So I wrote a novel, and it was OKish

I wrote a novel. I worked hard and wrote every chance I had for two years. I had big dreams of being a published novelist. When I had a good draft, I read all the dos and do nots of getting published, and edited my manuscript accordingly. I cut with abandon and brutally killed my … Continue reading So I wrote a novel, and it was OKish

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Review of Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks

I was introduced to bell hooks' work more than a decade ago. I immediately found myself falling into conversation with her. Her writing is frank and accessible, yet intellectually rigorous—those kinds of writers are few and far between in literary theory classes. First I became interested in her older, overtly Black Feminist work. Then I … Continue reading Review of Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks

Review: Looking for Ireland by Laura Treacy Bentley

Looking for Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage by Laura Treacy Bentley (Mountain State Press, 2017) is a beautiful collection of poetry inspired by travels to Ireland. The short poems are coupled with photographs the author took while visiting Ireland, or while in West Virginia and Maryland. At a recent family gathering we passed the book around, … Continue reading Review: Looking for Ireland by Laura Treacy Bentley

Review- Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South

Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South (2017; Bottom Dog Press) edited by Julia Watts and Larry Smith, is a collection of short fiction and essays about Southern people. The emphasis of the book is on diversity, and the narratives are decidedly Southern. I began reading this book shortly before the terrorist attacks … Continue reading Review- Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South