Top Shelf #26: Unique Voices Explore the Margins

My latest column (originally published in yesterday’s print edition) is up at The Monitor’s website. I review Brian Allen Carr’s Vampire Conditions and Javier O. Huerta’s American Copia.  

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Post-apocalyptic, Magical Africa

My latest Top Shelf review is up at The Monitor’s website. I take a look at Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death.  

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Battling Sexism and the Supernatural

My latest Top Shelf review is out today in the print edition of The Monitor and on-line at the paper’s website. In Battling Sexism and the Supernatural I take a look at This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova (pen name of Melinda Snodgrass), a great new urban fantasy…

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TOP SHELF: Twenty-one Vignettes of Vulnerability

(Originally appeared in the August 30, 2012, edition of The Monitor.) McAllen native Jan Seale is most widely recognized for her verse—incisive, heartfelt, and often humorous pieces that led to her being selected Texas Poet Laureate for 2012.  However, she is also the author of several volumes of short fiction,…

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TOP SHELF: Culturally Relevant Poetry

(Originally published in the April 12, 2012, edition of The Monitor.) April is National Poetry Month, and there is no better time to discuss a few volumes with particular value to readers in the RGV. McAllen native Jan Seale is now the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, and her 2005 collection…

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