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Tiphanie Yanique Virgin Island native and current New School writing professor Tiphanie Yanique turned heads with her 2014 debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning, a sweeping story about three generations of a Caribbean family. Yanique is also a poet and essayist. Whatever she releases next will be well worth reading. Jacqueline Woodson Woodson moved to Brooklyn when she was seven after living in Greenville, South Carolina. Her National Book Award-winning young adult book Brown Girl...
In Judy Chicurel's debut story collection, If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go, New York City is in the deep doldrums of the 1970s. Families flee the city to a quaint Long Island town of Elephant Beach, loosely modeled on Chicurel's own native Long Beach, only to find formerly elegant hotels in the throws of rot and decay. The kids find drugs and politics and...

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