40 million Americans (1 in 5) suffer from chronic cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and gas. If you or someone you love is plagued by chronic digestive distress, you know what it's like to be held captive by your gut or spend thousands of dollars on prescriptions that brought only temporary relief.In …
40 million Americans (1 in 5) suffer from chronic cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and gas. If you or someone you love is plagued by chronic digestive distress, you know what it's like to be held captive by your gut or spend thousands of dollars on prescriptions that brought only temporary relief.In Trust Your Gut, internist Dr. Gregory Plotnikoff and clinical health psychologist Dr. Mark Weisberg show how to listen to your gut and to interpret symptoms as important messages that can help correct imbalances. Rather than advocating drugs to mask the symptoms and underlying problems, Plotnikoff and Weisberg offer a program to assess diet, sleep, and stress, and show you revolutionary methods for responding differently to your body's signals.Readers learn how toIdentify their specific form of gastrointestinal distress and understand the meaning behind it.Restore good communication between brain and gut.Reduce or prevent hypersensitivity in the gut.Reduce pain and promote healthy digestion.Plotnikoff and Weisberg offer a self-help program that provides anyone with chronic gut distress the tools to break the vicious cycle of symptoms, fear, and pain.
“This story will compel you to both laugh and cry, just as the title promises. May we all bring Nora’s honesty, passion and hope to our lives.” — Lena Dunham Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey “boyfriend” until she met Aaron—a charismatic art …
“This story will compel you to both laugh and cry, just as the title promises. May we all bring Nora’s honesty, passion and hope to our lives.” — Lena Dunham
Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey “boyfriend” until she met Aaron—a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each other, and Beyoncé. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms. The obituary they wrote during Aaron’s hospice care revealing his true identity as Spider-Man touched the nation.
With It’s Okay to Laugh, Nora puts a young, fresh twist on the subjects of mortality and resilience. What does it actually mean to live your “one wild and precious life” to the fullest? How can a joyful marriage contain more sickness than health? How do you keep going when life kicks you in the junk? In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift—permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It’s Okay to Laugh is a love letter to life, in all its messy glory; it reads like a conversation with a close friend, and leaves a trail of glitter in its wake.
This book is for people who have been through some shit.
This is for people who aren’t sure if they’re saying or doing the right thing (you’re not, but nobody is). This is for people who had their life turned upside down and just learned to live that way. For people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store. This is for everyone who wondered what exactly they’re supposed to be doing with their one wild and precious life. I don’t actually have the answer, but if you find out, will you text me?
Nora McInerny Purmort was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. It was mostly downhill after that, but she did get to spend three glorious years married to Aaron Joseph Purmort (aka Spider-Man). Her work has appeared on Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Slate, and in the Star Tribune. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her son, Ralph. They really like it there.
Join us for a reading with Diane Jarvenpa and Jon Krumberger, who will be sharing their latest books. About Jarvenpa's swift, bright, drift: swift, bright, drift is about the legacy of our wilderness, how we walk within it and around it and are still mystified by it. It is about being in the woods,…
Join us for a reading with Diane Jarvenpa and Jon Krumberger, who will be sharing their latest books.
About Jarvenpa's swift, bright, drift:
swift, bright, drift is about the legacy of our wilderness, how we walk within it and around it and are still mystified by it. It is about being in the woods, observing, listening and sitting inside its luminous silence. There is a legacy here of a father to his daughter, how he taught her the sacred aspects of the forest and its waters and how she wishes to pass this down to her daughter. There’s a phenology here as well, that is the humble desire to record the changes of the earth, how we can feel illiterate in the face of nature and yet grateful for its adaptability, delicacy, rebirth, and the chance to learn.
Diane Jarvenpa is the author of Divining the Landscape; Ancient Wonders; the Modern World; and The Tender Wild Things, which received the Midwest Independent Publishers Association book award in poetry. She has received artist initiative and fellowship grants in writing from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is a singer-songwriter who records under the name Diane Jarvi.
About Krumberger’s Because Autumn:
"John Krumberger’s Midwest is an everywhere that is once a place where 'Irony has not been discovered, and beauty is a house that can be lived in.' These poems are painterly and read like ritual acts of immersion in light and the currents of a life. I call your attention especially to the gorgeous last section, 'The Great Secret' which leaves me, as good poems do, in attentive silence." — Bruce Smith
John Krumberger has previously published a volume of poems entitled The Language of Rain and Wind, and a chapbook, In a Jar Somewhere, through Black Dirt Press in 1999. His latest volume collection Because Autumn was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2016. He works as a psychologist in private practice in St. Paul MN and lives with his wife in Minneapolis.
From the author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm comes a practical guidebook for building and maintaining a sharp, healthy, and vibrant mind. A strong memory and a healthy brain aren’t as difficult to maintain as one might think; combining the latest neuroscience research with …
From the author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm comes a practical guidebook for building and maintaining a sharp, healthy, and vibrant mind.
A strong memory and a healthy brain aren’t as difficult to maintain as one might think; combining the latest neuroscience research with age-old wisdom about resilience, mindfulness, and stress reduction, Drs. Henry Emmons and David Alter show that vibrant aging is within reach. Together they demonstrate how to blend the best of modern science and Eastern holistic medicine together to form a powerful drug-free program to maintain a youthful mind and a happy life.
With more than fifty-five years of combined experience in the fields of neuroscience and psychiatry, Dr. Emmons and Dr. Alter have taken their expertise and translated the fundamentals of brain science into an easily accessible collection of the nine key lessons proven to preserve and strengthen mental acuity. Filled with easy to understand theories and practical exercises to work out your brain and mind, Staying Sharp provides you with a blueprint to live more joyfully, age more gracefully, and build intimacy in your relationships, no matter what your age.
Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and compassion practices, into his clinical work in Minneapolis with Partners in Resilience. He is also the author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm, and is a popular workshop and retreat leader for both healthcare professionals and the general public.
David Alter, PHD, is a psychologist with thirty years’ experience in health psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical hypnosis, which he integrates in his work. He is also a sought-after speaker, teacher, and trainer offering talks, workshops, and retreats to general and professional audiences. He is a cofounder of Partners in Healing, a center for holistic health in Minneapolis, and conducts his practice there.
Join us for an evening hosted by Queen's Ferry Press and IU Press, featuring three wonderful writers: Theodore Wheeler, Tyrone Jaeger, and Dave Madden. About Theodore Wheeler's Bad Faith: With results both liberating and disastrous, the characters of Bad Faith flee the trappings of contemporary …
Join us for an evening hosted by Queen's Ferry Press and IU Press, featuring three wonderful writers: Theodore Wheeler, Tyrone Jaeger, and Dave Madden.
About Theodore Wheeler's Bad Faith:
With results both liberating and disastrous, the characters of Bad Faith flee the trappings of contemporary domestic life. A father visits a college friend in El Salvador rather than face difficulties with the birth of his third child. A boy comes to terms with his fractured family and the disabled father responsible for his care after his soldier mother is stationed overseas. A biracial man journeys across Nebraska for the funeral of his white mother and strikes up an improbable if dishonest relationship with a centenarian Irish woman. And in the collection’s title story, the running narrative of a pathetic yet oddly compelling ladies man culminates in an unexpected and deadly confrontation. In Theodore Wheeler’s collection of prize-winning stories, the herd can’t always outpace the predator.
About Tyrone Jaeger's So Many True Believers:
So Many True Believers gives voice to the wanton, the restless, and those hellbent on self-destruction. The Nat Mota School for at-risk youth is the nexus of Tyrone Jaeger’s spiraling narrative; loosed from it is an array of characters yearning, raging, and chasing down their misguided dreams. There is Jeremy, mourning the loss of his girlfriend to a UFO cult; Harold, the betrayed husband exploring intimacy in unfamiliar waters; and Ginny, the teenage runaway hiding out with a band of video-obsessed squatters. Mystery, magic, and gritty realism are coiled against a backdrop of failed relationships and addictions in this darkly humorous debut collection depicting the frayed edges of the American psyche.
About Dave Madden's If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There:
After the Plains queered him, Dave Madden decided to return the favor. This outstanding collection of short stories tells the tale of a different kind of difference—one not set in the glittering lights of New York or Los Angeles, but in the grand and wide American Midwest. For Madden’s characters, their queerness is part of the environment, like the soil, the sky, and the supermarket: an HIV-positive chemist uses football to connect with his brothers; a 17-year-old girl tussles with a cartoon cobra to avoid thinking about the mother who abandoned her; and a hotel concierge starts attending Mass even though his partner was molested by a priest. In seeking out the ordinary struggles of extraordinary people trying to figure out their place within families and communities, Madden masterfully explores what it means to be an outsider always looking in.
Calvin Sidey, steely, hardened, with his own personal code, is one of the last cowboys. It’s the 1960s, and he’s living off the grid in a trailer on the prairie when his adult son, Bill, seeks his help. A mostly absentee father and grandfather, Calvin nevertheless agrees to stay with his …
Calvin Sidey, steely, hardened, with his own personal code, is one of the last cowboys. It’s the 1960s, and he’s living off the grid in a trailer on the prairie when his adult son, Bill, seeks his help. A mostly absentee father and grandfather, Calvin nevertheless agrees to stay with his grandchildren for a week. He decamps for his son’s house in the small town where he once was a mythic figure, and soon enough problems arise: a boy’s attentions to seventeen-year-old Ann are increasingly aggressive, and a group of reckless kids portend danger for eleven-year-old Will. Calvin only knows one way to solve a problem: the Old West way, in which ultimatums are issued and your gun is always loaded.
In the changing culture of the 1960s, Calvin isn’t just a relic; he’s a wild card. At the same time, his old-school ways exert a powerful effect on those around him, from the widowed neighbor, Beverly Lodge, who feels herself falling for him and wants to be part of his life, to his grandchildren. Ann and Will see in their grandfather a man who brings a sudden, if shocking, order to their lives, as Calvin terrorizes those who have often terrorized them.
With the crisp, restrained prose for which Larry Watson is revered, As Good as Gone is a story of a man increasingly at odds with the world. This is Larry Watson at his best.
Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: By the time she was nineteen, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn …
Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: By the time she was nineteen, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska.
By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube charts Blair’s endeavor to become a “tough girl”—someone who courts danger in an attempt to become fearless. As she ventures into a ruthless arctic landscape, Blair faces down physical exhaustion—being buried alive in an ice cave, and driving a dogsled across the tundra through a whiteout blizzard in order to avoid corrupt police—and grapples with both love and violence as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land.
Brilliantly original and bracingly honest, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube captures the triumphs and the perils of the journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.
Blair Braverman graduated from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, where she was also an Arts Fellow. She has been a resident fellow at Blue Mountain Center and the MacDowell Colony and her work has appeared in Buzzfeed, the Atavist, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Orion, AGNI, High Country News, Waging Nonviolence, and on This American Life. She lives in Mountain, Wisconsin.
Join us at Uptown Church for a small group discussion with the author before the event! Discussion begins at 5:30pm. Tickets are very limited and a mere $5.00—get yours now! The rising population known as “nones” for its members’ lack of religious affiliation is changing American society, …
Join us at Uptown Church for a small group discussion with the author before the event! Discussion begins at 5:30pm. Tickets are very limited and a mere $5.00—get yours now!
The rising population known as “nones” for its members’ lack of religious affiliation is changing American society, politics, and culture. Many nones believe in God and even visit places of worship, but they do not identify with a specific faith or belong to a spiritual community. Corinna Nicolaou is a none, and in this layered narrative, she describes what it is like for her and thousands of others to live without religion or to be spiritual without committing to a specific faith.
Nicolaou tours America’s major traditional religions to see what, if anything, one might lack without God. She moves through Christianity’s denominations, learning their tenets and worshiping alongside their followers. She travels to Los Angeles to immerse herself in Judaism, Berkeley to educate herself about Buddhism, and Dallas and Washington, D.C., to familiarize herself with Islam. She explores what light they can shed on the fears and failings of her past, and these encounters prove the significant role religion still plays in modern life. They also exemplify the vibrant relationship between religion and American culture and the enduring value it provides to immigrants and outsiders. Though she remains a devout none, Nicolaou’s experiences reveal points of contact between the religious and the unaffiliated, suggesting that nones may be radically revising the practice of faith in contemporary times.
Corinna Nicolaou is a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Texas Observer, Salon, and Narrative Magazine, among other publications. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and her writing can be found on her blog, One None Gets Some: Mining Religion for Essential Wisdom to Live Better.
It's the summer of 1994 in suburban Chicago: Forrest Gump is in theaters, teens are reeling from the death of Kurt Cobain, and you can enter a sweepstakes for a spaceship from Jupiter to land in your backyard. Welcome to Margaret Wappler's slightly altered 90s. Everything's pretty much the way you…
It's the summer of 1994 in suburban Chicago: Forrest Gump is in theaters, teens are reeling from the death of Kurt Cobain, and you can enter a sweepstakes for a spaceship from Jupiter to land in your backyard.
Welcome to Margaret Wappler's slightly altered 90s.
Everything's pretty much the way you remember it, except for the aliens. When a flying saucer lands in the Allens' backyard, family patriarch and environmental activist Ernest is up in arms. According to the company facilitating the visits, the spaceship is 100 percent non-toxic, but as Ernest's panic increases, so do his questions: What are the effects of longterm exposure to the saucer and why is it really here?
The family starts logging the spaceship’s daily fits and starts but it doesn't get them any closer to figuring out the spaceship's comically erratic behavior. Ernest’s wife Cynthia and their children, Alison and Gabe, are less concerned with the saucer, and more worried about their father’s growing paranoia (not to mention their mundane, suburban existences). Set before the arrival of the internet, Neon Green will stun, unnerve, and charm readers with its loving depiction of a suburban family living on the cusp of the future.
Margaret Wappler has written about the arts and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Elle, Cosmo, New York Times, and several other publications. Neon Green is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles and can be heard weekly on the pop culture podcast, Pop Rocket.
A true tale of corruption and greed, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment exposes how more than 100 years of political influence peddling facilitated the control of our energy system by a handful of corporations and financial institutions. It provides the public policy…
A true tale of corruption and greed, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment exposes how more than 100 years of political influence peddling facilitated the control of our energy system by a handful of corporations and financial institutions. It provides the public policy backstory and the history of deregulation that has turned our communities into sacrifice zones.
Even in such dire circumstances, Frackopoly author Wenonah Hauter is hopeful. People who are sick, tired and fed-up are standing up to the corporations and forcing their policymakers to take action. Frackopoly chronicles the power generated by an exciting grassroots movement that is not only fighting to ban fracking — it is helping to take back our democracy.
Join us for a reading with acclaimed local writers Charles Baxter, Karen Babine, and Rachel Coyne, who all won or were a finalist for a 2016 Minnesota Book Award. About Charles Baxter's There's Something I Want You To Do: “There’s something I want you to do.” This request—sometimes simple,…
Join us for a reading with acclaimed local writers Charles Baxter, Karen Babine, and Rachel Coyne, who all won or were a finalist for a 2016 Minnesota Book Award.
About Charles Baxter's There's Something I Want You To Do:
“There’s something I want you to do.” This request—sometimes simple, sometimes not—forms the basis for the ten interrelated stories that comprise this latest penetrating and prophetic collection from an author who has been repeatedly praised as a master of the form. As we follow a diverse group of Minnesota citizens, each grappling with their own heightened fears, responsibilities, and obsessions, Baxter unveils the remarkable in what might otherwise be the seemingly inconsequential moments of everyday life.
Baxter is the author of five novels, six books of stories (most recently There's Something I Want You to Do, and two critical books. He is the general editor of The Art of . . . series for Graywolf, and his work has been widely translated and adapted for two movies. He teaches at the U of Minnesota and live in Minneapolis.
About Karen Babine's Water and What We Know:
How does land determine what kind of people grow in that soil? In essays that travel from the wildness of Lake Superior to the order of an apple orchard, Karen Babine searches out the stories that water has written on human consciousness and traces an ethic of place, a way to understand the essence of inhabiting a place deeply rooted in personal stories.
Karen Babine is the author of Water and What We Know (University of Minnesota, 2015), winner of the Minnesota Book Award and current finalist for the Midwest Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. She also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Her work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Slag Glass City, Quarter After Eight, Sweet, North American Review, Passages North, and others. She lives and writes in Minneapolis.
About Rachel Coyne's The Patron Saint of Lost Comfort Lake:
A life-long victim of her chronically-drunk father's abuse, Jane struggles to hold her life together. Ghosts from her past return once her mother finds a dead girl in their backyard. Jane must defend herself, her mother, and her daughter from the sins of her family's past as she slips back into the drink and her world crashes down around her.
Rachel Coyne is a novelist and poet who lives in Lindstrom, Minnesota. A graduate of the Perpich Center for Arts in Minnesota and Macalaster College, she is a devotee of Pablo Neruda, Don Williams songs and vintage editions of Jane Eyre. Her previously published works include a novel, Whiskey Heart, and a children's book, Daughter, Have I Told You?
Collecting the work of over 100 poets from around the world, All We Can Hold is an honest and beautiful exploration of the language of motherhood from a variety of voices and experiences. Poets tackle the joys and the struggles of mothering through poems that address pregnancy, post-partum depression,…
Collecting the work of over 100 poets from around the world, All We Can Hold is an honest and beautiful exploration of the language of motherhood from a variety of voices and experiences. Poets tackle the joys and the struggles of mothering through poems that address pregnancy, post-partum depression, puberty, the loss of a child, and watching a child grow.
All We Can Hold comes from a desire to read more poetry about motherhood and to provide a forum for those voices. What began as a search for poetry celebrating motherhood in its entirety became a movement, reaching thousands of poets and spurring an online publication of All We Can Hold with additional poetry following the printed release.
Tyler Davis lives, writes, and mothers in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and Smith College.
Kristin Laurel is a mother of three young adults and a cat. She owes her passion for poetry to The Loft Literary Center where she completed a two-year apprenticeship. Her work can be seen in CALYX, the Mainstreet Rag, Grey Sparrow, and many others. Her first book, Giving Them All Away, won the 2011 Sinclair Poetry Prize from Evening Street Press.
Freya Manfred’s sixth collection of poetry, Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle, won the 2009 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award for Poetry. Her eighth collection is Speak, Mother. Her first memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Award. Her new memoir is RAISING TWINS: A TRUE LIFE ADVENTURE from Nodin Press.
Eva Olsgard is a mid/west based writer, artist, and designer. In addition to performing and exhibiting, she has created award-winning programming for literary arts organizations like Young Chicago Authors and Literature for All of Us and lectured nationally on the arts and cultural studies. Her writing has appeared in Pinyon Review, Magma Poetry, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, and the Bard Papers.
Margaret Rozga has published three books, Justice Freedom Herbs, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, and 200 Nights and One Day. Her poems have appeared recently in New Verse News; Mom Egg Review; and Convergence, a collaborative exhibit of poetry and visual art exhibited this year in Chicago. She has been a resident at Ragdale and at the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology and was awarded a 2014 Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowship by the American Antiquarian Society.
Paula Schulz has been involved in several ekphrastic projects, is the winner of Rattle’s first ekphrastic competition, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Slinger, Wisconsin with her husband, Greg.
Molly Sutton Kiefer is the author of the full-length lyric essay Nestuary as well as three poetry chapbooks. She is editor-in-chief at Tinderbox Poetry Journal and publisher at Tinderbox Editions. She lives in Minnesota with her family. “Hush” was included in the anthology Thirty Days. “The hotel” was published by Driftless Review.
Marianne Taylor settled with her family, husband Scott and four sons, in the small college town of Mount Vernon, Iowa, 20 years ago. She teaches at Kirkwood Community College. Her poetry has been published widely in anthologies and national journals such as Nimrod International, North American Review, Connecticut Review, and Alehouse.
From Flannery O’Connor and Rona Jaffe Award winner Lori Ostlund, a deeply moving and beautiful debut novel about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a new life in San Francisco, launching him on a tragicomic road trip and into the mysteries of his own Midwestern childhood. …
From Flannery O’Connor and Rona Jaffe Award winner Lori Ostlund, a deeply moving and beautiful debut novel about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a new life in San Francisco, launching him on a tragicomic road trip and into the mysteries of his own Midwestern childhood.
Sensitive, big-hearted, and achingly self-conscious, forty-year-old Aaron Englund long ago escaped the confines of his Midwestern hometown, but he still feels like an outcast. After twenty years under the Pygmalion-like direction of his older partner Walter, Aaron at last decides it is time to stop letting life happen to him and to take control of his own fate. But soon after establishing himself in San Francisco—where he alternates between a shoddy garage apartment and the absurdly ramshackle ESL school where he teaches—Aaron sees that real freedom will not come until he has made peace with his memories of Morton, Minnesota: a cramped town whose four hundred souls form a constellation of Aaron’s childhood heartbreaks and hopes.
After Aaron’s father died in the town parade, it was the larger-than-life misfits of his childhood—sardonic, wheel-chair bound dwarf named Clarence, a generous, obese baker named Bernice, a kindly aunt preoccupied with dreams of The Rapture—who helped Aaron find his place in a provincial world hostile to difference. But Aaron’s sense of rejection runs deep: when Aaron was seventeen, Dolores—Aaron’s loving, selfish, and enigmatic mother—vanished one night with the town pastor. Aaron hasn’t heard from Dolores in more than twenty years, but when a shambolic PI named Bill offers a key to closure, Aaron must confront his own role in his troubled past and rethink his place in a world of unpredictable, life-changing forces.
Lori Ostlund’s debut novel is an openhearted contemplation of how we grow up and move on, how we can turn our deepest wounds into our greatest strengths. Written with homespun charm and unceasing vitality, After the Parade is a glorious new anthem for the outsider.
Lori Ostlund’s first collection of stories, The Bigness of the World, received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. It was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, was a Lambda finalist, and was named a Notable Book by The Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. In 2009, Lori received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. She is the author of the novel After the Parade and lives in San Francisco.
Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone is a collection of twelve fabulist and genre-bending stories inspired by Japanese folklore, historical events, and pop culture. In “Rokurokubi”, a man who has the demonic ability to stretch his neck to incredible lengths tries to save a marriage built on …
Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone is a collection of twelve fabulist and genre-bending stories inspired by Japanese folklore, historical events, and pop culture. In “Rokurokubi”, a man who has the demonic ability to stretch his neck to incredible lengths tries to save a marriage built on secrets. The recently dead find their footing in “The Inn of the Dead’s Orientation for Being a Japanese Ghost”. In “Girl Zero”, a couple navigates the complexities of reviving their deceased daughter via the help of a shapeshifter. And, in the title story, a woman instigates a months-long dancing frenzy in a Tokyo where people don’t die but are simply reborn without their memories.
Every story in the collection turns to the fantastic, the mysticism of the past, and the absurdities of the future to illuminate the spaces we occupy when we, as individuals and as a society, are at our most vulnerable.
Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone. He is the managing editor of Psychopomp Magazine, and his work has appeared in publications such as Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, and Black Warrior Review, among others. He will be joining the faculty of St. Olaf College in Minnesota in the Fall of 2016.
Salvatore Pane is the award-winning author of the novel Last Call in the City of Bridges and the graphic novel The Black List. He is an Assistant Professor of English Creative Writing at the University of Indianapolis. His fiction has been nominated or shortlisted for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, and Wigleaf’s Top 50 [Very] Short Fictions. Pane holds a position as Emeritus Editor at Hot Metal Bridge and currently serves as an Editorial Assistant for Patasola Press.
John Colburn is an editor and co-publisher at Spout Press and the author of Invisible Daughter and Psychedelic Norway, as well as two poetry chapbooks, Kissing and The Lawrence Welk Diaries. He has taught at Hamline University and Perpich Center for Arts Education. He is also a member of the improvised music collective Astronaut Cooper’s Parade.
Harmony Neal was the 2011-2013 Fiction Fellow at Emory University. She’s been recently published or is forthcoming in Nashville Review, Grist, and Paper Darts, among others.
A luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family's survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl; from the acclaimed and award-winning Rae Meadows. Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, in the corners of …
A luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family's survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl; from the acclaimed and award-winning Rae Meadows.
Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, in the corners of her children's dry, cracked lips. It's 1934 and the Bell farm in Mulehead, Oklahoma is struggling as the earliest storms of The Dust Bowl descend. All around them the wheat harvests are drying out and people are packing up their belongings as storms lay waste to the Great Plains. As the Bells wait for the rains to come, Annie and each member of her family are pulled in different directions. Annie's fragile young son, Fred, suffers from dust pneumonia; her headstrong daughter, Birdie, flush with first love, is choosing a dangerous path out of Mulehead; and Samuel, her husband, is plagued by disturbing dreams of rain.
As Annie, desperate for an escape of her own, flirts with the affections of an unlikely admirer, she must choose who she is going to become. With her warm storytelling and beautiful prose, Rae Meadows brings to life an unforgettable family that faces hardship with rare grit and determination. Rich in detail and epic in scope, I Will Send Rain is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, filled with hope, morality, and love.
Rae Meadows, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, is the author of Calling Out, which received the 2006 Utah Book Award for fiction; No One Tells Everything, a Poets & Writers Notable Novel; and most recently the widely praised novel, Mercy Train.
The inaugural issue of renowned literary critic John Freeman’s anthology Freeman's gathered around the theme of “Arrival” led the San Francisco Chronicle to name it as “a new literary journal that is sure to become a classic in years to come.” The second issue, Freeman's: Family once again…
The inaugural issue of renowned literary critic John Freeman’s anthology Freeman's gathered around the theme of “Arrival” led the San Francisco Chronicle to name it as “a new literary journal that is sure to become a classic in years to come.” The second issue, Freeman's: Family once again collects a wide-ranging group of never-before-published stories, essays, and poetry, this time centered broadly around the topic of “Family,” from both emerging voices and the world’s best known writers.
In an essay titled “Crossroads,” Aminatta Forna musing on the legacy of slavery as she settles her mixed-race British and African family in the city of Washington, D.C., where she is constantly accused of cutting in line whenever she stands next to her white husband. Families are hardly stable entities, so many writers discover. Award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins delivers a stunning portrait of a woman in the throes of postpartum depression. Recent Booker finalist Sunjeev Sahota and winner Marlon James remember the way work stretched the limits of their childhood networks. Even in the darkest moments, humor abounds. In Claire Messud’s home there are two four-legged tyrants—one of them a deaf-blind dachshund who has to be carried everywhere; Sandra Cisneros writes a bitingly humorous piece on the extended family of her past lovers; and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle’s desperate attempt to remain a communist despite decades in the Soviet gulag.
With outstanding, never-before-published pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers—including Angela Flournoy, Alexander Chee, Valeria Luiselli, Cesar Aira, Patrick Modiano, and Tracy K. Smith and more—this second issue of Freeman's: Family circles the globe and collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life emerging today.
John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Tales of Two Cities: The Best of Times and Worst of Times in Today's New York. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.