Faye Rapoport DesPres

Reviews are bustin' out all over

Meg Kearney’s new Young Adult book, The Girl in the Mirror: A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly! See the wonderful review here. Meg is the director of the Solstice MFA Program in Creative Writing, my alma mater.

Joy Castro, one of my faculty mentors at the program, also had a new book reviewed in Publishers Weekly. Island of Bones, her essay collection, is reviewed in glowing terms here. Joy no longer teaches at Solstice, but she will participate in a reading at the summer residency on July 8. The full list of readers is available online here.

I’ve read previous books from both of these authors (and friends), and they were stunningly good. I couldn’t recommend their work more highly. Congratulations, Meg and Joy!

One other quick note — friend and poet Karin Gottshall recently published her poem “Once” in Blackbird. It’s a lovely read; I so admire Karin’s work. Enjoy.