Review: “Marginalia” by Juno Morrow

In my latest review with Lambda Literary Review, I lookes at the debut memoir of Juno Morrow, a transgender biracial independent game designer. In Marginalia, Morrow discusses how she came to terms with her identity, with a scrapbook approach that’s both heartwarming and creatively clever. You can read the review here.

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Introducing Alex Carrigan, Senior Critic at Quail Bell Magazine

Quail Bell Magazine has been undergoing some changes, and for me at least, that comes with a new title!

Read my bio page here.

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Review: “20,” by Jennifer Roche

I recently got published in Issue 100 of Quarterly West. In it, I reviewed a new poetry chapbook by Jennifer Roche, 20,. The collection is a series of erasure poems with the text taken from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The collection shows how Verne’s epic can be recontextualized, aided with some really cool quadtychs by Hosho McCreesh.

Read the review here.

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Review: “Seconds and Inches” by Carly Israel

In my latest book review in Quail Bell Magazine, I look at Carly Israel’s forthcoming memoir, Seconds and Inches. It’s a tale about how trauma and addiction can be passed down through generations and how Israel dealt with her personal demons, the troubles of her family history, and the challenges of raising a child with an unknown illness.

You can read about it here.

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Alex Carrigan Writings: 2019 Miscellaneous-June 2020

2019 was the year I began to try and regularly write book reviews, starting with becoming a contributing writer for Lambda Literary Review. Here are the remaining articles I wrote in 2019 and

Lambda Literary Review 2019

Book Review: Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker in Lambda Literary Review

Book Review: Crossing by Pajtim Statovci in Lambda Literary Review

Book Review: Going Dutch by James Gregor in Lambda Literary Review

Book Review: Find Me by Andre Aciman in Lambda Literary Review

Quail Bell Magazine articles January-June 2020

Book Review: Life of the Party by Tea Hacic-Vlahovic 

Book Review: Tricks of Light by Thaddeus Rutkowski 

Book Review: You Do Not Have to Be Good by Madeleine Barnes 

Book Review: Mouse Magazine Issue 1 

Book Review: Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories by Donna Miscolta 

January-June 2020 miscellaneous articles and reviews

Book Review: The Elvis Machine by Kim Vodicka in Empty Mirror

Book Review: Conversations with Good Men by Bethel Swift in Passionate Chic

Book Review: Songs for the Long Night by Korbin Jones in Gertrude Press

Book Review: Olyver Currant by G.M. Palmer in Broads Non Grata

Book Review: Her Plumage: An Anthology of Women’s Writings from Quail Bell Magazine in Whale Road Review

Book Review: The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels in Lambda Literary Review

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Alex Carrigan Writings: Quail Bell Magazine articles in 2019

Here are all of my articles and reviews that were published in Quail Bell Magazine in 2019:

January 2019

Article: Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ 2018 AWFJ EDA Awards

February 2019

Film Review: MERATA: How Mum Decolonized the Screen

Film Review: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

April 2019

Book Review: As a River by Sion Dayson

Film Review: The Skin of the Teeth

May 2019

Book Review: Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire by Darren C. Demaree 

June 2019

Book Review: Like Wings, Your Hands by Elizabeth Earley

July 2019

Book Review: Burnt Fortune by Brandi Homan

October 2019

Book Review: The Mummy of Canaan by Maxwell Bauman

Book Review: I’m From Nowhere by Lindsay Lerman 

November 2019

Film Review: Queen of Hearts

Book Review: Papi Doesn’t Love Me No More by Anna Suarez 

December 2019

Book Review: Hexis by Charlene Elsby

Essay: The Quail Bell Crew’s Most Influential Books of the 2010’s

Essay: Editing Her Plumage: An Anthology of Women’s Writings from Quail Bell Magazine

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Alex Carrigan’s Writings: March-December 2017

Here are links to my published work from March-December 2017

March 2017

Quail Bell Magazine

Culture: Museum Hack Museum Tours

April 2017

Quail Bell Magazine

Book Review: Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992 by Sabra Moore

August 2017

Quail Bell Magazine

Exhibit: One Life: Sylvia Plath

Book Review: Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld by Katharine Haake

November 2017

Quail Bell Magazine

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

December 2017

Quail Bell Magazine

Book Review: A Fire Without Light by Darren C. Demaree

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Alex Carrigan’s 2017 Oscar Challenge


Following the 2016 Oscar Challenge for Quail Bell Magazine, I reattempted it the next year. Here are all 11 article related to the challenge:

Film: Oscar Challenge 2017

Oscar Challenge Day 1: La La Land

Oscar Challenge Day 2: Hell or High Water

Oscar Challenge Day 3: Lion

Oscar Challenge Day 4: Manchester By the Sea

Oscar Challenge Day 5: Hidden Figures

Oscar Challenge Day 6: Hacksaw Ridge

Oscar Challenge Day 7: Moonlight

Oscar Challenge Day 8: Arrival

Oscar Challenge Day 9: Fences

Oscar Challenge: Final Day

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Alex Carrigan’s Writings: 2016


Here are my published writings from the year 2016:

January 2016

Quail Bell Magazine

Film Review: Whiplash

February 2016

Quail Bell Magazine

Fiction: Rachael in the Park

March 2016

Quail Bell Magazine

Essay: Brussels Attacks

May 2016

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

Book Review: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Book Review: Unspeakable Things by Kathleen Spivack

June 2016

Quail Bell Magazine

Book Review: Unrequited Anthology

Book Review: Kissing Oscar Wilde by Jade Sylvan

September 2016

Quail Bell Magazine

Essay: Alex Carrigan Tries Makeup for a Week

October 2016

Quail Bell Magazine

Non-fiction: Richmond Zine Fest Table Zines

Film Review: The Girl on the Train

November 2016

Quail Bell Magazine

Fiction: Please Be Nice to Rena Saunders

December 2016

Quail Bell Magazine

Essay: Media for my Anxiety: 2016


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Alex Carrigan’s 2016 Oscar Challenge


In January 2016, I teamed up with Quail Bell Magazine to do daily reviews of the 88th Annual Academy Awards’ Best Picture Nominees. Here are all 10 articles in that series:

Film: 88th Annual Academy Awards Challenge

Oscar Challenge Day 1: The Revenant

Oscar Challenge Day 2: The Martian

Oscar Challenge Day 3: Spotlight

Oscar Challenge Day 4: Brooklyn

Oscar Challenge Day 5: Bridge of Spies

Oscar Challenge Day 6: The Big Short

Oscar Challenge Day 7: Room

Oscar Challenge Day 8: Mad Max: Fury Road

Oscar Challenge Final Day: Reflections and Predictions

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