The Fourth River


Interview: Branching Out with Adam Reger

By on June 29, 2012

By Marcella Prokop   Pittsburgh writer Adam Reger has written a children’s book, a humorous book about pirates and the US Navy, and several articles for Pitt Magazine. He also works as a ghostwriter and an editorial assistant at the

Mormons, Academia, and Romantic Poets: An Interview with Lisa Heiserman Perkins

By on June 21, 2012

By Beth Gilstrap   Lisa Heiserman Perkins has a PhD from the University of Chicago. She taught at Tufts, Harvard, and Emerson College, and then left academia to write and to produce documentary films. Her work has appeared in Dislocate,

Interview: In the Flow with Evan Morgan Williams

By on May 15, 2012

by Nicole Bartley   Evan Morgan Williams, 47, is a writer from Portland, Oregon. His character-driven stories explore personal interaction, as well as the modes and nature of communication. He has published over thirty stories in literary magazines, including Witness,

Pittsburgh and Poetry: An Interview with Jackie Bartley

By on April 2, 2012

by Thanh Huynh     Jackie Bartley is a writer and professor. Her work has appeared in Under the Sun, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and West Branch, among others. She recently won the Three Candles Press’ Open Book Award. Her manuscript Sleeping with

Interview: Salvatore Pane

By on March 29, 2012

By Dan Kirk   To meet Salvatore Pane in person is to be engaged. Friendly and spirited, he fills the room with a devil-may-care but darn-I-like-people attitude. On a recent winter evening, he and other writers met in a room

Where the Music Happens: An Interview with Judith Vollmer

By on January 16, 2012

By Marcella Prokop Judith Vollmer’s collection of poems The Water Books was published this month by Autumn House Press. Her previous books include Reactor, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; The Door Open to the Fire (1997 Cleveland

Ted Morrissey on Calypso, Accomplished Lying, and the Contemporary Novella

By on December 16, 2011

by Beth Gilstrap   On a gray March evening, I spoke with Ted Morrissey, author of the novel Men of Winter (Punkin House, 2010) and the forthcoming novella and story collection Weeping with an Ancient God. We talked about the

Goats and Genre and Getting Closer to the Truth: An Interview with Brad Kessler

By on November 9, 2011

  By Sarah Leavens   “All flesh begins as grass,” Brad Kessler writes in his 2009 memoir Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese. This is fitting for an exploration of