Book Review: HEADING HOME: FIELD NOTES by Peter Anderson

Heading Home: Field Notes by Peter Anderson Conundrum Press, 2017 $14.99 Reviewed by Isabel McCarthy In Heading Home, field notes are more akin to poignant vignettes, setting Anderson apart as a master of poetic fiction. What is truly remarkable about Peter Anderson’s writing is his ability pull the reader into the experience with him and then leave […]

On Ekphrastics

by Gerry LaFemina For the last few years, I’ve been working with the Italian photographer Leila Myftija, writing poems in dialogue with her photographs. The photos are varied: one depicts a group of children at the beach, another is a close up of a section of an industrial grate, another a wicker ball. Some conjure […]

Book Review: AN ACCIDENT OF STARS by Foz Meadows

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows Angry Robot Books, 2016 $7.99 Reviewed by Maeve Murray  An Accident of Stars is the kind of fantasy novel that’s been a long time coming. As more and more articles pour out about bias in science fiction and fantasy, citing lack of diversity—both in the gender and race […]

For Future Reference: Notes on a Writer’s Desk

by Gerry LaFemina Like a lot of people these days, my students have a stated conviction that the internet is better than print materials for research. It’s easy to think so. If you know what you’re looking for it may even be true. Need to know what a grackle eats? You can find out. Want […]

Book Review: BRAWL & JAG by April Bernard

Brawl & Jag by April Bernard W.W. Norton, 2016 $17.95 Reviewed by Shelby Newsom Reading April Bernard’s fourth book of poetry, Brawl & Jag, is like staring down the barrel of a gun. She writes about loss, despair, and anger with sharp-tongued wit and humor. Bernard’s language is not soft—her words bristle, pages upturned by grief. When […]

Skill Set: Notes on Tom Lux, Poetry, and Teaching

by Gerry LaFemina In the two months or so since Tom Lux died, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to have been his student, which in turn has led me to thinking about what it means to be a teacher of poetry. Much, of course, has been written on this […]