US Review of Books coverage of Eric Hoffer Award Results

Review of The Mauled Keeper


Flynn, Amalie. “Recent Poetry from Unguarded by Lynn Houston.” The Wrath-Bearing Tree Podcast

Fitzgerald, Adam. “Lynn Marie Houston: 30 Must-Read Poetry Debuts from 2015” Literary Hub

Holt, Holly. “Poet Interview #4: Lynn Marie Houston,” Walking Is Still Honest Press

Walton, Jeremiah. “The Awkward Angler: Lynn Marie Houston Alyss Lit


The More Loving One: Poets Abby E. Murray and Lynn Marie Houston,” review of Unguarded by Andria Williams in Wrath-Bearing Tree

“[Lynn Marie Houston’s] poems brim with an acceptance of the power of nature and wonder at the reality of life . . . Wise enough to be daunted by the world, brave enough not to let that fear control her, Houston writes poetry [in which] the thoughts expressed are so precise.”
—Kurt Baumeister, author of Pax Americana

“Houston’s poems are so compelling, so powerful, because they are physical and involve all of the senses . . . they are necessary because they teach the importance of listening to the cry of the heart.”
—Vivian Shipley, Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, author of Perennial

“Invariably, often by introducing metaphor, Lynn transforms a poem from personal experience to a level that connects with others. In order to pay tribute to all those who have served our country and those who sustained them while they were deployed, the moving and memorable poems in Unguarded are dedicated to ‘all the women who have waited for soldiers to come home.'”
—Vivian Shipley, Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, author of Perennial

I have selected Unguarded as the winner. It is a coherent whole, its arc tracing the emotional plot of a woman waiting for her lover to return from a military deployment. It effectively links the changing seasons to the speaker’s fluctuating psychic experience. There is shape to the free-verse lyrics, which often end deftly and flow in accessible but rhythmic lines. . . .”
—Dr. Matt Brennan, Indiana State University

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