Three new poems in MacroMicroCosm’s ‘Astral’ Issue

Thank you @vraeydaliterary for publishing three of my new poems!

Publication: ‘Inside Infinity’ in Thimble Literary Magazine

My poem Inside Infinity: Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh has just been published in Thimble Literary Magazine, edited by Nadia Wolnisty. Check it out here.

Review: ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ by Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish has just been nominated for an Emmy for her “Saturday Night Live” hosting duties. OVERJOYED to be nominated for an #Emmy for when I hosted @nbcsnl!!  I might even splurge for a new dress for this one!!  Thank you everyone for your love and support!  #sheready — Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) July 12, 2018Continue reading “Review: ‘The Last Black Unicorn’ by Tiffany Haddish”

Book review: ‘Insurrections’ by Rion Amilcar Scott

I recommend the story collection Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott. The stories offer glimpses of life in the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, a largely black settlement founded in 1807 after the only successful slave revolt in the United States. In “Good Times,” a troubled man with a wife and child finds his wayContinue reading “Book review: ‘Insurrections’ by Rion Amilcar Scott”

National Book Critics Circle Announces 2017 Award Winners

Poetry Layli Long Soldier, Whereas (Graywolf) Criticism Carina Chocano, You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks, & Other Mixed Messages (Mariner) Autobiography Xiaolu Guo, Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China (Grove) Biography Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Metropolitan Books) Nonfiction Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster) FictionContinue reading “National Book Critics Circle Announces 2017 Award Winners”

Review: Following Tommy by Bob Hartley

Following Tommy by Bob Hartley is a gem of a book: hard, brilliant and valuable. It tells the story of Jacky O’Day, a bookish teen who lives in a changing Irish neighborhood in 1962 Chicago with an alcoholic father and a troubled older brother, Tommy. All of them live in the devastating aftermath of theContinue reading “Review: Following Tommy by Bob Hartley”