Author: Emily Faison

Review: The Narrow Door

The Narrow Door by Paul Lisicky Review by Bailey Kimbell Vulnerability spills from Paul Lisicky’s memior The Narrow Door. An atmosphere of exposure hovers over work, relationships, and homes and leaves us with the distinct impression that our emotions and motives are being scrutinized, even as the writer exposes his own. And it’s not entirely comfortable. Lisicky summarizes this startling vulnerability…

Author Q&A: James Kimbrell

Interview by Laura Minor James Kimbrell was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He has published three volumes of poetry all with Sarabande Books, The Gatehouse Heaven, My Psychic, and Smote, and was co-translator of Three Poets of Modern Korea: Yi Sang, Hahm Dong-Seon, and Choi Young-Mi (Sarabande, 2002). His work has appeared in magazines such as Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Ploughshares, Field, The…

Jesse Lee Kercheval

Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida. She is the author of 15 books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction including the memoir Space, which won an Alex Award from the American Library Association, and the novel My Life as a Silent Movie. Listen to her read here: http://www.english.fsu.edu/media/season11/wh_01-19-16_kercheval.mp3     In 2015, Editorial Yaugarú in Uruguay published…

Cate Marvin

Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. Listen to her share her poetry here: http://www.english.fsu.edu/media/season11/wh_04-12-16_cmarvin.mp3   In 2002, Cate Marvin received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century…

Review: Call Me By My Other Name

Call Me By My Other Name by Valerie Wetlaufer Review by Emily Faison I’m still not sure if Valerie Wetlaufer has written a history in verse, or simply folded history into poetry, but either way, Call Me By My Other Name leaves readers gasping with both horror and understanding. A news clipping epigraph, rewritten in verse in “Helpmate IV,” shapes the tone…

Review: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert Review by Emily Faison By the end of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, my mouth was watering for a fluffy slice of cake. Amy E. Reichert anticipated my craving, including the recipe for the title-famous coconut cake as a bonus at the end of the novel. Just like dessert, where The Coincidence of…

James Kimbrell (2015 Reading)

James Kimbrell’s newest book, Smote, was published in 2015 by Sarabande Books. Listen to FSU’s own James Kimbrell share from his work here: James Kimbrell holds a PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an MFA from the University of Virginia, and an MA from the University of Southern Mississippi. Specializing in poetry, he has received a National Endowment for the Arts…

Laurie Foos

Listen to Laurie Foos share excerpts from her new book, The Blue Girl. Laurie Foos’ first novel, Ex Utero, a novel about a woman who loses her uterus in a shopping mall, was chosen for “Plot of the Week” by Entertainment Weekly, and was awarded The San Diego Current’s “Hot Tamale Award.” The novel was also featured in The Los Angeles…

John Henry Fleming

Listen to John Henry Fleming share excerpts from his book, Songs for the Deaf. Fiction writer John Henry Fleming has been called “the scribe of a forgotten race” and his stories “like campfire tales from the state’s coolest scout leader.”  His first collection, Songs for the Deaf, is a book of stories that defy easy categorization. Fleming is also the author…

David Vann

Listen to David Vann share excerpts from his new book, Aquarium. David Vann is the author of several memoirs and novels, including Legend of a Suicide and Aquarium. His essays have been published globally in Atlantic Monthly,  Esquire, Esquire UK, Elle UK, and The Guardian, among others. Forthcoming books include Woman, Desiring, and Bright Air Black. Mr. Vann holds degrees from Stanford and Cornell, has taught at Stanford, Cornell, USF, as well as…