This issue we bring you a poetry review and two interviews. Lo Galluccio aptly reviews the new poetry collection I Wish My Father by Lesléa Newman. The poetry takes a funny and poignant look at the relationship between a daughter and a father at the end of his life.
The first interview, conducted by Alex Poppe with our very own Patricia McNair about her new short story collection, Responsible Adults, carries on the theme of parent/child relationships. McNair works to challenge readers’ expectations when it comes to parent/child dynamics and focuses on the strength of what she terms girl-women characters—characters that are not typically given a lot of space or agency.
The second interview with Lou Jones, a photographer, and Michael Thorpe, a visual artist focusing primarily on quilts, also investigates how these two men can take up space and agency in their own work. They discuss with Solstice Co-Editor-in-Chief Lee Hope the challenges and rewards of making art in the pandemic and surviving year in and year out as a Black artist.
In our summer issue, look for an interview with Co-Editor-in-Chief Brenda Sparks Prescott about her debut novel, Home Front Lines. This BIPOC historical fiction focuses on the lives of women trying to navigate the rising tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1962. Helen Elaine Lee, author of Water Marked and The Serpent’s Gift and Director of MIT’s Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, says “Through psychologically complex characters facing a charged, historical moment, Brenda Sparks Prescott vividly exposes our competing allegiances to country, family, truth, desire, and our evolving visions of ourselves.” Home Front Lines is available at Amazon, Bookshop.org, and wherever books are sold.
Much thanks to Lo Galluccio, Patricia McNair, Alex Poppe, Lou Jones, and Michael Thorpe for sharing their work, their artistic visions, and their passions with us. And also, many thanks to Amy Yelin for her work with these interviews in the past year, and to Lee Hope for serving as moderator for the Lou Jones/Michael Thorpe interview.
Enjoy reading these interviews and be sure to check out all of the links included in the issue for more information about where to purchase these artists’ incredible work.
Acting Interview Editor