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Where East Meets West: Essays from Pennington Creek

John Gifford

Forthcoming: Available February 1, 2020 In the middle of the bucolic landscape of south-central Oklahoma is an immense reservoir—the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifier. Its deepest portions contain water that is thousands of years old, and it feeds the area’s many streams, springs, and lakes. One of these streams is Pennington Creek, located in Johnston County and discernible only […]

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Eldorado, Iowa

Amy Weldon

The year is 1875, and a young physician’s wife, Sarah Archer, is settling into a new life on the Iowa frontier, expecting her first child. A survivor of the Civil War, she wrestles with troubling memories of her childhood on her family’s Alabama plantation. As Sarah struggles amid anger, love, and the inherited lies of […]

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The Lost Gospel of Darnell Rabren

John Calvin Hughes

Young Darnell Rabren is lost and confused in Mississippi, and he and his friend, Judson Walker, are on an epic quest to discover the meaning of life. Darnell knows a lot, but there’s a lot he doesn’t know, and his misadventures with Judson across the swampy South will leave you as delighted, bewildered, and incredulous […]

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Delirium: Poems

Coty Poynter

In this carefully curated collection of original poems, Coty Poynter explores the experience of absence, disappearance, and loss. The people around us possess great power over us, and Delirium addresses that phenomenon with empathy and beauty. In this labyrinthine fever dream of stages on life’s way, there is always more than meets the eye. Insomnia, […]

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The Sharks of Al Jubail and Other Stories

John Gifford

Featuring “Walleyed,” a Pushcart Prize nominee The nine stories in The Sharks of Al Jubail celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and explore the value of freedom and the meaning of identity. In “What Money Won’t Buy,” a college dropout comes to understand the significance of his own name, and the protagonist in “Something […]

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