Gardner Colby’s Remarkable Mom

If 19th century philanthropist Gardner Colby is the namesake and savior of Colby College, what of Sarah Davison Colby, the woman who raised him along the Kennebec River and saw her son go from modest beginnings to become a successful Boston industrialist? That Gardner Colby gave the College $50,000 to rescue it from financial crisis […]

A History of Putting a Spin on Vigilante Justice

Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs: Narratives of a Community and a Nation Lisa Arellano (American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies) Temple University Press (2012) Associate Professor Lisa Arellano’s research for what would become Vigilantes and Lynch Mobs took her to archives in Louisiana, Idaho, Montana, and California. And though the specific incidents in the […]

Poems that Explore "A World of Haunting Absences"

by Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English (creative writing) Given AwayJennifer Barber ’78Kore Press The lyric sequence comprising Jennifer Barber’s Given Away begins in August and ends in August, recording the speaker’s interactions—one almost wants to say “intercessions”—with a world of haunting absences where “quiet reigns” and “heat gathers in the crown / of an […]

A Trip to the West Indies – With Historical Baggage

by Chandra D. Bhimull Fatal Revolutions: Natural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature Christopher P. Iannini ’93 University of North Carolina Press (2012) Flesh-eating ants, water lettuce, fly-carriers, mangroves, breadfruit trees, flamingos, and alligators are a few of the populations, places, and plants we encounter in Christopher Iannini’s Fatal Revolutions: Natural […]

Finding Home Amid Myth and Mystery

by Sally Baker The Pink Nectar Café: Myths and Mysteries James Bishop Jr. ’58 Wildcat Publishing (2011) Three decades ago James Bishop Jr. ’58 sat at the bedside of his mother, model and artist Lucile Brokaw, and received her dying wish for him: that he should live in a town in Arizona with a creek […]

Recent Releases

We Won’t Get Fooled Again How the Christian Right Went Wrong, and How to Make America Right Again Gregg Jackson ’90 JAJ Publishing (2011) In this political season the Christian Right often lambasts the Liberal Left. But in this book Gregg Jackson ’90 and Steve Deace, both conservative radio hosts and commentators, save their harshest […]

Literary Peaks

At Whitefish Review, Colby trio (plus one) gives art and literature a mountain home