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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Lena by Cassie Pruyn


This selection comes from the collection Lena, available from Texas Tech University Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Cassie Pruyn is the author of Bayou St. John: A Brief History (The History Press, 2017) and the poetry collection Lena (Texas Tech University Press, 2017), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review, The Common, Salt Hill Journal, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, and a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she teaches at Bard Early College in New Orleans.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Lena by Cassie Pruyn



This selection comes from the collection Lena, available from Texas Tech University Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Cassie Pruyn is the author of Bayou St. John: A Brief History (The History Press, 2017) and the poetry collection Lena (Texas Tech University Press, 2017), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review, The Common, Salt Hill Journal, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, and a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she teaches at Bard Early College in New Orleans.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

WEEKLY WRITING ROUND-UP: OCTOBER 20, 2017

Poetry

The Dress Code by Caitlin Doyle in The Yale Review: “I should have acted up when I was young. / Who’ll call the guidance counselor (she’s not there) / if I shave off my hair or pierce my tongue?”

biggest loser by Sophie Robinson on Lambda Literary: “fourth time: my drink / got spiked. fifth time: my drink / got spiked. sixth time: my drink / got spiked. seventh time: got / groped.”

two prose poems by Catherine Kyle in bad pony: “What I mean when I say Let’s go to the river is that I am urgent to devour sights of you gathering smoothened stones.”

After My College Votes Me a Member of the Culturally Elite by Lauren Yates in Crab Fat Magazine: “Wet earth after a dry spell requires its own word: petrichor. The way you hurt me goes by many names. Sometimes, breathing.”

poetry by John Gallaher in Tupelo Quarterly: “And this other part of the illustration, that there’s a heal to the loaf, / this doomsday slice we’ve imagined a clock for, sandwich after / sandwich, dire becoming more dire.”

No You Are Not Ashes by Azia Archer in Moonchild Magazine: “If you feel invisible / Until you learn to scream // I’m so sorry, little bird / I hear your song”

Essays

In Defence of De-persons by Johanna Hedva on GUTS: “I want to make a defence of “de-persons.” According to the American Psychiatric Association, I am one. That is, I have been diagnosed with depersonalization/derealization disorder (DP/DR for short), which means that I have “significant, persistent, or recurrent depersonalization (i.e., experiences of unreality or detachment from one’s mind, self, or body).” What that means is that, at various times, my body, self, environment, and the world itself do not feel real.”


Stephanie Kaylor in based in upstate New York and is currently a MA student in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at European Graduate School. She holds a MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University at Albany and is Managing Editor for Five:2:One Magazine and Reviews Editor for Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: some other wet landscape by Lynne McEniry


This selection comes from the collection some other wet landscape, available from Get Fresh Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Lynne McEniry was born in Yonkers, NY, and has lived much of her life in northern NJ. Her first collection of poetry is titled some other wet landscape and was recently published by Get Fresh Books, LLC. Her poems have been previously published in the Paterson Literary Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Wide Shore, The Lake Rises anthology, and other journals and publications. They have been awarded both Honorable Mention and Second Prize for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lynne has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she teaching writing and literature and directs the Academic Success Center.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: some other wet landscape by Lynne McEniry


This selection comes from the collection some other wet landscape, available from Get Fresh Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Lynne McEniry was born in Yonkers, NY, and has lived much of her life in northern NJ. Her first collection of poetry is titled some other wet landscape and was recently published by Get Fresh Books, LLC. Her poems have been previously published in the Paterson Literary Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Wide Shore, The Lake Rises anthology, and other journals and publications. They have been awarded both Honorable Mention and Second Prize for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lynne has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she teaching writing and literature and directs the Academic Success Center.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: some other wet landscape by Lynne McEniry



This selection comes from the collection some other wet landscape, available from Get Fresh Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Lynne McEniry was born in Yonkers, NY, and has lived much of her life in northern NJ. Her first collection of poetry is titled some other wet landscape and was recently published by Get Fresh Books, LLC. Her poems have been previously published in the Paterson Literary Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Wide Shore, The Lake Rises anthology, and other journals and publications. They have been awarded both Honorable Mention and Second Prize for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lynne has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she teaching writing and literature and directs the Academic Success Center.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: some other wet landscape by Lynne McEniry


This selection comes from the collection some other wet landscape, available from Get Fresh Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Lynne McEniry was born in Yonkers, NY, and has lived much of her life in northern NJ. Her first collection of poetry is titled some other wet landscape and was recently published by Get Fresh Books, LLC. Her poems have been previously published in the Paterson Literary Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Wide Shore, The Lake Rises anthology, and other journals and publications. They have been awarded both Honorable Mention and Second Prize for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lynne has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she teaching writing and literature and directs the Academic Success Center.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: some other wet landscape by Lynne McEniry


This selection comes from the collection some other wet landscape, available from Get Fresh Books. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Lynne McEniry was born in Yonkers, NY, and has lived much of her life in northern NJ. Her first collection of poetry is titled some other wet landscape and was recently published by Get Fresh Books, LLC. Her poems have been previously published in the Paterson Literary Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Wide Shore, The Lake Rises anthology, and other journals and publications. They have been awarded both Honorable Mention and Second Prize for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lynne has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, where she teaching writing and literature and directs the Academic Success Center.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

WEEKLY WRITING ROUND-UP: OCTOBER 13, 2017

The news of Harvey Weinstein’s actions and those who supported him are both triggering and unsurprising. Like many women and femmes, I turn to expression as a safe space– not to be misunderstood as escapism, but of confronting violence and oppression on my own terms. Taking care of ourselves is important. So is supporting those who are fighting against sexual assault. If you have the resources, please take a moment to learn more about INCITE!, a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities, and donate here.

Here’s some of what I’ve been reading this week:

 

 Poetry

UNDER THE BED IS ANOTHER COUNTRY: gringo death coloring book by Raquel Salas Rivera (print version coming in 2018): “color this in without color: / this is what we do. / we, the monster that you kill in your sleep. / may we survive another night, in the shadows.”

Still Life with Hemorrhage by Leila Chatti in The Massachusetts Review: “Her arms cast out // as if preparing to fly / or as if pinned, savior // or specimen.”

Dress Like Pocahontas, Then Let’s Make Love by Kenzie Allen in DIALOGIST: “You are trying to say your own name, / but can’t pronounce it; you are afraid your skin is turning /
translucent. Wear bronzer. Go on and braid your hair.”

 

Hablemos entonces de cuán solos/ Let’s talk about solitude then by Kenneth Cumba García (Traducidos por/Translated by Raquel Salas Rivera y/and Kenneth Cumba): “Paradise is also / without dramatic effects / without any urgent looking fruit”

One Poem by Layli Long Soldier in Mud City Journal: “Everything is in the language we use. / For example, a treaty is, essentially, a contract between two sovereign nations.”

Poetry by Scherezade Siobhan in Fog City: “next to me three middle-aged mexican students memorize the newest / echelons of the periodic table. ask me to pronounce / radioactive. i whisper : stepfather.”

WE ARE TURNING GOLD / WE ARE DYING by Kailey Tedesco in Occulum: “i asked / if it was the cistern // or the girl that / was not human & you // looked quiet.”

Essays

Zora Neale Hurston, Diaspora, and the Memory of Hurricanes, by Janell Hobson: “In other words, whether we look to the literary role of Hurston-as-Oya or the political symbol of black womanhood and their precarity, what would it mean to locate a “Black Atlantic” or “Diaspora” not on solid ground or even the expansive Atlantic, but within the stormy winds?”

 

Unapologetically Stepping In: Lynn Melnick’s Landscape with Sex and Violence, by Rosebud Ben-Oni, addressing both the book itself and the backlash it has received for its unapologetic confrontations of gender-based violence


Stephanie Kaylor in based in upstate New York and is currently a MA student in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought at European Graduate School. She holds a MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University at Albany and is Managing Editor for Five:2:One Magazine and Reviews Editor for Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Line Study of a Motel Clerk by Allison Pitinii Davis


This selection comes from the collection Line Study of a Motel Clerk, available from Boabab Press. Order your copy here. Our curator for October is Jennifer Jackson Berry.

Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), a full-length collection about small family businesses in northeast Ohio, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and fellowships from Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Severinghaus Beck Fund for Study at Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Best American Poetry 2016, Crazyhorse,The Missouri Review, and The Crab Orchard Review. She is a PhD student at The University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), as well as the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press). She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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