Against the Grain

This is a place for critical and imaginative writing that is both literary-oriented and radical in nature. Here, readers will find work that focuses on poetics, that is invested in aesthetics and politics from a critical standpoint. They will find writing that is both academic and humanist, honest and ethical, writing that encourages a deeper understanding of how creative expression operates in contemporary society. They will find work that challenges the literary status quo, inspires empathy, and contributes to the conversations of the larger literary community.

I’m a poet-critic-writer currently living in Hockley, Texas. I’m in the process of working on my first collection of poems. Download my poetry chapbook The Sweet Wild and my MFA thesis The Straw That Stirs the Drink for free. You can also read some of my recent poems here. Correspondence is welcomed and appreciated:

Andrea Syzdek