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One of the more striking books I’ve read lately is Toronto writer Margaret Christakos’ remarkable lyric essay/memoir Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies (BookThug, 2016), a...
2016-07-27 06:53
I am reading Hannah B. Higgins’ The Grid Book (MIT Press) for the second time. I first discovered the book many years ago when I had a stint as a technical writer and was grieving a broken relationshi...
2016-07-13 17:36
The American Cowboy In Life and Legend, by Bart McDowell. I’m reading this for research for a manuscript called “The Universe is Shaped Like a Saddle” that I’ve been working on for several years that...
2016-06-29 10:19
I’m not reading any poetry right now, but I am in research mode, getting ready to write a new collection of poems that meditates on the Commonwealth of Virginia and its complex racial history.
2016-06-19 12:38



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Drunken Boat Retreat in Sardinia

Faculty: Kazim Ali, Duriel Harris, & Achy Obejas 
Oct. 15-25, 2016 | Apply Now!

Join Drunken Boat for a 10-day program bringing writers and artists from around the world together with Sardinian writers and artists for a generative and collaborative retreat. The program will culminate in the annual celebration of Grazia Deledda, winner the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1926. Work generated during the residency will be considered for publication in a special Drunken Boat feature. Scholarships application deadline July 15, 2016.

Call for Speculative Work

Anomalous Press (imprint of Drunken Boat) seeks speculative works by women writers for a folio that will appear in DB24. As an experimental sandbox of Drunken Boat, Anomalous wants to showcase science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and/or supernatural writing. We are especially interested in work by women and non-binary writers of color. Poetry, prose, and translation submissions welcome. Prose submissions should be under 5000 words. To submit, email your submission as a doc, docx, or pdf attachment to sarah@anomalouspress.org with the subject line: Folio Submission. Please include a short bio in the body of the email. Deadline June 30th. 

Call for Blog & Feature Writers

We're looking for writers who are interested in contributing in an ongoing manner to the Drunken Boat Blog, either by proposing a column or series, or by joining a team of staff writers who both pitch and take on assigned pieces for the blog. We are particularly interested in writers to focus on reviews, interviews, and profiles of artists and writers; and in getting pitches for columns or series that focus specifically on a particular artistic or writing community within the purview of our expanded mission. If you are interested, please send an email to Editor Erica Mena with a paragraph about what you're interested in writing about and your CV attached.

Drunken Boat Books

Union: 50 Years of Writing from Singapore and 15 Years of Drunken Boat

Union traces the intertwining trajectories of two dynamic communities: the cosmopolitan Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore, commemorating 50 years of national independence and writing, to celebrated literary journal Drunken Boat, marking 15 years as one of the most innovative and inclusive literary platforms in the US and the world.

The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground

A hybrid of poetry and digital art by Collier Nogues, published by Drunken Boat.

​Radha Says

The final collection by award-winning poet Reetika Vazirani, published by Drunken Boat.

The Hide-and-Seek Muse

Annotations of contemporary poetry edited by Lisa Russ Spaar, published by Drunken Boat.