'Felt in the Jaw' by Kristen N. Arnett

Felt in the Jaw excels at revealing moments of fracture, moments at which the careful facades Arnett’s characters have built around their inner lives finally crack. … read more

'The First Church of What’s Happening' by Miah Jeffra

Jeffra’s writing is delicate and deliberate when it comes to depicting despair….it inspires a sense of gratitude and reverence, as well as an appreciation for beauty and tenderness, even in the midst of profound sorrow…. read more

'The Affliction' by C. Dale Young

Young’s novel in stories explores seemingly ordinary lives as they intersect with the truly extraordinary. The characters, haunted by trauma, scarred by heartbreak, are connected through their common afflictions–a bond, in the book, that transcends kindred, culture, even time. Is it true, then? Are we all connected?… read more

Jess Arndt on Writing Honestly

“I’m human and so I’m often grossed out by myself, by my thoughts and actions, and scared of what people will think. But I’ve also found—through trial and error—that the best place for me to get to in a story is that gruesome little ledge.”… read more