Books to Review

Updated May 12, 2022

We are actively looking for people to write for Heavy Feather—and we cover books that aren’t on our list below—so reach out to Books Editor Jeff Chon if you’re interested in reviewing books, interviewing authors, or pitching another type of project. We only publish interviews and reviews online. We encourage 800 words per book review. There are no word count restrictions for interviews or general criticism, however. Craft essays are welcome. Reviewers receive hard copies of the book if available.

If you’re a publicist, author, or publisher and want to tell us about your book, please also email Jeff.

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Fiction

The Criteria / Kami Westhoff / Unsolicited Press

A Friend of the Family / Yves Ravey / Sublunary Editions / Translated by Emma Ramadan & Tom Roberge / 98 pp.

Lesser American Boys / Zach VandeZande / Mason Jar Press / 153 pp.

How Long Is Now / Joshua Corey / Spuyten Duyvil / 380 pp.

Face / Jaspreet Singh / TouchWood Editions / 248 pp.

Unwieldy Creatures / Addie Tsai / Jaded Ibis Press / 294 pp.

White Van / Meg Tuite / Unlikely Books / 106 pp.

We Were Wolves / J. E. Tobin / Pale Horse Books

Love and Other Monsters in the Dark / K.B. Jensen

Suburban Death Project / Aimee Parkison / Unbound Edition Press / 176 pp.

One’s Company / Ashley Hutson / W. W. Norton & Company / 272 pp.

Ready, Set, Oh / Diane Josefowicz / Flexible Press / 368 pp.

Is That All There Is? / Marcelle Heath / Awst Press

Small Marvels / Scott Russell Sanders / Indiana University Press / 214 pp.

Math Class / Kelly Krumrie / Calamari Archive, Ink. / 92 pp.

They Kept Running / Michelle Ross / UNT Press / 240 pp.

All of You / Ryan Schulte / Hello America Stereo Cassette

First Consonants / John Whittier Treat / Jaded Ibis Press / 310 pp.

Unlawful DISorder / David Jackson Ambrose / Jaded Ibis Press / 384 pp.

Stories from the Attic / William Gay / Dzanc Books / 384 pp.

Shivah / Lisa Solod / Jaded Ibis Press / 271 pp.

Citizens of Light / Sam Shelstad / TouchWood Editions / 224 pp.

Cash Grab / Andy Spain / Humorist Books

Doom Town / Gabriel Blackwell / Zerogram Press / 204 pp.

A Broken Everything / Eddie Wright / 169 pp.

Splendid Anatomies / Allison Wyss / Veliz Books / 202 pp.

As the Ceiling Flew Away / Kevin Allardice / Spuyten Duyvil / 186 pp.

Afterglow / Nick Olson / Alien Buddha Press

Conscious Designs / Nathanial White / University of Miami Press / 133 pp.

there is no appropriate emoji / Davis Schneiderman et al. / MadHat Press / 174 pp.

Summertime in the Emergency Room / David Nutt / Calamari Archive, Ink. / 150 pp.

A Better Class of People / Robert Lopez / Dzanc Books / 150 pp.

Toadstones / Eric Williams / Malarkey Books / 292 pp.

The Upright Dog / Carl Fuerst / Alien Buddha Press / 198 pp.

Elephants in Our Yard / Meral Kureyshi / Noumena Press / Translated by Robert A. Cantrick / 123 pp.

Coil Quake Rift / Nathan Elias / Montag Press / 276 pp.

Birth of Eros / Debra Di Blasi / KERNPUNKT Press

Permission / Marc Kristal / Atmosphere Press / 370 pp.

The Distortions / Christopher Linforth / Orison Books / 192 pp.

Paradise Close / Lisa Russ Spaar / Persea Books / 224 pp.

How Far I’ve Come / Kim Magowan / Gold Wake Press / 194 pp.

The Persistence of Instability / Patrick Trotti / Cowboy Jamboree Press / 261 pp.

Unearthingly / Julian Mithra / KERNPUNKT Press

Enemy Combatant / David Winner / Outpost19 / 161 pp.

Now You Know It All / Joanna Pearson / University of Pittsburgh Press / 222 pp.

JERKS / Sara Lippmann / Mason Jar Press / 154 pp.

Skin Elegies / Lance Olsen / Dzanc Books / 240 pp.

Nazaré / JJ Amaworo Wilson / PM Press / 301 pp.

Kanazawa / David Joiner / Stonebridge / 264 pp.

My Grandfather’s an Immigrant, and So Is Yours / Michael Chin / Cowboy Jamboree Press / 251 pp.

Reset / Pablo Pergola / Sagging Meniscus Press / 144 pp.

River Weather / Cameron Mackenzie / Alternating Current Press / 170 pp.

The Hubris of an Empty Hand / Mahyar A. Amouzegar / University of New Orleans Press / 302 pp.

Lamentations / Carol Kammen / University of Nebraska Press / 264 pp.

Messiahs / Marc Anthony Richardson / FC2 / 158 pp.

Slim Confessions / Sarah Minor / Noemi Press / 100 pp.

A Girl Called Rumi / Ari Honarvar / Forest Avenue Press / 307 pp.

The Last Dinosaurs of Portland / James R. Gapinski / Bottlecap Press / 36 pp.

Hind’s Kidnap / Joseph McElroy / Dzanc Books / 602 pp.

Antique Densities / Jefferson Navicky / Deerbrook Editions / 106 pp.

Blackland / Richard A. Jones / Atmosphere Press / 298 pp.

The Boundaries of Their Dwelling / Blake Sanz / University of Iowa Press / 210 pp.

The Best Peace Fiction / Edited by Robert Olen Butler & Phong Nguyen / University of New Mexico Press / 224 pp.

Poetry

Blind Insights into the Writing Process / Richard Krause / Fomite / 96 pp.

Askew / Robert Vaughn / Cowboy Jamboree Press / 131 pp.

Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature / C E Hoffman / Alien Buddha Press / 55 pp.

O / Niki Tulk / Driftwood Press / 94 pp.

And Yet / Jeff Alessandrelli / PANK

Midwood / Jana Prikryl / W. W. Norton & Company / 144 pp.

Country of Glass / Sarah Katz / GU Press / 88 pp.

Pyre / Maureen Alsop / What Books / 98 pp.

The Belly / Tchicaya u Tam’si / Diálogos / Translated by Peter Thompson / 224 pp.

With Urgency / Aicha Bassry / Diálogos / Translated by Mbarek Sryfi & Eric Sellin / 80 pp.

Nobody Loves Me / John Stoss / Lavender Ink / 500 pp.

Hechizo / Mark Statman / Lavender Ink / 186 pp.

Free Compositions / t thilleman / Lavender Ink / 214 pp.

Quarantina / Kit Robinson / Lavender Ink / 144 pp.

Husbandry / Matthew Dickman / W.W. Norton & Company / 144 pp.

Anon / Steven Seidenberg / Omnidawn Publishing / 112 pp.

My Jewel Box / Ursula Andkjær Olsen / Action Books / 251 pp.

Capricorn, Venus Descendant / Michael Joyce / Broadstone Books / 64 pp.

Today in the Taxi / Sean Singer / Tupelo Press / 78 pp.

Dangerous Women / Jesi Bender / dancing girl press

The Saints of Capitalism / Benjamin Schmitt / New Meridian Arts Press / 120 pp.

The Convert’s Heart Is Good to Eat / Melody S. Gee / Driftwood Press / 29 pp.

Elixir / Lewis Warsh / Ugly Duckling Presse / 136 pp.

let the dead in / Saida Agostini / Alan Squire Publishing / 68 pp.

MissSettl / Kamden Hilliard / Nightboat Books / 104 pp.

Tornado Drill / Dave Malone / Aldrich Press

Darkness on the Face of the Deep / Patrick T. Reardon / Kelsay Books / 114 pp.

The Cup / Robert Kelly / McPherson & Company / 64 pp.

The Poetic “I” / Ken Bazyn / Resource Publications / 166 pp.

Selected Poems 2002-2021 / J.R. Solonche / Serving House Press / 440 pp.

Bath / Jen Silverman / Driftwood Press

Claustrophobia, Surprise! / Evan Williams / HAD

Dreaming of the Lake / Caroline M. Mar / Bull City Press / 44 pp.

May All Our Pain Be Champagne / Alex Carrigan / Alien Buddha Press

The Necessity of Wildfire / Caitlin Scarano / Blair / 85 pp.

Madness / Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué / Nightboat Books / 152 pp.

ABC Moonlight / Ben Estes / The Song Cave / 108 pp.

Behind the Tree Backs / Iman Mohammed / Ugly Duckling Presse / Translated by Jennifer Hayashida / 144 pp.

Palm-Lined with Potience / Basie Allen / Ugly Duckling Presse / 104 pp.

Head of a Gorgon / Raegen Pietrucha / Vegetarian Alcoholic Press / 80 pp.

One Person Holds So Much Silence / David Greenspan / Driftwood Press / 65 pp.

Tropical Sacrifice / Lucas de Lima / Birds LLC

Time Regime / Jhani Randhawa / Gaudy Boy / 117 pp.

A Two Minute Forty Second Night / Steven Ray Smith / FutureCycle Press / 70 pp.

songs we used to dance to / Courtney Marie / Goliad Media

Colleen / Colleen Louise Barry / After Hours Editions

Out Beyond the Land / Kimberly Burwick / University of Chicago Press / 56 pp.

The Drowning House / John Sibley Williams / Elixir Press / 102 pp.

Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners / Sarah Mangold / Fordham Press / 96 pp.

Plumstuff / Rolli / 8th House Publishing

Best Barbarian / Roger Reeves / W.W. Norton & Company / 120 pp.

Someday the Plan of a Town / Todd Boss / W.W. Norton & Company / 104 pp.

Punks / John Keene / The Song Cave / 234 pp.

In Her Terms / Toti O’Brien / 100 pp.

The Many Beds of Martha Washington / Nance Van Winkel / Lynx House Press / 74 pp.

I Need Music / Anaïs Duplan / Action Books / 256 pp.

My Little Book of Exiles / Dan Alter / Black Spring Press Group / 108 pp.

To a New Era / Joanna Fuhrman / Hanging Loose Press / 116 pp.

when the signals come home / Jordan E. Franklin / Switchback Books / 60 pp.

Bloodwarm / Taylor Byas / Variant Lit / 34 pp.

Hospice Plastics / Rachel Hinton / Southeast Missouri State University Press / 86 pp.

Lifting Myself by My Own Toes / BD Feil / Finishing Line Press / 84 pp.

Baltimore Sons / Dean Bartoli Smith / Stillhouse Press / 128 pp.

We Are Invited to Climb / Andrew Yoon / Awst Press

Book of Levitations / Jenny Sadre-Orafai & Anne Champion / Trembling Pillow Press

The Forgotten World / Nick Courtright / Gold Wake Press / 88 pp.

On the Mesa / Edited by Ben Estes & Joel Weishaus / The Song Cave / 258 pp.

Nonfiction

O / Tammy Nguyen / Ugly Duckling Presse / 144 pp.

Does It Hurt? / Kaleena Madruga / Folly X.O.

If There Are Any Heavens / Nicholas Montemarano / Persea Books / 168 pp.

Multiple Joyce / David Collard / Sagging Meniscus Press / 378 pp.

This World Is Not Your Home / Matthew Vollmer / EastOver Press / 226 pp.

Dream Pop Origami / Jackson Bliss / Unsolicited Press

XO / Sara Rauch / autofocus / 170 pp.

Possums Run Amok / Lora Lafayette / Mercuria Press / 176 pp.

Notes from the Road / Mike Ingram / Awst Press / 180 pp.

Nightmare Mode / Edited by Boss Fight Books / 136 pp.

The True / Sarah Kornfield / Edita Integral / 304 pp.

To Those Bounded / Donald Edem Quist / Awst Press / 204 pp.

Body Drop / Brian Oliu / University of North Carolina Press / 196 pp.

808s & Otherworlds / Sean Avery Medlin / Two Dollar Radio / 134 pp.

Final Fantasy VI / Sebastian Deken / Boss Fight Books / 122 pp.

The Angle of Flickering Light / Gina Troisi / Vine Leaves Press / 230 pp.

Comics

2120 / George Wylesol / Avery Hill Publishing / 500 pp.

Suzanne / Tom Humberstone / Avery Hill Publishing / 208 pp.

Sennen / Shanti Rai / Avery Hill Publishing / 100 pp.

Methods of Dyeing / B. Mure / Avery Hill Publishing / 92 pp.

Lights, Planets, People! / Molly Naylor & Lizzy Stewart / Avery Hill Publishing / 128 pp.

Jinx Freeze / Hurk / Avery Hill Publishing / 128 pp.

Thoroughly Unclassifiable

Your Dark Meaning, Mouse / Stephen Moles / Sagging Meniscus Press / 134 pp.