"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty
This week meet Carter Sickels, author of the novel The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury), a Finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award and the Lambda Literary Debut Fiction Award. He is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, a project grant from Oregon’s RACC, and an NEA Fellowship to the Hambidge Center for the Arts. He’s been awarded fellowships or scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the MacDowell Colony. He is the editor of the anthology Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships, and Identity.Carter has taught in Low-Residency MFA programs at Eastern Oregon University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Eastern Kentucky.
“But no book has captured what Appalachia is like right now better than Carter Sickels’ moving and beautifully wrought novel, The Evening Hour. So up to the minute that it feels as if the novel is being written as you are reading it, the novel takes a long, hard look at the dark, wonderful heart of Appalachia and reveals it in all of its complex beauty, ugliness, joy, and sorrow. . . This is one of the best American novels of the year, and it is a major contribution to Appalachian literature.”-Silas House, Appalachian Heritage
“Absorbing… Nearly every character is an underdog, and readers can’t help but root for them, even knowing all the while that it is futile….Sickels manages to depict the region and its inhabitants vividly, but without condescension… As a backdrop to Cole’s story, Sickels weaves in subtle commentary on the political hot-button issue of mountaintop removal. . . At a time when it’s easy for outsiders who are living comfortably to speak in terms of optimism and hope, “The Evening Hour’’ doesn’t shy away from the harsh truth that, for some, there simply isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel.”-The Boston Globe
Buy Untangling the Knot:Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity
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Curator Michael Broder writes:
“I’m very proud of the variety of poets featured to date on HIV Here & Now Project and grateful to the 180 poets whose work has appeared on the site to date. If you are my friend and a poet, please join them. Write a poem for the site and send it to me via Facebook message, the HIV Here & Now website, or Submittable (https://indolentbooks.submittable.com/submit)
A lot of my poet friends respond well to prompts.
Here are some to consider:
Write a poem in the voice of an HIV virion (virus)
Write a poem in the voice of a CD4 cell (T-cell) being attacked by an HIV virion
Write a poem about a time you had unprotected sex with a partner whose HIV status you did not know
Write a poem about a time you had sex, protected or unprotected, with someone you knew was HIV-positive and how his or her status affected the experience
Write a poem about someone you know who died of AIDS
Write a poem about someone you know who is HIV-positive
Write a poem in your own voice imagining you were just handed an HIV diagnosis
Write a poem in your own voice imagining your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, best friend, beloved teacher, cherished mentor just told you they were HIV-positive
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