LAUGH OR CRY: THE COMPLEXITIES OF WILLIE DAVIS’S NIGHTWOLF by Sheldon Lee Compton

Willie Davis’s debut novel Nightwolf, published in July from 7.13 Books, moves fluidly through the streets of Lexington, Kentucky and explores the ties of family and place and friends, loss, memory, and longing, as well as anything written this past year. That’s a lot for a first-time novelist to take on, but Davis seems to … Continue reading LAUGH OR CRY: THE COMPLEXITIES OF WILLIE DAVIS’S NIGHTWOLF by Sheldon Lee Compton

‘Writing is a way of going home’ – An interview with Kentucky’s native son Chris Offutt

by Sheldon Lee Compton   Chris Offutt has been busy the last few years. A new memoir and a new novel are enough evidence of that. But he’s also busy with other projects, projects where he can use his hands to create things. This is the kind of thing Chris does because he is Chris. … Continue reading ‘Writing is a way of going home’ – An interview with Kentucky’s native son Chris Offutt

CROTALID by Rusty Barnes

Dick Jones took hold of the rattler with both hands, its body wrapping around his hairy forearm, the shovelhead grasped between his thumb and forefinger. “Now that’s how you pick up a dangerous snake,” he said. “You either don’t do it at all, which is the smart thing, or you pin that motherfucker.” I took … Continue reading CROTALID by Rusty Barnes

THESE MOUNTAINS, THESE WORDS: THE SELFLESS WRITINGS OF BREECE D’J PANCAKE by Sheldon Lee Compton

On April 8, 1979, graduate student Breece Pancake walked into his backyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, sat beneath an apple tree, put the barrel of a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. He was 26 years old. The act gave birth to perhaps one of the more enduring mysteries the world of literature has … Continue reading THESE MOUNTAINS, THESE WORDS: THE SELFLESS WRITINGS OF BREECE D’J PANCAKE by Sheldon Lee Compton

INTERVIEW – Brian L. Tucker talks new novel, fatherhood, & the writing life

This interview took place over the course of about a week, long-distance, of course, via email and Twitter. It’ll be in two parts, the first set up as a Q&A and the second a more loosely-based Twitter messaging conversation Brian and I had last week. Brian L. Tucker has written a lot of books, and … Continue reading INTERVIEW – Brian L. Tucker talks new novel, fatherhood, & the writing life