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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

The Needle’s Eye by Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe reads from her latest essay collection, The Needle’s Eye: Passing Through Youth, published in November by Graywolf Press. Embryonic Once upon a time in Uzbekistan there was a boy named Faroukh who had the soul of a poet. His mother had...

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