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Literary Citizenship Spotlight

Where Wisdom Crosses Crassness

If the literary world were somehow judged on wisdom, kindness, and sometimes crassness, I feel as though Jay Bates, Founder and Managing Editor of A River & Sound Review, would be a household name. Not many people can inspire me then two words later make me cringe quite like Jay.

Atticus Review recently posted an interview (conducted by the generous writer Jan Bowman) with Jay and yours truly. I hope you take the time to read what he had to say. Whether he is being interviewed about the journal or giving a graduation speech to high school seniors, Jay puts the most regal notions in a jester’s garb.

He is one of the great ones.

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Literary Citizenship Spotlight

Poetry, Horror, and (Human) Nature: A Look at “Render / An Apocalypse” by Rebecca Gayle Howell

Good horror has a way of destabilizing my sense of security. After I watch a good horror flick, I am cautious around corners, jump at shadows. Great horror*, however, offers a lens I haven’t seen through, lends a profound doubt to my realities. In other words, it is my mind that feels the threat, not my body. 

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Literary Citizenship

Your Name on My Chest, a Heart

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite emerging voices in poetry, Hannah Gamble. Hannah was kind enough to take part in our live show for A River & Sound Review. I’ve been a fan of her work since reading her prize-winning debut “Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast” (which I reviewed here) and can honestly say she is as engaging, open, insightful, and funny as her poetry implies.