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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...

If At First You Don't Succeed...

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is one of three novelists, profiled by Emily Raboteau in "If At First You Don't Succeed" (March/April 2014), who persevered despite the commercial "failure" of early books. From the profile: In her mid twenties, Miranda...

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...

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...

YesYes Books

In addition to traditional poetry collections and chapbooks, independent press YesYes Books also publishes a number of experimental and multimedia works, many of which incorporate visual art. Since its founding in 2011, the press's innovative...

Literati Bookstore

Beginning in January 2013, Michael Gustafson and Hilary Lowe spent nearly three months renovating a twenty-six-hundred-square-foot storefront in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to prepare for the grand opening of Literati Bookstore. Not everything went...

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...

Unterberg Poetry Center at Seventy-Five

This year the storied Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary. The first in a series of events to mark the occasion, an exhibition called Love the Words—which includes more than eighty...

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...

Matt Kish's Heart of Darkness

In November Tin House Books will publish artist Matt Kish's illustrated adaptation of Joseph Conrad's inimitable novel Heart of Darkness. Kish, whose first graphic adaptation, Moby-Dick in Pictures, was published by Tin House in 2011, has created...

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...

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...

3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri reads three poems from his latest collection, 3 Sections, published in September by Graywolf Press. Imaginary Number The mountain that remains when the universe is destroyedis not big and is not small.Big and small are comparative...

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...

Poetry of the Wild

For ten years ecological artist and sculptor Ana Flores has been bringing "Poetry of the Wild"—a project that combines poetry, visual art, and nature in an effort to connect people to the land around them—to locations both public and wild. Each...

The Joker by Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins reads two excerpts from his memoir, The Joker, published in June by Simon & Schuster.  Catch It and Paint It Green I was slow to delight in disorder, in which words didn’t mean what I’d understood them to mean and in which phrases...

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee reads an excerpt from her story collection, Bobcat and Other Stories, published in June by Algonquin Books.    Bobcat It was the terrine that got to me. I felt queasy enough that I had to sit in the living room and narrate to my husband...

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