Literature

Graphic storytelling is a medium that can capture the intricacies of identity and belonging in a way that prose can’t through the use of color, shading, and linework to denote different moods, time periods, and perspectives.  My book, Advocate, utilizes these techniques to represent the different parts of my identity: the son of Korean immigrants,
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Taxonomy Can’t Classify My Fruiting Body Self-Portrait as Resurrection Fern we wonder / what saved us? what for?—H.D.When I came to myself again,I thought yes, this time, yes,and stretched on the mossin the forest I’d known for seven adolescences. Lichens, leaves,and limbs glistened beneath me, and I no longer resembled a cluster of dust, something
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I used to think there was nothing more embarrassing than to write about the internet. It wasn’t literary, I thought, and to give it a place in my fiction would be to admit not only how much time I spent online, but how much this time meant to me. Besides, who was I to write
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Ery Shin’s Spring on the Peninsula encompasses two winters of grieving: Kai, a white-collar worker in contemporary South Korea, struggles to process his breakup. We follow Kai’s inner musings, from his various sexual conquests to solo mountain pilgrimages. But alongside heartbreak, Shin’s debut novel explores the aesthetics of fatigue; the novel depicts generations of Koreans
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Alive She Was Mythic, Dead She Is Larger Than Life Joanna Pearson Share article An excerpt from Bright and Tender Dark by Joanna Pearson From LoveandLegacy.com: Karlie Richards (July 13, 1980–January 8, 2000) Margaret Karla “Karlie” Richards of Sycamore Grove, NC, darling daughter, sister, and friend, went to meet her Heavenly Father in the early
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Translators are an incredibly vital part of the literary ecosystem—not only because they carry books from one language into another, but also because they are generally the ones who find and champion writers in other languages. They contribute to the circulation of ideas and narratives, as well as the formation of what we call “world
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Electric Literature is pleased to reveal the cover for the poetry collection Find Me When You’re Ready by Perry Janes, which will be published by Northwestern University Press in Sept 15, 2024. Preorder the book here. In Find Me When You’re Ready, Perry Janes traces a sweeping coming-of-age journey from Detroit to Los Angeles. As he leaves home and forges toward California,
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Islands live comfortably in the literary imagination. Cut off from the mainland and often small or negligible in population, they place characters in inescapable situations, amplify drama, and often suspend the normal rules of mainland society. And islands, as Rachel Carson points out in The Sea Around Us, are geologically transient, altering shapes and even disappearing completely;
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Growing up as a Chinese Indonesian, I never thought a person who looked like me would have a place in literature. My dream of being a writer seemed impossible. To this day, a Google search for “Chinese Indonesian poets” yields no results. The lack of Chinese Indonesian voices, especially in poetry, mirrors a long history
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“Palcoholics” by Jake Maynard My bro Brian used to tell me he loved me. Throughout our twenties he’d say it every year or two, unprovoked, unexpected, and always at night—just like a leopard attack. Brian still lives in our hometown, so for years when I’d visit my family, we’d get drunk together. We met at
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Revenge of the Mall Escalators Escalator Mechanic For Pablo Katchadjian “For weeks I haven’t been able to focus on even the most trivial thing, because all I can think about is the shape of my right foot,” the escalator technician confessed to me. He was clocking out of work. “Look at those escalators I was
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For years I thought myself in competition with another writer—a writer, I should say, whom I’d never met. I first became acquainted with this writer nearly a decade ago when I joined a Facebook group for people applying to MFA programs in creative writing. Ostensibly, the purpose of the group was to exchange information and
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I Aspire to Urinate as Powerfully as My Boss K-Ming Chang Share article An excerpt from Cecilia by K-Ming Chang I saw Cecilia again when I turned twenty-four and switched jobs for the third time that year. In the laundry room of the chiropractor’s office, I folded four types of towels and three sizes of
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