John Linstrom is a writer, editor, doctoral candidate, teacher, and Michigander among the Manhattoes. He writes and publishes poetry and nonfiction prose and is "all but dissertation" 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 titled The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings, forthcoming from the Comstock imprint of Cornell University Press in September 2019. He is on Twitter, and he has blogged on Medium. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review, Free State Review, Commonweal Magazine, Alluvian, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.

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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.