The Ben Tanzer on HARBORS, THIS IS NOT A CONFESSION, and Awst Press

Once again, wordsmith, Ben Tanzer, author of BE COOL (Dock Street Press), is serving up a slew of kind words. Last night he had things to say about Donald Quist and his new collection, HARBORS. He also mentioned David Olimpio and Awst Press and Kali VanBaale. All good, kind things coming out of Chicago right now!

...collection about race and class and displacement that is uniquely positioned to provide the accent marks to a whole range of conversations that America needs, ought, to be having now.
— Ben Tanzer, author of BE COOL

To see the full review, go here.


Suspended between continents and cultures, Donald Quist charts the forceful undercurrents of an American identity. Through these essays Quist explores feelings of oppression and alienation as he wrestles with a single act of violence in a Washington, D.C. suburb, racial tensions in a rural South Carolina town, and the welcome anonymity of crowded Bangkok streets. These personal narratives are rich with Quist’s experience growing up as a person of color caught between parents, socioeconomic classes, and the countries he calls home.

Cover design by Maggie Chiang
Layout and design by LK James
Editing by Tatiana Ryckman
Copyediting by Emily Roberts