HILLBILLY ELEGY: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture by J. D. Vance (Harper, 2016)

by R.T. Smith

Perhaps in part because I live at the foot of the Appalachians and occasionally teach the region’s literature, I was eager to read J. D. Vance’s best-selling Hillbilly Elegy.  And I’ll admit that my enthusiasm was amplified by Vance’s appearances … Continue reading

ALLEGHENY FRONT by Matthew Neill Null

by Maddie Schaffer

Matthew Neill Null, recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, among other accolades, follows up his novel Honey from the Lion (2015) with a collection of short stories entitled Allegheny Front (2016). Though his time is now split between Provincetown, … Continue reading

HARD LINES: Rough South Poetry

by Brendan Galvin

Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry.  Daniel Cross Turner and William Wright, editors. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2016. Editor William Wright  introduces this collection of “rough southern poetry,” two hundred poems by sixty contemporary poets, in this way: As … Continue reading