Category: Essays

Essay: Birth by Anthony Okpunor

When we learned that Anthony had an essay waiting for a publisher, we leapt. Anthony’s writing has always stunned us, and his prose is no exception, as full of art and heartbreak as anything else you’ll read today. Please enjoy…

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Essay: Remember when by Kendra Allen

When we read contributor Kendra Allen’s latest book, When You Learn the Alphabet (winner of the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction), we knew we had to have her share some of her wonderful writing about the special space between poetry and…

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The Plight of the Emerging Writer by Jiwon Choi

As a platform focused on uplifting the emerging and new poets entering out community, we’ve had many discussions about our complicated relationship with the word “emerging.” Jiwon Choi’s interview-essay hybrid here explores the weight and worry of the term beautifully,…

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Essay: Of Dreams and Poets by Susan Yanos

Susan Yanos was selected last year as our 2018 Frontier Fellow—she is a wonderfully insightful writer and represents a voice and perspective not heard enough in our shared creative spaces (order her debut collection The Tongue Has No Bone from…

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Book Review: Some Say the Lark by Jennifer Chang

Natasha Tretheway calls the book “a piercing meditation, rooted in loss and longing, and manifest in dazzling leaps of the imagination.” And Patrick Rosal: “In Some Say the Lark, anything can erupt into fury, anything into tenderness.” Jennifer Chang’s second…

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