Lynn Stegner and Russell Rowland talk about the process of compiling essays and poetry from more than 60 authors from "the western tribe of writers." They also read from the book, which is titled 'West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West.'
What does it mean to be a westerner? With all the mythology that has grown up about the American West, is it even possible to describe "how it was, how it is, here, in the West--just that," in the words of Lynn Stegner? Starting with that challenge, Stegner and Russell Rowland invited several dozen members of the western literary tribe to write about living in the West and being a western writer in particular.
My brother, expecting, thinking, what? That the wind would waft our father's ashes Gently out of his hand, convey them As though a squall of butterflies, as White bits of the soul, as wafer Upon the tongue, to dissolve
Chris Dombrowski talks with Sarah Aronson about 'Body of Water: A Sage, A Seeker, and the World's Most Alluring Fish,' which is part memoir, part reportage.
Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions — poetry and fly-fishing; one child, with another on the way; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: Can’t go, it’s all paid for, just book a flight to Miami. Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide.
Joe Wilkins talks about the poems in his collection 'When We Were Birds' and reads a few of the poems and an essay.
In When We Were Birds, Joe Wilkins wrests his attention away from the griefs, deprivations, and high prairies of his Montana childhood and turns toward “the bean-rusted fields & gutted factories of the Midwest,” toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.
Poetry reminds me of beer. More specifically it reminds me of Cold Smoke, a favorite of Missoula brew enthusiasts. I always pick up the cold pint glass thinking this will be the time I finally gain appreciation for the dark ale that my friends consume generously on our nightly excursions. However, my response is found to be the same puckering of lips and slight crinkling of my nose in an unattractive grimace, immediately followed by a mouthful of my usual vodka-cran to wash down the taste of the dark ale.
Carmen Giménez Smith talks about the politics and feminism that influenced the poems in her collection 'Milk and Filth'
"All of us gun owners, pro-rights-pro-life, pro-choice… all of us are being oppressed by this same coterie of rich people. But we’re oppressing each other through hate. And that’s great for that 1%. They’re thrilled when we’re fighting about trifling things because they have all our money now." — Carmen Giménez Smith