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Inheriting the Land

Contemporary Voices from the Midwest

1993

Mark Vinz and Thom Tammaro, editors

Inheriting the Land

This compelling anthology of contemporary prose and poetry confronts the idea of “regional,” and explores the extremes of the term—the hardships of the weather versus the quiet, idyllic beauty of nature, or the provincial, remote feel of the region versus its inherent richness and cohesive spirit.

This compelling anthology of contemporary prose and poetry confronts the idea of “regional,” and explores the extremes of the term—the hardships of the weather versus the quiet, idyllic beauty of nature, or the provincial, remote feel of the region versus its inherent richness and cohesive spirit.

Includes work by Robert Bly, Louise Erdrich, Jon Hassler, Bill Holm, William Stafford, Patricia Hampl, Jonis Agee, Carol Bly, Meridel LeSueur, and Garrison Keillor.

A confrontation with the elusive idea of ‘regional’ writing is the self-stated goal of this important and diverse new anthology. Editors Mark Vinz and Thom Tammaro, professors at Moorhead State University, believe that ‘the most positive and enduring sense of regional is indeed that link between particular and universal, local and international.’ They’ve shown that link in this accessible, highly readable volume, comprising work by 84 writers. Editors Vinz and Tammaro have done a commendable job of balancing the material included in this fine anthology. The many themes expressed are universal concerns, and the spirit of these stories and poems extends far beyond the specific or regional. These are not merely contemporary voices from the Midwest; they are contemporary voices from the world.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

In this unique collection, editors Mark Vinz and Thom Tammaro have skillfully gathered the work of the best Midwestern writers of today, including Meridel LeSueur, Jon Hassler, Patricia Hampl, Jonis Agee, Carol Bly, and Louise Erdrich. Together they eloquently convey the beauty and enduring appeal of the Midwest.

Awards

Winner of a 1993 Minnesota Book Award

Inheriting the Land

Mark Vinz is professor of English at Moorhead State University. Thom Tammaro is professor of multidisciplinary studies at Moorhead State University. Together, they also edited Imagining Home: Writing from the Midwest (University of Minnesota Press, 1995).

Inheriting the Land

A confrontation with the elusive idea of ‘regional’ writing is the self-stated goal of this important and diverse new anthology. Editors Mark Vinz and Thom Tammaro, professors at Moorhead State University, believe that ‘the most positive and enduring sense of regional is indeed that link between particular and universal, local and international.’ They’ve shown that link in this accessible, highly readable volume, comprising work by 84 writers. Editors Vinz and Tammaro have done a commendable job of balancing the material included in this fine anthology. The many themes expressed are universal concerns, and the spirit of these stories and poems extends far beyond the specific or regional. These are not merely contemporary voices from the Midwest; they are contemporary voices from the world.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

This splendid book collects work by Bill Holm, Leo Dangel, Phil Dacey, Frederick Manfred, Howard Mohr, along with Robert Bly, Herbert Scott, Roland Flint, William Stafford, Garrison Keillor and the equally fine—sometimes astonishingly fine—voices of other Midwestern writers who may be less well known. Inheriting the Land is distinguished not only by the variety and excellence of its inclusion but by intelligent organization: it is both more comprehensive and more coherent than most anthologies. The poems, stories, and essays in Inheriting the Land are all wonderfully readable.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Many images will remain with the reader. Most readers will appreciate how these authors have responded to their landscape and anticipate more collections.

Journal of the Northern Plains