In the Land of Lotus Eaters

Showing a Friend My Town

Hummingbirds and Human Aggressions: A View from the High Tanks

Gary Paul Nabhan is a Lebanese-American and Ecumenical Franciscan Brother who was hosted in Lebanon by American University in Beirut in 2018. A MacArthur Fellow and award-winning essayist, he is working on a novel about his family’s flight from Syria a century ago. Nabhan has authored and edited more than thirty-five books on the natural history and ecology of the American Southwest and the importance of nurturing cultural diversity to preserve biodiversity. One of the co-authors of the manifesto “An Invitation to the Radical Center” (2003), his most recent books include Mesquite (Chelsea Green, 2018) and Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Land and Communities (Island Press, 2018). 

Sestet for Many Voices

on Jews in the American Academy 1900-1940: The Dynamics of Intellectual Assimilation by Susanne Klingenstein

on Language Poetry: Writing as Rescue by Linda Reinfeld

on Dual Destinies: The Jewish Encounter with Protestant America by Egal Feldman

Prizing (and Apprising) the New Eclecticism (on The Best American Short Stories 1991 by Alice Adams and Katrina Kenison; Prize Stories 1992: The O. Henry Awards by William Abrahams; New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 1991 by Shannon Ravenel; & The Best of the West 4: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri by James Thomas and Denise Thomas)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

For the Moment: Essential Disguises (on Passwords by William Stafford; Moon Crossing Bridge by Tess Gallagher; Bread Without Sugar by Gerald Stern; A Nostalgist’s Map of America by Agha Shahid Ali; Sweet Home, Saturday Night by David Baker; & Destroying Angel by Nancy Eimers)

Judith Kitchen passed away on 6 November 2014, just days after completing work on the essay-review in Spring 2015 Georgia Review. The contributor’s note she supplied read as follows: “Judith Kitchen has three new forthcoming essays—in the Harvard Review, Great River Review, and River Teeth. Her most recent book, The Circus Train, was the lead publication in a new venture—Ovenbird Books, at ovenbirdbooks.org.” To that we respectfully add this brief overview of her writing and teaching career: Kitchen began as a poet, publishing the volume Perennials as the winner of the 1985 Anhinga Press Poetry Prize. She then shifted to prose writing of several sorts, with emphases on essays and reviews. Her four essay volumes are Only the Dance: Essays on Time and Memory (University of South Carolina Press, 1994); Distance and Direction (Graywolf Press, 2002); Half in Shade: Family, Photographs, and Fate (Coffee House Press, 2012); and The Circus Train (Ovenbird Books, 2013)—which appeared first, almost in its entirety, in the Summer 2013 issue of The Georgia Review. In 1998 Kitchen published a critical study, Writing the World: Understanding William Stafford (University of Oregon Press), and in 2002 a novel, The House on Eccles Road (Graywolf Press). She also conceived and edited three important collections of brief nonfiction pieces, all published by W. W. Norton: In Short (1996), In Brief (1999), and Short Takes (2005)—the first two coedited by Mary Paumier Jones. Kitchen also founded State Street Press in the early 1980s, bringing out over the next twenty years seventy-six poetry chapbooks, two pamphlets, five full-length poetry volumes, two collections of translations, and a poetry anthology—the State Street Reader. After teaching for many years at SUNY-Brockport—not all that far from her birthplace of Painted Post, NY—Judith retired and moved with her husband Stan Sanvel Rubin to Port Townsend, WA, from which they founded and co-directed for a decade the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The collection What Persists
Selected Essays on Poetry from The Georgia Review, 1988–2014 was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2015.