John Linstrom is series editor of The Liberty Hyde Bailey Library for the Comstock Publishing Associates imprint of Cornell University Press and is a MacCracken Doctoral Fellow in English and American Literature at New York University. He coedited The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings (Comstock-Cornell UP, 2019) and prepared the centennial edition of Liberty Hyde Bailey's ecospheric manifesto, The Holy Earth (Counterpoint, 2015), which features a new foreword by Wendell Berry. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in North American ReviewThe New CriterionAtlanta Review, Vallum: Contemporary Poetryand Commonweal Magazine, his literary nonfiction has appeared in Newfound and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, and his scholarship is forthcoming in The Sower and the Seer: Perspectives on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest (Wisconsin Historical Society). His dissertation focuses on literatures of land, labor, and ecology in the Progressive Era, and he holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. He lives with his wife and their joyful window garden in Queens, NY. He is on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Medium.

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Fall-Winter 2019 Poems and an Essay

I was fortunate to place several poems and a literary essay in various literary journals in the last several months of 2019, plus another poem that just went live this month and will be in print in February 2020, and one of my favorites, "Blueshift," which appeared in Cold Mountain Review early last summer but which I never got around to announcing on this site (it's been a hectic academic-job-application season):

  • "Snow-bound." [Poem.] The New Criterion, vol. 38, no. 6, February 2020, and online at https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/2/snow-bound.
  • "To My Father, on the Table, Several States Away." [Poem.] North American Review, "Open Space" online feature, 24 December 2019, https://northamericanreview.org/open-space/my-father-table-several-states-away.
  • "Earth Room." [Poem.] About Place, "Infinite Country" issue, vol. 5, no. 4, Oct. 2019, https://aboutplacejournal.org/issues/infinite-country/east-rebirth/john-linstrom/.
  • "Symphonies and Sweet Potatoes." [Prose.] Newfound, vol. 10, no. 2, 2019, https://newfound.org/current-issue/nonfiction-john-linstrom/.
  • "Disclaimer." [Poem.] Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, "Fear" issue, vol. 16, no. 2, 2019, p. 62.
  • "On the President's Announcement of Our Hashtag." [Poem.] Writers Resist, no. 95, 19 September 2019, http://www.writersresist.com/2019/09/19/on-the-presidents-announcement-of-our-hashtag/. Previously appeared in This Week in Poetry, 9 November 2015, https://thisweekinpoetry.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/on-the-presidents-announcement-of-our-hashtag/.
  • "Blueshift." [Poem.] Cold Mountain Review, vol. 47, no. 2, Spring 2019 and https://www.coldmountainreview.org/issues/spring-summer-2019/blueshift-by-john-linstrom.

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