EP12circleOn Rats and Tigers
Lily Hoang

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In On Rats and Tigers, Lily Hoang explores the Zodiac, immigrant experience, family, mourning, addiction & burgeoning love & its disintegration.
An excerpt from EP 12:
“My essays all circle around certain characters: my dead sister; my heroin-addict motherless nephew Justin; Brandon, who I met the day my sister died, our love affair, our fun, the way he destroyed me; my parents, whom I destroy. I rarely include: my other nephew, Mason, the one who’s doing well; my brother, who has bought me fashion; I hate Karl but he finds his way into these essays too.

My sister gave me a purple monkey. I can’t remember if this was before or after prison. I treasured it – but I never named it.

Hate: a new emotion for me. I wish I hadn’t learned it.”

Lily Hoang is the author of four books, including Changing, recipient of a PEN Open Book Award. With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility. Currently Visiting Distinguished Writer at Cornell College, she teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head and Prose Editor for Puerto del Sol.


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Essay Press is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Contest judged by Carla Harryman: Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim Arnold and Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey, which will be published in Fall 2017.