Briefly Noted: BRIGHT SCYTHE Review

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  • Tomas Tranströmer's Bright Scythe (translated by Patty Crane) was given a glowing review by the Cafe Review. Of Bright Scythe, they said, "Through multiple translations, a community of readers learns a poet and his poems, deepening our understanding of the qualities of a unique intelligence. Through this collective project, the translations get better. Each new word choice, each grammatical moment challenged and fussed over, brings us closer to the meaning inhabiting the work....  Bright Scythe is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Tranströmer’s concise and penetrating body of work." Purchase your own copy of Bright Scythe here
  • Paula Bohince,  author of Swallows and Waves (2016), has been featured on the Academy of American Poet's "Poem a Day"  for her poem "Deer at Twilight". You can read more of Bohince's poetry here

A Writing Prompt from Kyle Minor, author of PRAYING DRUNK

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from Kyle Minor, author of Praying Drunk (2014).

Restless Form

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Be restless about form. Rigidly restrict yourself to one thing – say, dialogue, or a list, or a repetition. Or consider a one-part structure, or two-, or three-, or four-, or five-. Or a story proceeding in letters. Or an interview. Or a sci-fi story set in Appalachia, that most common of things which you can only make new with greatest effort. Anything.

Briefly Noted: Interview with Randa Jarrar on Bitch Media, Praise for HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI, PW Honoree Kristen Miller and Brooklyn Book Festival

  • This week Randa Jarrar, author of the forthcoming short story collection, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali (2016), was interviewed by Bitch Media's Stephanie Abraham. In the interview, Jarrar discusses the lack of positive representation for people of color in English literature. Says Jarrar, “[W]hen I found literature in English about people of color, I started to understand that I could write about Arabs and Arab-Americans." Pre-order your copy of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali here
  • Randa Jarrar's Him, Me, Muhammad Ali  has also recently been reviewed in Booklist. Of the collection of short stories they said, 

“Jarrar’s sharp collection features characters struggling with varied predicaments and relationships alongside explorations of cultural, familial, and personal identity…. Jarrar is witty and knowing, unafraid to explore the tricky pulls of individual transience versus familial responsibility.” 
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  • We are thrilled to announce that Sarabande's Director of Programing and Development, Kristen Miller is an honoree in this year's Publishers Weekly Star Watch program! The Star Watch program aims to celebrate "the best and brightest young talent in the publishing business" and we could not agree more with their choice. Congratulations, Kristen! 
  • This Sunday Sarabande participated in the Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City. We'd like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth to buy a book, browse our new collections or just say hello!  
  • David Tomas Martinez, author of Hustle (2014), has been featured on the Academy of American Poet's "Poem a Day"  for his poem "The A Train". You can read more of Martinez's work here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Writing Prompt from Annette Binder

Each Friday we post one new writing prompt created by a Sarabande author. Prompts like this one are included in our online Reader's Guides along with discussion questions and suggested reading to accompany each title. So if you can't wait a week for the next prompt, visit our Reader's Guide page to find them all in one place!

This week's Friday Writing Prompt comes from L. Annette Binder, author of Rise (2012).

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Tuning In

Eavesdrop on a conversation (at the drugstore, the Jiffy Lube, wherever you might be) and wait till you hear something compelling. Start with that bit of dialogue and see where it leads you. Writers are vampires in their way.