April 7, 2015, Master Artist Award:
Eight Nebraska writers were honored this year as recipients of the Nebraska Art Council’s 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship (IAF) award in Literature. The IAF program recognizes exemplary work by Nebraska artists on a three-year rotation between artistic disciplines: Literature, Performing Arts/Filmmaking and Visual Arts. Poet and professor, Paul Dickey, won the highest honor.
February 27, 2015, A Word’s Worth Review: “A lyrical recreation of the cosmos in celestial and earthly form ... lift human thought and spirit, invoked by an author who understands the mythology of ancient times and the constellations of the heavens.” Read the Review
February 16, 2015, Now Available:
Through the eyes of the muse, Urania, and the creatures of the air embodied within the constellations—dove, owl, dragon, thunderbird—each poem relates stories and invokes the wisdom of our mythological pasts.
January 25, 2015, New Reading Guide for:
A Listening Life by Tracy Balzer
Written by Seth Burgett, Deric England, Jake Hook, Cori Hunt, and Makayla Schultz of John Brown University. Read the Guide.
March 27, 2015, A Word’s Worth Review: “Through his investigations into memory and speculations about a "good life"—sometimes cryptic, other times, philosophical—readers experience new and translucent approaches to the real world. Read the Review
Fine balance of “things both practical and sublime”—exploring the personal as well as the grander themes of life, with music presiding.
July 24, 2015, Winner of the Ohioana Book Award:
The Ohioana Library Association selected Floating Heart as the best book of poetry in Ohio. Established in 1942, the annual award honors Ohio authors. Awards will be presented at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on October 9, 2015.
“Part fable, more than a dash of grit, always sane and wryly out there, these poems astonish, refiguring world and its grief in exact startling ways.”—MARIANNE BORUCH, Author of Cadaver, Speak
May 14, 2015, A Word’s Worth Review: “This issue of Pinyon Review is a keeper and represents the best of art and poetry. You may want to frame Susan's cover.” Read the Review
Poems by Francine Marie Tolf, Don Mager, John N. Miller, A. J. Huffman, Michael Miller, Changming Yuan, Ian C. Smith, Gary Lee Entsminger, Claire T. Field, Diane M. Moore, James Valvis, Britny Cordera, Jean Zipp, Luci Shaw, Ken Fontenot, & Gabriella Belfiglio. Fiction by Neil Harrison. Book Review by Jack Starr. Art by Jay Friedenberg & David H. L. Burton
June 2015, Review by Laurel Johnson for Midwest Book Review: “... rich with imagery I found comforting, enticing, and unflinching as he gently guides us from Bach to bird songs, from ancient visions to modern psalms. Underlying every modern musing is a sense of antediluvian quiet. ... The poems are lyrical and enlightening, the kind you’ll want to reread whenever life turns harsh and dark. Entsminger’s thoughts are exceptionally beautiful and highly recommended.” Read the Review
April 8, 2015, A Word’s Worth Review: “tantamount vision—the possibility of humans being elevated to joy in life while living in a complex, mechanized society. Readers are treated to his appreciation of women, his liberation from time and space limitations, his devotion to truth, and his love of a natural world.” Read the Review
Imagination, memory, and dream entwine to create voices that leap metaphysical boundaries.