Foreword Reviews

Mya Alexice, Book Reviewer

Mya is a poet, journalist, and activist living in New York City. They are a Mellon Mays fellow conducting academic research about race and ethnicity and its relationship with language. Most of their poems can be found in literary magazines like Quarto, The Raven’s Perch, Echoes, and The Legendary. More pieces reside at their personal website: messmiah.wordpress.com, along with personal writings and musings.

Book Review

Girls on the Line

by Mya Alexice

Jennie Liu’s "Girls on the Line" is a gut-wrenching story of sisterhood and perseverance. Early 2000s China, in the throes of family planning policies and massive industrialization, isn’t kind to orphaned girls like Luli and Yun, who... Read More

Book Review

What Momma Left Me

by Mya Alexice

A coming-of-age story inundated with grief, trauma, and uncertainty, Renée Watson’s "What Momma Left Me" is a heartbreaking and intense young adult novel. Thirteen-year-old Serenity finds herself in emotional turmoil as she tries to... Read More

Book Review

ceciliadincetate@mysoul.com

by Mya Alexice

Cecilia Cetateanu’s atmospheric, concrete verses are comfortable in their own ambiguity, beats, and style. Cecilia Cetateanu’s rhythmic, dynamic poetry collection is atmospheric and spiritual, delving into broad, metaphysical... Read More

Book Review

House of Stone

by Mya Alexice

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma shapes the history of a family into a riveting, detailed novel. Following in the footsteps of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, Tshuma crafts a political, historical tale of both a country at war and... Read More

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Amreekiya

by Mya Alexice

Lena Mahmoud constructs a subversive story about love and marriage in her novel "Amreekiya", a feminist Palestinian project that follows its headstrong lead, Isra, through struggle and loss. This is a tense examination of what a marriage... Read More

Book Review

Girl Town

by Mya Alexice

Carolyn Nowak’s "Girl Town" is an intriguing, masterful celebration of girls and girlhood that honors young women of every shape, color, and identity with spellbinding, vivid art. Five self-contained comics utilize Nowak’s charming,... Read More

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