Skidmore creative writing professor Steve Stern is having a pretty big week.
Two days ago, he wrote an article for NPR’s “You Must Read This” series about Frank Stanford, a somewhat forgotten Southern poet who penned the 15,283-lined, unpunctuated epic poem The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You in 1977, a year before his suicide. Stanford’s story is fascinating, and Stern describes The Battlefield as “a great Southern gothic fun house illuminated by lightning.” Cool stuff.
Also, Stern’s latest collection of short stories, The Book of Mischief, was recently named one of 100 notable books of 2012 by The New York Times Book Review. Fellow novelist and Times critic Nathaniel Rich lauded the collection when it was published back in September.
Hey, mazel tov, Steve!