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BK: The Common Launch Party

    11/02/2017 - 7:00pm


    This event takes place in our Brooklyn Store. 

    THE COMMON launches its fourteenth issue with prize-winning poets, hard-hitting journalism on Portugal’s war on drugs, and some of the most anticipated fiction of the year. This issue’s artwork is by celebrated printmakers Michael Mazur
    and Betsey Garand.

    When heroin hit Portugal in the 1980s, it devastated the country; one in ten residents—across all economic stata—were heavily addicted, with its ripple effects spreading even further. In 2001, the country became the first to completely decriminalize the consumption of all illicit substances. Susana Ferreira reports from her native country on the ways Portugal’s government has helped (and hindered) its citizens’ recovery.

    In other essays, Will Preston wanders through an abandoned mining town, where the lingering ghosts are the many failed attempts to revive it. Anya Ventura spends a transitional time in her life at a butterfly habitat in “Vanishing Points.” Acclaimed short story writer Megan Mayhew Bergman’s essay “The Tao of Sunbathing” searches for peace in stillness.

    This issue’s exceptional fiction includes an excerpt from Australian writer Josephine Rowe’s debut novel, A Loving Faithful Animal, which is one of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books for the Year. National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award-recipient Kristin Allio’s story about a single mother taking a trip to the dentist’s office is heartbreaking. LaShonda Katrice Barnett’s lovely story “You’re the Sweetest One” sparks love between a hearse driver and an aspiring model in pre-Civil Rights-era Indiana.

    Issue 14 also includes Fatimah Ashgar’s “Kul,” which won the Disquiet Prize in Poetry; “First Elegy,” a posthumous poem by the renowned Portuguese poet Alberto De Lacerda; from fellow literary journal creator John Freeman of Freeman’s, a touching poem titled “Repeat,” and from acclaimed poet Vievee Francis, “This Morning I Miss Such Devotion.”

    About THE COMMON: An award-winning print and digital literary journal published biannually, The Common includes short stories, essays, poems, and images that embody a strong sense of place. The Common Online publishes original content four times per week, including book reviews, interviews, personal essays, short dispatches, poetry, contributor podcasts and recordings, and multimedia features. Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, the magazine is supported in part by Amherst College and The Common Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Common also runs the Literary Publishing Internship at Amherst College, mentoring students in all aspects of literary publishing, and hosts public programming regularly.

    JOSEPHINE ROWE is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry, and essays. In the United States, her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Iowa Review, The Paris Review Daily, and other publications. She holds fellowships from the Wallace Stegner program in fiction at Stanford University, The International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her debut novel, A Loving, Faithful Animal, will be published by Catapult this fall. She currently lives in Tasmania.

    MIK AWAKE’s work has appeared in The Awl, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Callaloo, Witness, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. He teaches writing in the City University of New York system and lives in Brooklyn.

    MARIA TERRONE’s poetry collections are Eye to Eye; A Secret Room in Fall(McGovern Prize, Ashland Poetry Press), The Bodies We Were Loaned, and a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2. Her work has appeared in magazines including POETRY and Ploughshares and in more than twenty-five anthologies.