Announcing a New Book Series from Cornell University Press

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It's my pleasure to announce that I have signed a contract with Cornell University Press to serve as general editor of a forthcoming series of books by and about the great Progressive-Era horticulturist, philosopher, educator, poet, administrator, and naturist Liberty Hyde Bailey!


Panel at Midwestern History Conference

At the end of this month, on May 31 at 10:30 AM in Room 107-D of the DeVos Center at Grand Valley State University, I will be participating in a roundtable discussion at the Fifth Annual Midwestern History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The panel's topic is "Placing Literary Agrarianism in the Twentieth-Century Midwest," and it will be composed of contributors to a new collection of essays, forthcoming from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, titled Mapping Midwestern Minds: Essays on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest.


Poem: "Leaving the Party"

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I am so pleased to share that my dear old poem, "Leaving the Party," has just been published in the Spring 2019 issue of Alluvian! The issue theme is "The Grey Zone: Human and Ecological Triage."

     We danced like satellites, I think, last night,
     spinning, the Christmas lights in our glasses,

     our bottles. (read poem)


"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.


Reading in Ames, IA: Home Voices Alumni Festival

I'll be joining fellow Iowa State MFA alums Marissa Landrigan and Colin Rafferty, along with current students Eric Fisher Stone and Crystal Stone, to read from our books and other creative work, this coming Sunday, January 27, from 2:00 to 5:00 in the Ames Public Library.  I hope to see some old faces and get to know many new ones!  Details below:

Home Voices Alumni Festival poster

Poem: "Church of the Epiphany"

I was thrilled to discover today that my poem, "Church of the Epiphany," was publiPicture2shed online this week in Bridge Eight!

     whichever one had weathered best the words
     of students to their parents, old ones now

     to dead.

Read the whole thing here.


Book Deal: New Anthology of Liberty Hyde Bailey's Garden Writings

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John Stempien and I are pleased and deeply excited to announce that we have signed a contract with Comstock Publishing, an imprint of Cornell University Press, for publication of a completely new anthology of writing by Liberty Hyde Bailey, The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings.

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion collects the best and most accessible literary garden writings of Liberty Hyde Bailey, the Father of Modern Horticulture. Despite Bailey's huge influence as a journalistic popularizer of amateur gardening from the late nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth, and despite the rise in recent years of widespread interest in gardening, such an anthology has never been compiled until now. The essays and poems that make up the collection include work from Bailey's most beautiful literary and philosophical books, as well as essays from periodicals that have never been published in book form and even an essay that Bailey read over nationalized radio in 1930 and has never before appeared in print. The result of about a decade of research and collecting on the part of the editors, The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion will provide the best introduction available to those unfamiliar with Bailey's writing, and for the seasoned Bailey enthusiast it will offer a trove of delightful and unexpected marvels.


Poem: "Day Sleepers"

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My poem "Day Sleepers" is now live on Commonweal Magazine's website, coming to print soon in the September 21 issue! Read it now and let me know what you think:

     Around midafternoon, our dreams slip out to have a walk around.

     They slough off the brightness of day, cloud our vision
     and take our pulses.  (read poem)


Poem: "Ice Sheet Archive"

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It was a joy to return home from my summer residency and wanderings to find my contributor's copy of Broad River Review's 50th Anniversary Issue in the mail, which includes my poem "Ice Sheet Archive."

softly: lettered peninsular shapes
at the edges of these pages part
with one gloved finger's brush


Poem: "Sunrise, with Motherly Influence"


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I'm ecstatic to have my poem "Sunrise, with Motherly Influence" included in the Summer Fiction Issue of Commonweal Magazine.  This is my fourth contribution to Commonweal, and it's a special poem to me for a number of reasons.

     We drink coffee though it tires us,
     we love our partners and in loving
     we forget our work. (read poem)