Book Reviews – Winter 2022

This issue of Wordgathering includes eleven reviews that engage a wide variety of works. In myriad ways, the authors and editors of these very different texts address both the impact associated with and the ongoing necessity of actively undermining racism, ableism, queerphobia, transphobia, misogyny, classism, and xenophobia, and the interconnections between these and other forms of oppression.

Shahd Alshammari’s Head Above Water brings readers into direct conversation with her personal and professional commitments to illness narratives as a Kuwaiti/Palestinian scholar-activist. In The Future Is Disabled, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha “writes about disability justice at the end of the world, documenting the many ways disabled people…are keeping each other–and the rest of the world–alive,” as noted by the team at Arsenal Pulp Press. Featured in this issue are reviews of poetry works by [ɥɐɹɐs] cavar, Emily Rose Cole, Mike Gill, Sandy Olson Hill, the many authors whose writing is included in the Tupelo Quarterly‘s forum on Disability Poetics (a special folio curated by Christopher Salerno), Daniel Simpson (our beloved and esteemed Flash Memoir Editor), Brian Tierney, and Adam Wolfond.

As Wordgathering has grown, the number of requests that we receive for book reviews has likewise grown. Writers who would like to review books for or have books reviewed by Wordgathering should send queries to Please refer to our Submission Guidelines for more information.

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