“It Really Happened” (on The Diary of “Helena Morley.” “Neglected Books of the Twentieth Century” series by Elizabeth Bishop)

The Teller as the Tale (on Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick; & Three: An Unfinished Woman, Pentimento, Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman)

Violence, Imagery, and Introspection (on Killing Floor by Ai; The Five Stages of Grief by Linda Pastan; & Natural Histories by Leslie Ullman)

Triptych of Excellence (on The Sitwells: A Family’s Biography by John Pearson)

The History of an Illusion (on The History of Sexuality; Volume I: An Introduction by Michel Foucault, Robert Hurley; & A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes, Richard Howard)

A Fugue

Shared Visions

Empty Glass

Kathryn Stripling Byer received the 2013 North Carolina Book Award and the 2013 Southern Independent Booksellers Award for Poetry for her most recent collection, Descent (Louisiana State University Press, 2012). A native of south Georgia, she recently completed five years as North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate. Frequently anthologized, her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications ranging from the Atlantic to Appalachian Heritage.

Gertrude Stein and the Problems of Autobiography