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Wild Muse: Ozarks Nature Poetry

Tentative Release Date: December 1, 2022


“The poems in this little book remind us that everything about life is ephemeral and to be experienced, endured, celebrated – and remembered, whether it is the sight of a budding plant, a memory of fence building, a flight of geese, or a season of drought.”

Susan Croce Kelly, managing editor of OzarksWatch


Wild Muse is a beautiful and at times astonishing collection of contemporary ecopoetry. With the space and depth afforded its wide-ranging poets, few anthologies have so thoroughly captured the spirit of a place the way this book does for the Ozarks. It is thoughtful, provocative, entertaining, and deeply engaging, and each poem invites us to live a moment in the wild world.”

Brian Hardman, University of the Ozarks


“Though not immune to the leveling forces of national culture, the Ozarks retains a regional flavor and remarkable biodiversity. The poets in Wild Muse know and live this. They reach deep into place and nature as they serve the region they love.”

Matt McGowan, author of 1971 and North Fork




















Mark Spitzer

Tentative Release Date: December 15, 2022






The Ballad of Johnny Bell

John Mort

Release Date: October 15, 2022






















Field Trip: Stories

James Fowler

Released January 1, 2022






Steve Wiegenstein's Scattered Lights has been shortlisted

for the PEN/Faulkner Award











Ozarks Alive Story and Interview

News Story by Steve Yates in Clarion-Ledger / Hattiesburg American Mississippi Books Page

Review by Craig Albin in Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies

Listed among the 25 favorite books of 2020 by the editors of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review by Aarik McDanielsen in the Columbia Tribune

Review by Dale Singer in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review by John Mort on Down Along the Piney

Interview with Steve Wiegenstein by Steve Yates at Skylark Bookshop

The New Ozarks Literary Renaissance (Rolla Public Library)




Steve Wiegenstein's short story "Magic Kids," first published in Elder Mountain and now collected in Scattered Lights, received an honorable mention in the Mary Mackey Short Story Prize contest, sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women___________________________________________














New Poems by Amy Wright Vollmar in Elder Mountain

Web Links

Review in Elder Mountain

Featured in Missouri Life

Missouri State University News




Jim Hamilton's Ozarks RFD: Selected Essays received the 2020 Best Nonfiction Book Award from the Ozarks Writers League.




Review of Jim Hamilton's Ozarks RFD

in the October 2020 issue of Roundup Magazine (Western Writers of America)


In “A Mind Like a Bucket of Bolts,” Jim Hamilton philosophizes on those collections of nuts and screws a lot of us keep in coffee cans – potentially useful little things you can’t bear to throw away. That’s how his mind works, he says, and his 109 short essays, originally appearing in newspapers from the small Missouri towns of Buffalo and Bolivar, are accordingly eclectic: how mud used to plague small farms; the smells of childhood (new sawdust, horses, smoke); fishing for the fighting carp; the pleasure of wearing overalls; and, though Hamilton eschews any sort of politics, memories of the Kennedy assassination and 9/11. Always nostalgic, Hamilton is homespun without being sentimental. Keep this handy for those times when you need a shot of hard-earned, humble wisdom.

– John Mort







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