The Lasting Environmental Impact of How Strange a Season

The Lasting Environmental Impact of How Strange a Season

How Strange a Season is the ingenious product of a writer with real experience in the field of climate change journalism. Written by Megan Mayhew Bergman, this book shows her ability to write stories that reflect both subtle and profound changes to landscapes, and the way these changes to landscapes impact the quality of human lives.

When asked about the inclusion of climate change topics throughout How Strange a Season, MMB said, “No one wants to read a manifesto or be preached to, so when it comes to fiction, story has to come in front of principle, even if it’s principle that brought me to the page.”

In this thoughtful blend of contemplation and imagination, Megan Mayhew Bergman writes about the lives of strong women with topics including a modern glass house on a treacherous California cliff, a water-starved ranch, and an abandoned plantation on a river near Charleston. Bergman works to answer the question: what are we leaving behind for our descendants to hold, and what price will they pay for our mistakes?

This collection of stories will be released on March 29 published by Scribner. Preorder from Battenkill Books, your local bookstore, or any of the places listed here.

These are extraordinary stories. They’ll make you think deeply, maybe uncomfortably, always interestingly.

Bill Mckibben

Over the last decade, MMB has been focused on substantive and compelling environmental narratives – working as an environmental journalist with The Guardian and an environmental essayist at The Paris Review. She also works with scientists, lawyers, and academics to help them share environmental stories in a way that reaches the hearts and minds of readers in her role as a Senior Fellow at the Conservation Law Foundation and as Director of Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. 

Megan Mayhew Bergman is one of the best authors out there for chronicling our tangled, intimate, complicated relationship to the natural world; her elegant, lyrical prose documents an evolving crisis and our incorrigibly human responses to it…

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“That Tingling of Inspiration,” an interview Megan Mayhew Bergman is featured in Issue 16 of SR. You can find out more about Megan and her work on her website and Twitter.

Allegra Hyde: Now on Tour!

Allegra Hyde: Now on Tour!

The wait for Allegra Hyde’s debut novel, Eleutheria is almost over! Join Allegra on her upcoming book tour in March as she dives deep into conversations about Eleutheria coming March 8 published by Vintage.

Eleutheria follows Willa Marks on her travels to the island of Eleutheria in the Bahamas to join the author of Living the Solution, a guide to fighting climate change, and his group of ecowarriors at Camp Hope. However, she quickly learns that things at this camp are not quite as they are expected. On this journey to rediscover hope, Willa Marks finds adventure and inspiration.

Learn more about Eleutheria and the author –

March 8 @ 7:30 PM ET: Community Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY) – In Conversation with CJ Hauser! Register for Virtual Event.

March 10 @ 9:00 PM ET: Green Apple Books (San Francisco, CA) – In Conversation with Vanessa Hua! Register for Virtual Event.

March 11 @ 4:30 PM ET: Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) – In Conversation with Emily Barton!

March 14 @ 8:00 PM ET: Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX) – In Conversation with Daniel Peña! Register for Virtual Event.

Eleutheria is a gorgeous, tender book. Allegra Hyde is a dynamic, powerful writer and her first novel is truly something special.

Kristen Arnett, author of With Teeth

You do not want to miss these events or Eleutheria. Register and preorder her new book today! It is available at your local independent bookstore and the retailers listed here. You can also request it at your local library and add it to your Goodreads shelf.

Allegra’s essay “Things I Don’t Tell My Mother” appeared in Issue 12 and she was interviewed for Issue 18. To learn more about Allegra, check out her website and Twitter.

Kathleen Winter’s Charming Poetry

Kathleen Winter’s Charming Poetry

Kathleen Winter’s second chapbook, Cat’s Tongue, is coming soon! This poetry collection is available on March 24 published by Texas Review Press. Carefully crafted with Kathleen’s unique style and voice, the entire chapbook guides the reader on a journey of growing up in central Texas, each poem revealing more about the author’s life experiences and identifying feelings and themes that resonate in us all. The topics vary from sadness to hope, from drug dealers to football games, each memory flushed with imagery, charm and wit. In the mere seconds between finishing a poem and starting another, the anticipation builds thanks to Kathleen’s engaging language, making the readers want to dive right into the next story.

Preorder now on Texas Review Press and Amazon!

In Kathleen Winter’s new collection, Cat’s Tongue, memory is a thing to encounter untamed, to be rediscovered and confronted before it’s lost again. These poems ‘go backwards / in experience, subtracting yes from yes’ as they unearth secrets and regrets and yearnings, as they reckon the past with the present. Through the glint and gloom of memory, these poems portray the self in all its strength and grief, all with Winter’s trademark keenness and lyrical grace.


Kathleen Winter is the author of three poetry collections: Transformer, a finalist for the 2021 Northern California Book Awards; I will not kick my friends; and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past. Her second chapbook, Cat’s Tongue, is coming March 2022 on Texas Review Press. Winter’s poems and short fiction have appeared in The New Statesman, The New Republic, Poetry London, Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and Five Points. She was granted fellowships at Cill Rialaig Ireland, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Dora Maar House in Provence, James Merrill House, and Vermont Studio Center. Her awards include the Poetry Society of America The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award and the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Prize. Her work was shortlisted for the 2021 Plough Prize in England. A former landuse lawyer, Winter holds an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State. She teaches creative writing at Sonoma State University.

Her poetry is featured in Superstition Review in Issue 13 and Issue 20. Check it out and you’ll find yourself wanting more and more.

You Are Divine by Dawn Reno Langley

You Are Divine by Dawn Reno Langley

Congratulations to Dawn Reno Langley for her book You Are Divine: A Search for the Goddess in All of Us. Immerse yourself in a journey of self-discovery guided by Dawn and experiences of the divine feminine from spiritual teachers and students from around the world. This book includes many things to be successful in finding the divine within, including journal prompts, activities, inspiring stories, and researched instruction on how to take back power, find balance, and connect with your truest self.

A must read for any woman who wrestles with finding her voice and her place in the world.

Susan Sanders, poet and co-author of Behind These Hills

You Are Divine was just recently published by Llewellyn and will be released internationally next month. This book is available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound.

Dawn is currently booking dates to discuss the book and talk about goddesses. You can find more information about these upcoming events here.

We’re also excited to share an interview with Dawn where she answers some questions about her writing process, inspirations, and finding the divine. This interview was conducted by our Blog Editor Taylor Dilger via email.

Taylor Dilger: You mentioned, “There’s no better way to assuage my curiosity than to immerse myself in the research necessary to write with confidence about the subject matter.” Could you tell me more about your research and writing process for this book?

Dawn Reno Langley: This book required extensive research, so I used the skills I’d acquired during my dissertation and conducted first-hand research (interviewing dozens of women), as well as secondhand (reading hundreds of books, articles, and other information on the subject). What surprised me most is that I was writing about goddesses, women, and almost all the books I found were written by men.

TD: Do you have any advice for young girls just starting their spiritual journey toward the divine feminine and finding their innermost selves? How can they best navigate your book and practices to get the most out of these tools?

DRL: I would advise young girls to ask questions, to think about whether they are celebrated or ignored in their journey. Don’t be afraid to explore, seek out people they respect and remember to respect themselves. You Are Divine is designed to lead readers through each chapter by inviting journal entries and exploring what feels supportive.

TD: Throughout the book, you list a myriad of goddesses and divine females and share their inspirational stories. You also said that “to be cocooned within a crowd that is 99 percent female made me feel loved, safe, and immensely powerful.” Who are some of your biggest inspirations and exactly how important is it to surround yourself with such people?

DRL: During my life, I’ve found inspiration through the biographies I’ve read of women like the pilot Amelia Earhart who faced all odds and won, Jane Goodall who almost single-handedly taught the world about chimpanzees and the way human beings ruin their own world, and Mother Theresa who battled the odds to protect the poor and sick. The goddesses who inspire me include Parvati, the Hindu goddess of motherhood;  Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of creativity and education; and Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war (sometimes I feel that our wars are not necessarily launched with bombs and guns, but with words).

TD: This book covers females balancing masculine and feminine energies, embracing emotion rather than hiding it to appease others, recognizing our value, and finding the strength to fight back against people who make us feel less than, whether that just means “making the decision to live your best life and love yourself.” How can being in touch with the divine feminine make it easier to reject stereotypes and opposition women face in today’s society?

DRL: Being in touch with the divine feminine helps us to respect those strengths and in respecting ourselves and our abilities, we also are able to respect and be compassionate to others. If we are able to see ourselves in others and can respect them, we remove the prejudice and replace it with understanding.

TD: What does writing mean to you and how has it helped you on your divine journey to discover who you are?

DRL: My writing is everything. Without it, I cannot communicate with others, understand myself, or learn more about the human condition.

If you would like to learn more about Dawn and her book, You Are Divine, check out her website and Twitter!

Neema Avashia’s Examines her Roots in New Essay Collection

Neema Avashia’s Examines her Roots in New Essay Collection

Congratulations to Neema Avashia for releasing her collection of essays Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place. As a queer Asian American teacher and writer, Avashia uses her experiences and identity to write something entirely unique and inspirational with hopes that readers will see Appalachia in a new light. She puts Appalachia at the center of the narrative to draw lessons she has learned about “…race and class, gender and sexuality [and how they] continue to inform the way she moves through the world today…” Using lyric and narrative explorations of beauty standards, religion, social media, and more, Neema Avashia shatters stereotypes and shakes up the way we see the world in the best way.

This collection will be released on March 1 published by West Virginia University Press and is available for preorder now on their website and

Neema Avashia, in this book, has named the unnamed, spoken the unspoken so that it does not become—to paraphrase Adrienne Rich—the unspeakable, and she has done so in language that is both lyrical and direct, both entertaining and edifying, both challenging and generous. I love this book and believe it introduces an important voice in America’s ongoing racial reckoning.

Rahul Mehta, author of No Other Worldup

You can find one of the essays featured in this collection, “Finding the Holy in an Unholy Coconut,” in Issue 23 of SR. You can read more about Neema on her website and follow her on Twitter.

New Book and Book Launch from Daniel A. Olivas

New Book and Book Launch from Daniel A. Olivas

You don’t want to miss Daniel A. Olivas’s new book that Buzzfeed is already raving about. How To Date a Flying Mexican: New and Collected Stories is a collection of magical realism, fairy tales, fables, and dystopian future stories touching on themes such as morality, justice, and self-determination. In these imaginative, strange worlds readers will experience Daniel’s “very distinct, and very Chicano, fiction.” The release date for this unforgettable collection will be February 22 published by the University of Nevada Press. It is available for preorder on their website and Amazon.

Mark your calendars for the virtual book launch happening on February 23, 6 pm (Pacific) sponsored by Vroman’s Bookstore. It’s free to register and you can do so here.

Every story in this collection is told with a wink and a smile, encouraging you to follow along for the ride. His humor not only brings levity to matters of life, death, and human treachery, but it is also a stylistic choice that Olivas has mastered. These stories aren’t so much about the interiority of its characters, but about the mythical, magical mundanity of our lives.

Maceo Montoya, associate professor of Chicano/a Studies, University of California, Davis, and author of Preparatory Notes for Future Masterpieces

If you want to see more conversations on How To Date a Flying Mexican, you can check out more events on Daniel’s website. You can also read his short story “Still Life with Woman and Stroller” on Issue 13. To keep up with news about the book or the author, follow Daniel on Twitter.

Preorder One Person Holds So Much Silence Now

Preorder One Person Holds So Much Silence Now

Congratulations to David Greenspan for his debut poetry collection! This book will be released on March 8, 2022, by Driftwood Press. It is available for preorder now on the publisher’s website!

David Greenspan’s One Person Holds So Much Silence explores the intersection of physical and emotional traumas through surprising and jaw-dropping language. Simultaneously lush and bizarre, the poems in One Person Holds So Much Silence culminate in a striking deep dive into the pain and experiences of existing within a body. From self-harm to suicidal ideation, Greenspan tackles these harrowing topics through writing brimming with original language and wrought empathy.

Here is the poetry aimed at our thoughts placed into every muscle and how we manage the weight of being human as we bend, unbend, alive with these brilliant poems! I am grateful for this book!

CA Condrad, Author of AManda Paradise: Resurrect extinct vibration

David Greenspan contributed to Issue 27 with a poem featured in this collection. Get a preview of his poems by reading “We the dead balk” on SR.

Edited by Randon Billings Noble

Edited by Randon Billings Noble

Randon Billings Noble has compiled a diverse array of writers for a remarkable collection of lyric essays published by the University of  Nebraska Press in October 2021. A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays “show lyric essays rely more on intuition than exposition, use image more than narration, and question more than answer.” Although no one summary can begin to capture the essence of these essays, one can expect revelation through flash, segmented, braided, and hermit crab forms, plus a section of craft essays. This collection also features a number of past SR contributors including Dinty W. Moore, Lia Purpura, Sarah Einstein, Elissa Washuta, Julie Marie Wade, Eric Tran, Heidi Czerwiec, and Michael Dowdy.

Randon Billings Noble was featured in Issue 11. If you would like to see even more of Noble’s work, it is featured on her website and she can also be found on Twitter.

I’ve been searching for a book like this for over twenty years. Its remarkable dazzle–a sharp, eclectic anthology combined with whip-smart craft essays–carves out a fascinating look into the bright heart of what the lyric essay can be.

Aimee Nezhukumatahil, author of World of Wonders

A Harp in the Stars is available via the publisher, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold.

Out of Which Came Nothing by Laurie Blauner

Laurie Blauner’s Two New Works

Congratulations to Laurie Blauner for releasing a new novel and a book of short stories. Her latest novel is titled Out of Which Came Nothing. Enter a parallel universe with Aaron, a boy wholly dependent on religious cult caretakers in this stunningly lyrical and descriptive world. This novel was published in September 2021 by Spuyten Duyvil and is available now on their website and Amazon.

The sense is almost one of a world somewhere between a fairy tale and a fever dream; a nightmare with ill-defined limits that is both all-encompassing and self-contained.  This is not a contradiction by any means. It is a state of being that is as specific as a recurring nightmare we can’t let go of, a nightmare that takes over our being and drags us deeply into a well of consciousness where voices in the darkness are threatening to follow us into an uncertain darkness. And we go. Because we have no choice not to.

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Laurie Blauner’s newest release, I Was One of My Memories, is an essay collection published by PANK magazine since winning its 2020 Nonfiction Book Award. In this book, you will find more of her lyrical prose as she covers topics such as obsession, lies, aging, and what it really means to be human. You can order this book from PANK.

I Was One of My Memories does one of the things that I love most about the thing we call creative nonfiction: it shows us its thinking, its flawed and idiosyncratic and completely delightful thinking. It is a thinking shaped by experience, pleasure, grief, and disappointment, while the diverse forms, the small essays, little animals of the mind, might be read as recursive attempts toward sense making.

J’Lynn Chapman, Contest Judge and author of To Limn / Lying In
I Was One of My Memories by Laurie Blauner (PANK 2021)

You can find Laurie’s contribution to Superstition Review in Issue 21, which features one of the essays in I Was One of My Memories under the same title, and Issue 8, which features her poetry. You can also check out these books and more on her website.

New Crime Novel From John Vanderslice

New Crime Novel From John Vanderslice

Nous Nous by John Vanderslice (Braddock Avenue Books 2021)

We’re excited to share that past contributor John Vanderslice recently put out a new book! The novel, Nous Nous, came out in October from Braddock Avenue Books. Nous Nous is a literary crime drama told through a multitude of voices that follows a child kidnapping in a small town in Arkansas. Lawrence Baine’s world came crashing down around him after his beloved daughter was kidnapped and murdered. Baine’s tormented reaction, however, is to kidnap someone else’s daughter. This girl turns out to be the daughter of Elizabeth Riddle, an Episcopal priest, who struggles to guide her church while trying to rescue her daughter from the clutches of her unusual but suddenly dangerous captor. 

John shares:

One thing about the book which is both curious and a source of pride is that I drafted it several years ago in a Novel Writing Workshop class I was teaching. In that class, I make the students draft a short novel; i.e., 50,000 words. I assign rigid weekly word counts, and I put the students in peer groups so that they receive some regular feedback about their burgeoning drafts. I also think it’s important that I put myself through the same steps I am making them go through. I assign myself to a peer group and give myself the same word count requirements.

Doing it in that class really proved fundamental to the book. One reason is that I received some superb suggestions early on from my peer group which help me clarify some of my characterizations and character issues. The other important result of doing it in that class is that I chose to use a braided narrative structure. I mean a rolling series of chapters in which four different points of view rotate. I figured that would be an easy way to keep me charging though the draft, bring new energy to each chapter as I began it. It did all that, but it also proved to be essential to creating that leave-them-on-the-edge-of-their-seats suspense that authors, especially ones who struggle with plotting, aim for and struggle to enact. And as I looked for ways to make the braids coordination tighter and tighter, I discovered all sorts of interesting and useful connections between the characters that I simply had not planned or envisioned when I started. So that draft came together wonderfully.

Not that there wasn’t a lot of editing ahead of me. I shaped the book for several years after drafting it (while working on other things), and I also found that when it came down to the time for fine-tuning sentences and paragraphs, I’ve never worked with sharper editors than those at Braddock Avenue. They did not legislate anything, but they did make some excellent suggestions that the book truly benefited from.

Anyway, it just feels like kismet: the subject matter I chose, the platform on which I drafted it, and the publisher I eventually found.

John’s story “Capuchin” was featured in Issue 14. He is the author of several books, about which you can learn more on his website. Head to Braddock Avenue Books to purchase a copy of Nous Nous. Thank you for sharing, John!