- “Poems of resilience, invention, and queerness call on pop culture, immigrant stories, and an imagined dinosaur called the ‘Queerodactyl’ for a work of humor and heart.”—Minnesota Monthly
perseverance might be the trait you’re known for.
How swiftly you sloped downwards to pick up
the carcasses floating just above the bloodstained
surface of your old neighborhood. In the laboratory,
the paleontologists will use radiometric dating
to zoom into what bequeathed you that agency to fly.
This one might have outlasted all the others,
they’ll say. Might have even seen each one disappear
behind a bolt of fire blasted from who knows where.
Graywolf Literary Salon: Conversations from Home
Step inside the world of books and get a view straight from the desks of our authors and editors. Join Graywolf Press and four of our outstanding writers as they welcome us into their homes for an evening of conversations about place and imagination during this unprecedented moment in history.
The Graywolf Literary Salon will feature Natalie Diaz (Postcolonial Love Poem), Roy G. Guzmán (Catrachos), Khaled Mattawa (Fugitive Atlas), and Kevin Young (Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts & Fake News).
Admission is free, but we encourage you to give a donation of $25 or more to support Graywolf Press. All proceeds benefit Graywolf's New Chapter Campaign, a $3 million initiative to strengthen our publishing program through investments in editorial, marketing, audience development, engagement, and infrastructure.
- "Who more than queer people—especially queer people of color—know what it’s like to dance in the face of danger, to sashay away in the face of extinction, to love in the face of stolen liberties? . . . The emergence of a powerful new force."—O, The Oprah Magazine
- “Marked by poems that are lyrical and syntactically daring. . . . [Catratchos] nods to the perseverance of excavating a queer self and giving it flight.”—Library Journal
- "[Catrachos] is a courageous polemic against a growing moral bankruptcy in America, as well as a tender personal story delivered with effortless lyricism."—Publishers Weekly
- "Catrachos heralds the arrival of a distinctive poetic voice; visually compelling, filled with. . . wide-ranging, and contrasting images, inventive in its language and forms, and brave for its candor and introspection."—The Rumpus