Minal Hajratwala’s Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment

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Welcome to the December 2014 episode of Late Night Debut. This month’s episode features Minal Hajratwala’s debut poetry collection, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. Prageeta Sharma, author of Undergloom and Infamous Landscapes, calls Bountiful “a stunning collection that modulates between steady narratives full of anchored images and storytelling, and playful voices occurring out of lyric utterance.” Act 1: Host Amber Keller covers entertaining … continue reading »

Famous First Words


Strolling past a crew at work on the construction of a milling machine that was designed to cut rotor blades for jet engines, Kurt Vonnegut could see the writing on the wall. It was 1949, and he was working as a PR man for General Electric in Schenectady, New York, a job that was wrangled … continue reading »

Alisha Sommer, Blackberry Magazine


Welcome to Late Night Conversation. Tonight our featured guest is Alisha Sommer, founding editor of BLACKBERRY: a magazine. BLACKBERRY’s goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets. BLACKBERRY’s editors hope to illuminate the exceptional work of a newer generation while … continue reading »

“What keeps me inspired are the authors themselves.” Beth Spencer (Bear Star Press)


Beth Spencer is the founder and editor of Bear Star Press, which she started in 1996. Bear Star is “committed to publishing the best writing it can attract from the Mountain and Pacific time zones, as well as Alaska and Hawaii.” The press is a proud part of the “poetry renaissance” flourishing on the West … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: December 14, 2014

We’re keeping an eye on the kids in this week’s “Dog-eared and dispatched,” both what they want to read and how those books are made. We also have gathered together a few of the “best of” lists that are doing the rounds. After that, this column will be taking a break until the new year: … continue reading »

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