Documenting the Rural West in a New Book From Lisa Wells and Bobby Abrahamson

Last year, we published an essay from Lisa Wells titled “She’s a Grand Old Flag: A Diary of Small Town America.” Accompanied by the photography of Bobby Abrahamson, Wells minutely detailed aspects of life in a small Oregon town. The larger project from which that was taken has now been released as a book, titled The West Behind Us. As we’re huge admirers of Wells’s writing (and, for that matter, Abrahamson’s photography), I think it’s fair to say that this definitely has our interest […]

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Conversation: Lisa Wells

Interview by Tobias Carroll As we head into the middle of November, I think it’s safe to say that Lisa Wells’s collection Yeah. No. Totally. (released by the Portland-based indie press Perfect Day Publishing) is a safe bet to be recorded as one of my favorite books of the year. Through the work collected here (mostly essays, with one short story — more on that balance below), Wells examines the city in which she lives through various manifestations of culture […]

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