ALRIGHT THEN, I’m going to put in a days-before-Christmas gift plug idea here for Lake Region Review, a Minnesota literary magazine. Even though the founders, term it a “magazine,” I’d call this 138-page volume a “book.”
Anyway, magazine/book/journal, whatever word you choose, it’s a collection of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry by 27 Minnesotans, including me.
In my “This Barn Remembers” poem, you’ll read my memories of laboring in my childhood dairy barn on the southwestern Minnesota prairie. You may want to pull on your old boots as you muck your way through my true-to-reality poem. I tell it like it was, right down to “putrid piles of manure” and “streams of hot cow pee.”
I’m not going to choose a favorite piece of poetry or prose to highlight from Lake Region Review. But you’ll find regional writing from those as well-known as New York Times bestselling author Leif Enger to unknown college student Travis Moore in a collection that melds work by experienced and emerging writers. By the way, getting published in the Review was a competitive process. You’ll read quality writing here.
That all said, Lake Region Review would make an ideal gift for anyone who appreciates regional writing.
You can purchase the $10 volume in these Minnesota, and one North Dakota, locales:
- Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes
- Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway, Alexandria
- Lakes Area Theatre, 2214 Geneva Road, N.E., Alexandria
- Minnesota Historical Society Bookstore, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul
- Otter Tail County Historical Society, 1110 Lincoln Ave. W., Fergus Falls
- Victor Lundeens, 126 West Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls
- Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo, N.D.
Or click on this link for instructions on how to order. (Sorry, the anthology won’t arrive by Christmas.)
Thanks for supporting Minnesota writers like me (not that I earned any money from the Review—I didn’t). But I certainly appreciate readers who value regional writing.
IF YOU’VE READ Lake Region Review, I’d like to hear your review.
CLICK HERE to read a previous post I wrote about Lake Region Review and another Minnesota literary journal, The Talking Stick.