Winter Reading: More 2020 Contributor Books!

Welcome to our latest round-up of contributor books, featuring books published in the last half of 2020. (You can catch our round-up for the first half of 2020 here.) Below, you will find a selection of poetry, short stories, novels, and essay collections to keep you company through the winter months ahead. Happy reading!

Contributor Spotlight: Nickole Brown

Memorious contributor Nickole Brown recently published Write It: 100 Poetry Prompts to Inspire with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs. The book emerged from their experiences teaching poetry to students of all ages, from high school students to college students to seniors, and they have created a companion website that highlights the workshops they offer. Last spring,…

Summer Reading: Contributor Books 2020 (Jan-June +)

Looking for summer reads? Here’s a list of some 2020 contributor books to add to your shopping list for your indie bookstore or to order online from the wonderful online Bookshop.org, which supports indie bookstores. Happy reading!

Contributor Spotlight: Yanyi

Yanyi’s debut poetry collection, Yale Younger Poets Prize winner The Year of Blue Water( Yale University Press, 2019), is a record and cultivation of the poet’s discovery of the self. The poems explore Yanyi’s relationship to his family and friends, his mental health, his experience as a trans person, his sense of belonging as a Chinese…

Contributor Spotlight: Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen’s latest collection, Nightshade, published by Four Way Books, surprises us again and again with a truth we only think we already know, that the most contrary experiences—hope and disappointment, departure and arrival, pain and comfort—are always present in our lives, and so often, occur at the same time. As the title poem teaches…

Contributor Spotlight: Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers’ second collection, The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons (Acre Books), posits the intriguing question, what would happen if current climate change resulted in humans terraforming Mars? The result is a thought-provoking interrogation of sexism, colonialism, and the current climate crisis, in a collection as healing as it is harrowing. In this attentive…

Contributor spotlight: Nomi Stone

Nomi Stone’s second collection of poetry, Kill Class (Tupelo Press), captures the precarious dynamic between soldiers, role-players, and an anthropologist in mock Middle Eastern villages at military bases across the U.S. Her delicate attention to detail, even the smallest, such as yogurt still fresh on a wrist in the opening poem, vividly illuminates the complicated war…

Spotlight Interview: Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan’s first book, The Body Papers (2019) won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. She was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. A graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and…

Poetry Spotlight: Eugene Gloria

 Contributor Spotlight: An Interview with Eugene Gloria Eugene Gloria’s explosive fourth collection of poems, Sightseer in This Killing City (Penguin, 2019), begins with “Implicit Body,” a poem that bursts into an invocation of “this legend of my betrayals, my disloyalty to my origins,” a litany of sorts that moves us toward this striking stanza that prophesizes…

Fiction Spotlight: Daphne Kalotay

Memorious contributor Daphne Kalotay was one of the first fiction writers we solicited for a story: I met her in 2004 when I handed her a postcard for Memorious at the reading series Cover to Cover, run by Steve Almond in Boston. While she did not send us a story then, she passed the card…