• Barbie Chang” By Victor Chang, International Examiner, 2018

Barbie Chang is a finely polished, smart book of poems that understands the power of claiming all our identities as one whole, but recognizes the toll it takes to hold onto them.

A mix of bold imagination and gorgeous dream-logic welcomes the reader on every page. I am moved and delighted to the core until it feels as though I “fell in love in midair.”

  • Rapture” by Sjohnna McCray, International Examiner, 2017

McCray may shed an “unwelcome influx of light”….but if there’s a lesson McCray wants us to learn, it’s that “There’s proof of God in light like this.”

This book is as much a manual on empowering communities as it is one on dismantling biases within them.

Howell has given the literary world a truly unique offering which finds the common ground between poetry, horror, and (human) nature.

Gamble’s work extends beyond voice; her voice attains a sense of personhood.

As a poet she is part stunning spectacle, part strangulation, with the ability to make a reader gasp as if before a freefall, a contraction.

In the same way a person in a straight jacket appears both contained and yet not, these poems throb and push against their form.

  • Flies” by Michael Dickman, Rattle, 2012

I have breaking news for the literary world; you can judge Michael Dickman’s award-winning book, Flies, by its cover.

It’s like my father just walked in wearing a Tupac t-shirt.