I don’t know if it’s something in the air or the water, but I’ve read some really wonderful nonfiction pieces lately, and I wanted to share them.
After the birth of her children, Emily Mohn-Slate had trouble finding her way back to herself. Check out her essay at Racked: https://www.racked.com/2017/6/19/15757368/motherhood-bodies-postpartum-clothes .
If I told you, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” you might think I was speaking about Elizabeth Warren, but I’m actually talking about Megan Culhane Galbraith. She writes about how divine rules were meant to be broken for The Coachella Review: http://thecoachellareview.com/wordpress/talking-points/
I love to read book reviews and interviews, especially when they are smart and insightful. K.L. Brown interviewed Brad Listi over at Entropy: https://entropymag.org/otherppl-with-brad-listi-an-interview-with-the-interviewer-of-todays-leading-writers/
And Cassie Pruyn reviewed Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s second book, There Should Be Flowers, for Blackbird: http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v16n1/nonfiction/pruyn-c/flowers_page.shtml#.WUqxKA_P-PU.facebook.
Cassie Pruyn has her own book of poetry, Lena, that was recently released by Texas Tech University Press. If you don’t own it yet, you really should buy it immediately. I’ll be sharing more about this beautiful collection soon, but as a teaser, check out this mention at Rosemary and Reading Glasses: https://rosemaryandreadingglasses.com/2017/07/18/recommended-reading-lena-by-cassie-pruyn/.
If you’re looking for something good to read or listen to, here are some suggestions!
K.L. Browne wrote about the podcast A Phone Call from Paul over at Entropy: http://entropymag.org/podcast-philia-a-phone-call-from-paul-with-paul-holdengraber/.
Susan Ishmael wrote a beautiful essay about religion at Parabola: https://parabola.org/2017/01/31/the-turn-of-the-dial-seeking-god-in-the-fringes-by-susan-ishmael/?utm_content=buffer49356&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer. Be careful reading if you’re afraid of snakes.
Kate Jayroe has a new story in Juked: http://www.juked.com/2017/02/kate-jayroe-woonwinkel.asp.
Gail Tyson has a beautiful new poem in the February issue of Art Ascent, which is a really cool journal worth exploring: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1229904.
There’s a wonderful interview with Barrett Warner over at Tethered By Letters: https://tetheredbyletters.com/author-qa-barrett-warner/.
The always funny Corina Zappia writes about 50 Shades Darker and “asinine dating choices” online at Salon: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/20/50-shades-of-regret-a-cautionary-tale-about-online-dating-and-the-movies/.
And the Best of the Net awards have been announced! Congrats to Cassie Pruyn for making the list with her poem, “Traveler’s Monologue,” originally published in Border Crossing. And congrats to Adam Clay who’s on the list with his poem, “When the People We Know Become the People We Don’t,” originally published at Jet Fuel Review. You can see the whole list here: http://www.sundresspublications.com/bestof/.
Finally, check out this story about how Danny Judge faced some pretty incredible difficulties while creating of The Indianola Review: http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/18/iowa-man-creates-literary-journal-while-supporting/.
I’ve been reading some great stories, poems and essays in the past few weeks. If you’re looking for something to hold your attention over the weekend, try one (or all) of these:
Barrett Warner’s poem, Oxon Run, was recently featured at Autumn Sky Poetry Daily: https://autumnskypoetrydaily.com/2016/09/08/oxon-run-by-barrett-warner/.
Emily Mohn-Slate has two poems at Connotation Press: http://www.connotationpress.com/poetry/2862-emily-mohn-slate-poetry.
Linda Michel-Cassidy interviewed Tom McAllister and Mike Ingram, the creators of Book Fight!, over at Entropy: http://entropymag.org/book-fight-books-we-love-books-we-hate-books-that-inspire-us-baffle-us-infuriate-us/.
K.L. Browne’s fantastic story, Toucan, was published this week at Ascent: http://www.readthebestwriting.com/toucan-kelly-browne/.
Susan Pagani wrote this cool article about a cooperative grocery store in Minneapolis for Civil Eats, a national food justice mag: http://civileats.com/2016/09/20/this-minneapolis-cooperative-grocery-store-is-working-to-break-the-diversity-mold/.
Finally, I highly recommend you check out this essay by Jamie Zvirzdin in The Kenyon Review’s Poetics of Science issue: http://www.kenyonreview.org/kr-online-issue/2016-fall/selections/jamie-zvirzdin-656342/. The essay is titled, “Observations of a Science Editor: If Romantic Scientists Pilfered Fiction’s Toolbox, You Can Too,” and it’s really fascinating.