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Pride Month Highlight: Alicia Mountain & Chen Chen

Here at BOA, we're celebrating Pride Month by highlighting the work of our LGBTQ+ authors! We asked each of our wonderful summer interns to pick a title or two and write about them! For part two in our series, BOA intern Olivia Harkin reviews Alicia Mountain's Four in Hand and Chen Chen's Your Emergency Contact has Experienced an Emergency!  “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The poetic form of a sonnet has always been utilized to express love, and Mountain revives it in Four in Hand to express queer love, creating a space for representation in a poetic form that’s typically been dominated by...

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Pride Month Highlight: Adam McOmber, Justin Jannise, and Joe Baumann

Here at BOA, we're celebrating Pride Month by highlighting the work of our LGBTQ+ authors! We asked each of our wonderful summer interns to pick a title or two and write about them! To start off the series, BOA intern Apollo Chastain reviews Adam McOmber's My House Gathers Desire, Justin Jannise's How to be Better by Being Worse, and Joe Baumann's forthcoming story collection, Where Can I Take You When There's Nowhere To Go.   My House Gathers Desires by Adam McOmber Dripping with desire and unforgiven sins, Adam McOmber’s My House Gathers Desires combines the sensuality and blood of creature features with baroque stylings of the 19th...

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A BOA AAPI Reading List

May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we're so excited to bring you a selection of new and backlist poetry titles by AAPI authors that exist at the intersection of identity, politics, queerness, and power. Spanning decades, experiences, and historical records, these collections explore vulnerability, and adolescence, love and systemic oppression. It's been our honor to publish them, and to share them with you now.  Buffalo Girl by Jessica Q. Stark In these hybrid poems, Jessica Q. Stark explores her mother’s fraught immigration to the United States from Vietnam at the end of war through the lens of...

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A Cocktail Pairing for FLARE, CORONA with Jeannine Hall Gailey

 We asked our Spring 2023 authors to share about a food or drink to enjoy while reading their book, or one that appears often in their new collection from BOA. Jeannine Hall Gailey is the author of the poetry collection Flare, Corona, and below, she shares a little back story and a cocktail that pairs well with her poems. Cheers, and happy reading! from Jeannine Hall Gailey: This layered libation is a variation on a pomegranate martini, a cocktail that has the orange, pink, and red colors identified with solar flares and eclipses, and the ginger syrup and pop rocks give the drink a...

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Food for Thought: A Pairing for NOMENCLATURES OF INVISIBILITY by Mahtem Shiferraw

We asked our Spring 2023 authors to share about a food or drink to enjoy while reading their book, or one that appears often in their new collection from BOA. Mahtem Shiferraw is the author of the poetry collection Nomenclatures of Invisibility, and below, she shares a little back story and a food that pairs well with her poems.  from Mahtem Shiferraw:   When I think of Nomenclatures, the food that comes to mind is "kategna" or, ቃተኛ in Amharic, which is not ordinarily an everyday food. It's mostly made of fresh enjera; at the end of the process of making a batch of enjera, the last one is...

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