A more perfect union

Reagan Jackson interviewed Seattle writer Alex Gallo-Brown at the South Seattle Emerald, and you should get excited for his next book:

Part of what’s challenging is that I write poems and I write lots of different things. I write short stories. I also write a fair amount of journalism and nonfiction and so on, but I was very fortunate to find a publisher in Seattle called Chin Music that took an interest in my work, and they were willing to publish a multigenre book, so it’s actually going to be poems and short stories, and it’s coming out later this year and it’s called Variations of Labor and it has kind of a labor theme.

My day job is labor organizer, labor advocate. That’s one of the things I’ve been thinking a lot about over the last three or four years is work both in terms of our professional lives, but also the emotional labor we perform to survive both in our relationships and also in our daily lives and in our work experiences. The book is sort of a mix of people working and living their lives. The poems get more at the emotional interior lives of people’s experience both at work and in their daily lives.

If you're a writer, I'd urge you to think about the history and impact of labor unions. I'm seeing a tremendous demand in the world for contemporary work having to do with work and unions and collective action, and the New York publishers are doing very little to address that need.