Many of you already know that I was born & raised in the Pittsburgh area. Most of my family is still there. After two family trips, I'm surprised the phrase "n'at" (trans. short for "and that") has not re-entered my lingo until here.
Despite all of my travels, I've managed to post four reviews on berniE-zine:
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, by John Kelly -- A compelling work that draws not only on science, history, anthropology, and sociology, but also on the writings of people who lived through this period.
The Myth of the Simple Machines, poems by Laurel Snyder -- This collection is enjoyable not only for its inventiveness, but also for its myriad strong, memorable voices.
The Los Angeles Review, Volume 7, Spring 2010 -- This weighty issue contains an impressive variety of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as engaging interviews.
Notes from the Red Zone, poems by Christina Pacosz -- The first chapbook in the Seven Kitchens Press ReBound Series addresses the Hanford nuclear weapons manufacturing facility and the contamination it spread throughout the region.
There's also a book giveaway for folks who are trying to quit smoking:
I have little more than one week until my daughter returns to school. Until then, I'm laying low and trying not to think about all the work I have planned for this fall.
I am chomping at the bit to get started...