The Tragedy of Brady Sims

Ernest J. Gaines
Vintage ($15)

by Micah Winters

Ernest J. Gaines's newest novella, The Tragedy of Brady Sims, opens with a gunshot, and spends the majority of its remainder working back to that very gunshot through the life of the man who fired it. Gaines sets this tale, as is his custom, in the southern town of Bayonne, Louisiana. As part of a community mired in racism peripherally (although pointedly) referenced throughout the tale, the black experience portrayed is one that acknowledges but is not confined by the Jim Crow culture in which it exists. The book's black community is seen to thrive in its own way, despite the restrictions placed upon it.

Much of the book's "action" (read: conversation) takes place in a barber shop, a wonderfully rendered image of the cultural status the haircutting institution occupies in southern black society. Men-and only men, we are told by Louis Guerin, the young newspaper reporter who narrates the majority of the book-wander in to Lucas Felix's barbershop, but do not wander out. The lotus blossoms of community and story hold the listeners captive, and the reader feels this. Gaines tells Brady Sims's tale through multiple voices in the barber shop, which blend together to weave a narrative Faulknerian in its complexity and yet delivered in a bare-bones prose that belies the layers of relationships and histories embedded in the stories. The reader can often relate to the out-of-town man who constantly voices his confusion to Louis; he is totally lost among the names and places intended for a familiar audience, and yet feels a deep need to know, to comprehend. It becomes almost a prayer: "Lord, have mercy . . . I want to understand. I really want to understand. I want You to help me understand."

The reader, too, is thrown headlong into a long and complex history of one man, and the picture painted of Brady Sims is one that manages to be wholly sympathetic without looking over the ugly parts of his past or his present. Sims' character emerges as one that is admirable, and yet not comfortable, a typecast the reader is forced to reckon with as more details emerge. Questions of guilt, loyalty, and love wind themselves throughout the narrative, seen through the lens of one complicated life.

For its brevity, The Tragedy of Brady Sims packs a tremendous amount into its page count, and wrestles with ideas of race, history, and the value of a person in fresh and unexpected ways. Even for a writer as established as Gaines, these concepts are crucial and important to deal with in our modern cultural climate, and he gracefully grapples with them in all their complexity here.

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Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now

Edited by Amit Majmudar
Alfred A. Knopf ($12.95)

by John Bradley

"I must confess to having disliked political poetry and 'protest' poetry for much of my reading life," confesses editor Amit Majmudar in his candid introduction to this collection. It was not until 9/11, Majmudar explains, that he woke from his apolitical "stupor." His anthology joins others inspired by President Trump, including Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Spuyten Duyvil) and Poems for Political Disaster (Boston Review).

Suffice it to say that the poets in the book dislike Donald Trump. "Charlatan, huckster, grifter, / fraud," is how David Breskin opens his poem "Mountebank." In "They Call Them Blue My Mind," Erica Dawson counters candidate Trump's infamous "grab them by the pussy" comment: "to sew my labia closed, using a butterfly // loop and Pantone's Black 7 thread." Supporters of the president will probably not be reading this book.

Readers may wonder at times, though, just what is being resisted and rebelled against. There are poems on Emmitt Till, the security state, immigration, 9/11, Captain America, and one on beavers. This variation in topic is both the great strength and weakness of the anthology-it offers variety, but it also makes the book feel unfocused. That said, there are some gems here. Maggie Smith's "Good Bones," which went viral after the Orlando shooting, shares her anxiety on what to keep from her children: "Life is short and the world / is at least half terrible, and for every kind / stranger, there is one who would break you." Bob Hicok's "We've come a long way toward getting nowhere" mocks anti-Semitism by focusing on Eve, a Jewish woman:

after repeated inspection, I can attest
that underneath it all, she, like many
of the people you know or are,
is ticklish, wrinkly, sexy, scarred-
since Jews really are relentless
when it comes to being human.

Jane Hirshfield's "Let Them Not Say," deals powerfully with personal responsibility. Kevin Young's "Money Road" a meditation on Money, Mississippi, where Emmett Till was brutally slain shows us how our nation's history haunts us: "this cursed earth. / Or is it cussed? I don't / yet know. Let the cold keep // still your bones."

The closing poem, a cento by Amit Majmudar with a line or phrase from each poem, reveals the real focus of this engaging anthology: "America      America      America."

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Winter 2017-2018


Interviewed by Ben Shields
Beneath the Radar: An Interview with Janet Capron
This proud Park Avenue schoolgirl-turned-floozy has chronicled her bourgeois class suicide in an outrageous debut novel-one that never lets the burden of actual facts get in the way of what things were really like in 1970s New York.

Habit of Mind: An Interview with Jennifer Egan
Interviewed by Allan Vorda
The Pulitzer Prize winner discusses her latest novel, which is set during the World War II era—a time when women were newly permitted to take on industrial jobs that once belonged only to men.

A Path Through the Wilderness: An Interview with Charles Potts
Interviewed by Paul E Nelson
Poet, editor, publisher, curator, and horse breeder Charles Potts pauses to discuss it all.

Many Lives Passed Through Place: An Interview with Roz Morris
Interviewed by Garry Craig Powell
Novelist, book doctor, writing teacher, and ghost writer Roz Morris discusses her first collection of essays intersecting travel writing and memoir with explorations of off-the-beaten-track rural England.


The Art of Topiary
Jan Wagner
If topiary is the art of trimming into shape, then much of Wagner's poetry in The Art of Topiary can be described as the art of examining the edges. Reviewed by Allison Campbell

Attributed to the Harrow Painter
Nick Twemlow
Nick Twemlow's disarming new book reflects on privilege, parenthood, past, and the worth of poetry. Reviewed by Stephanie Burt

from unincorporated territory [lukao]
Craig Santos Perez
Perez's ongoing epic explores the tensions between colonization/decolonization, militarization/demilitarization, and even birth/death. Reviewed by Robyn Maree Pickens

To Each Unfolding Leaf: Selected Poems (1976-2015)
Pierre Voélin
Translated by John Taylor
The voices of Voélin’s poems, via the impressive translation of John Taylor, observantly command a landscape of promise and distillation, of past and present. Reviewed by Greg Bem

Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now
Edited by Amit Majmudar
Despite Majmudar's claims to dislike protest poetry, his latest anthology joins others inspired by the Trump presidency. Reviewed by John Bradley


The Disconnected
Oğuz Atay
In a first translation into English of this Turkish classic, The Disconnected explores world literature, shifting view points, and a medley of modes throughout its 715 pages. Reviewed by Jeff Bursey

The Clouds
Juan José Saer
For the English-speaking adventurous reader, a new translation of this 1997 novel about madness in a millennial wasteland may float your boat. Reviewed by Erik Noonan

The World to Come
Jim Shepard
All manner of transport is explored in this new story collection by prize-winning author Jim Shepard. Reviewed by Ray Barker

The Tragedy of Brady Sims
Ernest J. Gaines
Gaines's new novella opens with a gunshot, and wends the tale back to that very gunshot through the life of the man who fired it. Reviewed by Micah Winters


Philip Guston & The Poets
Edited by Kosme de Barañano
Published on the occasion of the exhibition in Italy, this gorgeous volume presents Guston's strange and challenging paintings alongside commentaries about his poetic influences. Reviewed by Mark Gustafson

Foolish Questions & Other Odd Observations: Early Comics 1909-1919
Rube Goldberg
In this collection of single panel comics, the iconic Rube Goldberg manages to capture the early 1900s in a vaudevillian shimmer. Reviewed by Jeff Alford


Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music
Michael Robbins
What for Baudelaire were the frissons of modern art, Robbins finds in pop music, to which he responds with bracing enthusiasm. Reviewed by Henry Gould

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Ta-Nehisi Coates
These essays issue forth a thunderclap reminder that white supremacy in America is a thing of the present, not the past. Reviewed by Chris Barsanti

Silence: In the Age of Noise
Erling Kagge
A Norwegian adventurer writes of his experiences of extreme silence in strange and far-flung parts of the world. Reviewed by Adrian Glass-Moore

Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change
Ashley Dawson
This book sets out not just to prove how cities from New York to Jakarta are gravely threatened by climate change, but also to illuminate the ways that capitalism and class feed into and even exacerbate that threat. Reviewed by Chris Barsanti

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington
Joanna Moorhead
After discovering she is cousin to the great surrealist, Moorhead researched and wrote this biography, inflected with personal and artistic details. Reviewed by Laura Winton


Irradiated Cities
Mariko Nagai
In a work that feels all too timely, prize-winning author Mariko Nagai reflects on the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima through haunting prose and photographs. Reviewed by John Bradley

The Science of Things Familiar
Johnny Damm
The startling juxtapositions of this hybrid book will shock readers into awareness of the various subtexts-emotional, sexual, racial, environmental-of twentieth-century American popular culture. Reviewed by John Pistelli


Of Mongrelitude by Julian Talamantez Brolaski
The Absolute Letter by Andrew Joron
In Memory of an Angel by David Shapiro

Three recent poetry publications offer fine examples of small press experimental-leaning poetry, though each poet dazzles with an approach to language uniquely their own. Reviewed by Patrick James Dunagan

Twelve Flags, Books 1 3
Klaus Kolb
In this 800-page memoir spanning four volumes, Kolb recounts his life growing up under the Nazi and East Germany regimes. Reviewed by Jim Kozubek

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2018 Rain Taxi Events

A Tribute to Denis Johnson

Featuring Charles Baxter, Venus DeMars, Lynette Reini-Grandell, and Sean Tillmann (aka Har Mar Superster)
Friday, January 19, 2018, Moon Palace Books

Many gathered to elebrate the life and writing of Denis Johnson, who died on May 24, 2017. Best known for his 1992 work of fiction Jesus’ Son and his 2007 National Book Award-winning novel Tree of Smoke, Johnson was also the author many other works of fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism. Charles Baxter, Venus DeMars, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Eric Lorberer, and Sean Tillmann (aka Har Mar Superster) read excerpts from Johnson's posthumous book of stories, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Random House), which the author finished shortly before his death. The evening wrapped up with Venus DeMars's heart-wrenching version of Lou Reed's Heroin.


Mary Jo Bang & Stephanie Burt

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Uptown Church

Graywolf Press poets Mary Jo Bang and Stephanie Burt read from their latest collections of poetry. Bang read poems from her new book A Doll for Throwing, and Stephanie Burt read from her new book Advice from the Lights. The poets then sat down to talk with Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer, providing insightful and eloquent commentary on their own and each other's work. A brilliant evening of poetry!

Peter Stenson

March 14, 2018, Black Dog Cafe

A lively crowd gathered to hear Peter Stenson read from his new audacious and austere novel, Thirty-Seven, which follows the final living member of a cult called The Survivors. Peter was then joined by Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer for a discussion about the creation of the book, its inspiration, and his writing life along the way.



March 7 – March 10, 2018
Tampa Convention Center
& Marriott Tampa Waterside

Rain Taxi is proud to be a Literary Partner at the 2018 AWP Conference, March 7-10 in Tampa, FL. Find us at table T-1203 in the Bookfair, where we’ll have specials on subscriptions, chapbooks, t-shirts and more—stay tuned!

On Friday March 9 at 1:30 pm, join Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer as he moderates the featured event “Writing Place, People, and Culture: Nonfiction at its Finest” co-sponsored by Rain Taxi and Grove Press. The event features writers award-winning and critically-acclaimed writers Bob Shacochis, Kao Kalia Yang, and Molly Brodak, who will discuss crafting nonfiction narratives across myriad forms, explore the joys and difficulties of mining one’s personal history and bringing place, culture, and people to vibrant life on the page.

Writing Place, People, and Culture: Nonfiction at its Finest

Sponsored by Grove Atlantic Press and Rain Taxi Review of Books.
featuring Eric Lorberer, Molly Brodak, Bob Shacochis , Kao Kalia Yang

Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Ballroom C, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor

Join award-winning and critically-acclaimed writers Bob Shacochis (Kingdoms In The Air) Kao Kalia Yang (The Song Poet), and Molly Brodak (Bandit: A Daughter's Memior) as they discuss crafting nonfiction narratives across myriad forms. From journalism to memoir to travel writing, all three authors explore the challenges of mining one’s past and present, and the joys and difficulties of bringing place, culture, and people to vibrant life on the page. Moderated by Eric Lorberer, editor of Rain Taxi Review of Books.

2017 Rain Taxi Events

Paul Auster

Kagin Commons, Macalester College, February 15, 2017

At our first event of 2017, acclaimed author Paul Auster presented his new novel 4 3 2 1 to a crowd of nearly 250 people, reading an excerpt about the grade school newspaper editorship of one of his Ferguson protagonists. After the reading, Auster sat down with Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer for an onstage discussion about the novel. To commemorate the event, Rain Taxi published a limited edition letterpress broadside, signed by the author—for more information about the broadside, click HERE.

George Saunders

Parkway Theater, March 1, 2017

George Saunders, HarMar Superstar, Josh Cook, John Moe, and Eric Lorberer. photo by Jennifer Simonson

Nearly 400 people packed the Parkway Theater to hear the funny and wise words of George Saunders as he presented his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Joined onstage by HarMar Superstar, Josh Cook, John Moe, and Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer, Saunders and company read the voices and citations that create this moving, unique work of literary art. Afterwards, Saunders sat down with Lorberer to discuss the novel and take questions from the audience. To commemorate the event, Rain Taxi published a limited edition letterpress broadside, signed by the author—for more information about the broadside, click HERE.

photo by Jennifer Simonson

photo by Jennifer Simonson

Susan Stewart and Ann Hamilton

Minneapolis Institute of Art, March 18, 2017

Rain Taxi's first ever event at Mia drew 200 people to see a unique collaborative and mesmerizing performance by poet Susan Stewart and artist Ann Hamilton. This event was presented by Rain Taxi and Mia in collaboration with the College of St. Benedict and Graywolf Press.

Asemic Translations

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, March 25, 2017

A standing room only crowd pushed into MCBA to experience Asemic translations with odd symbols, sounds, and nonsensical, boisterous words. Presenters included John M. Bennett, C. Mehrl Bennett, Tom Cassidy, Maria Damon, Jefferson Hansen, Scott Helmes, Elisabeth Workman, and exhibition curator Michael Jacobson, with musical by Ghostband.

Maria Damon with embroidered piece for Iggy Pop

Jefferson Hanson, Tom Cassidy, C. Merhl Bennet, Jonathan Bennett, and Eric Lorberer

Elisabeth Workman discussed asemic texts in her alley.

Jefferson Hanson

Michael Jacobson

Red Pine

Plymouth Congregational Church, April 3, 2017

Famed Chinese translator, Bill Porter, aka Red Pine, read excerpts from his new book Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets Of The Past, detailing visits to sites of the great Chinese poets, honoring them with pours of rye whiskey. He also sang some poems in the original Chinese (fortified with said whiskey) and read his translations to full house. Want to learn more? See our video interview with Red Pine HERE.

Somalis in the Twin Cities

Open Book, Target Performance Hall, April 18, 2017

From left to right, Jaylani Hussein, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf, Stefanie Chambers, R. T. Rybak. Photo by Jennifer Simonson.

Rain Taxi presented a discussion featuring authors Stefanie Chambers (Somalis in the Twin Cities and Columbus, Temple University Press) and Ahmed Ismail Yusuf (Somalis in Minnesota, Minnesota Historical Society Press), and moderated by Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of CAIR-Minnesota. The event was introduced by former mayor of Minneapolis R. T. Rybak, author of Pothole Confidential (University of Minnesota Press). The event was co-presented with Trinity College and Minneapolis Foundation.

From left to right, Jaylani Hussein, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf, and Stefanie Chambers. Photo by Jennifer Simonson

Stefanie Chambers and Ahmed Ismail Yusuf sign books.. Photo by Jennifer Simonson.

The Twin Cities are home to the largest Somali American population in the United States, and this community has made important contributions to the political, economic, and social fabric of the region. Given the current uncertainty about immigrant and refugee policy, combined with the challenges the Muslim community faces under the current administration, Rain Taxi hosted this important event at Open Book in Minneapolis. Book sales were handled by Milkweed Books.

Lit Community Picnic

The Commons, Saturday, June 17, 2017 12 to 2 pm

A gorgeous day for a picnic in The Commons! People gathered to learn about upcoming literary events and to celebrate the Twin Cities Literary Calendar.

Adrian Matejka

SooVac Gallery, Saturday September 16, 2017, 8:00 pm

As Rain Taxi’s contribution to the second annual Lit Crawl MN, poet Adrian Matejka read selections from three of his books, Map to the Stars, Mixology, and The Big Smoke. His animated style and big heart kept the audience entranced. To commemorate the event, we published a limited edition letterpress broadside of a new poem by Matejka — for more information about the broadside, see HERE.

Nicole Krauss

Uptown Church, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:00 pm

Acclaimed novelist Nicole Krauss read from her new work, Forest Dark, which follows two different characters along journeys of escape and self-discovery. In intervening discussion moments and a riveting audience Q&A, she provided a fascinating look into her process as a writer as she navigates the uncertainties of creating a story.

Twin Cities Book Festival

Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, 2017
See recap here

John Hodgman

Kagin Commons at Macalester College, Thursday, November 2, 2017

Author, humorist John Hodgman was joined onstage by local radio personality John Moe to discuss his new memoir Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches to an appreciative and well-disciplined audience. Members of the audience were instructed to help Hodgman plan the evening and keep him on time, with one person yelling "Question Time!" to stop the conversation and another to begin a standing ovation to stop the Q&A. As entertaining as ever, John Hodgman regaled with stories from his book, meticulous instructions on what types of spatula and pans one should use in the kitchen (OXO good grips and vintage cast iron), and his love of making breakfast sandwiches (back up career?).


Minneapolis Institute of Art, Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rain Taxi and other great Minnesota literary organizations gathered at Mia's Third Thursday: Art & Lit event for some interactive literary fun. Rain Taxi's editor Eric Lorberer and local poet Paula Cisewski offered Poetry Tarot readings, offering life advice with the aid of the Tarot and their poetic skills!

James P. Lenfestey

Plymouth Congregational Church, Tuesday, December 5, 7pm

James Lenfestey wowed the crowd with his reading from his new collection, A Marriage Book: 50 Years of Poems from a Marriage. Lenfestey was introduced by Milkweed Editions' editor Daniel Slager.

Anne Fadiman

The Soap Factory, Monday, December 18

Anne Fadiman discussed and read from her new book, The Wine Lover’s Daughter to a rapt and appreciative audience, listening to stories about her father, renowned critic Clifton Fadiman. Rain Taxi was ecstatic to have this award-winning author come to the Twin Cities to celebrate this amazing memoir.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 pm
Uptown Church
1219 West 31st Street, Minneapolis

Join us as Rain Taxi and Graywolf Press present two acclaimed poets reading from their latest works. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and a reception will follow. Don’t miss this wintertime poetry celebration!

This is a ticketed event. Advance ticket sales have ended. You can still purchase tickets at the door ($5 each)—doors open at 6:30pm. All are welcome!

Mary Jo Bang’s most recent book is A Doll for Throwing, which takes its title from Bauhaus artist Alma Siedhoff-Buscher’s Wurfpuppe, a woven doll that, if thrown, would land with grace. Bang’s prose poems in this fascinating book create a Bauhaus-era speaker who witnessed the school’s shuttering by the Nazis in 1933. Since this speaker is not a person but only a construct, she is also equally alive in the present, and gives voice to the conditions of both time periods: nostalgia, xenophobia, and political extremism.

“A haunting exploration of a past world whose terrors still ring true today, A Doll for Throwing testifies to the permanency of art [and] the value in creating.” —Ms. Magazine

Bang is the author of six previous books of poetry, including Elegy, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also published a celebrated translation of Dante’s Inferno. She teaches at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Stephanie Burt’s most recent book is Advice from the Lights, which asks the question: How do any of us achieve adulthood? And why would we want to, if we had the choice? With poems on politics, childhood, gender identity, parenthood, desire, pop music, and more, it’s an accomplished collection by someone who occupies an exciting and original place in American poetry.

“Burt’s year-by-year cataloging gives Advice From the Lights an immediacy within its nostalgia, a compelling ars poetica of self.” —The Millions

Burt is Professor of English at Harvard and the author of several previous books of poetry and literary criticism, among them Belmont and Close Calls with Nonsense, as well as the Rain Taxi chapbooks Why I Am Not a Toddler and All Season Stephanie.

Volume 22, Number 4, Winter 2017 (#88)

Volume 22, Number 4, Winter 2017 (#88)

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JOHN ASHBERY, 1927–2017:

John Ashbery & David Kermani | interviewed by Eric Lorberer
Lunch with John | by Thomas Devaney
The New Life | a comic by Gary Sullivan


Tatiana Ryckman: Love makes us all equally stupid. | interviewed by Caitlyn Renee Miller
A. C. Burch: The Act of Writing Itself | interviewed by Mari Carlson


Benjamin De Casseres: The Forgotten Critic | by Richard Kostelanetz
Claudia Savage: Immersed in the Elements | by Christopher Luna
Eugenio Montale’s Mottetti: A Brief Essay | by Dennis Barone
Behind the Scenes with Neal Cassady’s Son from Denver and Jim Morrison’s Brother-in-Law from Liverpool | by Zack Kopp



Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast Culture | Andrew Schelling | by Patrick James Dunagan
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions | Valeria Luiselli | by Will Braun
Great Plains Bison | Dan O’Brien | by Alex Starace
The World Broken In Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, and The Year That Changed Literature | Bill Goldstein | by Matthew Cheney
Autumn | Karl Ove Knausgaard | by Mark Gustafson
Mozart’s Starling | Lyanda Lynn Haupt | by Ryder W. Miller
The Bettencourt Affair: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal That Rocked Paris | Tom Sancton | by Douglas Messerli


Forest Dark | Nicole Krauss | by Elizabeth de Cleyre
Moonbath | Yanick Lahens | by Bronwyn Averett
Rapture | Iliazd | by M. Kasper

Sweetbitter | Stephanie Danler | by Rachel Keranen
Goodbye, Vitamin | Rachel Khong | by Jenn Mar
Games & Stunts | Albert Mobilio | by Douglas Messerli
Veer | Kim Chinquee | by Ralph Pennel
Milena, Or the Most Beautiful Femur in the World | Jorge Zepeda Patterson | by Garin Cycholl


Hallowed: New and Selected Poems | Patricia Fargnoli | by Janet McCann
The If Borderlands: Collected Poems | Elise Partridge | by Anshuman Mody
The Wilds of Poetry: Adventures in Mind and Landscape | David Hinton | by George Longenecker
How To Get Over | t’ai freedom ford | by Julia Stein
Reaper | Jill McDonough | by John Bradley
Dazzle Shipes | Jamie Sharpe | by Greg Bem
Map to the Stars | Adrian Matejka | by Jonathan Maule
Heart In A Jar | Kathleen McGookey | by David Nilsen
Roads Taken: Contemporary Vermont Poetry | Sydney Lea & Chard DeNiord, eds. | by George Longenecker
Whereas | Layli Long Soldier | by Matthew Pincus
I Know Your Kind | William Brewer | by Jackson Holbert
Chapbooks in Review | edited & designed by Mary Austin Speaker
Boys Quarter | Chukwuma Ndulue | by Ashleigh Lambert
Reset North America to Default Settings |
Richard Wehrenberg, Jr. | by MC Hyland
Flower Wars | Nico Amodar | by Ashleigh Lambert
Yes & What Happens | Hailey Higdon | by MC Hyland


The Stampographer | Vincent Sardon | by Scott Helmes
To Have & To Hold | Graham Chaffee | by Jeff Alford
Beowulf | Santiago García & David Rubín | by John Eisley

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Rain Taxi Print Edition, Vol. 22 No. 4, Winter 2017 (#88) | © Rain Taxi, Inc. 2017-2018

Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is an author, illustrator, visual artist and cartoonist. She is the author of seven children's picture books, as well as the illustrator of picture books by authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen, and Janice Levy. Her comic strip, "Violet Days" has been in print for over 19 years, and is featured in the collection "Ultra Violet: Ten Years Of Violet Days." You can visit her website for more information on the many books and gorgeous art available at chrismonroestudio.com.


Rain Taxi’s End-of-Year Benefit Auction

Get great deals on signed first editions, chapbooks, and broadsides, and help our nonprofit organization drive into 2018 with a full tank! The auction takes place on eBay and 100% of the purchase price will be donated to Rain Taxi. Shop for gifts, or for yourself!


Bidding is open until 8 pm PST on Sunday December 17, 2017.
Here are the authors who have items in this year’s auction:

Hanif Abdurraqib
Sherman Alexie
Charlie Jane Anders
M.T. Anderson
Paul Auster
Robert Beatty
William S. Burroughs
Matthew Carroll
Roz Chast
Louis V. Clark III
Coffee House Press
Peter Conners
Yrsa Daley-Ward
Cory Doctorow
Stanley Elkin
Heid Erdrich
Brian Evenson
Michel Faber
Al Franken
Philip Glass
Albert Goldbarth
Patricia Hampl
Daniel Handler
Werner Herzog
John Hodgman
Denis Johnson
Lawrence Joseph
Allan Kornblum/ Kent Aldrich
Nicole Krauss
William Kent Krueger
Li-Young Lee
Thomas Lux
Adrian Matejka
Andrew McCarthy
Leslie Adrienne Miller
Ann Patchett
J. Otis Powell
Richard Powers
Claudia Rankine
Donald Revell
Salman Rushdie
George Saunders
Vijay Seshadri
Matthew Isaac Sobin
Annie Spence
Susan Stewart
James Tate
Scott Turow
Connie Wanek

Plus, original textile art, literary broadsides, and t-shirts!