A letter to the reader of Listening in Many Publics, by Jay Ritchie

Dear Reader, People often ask me: Why do you write poetry? I don’t think I have ever given a satisfying answer. To me, it’s like asking, Why do you watch the rain when it falls? Why do you listen to the wind when it blows through the trees? Why do you like marzipan? I write […]

A letter to the reader of NORMA, by Sarah Mintz

Dear Reader, I’d like to contextualize my book NORMA a little bit. NORMA came out of handwringers, a book of flash fiction published with Radiant Press in 2021. handwringers was, at least in part, a research project about my Ashkenazi ancestry, and the little I knew about it met with popular instantiations of that culture […]

Reading Guide: Avalanche, by Jessica Westhead

Jessica Westhead has written a letter to the reader of Avalanche, her latest collection of short stories. Be sure to save (and share!) the link to this page. Here, Jessica invites us as readers into her process of exploring the discomfort of the so-called “well-intentioned” white person’s burgeoning self-awareness, and how she uses humour to […]

Zine Preview: Who’s Afraid Of Taylor Swift?

In Taylor Swift’s popularity, we can locate our culture’s nostalgia fetish—it’s nice to be reminded of who we were 10 years ago and to experience those feelings anew. And of course, our culture’s admiration of wealth and success, and the way we view a person’s capacity to make BIG MONEY as an honorable virtue, also plays a part in the current Swift supremacy.

Q & A: Erica McKeen, Winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize (Literary Fiction)

“Tear is a bold, unflinching bildungsroman that moves, chimera-like, between the real and the imagined; among the confusions and traumas of youth; from the humane to the monstrous. And therein author Erica McKeen accomplishes the truly remarkable. While walking in the steps of such gothic icons as Mary Shelley and Shirley Jackson, McKeen manages to forge […]

Q & A: Jennifer Falkner (Above Discovery)

“Falkner’s stories are dark, transportive, and intimately detailed character studies. Her expansive interest in history is apparent, ingrained in the minutiae of each fiction [wherein] looking backward, the constraints of the past are unexpectedly and undeniably revealed as intertwined with those of the present. …[An] exciting debut.” —Quill & Quire, Starred Review This spring, we […]

Reading Guide: Jennifer Falkner’s Above Discovery

Our books are great conversation starters, and who better to start those conversations than the authors themselves! You can find all of our available reading guides here. Rarely do I want to write stories about the lives of kings or generals. That ground feels well covered by now. In Above Discovery, I wanted instead to […]

Reading Guide: Kate Siklosi’s Selvage

Our books are great conversation starters, and who better to start those conversations than the authors themselves! You can find all of our available reading guides here. Selvage, as the title suggests, reckons with the unfinished seams of our existence and how those messy ends are also new beginnings. But perhaps above all else, this […]