Fall-Winter 2019 Poems and an Essay

I was fortunate to place several poems and a literary essay in various literary journals in the last several months of 2019, plus another poem that just went live this month and will be in print in February 2020, and one of my favorites, "Blueshift," which appeared in Cold Mountain Review early last summer but which I never got around to announcing on this site (it's been a hectic academic-job-application season):

  • "Snow-bound." [Poem.] The New Criterion, vol. 38, no. 6, February 2020, and online at https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/2/snow-bound.
  • "To My Father, on the Table, Several States Away." [Poem.] North American Review, "Open Space" online feature, 24 December 2019, https://northamericanreview.org/open-space/my-father-table-several-states-away.
  • "Earth Room." [Poem.] About Place, "Infinite Country" issue, vol. 5, no. 4, Oct. 2019, https://aboutplacejournal.org/issues/infinite-country/east-rebirth/john-linstrom/.
  • "Symphonies and Sweet Potatoes." [Prose.] Newfound, vol. 10, no. 2, 2019, https://newfound.org/current-issue/nonfiction-john-linstrom/.
  • "Disclaimer." [Poem.] Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, "Fear" issue, vol. 16, no. 2, 2019, p. 62.
  • "On the President's Announcement of Our Hashtag." [Poem.] Writers Resist, no. 95, 19 September 2019, http://www.writersresist.com/2019/09/19/on-the-presidents-announcement-of-our-hashtag/. Previously appeared in This Week in Poetry, 9 November 2015, https://thisweekinpoetry.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/on-the-presidents-announcement-of-our-hashtag/.
  • "Blueshift." [Poem.] Cold Mountain Review, vol. 47, no. 2, Spring 2019 and https://www.coldmountainreview.org/issues/spring-summer-2019/blueshift-by-john-linstrom.

Here's a little more information about each of these pieces:


Upcoming Talks/Events

With the launch this week of The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings in Ithaca, New York, I wanted to highlight a few of my upcoming presentations, with the hopes that friends along the way will stop by each of them to say hello!


Poem: "Storm's Breath"

I was so thrilled to receive my copy recently of Free State Review's newest issue, including my "Storm's Breath," a Lake Michigan poem! Thank you, thank you, thank you to Barrett Warner for bringing this beautiful collective lyrical beast into the world!

     and every time the waves hiss back
     a million tiny worms
     peek out of holes to breathe

     and then slip back.  Their world, 
     water.  And breath.  And water
     again. (read more below)


Announcing a New Book Series from Cornell University Press

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It's my pleasure to announce that I have signed a contract with Cornell University Press to serve as general editor of a forthcoming series of books by and about the great Progressive-Era horticulturist, philosopher, educator, poet, administrator, and naturist Liberty Hyde Bailey!


Panel at Midwestern History Conference

At the end of this month, on May 31 at 10:30 AM in Room 107-D of the DeVos Center at Grand Valley State University, I will be participating in a roundtable discussion at the Fifth Annual Midwestern History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The panel's topic is "Placing Literary Agrarianism in the Twentieth-Century Midwest," and it will be composed of contributors to a new collection of essays, forthcoming from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, titled Mapping Midwestern Minds: Essays on the Intellectual History of the American Midwest.


Poem: "Leaving the Party"

Leaving the Party

I am so pleased to share that my dear old poem, "Leaving the Party," has just been published in the Spring 2019 issue of Alluvian! The issue theme is "The Grey Zone: Human and Ecological Triage."

     We danced like satellites, I think, last night,
     spinning, the Christmas lights in our glasses,

     our bottles. (read poem)


"Soot of a Young Star" Nominated for Pushcart

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Soot, by Sam Linstrom, b. 1992

What a perfect end to my three days in Ames for the Home Voices Festival—I was just preparing to return home when I learned that my poem, "Soot of a Young Star," was nominated by Narrative Northeast for a Pushcart Prize! This news is all the more gratifying because the poem was so important for me.


Reading in Ames, IA: Home Voices Alumni Festival

I'll be joining fellow Iowa State MFA alums Marissa Landrigan and Colin Rafferty, along with current students Eric Fisher Stone and Crystal Stone, to read from our books and other creative work, this coming Sunday, January 27, from 2:00 to 5:00 in the Ames Public Library.  I hope to see some old faces and get to know many new ones!  Details below:

Home Voices Alumni Festival poster

Poem: "Church of the Epiphany"

I was thrilled to discover today that my poem, "Church of the Epiphany," was publiPicture2shed online this week in Bridge Eight!

     whichever one had weathered best the words
     of students to their parents, old ones now

     to dead.

Read the whole thing here.


Book Deal: New Anthology of Liberty Hyde Bailey's Garden Writings

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John Stempien and I are pleased and deeply excited to announce that we have signed a contract with Comstock Publishing, an imprint of Cornell University Press, for publication of a completely new anthology of writing by Liberty Hyde Bailey, The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion: Essential Writings.

The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion collects the best and most accessible literary garden writings of Liberty Hyde Bailey, the Father of Modern Horticulture. Despite Bailey's huge influence as a journalistic popularizer of amateur gardening from the late nineteenth century through the first half of the twentieth, and despite the rise in recent years of widespread interest in gardening, such an anthology has never been compiled until now. The essays and poems that make up the collection include work from Bailey's most beautiful literary and philosophical books, as well as essays from periodicals that have never been published in book form and even an essay that Bailey read over nationalized radio in 1930 and has never before appeared in print. The result of about a decade of research and collecting on the part of the editors, The Liberty Hyde Bailey Gardener's Companion will provide the best introduction available to those unfamiliar with Bailey's writing, and for the seasoned Bailey enthusiast it will offer a trove of delightful and unexpected marvels.