The Unsung Letter

  • May 24, 2017 The Unsung Letter No. 19, From Angelica Jade Bastién

    A few years ago a feeling I’ve had for a while crystallized into a theory I’ve come to call The Ophelia Factor. As an Afro-Latina with bipolar disorder since my early teens I have been devouring t...

  • May 17, 2017 The Unsung Letter No. 18, From Ariell Cacciola

    I don’t often consider myself very adept at commenting on poetry. I’ve done it once in the past for a magazine—a horrid labor I regretted the moment I flipped to the first page. This comes down ...

  • May 10, 2017 The Unsung Letter No. 17, From Steve Himmer

    I've been reading a fair amount of Dutch fiction lately, because I'll be in the Netherlands for part of the summer and figured I'd need something to talk about with any strangers I meet. I won't claim...

  • May 03, 2017 The Unsung Letter No. 16, From Kirstin Innes

    As the Unsung Letters have come in, weekly, I’ve been interested to note how many of us have chosen books we first read as teenagers. There’s no love like first love, and those adult books you dis...

  • April 26, 2017 The Unsung Letter No. 15, From Lee Randall

    When I was a little girl, my room contained an adult-sized birch desk whose expansive surface was protected by a quarter-inch thick sheet of glass, with green-tinted bevelled edges. Long before I coul...

  • April 19, 2017 The Unsung Letter No. 14, From Terri-Jane

    I love recommending books to people, especially when those people want a book recommendation because they’re busy, “don’t have time” for reading, and need something to nudge them back into pic...

  • April 12, 2017 The Unsung Letter No. 13, From Nicholas Hogg

    Today *The North Water* by Ian McGuire won the Royal Society of Literature Encore Award. If I'd sat down to write this 'Unsung Hero' piece with this knowledge I may have chosen differently – perhaps...

  • April 05, 2017 The Unsung Letter No 12, From Paul Jessup

    Before we begin, let’s take a moment to praise the small press industry, shall we? Ever since I was in teenager I’ve had a passionate love of those little publishing houses that could. Sometimes t...

  • March 29, 2017 The Unsung Letter No. 11, From Laura Waddell

    *Attrib. and other stories* by Eley Williams is a curious beast. A debut short story collection from the fiction editor of 3:AM Magazine, it is well described by its description commenting on "the tri...

  • March 22, 2017 The Unsung Letter No.10, From Jen Bowden

    At school, I was never one of the cool kids. Where other girls would tackle non-uniform days with heels, tight jeans and perfectly-eyelinered scorn, I’d turn up in Reebok trainers and scruffy t-shir...