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Comely Words to Ear or Eye by Tarfia Faizullah (filmed by Jamaal May)

Tarfia Faizullah’s ” Elegy with Her Red-Tipped Fingers” THE POEM READ in her pleasant voice, filmed by audio engineer/LitFest poet Jammal May Tarfia Faizullah’s “Elegy with Her Red-Tipped Fingers” READ THE POEM with its shapely look and clever lineation In two weeks I’ll cross two oceans wide as the funeral processions to your grave: bearded…

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Verse by Kyle McCord

I really enjoy this poem. Now you can too–found at VerseDaily.org: There Was One Tongue and It Was Forgotten I live in a house. My closet: a maze of jars, shoes, a guitar. Two doors down a sign warns, No trespassing. The weeks pass; I go trespassing. Always I feel along the ceiling for cracks.…

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Erica Dawson’s First and Second Collection

Oxford American had this to say about the poet’s first collection: Erica Dawson writes in assertive, sometimes defiant, declaratives. Her tone is terse and confident, though casual alliteration and staccato rhythms yield a vulnerable, youthful playfulness. The classical piano training and church choir days of Dawson’s youth are evident in the tightly coiled structure of…

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Tim Parrish, Interviewed

From the interview on his book, Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist: “The title really does sum up the part about my spiral into racist violence and my escape. My world got destabilized by a number of things when I was about twelve. I got physically attacked, became terrified, and wrongly believed…

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Jennifer Key, On Dominions in her Book

Jennifer Key takes the title of her first book of poetry from the nickname for the state of Virginia, but she extends the evocative phrase to reflect her complex understanding of domination and dominion in a multi-layered cultural context. The Old Dominion speaks to us with exceptional, insistent images and ideas. Her poems develop into intricate thematic…

Years after her brother Sam’s suicide, Sarah Pelton remains unable to fully occupy her world without him. Now, while her surviving brothers prepare to sell the family’s tenant farm and a young woman’s life hangs in the balance, Sarah is forced to confront the life Sam lived and the secrets he left behind. As she assembles the artifacts of her family’s history in East Texas in the hope of discovering her own future, images from her work as an anthropologist — images of sacrifice, ritual, and rebirth — haunt her waking dreams. In this moving debut novel, Nan Cuba unearths the power of family legacies and the indelible imprint of loss on all our lives. http://nancuba.com/books/body-and-bread/

Nan Cuba, Some Words on her Novel

Be sure to catch Nan Cuba at LitFest this March. Body and Bread by Nan Cuba Years after her brother Sam’s suicide, Sarah Pelton remains unable to fully occupy her world without him. Now, while her surviving brothers prepare to sell the family’s tenant farm and a young woman’s life hangs in the balance, Sarah is…

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Jamaal May Sings Detroit

 Detroit, Michigan has a poet named Jaamal May who sings his city alive. (Read the Huffington Post article in full.) Jamaal calls himself a ‘working artist,’ which spans a broad spectrum. One of America’s most talented and recognized slam poets, he has expanded his talents as a writer and performer to the page. His poems can be found in…