Book Release Roundup: Henry Hoke, Laura Vena, Joe Milazzo, Andrew J. Stone

Closeup of cover for Joe Milazzo’s book of poems ‘The Habiliments.’

Looking to curl up with a good book now that the weather’s turning chilly? Here’s a roundup of the latest and upcoming published work penned by CalArtians to get you through the winter season:

Henry Hoke

Henry Hoke’s The Book of Endless Sleepovers was released by Civil Coping Mechanisms early this month, and is the debut novel for the School of Critical Studies faculty member. Kate Durbin, author of E! Entertainment says that The Book of Endless Sleepovers “is hot and cool, fine and blunt, new and ancient, puzzling and cannily revealing. Hoke’s sharp, funny fictions are like shards of the books I hope to find lying around in Borges’ garden of forking paths.”

The Book of Endless Sleepovers is available on Amazon.


Laura Vena

Laura Vena (Critical Studies MFA 08) is a writer, artist, curator and translator whose work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, In Posse Review, The Dirty Fabulous, Antennae and elsewhere, and is a faculty member of the School of Critical Studies. Her manuscript x/she: stardraped won the 1913 Press First Book Award by John Keene, and will be published in 2017.

An excerpt from Vena’s work, available at In Posse Review:

x/she: stardraped inhabits the gaps between. It is a translation conundrum, a simultaneous convergence / collision of voices, cultures, and identities, in a time-collapsed realm. The ancient / archaic / obsolete intersect with the postmodern, as two characters struggle against the ensnaring of their story/ies / selves.

Joe Milazzo
The Habiliments, released by Apostrophe Books, is Joe Milazzo’s (Critical Studies MFA 08) first collection of poems. Author Joyelle McSweeney says, “In one domestic/cosmic sequence, The Habiliments explores the contradictory potentials of lyric poetry—intimate and expansive, broken and fluid, novel as a virus and persistent as a dream.”

The Habiliments is available for purchase on Amazon and through Small Press Distribution.

Milazzo is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie and Contributing Editor at Entropy. His writing has appeared in Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, The Collagist, Drunken Boat, Tammy, and elsewhere.

Andrew J. Stone

Andrew J. Stone’s (Critical Studies MFA 16) spooky debut novel The Mortuary Monster is described in its synopsis as “Corpse Bride meets Eraserhead despite Gonzalo’s best efforts to live a life like Leave It to Beaver’s.” Master of horror, dark fiction author and Critical Studies faculty Brian Evenson says The Mortuary Monster “is a madcap tumble into that tender place where death and life meet, and then try to eat one another.”

The Mortuary Monster is available to purchase on Amazon. 

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