Central to SLEEP TIGHT SATELLITE is the theme of queer chosen family. This positive form of connection contrasts with violent pseudo-communities formed by policing, government control, and technological surveillance. Characters struggle to survive the pandemic, but their survival skills were honed long before the Covid-19 outbreak. There’s a gritty realism to the odd jobs characters take to survive, and the ways they create loving communities of mutual aid.
“Carol Guess builds the most wondrous word-nests, each one holding something precious,
each one surrounded by the world-at-large, afire. In remarkable lyrical fiction after another,
Carol Guess writes her darling heart out.” —Randall Brown, author of Mad to Live, founder of Matter Press
Fiction. Hybrid. LGBTQ+ Studies.
Carol Guess is the author of twenty books of poetry and prose. Forthcoming books include SLEEP TIGHT SATELLITE (Tupelo Press, 2023) and Infodemic (Black Lawrence Press, 2024). A frequent collaborator, she writes across genres and illuminates historically marginalized material. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University.