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Brevity Review, by Debbie Hagan

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  By Debbie Hagan As I read JoeAnn Hart’s page-turning memoir/crime story, Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s, I traveled back some forty years to a more hopeful, idealistic time—the late sixties/early seventies. As Hart writes, “we closed our eyes and divined a future, a utopian world with pleasure […]

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Allowed to Grow Old

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  Allowed to Grow Old Portraits of Elderly Animals From Farm Sanctuaries  By Isa Leshko Foreword by Sy Montgomery Essays by Gene Baur and Anne Wilkes Tucker University of Chicago Press, 2019 First, a disclaimer. While I wouldn’t call it a sanctuary, my husband and I do take in livestock rescues from time to time, […]

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Interview, Los Angeles Review of Books

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I Could Not Even Trust My Own Mind: Dinah Lenney Interviews JoeAnn Hart Dinah Lenney interviews JoeAnn Hart AUGUST 14, 2019 “IT WAS IN THE SPRING of 1999, during the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it buildup to the millennium, when time and its significant markers were much on the collective mind, that I started thinking about writing a short piece about Howie […]

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In Praise of Small Presses

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Nice interview about my experience with the University of Iowa Press and Ashland Creek Press with Chris Kinneally on the Beyond the Book podcast. In Praise of Small Presses

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The Narrow Edge

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  The Narrow Edge By Deborah Cramer Yale University Press, 2015.  The “narrow edge” in the title of this engaging book by Deborah Cramer evokes the image of comedian Harold Lloyd, in the 1923 film Safety Last!, teetering on a skyscraper ledge, clinging for dear life to the hands of a clock. It is an apt […]

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Zoologies

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Zoologies, On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed Editions)By Alison Hawthorne DemingEvery day, as I walk from house to barn, or go up the driveway to get the mail, I am closely monitored by the resident crows who glide from oak to oak, loudly discussing my movements amongst themselves. In a cacophony of caws and […]

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2014

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Once a year, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin, we get to be wowed, disgusted, depressed, amazed, revolted, terrified, and sometimes even amused with the publication of The Best American Science and Nature Writing. This is not a book geared for science nerds, this is reading for anyone interested in life. I wish there was a different name […]

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Trash Animals

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How we live with nature’s filthy, feral, invasive, and unwanted species Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II, editors University of Minnesota Press, 2013 In this collected cross-section of stories and essays about trash animals — the loathed species we deem dirty or dangerous nuisances, such as pigeons and coyotes — the authors differ in […]

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Home Ground, A Guide to the American Landscape

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Edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney (Trinity University Press, field edition 2013)   “What draws our attention?” Barry Lopez asks in his introduction of Home Ground, a surprisingly entertaining guide to the language of the American landscape. Humans are predisposed to pay attention to subtle changes in the natural world, harking back to our hunting/gathering […]

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Writing Process Blog Hop

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At every reading or workshop I give, a hand will raise and the question is asked: Where do I get my ideas from? And here’s the god’s honest truth: I don’t know! Who can keep track of what comes and goes through the labyrinth of flesh known as the brain? That’s not what I say […]

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