Book Review: Waking the Wild by Nadia Hasan

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Waking the Wild: a poetry collection

by Nadia Hasan

5/5 stars

Nadia Hasan has been a favorite poet of mine for some time. I thoroughly enjoyed her first collection, From the Cafe and Beyond. She has also been featured on my blog series where authors share their favorite writing spaces. Waking the Wild, her most recent collection, is as astonishing as it is heartfelt. The cover, the formatting and design flow flawlessly into words of unparalleled emotion. Error takes us through the turmoil of pain in an emergency room; When the Body Betrays, a battle between the body and finding love; and Decipher, has some of my favorite words yet: “I am cracked/ I am broken/ and all my words come out wrong but/ there are no words”. I highly recommend this story of life and survival. Her words will leave you reeling and alive.

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Writing Spaces

I recently read an article on where famous authors do their writing. There were some remarkable and inspiring locations and it made me wonder where the authors I know (the majority being small press and indie) write their words. I collected photographs from ten authors including myself: we span the spectrum from poetry and comedy to horror and high fantasy. Thank you to all the writers who let me into their homes (and other special places) through photographs: Ciara BallintyneSusie Clevenger, M.E. Franco, Helle Gade, Nadia Hasan, Natasha Head, Jon Konrath, C L Raven, and Stacey Roberts.

Ciara Ballintyne

Ciara Ballintyne, author of Confronting the Demon

Susie Clevenger

Susie Clevenger, author of Dirt Road Dreams

M.E. Franco

M.E. Franco, author of The Dion Series and The Rustler’s Daughter

Ben Ditmars

Ben Ditmars, author of Night Poems and Haiku in the Night

Helle Gade

Helle Gade, author of Silent Dreams and Savage Rose

Nadia Hasan

Nadia Hasan, author of From the Cafe and Beyond

Natasha Head

Natasha Head, author of Pulse and Nothing Left to Lose

Jon Konrath

Jon Konrath, author of Sleep Has No Master and Atmospheres

Cat Lynx Raven

C L Raven, authors of Disenchanted and Romance is Dead

Stacey Roberts

Stacey Roberts, author of Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name