Christine Hamm on Mortal

Really fantastic and spare poetic explorations of the body, the other and self.

Philip Crippen on Mortal

This is a magical book. Whether it’s a story or a book of poems changes with each reading. Highly recommended!

Cori Crooks

Mortal satisfies a maternal affection for those hard-to-find words, which tenderly express the labor and ache of mother/daughter relationships.

Cori Crooks on Mortal

I didn’t just read this book: I carefully and fervently nestled in it.

Collin Kelley on Hollywood Starlet

Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Ingrid Bergman are just some of the acting legends given a fresh voice by Alvarez, who peels away the studio-manufactured façades to explore their inner thoughts and troubled lives. It’s a chapbook I return to again and again.