October 18, 2019
Three-Minute Book Review: Jennifer Schomburg Kanke on Passing through Humansville, by Karen Craigo (Sundress Publications, 2018).
1) If you planted this book in the ground, what would grow?
Every plant that grows from this book would turn into something else when you pull back from it a bit. When “two sunflowers wind/ toward their orbs” they’re also ovaries and fallopian tubes. “When she startles/she ...
October 07, 2019
Below is another exercise I gave my students in Experimental Fiction.
Paired with reading "Pee on Water," by Rachel Glaser
A story that takes as its subject the history of the universe leading up to humankind’s “pee on water” might evoke Genesis for some people. “Pee on Water” is, in some sense, in the tradition of creation stories, though the emphasis on peeing on water, coolness, and contraception, ...
September 18, 2019
From time to time, I have been asked to give craft book recommendations, especially by and/or for writers of color. Having read ~50 craft books in researching my own book, here are ten volumes that I have found useful in thinking about craft, all written by non-white and/or non-Western authors.
Achebe, Chinua. An Image of Africa.
Araki, Hirohiko. Manga in Theory and Practice.
Chinweizu, Onwuchekwa Jemie, and ...
September 09, 2019
Three-Minute Book Review - Emily Webber on The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter (Grove Press, November 2017)
What snack should you have while reading this book?
Clams, mussels, a scallop (only one and only if you are very lucky), jellyfish, octopus, and tiny sand crabs in a murky broth, seasoned with seaweed (not the exotic kind, but the washed up on a dirty shore kind). The first slurp will ...