Introducing A New Series: Notes From The Field

Friday, June 22, 2012

Art of the Rural is excited to announce Notes From The Field, a new series that applies the lessons of ethnography and folklore studies within the contemporary frame…

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Bringing It To The Table

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Arkansas State Folklorist Mike Luster at the Roundtable; Jennifer Joy Jameson By Rachel Reynolds Luster, Contributing Editor Last month Art of The Rural joined a host of artists…

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Course On Midwest Culture: Ray Bradbury, RIP

Friday, June 8, 2012



By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture series Editor Perhaps tied with Jules Verne and J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury may be my longest-running literary friend. His leatherbound anthology…

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Poetry, Place, And The Problems Of Community

Monday, June 4, 2012

Back Road Chalkies to Hurricane Irene; Bob Arnold We return this week with an update from poet, editor, and stonemason Bob Arnold. As we wrote last year, Mr….

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A Late May Ohio Valley Sabbatical

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Flea Shack and $1 Flea Market, Outside Steubenville, Ohio; Matthew Fluharty With Memorial Day approaching, we will be taking a much-needed break from publishing new work on this…

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Introducing A Course On Midwest Culture

Friday, May 18, 2012

Steam Coming Off The Grain Bins, Outside Sioux Center, Iowa; Kenyon Gradert Art of the Rural is excited to announce A Course On Midwest Culture, a new series…

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Rural Tracks: Daughn Gibson’s Country Noir

Friday, April 27, 2012

If folks are familiar with the rich, hallowed ground of country music that deals with trucking and the open road, then these new contributions by Daughn Gibson will…

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Where The Mountains And The Movies Meet

Friday, April 6, 2012

By Rachel Reynolds Luster, Contributing Editor Batesville, Arkansas sits nestled in the Ozark foothills. The town is small with a population hovering between nine and ten thousand and…

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A Louvre in the Ozarks: The Life And Art Of Tim West

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Innocence; photograph of Tim West by Diana Michelle Hausam By  Michael Luster   Bare feet and bicycle wheels transported artist Tim West (1938-2012) for most of his seventy-five…

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Abner Jay: The Last Southern Black Minstrel Show

Friday, March 9, 2012

Abner Jay, April 8, 1982, San Jose Flea Market; selection of a photo by Jon Sievert [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines, this seems like…

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