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Literary Arts
SUNDAY BLOG READ:  David Hawkins

SUNDAY BLOG READ: David Hawkins

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Today, 15 Bytes features David Hawkins who provides three selections from his award-winning manuscript  the book of the missing. “dark adaptations” is one of two long poems in the collection and the featured sections below were originally published in the Seattle Review. The other long poem in the collection was written...

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Lance Olsen's Theories of Forgetting

Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting

For fans of experimental or metamodern fiction, Lance Olsen is a well-known name. He has published over twenty volumes of fiction, essays, and “anti-textbook” work, with another forthcoming. There are few writers working today who are more prolific, inventive and as simultaneously micro- and macrocosmic in scope as Olsen. In his twelfth novel, Theories of...

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Break Glass and Read: Matthew Kirkpatrick's Light Without Heat

Break Glass and Read: Matthew Kirkpatrick’s Light Without Heat

by Aaron Cance Break glass for a unique reading experience. Matthew Kirkpatrick’s Light Without Heat: Stories really should have some such label stamped onto the front of it. Perhaps it could, quite literally, be set into a fitted box with a glass top, a window. Perhaps, best of all, a band wrapped around it that...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Phyllis Barber

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Phyllis Barber

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Today, 15 Bytes features Phyllis Barber who provides an excerpt from a narrative nonfiction work forthcoming from Quest Books about Barber’s twenty-year hiatus from Mormonism and her experiences with a variety of religions and spiritual persuasions that converted her to...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Lynn Kilpatrick

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Lynn Kilpatrick

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Today, 15 Bytes features writer Lynn Kilpatrick who provides an excerpt from a novella currently in process. Sunday Blog Read continues to collect a distinguished group of established and emerging Utah writers for your review and enjoyment. Past writers...

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Coleman Barks & David Darling this Friday Night

Coleman Barks & David Darling this Friday Night

You should have seen the goosebumps last year: the sold-out Libby Gardener Concert Hall caught in one ecstatic sweep of cello and poetry. I’d been merely interested but left labeling it a TOP 5 2013 experience. And it’s happening again this Friday. Coleman Barks, the whisky-voiced bard who popularized Rumi with his English translations, and...

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Maximilian Werner's Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind

Maximilian Werner’s Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind

In an interview with 15 Bytes on the occasion of the its publication, Max Werner explained that his fourth book, Evolved: Chronicles of a Pleistocene Mind, was actually written before the three that preceded it into print: Black River Dreams, a collection of literary essays about fishing, Crooked Creek, a novel about settler experiences in...

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An "Ax to the frozen sea within us": Poets Holland and Szybist at Weeks Series

An “Ax to the frozen sea within us”: Poets Holland and Szybist at Weeks Series

In 1987 poet Scott Cairns, then a teacher of creative writing at Westminster College, organized the first series of poetry readings at the college. Under Cairns’ directorship, followed by Katharine Coles’, and now under that of Natasha Sajé’s, The Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series eventually included such notables as Lithuanian Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz,...

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C. Wade Bentley's Askew

C. Wade Bentley’s Askew

Tamara Thomson says C. Wade Bentley’s poetry chapbook Askew is appropriately titled because so many of its poems accentuate the way reality can be tilted through verse to expose bits of newness in the monotony of everyday life. Read her review in the January 2014 edition of 15 Bytes.

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Joel Long

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Joel Long

                        SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Today, 15 Bytes features poet Joel Long who provides two recently completed (and unpublished) poems below. Sunday Blog Read continues to collect a distinguished group of established...

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“True North Everywhere”: Michael Sowder’s "House Under the Moon," finalist, 15 Bytes Book Award, Poetry

“True North Everywhere”: Michael Sowder’s “House Under the Moon,” finalist, 15 Bytes Book Award, Poetry

In his 2012 collection House Under the Moon, it’s clear that poet Michael Sowder has suffered for his art, as spiritual seekers do. The first section (“Homecoming”) starts with a kind of post mortem of the life previous—another marriage, a father whose marginalia in a book sends the mind reeling in memory and loss, perhaps...

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Saltfront: New Literary Journal Explores Human Habit(at)s

Saltfront: New Literary Journal Explores Human Habit(at)s

Saltfront, which debuted in September, is a venture that finds its sense of literary place “in-between” systems, ecological and otherwise. Its submission guidelines, termed “bearings and positions,” attempts nothing less than a sea-change of the lexicon, the approach and the meanings of environmental writing and activism. Michael McLane, one of the founding editors, explains that...

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