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Issue #4—Peace Landing Under Halved Sky; Sewn Shut

Write yourself a horoscope for 2019

2019 might be the year people stop expressing surprise that you're a Scorpio.

Name a writer you discovered in the past 12 months that you think others should know about

I’m sure these names are already extremely recognizable to many, but I started reading these writers within the past twelve months (I think) and my life is greatly improved for it: Eve Ewing, Monet Thomas, Carmen Maria Machado, and Chen Chen (editor's note: another IDK alum!).

Name a book you read in the past 12 months that surprised you

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas. I went in with high expectations, but was still blown away by the nuanced language, the absolutely masterful character work, and by Zumas’ ability to use the near future to capture our own place and time with sharpness and compassion alike. In my effusive Twitter review, I compared Red Clocks to The Handmaid’s Tale, Moby-Dick, and the Lily Tomlin movie Grandma. It’s an absolutely essential exploration of choice, and a chilling yet warm take on what it means to be a woman today. I finished it a few months ago but think of it multiple times per week.


If your life philosophy were a slogan for a restaurant, what would it be? (You don't need to use an existing restaurant's slogan for this)

Pie for Everyone, Especially Lesbians

What creative outlet is your "if-I-weren't-a-writer (or visual artist)" pipe dream?

I deeply wish I had musical talent. If I were 80% less dorky and 100% more talented, I’d sing and play drums in a band.

What is a piece or project you're working on now, that will be released soon, or that was recently released that you'd like to share with our readers?

My poem “Body Between Mirror and Wall,” about bar bathroom selfies, comes out late summer in the 2018 print edition of North Carolina Literary Review.