VANISHING MONUMENTS (A Novel)
Forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press spring 2020.
“The real pleasure of reading John Elizabeth Stintzi's novel is to see a sensitive mind work through an internal landscape, and to watch them do it with such patience and generosity.”
—Sara Majka, author of Cities I've Never Lived In
Alani Baum, a non-binary photographer and teacher, hasn't seen their mother since they ran away with their girlfriend when they were seventeen - almost thirty years ago. But when Alani gets a call from a doctor at the assisted living facility where their mother has been for the last five years, they learn that their mother's dementia has worsened and appears to have taken away her ability to speak. As a result, Alani suddenly find themselves running away again - only this time, they're running back to their mother.
Staying at their mother's empty home, Alani attempts to tie up the loose ends of their mother’s life while grappling with the painful memories that - in the face of their mother's disease - they’re terrified to lose. Meanwhile, the memories inhabiting the house slowly grow animate, and the longer Alani is there, the longer they're forced to confront the fact that any closure they hope to get from this homecoming will have to be manufactured.
This beautiful, tenderly written debut novel by Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers winner John Elizabeth Stintzi explores what haunts us most, bearing witness to grief over not only what is lost, but also what remains.
Plough Forward the Higgs Field (A poetry chapbook)
The Machete Tourist (A poetry chapbook)
The Machete Tourist, a chapbook of poetry released by knife | fork | book on Spring 2018 (SOLD OUT).
Stintzi’s The Machete Tourist sings with thoughtful observation and poetic crafting, asking its readers to examine our own sense of identity, prejudices, and – perhaps more importantly – the possibilities available to us to strengthen our network of a more connected spirit of humanity.
—review by Kim Fahner, author of These Wings (from debbie)