Bumblemoth: News from the Studio

ONGOING PRAISE & PRESS FOR WIKSWO’S NOVEL: “A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE” / STALKING HORSE PRESS

January 13, 2018

Jeff VanderMeer for THE MILLIONS – “Best Books of 2017” – “Beautiful, horrifying, passionate, and bold, I can think of few books this year that I felt were more necessary to read at this point in time and yet were also so very lyrical and so so well-wrought as storytelling. Taking on all kinds of issues […]

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ONGOING PRAISE & PRESS FOR WIKSWO’s COLLECTION “THE HOPE OF FLOATING HAS CARRIED US THIS FAR” / COFFEE HOUSE PRESS

January 10, 2018

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “In these stories, author and visual artist Wikswo’s juxtaposes dreamy, surreal prose with shadowed, ambiguous, occluded dreamscapes to haunting effect. Her stories defy narrative and instead read like a series of short poems or incantations—heady, euphoric, and full with loss.” Wikswo’s singular lines strike like the tone of a bell, resonating across pages, […]

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ONGOING PRAISE & PRESS FOR WIKSWO’s PROJECT “NONAGON FOR THE DEAD” in EMERGENCY INDEX 6 / Ugly Duckling Presse

January 9, 2018

“a rousing cacophony that feels like a global conversation minus the pretensions of conferences or festivals.”  — SYLVAN OSWALD  “A bible of performance art activity” – MARTHA WILSON  A profoundly important publication. It guides us to a new place.—ROBERT ASHLEY  “Quintan Ana Wikswo’s project NONAGON FOR THE DEAD WHO ARE RISING is an improvised prose poem, performance, and polaroids in […]

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NOVEL REVIEW: “this book is a gut-punch of strange beauty”

January 2, 2018

“Enthralled by Quintan Ana Wikswo’s new novel A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE. Her prose is fierce and her photos visceral—this book is a gut-punch of strange beauty.” …Sara Rauch for Bookstagram  

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NOVEL REVIEW: “It is essential and ugly and wakeful. It is your next must-read”

January 2, 2018

Review for LONG CURVING SCAR from NextBestBook: “Every page is infused with intense, powerful prose that furiously and continuously blew me away. A gorgeous, gothic epic that sprawls and spills and snakes its way through three generations of an outcasted family syruped in controversy. I could not stop live tweeting passages from the book as […]

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Site-Specific Performance: THE NEW UNFORGETTING: A PERFORMANCE FOR SIX ELK

December 22, 2017

a solstice offering – my first foray into making my own music to accompany narrated selections from the book-in-progress THE BLUE AT THE BASE OF THE FLAME, about navigating the turbulence of post-genocidal timespace. See you folks when the shadows are longer. THE NEW UNFORGETTING: A PERFORMANCE FOR SIX ELK from THE BLUE AT THE […]

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FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2017: DENNIS COOPER CHOOSES “LONG CURVING SCAR”

December 16, 2017

Honored to have my book selected by icon Dennis Cooper along with new books by Lidia Yuknavich and Renee Gladman in this BEST OF 2017 feature on his eponymous website: “Quintan Ana Wikswo’s novel is one of this year’s big amazements for me. What she gets at here feels gigantic, a world torn to shreds […]

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NOVEL REVIEW: Best Books of 2017 by Jeff VanderMeer for THE MILLIONS

December 16, 2017

“Taking on all kinds of issues with regard to history and the marginalized, this deep and ultimately cathartic novel, replete with anchoring photographs by the author, chronicles the attempts of a midwife abandoned by her husband to establish a sanctuary for the downtrodden in a deserted plantation. This location, the secrets of the small town […]

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NOVEL REVIEW: “wild and sophisticated, poetic and prosaic…a surreal, sensual, and erotic journey that disorients and discomforts”

December 16, 2017

“Quintan Ana Wikswo’s A Long Curving Scar Where the Heart Should Be demands to be read and lived with for a few days or weeks—as long as you like, it’s got enough spirit and thought and music and visual interest to hold you. A considerable and openhearted novel, it is at once wild and sophisticated, […]

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New Novel Nominated for American Library Association Stonewall Award

December 4, 2017

Thank you to the American Library Association for its nomination of my book A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE for a 2017-18 Stonewall Award. The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table. Since […]

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LAMBDA LITERARY LGBTQIA+ LAMMY BEST BOOK 2017 NOMINATION

December 4, 2017

Delighted to announce that A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE is nominated for the prestigious and culturally visionary Lammy Awards by Lambda Literary. I am honored by the association of tremendous path-forging artists. The book explores my family legacy of queerness within the mixed-race, genderqueer outskirts of Charlottesville, Virginia in the 1930s. Part fiction, […]

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Jeff VanderMeer on the new novel: “Beautiful, horrifying, passionate, and bold…Necessary to Read at this Point in Time”

December 2, 2017

Jeff VanderMeer on my new novel – “Beautiful, horrifying, passionate, and bold, A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE is a fascinating chronicle of the effects of place and history on the individual, and a record of how little of the inequities of that history in this country have yet been held to […]

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Lidia Yuknavich on the new novel: “I felt my skin shiver…Under the belly of the south where its very sex sits, the women in this story bring themselves back to life.”

December 2, 2017

Personal icon Lidia Yuknavich writes about my new novel A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE: “Wikswo peels back history to image, lyric, and the body so viscerally I felt my skin shiver. Under the belly of the south where its very sex sits, the women in this story bring themselves back to […]

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Dennis Cooper on the new novel: “One one of this year’s big amazements for me. What she gets at here feels gigantic, a world torn to shreds and vivified by unsparing prose whose beauty is letter-perfect””

December 1, 2017

    Dennis Cooper writes “”One of this year’s big amazements – whose beauty is letter-perfect” and chooses A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE as one of his top four books he’s read and loved!  He writes,  “Quintan Ana Wikswo’s novel is one of this year’s big amazements for me. What she […]

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20 BEST BOOKS OF 2017: Joanna Valente for Luna Luna Magazine

November 30, 2017

Luna Luna Magazine and editor Joanne Valente has named my new novel-with-photographs A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE one of the top twenty books of 2017. Check it out here! Exploring my family’s multiracial and gender-bending history outside Charlottesville, Virginia in the 1930s, this book was supported by a National Endowment for […]

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