Laura Krughoff talks with Alison Nissen on the Florida Writer Podcast about Wake in the Night, Midwestern stories, and her debut novel, My Brother's Name.
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Brooke Larson is the author of Pleasing Tree, published by Arc Pair Press, and Origami Drama, published by Quarterly West.
Brooke! Hi. Thanks so much for doing this Q&A.
I recently finished reading Origami Drama, which has a few overlapping essays / prose poems / dramas with Pleasing Tree and the one emotion that felt really solidified from reading both books is joy. Both books contain feelings of angst, loneliness, even something like existential despair, but instead of trekking into an abyss, you and your speakers seem to find a haven in these liminal spaces, between the sacred and the profane so to speak, the body and soul, in the folds in the Origami pieces, and in those liminal spaces, there is a lot of laughter and silliness and a love of life. Why do you think that is?
"The ways in which [Stevens's] characters perform their 'liminal identity,' reacting to the dueling social pressures of China and America, give the stories a quiet yet potent drama." ~ David Amadio, Cleaver
Thanks to David Amadio and Cleaver editor, Nathaniel Popkin, for the review!
Read the full review here.
Brooke Larson talks with Eliot Parker on Now, Appalachia about her Arc Pair Press nonfiction collection, Pleasing Tree, essay writing, urban loneliness, and her Quarterly West chapbook, Origami Drama.
Patti White is the author of four collections of poems, Tackle Box (2002), Yellow Jackets (2007), Chain Link Fence (2013), and Pink Motel (2017), all from Anhinga Press. Recent chapbooks include A is for Aphasia (2013), Kontakion (2014), and District Flood (2014). Her poetry has appeared in journals including Iowa Review, North American Review, River Styx, Nimrod, DIAGRAM, Forklift Ohio, Parcel, McNeese Review, Slippery Elm, Vine Leaves, Waccamaw, and New Madrid; her nonfiction in Gulf Coast and Mulberry Fork Review. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
In White's novella-in-poetic-vignettes, Particularly Dangerous Situation, eight speakers, including the weatherman, survive the hours immediately after a storm so destructive that the entire state of Mississippi disappears.
Lee Tyler Williams is the author of the novel, Leechdom (New Plains Press, 2015). His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, published in numerous magazines, and featured on National Public Radio. He was born in Dallas, Texas.
Williams's novella, Let It Be Our Ruin, takes place in Argentina where a Texas middle-school teacher searches for the last album of an obscure musician who was disappeared during Argentina's Dirty War in the 1980s.
This spring, we had the opportunity to ask J. David Stevens, author of I and You and Mexico is Missing, a few questions about writing, history, and, of course, love.
Our publisher, Heather Momyer, spoke with Alison Nissen, host of the The Florida Writer Podcast, about mini-books, publishing, and eating rice and beans and crickets.
You can listen to the interview here.
Gabriel Welsch reviews Mouth Trap for Heavy Feather Review:
"The poems comprising Mouth Trap demonstrate sonic play, prosodic acrobatics, and wit both subtle and overt, sometimes in the same line."
~ Gabriel Welsch, Heavy Feather Review
Read the full review here.
Essayist Brooke Larson guest blogs for Dawning of a Brighter Day, the blog for the Association for Mormon Letters, writing about her ANASAZI experience and providing lots of excerpts from Pleasing Tree.
Find the full text here.