Reviews for Sand River are here!

The Shocker, the alumni magazine of WSU, has included Sand River and Other Places I’ve Been on their Shocker bookshelf!  Go here to read the review (along with Rob Grave’s Nightmarism-just keep scrolling down).

Now that you’ve read that review, here are two more!

From poet Michele Battiste

Nothing is what you expect it to be in the places that April Pameticky has been. And yet, after she reveals the truth of things, you say to yourself, “of course.” Of course courage is “a sister-cluster of dryer lint and dirt.” And certainly grief eats cereal straight from the box while it snuggles next to you on the couch. Pameticky takes us through the looking glass, where a world often considered pleasant but banal – the world of wife and mother and middle school teacher – is transformed into a darker, dangerous, but far more fascinating realm.

Michele Battiste is the author of the poetry collections Ink for an Odd Cartography (2009) and Uprising (2013), both from Black Lawrence Press. She is also the author of four chapbooks, the latest of which is Lineage (Binge Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Anti-, The Awl, Mid-American Review, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. She lives in Boulder, CO where she raises funds for nonprofits undoing corporate evil.

From poet John Jenkinson

Generous, smart, and musical, April Pameticky’s first chapbook, Sand River and Other Places I’ve Been, presents the reader with a Baedeker of the heart. From Sand River to Blackwell, middle-school to “the corner,” “from elm to oak,” Pameticky’s poetry vibrates with wit, intelligence, and a lively lyric voice given to stunning turns of phrase and wry observation. “The truth is not always true,” urges the poet, as she strokes us “to a mild whimper” – or a wild roar of realization. April Pameticky is real – each poem “a fist landed with precision,” and this brief collection, Sand River and Other Places I’ve Been, a necessary and welcome addition to the 21st century bookshelf.
John Jenkinson, author, REBEKAH ORDERS LASAGNA

Jenkinson has received an AWP Intro Journals award, the Ellipses Prize, a New Voices Award, a Balticon Science Fiction Award, and awards from Kansas Voices.  His work appears in a variety of journals and anthologies including Slipstream and The Mennonite. He has published several chapbooks with B.G.S., Hard Knocks, and Basilisk presses, and his first full-length collection, Rebekah Orders Lasagna, has just appeared from Woodley Press.

Buying Sand River and Other Places I’ve Been

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The Next Big Thing

I get excited when things start moving on the digital landscape.  As many of you are already aware, I’m committed to the digital format as an optimal mode for creative and artistic expression.

Mary Biddinger, author of Prairie Fever, St. Monica, and O Holy Insurgency, has started a self-interview series called The Next Big Thing.

So it was with great pleasure that I was tagged to do one of the “Next Big Thing” self-interviews by the incomparable Michele Battiste. To see other examples of this before diving into mine, visit:

The questions are:

What is the working title of the book?

Sand River and Other Places I’ve Been

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The last couple of years have seen the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, and that kind of dryness leaves marks on the land.  The Arkansas River has looked like a river of sand, dragging everything down the river bed, carving out new shore line.  That image struck me as too similar to what grief can do to a spirit, that it drags through, bringing everything with it.  Then it hit me that grief wasn’t the only place I have been.

 What genre does your book fall under?

Sand River is a chapbook of poetry.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Michele Williams–I suppose I should explain this, but I’m not going to.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Sand River reminds us of the loss of relationships and loved ones, while using a raw humor to jar us back into appreciating the joy of those idiosyncratic moments of life.

 How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Approximately six months.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I had no idea I was writing a book until I was nearly done.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Readers will enjoy the sense of place—even if they’ve never been to Kansas, it will feel familiar.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Finishing Line Press is putting my work out there.

My tagged writers for next Wednesday are: H.B. Berlow from and BD Tharp from .