Jennifer Makowsky

Jennifer Makowsky began writing for PopMatters in 2005. In addition to writing about music, film, and books, she writes fiction and poetry. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Portland Review, Gargoyle, 2 Bridges Review, Pamplemousse, Gravel, and others. She lives in Tucson, Arizona where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Currently, she teaches English to adult refugee students at Pima Community College.
Square Pegs and Southern Inhospitality in Melanie Sumner’s ‘How to Write a Novel’

Square Pegs and Southern Inhospitality in Melanie Sumner’s ‘How to Write a Novel’

This is a charming and touching reflection on family, belonging, and walking the shaky line between childhood and adulthood.
‘Boo’ Is a Beacon of Light in YA Literature

‘Boo’ Is a Beacon of Light in YA Literature

Funny, uplifting, and poignant, Neil Smith's YA novel, Boo, is a fresh take on life, death, and friendship.
Having Trouble Sleeping? Relax, It’s All in Your Mind

Having Trouble Sleeping? Relax, It’s All in Your Mind

Funny and direct, as well as useful and nurturing, Sane New World is a must read for anyone who has been up at night worrying about the future or regretting the past.
The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

In honor of a new year, here is a list of songs that can help nudge even the idlest of souls off the couch in 2015.
Alex Capus’ Latest Book Is a Wild Ride Through the Wild West

Alex Capus’ Latest Book Is a Wild Ride Through the Wild West

Filled with six charming tales about the American West in the 19th Century, Skidoo is an off-the-wall history lesson about the American Frontier most of us were never taught in school.
A Rural Youth is Curated in John Updike’s ‘Olinger Stories’

A Rural Youth is Curated in John Updike’s ‘Olinger Stories’

John Updike is able to highlight the details of domestic life in a way that turns the mundane into something sacred and significant.
‘The Girls from Corona del Mar’ Is a Serious Study of Female Friendship

‘The Girls from Corona del Mar’ Is a Serious Study of Female Friendship

The challenges of adulthood can alter the friendships we forge in childhood.
‘Mind of Winter’ Is a Thrilling Page-Turner with Shimmering Prose and a Heart-Wrenching Ending

‘Mind of Winter’ Is a Thrilling Page-Turner with Shimmering Prose and a Heart-Wrenching Ending

Laura Kasischke's tenth novel is a dark fairytale about the sacrifices of motherhood and of secrets so deep, we learn to keep them even from ourselves.
The Characters in ‘Acts of God’ Personify the Expression, “Grace Under Pressure”

The Characters in ‘Acts of God’ Personify the Expression, “Grace Under Pressure”

With quick wit and clean prose, Ellen Gilchrist reminds us of the human race's ability to face life's curveballs with persistence and grace.
‘McSweeney’s Internet Tendency’ Takes on the Bathroom Reading Format

‘McSweeney’s Internet Tendency’ Takes on the Bathroom Reading Format

The beloved McSweeney's is stripped of its Internet cloak and laid before us on the bare, naked pages of print.
Sex and Inelegance in the City

Sex and Inelegance in the City

If Sex in the City had been based on reality, it would have been more like the The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters with the Human Race.
The Big Reveal: ‘I Want to Show You More’

The Big Reveal: ‘I Want to Show You More’

In her debut collection of stories, I Want to Show You More, Jamie Quatro reveals her talent for examining the desire and vulnerability inside us all.