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Jenny Johnson makes American Academy of Poets' "Most Anticipated" list, Johnson and McGlynn make Signature Reads' "28 Breathtaking Poetry Books to Read Now," Jarrar covered in Colorado Review

Jenny Johnson's In Full Velvet is one of the American Academy of Poets' "Most Anticipated Collections." They write:

"Johnson’s first book of poems takes on subject matter such as growing up queer in America and how politicized the queer female body is. Her imagery is sharp, and she consistently brings us into liminal and charged spaces...reminding us that states of transition and what is considered in between have always been a part of human experience that is in constant relationship to change and flux, as gender is."

You can read the full review here.

Karyna McGlynn's Hothouse and Jenny Johnson's In Full Velvet both made Signature Reads' "28 Breathtaking Poetry Books to Read Now." 

They write of Johnson:  "The texture of these poems play in the mind as you read them, full of exquisite detail of nature and of the bodies that move."

And of McGlynn: "McGlynn’s characters could be the trolls who populate internet forums. Throughout the collection, there’s a note of playful anarchy that punctuates American culture that doesn’t make sense."

Read the full list here.

Lastly, The Colorado Review covered Randa Jarrar's Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. They write:

"[An] arresting collection of stories.... Jarrar’s characters are Muslims, mainly women, usually not living their lives in lockstep with the Quran, but feeling grounded in their religion and culture and home nonetheless....In the reductive American political mind, the Middle East is often only the source of oil and terrorism. Neither appears in this collection.... It seems almost gauche to even mention oil and terrorism—such is the verve of Jarrar’s edifying stories, writing a world which many more not only should be reading, but need to read." 

You can read the full review here.