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Are you sick of reading books by old people yet? If so, check out some of these millennial writers instead! They might not have tons of books out yet – but what they do have is pretty super.

1. Téa Obreht.

Born in 1985, Téa Obreht was a 2011 National Book Award finalist for her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, about the relationship between the narrator and her doctor grandfather. She’s also been named one of the best American fiction writers under 40 by The New Yorker.

2. Eleanor Catton.

Winning the Man Booker prize is an impressive feat for any author. Eleanor Catton takes the cake though: she won it with her second novel, The Luminaries, in 2013 AND she did it at just 28 years old, making her the youngest winner ever! Her debut, The Rehearsal, was also widely loved regarded, winning Stonewall’s Writer of the Year Award in 2011.

3. Phil Klay.

Born in 1983, Phil Kray is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp who writes about his war experiences – both fictional and real. His short story collection Redeployment, about the Iraq war, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014. Read his nonfiction works here.

4. Laura van den Berg.

Laura van den Berg’s debut novel, Find Me, took the literary world by storm when it was published in February of this year. But nobody was surprised – after all, van den Berg’s short stories have long been loved. Check out the writer’s first collection, What The World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us.

5. Ocean Vuong.

Ocean Vuong’s poetry has been published in such hallowed literary halls like The New Yorker and Harvard Review. Look out for the 27-year-old’s first full-length collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, due out in 2016.

6. Leslie Jamison.

Leslie Jamison is a pretty prolific writer – she’s a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and has written a novel, The Gin Closet. But she’s best-known for her popular essay collection.  The Empathy Exams draws on Jamison’s personal experiences to examine pain how we care about ourselves and each other.

7. Karen Russell.

34-year-old Karen Russell’s debut novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Other accolades include winning a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant in 2013. Check out her novels and her short story collections – St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves is the most popular.

8. Amelia Gray.

Born in 1982, Amelia Gray has captured reader’s imaginations with her love of the absurd. She has one novel and three short story collections to her name, as well as several fiction and essays that have appeared in places like The Wall Street Journal, which you can read here.

9. Anthony Marra.

Anthony Marra’s debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, enchanted book critics everywhere, winning him the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Marra has also written several short stories, including the ones in his 2015 collection The Tsar of Love and Techno.

10. Alissa Nutting. 

Alissa Nutting’s definitely breaks a lot of rules. Her novel Tampa was banned in many stores for being too explicit, and her short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. So if you want unconventional and controversial, check out anything by Nutting.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Are you sick of reading books by old people yet? If so, check out some of these millennial writers instead! They might not have tons of books out yet – but what they do have is pretty super.

1. Téa Obreht.

Born in 1985, Téa Obreht was a 2011 National Book Award finalist for her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, about the relationship between the narrator and her doctor grandfather. She’s also been named one of the best American fiction writers under 40 by The New Yorker.

2. Eleanor Catton.

Winning the Man Booker prize is an impressive feat for any author. Eleanor Catton takes the cake though: she won it with her second novel, The Luminaries, in 2013 AND she did it at just 28 years old, making her the youngest winner ever! Her debut, The Rehearsal, was also widely loved regarded, winning Stonewall’s Writer of the Year Award in 2011.

3. Phil Klay.

Born in 1983, Phil Kray is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp who writes about his war experiences – both fictional and real. His short story collection Redeployment, about the Iraq war, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014. Read his nonfiction works here.

4. Laura van den Berg.

Laura van den Berg’s debut novel, Find Me, took the literary world by storm when it was published in February of this year. But nobody was surprised – after all, van den Berg’s short stories have long been loved. Check out the writer’s first collection, What The World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us.

5. Ocean Vuong.

Ocean Vuong’s poetry has been published in such hallowed literary halls like The New Yorker and Harvard Review. Look out for the 27-year-old’s first full-length collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, due out in 2016.

6. Leslie Jamison.

Leslie Jamison is a pretty prolific writer – she’s a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and has written a novel, The Gin Closet. But she’s best-known for her popular essay collection.  The Empathy Exams draws on Jamison’s personal experiences to examine pain how we care about ourselves and each other.

7. Karen Russell.

34-year-old Karen Russell’s debut novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Other accolades include winning a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant in 2013. Check out her novels and her short story collections – St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves is the most popular.

8. Amelia Gray.

Born in 1982, Amelia Gray has captured reader’s imaginations with her love of the absurd. She has one novel and three short story collections to her name, as well as several fiction and essays that have appeared in places like The Wall Street Journal, which you can read here.

9. Anthony Marra.

Anthony Marra’s debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, enchanted book critics everywhere, winning him the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Marra has also written several short stories, including the ones in his 2015 collection The Tsar of Love and Techno.

10. Alissa Nutting. 

Alissa Nutting’s definitely breaks a lot of rules. Her novel Tampa was banned in many stores for being too explicit, and her short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction. So if you want unconventional and controversial, check out anything by Nutting.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Continuing with our series of “Best of 2014″ lists curated by the entire Entropy community, we present some favorite selections as nominated by the diverse staff and team at Entropy.

This list brings together some of our favorite poetry books & collections.

In no particular order:


1. Wet Land by Lucas de Lima (Action Books)

“Lucas de Lima’s stunning book affected me so profoundly at all the stages of reading it, encountering it—before it was a book and afterwards, when it was. In the work of this extraordinary writer, the fragment is not an activity of form. It’s an activity of evisceration.” — Bhanu Kapil

2. Rome by Dorothea Lasky (W.W. Norton)

“Dorothea Lasky is one of the very best poets we’ve got. Her poems radiate weirdness and raw power; you can feel your mind grow new folds as you read them. They lay waste to milquetoast notions of poetic longing or melancholy, and instead go in for the vibrating, bloody facts of sadness, anger, desire, bare life, all returned to us more intensely, strangely, and sometimes comedically, by her words. The line is Lasky’s measure, and she wields it like an axe she’s been carrying through several lifetimes, that kind of wisdom. Her ROME is huge and intrepid and perfect, a total gift.” — Maggie Nelson, author of Bluets

3. Patter by Douglas Kearney (Red Hen Press)

“Where, oh where would we be without the dynamic intelligence and feats of lyric daring that Douglas Kearney’s work has delivered to American poetry? The poems in Patter run back and forth through the realms of private interiority, popular culture, and the vast public arena of history, all the while re-inventing what the poetic line is capable of bearing and baring. Completely and un-ironically alive with genuine feeling, these are poems that are not afraid to say and show how we matter to one another.” —Tracy K. Smith

4. SCARECRONE by Melissa Broder (Publishing Genius)

“At the core of Broder’s poems is hunger, the drive to consume or destroy, an instinctual void as visceral as it is absurd.” —The Rumpus

5. The Feel Trio by Fred Moten (Letter Machine Editions)

The Feel Trio is Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and William Parker. Or is it that The Feel Trio are Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and William Parker? See, that’s the amazing problem and chance, right there! In the wake and air and light of The Feel Trio, what it bears and what propels them, which is everything in particular, The Feel Trio tries to put some things together. Alabama runs through those things like nobody’s business. I kept trying to visit the uncounted space James Brown forms around the one. To celebrate the varieties of black devotion. But coalition can’t be too easy; it’s in our nature not to come naturally lyrically, beautifully violently. The organizing principles, in our extramusical tailor’s retrofit of fitting, sharp as a tack from the tone worlds of east by southeast of Sheffield, the Bronx’s compassionate project/s and fly, flaired, flared Corona: listen to everything, relax the shape, approach with love, be worthy of a lovely t!

6. Backup Singers by Sommer Browning (Birds, LLC)

This poem is called Safe Bets.
Safe Bet.
Sorry let me start over.
This poem is called Safe Bets.
Safe Bet.
Sorry I can’t believe that, let me start over.
This poem is called Safe Bets.
Safe Bet.
Shit, sorry. Again.
This poem is called Safe Bets.
Safe Bets.
It is a safe bet that Slavoj Zizek is eating a donut.

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