John Linstrom is a writer, editor, doctoral candidate, teacher, misplaced Michigander, and occasional Liberty Hyde Bailey impersonator. He writes and publishes poetry and nonfiction prose and is ABD in English and American Literature at New York University. In 2015, his centennial, authoritative edition of Liberty Hyde Bailey's ecological manifesto, The Holy Earth, was published by Counterpoint Press, featuring a new introduction by Wendell Berry. He is now co-editor with John Stempien of a new collection of Bailey's garden writings, tentatively titled Marvels at our Feet: A Gardener's Companion, forthcoming from the Comstock imprint of Cornell University Press in the fall of 2019. He is on Twitter, and he has blogged on Medium. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Commonweal Magazine, Bridge EightValparaiso Poetry Review, Dunes Review, and Narrative Northeast's "Eco Issue."

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"Soot of a Young Star" Nominated for Pushcart

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Soot, by Sam Linstrom, b. 1992

What a perfect end to my three days in Ames for the Home Voices Festival—I was just preparing to return home when I learned that my poem, "Soot of a Young Star," was nominated by Narrative Northeast for a Pushcart Prize! This news is all the more gratifying because the poem was so important for me.