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Percival Everett: Writing Other/Wise promises to be an important contribution to the too-slowly increasing critical attention to this indispensable artist. Especially at a time when Americans are being asked to re-think their historical understanding of and relationship to issues of race and how it is represented within the culture, this consideration of Everett as novelist, but also as poet and visual artist, is the kind of broadly conceived approach that should be the standard for criticism on African American artists. Mitchell and Vander have assembled a fascinating and engaging collection.
July 28, 2014 —Percival Everett: Writing Other/Wise will be published by Xavier Review Press in August 2014. Drs. Keith B. Mitchell (Associate Professor of English, University of Massachusetts-Lowell) and Robin G. Vander (Associate Professor, English & African American and Diaspora Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana) co-edited the scholarly collection.
Percival Everett: Writing Other/Wise presents eight original critical essays analyzing the fiction and poetry of contemporary American writer, Percival Everett and includes a special section highlighting Everett’s visual art. The Xavier Review Press collection is the second comprehensive volume of essays to be published on Everett in the United States and serves as the companion volume to the first publication, Perspectives on Percival Everett published by University Press of Mississippi in 2013, also co-edited by Drs. Mitchell and Vander.
by R. Flowers Rivera
Katheryn Krotzer Laborde
Artist’s Statement 15
Inspiration, Creation, Installation 16
The Madonna 31
The Pope 33
Who was Mr. Joe? 38
The Heavenly Choir 40
About the Artist 64
About the Author 65
Silver Threads: 25 Years of Fiction from Xavier Review
Edited by Thomas Bonner, Jr., Robert Skinner, and Richard Collins
A collection of 15 stories chosen from the first 25 years of Xavier Review, the creative writing journal of Xavier University of Louisiana.
Jim Addison: “The Marsh Girl”
Alvin Aubert: “The Attic”
Robin Beeman: “Sparklers”
Lucille Bellucci: “A Good Job”
Fred Chappell: “Enough”
Andrei Codrescu: from Cassanova in Prague
Mary Queen Donnelly: The Boy”
Zdravka Evtimova: “The Old House”
Roger Jones: “The Discount Christ”
David Madden: “Retracing My Steps”
Robert Morgan: “The Schoolhouse”
Marc Schiffman: “Bank Robbers”
Fatima Shaik: “New Orleans”
Dabney Stuart: “Bobby Cross”
Dana Wilde: “Measures of Age”
Chapter 4: The Furniture 51
Chapter 5: Signs of Life 78
Songs in Blue Negritude
Van G. Garrett
Landscape & Epiphany
Donna Marie Gould
Landscape and Epiphany
Part IV. Epiphany: Landscape Manifests the Interrelatedness of All Creation
CRITICAL AND CREATIVE RESPONSES TO
Grace Bauer and Julie Kane
Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum examines and celebrates the life and work of legendary New Orleans poet Everette Maddox. Maddox, who taught poetry at University of Alabama, Xavier University, and University of New Orleans, is well known throughout the region for his colorful, idiosyncratic poetry, as well as the organizer and master of ceremonies for a long-running series of open mike poetry readings at New Orleans’s equally storied Maple Leaf Bar. The readings continue today, 17 years after Maddox’s untimely death in 1989. Maddox’s poetry, which appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and other literary magazines, was collected in The Thirteen Original Poems (1976), The Everette Maddox Song Book (1982), Bar Scotch (1988), and the posthumous collections American Waste (1993) and Rette’s Last Stand (2004).
Editors Julie Kane, a professor of English at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and Grace Bauer, professor of English at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, knew Everette Maddox and his circle, and have gathered together an impressive array of writers for this book. Among them are R. S. Gwynn, Ralph Adamo, Randolph Bates, Ken Fontenot, Nancy Harris, Rodney Jones, David Kunian, William Lavender, Doug MacCash, William Matthews, Sharon Olinka, Randall Schroth, Gail White, Stan Bemis, Steve Brooks, George Burton III, Maxine Cassin, Christopher Chambers, Carlos Colon, Peter Cooley, Joel Dailey, Louis Gallo, Michael Greene, William Harmon, Karen Head, Harry de la Houssaye, Fred Kasten, William Maddox, Martha McFerren, Christopher Munford, Kay Murphy, Spike Perkins, Manfred Pollard, J. C. Reilly, Louie Skipper, Robert Stock, Leon Stokesbury, Helen Toye, Gail White, Carolyne Wright, Ahmos Zu-Bolton II, Ellen Gilchrist, Richard Katrovas, Katheryn Krotzer LaBorde, Bill Roberts, Vicki Salloum, Richard Kilbourne, Errol Laborde, and Susan Larson.
Turning Up The Volume
By Patrice Melnick
A poet and essayist describes her joys and sorrows during twenty years of living with HIV in this funny and sometimes poignant memoir. Melnick describes in quick, bold strokes the minutia of arranging furniture, buying swimsuits, eating, dating, not dating, getting married while living under the shadow of potentially life-threatening illness. Running throughout the story is her life-long love of music, country, blues, pop, zydeco, a constant friend and companion that soothes, consoles and celebrates with her the ultimate joy of living.
Points of Gold: Poems for Leo Luke Marcello
Edited by Stella Ann Nesanovich
A memorial tribute to the late and widely-admired Louisiana poet, Leo Luke Marcello, Nesanovich’s collection includes poems by many of Marcello’s colleagues and fellow poets, including Jack Bedell, Darrell Bourque, Catherine Savage Brosman, Julie Kane, Susan Ludvigson, Wendy Whelan-Stewart, and Lewis P. Simpson.
Vespers at Mount Angel
By Stella Ann Nesanovich
Although this collection of poems deals with the daily stresses of
living and dying, Stella Nesanovich infuses them with a quiet intensity
that lingers long after the reader puts the book aside. Nesanovich
does not burden the reader with showy attempts to be literary, but
speaks in an almost conversational tone that creates an instant intimacy
between her and the reader.
Leap of the Heart: Andre Dubus Talking
Edited by Ross Gresham
Often described as the greatest American short fiction writer, it is only since the release of the acclaimed film, IN THE BEDROOM, that the late Andre Dubus's name has become better known to the American public.
Perhaps because he was so widely regarded by writing afficianados, Dubus was the frequent subject of magazine, newspaper,and journal interviews during his long career. Unlike many writers, Dubus was unusually frank and unguarded in his interviews, often treating his interviewers to day-long experiences in which he spoke about his religious beliefs, his hopes, and his failures. By turns charming, bombastic, witty, and maudlin, Dubus revealed to his interviewers the same concerns, sorrows, and passions that so powerfully animate the characters in his fiction.
Editor Ross Gresham has assembled twenty-four of the best of these interviews, ranging in time from early in Dubus's career to the last one, conducted the day before he died of a heart attack in 1999. For the scholar, Gresham also includes a chronological bibliography of all interviews conducted with Dubus, with notes on and excerpts from the ones not reprinted in the collection.
LEAP OF THE HEART is a fascinating look into the mind of one of America 's great artists, and a welcome companion to the publisher's 2001 release, ANDRE DUBUS: TRIBUTES edited by Donald Anderson.
Ross Gresham is an Associate Professor of English at the U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado .
By Carole Boston Weatherford
The fifth collection by this award-winning African-American writer features sharply imaged verse that calls up a multitude of images from black culture and history, but which seems centered on the experience of everyday people in ordinary settings. "Yeast Rolls and Water Biscuits," " Turkey Necks and Crowder Peas," "Juchitech Market Woman," "B&O RR. Mount Royal Station Recap," and " December 1, 1955 : Before Rosa Altered History," are but a few of the poems in this collection, many of which have previously appeared in literary reviews and poetry magazines.
Ms. Weatherford's earlier collections include Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People, Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City, The Tar Baby on the Soapbox, and The Tan Chanteuse. Ms. Weatherford is also a much-published writer of children's fiction, including The Sound that Jazz Makes, Sink or Swim: African-American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks, and Jazz Baby. She lives in High Point , North Carolina
Edited by Donald Anderson
Anderson ’s is the first book devoted to the late master of the short story, Andre Dubus. Bringing together a wide cross-section of American writers and critics, Tributes combines touching reminiscences, humorous recollections, and new works of criticism. With a foreword by Andre Dubus III and an afterword by Tobias Wolff, the book also includes the work of Doris Betts, James Lee Burke, Alan Cheuse, David R. Godine and Tim Parrish, among others.
Race: Jean Toomer’s Swan Song
By Ronald Dorris
This new study of Toomer centers on the author’s addressing race in his development as a writer, the South as a region that inspired him to focus on an examination about race, and his immediate family having been a living part of the history of the South. Dorris, a professor of African-American studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, examines the period of 1916 through 1931, during which Toomer came to the conclusion that he would no longer address issues pertaining to race in his writing.
Odd Fellows Rest: An Original Play
By Jan Villarrubia
This serio-comic two-act play explores love and loss through the lives of a cemetery caretaker, his mother, and a collection of neighbors within the confines of one of New Orleans ’ historic cemeteries. Illustrated with photos by Robert Brantley and actual cast photos from one of the play’s productions.
“ Odd Fellows Rest . . . takes a tender, irreverent look at a collection of New Orleans odd balls. Like Dixieland jazz, the play is zany, loose limbed and anarchic. Its spirit celebrates charactes who love not wisely but quite touchingly.”
Lynn Hoggard, Wichita Falls Times Record News
Saint-Louis : A Wool Strip-Cloth for Sekou Dabo
By Keith Cartwright
Written as a memorial to his Senagalese friend, Sekou Dabo, Cartwright’s poetry weaves a striking tapestry that includes elements of African and Afro-Creole lore and legend. Of particular note is the arrangement of the individual poems into African pictograms. Illustrated with lino-cuts by Amanda Gross.
Immortelles: Poems of Life and Death by New Southern Writers
Edited by Thomas Bonner, Jr. and Robert E. Skinner
The poetry companion to Xavier Review Press’s story anthology Above Ground: Stories About Life and Death by New Southern Writers (1993), Immortelles brings together the work of forty southern poets as they thematically explore living and dying in the South. Among the many poets collected in this volume are Ralph Adamo, Catherine Savage Brosman, Peter Cooley, Charles Fort, Lee Grue, Yusef Komunyakaa, Robert Morgan, and Stella Nesanovich . Illustrated with photos by Jan White Brantley.
“[gives] that bracing shock to the reader that the best poetry provides.”
Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune
No longer available
When the well runs dry, a small press often does not have the resources to republish what has sold out. Founding editor Thomas Bonner, Jr. was asked about the books that are no longer accessible for purchase.
“Near the beginning we described the books as part of an ‘occasional series’ and then that [designation] was dropped. Earlier, as XR volumes, we had published three books: a critical study regarding African American literature, a play by Retta Taney, and historical fiction about Jordan Noble, an African American drummer boy at the Battle of New Orleans.
“Bard South was the first book published by XRP.”
Below is a list of what is no longer available. The books mentioned above may be found listed in the Xavier Review section, and are available for purchase.
All books published by Xavier Review Press are available for perusal through the Xavier University Library Resource Center Archives.
Bard South: Teaching Writing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Above Ground: Stories about Life and Death by New Southern Writers
Blackrobe's Love Letters: Poems
I am New Orleans: And Other Poems by Marcus Christian
Three Poets in New Orleans