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Issue Date: April 1996 Issue


Season's Readings
Tis the season to curl up with a great book, so we asked a handful of local writers to pick the works recently penned by their peers that made an impression on them in the past 12 months.

Marie Catanese

'Tis the season to curl up with a great book, so we asked a handful of local writers to pick the works recently penned by their peers that made an impression on them in the past 12 months.

Name: George Bilgere
Affiliation: Professor, John Carroll University
Résumé: 2003 Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature, author of "The Good Kiss" (2002), "Big Bang" (1999) and "The Going" (1995)
Local Picks: "The Zones of Paradise" by Lynn Powell, "Lake Erie Blue" by Susan Grimm and "You Remind Me of Me" by Dan Chaon
Lasting Impressions: He says "Zones" is "a great book of poetry — funny, sexy and very accessible. It's a look at marriage and sensuality. Terrific."
On the Nightstand: Student essays and Garrison Keillor's anthology, "Good Poems"

Name: Susan Grimm
Affiliation: Poetry editor, Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Résumé: "Lake Erie Blue" (2004), "Almost Home" (1997)
Local Picks: "Guide to Native Beasts" by Mary Quade, "Wild and Whirling Words" by H.L. Hix, "Stalking the Divine" by Kristin Ohlson
Lasting Impressions: Grimm says Quade has an "unusual approach to her work. She brings in new tropes and takes on interesting subjects."
On the Nightstand: Eight finalist manuscripts for the Poetry Center, two of which will be published in 2005.

Name: Michael Geither
Affiliation: Professor, Cleveland State University
Résumé: Co-author of the play "Blue Sky Transmission" (2002)
Local Picks: "Guide to Native Beasts" by Mary Quade, "You Remind Me of Me" by Dan Chaon
Lasting Impressions: "Quade will be the biggest thing in poetry in the next 10 years. Scholars will take her seriously, yet [her work] is very accessible."
On the Nightstand: Two Carol Churchill plays: "Top Girls" and "Far Away"

Name: Sarah Willis
Affiliation: Adjunct professor, Hiram College and John Carroll University
Résumé: 2000 Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature, "A Good Distance" (2004), "The Rehearsal" and "Some Things That Stay" (2001)
Local Picks: "You Remind Me of Me" by Dan Chaon, "In the Blind" by Eugene Martin, "First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood" by Thrity Umrigar
Lasting Impressions: "In the Blind" is "a powerful book written with poetry, yet very edgy and unique."
On the Nightstand: "Two or Three Things I Know for Sure" by Dorothy Allison and "The Best American Short Stories of the Century" edited by John Updike


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