“Fetish and Other Stories,” Second Edition, by Amy Susan Wilson

Reviewed by William Bernhardt Just when the cynics begin to wonder if the short story as a literary form is lost, moribund, or permanently encased in amber, The Balkan Press presents a collection that reminds us how rich, how enriching, and how truly American this form is. Fetish and Other Stories is the second edition […]

June Read of the Month: “Abraham Anyhow,” by Adam Van Winkle

Reviewed by William Bernhardt I am particular about how Oklahoma is portrayed in fiction. Perhaps I’m unduly defensive, but at this point, having written more than almost thirty novels set in Oklahoma, in a variety of time periods, I think I’ve earned the right. I chafe when I hear editors, upon hearing that the novel takes […]

“Burials,” by Mary Anna Evans

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Burials, the tenth Dr. Faye Longchamp-Mantooth archaeological mystery by master-writer Mary Anna Evans, begins with a bang. Literally. Faye and her client are hiding under a pick-up in Oklahoma as somebody shoots at them. Though the precise motive and identity of the shooter will not be revealed until the end, […]

Carl Sennhenn

Carl Sennhenn is a retired professor of English and Humanities and a former Oklahoma Poet Laureate.  He taught at Rose State College, where he served as Associate Dean of Humanities for three years. He is the author of In the Center of Noon, Harvest of Light, Travels Through Enchanted Woods (which received the 2006 Oklahoma Book Award […]

William Bernhardt Interviews Amy Susan Wilson, Author of “Want v. Need: Stories From Pottawatomie County”

WB: First of all, congratulations on your first collection, Want v. Need. It’s a magnificent achievement. You write exclusively about community and bonds rooted in contemporary, small-town American South, specifically, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, in rural Oklahoma. Where did these characters come from? ASW: The different protagonists sprang to life when the factual world of Pottawatomie County […]

December Read of the Month: “Want v. Need: Stories from Pottawatomie County,” by Amy Susan Wilson

Reviewed by William Bernhardt Just when the cynics begin to wonder if the short story as a literary form is lost, moribund, or permanently encased in amber, Third Lung Press presents a collection that reminds us how rich, how enriching, and how truly American this form is. Want v. Need: Stories from Pottawatomie County is […]

Anastasia Wickham

Anastasia Wickham earned her Ph.D. in English Education at the University of Oklahoma. She teaches middle school Language Arts, enabling her to fulfill her passions of inspiring young writers and creating a new generation of lifelong readers. Anastasia enjoys helping others record and edit their memories. She lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with her husband, stepdaughter, […]

William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt is the author of more than thirty books, including the Ben Kincaid novels, the historical novel Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness (currently being adapted into a television mini-series), a series of books on fiction writing, and most recently, a book of poetry, The White Bird. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red […]