And an excerpt from a review by Brenda Peynado at Wellesley Magazine: “The book, itself a work of art, asks, ‘Where is the soul located?’ The stories point back to ourselves, our hearts, our stomachs, and respond, ‘Everywhere.'”
We’re thrilled to announce that apt‘s sixth print annual, dedicated entirely to long poems, has officially landed!
Featuring work by Dan Brady, Gillian Devereux, Tracy Dimond, Kurt Klopmeier, Peter Myers, Elizabeth Wade, and Matthew Zingg, our long poetry issue is equal parts narrative, experimental, and atmospheric.
Susan McCarty’s Anatomies continues to wow critics and readers–it was on the November/December SPD bestseller list again and recently reviewed by Kelsie Plesac at Blotterature: “The stories, impressively diverse, are woven together by one thing: they cannot seem to shake their theme of the body, particularly pertaining to illness and injury. These intimate and personal themes get at the human truths of fear and triumph, and leave the reader as infected as each of the characters.”
Susan also did an interview at Blotterature, wherein she talked about her current project, working with Carissa at AP, and how to best approach the ups and downs of writing.
We’ve been a little quiet lately, as we’ve been hard at work on the sixth print annual of apt, as well as a project we’ve been very eager to announce!
And here it is:
Next fall, we’ll be publishing Krysten Hill’s chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out!
We’re very lucky to have worked with Krysten many times via apt and Literary Firsts. She’s well on her way to building an urgent, necessary body of work, so we’re honored to have the opportunity to publish her first book.
“Adeptness is a quality clearly valued by both apt and the writers whose words appear on their pages…these stories are long, but their language is spare, with no word wasted. The disorderly plots need the space to sort themselves out; or to conclude in an even more thought-provokingly entangled manner than they began….In apt, the length of each story has function—the slow building of action and intimate acquainting with character are essential to the sense of dislocation you’ll feel as a reader once the story has ended. Because the experience of reading apt is cerebral, it is visceral, and you will live inside these stories.”
Susan McCarty’s Anatomies has received glowing praise from NewPages! The first and last paragraphs from Katy Haas’s review:
“If bodies are temples, Susan McCarty is an expert demolitionist. In Anatomies, McCarty breaks these temples down, rips through drywall and flesh, tears sexuality and humanity from their hinges, and leaves behind the barebones, the nervous system, the warm, buzzing electrical impulses buried beneath the exteriors of the temples housing her characters.
Anatomies is not a collection for the reader who doesn’t want to get their hands dirty. McCarty invites us to pick up a sledgehammer alongside her and give it a swing—to break down the walls of her characters while tunneling through our own deconstructed temples where we might find the things we’ve hidden or forgotten in ourselves. So go get your hands dirty, reader. Break your temple down.”
You can read the full review at NewPages.com and order your copy of Anatomieshere!
Susan McCarty wason Delmarva Public Radio talking about Anatomies!
Topics covered: the genesis of the collection, medical history as fictional form, being scarred or “pierced by the world”, reading during eras of disconnection, finding communities of writers despite geographical constraints, how to humanize reality television, experimental fiction, narrative as accumulation, James Baldwin, and writing short fiction vs. writing long fiction.
“McCarty’s characters often show poor judgment and make bad decisions, but her affection and sympathy for them is never in doubt….McCarty’s deft blend of drama and humor always rings true; there’s not an out-of-place moment in this resonant collection.”
You can read the full review here, and pick up a copy of the collection here.