Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added)
is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.
--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Thanks to First Things for picking up

for First Links. Both poems appear in print and online editions of Books and Culture, edited by John Wilson. The piece of music by Eric Whitacre in "The Mineral Night" can be found here. "A Child in the Likeness of God" was written after reading a report on the condition of unjustly imprisoned and tortured girls and women in a place far away.

That love-offering hand at right is an image by Clive Hicks-Jenkins for long poem Thaliad. (See tabs above for information about my books.) Click on his name and try his artlog if you haven't!

Soon I'll be in beautiful Jonesborough, Tennessee--oldest town in the state. Enjoy your day and your precious freedom in the sun or rain!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Two new interviews...

21 October 2014. Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Josie's Kaleidoscope

Here's a long interview conducted by writer Josie Cook... She bumped into me in Ohio when I was teaching at the Antioch Workshops last summer. Thank you, Josie!  

Note: If you click on the link a .pdf file with pictures will be downloaded.

And here's another at

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe... with me! Take a rocket ship to my planet, right here. And thank you to Katharine Duckett of Tor.

Photo credits: Top picture was taken a couple of days ago in Cullowhee, North Carolina by my mother. The second picture is by Rebecca Beatrice Miller, August 2013.

Marly Youmans pop quiz interview
Photo by Rebecca Beatrice Miller.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sylvan lights

I'll be reading from Glimmerglass. Art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.
Next event: reading and signing

City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, North Carolina
Saturday, November 1st
3:00 p.m.

I'll post some pictures of Norfolk and Athens events soon. But I'm having a good time and doing lots of hiking around the mountains and visiting in the Cullowhee area. I'm probably going to take a quick trip to Jonesborough, TN before I depart.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Drunk Bay & Athens reading

Art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
"Drunk Bay"

A story of mine that originally appeared in Postscripts #13 (Winter 2007) is now up at Weird Fiction Review, reprinted with the permission of PS Publishing. It is the rather peculiar result of spending a few days on the island of St. John's, where I once hiked into and along the wild, strange beach of Drunk Bay. Thanks to David Davis and the staff of Weird Fiction for that request!

Go here if you dare.

On the Road 

I'm still in the Carolina mountains, visiting family and doing some hiking about and seeing friends. On Wednesday, I'll head to Athens, Georgia. On Thursday, October 16th, I'll be reading from Glimmerglass with long-time friend Philip Lee Williams at 7:00 p.m., Athens Barnes & Noble.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Glimmerglass with poems and frangipani

Just out from Mercer--
art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
and design by Mary-Frances Glover Burt
Next Glimmerglass event in Athens

Currently I'm perched on a mountaintop in lovely Cullowhee, North Carolina, where I moved at thirteen, and where family still lives in the realm of Blue Ridge and mist and hummingbirds. I'll be reading from Glimmerglass at the Barnes and Noble in Athens, Georgia on the 16th at 7:00 p.m with longtime friend Philip Lee Williams.

Visit me elsewhere: six poems
  • Paul Digby reads "The Wish for Roses"  A poem inspired by Fredric Koeppel's lovely, lost aunt. Doesn't Paul have a gorgeous reading voice? And oh, that ominous background...
  • I read "The Exile's Track." Video/sound by Paul Digby. Very much a Southerner's poem about the doom of living in the polar lands and lake-effect snows of upstate New York.
  • I read "The Nesting Doll." Video/sound by Paul Digby. Adventures of a nesting doll in the sometimes demonic world. Sestina.
  • I read "The Birthday Roses." Video/sound by Paul Digby. What are birthday roses?
  • I read "In Extremis." Video/sound by Paul Digby. Written about a metaphysical "knowing" when my eldest child was in the hospital with meningitis.
  • I read "A Fire in Ice." Video/sound by Paul Digby. Couplets. A riposte to Billy Collins, when he was impertinent enough to think he could take off Emily Dickinson's clothes! And then tell...

Glimmerglass with frangipani

Glimmerglass arrives at Margo Lanagan's house. Glimmerglass with lemon-scented gums. Glimmerglass with frangipani. Glimmerglass with bricks. Evidently it goes well with everything!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Death of a wordsmith

Micah Mattix on the death of critic D. G. Myers here. Patrick Kurp is putting together a memorial of words from many writers and friends, and I'll post more links later. Critic without fear, fierce lover of literature, wordsmith bold to talk about cancer and religion and humor and many another thing, family man, professor... may his memory be a blessing.

Here is the start of a collection of tributes to the man.
Here is his blog, well worth exploring.