THEY SAID: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing

Please join us for a reading and discussion with five contributors to THEY SAID: Susan Lewis, Katt Lissard, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Erin Mullikin, Ethel Rackin, Sarah Blake, Tina Jenkins Bell, and Janice Tuck Lively!

Poetry. Fiction. Literary Nonfiction. THEY SAID: A MULTI-GENRE ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY COLLABORATIVE WRITING includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as hybridized forms that push the boundaries of concepts like "genre" and "author."

Contributors to this anthology include our five guests, as well as:

Kelli Russell Agodon, Nin Andrews, Elisa Gabbert, Ross Gay, Carol Guess, Carla Harryman, j/j hastain, Lyn Hejinian, Persis Karim, Ada Limon, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Julie Marie Wade, G C Waldrep, and many more.

Edited by Simone Muench, Dean Rader, and Sally Ashton

Praise for THEY SAID

Carlos Fuentes argued that the most important literary occasions are those in which “genre” is recirculated. Writing survives—thrives, even—on recirculation and the reconception of genre. The collaborations collected here represent such a change, as important, in their own way, as concretism, found, sound or random poetry. Making the author plural, through joint composition, repositions the work, its voice and its experiential and emotion contexts. The more seamless these collaborations seem—and most do seem seamless—the more radical their gestures. Lyric, discursive, sometimes political these pieces manage their changes in compelling duets.
—Michael Anania

According to the Greeks, the origin of the word anthology can literally be translated as “flowergathering”. They Said gathers the most original and complementary blossoms in the literary garden and creates rare and distinctive bouquets. From poetry to creative non-fiction and more, from voices both familiar and yet-to-be discovered by some, there are splendid petals here for every reader to pluck. 
—Lynne Thompson

Susan Lewis ( is the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom, winner of the Washington Prize (The Word Works, 2018). Her work has appeared in Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Diode, The New Orleans Review, Seneca Review, TAMMY, Verse, and VOLT. She’s the founding editor of Posit (

Katt Lissard teaches in Goddard College’s Graduate Institute and is artistic director of WSI, an international theatre project in NYC and Lesotho ( Recent publications:
Venus in Lesotho: Women, Theatre and the Collapsible Boundaries of Silence, (Palgrave-Macmillan); and Imaginary Intersection: Thomas Mofolo, Gertrude Stein and W.E.B. DuBois (Tydskrif vir Letterkunde/South Africa).

Quintan Ana Wikswo is the author of the collection of short stories and photographs
The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far (Coffee House Press) and the novel with photographs A Long Curving Scar Where the Heart Should Be (Stalking Horse Press). Her work is widely anthologized, and appears regularly in Tin House, Guernica, Conjunctions, and more.

Erin Mullikin’s poems and short fiction have been published in elsewhere,
Ghost Ocean, Arts & Letters, Phantom, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. She is the founding editor of the online literary journal NightBlock and the small literary press Midnight City Books.

Ethel Rackin is the author of three collections of poems:
The Forever Notes (Parlor Press, 2013); Go On (Parlor Press, 2016), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award; and Evening (Furniture Press, 2017). Her poems, book reviews, and collaborations have appeared widely in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, Jacket2, The Kenyon Review, Verse Daily, and Volt. She is a professor at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania.

Sarah Blake is the author of Let's Not Live on Earth and Mr. West, both from Wesleyan University Press. An illustrated workbook accompanies her first chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a literature fellowship from the NEA. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.

Tina Jenkins Bell writes fiction, plays, and feature articles, focusing on culture and cultural icons. Her most recent work, a mini memoir entitled Devil’s Alley will appear in the Love in a Silent Storm anthology (2019). Finding the Good Boy, Yummy was recently published in They Said, an anthology of collaborative and hybrid writing, and The Last Supper appeared in Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. A recipient of an Illinois Arts Council, two municipal grants and several fellowships,  Bell just completed the edits for her novel, Mud Pies. 

Janice Tuck Lively
writes fiction and nonfiction that celebrates and examines the joys and struggles of women’s lives and their ability to overcome obstacles. Her work has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at Elmhurst College and was a 2016 Pushcart Award nominee.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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By Simone Muench (Editor), Dean Rader (Editor), Sally Ashton (Editor)
ISBN: 9781625577016
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Published: Black Lawrence Press - June 2018