Readings & Reviews
The Book of Goodbyes wins the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Available from BOA Editions.
"This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
" ... an intriguing dip into magical realism" Charleston City Paper
"The Book of Goodbyes is not merely the topical--infidelity, waning affection, disability and the responses thereto, self-identity and self-realization--but also a take on alienation that implicitly indicts all of us." The Huffington Post
Oct 4 Shark's Parlor, 741 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC. 5:30 pm
Oct 19 New Southern Voices Reading Series, 373 E Kennedy St., Spartanburg 7:30 pm
Oct 25 Poet Awards Reading with Philip Levine, Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York 7:30 pm
Nov 10 Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, MA. 3 pm
Dec 1 Malaprop's Bookstore, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville. 3 pm
Publishers Weekly: "Charged and daring . . . an agile and powerful poet."
The L.A. Times: "Fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden."
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution: "Weise is interested in big ideas: genetic ethics, self-esteem, slippery slopes . . . But mostly her world feels like ours, largely because she anchors her out-there ideas with very real emotions."
The Portland Mercury: "There aren't enough books like Jillian Weise's The Colony. With its casual rejection of genre lines, bracingly contemporary voice, and a premise that's both extended metaphor and compelling narrative in its own right, The Colony is a refreshingly idiosyncratic debut.
Strange Horizons: "The Colony is a novel in which science can be literally miraculous."