Literary Criticism

Scholarship, Reviews, & Interviews

 
 

Essay: "The Fabulist & Fantastic Edges of Contemporary Southern Women's Poetry

First presented at the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Conference in Milledgeville, GA, my essay on domestic fabulism & poetry is now live on Electric Literature!


Review: Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls by Erika Meitner on The California Journal of Women Writers, 2014

"Meitner attacks the issue of gender inequality in an interesting way by forcing the reader to be complacent with the injustice. We are forced to exercise empathy for the speaker who clearly does not exercise it for Mrs. Morel. This narrative is an analog to the struggles of young women that are so prevalent in this book."

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Interview: Tarfia Faizullah, The California Journal of Women Writers, 2014

"I learned that we really can contain dualities: beauty and horror, gladness and sadness. That we can learn empathy from those dualities. I learned that writing a crown of sonnets is really hard, and that sustaining a long sequence can be frustratingly tear-inducing work, but that you learn patience. That I could say the word “shit” in a poem. I learned to look myself dead in the eye."