on London Calling: V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin by Rob Nixon

on White Woman Speaks with Forked Tongue: Criticism As Autobiography by Nicole Ward Jouve

on After Henry by Joan Didion

The Courage to Fall (on Falling into Life by Leonard Kriegel & Secrets of the Universe: Scenes from the Journey Home by Scott Russell Sanders)

Good Men, Bad Times (on Men Who Would Be Good by Gordon Weaver; Skin by C. E. Poverman; Public Landing Revisited by Robert Phillips; & Sweet Lucy Wine by Dabney Stuart)

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.

The Questions Literary Theoreticians Ask (on Is Literary History Possible? by David Perkins & Colors of the Mind: Conjectures on Thinking in Literature by Angus Fletcher)

Maiden Voyages and Their Pilots (on When Last I Saw You by Patricia Claire Peters; Learning to Dance by William Aarnes; Somewhere In Ecclesiastes by Judson Mitcham; Crucial Beauty by David Scott Ward; The Love That Ended Yesterday in Texas by Cathy Smith Bowers; & Under a Cat’s-Eye Moon by Martha M. Vertreace)

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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.

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Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952–2016), as a young girl, emigrated with her family from Puerto Rico to Paterson, New Jersey; when she was a teenager her family relocated to Augusta. Ortiz Cofer was the author of several novels, including If I Could Fly (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011), Call Me Maria (2004), and The Line of the Sun (1989); poetry collections such as A Love Story Beginning in Spanish (2005), Reaching for the Mainland (1995), and Terms of Survival (1987); a memoir, The Cruel Country (UGA Press, 2015); two essay collections, Lessons From a Writer’s Life (Heinemann Books, 2011) and Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer (2000); and many other works, including three children’s titles with Piñata Books / Arte Público Press—¡A Bailar! (2011), The Poet Upstairs (2012), and Animal Jamboree / La fiesta de los animales (2012). Ortiz Cofer’s work appeared in The Georgia Review, Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, Glamour, and many other periodicals, as well as in numerous textbooks and anthologies. Ortiz Cofer, who in 2010 was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, was the Regents’ and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.