We’re so excited to see Lara Mimosa Montes’ The Somnambulist on its way to the printers!
Lara Mimosa Montes is a writer based in New York and Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in Fence, BOMB, The Third Rail, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Currently, Lara teaches poetry at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and works as a contributing editor for Triple Canopy. She was born in the Bronx.
You can pre-order a copy of The Somnambulist here. Books will ship in October!
“The strange and compelling beauty of The Somnambulist lies in its ‘savvy circumlocution’ of multiple stories in language that the poet herself alternately embraces and fears, loves and reviles. ‘If I look for language to find you, if I let it, language finds me everywhere,’ she writes, and the line is as much of a promise as a threat. The Somnambulist tells, in fragmented parts, the story of the poet’s hustler uncle alongside her own story of becoming a poet. This is a new kind of writer’s memoir—or true crime story, or coming-of- age narrative, or family autobiography—one that navigates the tricky territory of multiple sub-genres with extraordinary skill, sly wit, and subversive splendor.” -Laura Sims
“The Somnambulist, a no-holds- barred monodrama, jolts the reader awake. Lara Mimosa Montes is a startling and powerful poet, who opts for vertigo, and whose greatest virtue may be her ability to perform flamboyantly while abstaining from histrionics—to recuse herself, with the exercise of a triumphant minimalism, from her own virtuoso spotlight. Braiding together numbness and desire, she brilliantly demonstrates, in the close-miked fashion of a cabaret Maurice Blanchot, the weirdness of being a witness, a quietly divulging voice.” — Wayne Koestenbaum