A Conversation Across Time and Death: A Review of Negative Space by Lilly Dancyger
In Negative Space, writer and editor Lilly Dancyger presents a memoir of growing up and growing stronger in the face of loss.
Erasure as Reclamation: Erase the Patriarchy: An Anthology of Erasure Poetry
After reading this book, reader poets can think: in what more ways can an erasure exist? And further to the focus of this anthology, what more ways can erasure be used to dismantle oppression?
Riding That Train: Justin Jannise’s How to Be Better by Being Worse
Jannise’s poems traverse a thrilling landscape that is at times funny, at times shocking, and at times heartrending. The collection delivers surprise after surprise with eye-opening mastery of voice, wit, and language.
Collages of Chaos: Lillian Paige Walton’s Meter Wide Button
In 2013, a Houston based curator named Max C. Fields premiered the art show Linear Movement on his digital gallery. The show consisted of five paintings by a recent graduate from the University of North Texas. The artist’s work uses oils and inks to create a collage of lines and abstract shapes on organic objects. […]
In Review: Unraveling Personal Narrative and Truths in Girlhood by Melissa Febos
Melissa Febos’ Girlhood weaves together autobiographical essays, interviews, Greek mythology, and media research to form an intricate tapestry of personal experiences that reflect a greater societal impact. Febos relentlessly interrogates the various truths of growing up in a society that prioritizes the feelings, opinions, and power of men at girls’ expense.
Flashback and Resilience in Cherie Jones’s How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
Cherie Jones’s debut novel How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House interconnects various storylines to explore the heart-breaking and nail-biting journey of four individuals whose lives are forever changed by a burglary gone awry.
Chicanismo and Longing: Claudia Delfina Cardona’s What Remains
In “What It’s Like (Being a Brown Girl),” Cardona writes about “words too hard to pull from your throat,” yet she pulls the words out over and over again in this astounding collection of poems. Active in uplifting voices of the Latinx community, Cardona paves the way for Latinx writers with What Remains.
Rooting for Buck: Mateo Askaripour’s Adventure into Race, Capitalism, and Family in America
Black Buck is a novel that is immensely readable while critically engaging with questions that continue to define society’s relationship with race. As it inhabits a literary space that increasingly analyzes the tech world, in line with other current literary hits such as New Waves by Kevin Nguyen or Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte, it consistently underpins its story with a close point-of-view that exposes the implicit biases of said world.