Depth Sounding
by Martha Park

 Photos by Brandon Dahlberg One summer night I piled into a friend’s car with a group of girls and we headed west, to the Mississippi River. We parked under an overpass and walked through the tangled ... Read More...

Review: Rivers of the Horizontal Landscape

What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, by Lisa Knopp : Reviewed by Hal Crimmel Lisa Knopp’s most recent collection of essays, What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte, explores the rivers of the Midwest, the region she’s always called home. Knopp, the author of four other essay collections, combines nature writing, memoir, and place-based writing to explore the three rivers that have defined her life. For readers interested in a region that tends to be overlooked by contemporary travelers and writers alike, What the River Carries meaningfully contributes to a canon of Midwestern creative nonfiction that includes the work of writers such as William Least Heat Moon (his classic: PrairyErth), the work of the late Paul Gruchow (Journal of a Prairie Year; Grass Roots: The Universe of Home), John Price, (Man Killed by Pheasant: And Other Kinships; Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands), and others.