A.D. Carson—rapper, poet, novelist, educator—released his first novel Cold, A Novel by A.D. Carson in May. The novel, a multimedia work that blends traditional prose narrative with poetry and hip hop, is conceptually brilliant. In both form and style, Cold adopts the conventions of hip hop creating a profoundly symbolic narrative that follows a young A.D. through the course of his education as poetry and hip hop battle for affection. Carson has also published “Oedipus-Not-So-Complex: A Blueprint for Literary Education,” a chapter in Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop’s Philosopher King released earlier this year. You can join A.D. is his celebration of spoken word at Speak Easy at 9 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Bar None. To learn more about A.D. Carson, you can visit his website.
John Paul Jaramillo’s debut story collection The House of Order was named a 2013 Int’l Latino Book Award Finalist, and his most recent work Little Mocos is now available from Twelve Winters Press. In 2013 Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its Top 10 New Latino Authors to Watch and Read. He is currently a professor of composition and literature at Lincoln Land College-Springfield, Illinois.