I have a new review up this week: a new anthology from Bottom Dog Press called Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South. Editors Julia Watts and Larry Smith have brought together a big list of southern voices, in particular LGBTQ voices, in an effort to bust through stereotypes and encourage greater understanding. My review’s up at Chapter 16, and you can read it here.
From the Department of Posting Better Late Than Never: I had the pleasure of reviewing several books for Chapter 16 during the run-up to this year’s Southern Festival of Books, as well as hosting a festival session. Firstly, I got my hands on two fascinating novels: Nick White’s debut How to Survive a Summer and Eleanor Henderson’s The Twelve-Mile Straight. Secondly, I wrote some thoughts about Rodney Jones’s powerful novel-in-verse Village Prodigies. Each was a thought-provoking challenge. On the final days of the festival, I was lucky to moderate a festival session for Radney Foster, a well-known singer-songwriter and first-time short fiction author. Having written stories in tandem with an album of songs, both titled For You to See the Stars, Radney read and sang his great work during our session. Another memorable, inspiring festival in the books!
I’m so glad to share that I had the chance to review Erica Wright’s new poetry collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. These poems have something fresh to say about a range of our modern-life concerns, and they are also a real pleasure to read. You can read my review over at Chapter 16.
Though I’m rather late to posting this, I’d like to share a link to my review for Maile Meloy’s new novel, Do Not Become Alarmed. This is the kind of literary novel which becomes increasingly tough to put down as the story unfolds, making it especially fun to recommend to a wide swath of readers. My review can be found at the wonderful Chapter 16.
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.