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Smile at Strangers by Susan Schorn

Susan Schorn reads from her debut memoir, Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly, published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.    Fall down seven times, get up eight. I'm pondering this phrase, a traditional Japanese...

Wreck Me by Sally Ball

Sally Ball reads from her second poetry collection, Wreck Me, published in April by Barrow Street Press.   No Threat, Nuthatch   Tiny presence in the pines,hold still. Upside down—right side up—flock of nervesand fretful hunger. Hold still. Your...

The Exchange by Sophie Cabot Black

Sophie Cabot Black reads three poems from her third poetry collection, The Exchange, published in May by Graywolf Press.       Afterlife     I could only close my eyes on the blueShirtsleeve of leaving and understandI was to make my own sentence. No...

Snapper by Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling reads from his debut novel, Snapper, published in April by Pantheon.Some Old Horses I got my job by accident. A sycamore tree landed on the roof of my predecessor’s 4 x 4 during a thunderstorm. He spent six months in a neck brace. “...

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...

Thunderbird by Jane Miller

Jane Miller reads four poems from her latest collection, Thunderbird, published in July by Copper Canyon Press.EcstasyAs the ancients detail it ecstasy passes over usin a mist of particlesit lives baredies unburiedI finally understand it is...

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...

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...

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...

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