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OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “BESOTTED,” BY MELISSA DUCLOS, “EARTH JOY WRITING,” BY CASSIE PREMO STEELE AND “IMMORTAL SOFT SPOKEN,” BY ROBERT VIVIAN, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHORS PAGE.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2
“KING OF THE GYPSIES,” BY LENORE MYKA
Lenore writes: “I’d been a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania in the mid-90s. It was an interesting time to be there, and presented compelling content, but Peace Corps volunteers are notorious for writing solipsistic “Peace Corps” books, and I wanted to avoid doing that. It took me a decade to gain distance and write the stories that appear in this collection, most of which have little to do with my actual experience as a volunteer.
“The collection started with this single first story in the book. I thought I was just writing one story about Romania and I’d get it out of my system. So much for that!”
“THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION,” BY DAVID OLIMPIO
Through these powerful and insightful essays, David Olimpio explores the residual effects of sexual abuse, divorce, and grief. With surprising candor and a disarming sense of humor, Olimpio takes on the outwardly wholesome landscape of his suburban Houston childhood and the complex sexual relationships in his adult life. Both poignant and poetic, This Is Not a Confession leaves us with a sense that our identities have the power to transcend our circumstances.
“SHE USED TO BE ON A MILK CARTON,” BY KAILEY TEDESCO
Between body and spirit, place and soul, love and trauma, and logic and magic, Kailey Tedesco finds herself between two worlds in this stunning collection of debut poetry. Treading the line between the dual nature of our human spirit, this collection brings to light what our physical, and then spiritual, selves’ place is in the cosmos and the realm beyond our immediate sight.
Through images of Catholicism, heavenly bodies, caul births, dark magic, serpents, and God, Tedesco challenges what it means to be Woman in a world so clouded by opposing truths, illuminating herself and elevating our human experience.