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Passarello and Scalise featured in Interviews and recieve glowing praise, Johnson poem highlighted in San Francisco Chronicle

Elena Passarello was recently interviewed by TinHouse. They write of Animals Strike Curious Poses : “A gorgeous and peculiar collection of essays about famous animals and the ways we interact with them.” To read the full interview, please click here.

Southern Humanities Review writes of Animals Strikes Curious Poses:

"Passarello is an expert at distilling a wealth of texts into the most essential, compelling statistics or most startling, hilarious quotes…. She explores and interrogates the implications of the many desires and fears we have projected onto animals—the fears they reflect back to us, and the ways we understand the will to live through them. "


Click here to read the full review.

Lastly, the Pittsburgh City Paper writes:

"The thoroughly researched book teems with lyrical language, humor, ingenious stylistic choices and smartly drawn connections.”

Read the full review here.

Mike Scalise, author of The Brand New Catastrophe, talks about our current healthcare climate, his struggle to find a publisher, and the importance of memory in an interview with BOMBmagazine. In conversation with Bell Boggs, author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood and the story collection Mattaponi Queen, Scalise observes of their shared experience: 

"We'd both been turned into bloodhounds searching for our bodies' true purposes"

Jenny Johnson's poem "Altitudes" was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. They write:

 "At the beginning of a love affair, it’s hard not to feel as if you’re hiking dangerous terrain. Even gaining a foothold can feel both thrilling and treacherous, as Jenny Johnson demonstrates…. The poem [“Altitudes”] opens with a sensual touch that gives way to an acute fear (or is it a thrill?) of falling. Love poems are generally a private communication, but I like how Johnson sets “Altitudes” in a public space and invites us to watch."

Check out the entire, beautiful poem here.