Richard Logan begins his summer day as any fourteen-year-old might: working a farm job bringing in hay, avoiding his hard-headed father, and hanging out with his friends. When he stumbles onto an unconscious woman in the woods, he has no idea that the process of helping her will lead him into the darkness of the deeply held deceits of his rural Appalachian town. Both brutal and beautiful, RECKONING shows the seams and limits of family love and community tolerance while Richard discovers where manhood truly lies.
Rusty Barnes grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his B.A. from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Emerson College. His fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in over two hundred journals and anthologies. After editing fiction for the Beacon Street Review (now Redivider) and Zoetrope All-Story Extra, he co-founded Night Train, a literary journal which was featured in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio, ending its ten-year-run in February 2012.
Sunnyoutside Press published two collections of fiction,Breaking it Down and Mostly Redneck. MiPOesias published two chapbooks of poetry, Redneck Poems andBroke. Cruel Joke Press published his poetry collection, I Am Not Ariel in November 2013. Sunnyoutside Press published his novel, Reckoning, in March 2014. His poetry book, I Cannot Be Saved, will come out from Cruel Joke Press in October 2015. His next scheduled book, a crime novel titledRidgerunner, will be published in May 2016 by 280 Steps. An essay appeared in Change Sevenrecently. Recent fiction has appeared in Plots with Guns, Interstice, and in the anthologyAppalachia Now. His flash fiction will also appear in the forthcoming anthology Best Small Fictions 2015. Two poems appear in Crow Hollow 19.
He serves on writing conference faculties and panels throughout the country, including recently with Associated Writing Programs, Somerville News Writers Festival, Writers@Work, The Parlor, and Grub Street Writers, as well as their annual Muse & Marketplace conference. He taught composition, fiction writing, and literature for over ten years at New England universities such as Emerson College and Northeastern University.
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