HOT THICKET is a poetic journey through interpersonal and societal wildfires. With the turn of each page, the heat slowly rises as small children cry out against the patriarchy, modern-day colonizers are held in check, and the planet itself is given a platform to voice millennia of abuse and desecration. Within the burning passages, Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem illuminates hidden truths with flames of a different kind, flames lit to incinerate an outmoded culture of ignorance and denial.
Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem is an award-winning writer and illustrator, whose poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art have been published internationally. Her work has been featured in Reed Magazine, The Normal School, New Delta Review, Rip Rap, The Lifted Brow, Beyond Words, and elsewhere. She was recently selected for fellowships and awards from the Center for Book Arts in New York City and Disquiet International Literary Program in Portugal. In 2019, Cassandra founded a reading series at the Beat Museum in San Francisco, and in 2020 she illustrated Basho's Haiku Journeys, a picture book chronicling the life of Edo Period poet Matsuo Basho. She received her BA from California Institute of Integral Studies and MFA from California College of the Arts.