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Oh this looks excellent. Megan Giddings discusses The Women Who Could Fly next week with Jamie Figueroa, hosted by Duend...
09/23/2022
THE WOMEN COULD FLY: Megan Giddings

Oh this looks excellent. Megan Giddings discusses The Women Who Could Fly next week with Jamie Figueroa, hosted by Duende District Bookstore and The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary.

Megan Giddings in conversation with Jamie Figueroa to celebrate The Women Could Fly! Hosted by Duende District in partnership with The Word.

"I felt about New York the way I felt about Mapplethorpe: When we were together, the part of me that howled all night wa...
09/23/2022
The Benefactor | C. R. Foster

"I felt about New York the way I felt about Mapplethorpe: When we were together, the part of me that howled all night was temporarily still." New fiction by C. R. Foster:

The bills were too thick to conceal in my pocket, so I reached inside my briefs and hid them there.

Sofia Samatar's THE WHITE MOSQUE arrives this October!“This is a perfect memoir: a mosaic (or as Samatar calls it, 'a sh...
09/23/2022

Sofia Samatar's THE WHITE MOSQUE arrives this October!

“This is a perfect memoir: a mosaic (or as Samatar calls it, 'a shattering') of self that elevates the genre of nonfiction to new heights."
—Carmen Maria Machado, author of In the Dream House
https://buff.ly/3xKxMQz

"When the two of you first met, Craiglist casual encounters still existed and she only started to dress. Her name wasn’t...
09/23/2022
A Lesson | Meredith Talusan

"When the two of you first met, Craiglist casual encounters still existed and she only started to dress. Her name wasn’t Melody yet, and the name you used wasn’t Sam." New fiction from Meredith Talusan about an encounter that changes everything:

Neither of you knew that your night together would smash everything.

"This is what I ended up learning from my pickles. Our keepsakes will sustain us through the seasons, but they will neve...
09/23/2022
Pickles Taught Me the Art of Self-Preservation | Ash Huang

"This is what I ended up learning from my pickles. Our keepsakes will sustain us through the seasons, but they will never be perfectly preserved." Read Ash Huang essay on the lessons she learned from her pandemic pickling phase:

I was not suspended in a timeless brine like my pickles. I was not a stoic javelin of cellulose waiting to strike a bored palette. My answers would not be in rigidity, in control.

Read this poem by Tarene Thomas: "self-portrait as prairie sky /  kokenewapikineyak horizon blush"
09/23/2022
RATIONING SWEETGRASS | Tarene Thomas

Read this poem by Tarene Thomas: "self-portrait as prairie sky / kokenewapikineyak horizon blush"

a steadfast soul-birth, tried and true / this is where you sing creation into being

Read this poem by Tarene Thomas, which incorporates the Cree language: "wâsêtahkwakâ kistikân   /   self-portrait as my ...
09/23/2022
RATIONING SWEETGRASS | Tarene Thomas

Read this poem by Tarene Thomas, which incorporates the Cree language: "wâsêtahkwakâ kistikân / self-portrait as my mourning breath"

a steadfast soul-birth, tried and true / this is where you sing creation into being

"I was not suspended in a timeless brine like my pickles. I was not a stoic javelin of cellulose waiting to strike a bor...
09/22/2022
Pickles Taught Me the Art of Self-Preservation | Ash Huang

"I was not suspended in a timeless brine like my pickles. I was not a stoic javelin of cellulose waiting to strike a bored palette. My answers would not be in rigidity, in control." Ash Huang on the lessons she learned from her pandemic pickling phase:

I was not suspended in a timeless brine like my pickles. I was not a stoic javelin of cellulose waiting to strike a bored palette. My answers would not be in rigidity, in control.

"If I showed too much emotion, I was hysterical; not enough, then whatever happened was probably not as bad as I claimed...
09/22/2022
On Ghosts, Gender, and Who Gets to Be Believed | Jen Corrigan

"If I showed too much emotion, I was hysterical; not enough, then whatever happened was probably not as bad as I claimed. Either way, I was not to be believed." Jen Corrigan on paranormal activity and the question of belief:

Like most women, I’ve been trained from birth to mistrust my perceptions. Then I spent the night in a haunted house.

Aditi Malhotra tells us about how handwriting has been a through line in her friendships, shows how handwriting can be i...
09/22/2022
My Writing History Is Best Told Through Handwriting | Aditi Malhotra

Aditi Malhotra tells us about how handwriting has been a through line in her friendships, shows how handwriting can be incorporated into a generative practice, and offers some tried-and-tested stress-relief postures for happy handwriters:

Aditi Malhotra tells us about how handwriting has been a through line in her friendships, shows how handwriting can be incorporated into a generative practice, and offers some tried-and-tested…

"I felt tied to Hong Kong. I knew I couldn’t make up for lost time, but I had to grab hold of what is a quickly disappea...
09/22/2022
Second Place Language | Kaitlin Chan.

"I felt tied to Hong Kong. I knew I couldn’t make up for lost time, but I had to grab hold of what is a quickly disappearing place." A new comic from Kaitlin Chan on Cantonese, culture, and grief:

A comic by Kaitlin Chan on grief, Cantonese culture, language, and how our relationship to culture, language and ourselves can shift

"This is what I ended up learning from my pickles. Our keepsakes will sustain us through the seasons, but they will neve...
09/22/2022
Pickles Taught Me the Art of Self-Preservation | Ash Huang

"This is what I ended up learning from my pickles. Our keepsakes will sustain us through the seasons, but they will never be perfectly preserved." Ash Huang on the lessons she learned from her pandemic pickling phase:

I was not suspended in a timeless brine like my pickles. I was not a stoic javelin of cellulose waiting to strike a bored palette. My answers would not be in rigidity, in control.

Read this poem by Tarene Thomas, which incorporates the Cree language: "self-portrait as prairie sky /  kokenewapikineya...
09/22/2022
RATIONING SWEETGRASS | Tarene Thomas

Read this poem by Tarene Thomas, which incorporates the Cree language: "self-portrait as prairie sky / kokenewapikineyak horizon blush"

a steadfast soul-birth, tried and true / this is where you sing creation into being

"From the moment I knew myself as q***r—and later, nonbinary trans—I knew a simple truth: Every q***r person should lear...
09/22/2022
Every Q***r Person Should Learn How to Fight | C. R. Foster

"From the moment I knew myself as q***r—and later, nonbinary trans—I knew a simple truth: Every q***r person should learn how to fight." C. R. Foster on conflict, self-defense, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu:

On its surface, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was not a sport that I belonged in. To say that it is macho is an understatement.

"On its surface, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was not a sport that I belonged in. To say that it is macho is an understatement." ...
09/22/2022
Every Q***r Person Should Learn How to Fight | C. R. Foster

"On its surface, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was not a sport that I belonged in. To say that it is macho is an understatement." C. R. Foster on conflict, self-defense, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu:

On its surface, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was not a sport that I belonged in. To say that it is macho is an understatement.

"You’re family until the going gets tough. Suddenly, it’s not personal; it’s business." Josh Greenblatt on the failed pr...
09/21/2022
How I Learned That Work Is Not Your Family | Josh Greenblatt

"You’re family until the going gets tough. Suddenly, it’s not personal; it’s business." Josh Greenblatt on the failed promise of the cool, chummy workplace:

Years spent in cultlike workplaces under cartoonishly incapable bosses has spooked me from going back to the office.

TONIGHT, 6pm CT, hear Meghan Gilliss discuss her celebrated debut novel LUNGFISH, in a virtual event hosted by Columbia'...
09/21/2022
Meghan Gilliss discusses her novel LUNGFISH, Wednesday, September 21, at 6:00 p.m. - VIRTUAL EVENT — skylark bookshop

TONIGHT, 6pm CT, hear Meghan Gilliss discuss her celebrated debut novel LUNGFISH, in a virtual event hosted by Columbia's Skylark Bookshop!

We’re very excited to bring you, in a virtual event, the author of one of the most buzzed-about fiction titles of the Fall. Meghan Gilliss will be online and in conversation with Alex to talk about her stunning debut novel, Lungfish . The book has received rave reviews everywhere and we can’t wa...

Happy pub week to Christopher Sorrentino! His masterful memoir NOW BEACON, NOW SEA is in stores in paperback now!~A NEW ...
09/21/2022

Happy pub week to Christopher Sorrentino! His masterful memoir NOW BEACON, NOW SEA is in stores in paperback now!

~A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR~

Now Beacon Now Sea is a wrenching debut memoir of familial grief by a National Book Award finalist—and a defining account of what it means to love and lose a difficult parent, for readers of Joan Didion, Vivian Gornick and Dani Shapiro.

Don't miss it!
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/676219/now-beacon-now-sea-by-christopher-sorrentino/

"If we start with a serious metaphor, we can exaggerate and specify our way toward absurdity." Ben Sandman on the craft ...
09/21/2022
The Art of the Funny Metaphor | Ben Sandman

"If we start with a serious metaphor, we can exaggerate and specify our way toward absurdity." Ben Sandman on the craft of the comic metaphor:

Ben Sandman elaborates on two strategies for crafting the comic metaphor—and shows us that the recipe for inducing laughter is different from what we might whip up for more serious writing.

"I told myself I would be back because I had to believe that I would be; because it was the only way to keep my anxious ...
09/21/2022
In a World of Impermanence, I’ll Always Have Paris | Tabitha Blankenbiller

"I told myself I would be back because I had to believe that I would be; because it was the only way to keep my anxious mind in the moment instead of spinning ahead." Tabitha Blankenbiller on class, impermanence, and planning the trip of a lifetime:

I have never felt further from a former version of myself as I do now, here, today.

"From the moment I knew myself as q***r—and later, nonbinary trans—I knew a simple truth: Every q***r person should lear...
09/21/2022
Every Q***r Person Should Learn How to Fight | C. R. Foster

"From the moment I knew myself as q***r—and later, nonbinary trans—I knew a simple truth: Every q***r person should learn how to fight." C. R. Foster on conflict, self-defense, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu:

On its surface, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was not a sport that I belonged in. To say that it is macho is an understatement.

"I started hormone replacement therapy when I was fifteen. I wasn’t an out intersex person then, nor did I even understa...
09/21/2022
The One With the Offensive Joke About Intersex People | Matt Mitchell

"I started hormone replacement therapy when I was fifteen. I wasn’t an out intersex person then, nor did I even understand that I was intersex or have a real grasp of what that even meant." Matt Mitchell on how the beloved sitcom failed the intersex community:

Like any sitcom created before the mid-aughts—around the time Hollywood started doing the bare minimum to give space to marginalized people—‘Friends’ has not aged well.

"Though my body outwardly presents as male, inside, my DNA unravels with codes of biological womanhood." @matt_mitchell4...
09/21/2022
The One With the Offensive Joke About Intersex People | Matt Mitchell

"Though my body outwardly presents as male, inside, my DNA unravels with codes of biological womanhood." @matt_mitchell48 on how the beloved sitcom failed the intersex community:

Like any sitcom created before the mid-aughts—around the time Hollywood started doing the bare minimum to give space to marginalized people—‘Friends’ has not aged well.

Happy pub day to the editors and contributors of BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2022!This anthology celebrates the most recent...
09/20/2022

Happy pub day to the editors and contributors of BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2022!

This anthology celebrates the most recent winners of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, which recognizes twelve writers who have made outstanding fiction debuts in literary magazines. This year’s selections were made by Sabrina Orah Mark, Emily Nemens, and Deesha Philyaw, with Yuka Igarashi and Sarah Lyn Rogers as series editors.
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/710801/best-debut-short-stories-2022-by-yuka-igarashi/

The stories in Best Debut Short Stories 2022 explore the dangers and possibilities of protest in Multan, Pakistan, in 1978; in the well-to-do neighborhoods of Melbourne, Australia, at the end of the millennium; and in the outskirts of Ramallah, Palestine, in the present day. They describe toxic homes and precarious lives and refuge sought in unlikely places: a bowling alley, a work affair, a noisy club, a neoclassical sanatorium, a school-turned-hostel near a flooded brownfield. They feature a pork bun made with a perfect spiral of dough, a bucket of eggs swarmed by crows, a drink made of chilled chicken blood and rose water, and a pale pink worm with five hearts who lives at the edge of the universe.

Each story is accompanied by a letter from the editor who first published it, providing insight about what's new and exciting in fiction today and recognizing the vital work of literary journals in nurturing new voices in literature.

These stories are a great read, a snapshot of the future of short stories, and a great resource to learn about exciting markets for your own writing!

"Each ingredient needs to be carefully considered alongside my needs and limitations, meaning I have to be honest with m...
09/20/2022
As a Disabled Cook, I Need Adaptable Recipes | Gabrielle Drolet

"Each ingredient needs to be carefully considered alongside my needs and limitations, meaning I have to be honest with myself about what I’m capable of—and, more importantly, what I’m not." Read Gabrielle Drolet's newest column on cooking and accessibility:

When it comes to food prep, I have to be honest with myself about what I’m capable of—and, more importantly, what I’m not.

My grandmother’s ashes had been in the wall for a week when he brought it up.What about your job? I said. Our lease? ---...
09/20/2022
Lungfish

My grandmother’s ashes had been in the wall for a week when he brought it up.

What about your job? I said. Our lease?
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In Literary Hub an excerpt of LUNGFISH by Meghan Gilliss!

It was Paul’s idea to come here. He knew I would. And not just to get away from whatever was wrong in Pittsburgh—the gaps in his presence I couldn’t make sense of, more and more of them since the b…

"I’m scared my vulnerability /  makes me responsible for what /  people do with us." From "Complicit Poem" by Sara Borja...
09/20/2022
Complicit Poem | Sara Borjas

"I’m scared my vulnerability / makes me responsible for what / people do with us." From "Complicit Poem" by Sara Borjas, author of HEART LIKE A WINDOW, MOUTH LIKE A CLIFF:

When was the last time you chose / a glass of pinot over fair pay?

"I am always on the clock. I have come to associate the clock with guilt—mom guilt and climate guilt." A stunning essay ...
09/20/2022
Watching the Clock: On Parenting in the Climate Crisis | Kaitlyn Teer

"I am always on the clock. I have come to associate the clock with guilt—mom guilt and climate guilt." A stunning essay by Kaitlyn Teer on eco-anxiety, geologic time, and mothering in the climate crisis:

I practice thinking about time like a geologist, but, mostly, I can manage only to think about it like a mother.

"I grew up in a family that had been declining economically for generations. Culturally, I was taught to have the concer...
09/19/2022
Peace Alongside Unrest: The Millions Interviews Meghan Gilliss - The Millions

"I grew up in a family that had been declining economically for generations. Culturally, I was taught to have the concerns of a wealthier class. But practically, I had the concerns of someone living paycheck to paycheck for my entire adult life."

Meghan Gilliss talks to The Millions about her new LUNGFISH.

"I think that there are people writers and there are nature writers."

"Me quitting beef is a drop in the bucket in the bigger scheme, but as a parent, I need to model responsible climate beh...
09/19/2022
Quitting Beef | Aaron Gilbreath

"Me quitting beef is a drop in the bucket in the bigger scheme, but as a parent, I need to model responsible climate behavior to my daughter." Aaron Gilbreath on giving up burgers. Read here:

Yes, burgers rule. They’re one of America’s truly great exports. They’re also a symbol of ecological tone deafness.

"Motherhood has fundamentally altered my perception of time." A stunning essay by Kaitlyn Teer on eco-anxiety, geologic ...
09/19/2022
Watching the Clock: On Parenting in the Climate Crisis | Kaitlyn Teer

"Motherhood has fundamentally altered my perception of time." A stunning essay by Kaitlyn Teer on eco-anxiety, geologic time, and mothering in the climate crisis:

I practice thinking about time like a geologist, but, mostly, I can manage only to think about it like a mother.

A fantastic review for Meghan Gilliss's LUNGFISH in The New York Times Books! "Gilliss’s language is an elemental force ...
09/18/2022
For Squatters in the Gulf of Maine, Life Is Only Survival

A fantastic review for Meghan Gilliss's LUNGFISH in The New York Times Books!
"Gilliss’s language is an elemental force . . .Lungfish reads with a slowly building terror . . . Reminiscent of Lydia Kiesling’s The Golden State and Stephanie Land’s Maid."

In Meghan Gilliss’s debut novel, “Lungfish,” a young family maroons itself on a deserted island where sustenance is whatever you can get your hands on.

"Gilliss imbues every page with the ache and uncertainty of trying to give a child small pockets of joy under near impos...
09/17/2022

"Gilliss imbues every page with the ache and uncertainty of trying to give a child small pockets of joy under near impossible circumstances." —Lynn Steger Strong, Los Angeles Times

Lungfish, the debut novel of isolation, addiction, parenthood and bladderwrack is out now!
https://buff.ly/3RPaGjV

"In Tom’s presence, after all, I had learned what class was: It did not announce itself. It simply was." New fiction by ...
09/17/2022
The Benefactor | C. R. Foster

"In Tom’s presence, after all, I had learned what class was: It did not announce itself. It simply was." New fiction by C. R. Foster:

The bills were too thick to conceal in my pocket, so I reached inside my briefs and hid them there.

"She told everyone she was a god, but she was just alone." Read this short story—a retelling of the myth of Houyi the ar...
09/16/2022
Sunkiller | K-Ming Chang

"She told everyone she was a god, but she was just alone." Read this short story—a retelling of the myth of Houyi the archer, who shot down the suns—by K-Ming Chang:

We wanted to embellish her legend, but now we were only the witnesses of her want.

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WEEKEND READS | The best weekend plans for this fall weekend have to include curling up with the brand new September/October issue of Literary Mama! ❤️ https://buff.ly/3C0xtDT Batnadiv University of Nebraska Press Mary Beth Hines: author Kelsay Books Christina Consolino - Author/Editor Catapult Holly Rizzuto Palker - Writer Zibby Owens Tamara MC, Ph.D. Adiba Nelson - Writer Blackstone Publishing Harper Wave
"Hypnotic, elliptical and utterly absorbing." https://loom.ly/AjZYwAQ [Image ID: The cover of Witches by Brenda Lozano] #SouthernBooksellerReview #BookReviews #IndieBookstores #BooksellersRecommend Square Books Catapult
"Hypnotic, elliptical and utterly absorbing." https://loom.ly/AjZYwAQ [Image ID: The cover of Witches by Brenda Lozano] #SouthernBooksellerReview #BookReviews #IndieBookstores #BooksellersRecommend Square Books Catapult
Want to know more about the #2022KirkusPrize? Here's editor Laurie Muchnick to introduce the six finalists in the fiction category. https://bit.ly/3BsLcTJ Riverhead Books A Public Space Farrar, Straus and Giroux New Directions Catapult
Introducing the finalists for the #2022KirkusPrize! 🎉 http://ow.ly/e6kk50KEyz9 Catapult Riverhead Books A Public Space Books Farrar, Straus and Giroux New Directions W. W. Norton & Company Harper Books Random House Enchanted Lion Books Penguin Kids Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Walden Pond Press First Second Books Algonquin Young Readers
Some excellent advice on how to effectively market your book without breaking the bank (Catapult). https://bit.ly/3esZmuH
"I thoughtfully funded meant fully funded. I didn’t know about the fine print." Catapult on what it really means to pursue a "fully-funded" MFA. https://bit.ly/3Rdiv1O
"There’s a reason why grant and residency applications require artists to distill their work into its essence." A great resource full of tips on how to effectively apply for grants and residencies (Catapult). https://bit.ly/3R2BxIc
"You need to carefully vet the people from whom you take career advice—certainly more carefully than I did in those days." Author Sari Botton on aging and the lessons we learn as we mature creatively (Catapult). https://bit.ly/3ACS28w
"As part of our Application Week series, Jasmine Dreame Wagner writes about putting together your strongest proposal to get #funding for your work-in-progress."— Catapult #grants #advice #residencies
Sharing insights from Jasmine Dreame Wagner on putting together your strongest proposal to get funding for your work-in-progress, via Catapult. And, if you need more application writing tips, we suggest our recent "How to Write a Strong Application" post via nyfa.org/blog!
BODY LANGUAGE, edited by Nicole Chung and Matt Ortile is our #bookoftheweek ✨ . “A stunning collection illuminating the wisdom, love, and power we can access by knowing and caring for our bodies.” — Nadia Owusu, author of Aftershocks . “These writers bring insight and nuance to the weird and wonderful topic of embodiment.” — Sarah Neilson, Shondaland . 👉 2 Seas handles foreign rights worldwide, on behalf of Catapult. . More info: https://buff.ly/3T1MXxU . . #2seasagency #foreignrights #makebookstravel #bodylanguage #nicolechung #mattortile #catapult #booksbooksbooks #englishbooks #goodreads
Arabic rights sold to Dar alrafidain دار الرافدين, on behalf of Catapult. 🎉📚✈️ . Rights previously sold in Italy and Turkey. . . #howtheworldworks #noamchomsky #makebookstravel #foreignrights #2seasagency #catapult #englishbooks #booksintranslation #booksbooksbooks #goodreads . . More info: https://buff.ly/3pwXIdO
BODY LANGUAGE, edited by Nicole Chung and Matt Ortile is our #bookoftheweek ✨ . “Body Language is a wide-ranging, heart-rending, hope-generating collection of stories. From disordered eating to athleticism to disability, it was impossible to turn away from these intimate and astute offerings. . "There is nothing more ordinary than living in a body, but so much about it can remain unspoken. This book, then, is a revelation, treasured company that I’ll keep with me always.” — Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood . 👉 2 Seas handles foreign rights worldwide, on behalf of Catapult. . More info: https://buff.ly/3T1MXxU . . #2seasagency #foreignrights #makebookstravel #bodylanguage #nicolechung #mattortile #catapult #booksbooksbooks #englishbooks #goodreads
A good mystery or a "juicy tell-all" from our favorite galaxy. You'll always find an exciting read at an indie bookstore. #NewTitleTuesday #shopindie #bookstagram #indiebookstores #nextfavoriteread #newbooks #booktuesday #newbooktuesday Grand Central Publishing Catapult Random House Grove Atlantic Riverhead Books
A good mystery or a "juicy tell-all" from our favorite galaxy. You'll always find an exciting read at an indie bookstore. #NewTitleTuesday #shopindie #bookstagram #indiebookstores #nextfavoriteread #newbooks #booktuesday #newbooktuesday Grand Central Publishing Catapult Random House Grove Atlantic Riverhead Books