Feature on ETSU and Ishion Hutchinson

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.

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Review of Michael Knight’s Linked Story Collection

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. 

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Review of Bren McClain Debut Novel

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.

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New Q&A with Bret Anthony Johnston

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.

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Review of Posthumously Found Wilma Dykeman Memoir

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

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Review of Ron Rash’s Latest

I had the chance to review Ron Rash’s most recent novel, The Risen, for Chapter 16. This slim novel would not let me stop reading until I had gulped it down in one sitting. My review is available here at Chapter 16.

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New Review of Brad Watson Novel

I’m so pleased to share my new review of Brad Watson’s fascinating novel, Miss Jane. I loved this book—which boasts a pretty high degree of difficulty—so it’s exciting to know that it was recently longlisted for the National Book Award. (Watson will soon be at the Southern Festival of Books.) You can read my review here at Chapter 16.

 

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