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The Rinehart Frames

Starred review in Publishers Weekly:

“In his electrifying debut, Mphanza presents a sustained project of ekphrasis and pastiche inspired by the work of African artists, Iranian film director Abbas Kiaro-stami, and the life and death of Congolese prime minister Patrice Lumumba.”

More in Time: A Tribute to Ted Kooser

Review in Lincoln Journal Star:

“To recognize his retirement from conducting the beloved personal tutorials he has provided to graduate students at UNL, 68 of his former students, university colleagues and poetic peers have produced More in Time, a compilation of poems and memories of Kooser’s influence upon their lives. The result is a literary paean as memorable as the classic movie, ‘Goodby, Mr. Chips,’ which won Robert Donat the Best Actor Oscar in 1939. Each contributor demonstrates that the mentor’s influence was well-heeded.”

Unholy Heart: New and Selected Poems

Review in Lincoln Journal Star:

“Raised as a Roman Catholic, her life experiences have induced a generous dash of skepticism which flavors the first section of poems involving traditional female characters from the Bible. In the next section her unique perspective focuses on subjects as disparate as Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy of Oz fame, Jerry Garcia and her (almost) tattoo.”

Rage: Narcissism, Patriarchy, and the Culture of Terrorism

Review from The Algemeiner:

Rage is essential reading for those who fight extremism. Esman eviscerates society’s tolerance of domestic violence, and positions these crimes as strong indicators for more violent crimes.”


Linda Heidenreich

Interview with New Books Network.

Patrick Madden

Interview with New Books Network.

Robert Utley

Interview with History Net.

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