Thanks to Bustle and Gina Vaynshteyn for including me on this list. "Brynn Saito’s poems truly sing. Her book, The Palace of Contemplating Departure, is easy to fall in love with because the words and lines transition so fluidly. You can tell her poems (which work well on the page) translate on stage, too, which is important, especially if you’re a poet who wants to perform live..."
Thank you, SUNY Binghamton and Joe Weil, for nominating The Palace of Contemplating Departure for the 2014 Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Award! Many congrats to Jim Daniels, winner of this year's award.
I wrote a short piece on the first book for the Red Hen Press blog. "If writing is an act of solitude—a wildly lonely feat—then the book has been a boat, a way of carrying my solitude into the wider world." Read on here.
Thank you, NewPages and Theresé Samson Wenham for posting a review of The Palace of Contemplating Departure. "In her debut collection, Brynn Saito carries uncertainties and measures them out against the known and the unknown. Saito finds an enthralling voice for complex emotions about race, war, identity, scars, ghosts, family, and suffering." Read on at NewPages.
Thank you to Wendy and Lantern Review for a wonderful conversation. As I note in the interview, "both my experience in the Kundiman fellowship and my friendship with Traci Brimhall have taught me that being a good literary citizen is about cultivating authentic connections and caring about one another. It’s about believing in and championing one another’s work. It’s a model that goes against the individualism so prevalent in a competitive, capitalistic North American social framework."
Thank you, Tyler Mills and The Collagist, for a new review of The Palace of Contemplating Departure. "The voices in this collection will stay in your head; they are voices that refuse what is easy for what is real, and they create beauty out of illusion—as devastating, and necessary, as that illusion is." Read the full review here.