‘The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir’ by Peter Gajdics

The term “homosexual reparative therapy” conjures, for many of us, images of wrathful, bible-thumping parents dragging a 16-year-old into a church basement for an exorcism, or into a grim clinic for genital electroshock treatments…. read more

'Rough Patch' by Nicole Markotic

Keira is bisexual, and she lets you know it even if she hasn’t told anyone else. She is 15 years old with a lot to figure out, including meticulously planning the moment to come out to her best friend…. read more

‘Feder: A Scenario’ by Nathanaël

Decidedly cerebral, Feder doesn’t just involve the mind, it takes place there; the associative, disembodied voice of a narrator is quite nearly pure intellect… read more

'IRL' by Tommy Pico

Where does poetry come from? Tommy Pico finds poetry everywhere, in everything. He makes the long poem popular again. He combats the MFA poet with colloquialisms and pop culture…. read more

‘The Missing Museum’ by Amy King

The Missing Museum is not an easy read, any more than an actual museum exhibit is a thought-free gimme of an experience. But, like the Smithsonian and the odd roadside attraction, it’s worth taking the time to explore…. read more

‘The Jungle Around Us’ by Anne Raeff

The slow, measured prose of these nine interrelated tales approaches big topics—loneliness, belonging, death, fear—and yet, Anne Raeff’s stories are intimate, character driven, and incredibly subtle… read more