All Hat, No Cattle by Mariah Rigg (Inch #55)


by Mariah Rigg

Inch #55, Summer 2023
20 pages, saddle-stapled
ISSN: 1932-6149

release date: June 27, 2023


In Mariah Rigg’s luminous collection of essays, All Hat, No Cattle, each image shines and speaks for itself—floating cottonwood seeds, a rats’ nest in the roots of a jabong tree, green onions sprouting in a windowsill. Settings become their own characters as the narratives move from Oregon to Tennessee to Texas. With skilled brevity and specificity, and utilizing a thoughtful range of narrative forms, Rigg explores questions around love and heartbreak, trauma, family, death, addiction, and more. As the collection unfolds and the details accumulate, each moment further expanding the book’s emotional and physical worlds, the concepts of love and longing are deromanticized, turned upside down, and ultimately made more beautiful with newfound nuance.

Includes the essays “Suspended,” “Gut-Punching,” “Linger,” “All Hat, No Cattle,” “Compressions,” and “Blessing.”

Originally from Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Mariah Rigg is a Samoan-Haole writer and educator with a
penchant for heartbreak. She has an MFA from the University of Oregon and is currently a PhD
student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her work has received support from VCCA
and Oregon Literary Arts, and is published or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Cincinnati
Review, Joyland, and elsewhere. She is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly and the nonfiction editor
at Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts.

Additional information

Weight .1 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 4.25 × .2 in


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