Partlow is the author of America’s Deadliest Twister: The Tri-State Tornado of 1925. The book draws on survivor interviews, public records, and newspaper archives to offer a detailed account of the tri-state tornado of 1925, which gouged a path from southeast Missouri through southern Illinois and into southwestern Indiana, hugging the ground for 219 miles, generating wind speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour, and killing 695 people. Partlow follows the storm from town to town, introducing us to the people most affected by the tornado, including the African American population of southern Illinois. Their narratives, along with the stories of the heroes who led recovery efforts in the years following, add a hometown perspective to the account of the storm itself.
We’re happy to announce that the two newest books in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry are now available!
“One simply must relish the superb light and a captured sense of darkness as avenues of lyric survival, the exemplary wealth of both human suffering and wise knowing in these poems that make reading Zion as much a warding off of spirits as it is a celebration of language and remembrance.”—Major Jackson, author of Holding Company
TJ Jarrett is a senior editor of Tupelo Quarterly and a business intelligence consultant for HealthTrust in Brentwood, Tennessee. She is the author of another volume of poetry, Ain’t No Grave, and has published poems in a number of journals, including Poetry, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch.
Win Bassett interviewed TJ Jarrett for The Atlantic. Read it here.
“Dan Albergotti is a poet deeply hurt by the world—as he should be, as anyone who feels deeply should be. But his poems are not merely a record of that hurt, they are filled with an implicit hope of what is still possible—the way their elegant formal scaffolding suggests the possibility of justice in ‘an intolerable world,’ the way that the precision and beauty of Albergotti’s language is evidence that the better angels of our nature might, in this life, save us. Throughout the poems’ despair, the poet’s soul is resilient. Millennial Teeth is a beautiful and necessary book.”—Natasha Trethewey, author of Thrall
Dan Albergotti is a professor at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. The author of another book of poetry, The Boatloads, and two chapbooks, Charon’s Manifest and The Use of the World, he has also published his poetry in the Cincinnati Review, Five Points,the Southern Review,the Virginia Quarterly Review,and Pushcart Prize XXXIII,as well as other journals and anthologies. He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.