SPD is proud to celebrate recent titles that have drawn critical praise & attention! We've gathered some of our favorite recent review highlights and will compile that buzz for you here regularly.  Publishers & authors: if you've got a new review you'd like considered for our highlights, please send it to!


The Dirty Text by Soleida Rios, Barbara Jamison (Translator), & Olivia Lott (Translator) | Kenning Editions, 2018
The Dirty Text by Soleida Rios Barbara, Jamison (Translator), & Olivia Lott (Translator) | Kenning Editions 2018
"I prefer to say that Ríos develops the dream as a genre to itself — a real fiction, a fictional real."
-William Repass

Full Stop | January 13, 2020

The Alley of Fireflies and Other Stories by Raymond Roussel, Mark Ford (Translator) | The Song Cave, 2019
The Alley of Fireflies and Other Stories by Raymond Roussel, Mark Ford (Translator) | The Song Cave , 2019
"It is here that we are able to glimpse Roussel’s true mastery in his confidence over these self-imposed constraints, his ability to take the most ridiculous boundaries and create a story that still succeeds on its own terms of believability. The mind becomes remarkably nimble when given a few confines to work with, and Roussel, ever mathematical in his writing, dissembles into parentheticals as his problems grow in size."
-Nolan Kelly

Hyperallergic | Feburary 8, 2020

Creature by Amina Cain  Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013
Creature by Amina Cain Dorothy, a publishing project 2013
" In thinking about what makes your writing unique, the best starting point I’ve come up with is that you have not just a voice, but a sound. I suspect that what I experience as your sound has as much to do with your attitude toward literature as with the particular words you choose to use,"
Martin Riker

The Paris Review| Feburary 11, 2020

The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter by Rosmarie Waldrop Dorothy, a publishing project, 2019
The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter by Rosemarie Waldrop Dorothy, a publishing project, 2019
"The Hanky of Pippin’s Daughter is a very physical book – people are sleeping with each other. There is much talk of penises; both Lucy’s and her mother’s lovers are described as fat, repeatedly; her mother, Frederika, eats a lot and quickly; Frederika climbs out of a car sans panties; the other sister, Doria, is always pregnant; and the father, ever-cerebral Josef, tap-taps his barometer (hello, Proust) and sits strangely erect on his bicycle."
-Kelly Krumrie

Full Stop | Feburary 11, 2020


Pretend We Live Here by Genevieve Hudson | Future Tense Books, 2018
Pretend We Live Here by Genevieve Hudson | Future Tense Books, 2018
"In between is where Genevieve’s stories live: characters in-between identities, settings in between Alabama and Amsterdam, a tone in between hilarious and heartbreaking. Her writing lives in a fluid space between a funny anecdote someone told you about their rural childhood and your third eye’s fever dream." 
-Kait Heacock

PANK | Feburary 25, 2020

Collected Poems: 1946-2016 by Harry Mathews | Sand Paper Press, 2020
Collected Poems: 1946-2016 by Harry Matthews | Sand Paper Press, 2020
"In his poetry, Harry’s work finds its essential form. Entire cosmologies are distilled into poems just a page or two in length. They can be read a hundred times, and remain fresh with every reading."
-Arlo Haskell

Lit Hub | Feburary 13, 2020


Underworld Lit by Srikanth Reddy | Wave Books, 2020
Underworld Lit by Srikanth Reddy | Wave Books, 2020
"It's a harrowing, Danteesque journey, a class that, perhaps, should be required for all; thankfully Reddy has provided all the necessary materials for us to take it from home."
-Craig Morgan Teicher

NPR | Feburary 13, 2020

Earth by Hannah Brooks-Motl | The Song Cave, 2019  
Earth by Hannah Brooks-Motl The Song Cave, 2019
"What is a chorus? What does it mean to be in a multivocal performance mode or composition mode? What does it mean to have a single voice? Those are very interesting questions, and they're very profoundly realized in the book itself."
-Jonathan Suhr

Adroit Journal | Feburary 24, 2020

God Was Right by Diana Hamilton | Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018 
 God Was Right by Diana Hamilton Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018 "Hamilton mimics the formulaic constructions of logic that appear in books of philosophy, using bulleted lists, intricate syllogisms, and appeals to an in-common reason that measures and disciplines thought; ultimately, however, these formulas fail, the terms fold in on each other, and the logic of dream or fantasy or memory turns the construction on its head."
-Astrid Lorange 

Sydney Review of Books | February 28, 2020
Porn Carnival by Rachel Rabbit White | Wonder, 2019 

"Sometimes the anger grows to “the size of an international hotel,” and sometimes the speaker fantasizes about killing men with Hitachis, or smashing glasses in her clients’ suites."

The Rumpus | February 28th, 2020

Faun by Brandi George |  Plays Inverse Press, 2019
Faun by Brandi George Plays Inverse Press, 2019
"This is, in my opinion, one of the best books written in the past year. It is challenging and insightful. It builds off a longstanding tradition and still manages to create something truly new. This book is a play insofar as it has dialogue, it is a poem insofar as it is not prose, and it is an epic insofar as it narrates the story of a hero who is alive with equal parts weakness and courage."
-Jesi Bender

The Androit Journal | March 11, 2020

With Teeth By Natanya Ann Pulley  |  New Rivers Press, 2019
With Teeth By Natanya Ann Pulley New Rivers Press, 2019
"...meticulously written, while all the while abounding with glimpses of the bizarre and brutal."
Tobias Carroll

Vol 1 Brooklyn | March 23,2020

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