Review of Memoir by Casey Parks

I loved Casey Parks’ Diary of a Misfit: a Memoir and a Mystery. Not only is this book moving and insightful—it’s also impossible to put down. Parks’ debut memoir will appeal to a broad range of readers who enjoy complex stories about growing up in small places, so I plan to push it on all kinds of folks. My review’s up today at Chapter 16.

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Music Feature on Kate and Anna McGarrigle

For my beloved Peauxdunque Review, I write a recurring a music feature. I’m happy now to share this piece, newly online, which let me take a deep dive into Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s largely forgotten 1978 album, Pronto Monto. My love letter to the McGarrigles: their roguish spirit, their wry self-knowledge, and their clear-eyed grownup love songs. You can read this piece on the Peauxdunque Review site.

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Review of New Memoir by Charles Dodd White

I was so excited to write about Knoxville writer Charles Dodd White’s new memoir-in-essays, A Year Without Months. Given its powerful and honest insights into subjects that are vitally relevant to so many of us, I hope that this work finds many readers. You can read my review at Chapter 16.

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Review of New Ocean Vuong Collection

I’m so pleased to share my latest review for Chapter 16. Poet Ocean Vuong seems to specialize in evoking multi-sensory dreamscapes of memory, and his new collection, Time Is A Mother, delivers them nonstop. You can read my review here. (Update: This piece also appears in this week’s Nashville Scene)

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Review of New Poetry from Bobby C. Rogers

I’m pleased to share my latest piece for Chapter 16, reviewing Shift Work, a nuanced and skillful new collection from West Tennessee poet Bobby C. Rogers. Out from LSU Press. Until now, I’d never read poems that more perfectly capture the world of my dad’s Duck River TN origins. Rogers’ work addresses that experience of Southern past but avoids cliché and sentimentality.

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Review of Trouble the Waters

I’m so pleased that I had the chance to review Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue—an adventurous new anthology of speculative fiction about our world’s bodies of water and our myriad relationships to them. It’s a fascinating book, wonderfully edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Troy L. Wiggins, and Pan Morigan, and it’s out today from Third Man Books. You can read my review at the always thirst-quenching Chapter 16.

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New Fiction up at storySouth

I’m thrilled to share that a piece of my short fiction, “Field School,” appears in the new issue of storySouth! I’ve read this journal for a long time, so seeing my gal in their “pages” is a special pleasure. For years, I’ve been over-identifying with contract work archeologists, and this story is my love letter to them.

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Review of New Louise Erdrich Novel

Every time I review a Louise Erdrich book, I learn something new about what gifts novels can give us, how they can expand and concentrate our understanding. Today, my review of Erdrich’s new novel, The Sentence, is up at Chapter 16!

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New Feature on Environmental Writing in TN

I’ve written for Chapter 16 for a long time, but I’ve have never had the chance to write a piece like this. Here, in “Among the Pollinators,” I wanted to discover how TN writers are engaging with our environment, particularly at this time of overlapping crises. Many thanks, Maria Browning and Chapter 16, for the space to roam out and write with some scope about this subject!

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Review of New Richard Powers Novel

I’m so glad I had the chance to review the new Richard Powers’ novel, Bewilderment, out tomorrow from W.W. Norton. Thank you, Chapter 16! From my review (read it here): “Though Bewilderment is intergalactic in scale, the heart of this novel dwells in the most intimate space we know–in the profound vulnerability that’s asked of us when we attempt to love another person without deception or illusion.”

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