Desireé Dallagiacomo’s debut book grapples with the intersections of family and mental health. SINK asks and answers hard questions about grief, lineage, death and all manner of inheritance. What is one left with when they come from a family that has nothing to its name but loss? Throughout, Dallagiacomo weighs the cost of what it is to be alive and a woman in a landscape that makes being alive and a woman uninviting. SINK approaches grief and depression not as a tourist, but instead with the power and nuance of someone who has survived and made the most of their survival.
Desireé Dallagiacomo is a poet, performer, and educator. She is the program director & lead teaching artist at Forward Arts, a youth spoken word and social justice writing non-profit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and she has been a finalist at every major national poetry slam. Her poems have been featured widely and a collection of her work has been adapted for the Vagina Monologues at Tulane University. She is the co-host of a Southern Poetry podcast, Drawl, and in 2016 she founded an annual writing retreat in rural New Mexico for young writers.