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, Hobart, Gravel, MAYDAY, and elsewhere. Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within higher education, Alissa has taught writing classes and workshops for over 15 years. She has worked as a fiction editor, book reviewer, zine librarian, writing group facilitator, and artist-in-residence at several arts centers, most recently Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. Originally from North Dakota, she now lives and teaches in the Pacific Northwest. More at

Part post-apocalyptic love story, part elegy for humanity, Sift follows Tortula and Lamellae as they travel though dystopian dreamscapes of white sand deserts, moss-covered forests, and dark mountain caverns, learning to navigate a changed environment and the slippery terrain of their evolving connection. Written in spare, lyric vignettes, Sift is a story about relationships between women, family wounds, humanity’s failures, and how to care for one another at the end.

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.