Alissa Hattman

Alissa Hattman

I thought that being inside would protect me, with its corners and its curtains, then a kindness took me by the throat and stretched me taut against the sky, beaming, and I found something more valuable than protection. If only you could have seen it, Mother. What light.   

Alissa Hattman

SIFT forthcoming 2023

Fiction | Speculative Lyric

In addition to her debut novel Sift, Alissa Hattman is author of the zine POST (zines + things, 2021). Her writing has appeared in Carve, The Rumpus, The Gravity of the Thing, Shirley Magazine, Big Other, MAYDAY, and elsewhere. Alissa holds an MFA in Fiction from Pacific University and MA in Literature from Portland State University. She has worked as a fiction editor, book reviewer, zine librarian, writing group facilitator, and has been an artist-in-residence at several arts centers, most recently Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. Originally from North Dakota, she now lives in Oregon where she teaches creative writing workshops and college composition. More at www.alissahattman.com.

Two women set out through the haze of social and environmental collapse in search of fertile soil. As they travel through deserts, burned-over forests, and lightless mountain caverns, they learn to navigate the terrain of their evolving connection. An invocation, an elegy, a postcard home, Sift is a story about family wounds, humanity’s failures, how to care for one another at the end, and how to make a new beginning.

If you would like to review Sift, please contact us at edtitors@the3rdthing [dot] press and we’ll add you to our list of Advance Review Copy recipients.

Sift will be distributed to booksellers and the academic market through Small Press Distribution.