An article adapted from DISQUIET alum Shelley Puhak’s forthcoming book, The Dark Queens, examines “two lesser-known but long-reigning and influential Frankish queens” ofthe early Middle Ages, Brunhild and Fredegund. Read it in Smithsonian Magazine!
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Look at this fantastic cover for DISQUIET alum Constantine Blintzios’ new book:
It’s coming out in 2022, but you can pre-order it now from Kernpunkt Press.
Congratulations to Disquiet alum Stacy D. Flood, whose novella The Salt Fields is available now from Lanternfish Press! Aimee Bender called it “beautifully written and memorable.” Maybe you should read it, too!
The Common issue #22 is here, and with it Stephanie Dinsae’s 2021 DISQUIET Prize-winning poem, “Dey.” Read it here!
In Issue #22 you’ll also find a portfolio of writing from the Arabian Gulf co-edited by Noor Naga (2019 fiction winner) and an essay by longtime DISQUIET staffer Steven Tagle, among many other things.
<i>Mother/land</i>, a new book of poems by 2020 Luso-American Fellowship recipient Ananda Lima, is coming out in October! You can order it now from Black Lawrence Press or your favorite bookstore.
Heather Sappenfield’s short story collection Lyrics for Rock Stars, winner of the V Press LC Compilation Book Prize, is out today – congratulations, Heather!
In Lyrics for Rock Stars, Heather Mateus Sappenfield has drawn a map of the Colorado mountains and written a legend that describes the inner workings of its people’s hearts.
—Camille T. DungyStepping into the stories in Lyrics for Rock Stars is like stepping into lives you already know, people you’ve lived with, or if you don’t know them already, you’ll wish you did. Writing about the inhabitants of landscapes she knows by heart, Sappenfield makes her people come alive on the page and you’ll turn each of those pages hoping for them, pulling for them, realizing, slowly, that their lives are our own.—Pete Fromm
Wiving is a wonder, a hypnotic account of the dangers of desire–specifically female desire–when it dares to run counter to all the barriers that were created to keep such passions in their place. Myer’s self-examination and honesty go way past brave and into a dizzying kind of free-fall confession. When I finished this, I felt heart-broken to know what finally ‘shook her free.’ Highly recommended.”–Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil and I Will Be Complete
2. Two months ago, Broad Street Magazine invited past contributors to add to its pandemic blog. I dismissed the invitation almost right away; I am a slow, painfully meticulous writer. An example: I am currently working on an essay about 9/11. So I figured that by the time I was “done” with my coronavirus ramblings, some semblance of normalcy would have resumed.
3. Yet, here we are.
Thirty-one paragraphs about quarantine and sports by Bea Chang, at Broad Street.
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised not only practical questions with regard to our public health, environment, education, and sociopolitical systems, but also concerns about our ability to cope psychologically. Many experts have been warning about the mental health impacts of the disaster. They have discussed how the pandemic has been a trigger for a lot of old suppressed emotions, causing them to rise to the surface. It has also raised many philosophical questions about what it means to be a human being in this world.
Read alum Poupeh Missaghi’s essay, “A Persian New Year Beginning with COVID-19” in the June 2020 issue of Words Without Borders.