Feature Friday: Holy Wild by Gwen Benaway

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In this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we are pleased to bring you an excerpt from Gwen Benaway’s third collection of poetry, Holy Wild. A confessional poet, Benaway narrates her sexual and romantic intimacies with partners as well as her work to navigate the daily burden of transphobia and violence. She examines the intersections of […]

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Feature Friday: Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima

For this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we are pleased to bring you an excerpt from Catherine Fatima’s debut novel, Sludge Utopia, an auto-fictional novel about sex, depression, family, shaky ethics, ideal forms of life, girlhood, and coaching oneself into adulthood under capitalism. From an intellectual relationship with a professor, a casual sexual relationship, to […]

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Feature Friday: Honestly By Steven Zultanski

Honestly by Steven Zultanski

For this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we are pleased to bring you an excerpt from Steven Zultanski’s latest book, Honestly, the third title in a trilogy that explores the limits of individual expression. It begins with research into a forgotten relative, and from there the poem swerves into a series of minor-key personal anecdotes, […]

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Old Mercury Eyes: An Exquisite Corpse Poem

Hi, everyone – Mary Ann, here! My time time with Book*hug will soon come to a close (cue emotional, Hans Zimmer soundtrack), but before I go, and for one big Blog-style “hurrah”, I have orchestrated an infinitely chaotic and unpredictable game of “The Exquisite Corpse” with a group of Book*hug authors. To summarize, The Exquisite […]

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Making the Self: In Conversation with Catherine Fatima

Catherine Fatima’s debut novel, Sludge Utopia, is an auto-fictional novel about sex, depression, family, shaky ethics, ideal forms of life, girlhood, and coaching oneself into adulthood under capitalism. Using her compulsive reading as a lens through which to bring coherence to her life, twenty-five-year-old Catherine engages in a series of sexual relationships, thinking that desire […]

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Feature Friday: This Will Be Good by Mallory Tater

In this week’s edition of Feature Friday, we’re pleased to bring you an excerpt from Mallory Tater’s debut poetry collection, This Will Be Good, which tells the story of a young woman’s burgeoning femininity as it brushes up against an emerging eating disorder. As the difficulties of her disease reveal themselves, they ultimately disrupt family […]

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