Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Xylotheque Reviews

Xylotheque has been out for a little over a year now. I've collected a number of reviews of the book with links below.
  • Brenda Miller wrote a beautiful lyric essay/review at the Los Angeles Review of Books ("Pregnant Pauses: Yelizaveta P. Renfro’s Lyric Essays").
  • Lenore Myka contributed a review to Colorado State University's Center for Literary Publishing (home of the Colorado Review).
  • Gwendolyn Edward wrote a review for American Microreviews & Interviews.
  • BK Loren reviewed the book for Orion (link to pdf here).
  • Susan Wittig Albert wrote a review for Story Circle Book Reviews.
  • Maggie Trapp recently reviewed the book for Terrain.org ("Taproot~Writing a Life of Trees").
And here's a recent interview about the book at Story Circle.


  1. Beautiful, thought-provoking book. I particularly loved the chapter 'Soviet Trees', about your visit to Russia as a Russian-American teenager. I felt I could relate, having visited Poland in the 80s as a Polish-Australian teenager :)

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed that part. Your experience sounds fascinating!

  3. The whole book is wonderful. I loved reading about the 'mangled' bristlecone pines, the redwoods, and your baby daughter like a mulberry :-). 'Navel country' was very powerful too, evoking the disappearing world of your grandfather's orange groves. And of course Translation: Perevod, about your parents' meeting in Leningrad.

  4. Wanted to let you know I quoted you on my blog today - hope that's okay. This line: "Mother your children and mother your words. Find your tribe, and tend to your pots."