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V.26 No.47 | 11/23/2017

Author Interview

Slant Truths

Erin Adair-Hodges' poetry distills experience into verse

Erin Adair-Hodges has a knack for making the particular resonate on a universal pitch, as in one of the opening poems in her first collection, Let's All Die Happy, where she writes of childbirth, “I held him, spent, and knew then there are no truths,/just lungs that labor to form a breath, each one/knocking into the next, until/long trains of them/move a body along, which seems to/need explaining.”
V.26 No.46 | 11/16/2017
In in Water

Book Review

From Ink Black to Paper White

Graphic novel Ink in Water doesn't shy away from the hard stuff

Lacy J. Davis gives structure to her life in meaningful ways in her new graphic novel Ink in Water.
V.26 No.43 | 10/26/2017
Riley Mitchell
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Book Review

Into the Unknown

Investigate the paranormal through the pages of Riley Mitchell's book

The Essential Paranormal Bucket List

The Essential Paranormal Bucket List rounds up paranormal wonders from the world over.
V.26 No.39 | 9/28/2017
You build walls, we build ladders
Callum Bondy

Book News

One Life, One Sentence

Literary project makes a stop in ABQ

Six Words Fresh Off the Boat continues a collection of sentence-long stories, this time tackling migration.
V.26 No.38 | 9/21/2017

Author Interview

Staycations

Writer’s work provides a roadmap to New Mexico

Eco-Travel New Mexico offers advice that responsible travelers need to plan a trip which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.
V.26 No.37 | 9/14/2017
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Book Review

Getting to Know Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life inspires the desire to ... meet in real life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Samantha Irby's varied collection of essays makes the topics truly felt, accessible to all and approached with unflinching realness.
V.26 No.31 | 8/3/2017
Buckskin Cocaine

Book Review

New Mexico After Dark

The high desert underworld of Buckskin Cocaine

Buckskin Cocaine

There is a particular emotional distance with which each character is held, until the moment when zooming in close and revealing vulnerability will be most wrenching.
V.26 No.28 | 7/13/2017

Author Interview

10 Questions for Melinda Snodgrass

Let's get to know local literary master Melinda Snodgrass a little better.
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V.26 No.23 | 6/8/2017

Book Review

Memory Rendered into Poetry

Jacqueline Woodson's visit and her novel, Another Brooklyn

In Another Brooklyn, two-parts poetry and one-part prose, it's not just the story that resonates, but the knack that Jacqueline Woodson has for infusing the world she creates with the contemplativeness that comes with her earnest poetry.
V.26 No.19 | 5/11/2017
Sunshine State

Book Review

All Roads Lead to Florida

Sarah Gerard's dark evocations of the sunshine state

Sarah Gerard's book of essays, Sunshine State, is an ode to the many faces of her home state, with a the dizzying toggle between internal landscapes and external forces, shifting between the poetic and the starkly unsentimental.
V.26 No.18 | 5/4/2017
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Summer Reading

Baby, It's Hot Outside

Beat the summer blues with ice cold reads

Maybe we can dispel the heat by turning inward and finding the swamp cooler that chugs away within each of us. Stoke your own internal air conditioner with these super chilly reads.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
Universal Harvester

Book Review

Midwestern Horror Mise en Scène

Universal Harvester falls short of its promise

Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester, despite its amazing jacket design and intriguing concepts, fails to ever pull the reader in fully.

V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
Junk Yard Dogs

Poetry Review

Junk Yards, Church Yards, Everything In-Between

Damien Flores translates the life of the city into poetry

Damien Flores' work is strongly rooted in Albuquerque, speaking with such specificity that Burqueños will read things in these textured lines that no reader from outside could ever, but at the same moment Flores trains his eye on the universal.
V.26 No.6 | 2/9/2017

Book Review

Who Comes for the Girls

Zadie Smith's inquiry into race, belonging and privilege

Swing Time

A reader could easily pick up this novel and enjoy it without putting any thought to the underpinnings of all the drama; just as likely, what underpins each scene might be what others find most compelling and important.
V.25 No.52 | 12/29/2016
Pond

Book Review

The Magic of Solitude

Pond stands apart from literary convention

Claire-Louise Bennett's auspicious debut, Pond, distinguishes itself from other books published this year in every way—from subject to structure to tone, all the way down to the story's values.