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  • David L. Ulin says that “science fiction grows out of its moment, and out of the writer’s engaged response to those times.”
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    Talking with David L. Ulin

    - Alta’s books editor discusses how science fiction is “responsive,” the influence of music on his writing, and the emerging body of pandemic and quarantine literature.
Sara Borjas’s poems ask, “How do I decenter whiteness in my desires and begin to decolonize my life, starting with my love?”
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Talking with Sara Borjas

The city of Fresno, Latinx heritage, and family figure prominently in the poet’s debut collection.

Alex Espinoza examines his experiences with anonymous sexual acts within a broad historical and cultural context.
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Talking with Alex Espinoza

The author of Cruising writes about how sexual encounters with male strangers provided him with “solace and acceptance.”

Novelist Katie M. Flynn says she’s become “deeply skeptical of the tremendous influence tech companies have on our lives.”
SCOUT PRESS
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Talking with Katie M. Flynn

Sci-fi novel The Companions is set in a post-pandemic California where survivors are in quarantine and the consciousnesses of the deceased are the intellectual property of a tech company.

Tod Goldberg, author of Gangster Nation, is also a podcaster and a professor. He draws inspiration from “bingeing TV and reading poetry, [which] do the same thing to my brain,” he says.
LINDA WOODS
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Talking with Tod Goldberg

The Gangsterland series examines identity and the moral consequences of violence.

The central characters of Rishi Reddi’s Passage West are people who leave “what is near and familiar and travel—either psychologically, geographically, or socioeconomically—far from where they started.”
PETER TANNENBAUM
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Talking with Rishi Reddi

The first-time novelist explores ideas of identity and citizenship among South Asian immigrants in California’s Imperial Valley of the early 20th century.

Edan Lepucki says that her work asks a central question: “How can we truly know another person?”
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Talking with Edan Lepucki

Sixty essays tackle a question of identity: Who were our mothers before they became mothers?

Poet Matthew Zapruder sees in his works “the constant question of the role of the poetic imagination in a time of crisis.”
B.A. VAN SISE
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Talking with Matthew Zapruder

The poems in Father’s Day examine the complex ideas of parenthood, citizenship, and existence.

Author Peter Orner says, “I’m obsessed with the way that memory contorts what may or may not have actually happened into fiction.”
CHRISTOPHER HO
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Talking with Peter Orner

Maggie Brown & Others contains very short stories that reveal their characters’ full potential and sorrowful limitations.

In a surprising coincidence, the cover image for "The Lightest Object in the Universe" looked eerily like a piece of artwork Kimi Eisele had made for her book — and never showed anyone.
JADE BEALL
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Talking with Kimi Eisele

The Lightest Object in the Universe reveals hope and humanity amid a dystopian setting.

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