Critical Studies & Creative Responses

Percival Everett: Writing other/wise

Percival Everett: Writing Other/Wise
Edited by Keith B. Mitchell and Robin G. Vander


ISBN 978-1883275242


Percival Everett:  Writing Other/Wise (2014) 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.

"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." 

Anthony Stewart, Professor of English, Bucknell University


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Landscape and Epiphany 

Writing and Visual Art from the South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature Symposium

(February 25-26, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Edited by Donna Marie Gould, SBS


ISBN 978-1883275174


A collection of stories, essays, poems, and photographs presented at the symposium that illustrate how landscape intimates the sacred, creates perspective, shapes the spirit of the inhabitants, and manifests the interrelation of all creation.
Includes work by:  Gloria Ruff; Ava Leavell Haymon; Thomas Bonner, Jr.; Thomas G. Bowie, Jr.; William Virgil Davis; Patrice Melnick;  Lena Andersson; Harvey E. Solganick; Leo Luke Marcello; Judith H. Bonner; John Ruff;  Claudia M. Champagne;  Michael Hill; Peter Valenti; Stephen D. Barnes; John H. Kennedy; Albert W. Fields; Christopher D. Campbell; J. R. LeMaster; Joan L. Fields; Angela Lydon, SBS; and Donna Marie Gould, SBS.


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Edited by Grace Bauer and Julie Kane


ISBN: 978-1883275167

Price: $25.95

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.


Andre Dubus Tributes

Andre Dubus: Tributes

Edited by Donald Anderson


ISBN 978-1883275105

Price: $15.95

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. 


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Race: Jean Toomer’s Swan Song

By Ronald Dorris


ISBN 978-1883275068

Price: $12.95 

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.