Book Review: The Nix

The Nix by Nathan Hill

The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. 640 pp) Born in Iowa, Nathan Hill earned his BA in English from the University of Iowa and his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Hill’s debut novel, The Nix, was a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times. Hill’s writing has been published in The Iowa Review, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Denver Quarterly, and Fiction. Hill is an Associate Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas and lives in Naples, Florida. History Written through Familial Relationship That person is someone’s daughter. The phrase often emerges in conversation where one party hopes to place… Read More →

Book Review: Crux

Crux by Jeremiah Webster (Unpublished, 2012. 57 pp) Jeremiah Webster is currently an english professor at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. He holds a PhD from The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, as well as a M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry from Eastern Washington University, and a M.I.T. from Whitworth University. His poetry has appeared in such publications as The Crab Creek Review, Dappled Things, REAL, and The North American Review. He lives in Kirkland, WA with his wife and children.   Speaking to the Soul Poetry’s ultimate purpose is to speak through the heart to another’s soul. This simple statement is perhaps why I have such an incredibly hard time critiquing or reviewing poetry. A poem, I feel, when written correctly,… Read More →