Shaun McMichael's fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row, Carrier Pigeon, Litro, Existere and other literary magazines. He is a Program Manager at Pongo Poetry Project, doing poetry therapy with youth and adults in psych. hospitals, jails, and homeless shelters. His essays on engaging trauma through poetry can be found on www.pongoteenwriting.org.
Cordelia Strube's 11th novel, Misconduct of the Heart, depicts trauma survivors in a form that's compelling but difficult to digest.
While Lake City masquerades as a social climber satire that is really something else, author Thomas Kohnstamm is an open book about his intentions in his work and his hopes for his city.
A Vietnamese family's song resounds over the effects of decades of tumult in Nguyen Phan Que Mai's excellent novel, The Mountains Sing.
In The Opposite of Fate, Alison McGhee humanizes the abortion issue in a way that is unexpected and heartening.
Noah Baumbach's attention to the daily agonies of divorce in Marriage Story displays love's enduring power—or at least, its residue.
'The Rise of Skywalker' Is a Lightsaber Duel between Good and Evil, Past and Present, Authenticity and Greed
The Rise of Skywalker has been trumpeted as the last in the Skywalker saga. But with Disney's and this trilogy's annoying tendency to resurrect, it may never end.
In Laura Taylor Namey's Library of Lost Things, teens find security and significance in themselves as works in progress.
Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut novel about slavery in America, The Water Dancer, dares us to dance -- and remember.
In a sci-fi setting with Wild West overtones, Sophie Thatcher's Cee is discovering how far she will go to get what she wants in Prospect.