The Calaboose Epistles: Stories

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Iris Press, 2009 - Fiction - 237 pages
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Set in the southern Appalachians, R. T. Smith's third collection of stories also inhabits that allegorical realm where the patterns of human travail are dramatized and played out endlessly. Whether incarcerated in penal institutions or imprisoned by their own obsessions and transgressions, the bear hunters, cockfighters, con artists, ginseng diggers and school teachers of these inventive narratives demonstrate that tragedy, comedy and travesty are seldom as distinct as we want to believe.

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R. T. Smith is the editor of the journal Shenandoah at Washington and Lee University. He is the author of a number of books, most recently, Uke Rivers Delivers: Stories; The Hollow Log Lounge: Poems; and Messenger, winner of the Library of Virginia's Literary Award for Poetry. Among his other awards are the Cohen Prize for Poetry, the Guy Owen Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes. To read an interview with the author and some sample poems, visit

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