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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

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Book Review: Practicing the Truth, by Eller 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

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Book Review: Come by Here, by Tom Noyes

By on February 18, 2016

By Alex Friedman, assistant editor, The Fourth River   Tom Noyes’ third book of fiction, Come by Here, published in 2014 by Autumn House Press, collects six  varied stories and a novella (that lends the book its title) relating to

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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

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Book Review: One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson

By on March 31, 2014

Doubleday 528 pgs/ $16.86 hardcover Review by Ryan Rydzewski “A most extraordinary summer was about to begin.” -Bill Bryson Hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch a New York skyscraper burn. Thousands more crowd Charles Ponzi’s Boston office, desperate

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Book Review: Before and Afterlives, by Christopher Barzak

By on March 19, 2014

Lethe Press, March 2013, 225 pages, $15 Review by Kelly Lynn Thomas After reading Christopher Barzak’s short story collection, Before and Afterlives, you might find yourself looking for mermaids among the bikini-clad women swimming at the beach, or for a

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Of Red-tailed Hawks and Earth Writing: A Review of Earth Works, by Scott Russell Sanders

By on August 5, 2013

Reviewed by: Brigette Bernagozzi   Earth Works Scott Russell Sanders ISBN 978-0253000958 Indiana University Press, 2012   “I am sometimes asked if I am a ‘nature’ writer,” Scott Russell Sanders writes in the preface to his newest book, “as if paying

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Review: Miraculum, by Ruth L. Schwartz

By on July 21, 2013

Reviewed by Marguerite Sargent   Miraculum Ruth L. Schwartz ISBN 978-1-932870-59-6 Autumn House Press   In Miraculum, her stunning and vital fifth collection, Ruth L. Schwartz writes with thoughtful precision and praise of the wounded. These poems have a way

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Review: Solecism, by Rosebud Ben-Oni

By on July 5, 2013

Reviewed by Linda M. Robertson   Solecism Rosebud Ben-Oni ISBN 978-0-944048-50-4 Virtual Artist Collective   In a 2010 interview for Camera Obscura, Rosebud Ben-Oni says, “The identity of a Mexican bordertown is problematic; the transience, violence and instability of its

Review: Stay Awake, by Don Chaon

By on March 24, 2013

Reviewed by: Heather Price   Stay Awake Dan Chaon ISBN 978-0-345-53037-0 Ballantine, 2012   The approach a reader takes to a short story collection is very different than how he or she approaches a novel. I’ve heard it compared to