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Henry Hicks IV

Henry Hicks IV (he/him) is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and organizer. A graduate of Oberlin College and a Harry S. Truman Scholar, his work has appeared in In These Times, Bolts, Hooligan, and more.

Brandon Taylor’s The Late Americans

Brandon Taylor has a lot to say about truth. The characters in his new novel, The Late Americans, descend on Iowa City, home of the fabled University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA program—an intentional setting for Taylor’s exploration of voyeurism, communication, and, yes, truth, in today’s America. In its opening, Taylor tosses the reader into a live workshop debate on the merits of poems that center trauma—its buried question being, “Whose voice is an authority? Whose experiences spur truth—yours or mine?”


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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