SF on WIRoB
Book: The Witch Bottle & Other Stories
Publisher: Washington Writers Publishing House
"I still try to put lesbians in all my books, because I'm fighting the patriarchy with every word I write."
AM on WIRoB
Book: You Cannot Save Here
"The poems about having a body and being observed are, for me, the queerest poems in the book."
DB on WIRoB
Publisher: Publishing Genius
"Erasing my own work freed me from those considerations. But it also challenged me to explore what lay within my own thoughts."
CM on WIRoB
Book: River Weather
Publisher: Alternating Current Press
"...hate is the result of fear, which is a result of unfamiliarity. And language binds people together. If you agree to the language being used, you're now on the inside. And so many people are desperate to be on the inside."
SN on WIRoB
Book: Ashes to Justice
Publisher: Day Eight Books
"Poetry gave me a way out of a world that I felt trapped in: my mind. I think that giving that same outlet back to the youth is a powerful thing, showing them that they have a voice, a reason and a purpose."
AB on WIRoB
Book: One Person Away from You
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
"Writing is a return home for me, all the distractions of life suddenly laser-focused on the problem of story."
EDML on WIRoB
Book: Ashley Sugarnotch & the Wolf
Publisher: Mason Jar Press
"The Wolf is trying everything he can to not be violent. So his form is incredibly structured. Because it’s a constraint - he’s putting a constraint on himself to try to not fall apart."
MA on WIRoB
Book: The Animal at Your Side
Publisher: Airlie Press
"This is a book of fairytales. They’re ways of explaining things that I have not been ready to explain in a plain, direct way."
ZS on WIRoB
Book: Let's Get Back to the Party
Publisher: Algonquin Books
"For me, the beating heart of this novel, as unapologetically gay as it is, is about how people cope and fail to cope with the passing of time."
CL on WIRoB
Book: Exquisite Bloody, Beating Heart
Publisher: Riot in Your Throat
"Don’t always assume a poem is 100% true. For me, almost every poem has some kernel of truth -- but you take that kernel and blow it up, and what comes of it is some version of the truth, but maybe not the whole truth."
Book: Like We Still Speak
"I had an idea for this book as being a gallery of voices; of my friends, my family, but also poets and artists I admired."
Book: So Much of Everything
"I feel like poets work well with constraints. Folks who are drawn to found poetry are gluttons for punishment."
JK on WIRoB
ME on WIRoB
Book: Drowning in the Floating World
Publisher: Press 53
"Haunting is something that happens to all writers— we write, in part, because we’re haunted."
Book: Did You Even Know I Was Here?
"The idea of traveling to Paris is special because it's a place where my literary idol, James Baldwin, went when this country was too much."
LR on WIRB
Book: Spring: A Novel
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
"The path to publication is much longer and more complicated than you would expect. I thought that writing was the hard part..."
AS on WIRoB
Book: The Rest of the World
Publisher: Washington Writers' Publishing House
"What I’ve seen over the years is that people in struggling communities hang together and support one another in ways the local news never gives them credit for."