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Tim Poland

Featured Author Issue 6.2 Fall 2014

Tim Poland grew up in Ohio and now lives and works in the New River Valley near the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia where he is a professor of English at Radford University.  He is the author of a novel, The Safety of Deeper Water (Vandalia Press/West Virginia University Press, 2008), Escapee (America House, 2001), a collection of short fiction, and Other Stones, Kinder Temples (Pudding House, 2008), a chapbook of poems.  His work has been published in various literary magazines, such as North American Review, Cimarron Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Literal Latté, The Furnace Review, Rattle, Main Street Rag, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Stickman Review, Appalachian Heritage, and others. He is the recipient of a Plattner/Appalachian Heritage Award (2002), and his work has been included in the Best of the Net anthology (2007) and has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

From the cover of Safety of Deeper Water

When Sandy Holston is on dry land, she’s nothing special: a nurse who wears her hair in a ponytail and prefers a fishing lure as an earring. But once she dons waders, picks up a fly rod, and steps into a river, she becomes a remarkable, elegant fisherwoman who’s at peace with the world. After surviving her marriage to Vernon—her violent, incarcerated ex-husband—peace is just what Sandy needs. So, she moves to Damascus, a small town on the Ripshin River, where she plans to enjoy the fishing and the solitude. Finally she is on the brink of a life she desires in a place she loves. But as the Ripshin’s trout mysteriously die off, and as Sandy grows closer to a reclusive neighbor who has a propensity for naked fishing, her plans are put in jeopardy. Will Sandy be able to find peace—in the river or out—once Vernon is released from prison and fulfills his promise to hunt her down? 

From Vandalia Press, an imprint of the West Virginia University Press.
ISBN-13: 978-1-933202-32-7/$16.50

Links:

Author’s site: http://www.timpoland.com

Prose short in Stickman Review 1: http://www.stickmanreview.com/V10N2/v10n2contents/polandeve.html

Prose short in Stickman Review 2: http://www.stickmanreview.com/V10N2/v10n2contents/polandlazarus.html

Best of the Net story feature: http://www.sundresspublications.com/bestof/2007/polandt.htm

Poem featured in Rattle: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/2008/08/seven-simple-exercises-by-tim-poland/