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Posts By: Sheila Squillante

Sheila Squillante

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

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.

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

The Fourth River O.1: The Best of the First Ten Print Issues

By on November 17, 2014


Letters from Lindsay House

By on November 3, 2014

  November: when the too-early dark of Standard Time returns, but thankfully we have all that Halloween candy to light the way! Hello from Lindsay House, where the staff of The Fourth River is spread out among three different conference

Letters from Lindsay House

By on October 6, 2014

I am a person who believes in celebrating one’s own birthday lavishly and extensively. This weekend I did just that with friends and family at my home on Friday night, with my kids at the city’s terrific Children’s Museum on

Carolina Minded: An Interview with Wiley Cash

By on June 24, 2014

Interview by Rachael Levitt When bestselling author Wiley Cash passed through Pittsburgh on the promotional tour for his award-winning novel A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, he sat down with THE FOURTH RIVER to talk plot tricks and book deals.

A Conversation with Dinty W. Moore

By on June 10, 2014

Dinty W. Moore will be the keynote speaker during Chatham’s Summer Community of Writers, July 24-August 3, 2014. by Lori Barrett, for The Fourth River The Fourth River: The definition of Creative Nonfiction seems to be continually debated. Do you

Essay: “Adhering,” by Nicole Parizeau

Essay: “Adhering,” by Nicole Parizeau

By on May 15, 2014

Slime (vb.) In part, from the Greek linere: to daub, besmear, rub out. Erase. A fresh and robust slime trail can trap a rolling dime. On a crepuscular sidewalk, from a certain angle (you’ve seen this), a snail trail glows

Interview: Marjorie Agosín

By on April 28, 2014

Interview by Kinsley Stocum   It was an unseasonably warm fall day in Pittsburgh when I talked with Chilean writer and activist, Marjorie Agosín, Chatham University’s All-Campus Author and the woman behind nearly forty books, including anthologies, poetry, memoir and