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Celebrating Queer Poetry: A Few Of My Favorite Recent Reads

Hello friends and fiends-- Today in the Madhouse, I want to talk about some of my favorite contemporary queer poets. I also want to invite you to check out my Madhouse Pride Showcase from last year where writers such as Eric Crumrine, Cynthia Pelayo, Cassie Daley, and Hailey Piper stopped by to chat about their work, their favorite books, and some must-read authors. You can check out their visits here: Urban Legends and Cannibal Kings: A Guest Interview with Hailey Piper Finding Your Door: The Importance of Queer Representation in the Wayward Children Series Carmen Maria Machado, The Wonder of Her Tragedies: A Guest Post by Cynthia Pelayo Why Do We Write Speculative Fiction with Homophobia: A Guest Post by Eric Crumrine While the poets I’m going to talk about today aren’t inherently horror poets, their work is raw, vulnerable, and filled with both a ferocity and gentleness that I’ve come to love and admire. In fact, in a recent essay I wrote for LitReactor, I talked about thi

The Smallest of Bones: A Guest Interview with Holly Lyn Walrath

Hello friends and fiends-- How are we hanging in there during this heat? I know my goth self can't be out in the sun, so I've mostly been camped out in my office with the AC on full blast thinking cool, wintery thoughts and drinking water like I'm a beached siren. Heat exhaustion aside though, something else that I've been doing lately is happily drowning in dark, beautiful poetry. In fact, last month, I exclusively read poetry and I'm here today to share with you one of my favorite reads of the year so far: The Smallest of Bones by Holly Lyn Walrath. This gorgeous collection is currently available for preorder via Clash Books , and I was lucky enough to read an earlier copy of the book. Here's what I had to say about it:  “A striking meditation on the body and its ghosts, this collection is a blossoming of bones and the trauma we hold inside, a gorgeous homage to the fever dreams and nightmares we collect, break, and survive with each and every day.” To chat

May '21 Madhouse Recap

Hello friends and fiends— Can you folks believe it’s already June? It just doesn’t seem possible to me even with May being such a crazy month. Reminder to self: remember to breathe and sleep this month. Maybe even sneak some yoga in here and there? I finished off the Spring semester and dove right into summer. I’ll be taking two eight-week classes this time around in philosophy and psychology. Seems like a good idea to stay sharp, learn some new tricks, and keep me on my toes when it comes time to write new lectures and reinvent old ones. I’m also teaching a graduate class right now in speculative fiction and we’re having a blast so far. A few of the books we're tackling together are The Changeling by Victor LaValle, Circe by Madeline Miller, Recursion by Blake Crouch, and The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin—all great readings, some old friends, some new.  As to publications this month, I’m thrilled to be joining the TOC for Shadow Atlas , an anthology focusing on dark lands