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Review of Helen Macdonald’s New Essay Collection

Oh how I loved writing this review of Vesper Flights, the new essay collection by Helen Macdonald (author of H Is for Hawk)! Macdonald will appear online Sept. 15, in an event benefitting Humanities Tennessee. She’ll be in discussion with … Continue reading

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Review of New Ron Rash Story Collection

I’m delighted to share my review of Ron Rash’s new story collection, In The Valley. One of our master story writers, and one of my own favorites. Fans of Serena will be pleased—she’s back, deliciously amoral as ever, this time … Continue reading

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New Interview with Jamey Hatley at Peauxdunque Review

I’m delighted to share my interview with the wonderful Jamey Hatley, who’s serving as this year’s Short Story judge in the Words and Music Writing Competition, which is open for submissions until Aug. 15. We at Peauxdunque Review are partnering … Continue reading

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New Essay on Indigo Girls

I’m so pleased to share this (newly online) piece I wrote for the second issue of Peaxudunque Review. In this music column, I take a deep dive into albums that seemed to go overlooked when they first appeared. It’s been … Continue reading

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New Personal Essay at Atticus Review

I’m thrilled to share this new personal essay, up today at Atticus Review. The week I wrote this piece, some fluke of scheduling had me working on three separate author interviews at once, which seemed to open up an ongoing … Continue reading

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Review of Collection by Shuly Xóchitl Cawood

I’m pleased to share my latest review for Chapter 16. Especially now, it feels especially important to show our support for new books from small presses, like East Tennessean Shuly Xóchitl Cawood’s short story collection, A Small Thing to Want … Continue reading

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Review of new Memoir by Alia Volz

I’m happy to share my review for the rollicking and poignant memoir, Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco. Alia Volz tells the story of her mother’s pot-brownie empire with loving closeness and a great eye for … Continue reading

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Review of Katy Simpson Smith Novel

Feels good right now to do some small bit for authors who’ve had to cancel their book tours this spring. Here’s my review of Katy Simpson Smith’s fascinating, millennia-spanning novel The Everlasting, which was released last week. My review’s up … Continue reading

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New Essay on Patti Smith

Some artists hold unique power when it comes to seeing us through dark times. For me, one of those artists is Patti Smith. Thanks to Maria Browning and Chapter 16 for running this piece of mine, despite the cancellation of … Continue reading

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Review of New Louise Erdrich Novel

I’m delighted to share my latest review for Chapter 16, this one of Louise Erdrich’s new novel, The Night Watchman. Her novels are always a pleasure, as well as a challenge to the spirit. I didn’t want this one to … Continue reading

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