The Fourth River

Tributaries, The New Nature: “What Remains”

By on January 17, 2018

Selected by Ira Sukrungruang   By Nicole Robinson   Near the edge of Lake Erie a common tern skims the shoreline for small fish. Behind me the marsh is golden brown with only buds of green. Migrating warblers flutter their

Announcing Tributaries: The New Nature

By on September 1, 2017

A year ago we launched Tributaries, a weekly web series that “showcases the brief and the inspiring, that which sustains us and takes us through unexpected courses.” We’re proud of the work that has found its way onto our front

Where Neighbors Come Together: Envision Downtown’s Vision for Pittsburgh’s Urban Spaces

By on February 27, 2017

By Alyssa Guelcher, Assistant Editor, The Fourth River   Society often takes a rigid, utilitarian approach to urban space, maximizing the efficiency of each square foot so that it contributes to the overall function of the city. This is perhaps

The Fourth River in Best of the Net!

By on February 6, 2017

We are happy to share the news that Queering Nature contributor, Alaina Symanovich, has had her essay, “The M Word,” included in the 2016 Best of the Net anthology!  You can read Alaina’s essay at the above link, or find

Book Review: Hick Poetics: An Anthology of Contemporary Rural American Poetry, Edited by Shelly Taylor and Abraham Smith

By on December 15, 2016

By Abby Minor   Will the Real Folks Please Stand Up?: Rebellion, Authenticity, and Identity in Hick Poetics   I was raised by a man who had opinions about the word “creek.” My father never missed an opportunity to remind

Essay: “Interlude on Darkness,” by Gary L. McDowell

By on July 19, 2016

From The Fourth River, issue 12   Nighttime as elegy. Nighttime as constraint. Being in the state of. Nighttime’s alter-ego: the Jazz Man. Croon, baby. Croon. Darkness after light is universal. Or before. We recognize the world, the jaws, the

Book Review: Practicing the Truth, by Ellery Akers

By on July 5, 2016

Reviewed by Alyse Richmond   Winner of the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize, 2015 winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Poetry Award, and winner of a 2015 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Book Award, Ellery Akers’ Practicing the Truth has undoubtedly

Health for the Earth; Health for Us All

By on June 25, 2016

By Athena Wintruba, assistant editor, The Fourth River   We’ve all heard about Zika virus by now: the illness, similar to yellow fever and West Nile virus transmitted by mosquitos. The virus typically results in fever, rash, and joint pain

Book Review: Down to the Dark River, Edited by Philip C. Kolin and Jack B. Bedell

By on June 20, 2016

  By Kim Hambright, assistant editor, The Fourth River   The Mississippi River proclaims itself to be “the Father of Rivers,” “the heart of remembrance,” “Mark Twain’s classroom,” “a hideaway for ballads,” and “the darkest place on earth” (Kolin). The

Fracking the Marcellus Shale: An Afternoon with Jimmy Guignard

By on June 10, 2016

By Kenny Gould for The Fourth River   A native North Carolinian, Jimmy Guignard is the author of Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing, and Living above the Marcellus Shale (Texas A&M University Press, 2015). He co-edited a collection of