Emily Pérez

Emily Pérez is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood (University of Georgia Press, 2021) and the author of the poetry collections Made and Unmade (Madhouse Press, 2019), House of Sugar, House of Stone (Center for Literary Publishing, 2016), and Backyard Migration Route (Finishing Line Press, 2011). A CantoMundo fellow and Ledbury Emerging Critic, her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Cosmonauts Avenue, Copper Nickel, Poetry, Diode, RHINO, and The Guardian. She teaches English and gender studies in Denver, where she lives with her family.

Reviews

Harder and Better: The New Masculinity of Fatherhood Poetry (on Douglas Kearney’s Patter; Oliver de la Paz’s The Boy in the Labyrinth; Craig Morgan Teicher’s The Trembling Answers; and Niall Campbell’s Noctuary)

          In a decade of reading and writing about motherhood poetry—including an essay-review in these pages in 2019—I have found no universal truths about motherhood. However, as I’ve worked with poet Nancy Reddy to edit an anthology of motherhood poems and essays—The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood—I’ve identified plenty of common […]

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Reviews

Post-Metamorphic: The Poetry of Modern Motherhood

When podcaster Hillary Frank, host and founder of The Longest Shortest Time, first started pitching her motherhood-centered show for radio, she “met rejection after rejection.” Editors pushed back on the grounds of market demand, as Frank recalls in a New York Times op-ed: “We’re just not sure there’s enough of an audience for this kind […]

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