In There Are No False Alarms, Snoek-Brown invites us to bear witness to his and his students’ experience in Winter 2018, when reports of gunfire at Highline College triggered a campus lockdown. With the same nuance and empathy he’s known for in his previous works, Snoek-Brown relays the day’s events and the emotional toll the situation took on everyone involved. The narrative brings to light deep-rooted anxieties surrounding school shootings—and their increasing occurrence in the U.S.—that many people carry with them on a daily basis.
Part of the Blue Cactus Press summer chapbook series, There Are No False Alarms is paired with Yousef Allouzi’s The Bedouin, a highly personal account of Allouzi’s experience reconnecting with his cultural heritage in Jordan, and the racial profiling he faced upon his return to the U.S.
Also by Samuel Snoek-Brown
There Is No Other Way to Workshop Them, a story collection
Where There Is Ruin, a fiction chapbook
Hagridden, a novel
Box Cutters, a fiction chapbook