“Erev” meaning “Evening” or “The eve of” in Hebrew and “Gildene” meaning “Golden” in Yiddish, Adrienne Novy’s collection shines lights on the many facets of sexuality, heartbreak, body image, shame, and what it means to be Jewish but not feel Jewish enough. From Timothée Chalamet to Harry Styles and beyond, Novy uses music and pop culture as a coping mechanism for mental health recovery, the rise and fall of a first relationship, and the ways chronic illness and pain have been left out of the bedroom and sex education. Erev Gildene is both the examination of the mirror, the necklace you forgot to remove before the shower, and the gold it all leaves in its wake. 


Adrienne Novy is an artist, musician, & writer with Cat Eye Syndrome. She is a nominee for Bettering American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and is a 2020 graduate from Hamline University’s Creative Writing program. She is the author of Crowd Surfing With God (Half Mystic Press, 2018) and the mini-chapbooks, We Have Each Other’s Flowers (Zines + Things, 2020) and Pull (Ginger Bug Press, 2020). Adrienne’s most recent work can be found in Passages North and “You Flower/ You Feast: An Anthology of Prose, Poems, & Plays inspired by Harry Styles”. She lives in the Midwest & has a cat named Laurie.

Erev Gildene