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POPULAR TAG: November 2019

A Review of You Are No Longer in Trouble

Rhonda Havig

You Are No Longer in Trouble does not sugar-coat or put a movie shine on the life of a teacher. It also does not try to be shocking or bleak about the profession. O’Donnell strikes a well-balanced tone, providing a realistic sense of the life of a teacher.

A Conversation with Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

Rhonda Havig

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell is the mother of two teenagers, a former Literary Mama columnist, and an educator who now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her latest collection of poems explores the life of a teacher.

A Review of The Four Ugliest Children in Christendom

Marjorie Maddox

Open the pages of The Four Ugliest Children in Christendom and enter another world. In this intriguing, provocative poetry collection, Welsch confronts societal expectations, the ethics of research, the pressures and complications of parenting and adoption, and shifting definitions of truth and beauty.

A Conversation with Camille-Yvette Welsch

Christina Consolino

I love poetry outreach! I want people to think of poetry as part of their daily life, as a way to honor it, to remember it, etc. I tell folks, “It’s better than Sudoku! It keeps the brain agile!”

The Last Bedtime Story

Ruth Dawkins

But over the last year or so, no matter how engaging the book, I could never get through more than two or three pages before he’d decide that was enough.

A Conversation with Andrea J. Buchanan

Amanda Jaros

Andrea J. Buchanan’s 2018 memoir, The Beginning of Everything, explores Buchanan’s battle with an incapacitating cerebrospinal fluid leak. It tells of the painful period where she searched for answers in the face of neurological damage, while also redefining her life as she and her husband divorced and continued to raise their children.

Silk and Stone

Louise Lynch

I see it in everyone’s eyes when they ask how I’m doing, as if I can answer, as if I’m not a beast of grief wearing the skin of a housewife—a coyote disguised as a woman.

Powder Blue

Molly Kelash

She still hasn’t cried. Not really. She has tried, of course, especially at the funeral when it was expected. But when she isn’t angry, she is a hollowed-out shell that doesn’t sleep or eat, doesn’t understand or remember how to do either, as if they are theoretical concepts. The smell of food makes her sick.