This is the beginning of a special series of episodes with readings and talks recorded at the River Pretty Writers Retreat. The first of these was recorded last spring during River Pretty 6, and then recently when I was able to attend during River Pretty 7. They are unruly, they are bucolic, they are full of passion and rivers and mountains and verve. I have told you before, you need to get your self to River Pretty Writers Retreat. Whether you’re a novice, an old hand, a passerby or dyed in the wool, LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE and then go check out Riverpretty.org sign up for the retreat, donate some money, be kind. For now check out these readings from Chaz Miller, Steve Rucker and D Gilson.
Chaz Miller has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Moon City Review, Ozarks Watch, Bayou Magazine, and The Southern Review.
Steve Rucker received his M.F.A in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and his M.A. in Writing from Missouri State University, where he taught creative writing. He has published his work in Numro Cinq, Elder Mountain, and Upstreet (“A Terminal Chord” was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays of 2013 anthology), and his essay regarding the life and work of Raymond Carver appears in Research Guide to American Literature: Contemporary Literature 1970 Present. Steve writes from a well-lit front room in Springfield, Missouri.
D Gilson is an Ozark boy whose poetry, essays, and scholarship explore the relationship between popular culture, sex, and literature. In the past year he’s published Crush, a collection of poems and essays with Will Stockton. His first chapbook Catch & Release, won the Robin Becker Prize from Seven Kitchens, and his second, Brit Lit, is now available from Sibling Rivalry. A graduate of the MFA program at Chatam University, he is currently a PhD student in American Literature & Culture at the George Washington University.