Review Copy Request

We have a couple of extra Advanced Review Copies for Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s I’m Alive. It Hurts. I Love It. (Second Edition), which will be available for preorder this summer! If you’re a book reviewer, book seller, or teacher, we’d love to send you a copy! Just fill out the form below and we’ll see what we can do :)

A note: this book will be available for wide distribution via SPD, meaning it’ll be super easy for university bookstores to order. If you think you’d be interested in teaching Jen’s work, we’d be happy to provide a desk copy! So please get at us!! <3

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“Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s book, I’m Alive. It Hurts. I Love It., is a book that makes us ‘feel everything.’ It’s an absolute celebration of the self, with a persona who embraces pure emotion and feels everything immensely just to make sure we will, too. A persona that unabashedly tells us, ‘i am sad/but i don’t want to talk about being sad./ i’m going to talk about being happy’ because ‘life/ is fuckin’ beautiful.' Cathartic and brilliant, Espinoza’s genius shines in this book as a shapeshifter set on a soul’s journey that only ever ends up in a state of pure bliss and exhilaration for the gift of being. ‘‘thank you for letting me be alive,’/ i whisper/ to no one in particular’ this book sings to us, except in fact, we are listening for its whisper and its yell, gratefully, hungrily taking in its holy aura. I really love this book and I know you will, too. “

-Dorothea Lasky, Milk and ROME

“Wise and brimming with feeling, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s work seems to emerge from the other side of revelation. Her poems, that is, do not reveal but know that the body is both a dead-end and a site of possibility. That language is a necessary violence that makes and unmakes us. That the unbearable must be borne. In this newly expanded edition of her first collection, Espinoza reminds us that hers is an essential voice issuing from “the edges of what it means to have a body,” to be a person, but nonetheless tangled in the terrible, beautiful fact of being alive.”

-Cam Awkward-Rich, Sympathetic Little Monster

“Joshua Jennifer Espinoza's poetry, like all my favorite poetry, takes chaos to the potter's wheel until it is the mug we can drink from for an ecstatic life without disguise. ‘i want to be all of the things i am / all at once until i die.’ Who needs priests! Poets show us the way to finding our own private god, and this book is my new bible!”

  • CAConrad, While Standing in Line for Death and A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon