"Taking the Switchback" is a collection of poems that stretches across North America, from the Rockies to the beaches of South Carolina, touching many places in between. It is a book that peers into the hearts of individuals, into the pulse of neighborhoods, and, most poignantly, into the relationships between men and women and between the human spirit and the sublime or, perhaps, the divine.
STEPHEN GARDNER is the G.L. Toole Professor of English at the University of South Carolina - Aiken, where he has taught literature and creative writing since 1972. The author of This Book Belongs to Eva, Gardner also edited the literary magazines kudzu and The Devil's Millhopper. WILLIAM WRIGHT is a teaching fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers. He is author of a book of poems, Dark Orchard, and has published in such journals as North American Review, New Orleans Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Colorado Review. His next editing project centers on contemporary Appalachian Poetry.