BRIEFLY NOTED: AN INTERVIEW WITH PAULA BOHINCE, IN FULL VELVET, & MALAFEMMENA LAUNCH

In an interview with Literary Hub, Paula Bohince discusses the Japanese artwork that inspired her book of poetry, Swallows and Waves (2015). Of the collection, poet Jane Hirshfield says, "Mind­play, word­play, and world­play combine in these consummate ekphrastic poems, offering–just as the original artworks do, but in a vocabulary unmistakably Bohince’s own. . . " You can purchase your own copy of Swallows and Waves here.

Louisa Ermelino's latest collection of short stories, Malafemmena (2016), launched Monday, August 8, at BookCourt. Ermelino was accompanied by Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa 

“Louisa Ermelino is a gorgeous writer and master storyteller. Imagine a cross between Maugham and The Sopranos. She captures the madness, comedy, violence, and superstition of domestic life in NYC’s Little Italy, but also takes us all over the world—Jakarta, India, Turkey—where her characters stumble in and out of heartbreak and trouble. This book is irresistible. I loved it.” —Delia Ephron

Whiting Award recipient Jenny Johnson's collection of poetry, In Full Velvet (forthcoming in 2017) is now available for pre-order. Find out why Aracelis Girmay says, "Not only do these poems pulse with a brightness of intellect and wonder, but they pulse, too, with music and the grace of a world filled with strangeness and ardor. Johnson's diction, raucous and taut, reminds me that English is among the animal sounds we animals make." and why Brenda Shaughnnesy says, "This breathtaking debut is erotic, sublime, dappled and riven with ripe fruit, wild body, and full-on fauna. Lesbian literary history (and the many queer-hearted literatures that keep us alive) has a new chapter here, inscribed In Full Velvet by this magnificently gifted poet.” by pre-ordering In Full Velvet here.  

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