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Help for Broken Wings

By on January 29, 2016

  By Ann Marie Falcone, assistant editor   Keeping a lookout for injured birds was never a plan when I was a child, nor is it part of my everyday adult life. Though, I happened upon an injured bird outside

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The Surprise of a Mirror Where a Mirror is Least Expected: A Conversation with Tobias Wray

By on January 27, 2016

  Interview by Alyse Richmond, for The Fourth River   Tobias Wray is a poetry editor for the cream city review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, Bellingham Review, North American Review, Blackbird and elsewhere. He’s

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Change the Meatball, Save the Planet?

By on January 20, 2016

By Ann Marie Falcone, assistant editor   Meatballs are the way of the Italians. I grew up with an Italian father and grandfather who cooked meals, occasionally, or brought home food from diners for supper. Every dinner included some form

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Make the Coral Okay

By on January 6, 2016

  –by Sheila Squillante, Editor-in-Chief   When we decided to dedicate a section of issue 13 to the topic of Climate Change, I knew it would raise a lot of strong emotions in our staff, our contributors and our readers.

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It’s Just Kind of Doing the Work: A Conversation with Wiley Cash

By on December 17, 2015

By Johnny Caputo, for The Fourth River Wiley Cash, New York Times Bestselling Author and fiction faculty member at Chatham’s 2015 Summer Community of Writers, once wrote, “As a six-year-old you’re called a liar when you tell a story you

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On Research and Relationships: An Interview with Kathryn Miles

By on October 30, 2015

  By Amanda Jaros-Chamption, for The Fourth River   Kathryn Miles is a longform journalist, memoirist, and environmental writing professor. Her most recent book is Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, published in 2014. She is the author of Adventures

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The Mark of Real Life : An Interview with Allison Joseph

By on June 9, 2015

    –by Billy Jenkins, assistant editor, The Fourth River   Allison Joseph was born in London, England in 1967. She is the author of What Keeps us Here, which won the 1992 Women Poets Series Prize from Ampersand Press,

Talking Place at AWP

By on May 29, 2015

A reflection on AWP 15′s panel, “Telling Stories About Your Hometown” –by Carmen Bryant   Moderator and writer Rene Steinke began the 2015 AWP Conference Panel, “Telling Stories About Your Hometown,” with fellow authors, Eric May, Christine Rice, and David

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Nature Will Overcome: An Interview with Pittsburgh Artist Seth Clark

By on May 19, 2015

  –by Faith Cotter, assistant editor, The Fourth River In many ways, the neighborhood of Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh, PA is the perfect setting for award-winning artist Seth Clark’s studio. Clark is drawn to architecture that has been broken down by

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Book Review: Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Sprits, and the return of Artisanal Foods, by Suzanne Cope

By on May 12, 2015

–by Sharla Yates, associate editor, The Fourth River   Something More: A Food Movement Story When you take a bite out of a $7.00 artisanal chocolate bar, you expect something more than what a less expensive, mass-produced chocolate can provide—more