Empty like a Pocket – Video trailer

Molly McDonald

reading in Ames, Iowa


What critics are saying about Empty like a Pocket. “Molly McDonald has emptied her pockets for us, and — inverted and convoluted in the fabric of her poems — they’ve become little black holes, revealing truths that previously hid as lies. Her deceptively clean language will shake you up with philosophical blindsiding, then explode kaleidoscopic like a Jackson Pollock painting made of your bone marrow. ‘I’m burrowed so/ far inside my head I found a China no one knows/ about,’ she writes, but it feels like somehow she burrowed inside my head. McDonald’s emotional archaeology feels necessary, though, not invasive; amid ice cream and dissections of car crashes, the ‘microscopic looming everything,’ holds taut dichotomies together under her watchful eye” – Claire Kruesel, MFA lecturer, Iowa State University

“McDonald’s poetry first left me speechless, then all the places in me that used to be cracks started shining, as I’d always secretly wanted them to.” – Brett Brinkmeyer, host of radio show Firsthand Poetry

Readings from Black April

Eat My Words Bookstore

Minneapolis, February 6, 2016
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Special Black April Issue Contributors U Sam Oeur Morgan Grayce Willow Lee Henschel Jr. Thuy Pham-Remmele Kathryn Kysar Ken McCullough Phan Thanh Tam Dan Coffey Paul Pederson Emilio De Grazia J.P. Johnson Thuy Da Lam Beadrin Youngdahl Jon Welsh Robbie Orr J. Michael Orange Kieu Ngan Doan Dante DeGrazia Tom Driscoll

One Degree South – Video trailer

Stephen Snook

One Degree South is sweeping tale of love, politics and witchcraft set in the oil-rich nation of Gabon just as the Cold War ends. The U.S. relationship with African dictators suddenly changes and election fervor, which dominates the headlines in African capitols, sweeps through the remotest of tiny villages. 
Steve Snook reading from his novel