I’m pleased to share this review I wrote for Gail Godwin’s fascinating new novel Grief Cottage. This one kept surprising me, and I have special affection for books that don’t allow me to pin them down. My review is up today at the estimable Chapter 16.
I’m thrilled to share that I have a short story in the new issue of Shenandoah. “Eufaula” is, in some ways, this native Nashvillian’s love letter to the salty dog songwriters of a certain generation. I can’t help but have a special affection for those old bastards. And I’m grateful that this story has found an ideal home in a wonderful journal–one I’ve long admired. You can read my story (and the rest of the great issue) here.
My most recent piece for Chapter 16 allowed me to write a little about recent NBCC-winning poet Ishion Hutchinson’s work (go read him, please) and about ETSU’s upcoming Creative Writing Festival, where Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker. Looks like it’ll be a great event. You can find this feature piece on Chapter 16.
I had the chance to review Michael Knight’s new story collection, Eveningland, which focuses on the relationship between affluence and upheaval in the lives of characters in Mobile Bay. These stories are pretty much impossible to put down once you pick them up. You can read my review at the marvelous Chapter 16.
I’m happy to share my most recent review for the Humanities Tennessee writers’ lair, Chapter 16. This debut novel, One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain, may have been a little perplexing, given that one of its point of view characters is a mother cow. But I really do admire it when writers take big swings and commit to their choices. You can read my review over at Chapter 16.
This piece was a fun one—I had the chance to ask Bret Anthony Johnston some questions about his writing process, skateboarding, and his terrific 2014 novel, Remember Me Like This. The Q&A is up today at Chapter 16.
I’m excited to share this review I wrote for Chapter 16 about Family of Earth, the newly recovered memoir by Wilma Dykeman, whose fiction and environmentalist essays has had a strong influence on many Appalachian writers. I love this kind of discovery (especially when the result is this good). The reading life is a permanently renewable resource. You can read my review at Chapter 16.