As many of you know, Josh & I (NEG here) run Letter Machine Editions, and we were honored to publish Iowa, an early book by Travis Nichols. Since then, Travis has gone on to publish a collection of poetry and two novels, the latest of which has been generating some real buzz.
Maybe you’ve heard the story: Nichols worked for the Poetry Foundation, was there at the height of the age of the comment stream, endured endless personal attacks from the poetry trolls, ended up inhabiting the voices of those involved, wrote this novel that actually gets the tone and pitch of the troll down pat. This is a stunning book.
Hell, don’t take our word for it, check out the noise for yourself: