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
— 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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