2019 chapbook winner: introducing freda epum


"You fall in love with a boy and you tell him you’ve had enough. You fall in love with a boy and he tells you he sees no future. You fall in love with a boy and he tells you it’ll be nothing but heartache. You fall in love; you can’t be certain if the love is true. You’re very very tired tired of falling falling in love. You begin to fall in love with yourself; she says not yet.” – Freda Epum, Entryways into memories that might assemble me,


Iron Horse Literary Review is pleased to announce the release of our 2019 chapbook winner, Freda Epum’s Entryways into memories that might assemble me,. Selected by Lacy M. Johnson, this thought-provoking hybrid—part memoir, part flash, part cultural study—will be the latest addition to our IHLR Chapbook Series.


About Epum’s winning chapbook, Lacy M. Johnson calls it “… an unsettling, revealing, and fiercely intelligent essay that discovers and names the often troubling ways race and class inform what it means to belong—in a profession, in a conversation, in a country that does not love black women nearly as well as it should. I was riveted by this bold new voice.”


Freda Epum (FREE-DUH EYY-POOM) is a Nigerian-American writer and artist from Tucson, Arizona. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from Bend-ing Genres, Cosmonauts Avenue, Heavy Feather Review, Nat.Brut, Third Coast, Atticus Review, and Rogue Agent. She is the co-author of a chapbook, Input/Output (Tanline Printing), with Amanda Beekhiuzen-Williams.


Get your copy of Freda Epum’s Entryways into memories that might assemble me, right here!


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