Literary Nonfiction. In this collection of eighteen essays, Curtis Smith offers one man's perspective on birth and death, tattoos and Halloween, freshman psych and children's literature. Smith asks a lot of questions and, in the process, discovers that answers aren't always in ample supply. Primarily writing about fatherhood and the discoveries made alongside his son, Smith's crystalline prose frames moments that will both fill and break your heart. WITNESS is not just a book but a testament to the joys and beauty all around us begging to be discovered.
Author City: HERSHEY, PA USA
Curtis Smith's stories and essays have appeared in over fifty literary journals. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories and The Best American Spiritual Writing. March Street Press has published two collections of his short-short stories, and his first novel, An Unadorned Life (Neshui Publishing), appeared in 2003; his second novel, Sound and Noise, was released by Casperian Books in 2008. In 2007, Press 53 put out his story collection The Species Crown and will also publish his next collection, Love Chooses You.
Reviews and Other Links
Marc Schuster @ Small Press Reviews
Jason Behrends @ What to Wear During an Orange Alert
Debra Leigh Scott @ New York Journal of Books
Jessica Handler @ Prime Number
interview by Rusty Barnes
Ann Beman @ NewPages
M. M. Wittle @ Brevity Book Reviews
Best Memoir of 2011 @ Perpetual Folly
John Pahle @ Prick of the Spindle