Present Tense: Writing and Art by Young Women
Edited by Micki Reaman and the CALYX Young Women’s
Bumbershoot Bookfair Award
Pushcart Prize for contributor Kristin King’s story “The Wings”
CALYX celebrated its 20th anniversary with the publication of Present Tense. This groundbreaking anthology showcased the original art and literature of women linked by their youth, women of different sexual orientations, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds, including future stars such as Nomy Lamm and Kristin King. At different moments, this collection is multicultural, post-industrial, chick-lit and experimental. Always, it is striking and utterly contemporary.
“Their work is powerful and sometimes disturbing.” —Library Journal
“Radiating the enthusiasm and conviction of its authors and editors, this rich sampling of talent is an unabashed celebration of subjectivity.” —Publishers Weekly
“Sistas, you sing, make my spine shiver: what you know, I know—the diaspora of your lives crystallizing in words, the pissed-off frantic sweet lyric the resounds for all of us here in present tense. My thanks to you.” —Lois-Ann Yamanaka, author of Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers
“Wonderful…. [A] lively, engrossing collection of writing and art by emerging talent.” —Tee A. Corinne, author of The Cunt Coloring Book
“Present Tense is bound to speak also for the future! A rich, vibrant collage of poetry, stories and essays…. Here is a carnival of writers whom we would all be wise to listen to, a generation that has now come into its own.” —Shirley Geok-lin Lim, author of Among the White Moon Faces
Micki Reaman was CALYX’s Managing Editor. Other members of the Young Women’s Editorial Collective: Amy Agnello, Maria Braganza, Sonia Gomez, Laura McFarland, Zola Mumford, Teri Mae Rutledge, Mira Shimabukuro, and Megan Smith.