We're pleased to introduce our new intern team for fall 2017, dressed thematically for our upcoming release of Witch Wife by Kiki Petrosino.Read More
We're proud to present Who is Still Here?, the latest Sarabande Writing Labs anthology. This hand-bound anthology features original work by young writers in our summer 2017 session held in partnership with Americana Community Center.
The anthologies are lovingly handmade by volunteers and given to all Sarabande Writing Labs participants free of charge. They are also available for purchase here. Proceeds from anthology sales support the continuation of the program.
Sarabande Writing Labs is an arts education program promoting writers in under-resourced communities through writing workshops and literary events.
About our partner: Americana Community Center is a nonprofit organization in Louisville's South End that provides a spectrum of services to the diverse individuals and families of the Metro Area, including refugees, immigrants, and those born in the U.S.
The interns this summer have been reading titles from the Sarabande bookshelf like it's their job and they've picked their favorites to share.
Him, Me, Muhammad Ali
"This collection took every expectation I had and completely flipped it on its head. Jarrar perfectly captures the idea of 'accidental transients'—migratory birds who have strayed from their route—to make a statement about survival in the face of displacement. These provocative stories of Arab women, some less grounded in reality than others, are told with honesty, vulnerability, and biting humor. There's never a bad time to think sensitively of experiences outside of your own, but for me this book holds a special importance in today's political climate. I can't recommend it enough!" —Anne, editorial intern
You Should Pity Us Instead
"The worlds that Amy Gustine explores in her collection of short stories You Should Pity Us Instead soothe as they wander through everyday themes... and throttle when the trapdoor opens and the reader falls upon a grandiose barb of emotion. Something always hides beneath the facades of these stories. And, like most unexpected, hidden things, when we stumble upon them our reaction is to be thrilled, devastated, spooked, to laugh hysterically as our hearts race. The frankness with which Amy Gustine navigates these surprises stabilizes the reader and allows them to witness these very human realities which encompass both the mundane and the astonishing." —Justin, development intern
"Mary Ruefle's essay On Imagination is a beautiful, brilliant exploration of 'all the things that live in the same house, the house of the head.' It is a winding meander through Ruefle's thinking and her imagination, which, she argues, are one and the same. She shows how imagination resides along with rationality, not just with magical thinking—as well as the complexity, darkness, and limits of imagining. This essay is a fresh yet sage thicket of thoughts—full of bruises and blooms, and even, a little white goat." —Hannah Rose, programming intern
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A book-length essay on the mime Marcel Marceau, informed by interviews with his students, closely observed performances, and archival research. Remarkably innovative in structure and style, the book employs lists, prose poems, syllabi, a travel itinerary, a catalog of his possessions, and more. A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause is a celebration of Marceau's transcendent creation.
Shawn Wen is a writer, radio producer, and multimedia artist. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, Seneca Review, Iowa Review, White Review, and the anthology City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis (Faber and Faber, 2015). Her radio work has broadcast on This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and Marketplace, and she is currently a producer at Youth Radio. Her video work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International Film Festival, and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. She holds a BA from Brown University and is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship. Wen was born in Beijing, raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, and currently resides in San Francisco.
We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction judged by Paul Yoon is Tiny Heroes, Tiny Villains by Robert Yune.
As a Navy brat, Robert Yune moved 11 times by the time he turned 18. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His fiction has appeared in the Green Mountains Review, the Kenyon Review, and Los Angeles Review, among others.
In the summer of 2012, he worked as a stand-in for George Takei and has worked as an extra in movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Father and Daughters.
Currently, he teaches at DePauw University, located in beautiful Greencastle, Indiana. His novel Eighty Days of Sunlight was nominated for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award; other nominees included Viet Thanh Nguyen, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie.
How to Make Your Mother Cry by Sejal Shah
We Are a Teeming Wilderness by Shena McAuliffe
Quotidian Prayers by Carol LaHines
Jillian in the Borderlands: tales & provenances by Beth Alvarado
Last Time Around by Will Clattenburg; Birdtown by Alison Moore
Pretenders by Leslie Bazzett