Final Girl – Lauren Milici

Lauren’s writing has always struck me as very honest and raw, and I am completely in love with everything she writes. Her vulnerability mixes with pop culture imagery in a brilliant way.

The People’s Elbow – Rax King

The People’s Elbow is the best book I’ve read, probably in the last decade. Rax is my favorite writer at the moment.

The Acute Avian Heart – Joey Gould

Maybe you have to have experienced Joey irl to understand how their work just sort of digs itself into your marrow, but you could also buy this book and still have a good idea of just how important their voice is.

My Tall Handsome – Emily Corwin

Emily’s work is like biting into the sweetest ice cream sundae. But all the syrup is blood and all the sprinkles are glass. This isn’t a bad thing.

Dreamland for Keeps – Sarah Nichols

Sarah’s book of found poems inspired by the murder of the Black Dahlia sings to my Angeleno heart.

Kolleen Carney Hoepfner’s poetry and other writings can be found in Lammegeier, Connotation Press, and elsewhere. Kolleen serves as Editor in Chief of Drunk Monkeys. She is the author of Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament (Grey Book Press) and A Live Thing, Clinging with Many Teeth (Spooky Girlfriend Press). Her main goal in life is to have Alec Baldwin smile at her. She lives in Burbank, California, with her husband and children. ”

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