Category: Under Pressure

  • Under Pressure: Oliver de la Paz

    Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007), and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry chosen by Martìn Espada, Post Subject: A Fable (U. of Akron Press 2014), and The Boy in […]

  • Under Pressure: Jessica Abughattas

    Jessica Abughattas is the author of Strip, winner of the 2020 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize selected by Fady Joudah and Hayan Charara. A Kundiman fellow, her poems appear in The Adroit Journal, Best of the Net 2019, Tupelo Quarterly, among other venues. She lives in Los Angeles. Interview Sebastián Hasani Páramo: How long did working on Strip […]

  • Under Pressure: Kelly Grace Thomas

    Kelly Grace Thomas‘s debut collection, Boat Burned is out now from YesYes Books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Best New Poets 2019, Los Angeles Review, Redivider, Nashville Review, Muzzle, DIAGRAM, and more. Kelly currently works to bring poetry to underserved youth as the Director of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit-Words Ignite. […]

  • Under Pressure: Naima Yael Tokunow

    Naima Yael Tokunow (née Woods) is an educator, writer and editor, currently living in New Mexico. Her work (and life) focus around exploring black femme identity, kinship and futurity. She is the author of three chapbooks, MAKE WITNESS, published in 2016 by Zoo Cake Press, Planetary Bodies, out from Black Warrior Review in 2019, and Shadow Black, selected by Pulitzer […]

  • Under Pressure: Jody Chan

    Jody Chan is a writer, drummer, organizer, and politicized healer based in Toronto. They are the author of haunt (Damaged Goods Press), all our futures (PANK), and sick, winner of the 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award. They can be found online and offline in bookstores or dog parks. Here, Gabriella Graceffo talks with Jody Chan […]

  • Under Pressure: Megan Peak

    Girldom, Megan Peak  Megan Peak received her M.F.A. in Poetry from The Ohio State University, where she was former Poetry Editor at The Journal.  Her first book of poetry, Girldom, won the 2018 Perugia Press Prize from Perugia Press, the 2019 The John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of […]

  • Under Pressure: Mike Soto

    A Grave Is Given Supper, Mike Soto Mike Soto is the author of the chapbooks, Beyond the Shadow’s Ink, and Dallas Spleen. He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and was awarded the James Merrill Poetry Fellowship by Vermont Studio Center in 2019. His debut collection of poetry, A Grave Is Given Supper, has been adapted into an original literary-theatrical […]

  • Under Pressure: Roberto Carlos Garcia

    [Elegies], Roberto Carlos Garcia Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.” Garcia is rigorously interrogative of himself and the world around him, conveying “nakedness of emotion, intent, and experience,” […]

  • Under Pressure: Melissa Wiley

    Skull Cathedral: A Vestigial Anatomy, Melissa Wiley Melissa Wiley is the author of Skull Cathedral, a book interweaving thoughts on the body’s vestigial organs with autobiographical fragments, which won the 2019 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Contest and was judged by Paul Lisicky. She has also published the personal essay collection Antlers in Space and Other […]

  • Under Pressure: Sara Lupita Olivares

    Migratory Sound, Sara Lupita Olivares Sara Lupita Olivares is the author of Migratory Sound (The University of Arkansas Press), which was selected as winner of the 2020 CantoMundo Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Field Things (dancing girl press). Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill Journal, DIAGRAM, jubilat, and elsewhere. She […]