by Win Bassett
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* “Greensboro has a history of generating literary giants. And it continues to be a city where poets and novelists thrive.”
* New Wag’s Revue!
Some of the poems in this collection are straight from my yard. Marcescence consists of poems rooted in the topography, spiritual and physical, of Kennesaw Mountain, which is just south of where I live, between the towns of Marietta and Kennesaw. Kennesaw Mountain was the scene of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864, as part of the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign, and in addition to that, Kennesaw comes from Gahneesah, the Anglicized form of the Cherokee name for the mountain which means “burial ground” or “place of the dead.” It’s certainly a charged landscape, and the book taps into some of that.
* Congrats to Laura van den Berg, who will join the creative writing program at Colby College as a Faculty Fellow in Fiction for the 2014-2015 academic year.
* Bull City Press and The Frost Place are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Frost Place Chapbook Contest Sponsored by BCP is The Greenhouse by Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet of Oakland, California. In addition to The Greenhouse, the editors at BCP have selected Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike by Emilia Phillips of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for publication.
Win Bassett‘s essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Guernica. His stories and poems have been published or are forthcoming in PANK, Image, Ruminate, and Trop. He’s a former assistant district attorney and serves on the PEN Prison Writing Program Fiction Committee. Follow him on Twitter: @winbassett