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A Second Look: “Hot Air Ballooning,” by Erin Jourdan

By on December 17, 2014

In this new series, the staff of The Fourth River comb back through our archives to find and share with you the pieces they believe deserve a second look. Floating in Poetry -by Amanda Long, The Fourth River Staff  

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Embracing the Gap: An Interview with Alix Ohlin

By on December 15, 2014

  –by Tess Wilson, for The Fourth River   Alix Ohlin is the author of two novels – Inside and The Missing Person – and two collections of short stories – Signs and Wonders and Babylon and Other Stories. More

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Second Look: “Dreaming on the Surface,” by Lissy Goralnik

By on December 10, 2014

In this new series, the staff of The Fourth River comb back through our archives to find and share with you the pieces they believe deserve a second look. Surfacing by Sharla Yates, The Fourth River Staff I’m the type

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Anyone Who Would Talk with Me: An Interview with Julia Spicher Kasdorf

By on December 8, 2014

–by Amy Lee Heinlen, for The Fourth River       Julia Spicher Kasdorf visited Chatham University as the guest poet for the 2014 Summer Community of Writers (SCW). It was here that I heard Julia read from her enquiring

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Poem: “Among Landowners and Industrial Stakeholders, a Citizen with Too Much Memory Seeks Standing to Speak of Recent Events in Penn’s Woods,” by Julia Spicher Kasdorf

By on December 8, 2014

When I drive south on I -78, diagonal highway from New York to Harrisburg, the Blue Mountain presses my right shoulder for miles, dividing coal tipples from barns with hex signs, French and Indian territory from the British colony. At

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From There He Began Making: A Profile of Pittsburgh Artist Ryder Henry

By on December 5, 2014

  – by Taylor Smith, for The Fourth River   I am standing in the middle of an exhibit at the Mattress Factory in downtown Pittsburgh—the room is fully carpeted, and I am surrounded by nearly thirty brick-brown model towers.

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A Second Look: “She Dreams of Muddy Water” by Sarah McCartt-Jackson

By on December 3, 2014

  Dreaming of, Again and Again  -by Taylor Smith, The Fourth River Staff             I have read and reread Sarah McCartt-Jackson’s poem “She Dreams of Muddy Water” repeatedly, hoping to, perhaps, uncover some truth from her exquisite lines. I hope that

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Letters from Lindsay House

By on December 1, 2014

Today is the last practicum of the semester here at The Fourth River. In a few hours, I will climb the stairs in Lindsay House to find my staff sitting around the seminar table, shaking off the rain and perking