our inaugural collection  
POETRY
IF ORGANIC DEODORANT WAS MADE FOR DANCING
BY VIRGINIA KANE 

This poetry collection explores the experiences of girlhood, queerness, body image issues, disordered eating habits, faith, femme friendships, teenage love, and coming-of-age across urban and suburban settings.

PRAISE FOR IF ORGANIC DEODORANT WAS MADE FOR DANCING

“Virginia Kane’s poems are the mulberries that grow in your backyard –

small and sweet, a reminder of where you come from, and leave your hands looking bloody when you’re done. What I’m saying is, Kane’s poems are both delicious and brutal ... Kane’s story is compelling, but her craft stands just as strong. Her line breaks are precise and speak volumes, illuminating that Kane is set on teaching the reader how to consume work. Hers is a voice that should not be underestimated.”

OLIVIA GATWOOD, author of NEW AMERICAN BEST FRIEND

“It is exhilarating to experience such clear vision: the young woman at the center of Virginia Kane’s poems is in the act of reestablishing the space her body and her voice might inhabit in a world in which she already had these words. There is a sense of the abiding beauty in everything from the hidden shapes and markings and odors of the body, to dark reflections of the materiality that lives, somehow, alongside spirituality. These poems are as unflinching as they are forceful – I never put them down once.”

KEITH WILSON, author of FIELDNOTES ON ORDINARY LOVE
CREATIVE NONFICTION
A SHOEBOX OF SPARROWS BY JENNY TIE

What is the value of a sparrow? What is the relationship between language and abuse? What does it mean to snap an intestine? Jenny Tie answers these questions and more in a collection of personal essays that explore the distance and the spaces between China and the United States, parents and children, older sisters and younger sisters. A Shoebox of Sparrows skips between wry humor and lush prose to tell stories of separation in all the quiet memories of loss and tenderness.