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Too Young to Marry but Not Too Young to Die

Ben Arthur's seventh album, Call and Response, to be released next spring, is a collection of "answer songs," each responding to another artist's work. Some respond to songs—for instance, the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" or Bruce...

The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum reads two excerpts from her essay collection The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, forthcoming in November from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  From the Introduction For more than twenty years now I have been making something of...

Women by Chloe Caldwell

Chloe Caldwell reads an excerpt from her novella, Women, published in October by Short Flight / Long Drive Books. What I know for certain about this time: My pupils were expanding. I never did figure out if this was a symp­tom of falling in love or...

Congotronic by Shane Book

Shane Book reads a selection of poems from his latest collection, Congotronic, forthcoming in September from University of Iowa Press. African Evening I had a thing for mange.Her skin was fluorescent with it.The open canoe made smooth, curling...

In Case of Emergency by Courtney Moreno

Courtney Moreno reads an excerpt from her debut novel, In Case of Emergency, forthcoming in September from McSweeney's Books.In Case of EmergencyWhen conducting the triage of a multi-casualty incident, start by taking charge. Consider the textbook...

Your Face in Mine by Jess Row

Jess Row reads an excerpt from his novel, Your Face in Mine, published in August by Riverhead Books. Your Face in Mine It doesn’t seem possible, even now, that it could begin the way it begins, in the blank light of a Sunday afternoon in February,...

Hard Love Province by Marilyn Chin

Marilyn Chin reads six poems from her latest collection, Hard Love Province, published in June by Norton. Alba: Moon Camellia Loverfor Don Lonewolf Last night through the camellia bolesI gazed, transfixed, at the moon—Pale-faced, hook-nosed.I know...

The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson

Lacy M. Johnson reads an excerpt from her memoir The Other Side, forthcoming in July from Tin House Books. I crash through the screen door, arms flailing like two loose propellers, stumbling like a woman on fire: hair and clothes ablaze. Or I do...

Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra

Megan Stielstra reads an excerpt from her debut essay collection, Once I Was Cool, forthcoming in May from Curbside Splendor. Stop Reading and Listen   1. Just after we eloped and just before the housing market crashed, my husband and I bought a...

Mad Honey Symposium by Sally Wen Mao

Sally Wen Mao reads five poems from her debut collection, Mad Honey Symposium, forthcoming in May from Alice James Books. Valentine for a Flytrap You are a hairy painting. I belong to your jaw.Nothing slakes you—no fruit fly, no cricket,not even...

Talkativeness by Michael Earl Craig

Michael Earl Craig reads four poems from his collection Talkativeness, published in April by Wave Books. Quick Sketch of a Bullet There is a bullet here on my desk.Tipped over on its side.Its jacket is brassand perfectly cylindrical.It is cool. It...

Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

Kyle Minor reads the first story in his new collection, Praying Drunk, published in February by Sarabande Books. The Question of Where We Begin We begin with the trouble, but where does the trouble begin? My uncle takes a pistol and blows his brains...

Cadaver, Speak by Marianne Boruch

Marianne Boruch reads three poems from her new collection, Cadaver, Speak, published in February by Copper Canyon Press. Face On winter's long red-eye out of Anchorage, small lampsnear the floor madea grainy blurry everything, which meantawake, then...

Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

Gary Shteyngart reads an excerpt from his memoir, Little Failure, forthcoming from Random House in January. Excerpted with permission by Random House, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or...

Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah reads an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, published in January by Sarah Crichton Books. She was the first to arrive where it seemed the wind no longer exhaled. Several miles from town, the trees had entangled...

A Highly Unlikely Scenario by Rachel Cantor

Rachel Cantor reads an excerpt from her debut novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario: Or, A Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World, published in January by Melville House.Leonard’s usual complaint volume was twelve calls per hour, his average...

Milk and Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith reads two poems from her latest collection, Milk and Filth, published in October by University of Arizona Press. Happy Trigger Off-season and inthe burnt forestof my nightgown, a feralundergrowth that marksme as burial site—to...

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg reads a story excerpt from her forthcoming collection, The Isle of Youth, published in November by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. I Looked For You, I Called Your Name The first thing that went wrong was the emergency landing. My...

Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain

Justin St. Germain reads from his debut memoir, Son of a Gun, published in August by Random House.   I was riding my bike home from class when a plane roared overhead, a green A-10 flying so low I could read its markings. I took my eyes off the road...

The Forage House by Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor reads four poems from her debut collection, The Forage House, published in August by Red Hen Press. Big Granny When they found Emeline, a nailheld her sack dress together at the neck. She lived by gathering herbsfor curing leather, lived...

The Color Master by Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender reads two story excerpts from her newest collection, The Color Master, published in August by Doubleday. Appleless I once knew a girl who wouldn’t eat apples. She wove her walking around groves and orchards. She didn’t even like to look...

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