The Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology
"The Literature of the Ozarks: An Anthology . . . . offers a fresh appraoch to understanding the region's literary identity and is the most comprehensive and compelling anthology to date."
--Brian Hardman, University of the Ozarks OzarksWatch
" . . . even if you're not a literature critic, this anthology still has plenty of merits as a collection of some excellent writing. It can also help you understand the history of the region, why some of the stereotypes we associate with the Ozarks took hold, and where they originated."
--Evan Wood, Missouri Life
"Howerton has done yeoman's work here. You can read through the anthology slowly, savoring every entry, and when you're done, you'll have a thorough understanding of who Vance Randolph and Harold Bell Wright were, and who is valiantly carrying on their work. The Literature of the Ozarks would seem to be a logical text for any course on Ozarks literature or history, and it belongs in every library."
--John Mort Author, Down Along the Piney
"This anthology covers nearly 200 years of literary history, drawing from familiar names such as Miller Williams and Donald Harington to far deeper cuts, all of it documenting the rise and deconstruction of the regional sense of self and image."
"Contemporary writers provide the gems of this collection. They depict the complexity of the region, celebrating Ozark folk that earlier writers often belittled while also critiquing the region's shortcomings and connecting the region to the nation as a whole."
--Terrell Tebbetts, Elder Mountain
The Literature of the Ozarks . . . . is the first real survey of Ozarks literature . . . . a launching point for serious scholarship on a large body of work spanning two centuries."
--D. Matt McGowan Arkansas Historical Quarterly
The History of Tree Roots
Howerton looks about and reads the landscape . . . . He sees strata, as archaeologist might. . . .Time is never kind. Or unkind. It just is. And does.
Skilled at seeing below the surface, Howerton shows us how the people and landscape shape each other in the sometimes lush and sweltering, sometimes stark and cold geographyof southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.
Big Muddy: A Journal of the MississippiRiver Valley
Howerton's quiet, unassuming tone, eye for detail, and affiliation with mid-American farmland bring Ted Kooser and Jo McDougall to mind.
Author of The Wheel of Light
Phil Howerton takes . . . cliché-prone subjects and retrieves them by refocusing, changing the angle of view, and noticing the less-noticed.. . . And from his noticing, we discover that even ordinary things haveun-ordinary depth.
Author of Slant of Light, This Old World, and The Language of Trees
The poignant images in his verse disclose an intimacy born of experience, rather than mere observation.
Author, editor, journalist