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Coming soon from Diode Editions, Low Budget Movie, a co-authored chapbook of poetry by 2020 Diode Editions Chapbook Contest winners Kendra DeColo & Tyler Mills.

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Kendra DeColo is the author of I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World (BOA Editions, 2021), My Dinner with Ron Jeremy (Third Man Books, 2016) and Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of a 2019 Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Millay Colony, Split this Rock, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House Magazine, Waxwing, Los Angeles Review, Bitch Magazine, VIDA, and elsewhere.  She teaches at the Hugo House and shelives in Nashville, Tennessee.

The latest issue of Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts (Summer 2020) contains reviews of three Diode books: Julia Cohen's GOOD TIMING & GERTRUDE STEIN: Inside Snoopy's Snout Maggots Feast Upon My Blood (2020), Dorothy Chan's Revenge of the Asian Woman (2019), & Simone Person's Smoke Girl (2019). Thank you so much, Megan Clark, Jacqueline Valencia, and the editors of Broken Pencil for your consideration!

We love the incisive and innovative flair Broken Pencil brings to each issue and are so thrilled to be included in issue 88, which features excellent contributions such as "Zines in Plague Time" and Ras Cutlass' essay "Ancestral Tech & the Future of the Black Body."

"This work is about memory as a thin membrane to reality placed upon a setting of language formation. It is a unique and difficult construct for a poet. Cohen is adept at taking on the task."

— from Jacqueline Valencia's review of Julia Cohen's Good Timing & Gertrude Stein: Inside Snoopy's Snout Maggots Feast Upon My Blood

She is sexy, tender, and always honest, writing in one breath: "I wonder how food and love go hand in hand," and another, "feed me, sprinkle me — scoop up that whipped cream." Revenge of the Asian Woman is a bawdy, sexy, and deliciously sensual portrait of a woman not just taking back her power but feasting on it.

— from Megan Clark's review of Dorothy Chan's Revenge of the Asian Woman.

Utilizing many forms, such as erasure, prose poetry, free verse, and even an altered version of Alan Ginsberg's methods, there is no hesitation in Person's words for they are razor sharp in their assessments, "Didn't you notice he was a dog? Look back. Find his feet curved to claws. The bark in his throat."

What grabbed me most about this chapbook is that Person is fully within the body and outside of it, dealing, deciphering, and appreciating it in its Blackness versus the possible and actual cruelty in its violation.

This collection is emboldened by the stark jacket design, a matchstick glowing in a rainbow of fire against a dark black background. It calls out, much like Person's work inside of it, to listen to what has been done, because there is an intensity within that should not be ghosted.

—from Jacqueline Valencia's review of Simone Person's Smoke Girl

Find issue 88 at & stay tuned for their upcoming (free!) virtual zine festival Saturday, October 24th - 26th at

Coming soon from Diode Editions, Low Budget Movie, a co-authored chapbook of poetry by 2020 Diode Editions Chapbook Contest winners Kendra DeColo & Tyler Mills.

Photo Courtesy of Arik Lubkin, Photographer

Tyler Mills is the author of the poetry books Hawk Parable (Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019), and Tongue Lyre (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), the chapbook The City Scattered (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (Diode Editions Chapbook Prize, Diode Editions 2021). A poet and essayist, her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Brevity, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. She teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center’s 24PearlStreet, edits The Account, and lives in Brooklyn.

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