It’s Women’s History Month, and here at BOA we’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate our phenomenal women authors! Since our start in 1976, we’ve been a proud publisher of women, from Lucille Clifton, Dorianne Laux, and Brigit Pegeen Kelly, to the present day, with books from Alicia Mountain, Margaret Ray, Jessica Q. Stark, Mahtem Shiferraw, and Jeannine Hall Gailey publishing this spring. We’re so excited to celebrate their work, and we’re not alone! Take a look at some recent buzz for our women authors and treat yourself to some good books:
- Barbara Jane Reyes, author of Letters to a Young Brown Girl and Diwata, was featured by Karen De Castro in Vogue Philippines’ “9 Filipina Writers You Should Read Today.” De Castro says of Reyes’ work, “Reyes uses poetry to discuss the nuances of multiple languages, multiple cultures, and multiple meanings.”
- Walt Hunter and Faith Hill from The Atlantic included Lucille Clifton’s Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 as one of ten poetry collections to read again and again.
- Heather Sellers, author of Field Notes from the Flood Zone, won the Bronze Medal in the 2022 Florida Book Awards, coordinated by Florida State University Libraries! Congratulations, Heather!
- Audiobooks by Naomi Shihab Nye, Kendra DeColo, and Renia White are now available as part of the BOA Audiobook Series! Each title is read by the author and available on Audible, Libro.fm, Google Play Books, and more.
- Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes’ Are We Ever Our Own was reviewed in The Georgia Review by Amy Sayre Baptista. Baptista says of Fuentes’ work, “Fuentes proves an adept cartographer as these stories unfold with ghosts, spells, the relic foot of an elephant, and a professional mourning service. Her pen contains some sorcery in its ink.”
- B.K. Fischer, poet laureate of Westchester County and author of Ceive, was interviewed by Poets.org as a part of their Poet Laureate Fellows Interview series!
- Danni Quintos, author of Two Brown Dots, was featured in the Prompt to Page podcast, where she discussed how knitting and drawing have informed her writing practice. Give it a listen!
- Sarah Blake from the Jewish Book Council reviewed Rachel Mennies’ The Naomi Letters, saying, “They are the type of love letters I wish I had written to someone, so that they could know how much I love them, how they consume me, how they influence all my thoughts and days.”
- Elana Bell, author of Mother Country, was in conversation with Laura Ehrlich for an episode of Ehrlich’s “Write Mother Monster.” Give it a watch!
- The Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation shared a video of Keetje Kuipers reciting her poem “Still Life with Nursing Bra.” Kuipers is the author of Beautiful in the Mouth, The Keys to the Jail, and All Its Charms.
Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer is a second-year poet in the MFA program at Syracuse University. Their first full-length poetry collection, Bad Animal, is forthcoming from Riot in Your Throat Press in July 2023.