, mingling an unexpected astronaut with paper dolls in the traditional pastoral background.

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Book Review: Club Q by James Davis

Book Review: Club Q by James Davis

James Davis’s Club Q is clever, often laugh-out-loud funny, and always meticulous: both within the poems formal considerations and the book’s arrangement as a whole. Davis is a master of linguistic foraging, arranging his sonic and syntactical finds for the reader to devour. Within his poems, comedy, intelligence, and despair are often synonymous, and wordplay is always on the menu.

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Book Review: The Occultation by Chris George

Book Review: The Occultation by Chris George

The universe in Chris George’s The Occultation (Surveyor Books, 2021) is dark and nihilistic but also filled with morbid humor, and even redemption. A missing disabled mother leads her caretaker daughter on a barefoot late-night odyssey in “The Suicide,” an alcoholic finds solace and comfort in an abandoned flying-saucer house on a stormy night in “A Small Good Place;” these stories wind their way through human suffering and frailty.

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Review for Oak Cliff-Hangers: Stories in a Snow Globe by Sherrie Zantea

Review for Oak Cliff-Hangers: Stories in a Snow Globe by Sherrie Zantea

Sherrie Zantea, known by her stage name, Candy, is a luminary in the Dallas poetry community. She is the brilliant leader behind the Dallas Poetry Slam organization and has been making literary history for more than 20 years. Her chapbook, Oak Cliff-Hangers: Stories in a Snow Globe (Deep Vellum Publishing, 2021) reflects on growing up in Oak Cliff with heartbreaking candor and soaring hope.

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Review for Half Outlaw by Alex Temblador

Review for Half Outlaw by Alex Temblador

Alex Temblador’s latest novel, Half Outlaw (Blackstone Publishing, 2022), is a hell of a ride. The story follows Raqi (pronounced “Rocky”), a successful LA attorney in her 30s, as she grapples with grief, trauma, relationships, and her profoundly complicated family, who are members of the Lawless, a drug-running, gun-dealing motorcycle club. As your friendly neighborhood poet, I’ll be honest: I don’t read many novels, but this book’s heartrending characters, cross-country trek, and magical realism had me hooked.

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Review for Liberation of Dissonance by Bruce Bond

Review for Liberation of Dissonance by Bruce Bond

Liberation of Dissonance (Schaffner Press, 2022) strikes a balance between forte and piano, legato and staccato – the Italian markers dictating musical dynamics.

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BOOOOOOK COVERS: The best disguises for this Halloween.

BOOOOOOK COVERS: The best disguises for this Halloween.

This October, The Wild Detectives present a frightfully good campaign with a mission to help young readers avoid library and school bans on books.

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BOOKBALL NATIONS: The Cup every book reader should be watching.

BOOKBALL NATIONS: The Cup every book reader should be watching.

The World’s biggest soccer tournament is gone and fans are experiencing withdrawal now that there’s not four games a day. Which is why we decided to surprise them with our very own tournament, with a very unique touch.

Literature

Banvertising: Using Hate to Save Books

Banvertising: Using Hate to Save Books

Banvertising – A campaign that takes real, negative quotes from the people who are trying to disqualify books and uses their hateful words to promote those same books they’re trying to ban. In a few words: we will turn these books’ worst critics into their best reviews.

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Book Review: Waveborne by Ayesha Asad

Book Review: Waveborne by Ayesha Asad

Ayesha Asad’s Waveborne (Bottlecap Press, 2022) carries on its crest a blend of cultural identity, resettling, growth, striving. The poems present few breaks; they just keep moving, like determined waves destined for shore, full of radiance.

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Book Review: Undoing the Hide’s Taut Musculature by Matthew Baker

Book Review: Undoing the Hide’s Taut Musculature by Matthew Baker

Matthew W. Baker’s debut chapbook Undoing the Hide’s Taut Musculature (Finishing Line Press, 2019) is a visceral and incisive exploration of what it means to have a body. Baker’s poems delve into mortality, illness, surgical interventions both elective and necessary, and radical changes both voluntary and beyond the speaker’s control. The speaker in these poems grapples with isolation and relationships, offering an unflinching portrayal of the mother/son dynamic.

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Book Review: Better Ways to See by Alan Gann

Book Review: Better Ways to See by Alan Gann

In Better Ways to See, Alan Gann offers us a fresh pair of eyes to catch the details we are likely to miss in the natural world. Every poem seems to ask, “why not sing or bloom or fly?” (“spiral orb”). Part I of this collection, “Wanderings with birds,” literally gave me the sensation of having wings, of believing “We each sing our morning notes/ to remind the world/ I’m still here and no matter/ what happens before night descends/ all contribute/ to the golden-holy-resplendent song divergent” (“Chorus”)

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Interview with Kendra Greene

Interview with Kendra Greene

An exploration of Iceland’s most idiosyncratic museums and collections, The Museum of Whales You Will Never See takes readers across a country shaped by geological forces as powerful as the stories told and collected there. The following is a conversation between author Kendra Greene and WD contributor Katy Dycus.

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Poetry Review: From The Cow’s Eye and Other Poems by Loretta Diane Walker

Poetry Review: From The Cow’s Eye and Other Poems by Loretta Diane Walker

Loretta Diane Walker is treasure in the Texas poetry community. She is the author of many books, including a full-length collection, Day Begins When Darkness Is in Full Bloom (Blue Light Press, 2021) and the topic of this review, her most recent chapbook, From the Cow’s Eye & Other Poems, which won the 2021 William D. Barney Memorial Chapbook Prize from The Fort Worth Poetry Society. The poems in the collection show off Walker’s poetic range; the speaker weaves stunning Texas landscapes and offers deft observations about love, grief, music, dreams, superheroes, and much more.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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