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ISBN: 978-1-62557-713-9

I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych

Publication Date: May 2019


Listen to Nina Boutsikaris read from I’M TRYING TO TELL YOU I’M SORRY: AN INTIMACY TRIPTYCH // Watch the captioned video on the BLP YouTube Channel



No one is safe from Nina Boutsikaris’ gaze in this book-she looks at the world and people around her just as intensely as she turns her gaze inward, questioning her desires, her actions, and asking what it means to see something for what it truly is. I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry pairs art with experience, youth with introspection, and gender with power-the dance between these topics makes for an utterly absorbing read.

-Chelsea Hodson

I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry is not so much a memoir as an experience. Be prepared to fully immerse yourself in a world that’s both gorgeous and dangerous, led by a guide who has found herself at the outermost edges of what language can bear. I’ve never read anything quite like it. Nina Boutsikaris is a compelling new voice in creative nonfiction.

-Brenda Miller

An intelligent and radical rumination on gender, sexuality, fear, and romance. A topical and evocative book for anyone with a brain.

-Chloe Caldwell

About the Author

Nina Boutsikaris

Nina Boutsikaris' essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Assay, BrevityThird Coast, and elsewhere, and among the Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2016. She has taught at The University of Arizona, where she completed her MFA in creative nonfiction, The Gotham Writers Workshop, and Eugene Lang College. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City.

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