Allegra Hyde Takes on Climate Change in Eleutheria

Allegra Hyde Takes on Climate Change in Eleutheria

Eleutheria by Allegra Hyde (Vintage forthcoming 2022)

Congratulations to past contributor Allegra Hyde, who has a book forthcoming in 2022! The novel, Eleutheria, will be published by Vintage in March and is available for pre-order from a number of sellers.

Eleutheria follows Willa Marks, a young woman who never abandons hope despite the multitude of hopeless things in her life: her parents’ belief in conspiracy theories, a job with no future, and rising seas. Then she meets Harvard professor Sylvia Gill, who first validates Willa’s endless hope, but then threatens to destroys it after she betrays her. In the wake of Sylvia’s betrayal, Willa discovers in Sylvia’s library Living the Solution, a guide to fighting climate change. Inspired and with nothing holding her back, she jets off to an island in the Bahamas called Eleutheria to meet the author and join him at Camp Hope. But the group of activists she finds at Camp Hope is not at all what she expected: the leader is missing and the compound isn’t ready to go public. Willa is left to decide: how far will she go to support Camp Hope?

In the book’s own words, Eleutheria is “a story of idealism, activism, and systemic corruption, centered on a naïve young woman’s quest for agency in a world ravaged by climate change.” Knowing SR is housed at ASU, Allegra added: “I started writing the novel while I was at the university. While Eleutheria doesn’t take place in Arizona, living in the state – especially in the Phoenix area – exposes a person to some pretty extreme weather, and this informed some of my thinking about climate change, which is central to the novel.”

Allegra’s essay “Things I Don’t Tell My Mother” appeared in Issue 12 and she was interviewed for Issue 18. She is also the author of a story collection, Of This New World. To learn more about Allegra, visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Congratulations, Allegra!

Meet Issue 28’s Contributors: Part 2

Meet Issue 28’s Contributors: Part 2

We’re back with another installment of getting to know the Issue 28 contributors! In this post, we hear from some of our Fiction and Nonfiction contributors.

What’s your coffee/tea order?

Katherine Tunning (Fiction) says, “The order goes: coffee on Tuesday, Thursday, and the weekend. Black tea on the other days, plus the coffee days, so I can pretend I don’t have a caffeine problem.”

Kelly Gray (Nonfiction) goes for “dark roast coffee with more cream than you would expect.”

Where do you like to vacation? 

Jacqueline Doyle (Nonfiction) says, “It’s nearby, but I always love weekend trips to the Northern California coast.”

Barbara Lock (Fiction) tells us: “I’ll vacation anywhere that provides a washer and dryer, and a chance to get on water! Last summer we paddled on the Colorado, even though the access highway was blocked with half a mountain’s worth of rubble. We took Cottonwood Pass to get from Vail to Glenwood Springs–it was really narrow! The river guide told us that the great thing about driving back on the pass at night was that since we could see all the headlights from far away, we could drive as fast as we liked, ha ha. We didn’t do that though, because we didn’t want to die.”

Melissa Llanes Brownlee lives “in Japan, so anywhere I haven’t been in the country yet, and usually I am camping. If I leave Japan, I like to explore Southeast Asia! Next on my list is Thailand.”

What’s a holiday tradition that you love?

Ashley Wolfe (Nonfiction) shares, “I’m lucky to have a lot of wonderful family traditions. I love cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for a big group of relatives. Baking Christmas cookies with my mom, sister and all our children is another favorite. I also treasure waking up too early on Christmas morning to watch my children discover what Santa left under the tree.”

Kelly explains: “My daughter and I stopped celebrating Thanksgiving many years ago. We take the money we would have spent on food/celebrations and send it to Native run organizations or land trusts. Then, we sit around watching Dolly Parton movies, and now we just refer to it as our own personal Dolly Day.”

Molly Andrea-Ryan (Fiction) says, “My husband and I started a Christmas tradition that I’m pretty fond of. We watch the 1954 White Christmas followed by the 1974 Black Christmas, back to back on the same night. (If you haven’t heard of the latter, it’s a Canadian slasher movie set in a sorority house—and yes, it counts as a Christmas movie. There are Christmas decorations and everything!)”

Tell us about your pets!

Amanda Gaines (Nonfiction) has “two cats—Lady and Carlos. They like to watch squirrels and destroy my house when I’m out of town.”

Erin Murphy (Nonfiction) has “two Siamese cats: Vixen and Djuna. They’re like dogs in cat bodies — they greet you at the door and play fetch. We are in the process of adopting a third cat.”

What are you reading right now?

Molly is “wrapping up Misery right now. Before that, I read a few books by Jennifer McMahon, a contemporary horror novelist from Vermont. I’m also enjoying a few collections of poetry, including “Peculiar Heritage” by DeMisty D. Bellinger—highly recommend.”

For Barbara, “Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter is what I’m reading now. My To Read pile, which takes up six boxes on the upstairs landing of the house, threatens to trip me daily. Right now, Yasunari Kawabata’s Beauty and Sadness and Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation are on top of the pile, but that could change at any moment.”

What are you streaming/watching right now?

Ashley says, “I’m not one to watch much TV on my own, but I do enjoy shows with my husband and kids. As a family, we’re re-watching every season of The Office and eagerly awaiting the Netflix release of Lost in Space season three. My husband and I also just finished watching Squid Game – I’m still not sure how I feel about that one.”

Jaqueline is watching “‘Minari” (finally). Always on the lookout for Scandinavian noir releases on Netflix.”

Molly tells us: “I just finished a months-long binge of the Sopranos and a days-long binge of Midnight Mass. Oh, and the Bachelorette is back. Seinfeld’s on Netflix now. I’m not gonna lie, I watch a lot of TV.”

If you could instantly learn any language, what would you choose? Why?

Amanda wants to learn “French, so I can watch Amelie without the subtitles.”

Melissa would go for “Korean – I love Kpop and Korean food. Also Hawaiian, because I feel disconnected from my heritage sometimes.”

Katherine says, “I guess Japanese, because I’m currently trying to learn it the traditional, non-instant way, and it turns out that takes kind of a long time.”

What’s the next thing on your bucket list?

Erin tells us: “My niece convinced me to sing along to her new karaoke machine recently, so now I want to try singing karaoke in a club.”

Jacqueline is excited for “a trip to Paris.”

Katherine says, “it is probably tempting fate to say ‘publish a book,’ but: Publish a book.”

What is your most-used phone app?

For Amanda, it’s “Google Docs—I’m not that cool.”

Jacqueline and Barbara both make extensive use of Waze to shave time off their travels.

Melissa: “*whispers* Twitter.”

What song can you listen to on repeat without it getting old?

Ashley loves “anything by the Beatles. And ‘I Feel It Coming’ by The Weekend.”

Kelly enjoys “‘Over Your Shoulder’ by Calexico.”

Erin chose “‘Radar Love’ by Golden Earring (also the first song I chose on my niece’s karaoke machine).”

Thank you to these contributors for helping us get to know them! We can’t wait for the Issue 28 virtual launch party on November 30!

Meet Issue 28’s Contributors: Part 1

Meet Issue 28’s Contributors: Part 1

It’s time to meet Issue 28’s contributors! As we prepare to launch Issue 28 on November 30, we thought it would be fun to get to know its creatives. This post focuses on some of our Art and Poetry contributors.

What’s your coffee/tea order?

Artist Teresa Sites says, “Every day, I make myself a black 1/2 regular coffee and 1/2 decaf coffee at home. When I ordered this combo at a coffee shop, the next person in line complimented me saying that I was a ‘professional coffee drinker.’ I was so proud!”

Poet Grace Q. Song shares: “I don’t drink coffee/tea, but I do have apple juice every morning!”

Poet Gretchen Rockwell enjoys “a caramel latte, unless I’m in the mood for chai.”

Where do you like to vacation? 

Poet Leah Falk is easy to please: “Give me an ocean and I’m good.” 

Along those lines, poet Preeti Vangani will go “anywhere with a beach and fresh sea food.”

Teresa loves “staycations and just having the luxury of extra time to relax at home.”

What is a holiday tradition that you love?

Poet Glenn Shaheen is a fan of “horror everything for Halloween season (September 1st through October 31st). My mother also makes a delicious cream cheese salsa dip at Christmas but it’s not really a ‘Christmas’ thing. She’s sent me the recipe a million times and I could theoretically make it any ole time of year.”

Artist Kateryna Bortsova says, “My tradition is to not have traditions.”

Preeti looks forward to “playing cards with my cousins, and losing money. I have never ever won.”

Tell us about your pets!

Poet Liz Marlow has “a silly dog, Lola, who loves putting her head on my keyboard while I am trying to write. She also loves swimming in the lake at the dog park but refuses to swim in a pool (that water is too clean!). I also have a fish tank with neon tetras, cory catfish, and a clown pleco.”

Poet Ronda Piszk Broatch tells us: “Ciri, a Torbie cat, is an explorer and thief, who loves socks and crinkly shoebox paper. She is named after the princess in the Witcher series. Z, or Zilpha, is a black siamese who is quite pissy, long-limbed, and has a need to be brushed several times a day – first with the rubber scrubber, then the wire brush. They like Irish cheese, and salmon fat.”

What are you reading right now?

Leah is in the middle of “Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light, and a book about the science of how children acquire language called The Infinite Gift. Also just finished Krys Malcolm Belc’s incredible The Natural Mother of the Child.” 

Teresa is enjoying “art manuals! I have stacks of these and I enjoy leafing through all the inspirational projects and possibilities! One thing I love about art is that there are seemingly endless things to learn and discover. Art manuals compile and share so much practical information for artists. I revisit these books continually, as the different ideas presented can shape and guide my own artistic projects.”

What are you streaming/watching right now?

Liz “recently watched Dug Days on Disney+ with my kids.”

Ronda “just finished the Welsh mysteries Hinterland and Hidden, and we’re on to the final two episodes of Baptiste. Thrilling!! Unlike my grandmother who didn’t like mysteries, and who would tell me the plot of anything we watched when I was little, I adore anything British, Belgian, Australian, Welsh, Irish … Acorn TV is a go-to.”

If you could instantly learn any language, what would you choose? Why?

Kateryna would go for “German, I don’t know why.”

Gretchen would learn “Japanese, so I don’t have to rely on subtitles or translations.”

Preeti is interested in “Spanish, because it sounds so musical!”

What’s the next thing on your bucket list?

Glenn wants to “see Aurora Borealis.”

Next up for Grace is “surviving college.”

Liz says, “I would like to go to New Zealand, take a helicopter ride to a glacier, and ski all the way down it.”

What is your most-used phone app?

Preeti, Kateryna, and Grace say it’s Instagram.

For Teresa, Ronda, and Glenn it’s email.

Glenn also shares: “If email doesn’t count then Tumblr because of Star Trek reasons.”

What song can you listen to on repeat without it getting old?

Gretchen says, “Too many… currently, ‘What’s Good’ by Lou Reed.”

Leah enjoys “‘Aicha’ by Algerian Raï singer Cheb Khaled. Right now I also keep looping 10,000 Maniacs’ version of ‘Because the Night (Belongs to Lovers).’”

Kateryna is a fan of “Golden years” David Bowie. 

Thank you so much to our contributors for sharing a little bit about themselves! Join us all on November 30 at 12pm AZ time for our virtual launch party!

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An Evening With Christa Parravani

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Courtesy of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

If you’re looking for literary inspiration, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU is a wonderful resource. Next month, the Piper Center is holding An Evening With Christa Parravani. Christa, a memoirist and creative nonfiction writer and author, will host a talk and workshop.

When: Friday, December 10 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm AZ MST time (8:00-9:30pm EST).

Where: Zoom and livestreamed on the Piper Center Facebook page.

Cost: Free

To register, visit the talk’s Eventbrite page. Learn more about Christa on her Twitter and her ASU Visiting Writer page.

No matter where you are in the world, you can take advantage of this event! We encourage you to join and hear from Christa.

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The Kissing Bug: Race and Disease Explored

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The Kissing Bug by Daisy Hernandez (Tin House Books 2021)

Check out past contributor Daisy Hernández’s new book, The Kissing Bug, to join Daisy as she unravels family and medical secrets surrounding a disease that led to her aunt’s death. While researching for the book, Daisy spoke to patients, doctors, epidemiologists, and veterinarians, all the while uncovering the impact of Chagas – also known as the kissing bug disease – on the Latinx community. The Kissing Bug: A True Story of an Insect, a Family and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease explores how the confluence of infectious disease, racism, and for-profit healthcare systems have relegated Chagas to the dark.

Hernández raises damning questions about which infectious diseases get attention and whom we believe to be deserving of care.

NPR BOOKs

An engaging, eye-opening read for anyone looking to learn more about the human suffering caused by the collision of a tropical parasite and years of neglect by the United States’ medical system.

Kris Newby, author of Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons

The Kissing Bug was published in June by Tin House Books and you can by it from Bookshop or IndieBound. Daisy’s was interviewed for Issue 16 of SR and she is also the author of the memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. To learn more about Daisy, visit her website or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Terra Incognita Helps Us Find Solid Ground

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Terra Incognita by Sara Henning (Ohio University Press forthcoming 2022)

We’re excited that past contributor Sara Henning has a book forthcoming in 2022! Terra Incognita‘s poems trace a woman as she navigates her relationship with her mother and experiences life after loss. Each of the book’s four sections explores a different era of the daughter’s life as she tries to make sense of the world. Ultimately, Terra Incognita shows us how to find joy in some of life’s most heart-wrenching moments.

“Grief turns out to be a place none of us knows until we reach it,” Joan Didion once declared. Sara Henning crafts beautiful and protean music out of the terra incognita of motherlessness. The gallery of richly evoked lines and incidents suggests the poet is a dynamic, at-the-ready elegist for all she sees. “In the belly of every summer day is a god / taking its first breath, so I learn to call it praying, / my mother forsaking the AC for a grace called smoking / in the car.” Yes, one of the book’s major triumphs is that Henning, with artful precision and a daughter’s utmost love, makes the vital woman who was her first window on the world count for the reader as well.

Cyrus Cassells, 2021 Poet Laureate of Texas

Terra Incognita won the 2021 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and will be published by Ohio University Press. The book is available for pre-order now!

Sara’s poems have appeared in both Issue 11 and Issue 22. To stay up to date with her, visit her website or Twitter. Congratulations, Sara!

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Watch Our Guest Lecture With Martha Silano!

SR is excited to have recently hosted past contributor Martha Silano as a guest lecturer! In the lecture, Martha discusses her background in poetry as both a poet and poetry editor, including how she chooses poems as an editor. She provides insightful guidance on how to curate poems for a magazine and how to approach selecting poems for a magazine. If you’re a poetry editor looking for advice, be sure to watch the video below.

View the lecture here:

Check out Martha’s work in Issue 27 and visit her website to learn all about her work and upcoming workshops. Keep up with Martha on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you so much for your time, Martha!

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Meet Our Founding Editor!

Ever wondered who Patricia Colleen Murphy, founding editor of SR, is? This week, the blog sat down with Trish to learn more about her. Below, find out what Trish is streaming, how she got into literary publishing, and more!

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading a really interesting book called How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell. I love reading nonfiction when I’m working out. I read a lot of poetry and fiction for my job, so it is a fun change of pace.

What are you watching right now?

I just watched Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain. It was so interesting I want to watch it again to get all the details. I also really enjoyed the show On the Verge with Julie Delpy and Elizabeth Shue.

Why do you love what you do for SR?

There are so many reasons!!! First, I truly feel grateful for the relationships I form with all of the interns. It feels like an extended family, and we really look after each other. I also like providing a high quality publication opportunity to so many authors and artists. It’s always a thrill to send acceptances and to support creative careers.

What are your long-term goals for SR?

I would really love it if I could get interns more involved in the local community. This seems to be tough due to Covid restrictions right now. I’m hoping that as students get used to being back on campus they will be more outgoing with events.

What are you most excited about in Issue 28?

We have some super innovative poetry! Curating this section was a fun experience because we got so much good work that was really out of the box. We grabbed a lot of varied content!

How did you get into the lit mag world?

Oh, it started in high school! When I was a senior I was the editor of the literary magazine at the Cincinnati Public Library. It was called Seven Hills Review, and I was in charge of curating content for several issues. So it has been a lifelong passion.

What advice do you have for people trying to get published?

Absolutely read the lit mag you are sending work to. You would be surprised how many submissions we get that are nothing like what we publish. It makes me sad because it sets the sender up for failure.

What are you most proud of right now?

I have a really great group of interns right now who are self-motivated and driven. It’s so wonderful when students take charge of their roles within the magazine and create innovations.

What are you looking forward to right now?

I am really looking forward to creating the team for next semester’s internship. This is the time of year when I assign roles to interns and choose new trainees. It’s always a joy to match students to roles.

Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled?

Oh my, this one is so hard! There is no possible way to pick just one. My heart grows 10 sizes when I travel. I feel alive and happy when I get to explore other places. I have been to 50 countries so I can’t even narrow it down. It’s like a slideshow of memories in my head. My most recent trip abroad was to Morocco, and it was simply stunning. I really enjoyed the history and geography. It’s such a diverse country.

What’s your all-time favorite book and why?

I have so many. It’s usually the book I am reading now. A book I recommend a lot is Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History.

What’s your coffee order?

Decaf Americano.

To learn more about Trish, visit her website, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Kalani Pickhart’s Debut Novel is Revolutionary


We are happy to share that past contributor Kalani Pickhart just released a book, I Will Die in a Foreign Land. The novel is Kalani’s first book and is published by Two Dollar Radio.

The lives of four people intersect during the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution… Innovative, emotionally resonant, and deeply affecting, this is a more-than-promising debut from a very talented writer.

Kirkus, Starred Review

I Will Die in a Foreign Land is the story of four people living through the 2013-14 Ukrainian Revolution. Set over the course of an unstable winter, the plot turns around the Euromaiden protests. The characters – a doctor, an engineer, an activist, and a KGB agent – embody empathy and perseverance as they grapple with their ever-changing surroundings and political landscape. I Will Die in a Foreign Land is sweeping, touching, and powerful.

Love triangles, grieving parents, sex trafficking, the KGB, Chernobyl, the Euromaidan protests—I Will Die in a Foreign Land has it all. This bold, intricate novel is as rich and complex as the Ukrainian history it describes with such precision and longing. In spite of their unspeakable personal and political tragedies, the people in this book will fill you with hope for a better world long after you turn the last page.

Maria Kuznetsova, author of Oksana, Behave! and Something Unbelievable

I Will Die in a Foreign Land is an American Booksellers Association “Indie Next List” pick for November 2021. Grab a copy of the novel from Two Dollar Radio, Bookshop, or Barnes & Noble.

Kalani’s short story “Little Mouse” was featured in Issue 19. To learn more about Kalani, visit her website, Twitter, or Instagram. Congratulations, Kalani!

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What the SR Staff is Reading

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the SR staff – interns and trainees – are avid readers. Given that we students have varied interests, majors, and roles at SR, we read a lot of different things! Keep reading to find out what books we’ve got on our shelves this fall.

What we’re reading right now

Taylor, a trainee, is reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. “I was hooked once I saw the Shadow and Bone series on Netflix,” she says. “Now reading this book just makes me love the characters and new adventures more.”

As part of a research project, our Art Editor, Khanh, is rereading The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. “I love it because, although it’s a philosophical text and not fiction, it makes me reflect a lot on the way I’ve been living and the way I’d like to live. It also calms me as a person who thinks too much!”

Paress, our Nonfiction Editor, is enjoying Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer because “it’s an easy read. A nice break from reading formal writing.”

Our favorite books of the year

Sara, the Blog Editor, highly recommends The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff. “It’s a fascinating showcase of 9/11 stories,” she says. “As someone who doesn’t remember that event, I think it’s important to learn about it.”

Our Fiction Editor, Hannah, read Appleseed by Matt Bell for a class, “but it’s a really interesting dystopian take on the environment and how we effect it. The characters are so varied and I really enjoy the writing style!”

Amy, the Content Coordinator, enjoyed The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells. “One of my favorite tropes is the loner character who insists that they don’t need friends and they don’t care about anyone, yet somehow makes friends wherever they go and finds themselves caring about everyone. This series is all over that.”

Bree, our Poetry Editor, recommends Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand. She says, “I loved this one the most because it is a combination of a ghost story, and also about the disintegration of a band in the 1970s. There’s a lot of great content in it, and is an especially great read going into October!”

One of our trainees, Etosha, loved Rose by Li-Young Lee. “I reread this book this year because I love the passion that he writes with in each poem.”

What we’re looking forward to reading next

Next up for Charlie, a member of our Social Media team, is The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home by Joesph Fink and Jeffery Cranor. “I love the Welcome to Night Vale universe, and this book gives the spotlight to one of the most interesting characters. Plus, the writing style is amazing.”

Veronica, a trainee, says, “Andrea Gibson’s new poetry collection, You Better Be Lightning, comes out in November, and I’m really excited to get my hands on it and read it! Andrea Gibson is one of my favorite contemporary spoken word poets; there’s not a poem of theirs that hasn’t made me cry. Their poetry is also really insightful in regards to gender, sexuality, and politics.”

Our Student Editor-in-Chief, Madeline is “so excited to read Gone Girl next – I’ve of course heard great things about this novel, and about Gillian Flynn, but have not read it yet. I think I’ve heard that this book has a major plot twist, which I always love.”


Which of these books interests you most? What are you reading? Tell us in the comments!