The Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays
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About the Author
Julia Koets's poetry collection, Hold Like Owls (University of South Carolina Press), won the 2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, judged by National Book Award Winner Nikky Finney, and her memoir-in-essays, The Rib Joint (Red Hen Press), won the 2017 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Book Award judged by Mark Doty. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Creative Nonfiction, and the Los Angeles Review. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. She currently teaches at Clemson University.
"I grew up in the church," writes Julia Koets, "the way some people grow up in a neighborhood." And around that sentence, The Rib Joint examines what it means to live inside a structure that both feeds and starves you at once--especially if you're queer. With radical intuition, Koets thinks about the price of secrets, implying at every turn that love and lies can't share the same space. A brilliant, unsettling book.
There's so much to admire in Julia Koets's first book of essays. She demonstrates enormous skill at turning a subject inside out, revealing clinical interest in that subject while spinning lyrical connections between abstract ideas and detailed memories.
--The Gertrude Press-- Paul Lisicky, author of The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship
Engaging, poignant, and at times wryly humorous, this book explores gender and identity through the eyes of a sensitive and perceptive young woman growing up in the South. Julia Koets writes with vulnerability, warmth, and a lyrical style that pulls the reader straight through to the end.
-- Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden