Books to Review

Last updated September 23, 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.

Shortcuts

Fiction
Poetry
Nonfiction
Comics
Thoroughly Unclassifiable

Once in a section, click its heading to return back to this menu.

Fiction

Last of the Better Days Ahead / Charlie Parr / Ramshackle Press

COWARD / Meghan Lamb / Spuyten Duyvil / 96 pp.

Ink / Angela Woodward / University Press of Kentucky / 152 pp.

Switchboard Rot / Michael Gerard / Anxiety Press / 123 pp.

After the Rapture / Nancy Stohlman / Mason Jar Press

The Company of Strangers / Jen Michalski / Braddock Avenue Books / 194 pp.

Mystery Train / Can Xue / Sublunary Editions / Translated by Natascha Bruce / 162 pp.

The Glassmaker’s Wife / Lee Martin / Dzanc Books / 216 pp.

The Circle That Fits / Kevin Lichty / Driftwood Press / 145 pp.

Headless World, or, The Problem of Time / Ascher/Straus / McPherson & Company / 336 pp.

Man in a Cage / Patrick Nevins / Malarkey Books / 342 pp.

Sorcererer / Jace Brittain / Schism Neuronics / 138 pp.

Letting the House Go / Robert Crooke / Unsolicited Press / 350 pp.

Stories No One Hopes Are about Them / A.J. Bermudez / University of Iowa Press / 168 pp.

Melancholic Parables / Dale Stromberg / 182 pp.

Don’t Look at Me / Charles Holdefer / Sagging Meniscus Press / 282 pp.

JFK Vs Predator / Stacey Levine & Chuk Baldock

Gatherings / Mehreen Ahmed / Bridge House Publishing / 280 pp.

In Search of the Magic Theater / Karla Huebner / Regal House Publishing

The Enhancers / Anne K. Yoder / Meekling Press / 340 pp.

We Are All Together / Richard Fulco / Wampus Multimedia / 233 pp.

Unknowing, I Sink / Timothy G. Huguenin

Dr. No / Percival Everett / Graywolf Press / 232 pp.

Pharoni / Colin Dodds / Dodds Amalgamated / 392 pp.

A Season Unknown / Keith Cohen / k + p press / 318 pp.

Shoot the Horses First / Leah Angstman / KERNPUNKT Press / 238 pp.

Ebb / Grant Maierhofer / KERNPUNKT Press

Funeral / Daisuke Shen & Vi Khi Nao / KERNPUNKT Press

Desperado Days / X.C. Atkins / TRNSFR Books / 248 pp.

The Five Stages of Moria / Elika Ansari / Arkbound

The Anchored World / Jasmine Sawers / Rose Metal Press / 88 pp.

How to Start a Coven / Deirdre Danklin / Variant Lit

Disembodied / Christina Tudor-Sideri / Sublunary Editions / 164 pp.

Shakes Bear in the Dark / Joshua Kornreich / Sagging Meniscus Press / 74 pp.

The Prince of Infinite Space / Giano Cromley / Propertius Press / 188 pp.

Midstream / Lynn Sloan / Fomite / 262 pp.

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.

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

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

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.

Cash Grab / Andy Spain / Humorist Books

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.

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

The Distortions / Christopher Linforth / Orison Books / 192 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.

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

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

Kanazawa / David Joiner / Stonebridge / 264 pp.

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

Messiahs / Marc Anthony Richardson / FC2 / 158 pp.

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

Poetry

New Singapore Poetries / Edited by Marylyn Tan & Jee Leong Koh / Gaudy Boy / 350 pp.

Talk Smack to a Hurricane / Lynne Jensen Lampe / Ice Floe Press / 60 pp.

MOPES / Kenneth Reveiz / FENCE / 88 pp.

Figment / Leila Chatti / Bull City Press / 48 pp.

Summer / Johannes Göransson / Tarpaulin Sky Press / 120 pp.

Call Me Spes / Sara Cahill Marron / MadHat Press / 150 pp.

The Symmetry of Fish / Su Cho / Penguin Poets / 80 pp.

No Further Than the End of the Street / Benjamin Niespodziany / Okay Donkey

Know Thy Audience / Nadia de Vries / MOIST

Goddesses of Water / Jeannette L. Clariond / Translated by Samantha Schnee / 224 pp.

John Scotus Eriugena at Laon & Other Poems / Jacques Darras / World Poetry Books / Translated by Richard Sieburth / 152 pp.

Simultaneities & Lyric Chemisms / Ardengo Soffici / World Poetry Books / Translated by Olivia Sears

Melody in Exile / S. T. Brant / Atmosphere Press

Cover Songs / Jordan Stempleman / The Blue Turn / 110 pp.

My Aunt’s Abortion / Jane Rosenberg LaForge / BlazeVOX Books / 92 pp.

Almost Obscene / Raúl Gómez Jattin / Cleveland State University Poetry Center / Translated by Katherine M. Hedeen & Olivia Lot / 132 pp.

Innocence / Michael Joseph Walsh / Cleveland State University Poetry Center / 128 pp.

Coloratura on a Silence Found in Many Expressive Systems / Alice Fulton / W.W. Norton & Company / 128 pp.

The Nameless / Brandi George / KERNPUNKT Press

Seeing Voices / Kelly Sargent / Kelsay Books / 36 pp.

Astronauts / Amy Miller / Beloit Poetry Journal

Naming the Ghost / Emily Hockaday / Cornerstone Press / 80 pp.

space neon neon space / Lukas Ray Hall / Variant Lit

Free Clean Fill Dirt / Caryl Pagel / University of Akron Press / 91 pp.

No Way in the Skin without This Bloody Embrace / Jean D’Amérique / Ugly Duckling Presse / Translated by Conor Bracken / 120 pp.

To Love an Island / Ana Portnoy Brimmer / YesYes Books / 126 pp.

Refusenik / Lynn Melnick / YesYes Books / 112 pp.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Plumstuff / Rolli / 8th House Publishing

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.

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

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

Nonfiction

Nothing Special / Dianne Bilyak / Wesleyan University Press / 208 pp.

We the Parasites / A. V. Marraccini / Sublunary Editions / 148 pp.

Look to Your Left / Kristina Marie Darling / University of Akron Press

Without Saints / Christopher Locke / Black Lawrence Press

Street People / David J. Bookbinder / Transformations Press / 172 pp.

Mauled / Crosbie Cotton & Jeremy Evans / Rocky Mountain Books / 192 pp.

Lights to Guide Me Home / Meghan J. Ward / Rocky Mountain Books / 320 pp.

Pages from a Broken Diary / Toti O’Brien / Pski’s Porch Publishing / 181 pp.

My Life of Crime / Tyler C. Gore / Sagging Meniscus Press / 292 pp.

Bean Spiller / Carroll Susco / Variant Lit / 36 pp.

Slenderman / Kathleen Hale / Grove Atlantic / 368 pp.

The Secret Adventures of Order / Vincent Czyz / Rain Mountain Press / 199 pp.

Neither Weak Nor Obtuse / Jake Goldsmith / Sagging Meniscus Press / 140 pp.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Comics

HIST / Matthew Klane & James Bellflower / Calamari Archive, Ink. / 66 pp.

Brontosaurus Illustrated / Leanne Grabel / The Opiate Books / 208 pp.

Sleeping While Standing / Taki Soma / Avery Hill Publishing

Outer Wilderness / Claire Scully / Avery Hill Publishing / 32 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.

Thoroughly Unclassifiable

The Mortality Shot / Julia Barclay / Liquid Cat Books

Grapefruit & Snowman / Dalton Day / KERNPUNKT Press

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