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News & Reviews Archive - Red Hen Press


YOUR NOSTALGIA IS KILLING ME in Most Read Reviews of North of Oxford

Date: November 21, 2022

John Weir’s short story collection Your Nostalgia is Killing Me is featured in North of Oxford’s “Most Read Reviews” of this year. Charles Rammelkamp writes “Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me is entertaining and heartbreaking by turns, always a gripping read.”

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A Review of Refugee by Pamela Uschuk in the North American Review

Date: September 12, 2022

“Since all around us refugees seem to be fleeing from something, one must ask from what they themselves flee—and that it’s hard to imagine there is anywhere left one can go to find refuge.  That is the dilemma at the core of Pamela Uschuk’s collection Refugee (Red Hen Press, 2022), a book of poems in four parts that […]

Shelf Awareness Reviews Marybeth Holleman’s TENDER GRAVITY

Date: September 8, 2022

Although Marybeth Holleman’s five books are all deeply rooted in Alaska’s landscape and wildlife, Tender Gravity is her first expression of that connection through poetry. The title phrase comes from the first entry, “The Beating Heart, Minus Gravity,” in which Holleman (The Heart of the Sound) recalls her childhood when she imagined that flying would be just […]

North of Oxford Reviews Joshua Rivkin’s SUITOR!

Date: September 8, 2022

By Charles Rammelkamp “we are what happens by accident,” Joshua Rivkin writes in the first “Envoi” of this lyrical, emotionally probing collection, and goes on: Suitor, from the Latin secutor, to follow. I can’t catch them, or let them go — So much of the poetry in this book is about desire, the Joie de Vivre it provides […]

North of Oxford Reviews TOUCHING CREATURES, TOUCHING SPIRIT by Judy Grahn

Date: September 8, 2022

Judy Grahn’s Touching Creatures, Touching Spirit is a thought-provoking study of relationships between human and nonhuman creatures and spirits. It collects ten nonfiction essays, divided into three parts, with a vivid record of Grahn’s observations and contemplations of the sentient world, a historical track of her metaformic consciousness, and a personal encounter with creatures and spirits presenting […]

REFUGEE by Pamela Uschuk reviewed in Rain Taxi

Date: August 22, 2022

“’So you think that you can live remote / from city streets paved with bullet casings, / mass shootings in churches, refugee mothers in cages,’ Pamela Uschuk questions in ‘A History of Morning Clouds and Contrails,’ challenging both herself and the reader. Fortunately, it’s a challenge well met; Refugee reveals itself through a tapestry of well-crafted poems […]

Anchorage Daily News reviews Emily Wall’s BREAKING INTO AIR and Marybeth Holleman’s TENDER GRAVITY!

Date: August 21, 2022

Boreal Books, founded and edited by Peggy Shumaker, a former Alaska writer laureate, has since 2008 been publishing exemplary poetry and prose by Alaskans. This summer it’s brought forth two new very different but complementary poetry collections. Emily Wall’s “Breaking into Air” grew out of a project gathering birth stories from parents and others. Marybeth […]

Booktrib reviews MONKEY BUSINESS by Carleton Eastlake

Date: August 9, 2022

“Inside their heads, humans are caught in a civil war between the little gleam of intelligence they want to believe is them and the animal which that spark of intelligence evolved to serve. Most of the time, the animal wins.” In Carleton Eastlake’s provocative and sharply written Monkey Business (Red Hen Press), William Fox is caught somewhere in between that civil […]

Ruyan Meng’s ONLY THE CAT KNOWS reviewed in Asian Review of Books

Date: August 8, 2022

“Set in rural China during the 1970s, Ruyan Meng’s debut novel Only the Cat Knows is told from the point of view of a young factory worker married to a woman who stays home with their three children, two of whom suffer from ramifications of malnutrition. His wife could in theory work, but their sickly children need […]

ONLY THE CAT KNOWS by Ruyan Meng reviewed in Soapberry Review!

Date: August 4, 2022

“A bicycle on which to commute to work. A sewing machine with which to sew new clothes. Eggs, milk, and meat to cure his children of malnutrition. These are a few of the basics the unnamed protagonist of Ruyan Meng’s debut novella Only the Cat Knows wishes he could afford. Yet, he only makes ‘thirty-seven yuan and […]

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