With your registration fee, you get your choice of one of our four awesome featured books.
Burn it Down: Women Writing About Anger, edited by Lilly Dancyger
In Burn It Down, a diverse group of women authors explore their rage—from the personal to the systemic, the unacknowledged to the public. Contributors include Melissa Febos on discovering that anger could be a powerful tool for art; Leslie Jamison on how she used to insist that she didn’t angry, and learning that wasn’t true; Meredith Talusan on navigating different rules for how she was “allowed” to express anger after her gender transition; and Evette Dionne on the “angry Black woman” stereotype, and more.
Instructions for Temporary Survival, by Monica Prince
“Instructions for Temporary Survival is a book concerned with naming oneself, with claiming an identity in a world that seems bent on tearing us apart…or as the poet Monica Prince herself says, ‘…we’d wake up and claim our new // names. Pay attention to this new / insurrection.’ Constantly moving between—and surviving!—opposing poles, this book’s speaker seems to rise from rubble into an identity of resonating song: ‘Remember, beloved: you are unlit candle, / unlocked door, razor blade freshly sharpened.’ This is a beautiful debut!” –Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition
“Like lit candles, one after another, the poems in Instructions for Temporary Survival draw on an old yet startling permanence of sheer human will: to live, and to love. To glow hot, to insist.” –Laura Newbern, author of Love and the Eye
Second-Order Desire, by Heather McNaugher
Heather McNaugher’s second full-length collection paints a portrait of growing up smart and queer and full of desire. This speaker knows “at the bottom of everything is rape.”
I love the violence and vulnerability and old school vinyl in this book. Most of all, I trust this voice: lost in adolescent obsession or grad school “before the internet stole from us/material reality,” drunk or sobered up or swooning in the “tranny bathroom.” Take these wise poems as a tonic for our times.
-- Julia Spicher Kasdorf, author Shale Play
Impossible Children, by Robert Yune
As hard as Robert Yune’s characters try to escape their Korean heritage and disappear into a rootless America, they can’t run from blood. As one laments, ‘Sooner or later, everything returns,’ yet there seems no way to reassemble the once-missing pieces and become whole again. With a clear-eyed grace, Impossible Children chronicles a generation struggling to bear the weight of their inheritance.”
—Stewart O'Nan, author of Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, and Last Night at the Lobster
"Robert Yune's magnificent and richly assured debut, Impossible Children, takes us across the United States, from New Jersey to Michigan to Alaska, portraying the lives of the itinerant, the wanderers, and the lost. The stories—through a fully realized community—embody and evoke generations, history, and the history of war and migration. This is a collection that is both precise—in language, in imagery and tone, revealing key moments in a life—and vast in geography, events, and the heart."
—Paul Yoon, from the Introduction