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Author Michael Gills: The 15Bytes Interview

Author Michael Gills: The 15Bytes Interview

Even though author Michael Gills has a doctorate from the University of Utah and was named in 2012 “Distinguished Professor,” he says in a recent profile about him in Continuum that, “In my mind, I’m still a poor kid from Arkansas … It’s just a miracle I’m not pouring concrete.” Gills is the author of Go Love, a novel;...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jason Olsen

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jason Olsen

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. 15 Bytes regularly offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we present Price-based Jason Olsen.  A professor of English at Utah...

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An Obituary for our Time: Scott Abbott’s Immortal for Quite Some Time

An Obituary for our Time: Scott Abbott’s Immortal for Quite Some Time

Reviewed by Brooke Williams The first thing I read on opening Scott Abbott’s Immortal for Quite Some Time was that “This is not a memoir.” I agree. This book is, in my opinion, the world’s most perfect obituary. I’ve been reading them in the newspaper since my mother’s death in 1994, when I realized that...

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Miraculous Knots: Nancy Takacs' new volume of poetry is full of startling imagery and delicate revelations

Miraculous Knots: Nancy Takacs’ new volume of poetry is full of startling imagery and delicate revelations

reviewed by Richard Hedderman   If for a moment you imagine language as a length of rope, a poem forms when you start tying knots in the rope and pulling them tight, snugging them and squeezing all the air out. The poet may then submit to the reader that his imagination run over the knots...

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Adventures in Ekphrasis

Adventures in Ekphrasis

ARTLandish | there’s no place like time: a novel you can walk through a retrospective of video artist Alana Olsen Tuesday, January 31 | 7 pm | FREE Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, UMFA Collaborative artists Lance and Andi Olsen present there’s no place like time, a novel you can walk through—an...

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The Poetic Finesse of Katharine Coles’ Flight

The Poetic Finesse of Katharine Coles’ Flight

Katharine Coles’ writing style is pared-down and precise. The former Utah Poet Laureate (2006-2012) often uses punctuation in order to minimize verbiage, and favors “erasures” to create new poems by eliminating words from an existing text. The effect can seem a bit chilly, though it set the perfect tone for her marvelous The Earth is...

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Unfinished Analogies: A Profile of Lynn Kilpatrick

Unfinished Analogies: A Profile of Lynn Kilpatrick

A profile of SLC-based writer Lynn Kilpatrick, author of In The House, who will be part of the upcoming READ LOCAL series at Finch Lane Gallery, Thursday, January 12.

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Vessels from a Hindu goddess to Mae West: Paisley Rekdal’s Imaginary Vessels.

Vessels from a Hindu goddess to Mae West: Paisley Rekdal’s Imaginary Vessels.

Paisley Rekdal, who won the 2013 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry for “Animal Eye” (as well as an impressive number of other fancier prizes), has published a new book of poetry with the prestigious Copper Canyon Press. As with her previous books, Imaginary Vessels is sheer pleasure to read. Words tumble over each other...

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An ecstatic, mystical encounter with the divine: Alex Caldiero’s Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance?

An ecstatic, mystical encounter with the divine: Alex Caldiero’s Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance?

This past September, after I came home from a weeklong river trip, a friend told me I needed to read Alex Caldiero’s new book, Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance (Saltfront, 2016). The book is a facsimile of a poetic journal Caldiero kept on a six-day trip on the Colorado River through Cataract...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jan C. Minich

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jan C. Minich

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. 15 Bytes regularly offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we present Jan C. Minich, who divides his time between Wellington,...

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Feminist Reality, Feminist Mystery: Julie J. Nichols' Pigs When They Straddle the Air

Feminist Reality, Feminist Mystery: Julie J. Nichols’ Pigs When They Straddle the Air

Some titles, like Many Things Have Happened Since He Died by Elizabeth Dewberry and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, have made me want to read a novel when I know nothing at all about the author and haven’t read a review. The title itself creates a sort of tension that seems...

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A Kind of Deep-Felt Sadness: Andy Hoffmann's "The Edge and End of Water"

A Kind of Deep-Felt Sadness: Andy Hoffmann’s “The Edge and End of Water”

This chapbook documents a trip from Utah to Argentina in three brief chapters, each with a poem, an essay, a photograph, and epigraphs taken from the work of poet Pablo Neruda. The first section, “Punta Norte,” describes a wildlife preserve on the Península Valdés in Argentina which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site established for...

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