Archives for January 2015

“Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches,” by Renea Winchester

Reviewed by Lynn Braxton It’s not often you pick up a book on farming and cooking for entertainment. Not so with Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches, Renea Winchester’s latest, a work of homespun advice and useable content, including mouth-watering recipes, 82 of them to be exact, mostly hand-me-downs from family and friends both past […]

January Read of the Month: “Sweetwater Blues,” by Raymond L. Atkins

Reviewed by Cameron Williams When Palmer Cray is found guilty of vehicular manslaughter, he’s sentenced to fifteen years in Sweetwater State Correctional Facility. On his eighteenth birthday, his first day in the joint, Palmer is issued his “Sweetwater Blues,” the denim shirt and trousers that will be his uniform for the extent of his incarceration. […]

“Free Fall: The Chosen Poetry of Emma Bolden,” by Casey Clabough

  Essay by Casey Clabough   “I never chose a story: the story chooses me.” —Emma Bolden   True enough. The above epigraph’s declaration is neither unusual, nor particularly profound, yet it succeeds in revealing and articulating the sensibility of a true artist. By “true” I mean uncompromisingly receptive to whatever the imagination affords and […]