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 […]

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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 […]


Book Review: A BLISTER OF STARS by Jason Irwin

A Blister of Stars by Jason Irwin Low Ghost Press, 2016 $8.00 Reviewed by Shelby Newsom Winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award for Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008) and author of the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014) and Some Days It’s a Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005), Jason Irwin’s most recent collection, A […]


Book Review: THE CANOPY by Patricia Clark

The Canopy by Patricia Clark Terrapin Books, 2017 $16.00 Reviewed by Marie Orttenburger  I often found myself without breath while reading Patricia Clark’s new collection of poetry, The Canopy. The poems quietly knocked the wind out of me. The collection dwells in loss and the ways death can take things from us, both slowly and all at once. […]